Wednesday, July 19, 2006

LAU SU FANG @ NYAN SHIN CAFE, JALAN CARPENTER, KUCHING


This Hakka coffee shop, at the junction of Carpenter Street and China Street, is renowned for its Bee-Tai-Bak or Lau-Su-Fang (Round Rice Noodle). The rice noodle and yellow noodle (for Kolo Mee) are still churned out by the matriarch. They serve the usual Kolo Mee fare of noodle, Wonton, Koay Tiaw, Bee-Tai-Bak, and the latest addition, Taiwan beef noodle.

I patronize this shop mostly for its Bee-Tai-Bak soup. It differentiates itself from the commercially made ones by its texture and firmness. Its soup base is not something you’ll write home about. Like most Kolo Mee vendors’, it's light in taste and flavor, and looks like plain water, as can be discerned form the photo above. There are garlic oil, msg, fish sauce, Cha-Sui, minced pork and spring onion in the bowl of Bee-Tai-Bak.

Nowadays, the 3rd. generation Ah Guan mans the stall - he's the one with tattoo all over his back. This is the place where his grandpa started his business. However, his late father operated from a small shop just further up Upper China Street, and his mom and sisters were briefly at Woon Lam Cafe at Jalan Song Thien Chiok. This is the family's shop; the mom and the sisters stay upstairs.

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