Thursday, May 24, 2012

Conversations with M #1

From the back lane looking towards Jalan Padungan
These will be a series of emails sent to a friend who has left Kuching for a long time; I am trying to update (and entice him) with scenes of our hometown.

Hi there,
Hope this finds you in good spirits.

Talking to you about Cholesterol Cafe reminded me of this sketch. The shop is no longer there of course. The streetscape has changed somewhat; to cater to a younger crowd who are more watchful of their waist-line and concerned about the lunch-time heat.  It has been close to 20 years since our last visit there - you, me and William (I seem to recall one or two more persons joining us - who were they?)

I had the pleasant surprise of bumping into the old man's son in his own Kopi Tiam along Jalan Ang Cheng Ho; same set-up, same menu and probably the same rats running around in the kitchen.

Remember the lady who used to serve us our 'fresh lime' in gum boots?

Yes, Father is retired and enjoying the company of his grandchildren. The son remembers us - asked about the 'towkay' - I told him 'towkay' is in Canada. 

He said - "Canada don't have char siew rice like this"


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