Only at night…

I’ve heard about the or chian or the oyster omelette, our Sarawak/Kuching style ones…

…or what they call the Kuching or Sarawak pizza, here at this coffee shop but somehow or other, I never got round to dropping by to check it out until that day sometime ago.

Unfortunately, the stall was closed. I asked the people around there and they said that it would open only at night. From the banners and the ads all around, it sure looked like this was some kind of watering hole where people would go in the evenings for drinks and they would probably order the things from the stalls to munch.

I had not gone there…

…since 2014, believe it or not and it sure had changed quite a bit. The ang kau kampua mee stall is no longer there – somebody else is running it now but it had called it a day when we dropped by at around noon that day so I was not able to give it a try.

The kway teow stall (the one on the right in the above photograph) is still alive and kicking – I did try it that last time I was there and that day, it seemed to be one of the two that were still active at that time of day.

The ladies gave their tom yam hung ngang (RM7.00)…

…a try but according to my missus, it was the worse they had ever had. Oh dear!!! I must say that it did not look very enticing – the soup was so murky and they did not even finish half of what was in the bowl.

I asked for the beef tripe and tendon noodles but they had run out of tendon so I was served the beef and tripe with the noodles (RM8.00)…

…instead. It was all right, a little mild/bland – I sure wouldn’t mind a richer and stronger beef broth/soup and a little bit less noodles but yes, I did manage to eat it all up in the end.

I also went to the other stall (the one on the left in the above photograph) to order the sotong kangkong (cuttlefish with water spinach). There were three sizes available, RM5.00, RM15.00 and RM20.00. I did not know which one to order so I just asked the guy to prepare something for three and this (RM15.00)…

…was what we got in the end. Yes, it was very nice – we loved the very thin crisps…

…whatever they were, probably deep-fried wanton (piansip) skin, but I wouldn’t mind a bit more of the delightful sauce though.

Well, that was our lunch for the day. Ahhhh!!! I remember now! We didn’t want to cook that day and had something outside because that night, we were going out to dinner with my sister to celebrate her birthday. Well, I’m afraid what we had wasn’t anything to get us running back for more, not at all.

AH CHING KOPITIAM (2.305198, 111.848080)…

…is located at Lorong Pahlawan 7 in the vicinity of the Sibu Bus Terminal.

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.

They call me…

I liked the fried kway teow (flat rice noodles) from this stall here but I did not quite enjoy his char chu mee (fry & cook noodles) and I never went back there since.

The other morning, however, I was at a loss as to what to order and walking past the stall, I could hear the loud banging of the guy’s wok. I stopped to see what he was cooking and it did smell good, his fried bihun (rice vermicelli) but I did not feel like having that.

In the end, I asked for his mee mamak and this…

…was what I got!

Wait a minute! “mamak” is the name given to those Indian Muslims (in the peninsula), those running the nasi kandar and the mamak stalls and their fried noodles, the mee mamak, is indeed very popular, available even at some classy cafés and restaurants.

However, tagged with a name like that, I would expect it to be halal…or at least, it should not have any pork among its ingredients. This one that I had that morning had quite a bit of char siew

…though I am not sure whether that was pork or chicken. I did mention in my post the other day that folks here are switching from pork to chicken in their joint effort to protest against the sellers’ incessant, somewhat unscrupulous, increases in the price of the former.

The thing is we have all kinds of names given to all kinds of noodles, usually depending on how they are cooked. We went out for noodles one night not too long ago and my girl wanted the Singapore bihun

I wasn’t sure whether that would be something she would enjoy as it would be nothing more than fried bihun with curry powder added. It may be nice depending on what other ingredients are added and whether it has this coveted wok hei fragrance or not, otherwise it can be somewhat plain and quite disappointing.

Another one is the lakia mee

Now, “lakia” means dayak in Hokkien but unlike the mee mamak, this is not a recipe derived from how the dayaks or ethnic tribes fry their noodles. Actually, it is nothing more than the Chinese fried noodles, dry…

…but with lots of freshly-cut chilies added.

