I knew it…

I knew it! I knew I would be disappointed but like a fool, I just HAD to go and give it a try.

Well, if you’re wondering what this is all about, I am talking about the Baoril mee (RM4.00)…

…that I had here.

I’ve been wanting to go and check it out ever since I saw it in the glass cabinet of the noodles stall…

…at this coffee shop.

For the uninitiated, Baoril…

…is the Chinese imitation of Bovril (not Taiwanese) – with real beef, so they insist but the only similarity is in the outer appearance of the bottles. As far as the taste is concerned, they are MILES apart! Unlike Bovril, it did not go well with porridge and I did not like it with noodles either.

I was hoping against hope that it was not to my liking because I did not know how to go about cooking it and the guy at the stall would be able to do a much better job at it. Unfortunately, it turned out that my worst fears were confirmed…

It was extremely salty, like when I had it with porridge or with noodles and it did not even have that nice unique taste that Bovril has. Personally, I felt that the noodles would be nicer even with any ordinary dark soy sauce and as it was, it was no better than the Bovril mee that I went to try here not too long ago.

I also ordered a bowl of pian sip (meat dumplings), dry (RM3.80)…

…and yes, the ones here were pretty good. No, they did not sweep me off my feet like the ones here but they were as good as many of the good ones all over town. If you feel like having those…

…go ahead – you will not regret it but you will miss out on the chance of enjoying their real char siew that they will give you with all their noodles dishes.

It looked like the guy had a lot of orders for his char chu mee (fry and cook noodles, soup) and I did manage to catch a glimpse of it. I’m afraid it did not turn me on plus I could not detect any wok hei smell that these noodles, the good ones, would have. So far, my favourite here is the mee pok, white (with the nice char siew) – I think I’ll just stick to that whenever I drop by here for a bite to eat.

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.