Of Plans and Torpedoes…

Yesterday, it was fried bihun (rice vermicelli). Today’s breakfast was rice porridge. In fact, mom made a big pot of it, because she wanted me to have that for lunch too before I drive back to Penang.

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Admittedly, mom’s rice porridge is wayyyy more awesome than mine. There’s a lot more healthy liews (ingredients) in it, including some of those stuff that I hate with my guts, eg black fungus, kelp and onions.

Above picture was taken during lunch time. See how little I got for myself? Because I had a plan. I guess my mom really knows me best. I think she knew what I was up to when she saw how much porridge I took. So she added two big ladles of porridge into my bowl on top of what you saw in the picture.

On top of that she also did more cooking in between breakfast and lunch time, when I went out with my dad to help him with some errands. She whipped up a vegetable dish. And a scrambled egg dish with tomato and onion. And a small bowl of parsley. All these for me and my dad. She wanted to torpedo my plan by making me super full before I leave home.

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I mean, don’t get me wrong. I know my mom loves me and has my best (health) interests in her heart. I love my mom too. But I was in sulking mode as I drove away from home.

After driving for 20 meters, I thought: screw it! I’ll go ahead with my plan. I’ll just order a Small portion so that I don’t end up overeating too much.

Yes… my plan was to go for pork noodles before I drive back to Penang. So I drove to the food court near my home to execute my plan.

But I ended up having this instead. Because this stall was in the way between me and the pork noodles stall, and the curry gravy was too mouthwatering for me to ignore.

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This, is NOT pork noodles. This is chee cheong fun (rice noodle roll). Unlike Hong Kong or Penang style, this is how we KL people roll when it comes to chee cheong fun. We have it together with some fried stuff, and awesome sweet sauce or curry gravy.

In the end, it was not my mom who succeeded in torpedoing my pork noodles plan. It was the fragrant curry gravy that did me in. But I guess I can’t complain. This is currently my second most craved KL food after pork noodles, with wanton noodles coming in a distant third. And it has been much longer since I last had this.

What did I have in this plate? Well, 1 rice roll, 1 pork ball, 1 fu chuk (bean curd skin), 1 other fried stuff, and 1Β stuffed chili. They came up to RM 5.80. For a typical full meal, I would normally go for 2 of each instead.

On another note, I was surprised that the kopi beng (iced coffee) here has reduced in price. I remember since some time last year, they have increased their price for a glass of this to RM 2.60. Today it was RM 2.10. I guess they went over the limit and got less drinks order and were forced to re-lower their prices.

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I’m now back in Penang. And dinner tonight is an orange and two tablespoons of instant oats in soy milk. Gotta control my food intake…

But I’m a happy man today. πŸ˜€


  1. Yes, yes, yes! That is how us KL people roll when it comes to chee cheong fun. I love mine with the black sweet sauce. Looking at your plate of it, the portion looks small but that is what I usually get and it fills me up very nicely. I don’t know about anyone else but chee cheong fun makes me full very fast and for a while πŸ˜€

  2. I’m sure you can find good versions of your 3 fav foods in Penang…you’ve just not found them yet! And I’ve seen curry chee cheong fun in Penang food blogs. πŸ˜‰

    • Admittedly, I’m not trying really hard to search. If I have to go out of my way to have them, and/or have to endure parking hunt, then I lose interest LOL!

      But the verdict for wanton mee and pork noodles is out: there are NO good versions in Penang, regardless of how beautiful the pictures look.

  3. Your mum’s porridge looks fantastic with unique colours and ingredients. I never had such a tempting porridge like this. We all know your mum loves you a lot and look at your size. Muahahaha
    I miss all my mum’s cooking now. Sobs!

    2 decades ago, we never had Chee Cheong Fun with curry and fried stuffs in Penang. I think they copied KL styles for a good change.

    • I had the CCF in KL before I go back. I don’t think you can find this in Penang even today. Don’t think they will copy KL style, Penang lang too arrogant and conceited to do that.

  4. Ehhh, first picture I thought it’s a dessert timm, looks like ice kacang punyer liew with “woo tau” (yam), kekeke.. Hi 5, I like curry CCF also.. I like to ask them to banjirkan my CCF with the curry soup, but normally the aunty will say “not enuff to banjirkan la”.. Haha..

    • The CCF auntie here, if you tapao, then the gravy will be more and enough to banjir. If you dine in then no. I think she is not very good in estimating when pouring gravy into packets hahaha

  5. I’ll cry if I’m served that porridge. I don’t like porridge. Porridge to me is only eaten when one is unwell and my mom knows that πŸ˜›

  6. wow, another mommy’s ζ„›εΏƒ cooking for you, and now i can really see how much effort she has put in to prohibit you to have your 豬肉粉!! really 心思細密, ζ­₯ζ­₯η‚Ίη‡Ÿ.. when i read your post yesterday, i was already thinking to myself, errr, why this RG didn’t go to have his pork noodles fix before reaching home?? hmmm, looks like you did that after leaving home for Penang, haha!! though just 豬腸粉 but good also lah.. anyway, i’m rather shocked that plate is RM5.80, and you usually will go for 2 pieces of each?? wow, that’s a lot and meaning RM11.60?? expensive leh.. now maybe i understand why your mom doesn’t let you eat out, hahaha!! πŸ˜€

    • I suppose so. Last time I had a full CCF meal, it cost me upwards of RM 8. But it was pre-GST days. Damn, I need to keep this in mind and not take the ingredients like crazy next time!

  7. You very keng wor! After eating the porridge and all the dishes your mother cooked, you still have space for the ccf. But then you absolutely cannot get this kind of ccf in Penang so says my brother so you are right to eat it despite aiming for the pork noodle.

    I think the porridge in your photo looks absolutely delicious. I would love to eat it.

    • Admittedly, it was a super bad idea. I was quite bloated until I stopped for toilet in Tapah. To make matters more exciting, it was raining heavily along the way. It was a miracle that I did not lose concentration and drive into the divider.

      Most of my Penang friends who have lived in KL for a few years thought our style of CCF is pretty awesome too, but strangely we never see anyone selling it like this in Penang. One day maybe I will open a shop to sell KL style CCF. I think it should be a viable business opportunity.

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