Not like this…

I was at the shops in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah (Civic Centre) here that morning so I decided to stop by this coffee shop…

I don’t know why it is Dian Dian (every day) only at this sign but Dian Dian Lai (come every day) at the sign in front…

…and also at the one at the back entrance.

I did say in my earlier blogposts that I would like to go back and try something from the very nice lady at the stall furthest inside. When I got there, I noticed there was a new stall, the second one after the Malay stall in front (which is closed on Sundays) and I did see some people talking to the guy and placing their orders.

I am not sure but this is probably the menu…

I saw it by the side of the entrance but unfortunately, I did not see anything that got me all excited. I may or may not go back there to try but first things first – I was there that morning to sample something from the aforementioned lady.

I ordered this plate of fried noodles, the moon version (RM4.00)…

…and I sure did not get my hopes up too high the moment I set eyes upon it when it was served.

What was with all that egg? I have never seen egg being added to the sauce like that – if she had wanted it to be something like the egg sauce in wat tan hor, she should blend it well into the sauce and not have it in bits and pieces all over like that. If she wanted to add an egg, I would very much prefer it deep fried (traditionally in a wok) and served, placed on top of the noodles.

Well, despite the egg, the noodles tasted all right. I thought it was quite nice but I would not say it was really so very good nor would I say it was not good. She should just do away with the egg, add a few more bits of meat and green vegetables – I probably would have liked it more this way.

DIANDIANLAI CAFE (2.310079, 111.831103) is located in the block of shops facing the Sibu Civic Centre (car park) along Jalan Dewan Suarah that links Jalan Melur and Jalan Suarah.

Author: suituapui

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7 thoughts on “Not like this…”

  1. This “dian” (Mandarin is ding) actually means “calm”.
    Don’t know why they translated as “day”.
    Day is “tian” in Mandarin.
    So Dian Dian Lai should be “Come Calmly”?!

    1. Oh? You know Mandarin? I am impressed!
      Maybe they are playing with the characters – can mean both “come calmly” and “come every day”?
      As far as I am concerned, it’s Greek to me!

      1. Ha ha! Of course, I went to a Chinese primary school.
        Actually, that character “ding” can also mean “steady” or “sure”.
        So you can have “come calmly”, “come steadily” or “come surely” but not “come every day”. Ha!
        But you know what? I quite like “Diam Diam Lai” (Come Quietly).
        Ask them to rename it. Ha!

      2. Tiam tiam lai in Hokkien means keep coming all the time – that is good also. Somebody was telling me that lao tze means teacher but if you say it a little differently, lao tzu, it becomes a rat. So complicated!!!

  2. If I am right about the moon version, the fried egg should be nicely fried and place on top of the noodles, looks like a moon, thus the name moon version but this one looks totally different. By the way, I like that ceramic plate. I have 2 of that type.

    I’ve a big plate, a medium and a bowl – all kept safely in my cabinet, antiques…handed down to my missus from her mum, my mother-in-law! It seems that we can buy them somewhere but I dunno where – seen it being used at a number of coffee shops.

    No, that is the “moon” kway teow – they break a raw egg on top of the fried kway teow. I think it is Cantonese, very rare here. This is the moon version of the fried mee – I think it means “braised” – the noodles are fried and then they cook the sauce and then the noodles are put into the sauce briefly to braise a bit. Thus, they are not as firm (hard) as the fried mee where they pour the sauce all over them.

  3. RM4 for a plate of noodle is very cheap. A plate of fried noodle with prawns and egg is RM6.

    We do not get prawns here, not even those tiny shrimps. Those with big ones, sea or freshwater cost a bomb – one coming up real soon. Do stick around for that!

  4. Just to be sure – does the moon version mean served with the raw egg on top?

    No, that’s what they call Moon River , based on its appearance – it does not refer to the way of cooking, “moon” meaning braised in whatever Chinese dialect that is.

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