Dinner out alone

Nowadays, there are many places for a writer to sit and write, if she had a laptop or at least a notebook. There are plenty of eateries around with free WiFi and refillable drinks. All you really need is the will and the drive to write.

Which is how I found myself sitting in Jaya One, trying out this cafe I’d passed by at least three times before but never quite venturing in.

Sun Wong is along the same row as News Junction and Killiney’s in Jaya One. That’s to say, they’re facing the inner road that leads to more offices and factories, while chains like Old Town Kopitiam face the outer main road heading from/to UTAR.

Sun Wong seems, at first glance, to be one of those Chinese eateries that not just stocked Hong Kong/Taiwan type dishes, but also with attitudes to match. That is, rude and unhelpful to the non-Chinese speaking. These kind of waiters are even worse if you look Chinese; they either ignore you completely or treat you worse than dirt.

Happily, perhaps because it was so quiet, Sun Wong was not like that. The waiters SMILE (something a lot of restaurants forget to teach their waiters) and they’re actually rather polite.

Perhaps it’s because there aren’t too many people here that the atmosphere here is quite pleasant. The manager herself came over to recommend some dishes to me, switching quickly to halting English when I mentioned I couldn’t speak Chinese. I think she was speaking Mandarin (and I can’t understand that dialect for nuts).

I ended up ordering this “Flat Noodles with Beef Strips in Swiss sauce” and some iced Chinese tea (the flat noodles is item 25, btw).

Flat noodles is actually what we call Kuay Teow. For some reason, I kept thinking I had ordered rice, so when the char kuay teow came, I checked the menu again. The waiter who served me was nice enough not to give me the “stupid” customer look.

Oh and yes, it really does look like Char Kuay Teow. Here, have a picture.

insert picPic will come later when I’m home.

Happily for me, it has no chilli. It was also cooked the way I liked it, slightly wet without being soupy and surprisingly, with enough beansprouts to add some crunchiness to an otherwise “soft” dish.

The surprise of this dish is in the beef strips though. I wasn’t expecting it at all, but the strips are just about tender and slightly chewy, with plenty of juice to savour. Hidden within the noodles, it was a delightful surprise.

Other notables include onions and that green leafy thing everyone now puts into their char kuay teow. Both easily removed, thankfully. They also use red chillies for their garnish, but instead of cutting the chillies and leaving their seeds inside, they cut it into strips again.

The dish is also surprisingly filling. I think it’s the way it’s served; I’ve got about two more mouthfuls to finish but I’m already feeling full. And they have the beef strips too!

*Chews chews chews*

Yes, Mizi is out with me, so I am writing this while eating. :P

There is Internet here but I am too lazy to get the password from them. It’s nice to disconnect from the Internet once in a while, when you’re on the computer. Makes you enjoy the moment all that more.

It’s very quiet now. I’m not surprised, it’s getting close to 10pm and I’m one of the customers left. Ok, time to take this and go. Be back soon.

PS: Interestingly, they’re using HOT water to clean the floors. That’s novel.

Edit: Posting this from the Coffee Bean at Jaya One with a cup of hot lemon chamomile by my side. I should go home, but am delaying it. I like this feeling of being alone and solitary. Just me and Mizi.

1 Response

  1. MaX March 8, 2009 / 11:12 PM

    Heya, my parents use hot water to clean the floors of our shop too! It helps with the disinfection and all. Now that my parents are in the retail/F&B line, I’m starting to appreciate the finer points of upkeeping the cleanliness of an eatery. I’ll probably try out this place soon! =)

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