Monday, April 17, 2006

KOLO MEE & KOAY TEOW SOUP @ SWEE SEN CAFÉ, KOTA PADAWAN

This is the corner café next to Kota Padawan’s council building at 10th Mile Kuching/Serian Road. Some people have gone gaga over its Kolo Mee (Dry Tossed Noodle), which is basically dry alkaline noodle tossed with vegetable oil, light soy sauce, msg, and a sprinkle of white vinegar, topped with prawn (shrimp), wonton, pork meatball and cha-sui (Chinese roast pork) garnished with spring onion.

This café is a family affair – with the eldest brother manning the till (he’s due for a heart by-pass tomorrow), one brother in charge of the drinks station, and another with the wife cooking up a storm. The rest of the clan are maitre d's, servers and bus-persons. The business started by the father, when this place was a one-strip township, with butchers and vegetable sellers occupying adjoining shops, and the end of the town was a gravel road leading to some governmental departments. My uncle who worked in one of those places, used to give the old lady a ride to town’s hospital during lunch break when the old man was sick. It was an in-thing for those with cars in the old days to drop by during weekends for grub. To these days, the place is packed on weekends, and on weekdays it’s filled with government servants on assignment “catchin’ snakes”.


This place claim to fame is its serving of big prawns with the noodle. Those ‘special’ will set you back RM6 or more depending on the portion of the prawns. To me it’s not the prawns that make a good Kolo Mee, but rather the preparation itself. What’s there to be excited about over some prawns that are boiled in broth, when one can buy big fresh prawn at RM30 per kg., and eat to your heart’s content? Unless one is a “sam-pa-lau”, there are RM15 big prawn noodle or RM50 per 100 gm. fish noodle to be had in town; that’s something to brag ‘bout. One thing 'bout this place is that all fishballs, meatballs, wonton and cha-sui are home-made. They have upgraded from kerosene oven to an electric whatumacallit for the roast pork.

Below are the 2 dishes I tried - ordinary portion only.

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width="600"Koay Teow Soup

The kueh-tiaw soup was a bit bland. An hour later I was parched…..too much msg. If I wasn’t in the vicinity, I wouldn’t have dropped by for a bowl of noodle. I was visiting a distant relative farther up the road…..meet Ritchie!

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