Anyway, back to the mee mamak, like the lakia mee, there will be a lot of freshly-cut chilies added too but the taste is different. If I am not wrong, it tends to be a little sweet, possibly through the addition of chili sauce and/or tomato sauce.

This one…

…that I had that morning had a lot of chilies, cili padi, no less…

…so it was very spicy and very much to my liking but unfortunately, I found it to be way too sweet. I squeezed the juice of that calamansi lime all over it to counter-balance the sweetness and it turned out to be really good after that.

I would say that I quite enjoyed it and I would not mind going for it again sometimes for a change but no, I would not go out of my way to come here for it even though at only RM6.00 a plate, I do think it is worth going for it a lot more than a plate of kampua mee, RM4.80-5.00 at some places now, with a few miserably thin slices of boiled pork coloured red to make it look like char siew and yes, that guy sure deserves a pat on the back for using glass plates instead of those horrendous gaudily-coloured plastic ones!

GRAND WONDERFUL FOOD COURT (2.309601, 111.845163)…

…is located along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, on your right. You can also go in via Jalan Pipit from Jalan Pahlawan – go straight ahead till you get to it on your left.

Wood…

I happened to stumble upon a Youtube video showing a family going in search of what they called “mee papan” (wooden board noodles) and of course, my curiosity was aroused. What on earth was mee papan, I wondered? I had never heard of it before. I followed the family in the video clip but unfortunately, the place there were heading to was not open that day!

Eventually, I saw a lot of others as well and I found out from one of them that mee papan was actually sizzling hot plate noodles. In Hokkien, we call it thik pan mee (hot plate noodles)…

Yes, I remember it was the craze at one time, alongside those sizzling hot plate beef or venison or what have you in the Chinese restaurants and yes, I did get to enjoy it before but I cannot for the dear life of me remember where exactly I went for it.

I was enjoying the mee sua here, my favourite in town, one day when I saw the people from the chu-char (cook & fry) section at the back serving that to some customer and boy, it sure looked very good! I made up my mind instantly that I would go back to that coffee shop to give it a try and finally, I managed to do that the other day.

I must say that I was very impressed when it…

…was served. It looked really good and had a lot of added ingredients. I did notice that they had used chicken instead of pork – that is the on-going issue here right now. The price of pork had been shooting up like nobody’s business every other day but of course, it did not matter to me whether they had used pork or chicken or whatever. We should boycott the meat completely to teach those unscrupulous sellers a lesson they will never forget! Tsk! Tsk!

There you are! You can see underneath the hot plate, the wooden board…

…that had given this dish its name.

They added an egg…

…as well and it was perfectly done, just the way I would love it with the egg yolk still soft and runny.

I was pleasantly surprised when I was told that it was only RM7.00 a plate. I had expected more seeing how much ingredients they had added to it…

Yes, it tasted great and yes, I sure would not mind ordering that to enjoy again considering how much more affordable it is compared to a lot of things we have around us these days.

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.

Time for lunch!…

The Sunday before my cousins and their entourage came to town, we dropped by the café for lunch because I wanted to discuss with Andy and make sure everything was going all right in preparation for the dinner I would be hosting there that Wednesday night.

All this while, I’ve enjoyed their Bangladeshi lamb curry but I never tried their chicken that they have added to their menu. That was why I ordered that…

…that day to see if it was to my liking or not. After all, I am supposed to stay off red meat these days so I can’t have the lamb any longer. It was nice, very strong on the spices added but somehow, I still prefer the lamb.

My missus insisted on having their kacangma chicken…

…even though I told her that we would be having that for our dinner in a few days’ time. Of course, she enjoyed that to the max!

My girl had their beef bolognese spaghetti…

This would be on the original menu if one were to hold a buffet dinner here and yes, they do it really well with their own-made bolognese sauce using fresh tomatoes, different from all the rest elsewhere – those would come across to me like bottled tomato sauce and are not to my liking. I asked for that to be changed as beef is red meat and I am avoiding that as well so in the end, we had the creamy mushroom sauce pasta which was nice too.

