Grand Uncle Kah Tii arranged for new families to come from China to tap rubber and these new migrants lived in the Coolie Houses. There were 4 coolie houses and all the families lived cosily and in harmony.
One of the dishes the Foochows cooked in those days was Char Chii Mien - translated into Bahasa it is Mee Goreng Basah.
|This how a bowl of char chii mien look like when you put your chop sticks into the bowl and dig up the various ingredients ..the fragrance is unbelieveable. And you go into a nostalgic trance. You almost imagine that your maternal grandmother is sitting in front of you and you would be picking up the poached egg with your Chinese spoon for her. Here Grandma let me show you my filial piety...have the soft egg. I know you will like it very much. My maternal grandmother's love for poached eggs was well known from one end of the village to the other.|
|In English it is Fried Noodle Soup. It has a good taste , a fusion of noodles which have been fried and a nice soup which comes from stir fried meat, prawns, fish, pig stomach and fish with some vegetables. It is indeed a meal by itself.|
|Another favourite addition of the dish is a poached egg. This is like the creme de la creme of a dish.|
|A short cut to the Char Chii Mieng is to boil the noodles quickly in a large pot and then add them into a boiled soup of nice ingredients. But nothing can beat the original recipe of Char Chii Mien my Third Uncle Lau Pang Sing made for my Maternal Grandmother Tiong Lian Tie and all of us nieces and nephews when we went visiting Nang Chong Village in the 60's.|