The rice was not lemak, only very slightly and the salted fish was like it had been fried a long time ago… The sambal was all right, thankfully as it did help make the rice more palatable to some extent and the fried chicken was…like fried chicken.
I also ordered the pian sip, dry (RM3.00)…and that I would say was its saving grace and I quite enjoyed it.
I also asked for a large plate of fried kway teow (RM10.00)…to share and this too was very good and I liked how they went through the trouble of removing the tails of the taugeh (bean sprouts) – they do not bother doing that elsewhere.
Well, the kampua mee (RM3.00)…was all right, not so strong on the garlic taste anymore, probably because of the quality of garlic these days and he added a bit of daun sup (Chinese celery) to the noodles and the soup and I liked that – the added fragrance brought the taste to a whole new level. However, I did not like how he cut the meat into long strips like that. I prefer how they usually do it – in thin broader slices.
I decided to try the kampua noodles – they have some new people running the stall there now and I asked for the set with fish balls soup (RM6.00)…The noodles were great…and so was the soup…with their own-made bay kar/ikan tenggiri (mackerel) fish balls though it was pretty obvious they would need to polish up their skill of making round fish balls. LOL!!!
After browsing through the photographs, I eventually decided to order her bai gu mee (pork rib noodles)…though I must say that I did not have my hopes up that high. However, when it was served, I must say that at first glance, I was quite impressed. It did look impressive…and yes, it was very nice!
The kampua mee…was very good and I loved that the guy used stewed pork unlike many other places where they would give you paper thin slices of boiled pork coloured red in the hope that it would look like char siew.
I asked for the lor mee (RM6.00)…and it came in no time at all. Yes, it was very nice though I would not mind a thicker broth with a bit more egg in it – I could see some bits of the egg but there was so little of it, it might as well not have been there.
One that caught my attention was their crispy pata or what we call the Philippine pork leg…Seeing that there were only the three of us, the lady who came to take our order suggested half of it only for RM28.00. Wowwwww!!! I thought the price was kind of steep but never mind! I had not had it for a long time and I would like to see if the one here would be worth coming back for. Well, unfortunately, it was at best, just o.k. and not really to my liking – I thought it was on the dry side and a bit too hard.
Of course, I had to buy some bread to eat it with and these days, I love toasting my bread with those grill pans, the one with lines so the toast would have lines on them…nicely toasted but not all brown and hard, lightly crusty on the outside, still soft on the inside.
My missus had their seafood aglio olio (RM20.90)…which was very good, much nicer than my girl’s carbonara – one can only eat so much of the latter before one gets jelak. It was a bit too rich and creamy
It was rather obvious that they were not very generous with the sambal unlike what we see in the photo and anyway, it was not very nice so it was no big deal that they gave just a spoonful of it. I loved the super spicy one at McD – this one sure paled in comparison.
I decided to try their zinger cheezilla combo (RM20.50, plus a drink)…which, unfortunately, did not sweep me off my feet. The zinger was fine, hot and spicy and was to my liking. Inside, there was a fried chicken patty with melted mozzarella cheese but I failed to make out the taste of either , neither the patty nor the cheese plus it was rather soggy so I was quite put off by it in the end.
I had the kampua mee pok (flat noodles), white (with light soy sauce), tossed in (bottled) chili sauce with pian sip (RM3.20)…and one thing I noticed was that the mee pok seemed a little narrower and thinner…than those I had elsewhere and boy, they sure gave a lot of it! Maybe that is why people do not mind one bit that they would need to fork out 20 sen more here.
My girl wanted the pasta al nero di seppia, the one with squid ink (RM24.00)…for what she called “the smell of the sea”. Yes, we all agreed that it was very nice, despite the colour and no, there was no unpleasant “chou chor” or fishy smell. I sure would not mind having that again the next time we drop by here. As a matter of fact, among the customers who came in after us, there was a big group and they too asked for the same. It sure is rather popular, it seems.
We also had the Vongole Bianco (RM22.00)…but my girl said that whatever taste it had was drowned out by the stronger flavours of the squid ink pasta. I would beg to differ as I could detect its mild taste and I quite liked it. I sure would not mind ordering that again the next time we drop by here.
Their seafood aglio olio (RM22.00)…was perfectly done. My girl seemed to enjoy those little clams so I picked them all out and placed them on her plate. The prawns were big and most importantly, they were really fresh, very succulent and I sure enjoyed eating them.
