Where do we go now…

I was shocked when I heard that one of our favourite chu-char restaurants in town would close on the 1st of June because those recent times when I went there, there were quite a lot of customers so I did not think they were doing too badly despite the pandemic. A friend told me that they had difficulty recruiting workers which, of course, was quite obvious because for sometime now, all the family members had to be roped in to help the boss run the show.

Gosh!!! That would mean one less restaurant that we can go to whenever we feel like having something nice outside. That was why I decided that we should look for some alternatives, other places that we hardly ever went to but the food was very nice too.

We did drive past this place…

…a few days earlier at around 5 something, before 6 and we saw a lot of people there. My girl remembered going there for steamboat a long long time ago when she was little, with her late grandparents, her aunt (my sister) and Uncle Lim and the late Uncle Jimmy those happy times when they would be in town and staying at my house around the end of the year.

I am not all that fond of going there as there are no proper places to park the car – you just park anywhere you like on the grass by the side of the road…

…and on wet days, it can get quite muddy and messy. As a matter of fact, the last time I went there was in 2015!

Well, the other evening, we decided to go out for dinner and since we were real early, 5 something in the evening, I decided to stop by here to see if it was still as good as before seeing that there were a lot more people going for it these days. To my horror, when we got there, the place was packed with customers spilling onto the road. There were a few empty tables but those were reserved. I managed to persuade the lady boss to let us sit at one of them, promising to leave as soon as we finished and in the end, she relented.

I requested for one of their signature dishes, the sweet and sticky spare ribs, coated with sesame seeds…

…and yes, it was indeed really very nice! My friend in Perth, Australia says they call it Peking spare ribs there.

I loved the fried kway teow with see ham (cockles) here, another one of their signature dishes, so I ordered that only to be told by the lady boss that they no longer add the cockles to the dish…

It turned out to be rather disappointing – for one thing, it looked kinda pale and my girl said it could do with a lot more wok hei fragrance, nowhere near the very nice one that we have here.

The lady suggested their hot plate tofu…

…which turned out to be deep fried Japanese egg tofu…

…buried under a whole lot of fried shallots and garlic slices and chopped spring onion. I guess this must be one of their most popular dishes as I noticed every table having that as well. Personally, it did not sweep me off my feet – I prefer how they do it elsewhere with thick egg sauce, covered with minced meat and salted fish.

I don’t know if my appetite has been affected by my not-so-good health these days and many things do not come across to me as very nice, including the cangkok manis fried with egg…

…that we had that evening. Perhaps the vegetable was too old so it was a bit hard and not very sweet and other than that, it was too salty for our liking.

It dawned on me later that the next day was the Dragon Boat or the Chang Festival and that probably explained why there were so many people there – many prefer to celebrate a day earlier these days to avoid the crowd.

The bill for the four dishes for the three of us came up to only RM45.00 which I thought was inexpensive compared to what we would have to fork out elsewhere. However, seeing how we were not exactly thrilled by what we had, other than the spare ribs, we probably will not be heading back there again all that soon.

YING SIANG CORNER (2.305035, 111.839888) is located at No. 1A, Lorong Merdeka 15 at its junction with Jalan Teruntum, Rejang Park.