Seven of us turned up at D’Bayu for a mystery ride. Marco had a surprise route for us. The first 25 kms was the standard run to the Kundang exit on the LATAR Expressway. This time, instead of turning left toward the Kundang Lakes Country Club, we turned right toward Kampung Baru Kundang.
Uppermost on everyone’s mind was to find a place to eat. We assumed that there would be some restaurants in the village. We didn’t expect to find a really good one.
Sin Loong Kee Noodles is tucked away off Jalan Pekan 1, hidden behind all the cars parked in front of it. We quickly realised that Sin Loong Kee must be a special place. Almost all the tables inside the restaurant, and outside in the car park, were full. People were also queuing up to buy noodles to take away.
Some research tells me that the 60-year-old Sin Loong Kee shop has been run by Chin Yoke Wai, 34 and his family for three generations since his grandfather opened the restaurant.
To our initial dismay, the pile of noodles in the glass case quickly disappeared as the takeaway orders were filled. To our relief, replenishments regularly came out of the back of the shop.
We sat at the last empty outdoor table and waited expectantly for our orders to be taken.
The family that runs this restaurant would not be rushed out of their routine. When it was our turn to be attended to, one person took our drinks order, and another our food order.
This was home style cooking at its best. The noodles were made on the premises.
As were the yong tau foo and the fishballs to accompany the noodles.
The coffee was good too. Comparable to the coffee at Pun Chun.
No time for small talk!
We will be visiting Sin Loong Kee again.
We didn’t just eat. We did more riding too. We cycled toward Batu Arang, through the Selangor Fruits Valley area, and on towards Batang Berjuntai. Then we headed south to Ijok and the LATAR Expressway back to Bukit Jelutong.
I had a flat tire on the road near Batu Arang. Cedric has never changed an inner tube before, so this was the chance for a lesson. Since there was an audience, of course things went wrong. While putting the rear wheel back in the dropouts I managed to jam the chain between the small cog and the derailleur. The only way to free the wheel was to remove the quick release skewer. Not the best demonstration for Cedric.
It was a good thing there was a shady spot by the side of the road. It was a hot day. It certainly did feel like 38° C / 100° F at noon. We had to stop at a few petrol stations and R & Rs to rehydrate and cool down. But it was a good ride, despite the heat.
We hadn’t planned on such a long one though. About 110kms in all. Surprise!