She’s right…

My sister said that the fried kway teow (flat rice noodles)…

…at this coffee shop round the corner from her house was very nice so of course, I wanted to give it a try. Unfortunately, all this while, it was always full when I drove past and there were no parking spaces available close by.

No, I’m not new to this place – I had been dropping by for the kampua mee

…and also the chin therng mee (clear soup noodles)…

…for as long as I can remember – since 2009, to be exact. Both were nice, very authentic, very old school, just like the ones I grew up eating and enjoyed so well. They are RM4.00 a plate/bowl now, RM4.50 OR MORE at a lot of places elsewhere.

It used to be run by an old couple but from what I saw, the daughter or daughter-in-law…

…is the one doing all the cooking now while the old lady helps with the serving and collects the money. There is a young man handling the drinks, probably the son or the son-in-law.

The instant I sat down, the old lady brought over the basket of spoons and chopsticks and a glass of hot boiling water…

…for me to dip the ones of my choice to sterilise them well before use.

I had to wait a mighty long time because there were so many customers and so many orders for their kampua mee and pian sip (meat dumplings) as well as their Sarawak laksa. My sister did say that the laksa was nice too – my late mum, when she was still around, used to enjoy eating it but according to my sister, it was not spicy and it was not really like Sarawak laksa as we know it. I may give it a try one fine day though seeing that so many of the customers had ordered it that morning. I am quite sure it is pretty decent.

Finally, after what seemed like forever, my plate of fried kway teow (RM5.00)…

…came with a bowl of complimentary soup and a little plate/saucer of bottled chili sauce. They would not give you these at other places when you go for the fried noodles (and prices may go up to RM6.00 or more), and grudgingly…if you ask for the chili. Much to my surprise, the soup was VERY nice – lovely bone stock soup, quite unlike those at many stalls and shops if you are lucky enough to get a bowl.

My sister was right! The fried kway teow

…was very good too, very tasty with a whole lot of meat and finely-chopped char siew in it and bursting with its delightful wok hei fragance. It was worth the wait but if you do not have that much time to linger around (unlike most of the customers there – they just sat and ate the whole time I was there and chatted and chatted and chatted like they had all the time in the world), perhaps you may want to try the young boy’s stall at the shop at the other end of that block of shops instead – his fried noodles are quite good too.

TUNG MING CAFE (2.307601, 111.824983)…

…is located along Lorong Delta 10, the second shop in the first block of shops on your right, after the first one – a grocery store, as you turn into the lane from Jalan Delta in the vicinity of the houses behind the Delta Public Swimming Pool.

Author: suituapui

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

4 thoughts on “She’s right…”

  1. I don’t think I have the patience to wait that mighty long for a plate of char kway teow no matter how nice it is. I like lots of taugeh in my char kway teow but there seem so little in it. Most importantly, must have wok hei taste. Making your way anytime soon again?

    I used to go very often when there were very few customers but seeing how crowded it is every day, I think I would go some place else.
    I met some ex-colleagues of mine there that morning and I asked where they were staying – as far as I know, one of them stays near my house – and why they had gone through all the trouble to go so far. They said what they served there was very nice. Obviously, they did not mind the long wait!
    I’m not that particular about the taugeh. I don’t like it miserably overcooked but semi-raw, too much may affect the taste, that “chow chay” kind of taste. My girl would rather not have it!

  2. The kind of fried kway teow that I loved and used to have as a kid. Used to enjoy such at a house that had stall selling fried noodles at night when I stayed in Kenyalang Park. Its fried kway teow looked exactly like yours and I also like its tomato kway teow as well. But that was more than 30 years ago, no more in business.

  3. The boiling water in a cup thing is only in Borneo isn’t it? Recently went to a Sarawakian restaurant in PJ and they do the same.

    As far as I know, only in Sibu. A rule set by the former chairman of the municipal council, since deceased. He sure did a lot of good things for the town. Dunno if the other towns and cities in the state have followed suit.

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