Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Food in Borneo: Mee Sapi Haji Salleh

When in Rome, do what the Romans do, or in Malay, they say, 'Masuk kandang kambing, mengembek.' So this time, as a local Sarawakian, I plan to share the best joints, food stalls and whatever hangouts that the locals always go to, and here's one of Kuching's best breakfast joints, Mee Sapi Haji Salleh. 

The cafe is called Sepinang Sari, however, it's better known as Mee Sapi Haji Salleh (the owner's name is Haji Salleh, by the way). The cafe is located at Jalan Satok, right next to Maybank Islamic, it's right next to the Satok flyover. 

Mee kolok, in the making. Mee kolok is actually a noodle soup dish, traditionally a Chinese dish, and some might even call it Kolo Mee. In the traditional recipe, pork is used but as pork is haraam for the Muslims, thus beef is used as a substitute for pork and some even use chicken meat (I know of a cafe in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah that sells yummy fish kolo mee).

The different types of kolo mee that they sell. Oh, I forgot to mention, mee sapi and mee kolo is actually the same thing; the difference, some says is that mee sapi is served with clear soup while mee kolok is served with clear soup that has already been mixed with soy ketchup (thus making the soup kinda blackish, but still almost equally delicious).  

The counter where the dish is being prepared. A bowl of mee kolok usually costs about RM4.50 onwards (read: those with special requests like extra mee or extra beef will have to pay a lil' bit more for the extras). 

If you ordered your mee kolok dry (read: kering) that means that the soup and the noodle is served separately. Likewise, if you ordered your mee kolok wet (read: basah), the noodle and the soup will be served in the same bowl. What is the difference between dry and wet mee kolok? I do not know, but I usually order mine dry and then mix the soup and noodle together myself. However, I do know of friends who prefer the noodle as it is (i.e. without the soup) and then they would slurp the soup separately. Mee kolok is also usually served with a small bowl of hot chili sauce.

Voila! My mee kolok is ready! Usually their mee kolok is served with a pair of chopsticks and a soup spoon, but forks and spoons are also available. 

Other than mee kolok, I also find their roti kahwin (bread spread with butter and kaya) to be very, very yummy. Crunchy toasted bread served with a generous spread of melted butter and gooey kaya. Simply delicious!

A word of caution, the cafe is usually jam packed with breakfast patrons between 9.30 am - 11.00 am, so be prepared to look around for seats and wait at least 20 minutes for your food. The cafe opens from 7 am until 2 pm daily (including weekends). So, do try the mee kolok at Haji Salleh and tell me what you think =). 

xoxo Mrs Fashionista