Never know unless you try

I dropped by this coffee shop not long ago because I saw a very nice photograph of the kolo mee that my ex-student shared on Facebook and I simply had to go and try. Unfortunately, it turned out to be somewhat disappointing because it was too sweet for my liking due to the red char siew sauce added.

I told myself I would go back there again and I would tell them not to add the sauce – perhaps I would like it better that way. As I was leaving, however, I saw someone’s order at another table – the kampua mee pok (RM3.80)…

…and it looked so good!!! I simply had to go back there to give it a try.

In that coffee shop, there was this guy manning the stall…

*Sorry for the blurry pic*

…and no, those were not bottles of Bovril inside the glass cabinet. They were the imitation from China (That was what the guy said, not from Taiwan!) that I did not like at all. I asked the guy what he would do with it and he said it was good, tossed with noodles but that would be a bit more expensive – RM4.50 a plate. Perhaps I will give it a try one fine day, perhaps I will not because no matter what I did with it, it turned out that it was not to my liking!

My kampua mee pok

…came and I must say I liked what I saw. I loved how they used real char siew (barbecued meat), not boiled pork coloured red to make it look like char siew. That is what they do at many kampua mee stalls in town! Furthermore, they were not paper thin – there was this joke that the slices of meat they give you with your kampua mee here are so very thin that if you turn on the fan full blast, they will all fly away!!! LOL!!!

Besides, RM3.80 a bowl is a steal because most everywhere around town now, they are charging RM4.00 and the VERY popular one at the corner down the road is a whooping RM4.50 a bowl. I certainly would not want to go there since this one is cheaper and it is just a few doors away!

Of course, the test of the pudding is in the eating and yes, this awesome bowl of noodles passed with flying colours. It was really good! Even the complimentary soup…

…was good unlike what you will usually get at these noodles stalls – plain water with msg added. I would just leave those untouched but just like the one I got with the kolo mee that day, this one was good till the last drop.

I sure would not mind going for this kampua mee pok again but as I was leaving, I saw one of those in the coffee shop, a lady, sitting down to enjoy her bowl of Sarawak laksa and it looked so good. The colours and everything could beat the one next door, our current No. 1 in town, hands down but of course, I will never know unless I try. No prize for guessing what I shall be having the next time I drop by here!

TOTO CAFE (2.311913, 111.846213)…

…is among the shops right behind Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada – the block on your left if you are coming out of the mall via the back entrance, the second coffee shop after e-Cafe in that block.