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Chong and Low Cafe Mince Meat Noodles

Chong and Low - Mince Meat Noodles

Lawyers have always gotten a bad rap. They have been the butt of many jokes probably only second to dumb blonde jokes. Nolo Press managed to publish a 171-page compilation of negative anecdotes about lawyers.  Some of these jokes accuses them of having less morals than a 2 dollar hooker and would sell the souls of their children and their children’s children. They even made an appearance in a Rowan Atkinson sketch (not a Mr. Bean) along with the French.

Of course lawyers have had a damn site of publicity to begin with. Shakespeare mentions a lot about lawyers and the law in his works, a lot more than any other profession. Of course, he also wrote the immortal words “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers”, which was said by the plotters of treachery in Henry VI, which would lead to chaos and tyranny. Fast forward to today’s popular culture and you would see a bunch of TV and movie lawyers. From Denny Crane of Boston Legal (who has never lost a case) to the ruthlessness of Patty Hewes of Damages, the legal fraternity is well represented in the airwaves.


Real life law and lawyers are definitely not as interesting as the lawyers on TV. Most cases don’t end up in court. In fact, most of the time it is mostly paper pushing. And of course, most lawyers are not the caricature you see on TV or hear in jokes. Most are normal people doing the best they can in their job, like any other professional. However they are exception to the rules, and lawyers like Johnnie Cochran, whose high profile cases and clients brought him to the lime light and given celebrity like status. But the fame comes at a price, jokes and parodies of him are plentiful.

Anyway, let’s get to the dish review. Today’s dish review is from Chong and Low in BDC. While the name might sound like some place you would go to find an advocate or a solicitor, this is not a law firm but an honest to goodness kopitiam. The mince meat noodle is the famous dish here and is what drives a lot of people to eat here.

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This plate of noodles is not your typical kolo mee but is more akin to the traditional Hakka mee, like those you would find in KL. Like any kolo mee, it is basically a dry noodle, the difference is the very nice mince meat and mushroom topping. Served with a bowl of clear soup with seaweed, this dish is a bit lighter than kam pua or kolo mees. So if you are bored of kolo mee or laksa but still want noodles, try this refreshing noodle.

I would like to end this review here without making fun at the expense of lawyers but I can’t help myself. So here’s a lawyer joke.

What do you call an honest lawyer?

A paradox.



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