Tucked at the edge of SS2, there lies an eatery which is visible from the main road with its rather subtle yet eye catching signboard. It’s even more noticeable when you’re caught in the infamous traffic at the junction turning into SS2.

Bofe Eatery, Section 19 Petaling Jaya

Though it was just a glimpse at the edge of my vision, Bofe Eatery became my lunch venue on one fine Sunday afternoon after the unsuccessful attempt of entering into Section 17 for a hearty meal of banana leaf rice at you-know-where.

Bofe Eatery, Section 19 Petaling Jaya

Empty parking lots at this venue were aplenty on weekends but I guess that can’t be said on weekdays. Upon entering, you’ll be surprised by how laid back yet casual this cafe is with its interior designed and decorated with simple elements. The cafe itself was quiet as diners were behaving themselves rather than being obnoxious. But the ventilation could be better though as that typical whiff of fried oil was lingering within the vicinity.

Their staffs were well trained but somehow, there were lacking of interactions between them and customers. The menu was simple and clean, straight-forward and well categorised. It reminded me of the other overly famous cafe’s style but that’s not the point. Two drinks and two mains were chosen after looking through the menu.

Immunity Builder fruit juice and Iced Caramel Latte by Bofe Eatery

Drinks arrived first; Immunity Builder (RM 8) and Iced Caramel Latte (RM 9.90). The fruit juice was a concoction of orange, kiwi and grapefruit which made it loaded with Vitamin C and hence the name. It was sour though but understandable. The coffee, on the other hand, was pretty good. Adequately sweet, due to the caramel syrup, yet packed with coffee shot that made it what it was; a coffee drink.

Duck Penne pasta by Bofe Eatery

The Duck Penne (RM 16.90) was served first. Presentation wise, it was alright. The scent of the grated cheese coupled with the garlic whetted my appetite. It resembled and tasted like aglio olio as it was mildly spicy. The penne pasta was cooked nicely whilst the sliced mushrooms, sautéed duck and capsicums completed the rather balanced meal. It may look simple but it was really addictive.

Grilled Chicken chop by Bofe Eatery

Grilled Chicken (RM 16.90) came rather slow as we were half through the paste. My first thought; the portion was generous but they could use a bigger plate as it looked kinda sloppy. But that aside, the chicken thigh was pan fried perfectly; juicy yet tasty on its own without the accompanied rosemary sauce. I have to commend them as they didn’t beat the shit of it pulverise the innocent-looking meat to make it look bigger piece (and maybe to cook easily evenly). The chunks of potato wedges faired well too though some were soggy due to the sauce. The salad on the side, I didn’t eat those.

Isabelle hazelnut cake by Bofe Eatery

The meal was ended with a slice of cake named Isabelle (RM 8.90); a cylindrica-shaped hazelnut cake filled with strawberry jam and topped with strawberry-flavoured frosting. There were other cakes on display but I chose this because it looked pretty and I didn’t want something that’s heavy. So, Isabelle it was and I liked it though the cake was wee bit dry but saved by the frosting and jam.

Overall, the experience came out good. Their food was tasty and simple, the ambiance was pleasant and the service was alright. For such venue, I reckon the price was pretty reasonable. Other places would have charge more, I could bet on this. I liked this place. I liked the fact that they serve decent coffee and main meals. I would pick places like this over cafes that serve just coffee and cakes.

Address:
16, Jalan 19/36,
Seksyen 19,
46300 Petaling Jaya.

GPS Coordinates : 3.118119, 101.626112

Business Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 1100AM – 1000PM
Friday – Saturday: 1100AM – 1100PM
Sunday: 1100AM – 1000PM




There are abundance of good hokkien mee (prawn mee) in Penang. And they are mostly available during day time, i.e. for breakfast, brunch and lunch. But when it comes to dinner, I hardly know any of it. The one I always go to is at Old Greenhouse at Burma Road. It’s available at night till midnight – pretty good for late night supper.

Farlim Hokkien Mee, Penang

But on my previous holiday in Penang, I found another one which suits my tastebuds. It is quite far from the city and navigating through the heavy traffic in the island calls for much patience.

Farlim Hokkien Mee, Penang

Parking may be proved challenging but we got ours instantly, by the roadside. The stall is located at one of those flats with few tables and chairs decked out al-fresco style with full view of traffic. The menu is simple; either hokkien mee or loh mee. There are plenty of add-ons (with surcharges) such as pork ribs, roast pork, pork balls, pork intestines and etc. The list of add-ons is plastered on the wall for easier reference although I think it serves no purpose since most hungry customers know what they gonna order by the time they reached.

Farlim Hokkien Mee, Penang

I ordered mine topped with pork ribs, roast pork and intestines. It came in rather large porcelain bowl with all the works swimming in the fiery hot-looking broth. They’re pretty generous with the ingredients, I would say. The stall owner was more than happy to add more chilli oil to one of the bowls for more oomph.

Farlim Hokkien Mee, Penang

Though it may not be as tasty as the one at Burma Road, this somehow did make the grade. The prawn-infused porky stock was hearty and spicy – though not a tongue-numbing rate. The crispy skin roast pork was good while the pork ribs was tender with its meat fell off easily. I didn’t really like the intestines as they weren’t clean thoroughly.

My bowl of noodles costs RM8.50 due to the add-ons. It would be pricey for some, but judging by the ingredients and taste, I would not mind going back again for more!

Address :
Farlim Hokkien Mee (near Shell petrol station)
Jalan Semarak Api,
11500 Air Itam, Penang.

GPS Coordinates : 5.387616, 100.284406

Business hours : 5PM – 1100PM (Closed on Sundays)