I was hoping…

…that the claypot noodles (RM7.00)…

…from this stall…

…at this coffee shop/food court would be something worth having but unfortunately, it did not sweep me off my feet. At best, I would say it was all right but it turned out to be as unimpressive as the stall itself – no nice glossy photographs of what was available, just a very brief list of the things the lady was selling.

So why did I go and order the claypot mee then, you may ask? Well, sometime ago, a friend of mine had that but at another coffee shop, not this one and I had been wanting to go and give it a try all this while. I can recall some of the very nice ones that I had around town long ago but I had not seen any at those places that I had been to lately. I was thinking that perhaps it had died a natural death and no one was selling that anymore.

Well, I happened to be in the vicinity that morning and I decided to walk around to see how everything was since I had not been there for a long while now. The Penang char kway teow stall was not there anymore and the Bintangor lady’s popiah stall had gone missing in action for a long time now. The chee cheong fun guy was around but I did not feel like having that and I settled for the claypot noodles…

…in the end.

Browsing through some old blogposts of mine, I discovered that I did have the claypot noodles…

…there once in 2016 (and it was only RM4.50 at the time) but it did not look quite the same and from what I wrote about it then, I was not impressed with it either. These were the words that I said then: It tasted all right though but with all the choices at this particular place, I probably would not be ordering that again.

Coming back to this present day and time, there was yee mee

…in the one I had that morning. I remember some places would just use our local Sibu Foochow alkaline and smell-free light yellow noodles and I was hoping that would not be the case here. Somehow or other, I felt that only the ones with this yee mee would be what claypot noodles should be or in other words, the real thing!

There weren’t a lot of added ingredients, just some fried fish balls and green vegetables and one small piece of those imitation crabsticks that I never liked. There wasn’t any meat – no chicken, no pork and of course, for RM7.00, I was not expecting to find any prawns in it. I was wondering about those taugeh (bean sprouts) though – do they usually have those in claypot mee? Actually, in my opinion, if there had been some bits of Chinese cabbage, that would probably help enhance the taste a little.

There was an egg…

…at the bottom but because of the intense heat in the claypot, the yolk was no longer runny.

The overall taste was somewhat mild, a little on the bland side but I was glad that there wasn’t much msg in it, if there was any at all. The lady gave me a blue plastic bowl in case eating it straight from the claypot would be too hot for me to handle. Of course, I did not want to use that!!! No way!!!

While I was there, I saw the lady serving a bowl of mee sua to a customer at another table and it looked quite good. I guess I would not come back for this but I sure wouldn’t mind giving her mee sua a try if I happen to be around this part of the woods again.

JIALI CAFE (2.292140, 111.841524)…

…is located among the shops behind Medan Mall, Jalan Wong King Huo, a few doors away to the right of Junction Cafe, facing the road leading to the Medan Hotel there.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

3 thoughts on “I was hoping…”

  1. I like claypot noodles. So far I have never come across anyone using yellow noodles for claypot. Only yee mee is used. One more thing, instead of using taugeh, curly vegetables is used.
    Today is a very wet day in Kuching. Nice for claypot noodles 😊😊

    I’m o.k. with curly vegetables in my claypot noodles but I prefer pek chai (Chinese cabbage).
    Yes, here too!!! All throughout the holiday, we did not have rain when we got up in the early morning
    but today, now that they have to go back to school, it poured cats and dogs. Tsk! Tsk!!!

  2. This morning I was sitting facing a stall selling ban mee & claypot noodle. I was undecided but in the end, I finally ended up ordering toast and milo. Once in a while I will order claypot noodle if I go to a place that has tasty claypot noodle. I never like imitation crabstick in my noodle, I will just leave it behind. And I don’t like mass production fish balls or fish cake too.

    1. Yes, same here. That was why I was not impressed but obviously, some people are not as fussy – they will just eat! Not going back for that again, that’s for sure!

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