The following day, Monday, my girl and the mum went out and I told them to go for lunch themselves and not to worry about me – I would grab a bite to eat somewhere on my own. They went to this place that we have been to a few times now and they had the mushroom soup…

…that my girl said was nicer than the nice one that we had here. They also shared the buffalo wings…

…and the seafood cheese baked rice…

Yes, they enjoyed all three so it sure looks like we will be going back there time and time again whenever we feel like it.

In the meantime, some friends of mine dropped by this Sabah fish noodle place that we went to try not too long ago at this coffee shop…

They did not have any with the milky soup when we went and I saw in the photographs that my friends had that there so of course, we headed straight back there for lunch that Wednesday.

My girl had the milky tomato soup (RM14.90)…

…with fried fish while I had the one with salted vegetables (RM11.90)…

My girl said what she had was all right but it was not anything to get excited about. I did not enjoy mine very much. What I had on our previous visit, the clear salted vegetable soup (and the fish too) was very much more to my liking.

Business did not look very good – there was a couple at another table, that was all! I guess the prices are not very encouraging so people would think twice about coming here to eat this. My missus asked for the Foochow fried noodles (RM6.00)…

…from the people at the chu-char kitchen at the back of the coffee shop and she said it was nice and of course, the price, being less than RM10.00, would be regarded as a lot more reasonable for anyone thinking about grabbing a bite to eat outside.

PAYUNG CAFÉ (2.284049, 111.833014) is located at No.20F, Lanang Road, Sibu, Malaysia, back to back with the multi-storey car park of the Kingwood Hotel which faces the majestic Rejang River while CHEFWAY CAFE (2.300560, 111.843429 is at No. 18 & 20, Ground Floor, Lorong Dr. Wong Soon Kai 4­D and JIN JIN CAFE (2.312977, 111.847257) is located past Delta Mall, if you are coming from town, at the corner among the shops at the junction of Jalan Gambir and Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, formerly Jalan Pedada.

He likes…

This guy was here before. At one time, everybody said that his kampua mee was the best in Sibu. I did go and try but I was not all that impressed. I did like his pian sip (meat dumplings) a lot though. Then he moved here and I did go to eat, twice and both times, it did not get me all that excited. After he had moved to his present location, that side of the coffee shop closed down and somebody else took over the kampua mee stall in what was left of the shop.

In the meantime, the char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles) people, my girl’s favourite when she was little, moved in from here after moving here, there and everywhere all over town while the brother of the guy took over at their former location.

I never dropped by there ever since the former kampua mee guy left but a foodie friend of mine seems to be quite a regular. He would share the photographs of what he eats there everytime and sing their praises to the skies. No, it was not my intention to go there that morning – I was driving past and on the spur of the moment, I made up my mind to just stop there and check things out.

There was an old lady running the kampua mee stall, assisted by a younger man, probably the son. I ordered her kampua mee and a bowl of her pian sip soup…

The kampua mee (RM4.00) looked really good…

…but the strands all stuck together when I started to eat it. The whole thing came up like a sanggul (hair bun) and it took quite a bit of effort to toss the noodles to loosen the strands before I could start eating.

That may happen when the noodles are not rinsed in the process of cooking to remove the excess starch but my guess was it was sometime after it was cooked before it was brought to my table and I was busy taking all the photographs, so I did not get down to eating it right away or perhaps, it needed a bit more oil/lard…

I thought the overall taste was kind of mild so I asked for chili sauce and it was quite all right after that.

Actually, it was the pian sip (meat dumplings) in my foodie friend’s photographs that caught my attention. They looked really very nice and there seemed to be quite a lot in a bowl compared to the ones elsewhere. That was why I asked for a bowl (RM4.00)…

…to check it out first hand.

I must say that I sure was impressed when it was served. The dumplings…

…were as good as they looked. The skin was perfect – translucent, smooth and very thin, the kind that would slide down your throat without any need for a lot of biting and chewing and there was just the right amount of meat filling. This is a noodle dish so the main focus should be the skin and there should not be too much meat in the dumplings.

The soup, however, was like the kampua mee, rather mild/bland. I was thankful that it was not overloaded with msg so I quite enjoyed it actually. Perhaps a richer and stronger bone stock soup would make it a bit better.

