“Don’t take picture of my restaurant. I don’t to appear in the newspaper!” the auntie yelled from across the cooking area.
I entered Hock Seng Hin Coffeeshop from the kitchen, as rif parked his car behind that row of shop lots. When she said that, I was surprised. Firstly, I was surprised she noticed my camera. It was a compact camera, not a DSLR. Also, what made her think I was going to review her restaurant in my column?
“If you take pictures, I won’t cook for you. I don’t want people to come to my shop. I have too many customers. No more time to cook for people,” she added arrogantly. Annoyed, I kept my camera and made my way to the front of the shop. We were there just before noon, and managed to get the last table in the restaurant.
They are known for their steamed fish with spicy bean sauce. rif has been going there since he was a young boy, and for someone who’s not a fan of fish, he likes this. His parents did the ordering — steamed fish head with spicy bean sauce (RM26), tofu soup (RM10) and watercress cooked belacan style (RM9).
Food was quick to arrive. I really liked the tofu soup. It reminded me of the tofu soup from Bei King restaurant, but tastier. This version had plenty of thick tofu chunks, minced pork, leafy greens and egg, making it thicker and better flavoured.
The belacan fried watercress was crunchy and refreshing, but had little of the key ingredient — belacan. It tasted more like plain stir fried watercress, which was nothing to shout about. Portion was also quite puny, given its RM9 price tag.
Steamed fish with spicy bean sauce was quite unusual; I have never come across this cooking style for fish. The fish slices came swimming in thick gravy, that consisted of garlic, chilli padi and ginger. Even with the copious amount of ginger, I found the fish very fishy and didn’t like it one bit.
The food was nothing to shout about, and the arrogance was a huge faux pas for me. Sorry auntie, you’re really too full of yourself. I wouldn’t want to waste my column space by reviewing your mediocre food.
231, Jalan Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
(opposite Federal Used Car Company)
Tel: 03 2148 4906
GPS Coordinates: N03 08.258 E101 42.614