This time around, I asked for their pan mee (RM5.00)…and I would say that it wasn’t too bad. As a matter of fact, I had that a long time ago and I did enjoy it, just that I never came back for more as frankly, I’m not all that crazy about pan mee. To me, it’s just something that I may consider having sometimes for a change.
I ordered the kolo mee (RM4.50)…and lived to regret it. It was kampua mee served with the minced meat on top and two fish balls and half of a hardboiled egg, something quite unheard of if you are having kolo mee, the way it should be and some khiew chai (curly vegetable). It did not have that kolo mee taste and there was no char siew plus I was not given the pickled chili in vinegar, just bottled chili sauce.
Their star attraction was their herbal soup (dong gui/當歸) and the guy did say that they had that but we could not taste anything of the sort in the complimentary soup nor was there any hint of it in the chap-chap (mixed) soup…
Well, they have a new guy now and I had his stewed pork noodles (RM5.00)…the other morning. Boy! It sure was very very good!
Well, this time around, I had the kampua mee (RM3.00)…and the pian sip, dry (RM3.00)…and I don’t know if after all this time, she had improved or I was hungry as I had not had breakfast that morning but I thought both of them were very nice.
I decided to go for their sambal eco fish (RM14.90)…one of my favourites here and I had not had that for quite sometime now. Just like the Assam Fish, they use the tilapia from Batang Ai, so fresh that at times, they are even delivered alive! The sambal was at best, o.k. and as expected for a place like this, it was not spicy and I wished they had some cut fresh chilies in the soy sauce – they had that in the photograph in the above display on the wall. Thankfully, the fish was great and I liked the pickled cucumber too so I would say that I did quite enjoy the meal.
I asked for the moon version of the Foochow fried noodles, wet (RM4.00)…and yes, it was very good just that it could do with a bit more added ingredients, the green vegetables, at least – I am sure an extra leaf or two would not be all that expensive. The next time around, I will ask if they have the special. I don’t mind paying more even if it is just a few slices of liver and a little bit more meat.
When it was served…I must say that I was a little disappointed as there was nothing else other than the egg. Thankfully, the noodles tasted all right, not the best nor the worse but I would not mind stopping by to eat this if I happen to be around there and no, you would not see me going out of my way for it.
The ang ku kueh (RM1.20 each)…had a nicer texture, the skin, that is and I also thought the filling inside tasted a little bit better, just a bit. However, it looked smaller and it is more expensive by 20 sen. I am not so particular about the difference in price – if I am here, I will just buy the ones here and if I am there, I will grab the ones there.
The kampua mee (RM3.00)…was a bit on the mild side. It could do with a bit more shallot oil/lard but they were very generous with the chili sauce – they gave one whole bottle of it unlike many places where they will give you a spoonful in one of those tiny saucers – so I could add all I wanted and I also tossed the pian sip with the mee and yes, I quite enjoyed it after that.
I dropped by here that day to buy the yam puffs (RM2.50 each)…that my girl likes a lot and since she was home those few days, she could enjoy them for breakfast or for tea. They are very nice and I like the fibrous exterior, the char siew filling is like what is in their steamed buns
I tried their steamed char siew pao (RM2.00)…before and it was very nice so I stopped by that day to buy a few home to re-steam in the morning for breakfast
I saw the kampua mee guy…preparing something with a whole lot of pork liver and he told me it was his Sarawak laksa and some customer requested for the liver to be added. He asked me if I wanted to give it a try and looking at the broth…in the pot, I thought it looked good so I ordered a bowl (RM5.00)…but no, I did not ask for the liver. It turned out to be very nice…
I was quite sure we had their Guiness stout pork…before but we decided we would have a go at it again. Much to our delight, it was very nice – the sauce went so well with the rice but I was not all that fond of the melamine plate it was served in. Well, at least, it wasn’t the coloured or floral ones where the colour may come off eventually like those fake banana leaf plates.
My girl loves vegetable curry and that would be an ideal dish for our no-meat Friday in the season of Lent. True to what my sister said, it…was really very nice, a whole lot nicer than the half-baked curry dishes we may get at some Chinese restaurant in town. I asked the lady and she said that we could have beef or chicken curry as well and if we wanted fish, we would have to wait quite a bit as they would need to defrost the fish first.