Due credit must be given for the use of ceramic plates and bowls, not those horrendous gaudily-coloured plastic ones – it is about time everybody gets rid of those! Parking is not a problem and it is free plus there is no traffic jam/congestion around here. On the whole, I thought this is a convenient place to stop by for a bite to eat but considering that the ones round the corner are cheaper by RM1.00, RM3.00 a bowl, perhaps one would prefer to just go over there instead.

ORIENT CANTEEN(2.289916, 111.835333)…

…faces Jalan Pedada, to the extreme left of the four-shop block right across the road from the shops where the Sunday Market formerly was on weekends. It is accessible via Jalan Tong San

Some changes…

I had not been here for a while now but a friend of mine came a few times and she never failed to share her photographs on Facebook. Obviously, she liked their kampua mee pok with real char siew.

Once, she had the noodles without the very nice char siew and when I asked her what had happened, she said they did not get their supply of meat from the butcher. On another occasion, she said that the noodles had gone up in price from RM3.80 but I guess it did not matter one bit as they were already charging RM4.50 or RM4.80, some even as high as RM5.00 elsewhere and those were not even as nice!

Finally, I managed to drop by the other day and I was shocked to find the middle stall (where the mee pok guy was before) empty. I don’t know if it was because the other coffee shops in that same block were all closed that day or they would be so very busy nowadays.

I managed to ask somebody and was told that they were still around and had moved to the chu char kitchen at the back…

…and they had this chap fan (mixed rice) stall…

…in front now. It looked like they had roped in some young guy to handle the kampua mee while the guy had his hands full cooking all the fried noodle dishes and the lady took all the orders as well as the payments and did the serving too.

I ordered what I enjoyed so much here and had had a few times before, the kampua mee pok with real char siew but it came out like this (RM4.00)…

BLACK!

Thankfully, the char siew

…was still good, just as nice as before but I never like my noodles tossed in dark soy sauce as the strong taste would drown out the original/authentic kampua mee taste. It is so overpowering that all that one would be able to taste would be the tau eyew.

The one that I had here that day…

…turned out to be quite nice though. Perhaps there may be a difference depending on how much dark soy sauce is added or what brand they buy. Well, say what you want, I still prefer it…WHITE! I shall have to come back here for that another day.

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.

The one who knows…

It sure looks like my search for the truly very lemak (rich in santan) nasi lemak is getting nowhere and I might as well give up and go back to the people who really knows instead of trying the ones at those very unlikely places.

I’ve heard of a lady in town who makes the nasi lemak cake for those on a no sugar diet and an ex-student shared a photograph of what he had there. It sure looked very good except for the addition of those bland/tasteless mini-keropok (“prawn” crackers) – I wonder why they like to do that at some places, so NCAA (no class at all)! I asked him about the rice and he said that she used plain rice, not nasi lemak, not even nasi-that-is-not-lemak. I made up my mind instantly that I would not bother going there to see if hers is any good.

Well, the other day, I went back to that place that used to sell the best nasi lemak in town…

The guy and his wife started their business at their simple stall by the roadside in 2013. The rice was so good it literally swept me off my feet and I never went any place else after that! For reasons unknown, they disappeared and it was not until 2017 that they emerged once again.

It was still very good at the time but the guy was complaining about the increasing prices of santan (coconut milk). I told him to increase the prices while maintaining the quality of what they dished out but it all fell on deaf ears. The lemak-ness of the rice became less and less and eventually, I stopped going there or at least, not as frequently as before.

They certainly are doing so very well after they have moved to their present location, a stone’s throw from the stall where they used to be. Believe you me, they have grown by leaps and bounds and are selling more than just nasi lemak. and for their nasi lemak these days, there are so many add-on’s…

…that customers can pick and choose.

I ordered what tickled my fancy (RM8.00)…

…and sat at a table there to enjoy it.

No, the rice…

…did not get me jumping with delight, nothing like what it was like before. There was a hint of the lemak-ness but no, it wasn’t anything to get excited about. Ah well!!! I did hear from some friends that the very popular nasi lemak in West Malaysia is not really lemak either – it is all those things that you can order with it that is the attraction. Needless to say, when you eat everything together, it is so so so good and you’d keep coming back for more!

