Xiao Chiang is a young visiting student from Gutian of Fujian Province. He is here to have a look-see on education possibilities like learning of English or gaining a diploma in Business Studies.
I had the opportunity of sharing some kampua (dried noodles) with him since he is a Foochow of Gutien descent. Nowadays in Miri you can get both the Halal Kampua or the Non Halal Kampua. A Muslim friend can make very good kampua with chicken and his beef soup is very nice with lots of spring onions but you have to go to his shop to enjoy his dishes.
Xiao Chiang had some kampua with us a few days ago...ala "ta pao" ...We had fun having noodles together in an office.
Xiao Chiang : In Gutien we don't have this type of dry noodles or Kang Puang Mien or just kampua. We do have yellow noodles which we fry for festive season with lots of ingredients especially seafood. Most of our noodles are made from rice e.g. hoong ngang.
Xiao Chiang : We do ta pao but we use "bowls" and not plastic paper like this.
Xiao Chiang : No....No chilies for me...I cannot eat chillies like you can...too hot. This is another difference. Our tongues are different. You can really eat very hot food.
Xiao Chiang : The noodles are a bit dry but they are not bad. We eat mantou and soya bean milk for breakfast. Yellow Noodles are fried for Chinese New Year. We actually do not have dry noodles like these. A favourite breakfast dish is Ting Bian Hoo. We also eat lots of Yiu tiao or bao. And also we don't drink coffee in the morning like you do.....
Xiao Chiang has given me a good understanding of what breakfast is like in Gutien...and he confirms what many of us have believe.....that kampua was born in Sibu. What do you think?