In the corner…

When I was here

…for the mee sua the other day, I noticed that the boy at the kampua mee stall in front had gone missing. I asked the mee sua lady but she said she did not know what had happened to him as he did not tell anyone anything, whether he had called it quits or whether he had moved some place else.

I did notice that day, however, that there were two new tenants at the two stalls…

…but I did not go over to have a look to see what they were selling.

I finally got down to doing so that day and much to my surprise,they were both selling the same things, kampua mee and pian sip mainly but the second one did have other options as well. I must say that this is rather strange as they should not rent the stalls to different people selling the same things – I would be very surprised that they do not fight tooth and claw day in and day out.

In the end, I just ordered the kampua mee kosong

…with the meatball soup…

…from the old couple at the stall in front.

The combination was only RM4.50 a set, quite inexpensive especially considering that these days, you see the prices of virtually everything shooting through the roof!!!

I rather enjoyed both the noodles and the soup – they were somewhat mild, not overpowering with an overdose of msg and shallot oil (lard) like at a lot of places – some people may not feel this same way but it was just right for me. I loved the soup with its pleasant bone stock taste and a hint of the green vegetables in it. I certainly enjoyed it a lot more than what I had here just the other day.

No, I would not say that it blew me off my feet nor would I say I would be rushing back for more but I certainly would say that should I happen to be in the vicinity and I feel like having kampua mee, I may just drop by here again for this…or perhaps the next time, I shall try the one at the stall next to it.

NEW HEE’S FOOD CORNER (2.311365, 111.846638) is located along Jalan Pedada, now Jalan Datuk Wong Soon Kai, the very first one in the block of shops to the left of the Delta Mall, with the Astro Sibu office at the other end of that same block.

Author: suituapui

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6 thoughts on “In the corner…”

  1. RM4.50 for that combination is really a steal. Over here, kolo mee kosong is already RM3.50 and kolo mee itself with few miserable pieces of char siew and yet shrink in size cost RM5.00. Is that kiew chai (curly vegetable) used in the soup? Love it.

    It does look like things are more expensive in Kuching. Yes, that’s khiew chai – I quite like that…or sawi but not the other type of vegetable in tomorrow’s post, choy sim or whatever it is called.

  2. Usually coffee shops don’t have two stalls selling the same things. Maybe they were hard up to rent out the space? The two stalls would be in competition with each other. I wonder which one is more popular.

    I heard of a few cases where they moved into a new coffee shop but they were not allowed to sell the things they were selling before because there were stalls selling those already. Obviously, this rule does not apply here.

  3. Very rare to find 2 stalls selling the same item in a coffee shop. Price for the set is very cheap. I like this type of soup that looks like home cooked soup.

    Yes, nothing fancy, very simple meatball soup and most importantly, it was nice. I liked it!

    1. There are more than 3 meatballs, 2 more, at least, covered by the green vegetables.
      I never order a drink anymore these days since I am on a low sugar diet.
      If I am thirsty, I’d ask for a small bottle of mineral water (RM1.00).

  4. That is not a kind thing for a landlord to do – rent stalls to two places offering the same thing. I’ve seen it in KL condos as well when two coffee tenants are right next door. It’s unkind to the original business and surely tenants would want more variety too.

    I’ve seen it before at one other place – two Malay stalls in the same coffee shop selling the same things. The survival of the fittest, I suppose – one eventually called it a day.

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