I asked for the sambal egg…

…which was just so so. The sambal had a taste of its own, nice too and not the same as the regular nasi lemak sambal that came with the dish. I did not put in a special request for one with a runny yolk so what I got in the end was overdone, not to my liking.

On the other hand, the chicken rendang

…absolutely blew me away!!! It was very nice and tender and the thick, rich gravy was simply out of this world. It went so well with the rice and of course, I absolutely enjoyed it so much! Their daging masak hitam looked very good too but I was not able to ask for that as I am off red meat at this point in time.

The guy and his wife did come over to talk to me. I guess they remembered how I used to promote their business so much until they became so very successful. They asked me for my verdict and of course, I told them that the rice was nowhere near what it was like when they first started. They admitted it themselves – they said it was best when they first started on a small scale and they used fresh santan that they squeezed out of the grated coconut themselves. Eventually, they bought the santan from a supplier but they stopped when they insisted on selling to him frozen santan instead of the freshly-squeezed ones so right now, they are using those commercially-produced ones sold in the shops and supermarkets.

On the whole, with the chicken rendang, I enjoyed what I had and yes, I certainly would want to go back there again.

NASI LEMAK BANDONG WALK… 

is now located at the blocks of shops, the first one to the left of its former location, the back facing Bandong Walk (2.313869, 111.825808) and the main road.

Over the sea…

For the uniinitiated, Malaysia is divided into two parts, West Malaysia in the mainland peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia across the South China Sea.

There are differences between the cuisines of the races and dialects in different parts of one state even, what more to say throughout the whole country. Some of the Iban dishes, for instance, come across quite differently from the Bidayuh ones and of course, those of the Foochows in Sibu are very different from the ones in Sitiawan Perak or Yong Peng, Johore.

Lately, there are a couple of places claiming that they serve West Malaysian Malay food and when I saw one that said it would be selling lontong (even though, if I am not wrong, it is an Indonesian dish), I simply could not wait to go and try.

Ever since my girl changed schools, I never drove past this place anymore – and I never got to eat the lontong there! As a matter of fact, I am not sure if it is still open for business or not. So far, the only lontong I have had would be the ones from the roadside stalls – I may stumble upon it at Ramadan if I am lucky! There was a good one here but that place had closed down already long ago.

So there we were, for lunch that day and of course, I wasted no time in helping myself to the lontong (RM6.00)…

I took a lot of the nasi impit/himpit (pressed rice, something like ketupat) and drowned it with the soup and all the added ingredients, mostly cabbage, long beans, carrot, bits of tauhu kee and tang hoon. It was all right, that much I would say, a bit watered down. I wouldn’t mind it if it were a bit more lemak and less salty and no, it was not so nice that you would see me rushing back there for more.

I probably would want to drop by again to give the nasi lemak a try though. I thought the smell was quite nice but I did not get to try it that day.

My girl and the mum had their nasi campur (mixed rice) and they sure had a lot of dishes that one can pick and choose, many of them fish…

…and I was thinking that this would be a good place for us to drop by on our no-meat Fridays.

I was drooling over the balitongs (siput sedut)…

– I haven’t had those for a very long time now and I sure would not want to start in case it may trigger off some allergy in me and I’d end up scratching all night long.

There were a lot of vegetable dishes too like this nangka muda masak lemak (young jackfruit cooked in santan/coconut milk)…

…and I love the Malays’ pickled cucumber…

…that they often give you by the side of whatever dish you order.

Of course, there were the meat dishes…

…as well.

Both my girl and the mum took the salai daging masak lemak (smoked beef cooked with santan/coconut milk)…

…and they enjoyed it very much and I thought this was ayam masak merah

…that my girl had but she said it wasn’t. She did think it was very nice though.

My missus had the sambal udang (prawns)…

– they probably ran out of petai (stink beans) and the aforementioned nangka muda (young jackfruit)…

…which she did not really enjoy. She complained that it was very salty!

