I still don’t understand even after we get scolded or pushed away by stall owner, we are still willing to go there and wait for the food. Typical Penangites’ thinking – when the stall is packed with people, the food must be good. But even sometimes we find that the food is just so so, still everyone is cramping there. I wonder why?
Today the food that I am going to mention is a total disaster. That particular stall is located at One Corner Cafe, just behind Penang Plaza (Giant). There is nothing wrong with this coffee shop, just that one of the stalls which spoiled the whole basket of eggs.
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This is the 3rd time I visited this shop and it will be the last time I order for this so called “Super” Hokkien Mee. I was here few weeks ago for the first time it was on 10:30am. It was a weekday and I asked for a bowl of hokkien mee. The old lady told me “No more liao, you came too late”. Ok fine, it was my fault on getting here too late.
However, I have not given up as I have tried this hokkien mee last time before they moved to this new coffee shop and it was back in 5 years then and the taste was very nice. Therefore, I came back again a week later. This time I make sure I arriveed at 9:30am . AGAIN, this same old lady appear in front of me and told me “I am afraid the noodle is not enough and no more for you”. WTF, 9:30am already sold off all your noodle?? Fine! I will make sure I come in even earlier next trip.
The 3rd attempt, I wake myself up at 7:30am and arriveed at this stall at 8:30am just to taste this so called “SUPER” Hokkien Mee. When I wanted to order, that old lady appear in front of me again. Look at the picture below, is like the whole world is owing her 20cents. My goodness, not even a pleasant look, bitter than a bitter melon. After asking her again, this time she said “You have to wait for one hour, else come back other day”. Alright, knowing you are so SUPER, I will wait.
After I have ordered, I realised that I’m not the only one stupid enough to wait for this so called SUPER hokkien mee. There are at least 10 tables of people waiting too. Some even read their newspapers while waiting. The worst part is not on waiting, but is about people jumping queue. I saw a few tables of people just stepped into this coffee shop and sat down, the boss’ assistant came and took order from them. You want to know why? Because they know the BOSS! Next time, if I open any shop and you come to me and tell me you are StevenGoh.com reader I will give you 1st priority and also additional discount.
After waited for 40minutes, I went to ask the boss again if my hokkien mee was ready. He just looked at me and asked me to sit back as the -t still counting down. He mentioned that he recorded down all the orders and know what he is doing. Therefore, make me no choice. I have to walk back and sit quietly at my oven seat.
Finally, the SUPER hokkien mee came to me in 59 minutes , nearly an hour as promised. Well, he didn’t break his promise, did he? Long waited extreme, powderful, SUPER hokkien mee. Let me taste it.
Errr……. hold on, this taste is not as good as before. The proportion of chili combination with soup is out. I can only taste the spicy taste mostly. The soup a bit sweet as I believe they place a lot of prawns and pork ribs to cook for hours. Some slices of prawn, chicken and fried onions were placed on top of the noodle.
This is not what I wanted 🙁 This is also the reason I don’t like to introduce much on commercialised or well famous stall. Some more this bowl of SUPER hokkien mee cost me RM3.00, not cheap at all (in Penang). As a consumer, after paying we still need to wait and look at the bitter melon face. I think they are too famous, even an extra bowl or two didn’t add much to their huge profit.
My advice to all the readers, DO NOT think stalls which are packed with people are always good.
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