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Ginger Egg Bread

Filed in Being Silly, Food

Maybe I was very hungry, or maybe I just spoke too fast that my breakfast order this morning came out as roti telur halia. I only realised the mistake after I said it, and hurriedly corrected myself, but not before the shop assistant heard and gave out a loug guffaw. I’ve never heard him laugh so loud before. Come to think of it, I’ve never heard him laugh before. Or even smile.

In any case, roti telur halia wasn’t entirely wrong as it comprised the two items in my order – roti telur bawang and teh halia.

The “Face to Face” Noodle Shop, Part 2

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So I went back to the shop for lunch the day after the previous entry. First thing I did before entering the shop was to take a picture of the signboard:

If I’d only paid attention previously, I would’ve read the English name of the shop. Well, my excuse is I’ve only seen the shop while driving past on my way home in the evenings. And walking into the shop the first time last Sunday, my mind was on food so I didn’t pay attention to the signboard.

Today, I ordered the dark soy sauce version. And when the bowl of noodles was served, I realised what I’d so quickly forgotten – in addition to the sauce and minced meat, the noodles are also served with char siew (barbecued pork) and meat balls. How could I have forgotten, it’s only been a week since I last ate at “Face to Face” ? The answer is simple – the main ingredients overshadowed the secondary ones.

Last week, I’d ordered a bowl of wantan soup to go with the noodles but they had sold out of those, so I settled for suikau (larger variation of wantan). Today, I tried for the wantans again and they were available. For the same price, it’s 10 wantans or 5 suikaus. Even tho content wise, they are about the same – 1 suikau = 2 wantans – I found the 5 suikaus just nice, whereas the 10 wantans were enough for two people.

I like “Face to Face” . I’ll be back to try the other noodle dishes on the menu.

If you’re in Malaysia, and live in the PJ area, particularly around the booming Tesco – IKEA/Ikano – Curve area, “Face to Face” is just a little further up the road, in Damansara Perdana, same row as 7-Eleven.

The “Face to Face” Noodle Shop

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Now you may be wondering what “face” has to do with “noodle” .

Well, nothing in the English language. But in spoken Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin dialects), the two words sound alike – “mien” . In written Chinese, they look alike, too.



The Chinese character for “face” is what may be called a single character, whereas “noodle” is made up of two Chinese characters – “mak” (Cantonese) on the left, meaning “wheat”, and “mien” (Cantonese and Mandarin) on the right, meaning “face” .

So the owners of this noodle shop in my neighbourhood came up with the novel idea of calling the shop “Face to Face” . And the character used is the one for “face” , not the one for “noodle” .


I have no answer to that, unless I go by and ask them one of these days. But I would hazard a guess and say it might be because “face” is a simpler character to write than “noodle” . No, seriously, it’s probably because it just makes a good conversation starter. Plus, it probably gets people curious to go in and try the menu.

Which was what I did. I was curious about the shop’s name and went in to see what they had to offer. In fact, I didn’t relate the name to noodles, and thought it was the usual cafe offering a variety of dishes. I was wrong. The shop sells nothing but noodles. After I had a look at the menu, the meaning of the shop’s name became clear to me.

“Face to Face” noodle shop sells a variety of noodles, but its Chef’s Recommendation is Sarawak noodles – a dry noodle topped with soy sauce and minced meat. In addition, there are two variations – black soy sauce and chilli sauce.

I tried the original and it was good. And the serving large. Yummy …

In fact, writing about it now is making me hungry. Maybe I go there for lunch afterwards. And take some pictures, too.

Spoons spelled backwards

Filed in Being Silly, Food


Actually, Spoons is a cafe near my office. We go there sometimes for lunch, when we want to get away from the usual lunchtime crowds (usually at the two curry shops nearby) and also when we want somewhere cool. Its menu is similar to Secret Recipe, but offering more local fare. It also has a real fiery cili sauce that is made from cili padi and is specially ordered, and delivered in large bottles not for retail sales. It’s really fiery like the real cili padi and not toned down to be kind to palates. I’ve asked to buy some and the owner has promised to put some in a regular retail sized bottle for me. Yum, I’m salivating just thinking about it.

Picture Source: Cili padi – Wikipedia

Candy Cane

Filed in Food, Travels

I found myself in Brighton the next morning after the UK LRC. We all had a day off while waiting for Janis’s concert that evening (to be held at a cinema in Brighton). Problem was, I didn’t have my camera with me. For some reason, I associated the camera with Janis (for taking lots of pictures of her and with her) so when Anna said she was going into Brighton and I asked if I could go along, I didn’t think to put the camera in my backpack.

Brighton is famous for its pier. It’s also famous from the Graham Greene book Brighton Rock. And because I didn’t have my camera to capture any photographic images, I bought some postcards, at least one of them showing the famous pier. I also bought some Brighton Rock. One in every colour that the shop has.

I remember watching a documentary on the Discovery Travel & Living channel and seeing how Brighton Rock is made – with the words “Brighton” and “Rock” rolled into the candy. The strip was then cut up to show that the words appear inside the candy all the way to the other end. It should be true because when I took one up to take a picture, I took the other end where the words are in reverse:

I then pointed the right end at the camera for another shot but for some reason, the camera would not focus, so I reversed the shot and got this:

I wouldn’t know whether the words “Brighton Rock” really appear inside the candy. My candy cane souvenirs remain uneaten, and I don’t think I’ll ever bite into one. There was one night I was tempted to, but after googling for the ingredients, I lost my appetite for one. Apparently, some of the colourings used are made from stuff you would never put into your mouth, let alone swallow.