Nobody cares…

That day, after we had had our lunch here, I placed an order for their Foochow fried noodles, wet (with sauce/gravy)…

…for three to take home for dinner so my missus would not need to cook anything for the rest of that day.

I dare say the one here is among the best in town and there are not many of them – some of those wannabes aren’t worth the calories at all. We particularly love buying the noodles home as they would have absorbed all the sauce/gravy and that makes them a lot tastier. No, they are still quite firm, just a little bit bigger than usual but no, they are not soft and soggy – perhaps if you buy the soup version home, they will be like that but so far, we’ve never tried.

They used to be RM4.50 a plate in 2017…

…and we had to add 50 sen for the extra slices of char siew (barbecued pork). I did mention in my post the other day, that the price for the noodles has gone up to RM6.00 a plate (without the char siew), an increase of over 30%, not that anybody cares!

I tried their kampua noodles…

…before and yes, it was very nice. It was only RM3.50 a plate before. I did check the menu on the wall that day and it has gone up to RM4.50.

So far, the most expensive at the coffee shops and stalls in town would be the ones here…

– RM4.00 a plate.

Despite the fact that it is RM3.50 or less elsewhere, every day (except Tuesdays), you can see the crowd here even though I have heard people complaining that the quality has dropped and lately, self-service/do-it-yourself is required or so I’ve heard. You have to get the cutlery yourself and the hot boiling water to dip them in to sterilise them and take them to your table.

There were two Foochow-speaking Iban ladies who had been working for them for a mighty long time – I wonder what has happened to them. Perhaps they went home for the Gawai or they have decided not to employ them anymore, now that they have raised the minimum salary in the country to RM1,500 a month, beginning June the 1st.

For one thing, the aforementioned is a nice and comfortable, air-conditioned restaurant, not some hot and noisy coffee shop, so I guess it is only right that things there should be a bit more expensive. There too, they have their following – though you may not see the customers spilling onto the road, there are a lot of them there in the morning for the noodles.

I guess if quality is assured, never mind the increase in prices, nobody will care and people will still come back for more, of that I am very sure! What about the prices of noodles over where you are? I gather that it is worse at some places, still cheaper around here.

Y2K CAFE (2.294220, 111.825753)…

…is located in the Tunku Osman area, round the corner from that block of shops where the branches of AmBank & RHB Bank are located with its back entrance facing the side (right, not the main one) entrance/exit of Methodist Secondary School.

Author: suituapui

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7 thoughts on “Nobody cares…”

  1. The Foochow fried noodles, wet with gravy looks extremely good. The minimum salary of RM1,500 is a bit steep for the stall hawkers, thus they resort to do a one-man show, from cooking to serving and in this way a lot of people are out of job and those eating out have to wait longer time before they are served, no helper they will tell you….😊😊

    I guess that’s the way it is these days – do it yourself, self-service. So in actual fact, instead of the poorer workers getting higher wages, they all end up unemployed! Sad, isn’t it?

  2. You are definitely enjoying cheaper prices for the noodles. Over here the cheapest will be about RM5 .50 to RM6.50. I wouldn’t mind collecting the hot water if provided to wash the utensils. Most places here do not provide hot water for washing utensils. To forgo 2 workers will save them RM3K per month and that is a lot for these hawkers.

    Indeed! And the amount of business they get on quiet afternoons will never be able to cover that! Wrong move, shouldn’t have insisted on increasing their wages at a time like this.
    Here, the dipping of the utensils in hot boiling water is required by order of the town council. Good practice, should do it everywhere, not just here.
    Somebody shared the prices of noodles in Sabah (Tawau, I think) on Facebook – any noodle dish RM10.00!!! Shocking!!!

  3. Wow RM6.00 a plate, thats still cheap. There are very few places in the world you can find such pricing.

    Yes, my brother in Auckland says it’s over NZD18 over there and it is not even nice!

  4. It’s RM8 in my little kampung now.
    Oh I wonder what Sinchew bee hoon (Singapore noodles) look like in Sibu?
    Our version in Johore is white with a faint taste of ketchup.
    Here in London, it’s orange with curry powder and does not taste like our Sinchew bee hoon at all.

    I don’t know Sinchew been hoon elsewhere in Malaysia, don’t usually order this dish outside Johore.

    1. I did try it once – nothing more then bihun fried with curry powder
      so I never bother ordering it again when I see it on the menu anywhere. Nothing great!

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