When hubby suggested going to Bukit Mertajam again for the weekend, I was delighted for two reasons : tucking into good food and attending Mass at St. Anne's Church. He made plans with his photography buddy, Boey, for their nocturnal outing, while I gleefully listed out food that's not to be missed out on.
|The front of the coffee shop|
One of the biggest crowd-pullers is the famous BM Yam Rice stall. I first
|Fluffy yam rice with its sidekick|
Another stall here at Sentosa Corner that is highly recommended by hubby's friend is Peter's Jawa Mee.
|A dish of amazing goodness|
You can usually see an orderly queue in front of the stall that sells Portuguese egg tarts.
With the ovens right beside the stall, you are guaranteed some heavenly smells and some very fresh egg tarts. Hubby and I bought some to be eaten for tea later. The Portuguese egg tarts were crunchy on the outside and superbly soft inside...yum! This stall, which has been featured in local newspapers, also sells other types of egg tarts as well as Seremban siew pao.
Our dinner stop later in the evening was to Mei Le Hwa coffeeshop, diagonally opposite Sentosa Corner. At night, only one stall operates at the coffeeshop and it is the sole reason why people flock to this eatery. It is for its famous duck egg char koay teow. We did not get to try this a few months ago because hubby's friend had insisted on giving us a dinner treat elsewhere. This time around, he tried to do the same but hubby knew he would be in for an earful (plus a long face) from his wifey should he accept. So hubby wisely put his foot down and insisted that we would like to give this much talked about char koay teow a try. The ravings on the internet were well justified. Someone even said that the famous Sisters Char Koay Teow at Macalister Road, Penang, can "move over". Having now tasted the heavenly plate of char koay teow fried with duck egg and bits of crispy fried lard, all done with gusto over charcoal fire, I can attest to its oomph! Hubby and I ordered a big plate each topped with an extra fried duck's egg (RM5.50). Plunge your chopstick into the yolk and it comes oozing out onto the flat noodles, giving it additional allure. Cholesterol? What's that? You do not exist in my dictionary tonight. I paused by the stall on my way out to give a big thumb's up to Ah Heng, who fries non-stop from 8pm till 1am, to which he smiles shyly.
|Look at all those bags of koay teow, poised to be fried throughout the night|
|Behold the duck egg char koay teow, which Anthony Bourdain called as "the tastiest ugly mess"!|
|Mix all the ingredients up in my bowl of dry la main and I go oo-la-lla|
|Hubby's bowl of koay teow th'ng in really flavorful broth|
|Popular side dishes (clockwise from top right : deep fried squid, dragon balls in seaweed soup, lor bak and blanched boneless chicken)|