When I don't have enough time or am too lazy to pack my lunch to work, I eat chap fan. Yup, I tapau just like everybody else.
The coffee shop behind my office used to prepare very good dishes for their chap fan stall. Their selections were limited but the quality was decent by chap fan standards. Prices were reasonable too.
But alas, their standards dropped over the years and I hardly go there anymore unless if I am pressed for time.
I had been going to Tar Chong opposite UOB Bank in Damansara Uptown for my lunch or dinner fix but sadly there has been a drastic drop in the quality of their dishes. I don't know why, maybe there has been a change in ownership or the proprietors have fallen on bad times (hence can't buy good ingredients) or the cook left hah..hah..
I have stopped buying food from Tar Chong and my other alternative is the chap fan stall at the coffee shop near Standard Chartered Bank. That chap fan stall is the most expensive in this area but the food is quite good.
Lately, I noted they are not doing as well as they did before. The crowd and long queues have since died down. Why? Are people more cost conscious and are opting for something cheaper or have they started to bring their own food? I don't know.
Anyway, here is some of the food I tapau last year just for laughs.
|This is dinner from Curry Leaf. It doesn't look very pretty but it's deeelicious! I've got rice, mutton, beansprouts and a medley of brinjals and potatoes.|
|Again, this is dinner from Curry Leaf. I forgot to bring my own container hence it is packed in this styrofoam box. Same as above except for the mixed vegetable curry.|
|Oops! Curry Leaf again. I cannot resist their dry mutton curry and that brinjal and potato mix. This time, cabbage joined the combo. I was in heaven!|
|This one is from the stall near Standard Chartered Bank. I love their sweet and sour pork and brinjals. To that I added choy tam and a piece of beancurd. This cost me RM9.00 if I am not mistaken.|
|I miss this a lot. From Tar Chong when it was great. See my favorite lemon chicken? I took 3 veggies to accompany it. What a satisfying lunch!|
|When I am tired of chap fan, I treat myself to a delicious salad at Salad Shack. This was so good!|
So how now? With expensive chap fan which is not that great, I have resorted to packing my own lunch again. These were from last year.
|Grilled pork with tomatoes, peppers, salad leaves and cucumbers.|