Sunday, July 23, 2006

FOOCHOW NOODLE SOUP @ THOMPSON'S CORNER, KUCHING


One often associates Foochows with Kampua Mee (Dry Noodle). How does one address a Foochow’s noodle soup? Kampua Thóng? That's an oxymoron - dry and soup? I think Thóng Mēin (noodle soup) should suffice. Enough said already, or the Foochows will be up in arms for butchering their dialect.

This Thompson's Corner is located at the corner of Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce (formerly known as Palm Road) and Nanas Road. The husband and wife team selling the Foochow fare are formerly from Sri Aman. They are the early pioneers selling Kampuas when Kolo Mee was the norm. And, if I'm not mistaken, this is the first Thompson's Corner outlet in town that revolutionized the multi-stalls coffee shop concept.

The Thóng Mēin is like any ordinary yellow alkaline noodle that sits in a bowl of pork broth, topped with Cha-Sui and garnished with fried shallots and spring onion. However, since this stall sells braised chicken Mee Suah (thread noodle), I always have mine with a dash of Chinese red wine. It somehow enhances the flavor of the soup with a sweet and a tingle of vinegary taste. It's not on the menu, you have to specify it. As for me, the man knows what I want when I order
Thóng Mēin.

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