The first time I heard about Kampua Mee was when I followed Mr Arthur Wee's blog. Mr Wee is rather fond of Kampua Mee and everytime he blogs about this noodle, I get more and more curious about it.
I am aware that Kampua Mee are available in KL and PJ, it's just that those places are a bit out of the way for me. So when I stumbled upon a newly opened noodle house in Damansara Uptown which serves Kampua Mee, I was quite excited.
One day, I made my way there to finally taste Kampua Mee. As usual, I like to go early to avoid the lunch crowd.
The server brought me an order chit and the menu. I already knew what I wanted and also ordered a black coffee (no sugar) to help me stay awake after lunch hee..hee..
The coffee was quite mild and I prefer the kopi-O from the coffee shop.
After a while, my Kampua Mee was served.
I dug in and mixed the noodles and ingredients together. I found some char siew inside.
The char siew is unlike the usual char siew I am familiar with. It does not have that smoky taste and even the sauce was different.
The noodles were a bit starchy (maybe it was not well rinsed) and I had a taste. I'm afraid I was not wowed by it. The taste was quite mild, I felt that there was not enough shallot oil.
When I mentioned my experience to my brother, he told me that he has tasted Kampua Mee twice (at different places) and he too found the noodles rather unremarkable.
But I am not judging Kampua Mee just from this one experience. After all, I have not tasted the one from East Malaysia and for all I know, the one I ate may not be authentic. Or maybe, this noodle does not suit my tastebuds.
So if any Kampua Mee connoisseurs know of a place that serves good authentic (or near-authentic) Kampua Mee in PJ or KL, do let me know, OK?