I for one have never been fond of Chee Cheong Fun. Its soft rice rolls texture would not be filling besides the strong smell of prawn paste and sesame seed.
A new café opened up just right the block from our office and I decided to give it a try. I was told that the owner himself made the rice rolls from scratch. The café name is Min Zhe Café. The café besides selling several varieties of Chee Cheong Fun also sells congee eg. lean pork with lean pork with preserved egg congee, sliced fish with scallop congee, sliced beef with scallop congee, shredded chicken with scallop congee, meatballs with scallop congee.
Just to explain to you what Chee Cheong Fun is, well, it originated from Southern China and it is commonly served either as a snack, small meal or as a variety of Chinese dim sum. In Malaysia, it is popularly had as breakfasts. Chee Cheong means pig intestine, and fun means noodle; this is because the noodle rolled more tightly and resembles the small intestine of a pig.
There are several type of Chee Cheong Fun available there. You could order Char Siu ( BBQ pork meat) Chee Cheong Fun, beef Chee Cheong Fun, and several other varieties of meat. A plate costs RM4. I had to order 2 plates because 1 plate is not filling enough for me. J
I ordered Char Siu Chee Cheong Fun. When the food arrived, I was surprised to see that there was no prawn paste on it nor any sesame seeds on it. It comes with a little sambal, and the Chee Cheong Fun with Cha Siu filling inside. According to the owner, he did not want to prepare the usual Chee Cheong Fun like those in West Malaysia. He improvised it a little to suit the tastes of East Malaysians.
When I bit into it, I find the rice rolls chewy, this is what makes a Chee Cheong Fun stands out. The rice rolls must be chewy. Then I tasted the cha siu meat. Ooo La La! It was delicious. I really liked” it.
Chee Cheong Fun, that soft and slightly chewy rice rolls with its silky smooth texture, a more translucent appearance and can stay fresh without being refrigerated for up to 24 hours!
Come check out this new outlet: Minzhe Congee at Jln Stutong, Kuching just a few shops away from 388 Coffee Shop. ( 388 Coffee Shop is behind 1TJ Mall).