Both the ladies helped themselves to the noodles (there was fried kway teow too)…

…instead of rice. I thought that was a strange combination. If I were to go for all those dishes, I would definitely want rice to go with whatever I pick.

For my dessert, I had this slice of pumpkin pie (RM6.00)…

…which I thought was very nice.

The total for our lunch that day came up to only RM37.00 altogether for the three of us, inclusive of drinks. I did get to speak to the lady running the place – she’s local, from Kampung Nangka but the employees cooking in the kitchen are all West Malaysian, she said. Needless to say, we would want to come back again and try some of the other dishes in their VERY long buffet spread.

WALIY CORNER (2.314206, 111.826090)…

…is located among the shops behind Bandong Walk, along Jalan Bandong.

Waste not…

I guess everyone would know that I would be up at the break of dawn on weekdays to send my girl to work and once I have dropped her off at her school, I would make my way home. Well, it so happened that one morning, I felt a craving for some kampua mee so I stopped by here and tapao-ed two packets for my missus and I.

This used to my favourite and if you go browsing around Youtube, you may stumble upon a few video clips that claim it is the best in town. Well, I would not insist on that but I would say it is still massively popular despite the fact that it is one of the most expensive, RM4.80 a plate while others are sticking to RM4.00 or RM4.50 (I did hear of some places charging RM5.00 a plate but let us not go there) and even at around 6.00 a.m. in the early morning, all the tables were occupied!

I wouldn’t touch on the taste though – to each his own! All I would say is it was nicer before…but the other day, I wanted to buy their pian sip (wanton) for my girl. She loves the ones here. I thought I would just round it up and asked for RM5.00 but the girl said that they no longer sell those for RM5.00 – if I wanted a large serving, it would be RM5.60. *FAINTS* Never mind! Since it was for my girl, I went ahead and bought it…and somehow, I did notice that she did not seem to be enjoying it all that much. Perhaps if we had gone there to eat, it would be nicer…and incidentally, my missus did not finish the packet I bought her that morning either. I rest my case!

In the meantime, I went and had the pian sip here – I had it once and it was very nice plus it was only RM3.00 a plate. Now it has gone up to RM4.00 and no, I did not enjoy it. For one thing, I asked for the dry version and was given the soup instead. On another day, I stopped by this coffee shop for the kampua mee – the guy there did not look like the one before and no, what I had was nothing to shout about plus I was not given any complimentary soup and it was RM4.50 a plate. Needless to say, you would not see me going back there again either.

And just when I was about to give up on all the kampua mee places in town, I had the one with pian sip (wanton) here

…that day because I was way too early to pick my girl after school and I thought I would just have a bite of something to pass the time while I waited.

Yes, as far as the taste went, it was very good – I wouldn’t mind it if they would cook the noodles a bit longer as I like them softer and less firm…

The complimentary soup was so very tasty, unlike many that you would get all over town where it is nothing more than tap water with light soy sauce and msg added. Tsk! Tsk! Even the chili sauce was nice and adding a bit here and a bit there to the noodles and the dumplings sure brought the taste to a whole new level!

The best part, of course, was this…

Believe it or not, it was only RM3.00. This probably is the cheapest in town and there is ample parking all around the building and in the cathedral grounds, absolutely free!!!

As soon as you have placed your order, they will give you a mug of hot boiling water to sterilise your chopsticks and spoon…

…or your fork and spoon depending on what you want to use to eat. This is in accordance with the directive from the municipal council here – all eateries will have to comply. Other than that, due credit must be given to them for the use of glass plates and ceramic bowls and spoons instead of those horrendous gaudily-coloured plates and everything else. Many have switched to ceramic but there are still some recalcitrant ones who are sticking stubbornly to plastic. Some will use plastic bowls to serve the complimentary soup!

You may recall that this is the place where everyone helping out is doing so on a voluntary basis and all proceeds from the sale of the food and drinks would go to the church. I saw this on the cover of their menu…

-something that we all should take note of and bear in mind. As they say, waste not, want not!

LAUDATO SI’ CANTEEN… 

…is located in what was previously known as the Catholic Centre in the compound of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Jalan Lanang and St Rita’s Primary School, Jalan Bukit Assek.