The original plan was to have breakfast at Chong Choon kopitiam but when we arrived, about 10.30 am, the waitress was already washing her pots and pans by the road side and told us that they were closing already.
It took us a whopping RM 33/ 20minutes with a cab from Four Points, Sheraton and my heart sank when we were denied entry to the kopitiam. I was also a little cheesed off that even the local cabbie ripped us off the cabfare as he diverted off route for a while claiming he was not familiar with where Chong Choon was. Aren’t we all brothers and sisters? Why rip off from another fellow sibling in nation?
What was even more alarming was that several kopitiams within this area were closed or closing down. I was beginning to worry I’d disappoint my friends for bringing them all the way here to have no food to eat.
Thankfully, one kopitiam behind this street was opened!
We ordered this foochow mee, which looked quite similar to wantan noodles minus the dark soy sauce. The noodles were not that bad, although it was drizzled over with pork lard oil, it was still a little bland since us West Malaysians are used to a heavier and more dense flavours in our noodles. RM 5.
The sarawak laksa was quite an acquired taste for our friend from Korea. He has a strong dislike towards the taste of coriander and his face cringed when he accidentally bit a piece of it. As the gravy was more fat and creamy that it’s sibling laksa from Penang, which was more towards the sour side, our Korean friend preferred this than the latter. RM 5.
Local Kuching food, checked! And now for some local feel of “having a coffee break” like how Kuching-ites do.
Bing! Cafe is a popular, widely available franchise cafe in this territory. There was one branch strategically located in front of us. Hence we headed there next for a cuppa.
The lemon cheese cake was pretty darn good! Dense, slightly rough in texture, but worked well to add some feel and volume in the mouth. The cake wasn’t sweet too and it went easy on the tummy especially after foochow mee and sarawak laksa. RM 12.
I am a HUGE fan of carrot cake, regardless good or below average quality ones. Maybe it is the gritty texture, or the lovely cream cheese layer, or the psychological effect of it being a “healthier” cake than other choices.
Bing!’s carrot cake was AMAZING. Although the cake was for sharing, I shamefully finished a good 75% of it. Goodbye calories!
When this arrived at our table, I knew this would be a nicely done frapp. The rich, heavy, chocolatey taste was heavenly. And the ice was finely shaved too. No rough edgy bits when you sip it through the straw. Best part of all, the sweetness was just about right. Darn. This is one good frapp.
Done with food, the engine to start work now begins! Seminars both on Friday night and Saturday morning, were a success! Many came to hear the precious Word delivered and grace was abundantly received!
Our brothers and sisters worked hard at any job given, even at selling the History of Redemption Series books! indeed, we too received a lot of grace to be able to work for His redemptive will on earth. Amen!
Next stop: enroute KL!