The Generation Gap

Sakura Cafe (Ying Wah Yuen) Ah Mui Beef Noodle

Sakura Cafe Ah Mui Beef Noodle

During a function my parents and I were attending, a little 10 year old girl came up to us and took our photo. My father, in jest, asked her did she have enough film with her. I wished I had my camera with me because the young lass’ perplexed face was worthy of a Pulitzer or at least winning the Star’s Photo of the Day section.

So much has changed over the last 10 years. That 10 years gave us things like smart phones, google map, wordpress, streamyx, twitter, facebook, youtube and much much more. That’s just 10 years. Go back another 20 years and even more things we take for granted today didn’t even exist. It made me wonder what life was like for my grandparents or even for my parents.

There are of course things that have stood the test of time, at least for the time being. My parents used to go out on movie dates. Of course, back then, the cinemas had 1 hall, showing only 1 movie at 1 time. No Cineplex and definitely no 3D but they were able to enjoy their movies.

Cathay Cinema in the 60s

The now defunct Cathay Cinema in the 60s

After the movie, back then like now, they would seek out some food for supper. Of course the choices back then were a bit more limited. More likely than not, they would be headed to Ah Mui’s Beef Noodle at the Open Air Market.

Open Air Market

Not much has changed

Today, you can still enjoy a good bowl of Ah Mui’s beef noodle at the Open Air Market but the business has long since been taken over by Ah Mui’s children and grandchildren, making this a 3 generation business, and have stalls at multiple locations including 3rd Mile, Kubah Riah, Nanas Road, RH Plaza and many more places. It is the sign of the times that they even have a Facebook Page.

While the basic recipe and taste remains the same, there are slight differences between each location. My favourite of them all is the one at Sakura Café (Ying Wah Yuen) at Jalan Nanas. This particular stall is run by Ah Chai, Ah Mui’s fourth son, and his daughter. The beef noodle here is wonderful and I dare say as good as the ones made by his father.

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The soup itself is delicious. You can really taste the beef stock unlike some others which taste more like diluted Bovril. It will definitely heat you up on a cold day. There are never any complaints about the noodles as well. It is good enough that some of my gouty friends can have the noodles plain, without the beef and sans the soup.

Of course, nothing is perfect and neither is this noodle. The soup has always had a tad too much MSG. I always feel thirstier after I drank the soup than before it. And this dish always, without fail, make me as bloated as a Rose Parade Float.


After a bowl of Ah Mui Beef Noodle

None of these things ever stop me from going back for more though. Hopefully this will continue to the next generation because like Stonehenge and the Pyramid at Giza, some things are meant to last. And of course, to all those in the previous generation, Happy Father’s Day.


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  1. i wonder who was that 10 year old girl…and if she’s hot now? heh.

    Comment by Ah_Mike on 15 June 2011 at 11:00 pm

  2. She is still 10.

    Comment by tummyadmin on 16 June 2011 at 7:22 pm

  3. Reminds me of the Vietnamese Beef Noodles at Footscray! The blow up Garfield, how appropriate…..

    Comment by kaptainstarlight on 20 June 2011 at 8:29 am

  4. Very different from the Beef Noodles at Footscray. Both are nice though.

    Comment by tummyadmin on 20 June 2011 at 3:31 pm

  5. Hmm… the gout is strong in this one… =)

    Comment by NgeeJee on 27 June 2011 at 12:02 am