Monday, July 30, 2007

SAMBAL FRIED KOAY TEOW @ CHOON SENG COFFEE SHOP, SG. MERAH, SIBU


In search of a great fried koay teow, brought me to this village some 5 miles from town center. This is Huai Bin's (Sixthseal's infamy [sic]) county - land of the Hinhuas. This is also the breeding ground of another Sibu's famous son - remember Carrian, the company the brought Bank Bumiputra to its knees in H.K.? Of late, the place has developed from parallel rows of wooden shop houses to concrete ones, plus a Legendary Walkway along the banks of the red river in honor of the early Foochow settlers.

On with the food; the koay teow here bears the same name of its fore-fathers' legacy - Kok Cheng's Fried Koay Teow. Kok Cheng is the name of the coffee shop opposite the Chung Hua Primary School in town. That koay teow stall was one of the early ones that did Taugeh/Kuchai Koay Teow in town. I remember in the old days, my dad used to bring our own eggs to save cost for the Ta'Pau - Kuhong, eh?

This new stall has no familiar faces in sight. No male ones - must be the 3rd. generation. We ordered the Sambal Koay Teow... nothing to samba 'bout! Looked alright but lacked the oomph! factor. Rather bland for a Sambal one... trailing Ghim Eng's koay teow (She's Ah Kow's Mrs. - just found out on this trip. By Ah Lee's account, Ah Kow does all the legwork of wifey's Sambal Haibee.) by a mile. Must have forgotten to shout: "Flame On!" while woking. So much for nostalgia!


The shop is on the left side of the road if you coming from town using the old Queens Way, before the Legacy Walk.

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