I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to
sleep…I looked at the clock. It said 2:56 AM. I always remember the
time if it’s close to a certain hour e.g. high digit 50 minute to the
next hour. I felt like getting something to eat. There is nothing to
eat at my place, so I thought about which establishment would be open
at this hour. I wanted:
Instant noodles (ramen) in a cup (craving for it for some reason)
Cold beer (nothing like a cold beer in the middle of the night ;))
Haagen Dazs ice cream (or just any ice cream, but Haagen-Dazs would be good)
These are not very easy criteria to meet at 3 AM in the morning in
Kuching. I wanted a place with seating arrangements too (the F&B
industry calls it “tables and chairs”).
I drove out in the direction of my office (while under the influence
of a cocktail of benzos, namely, alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam
(Rivotril), and a lot of midazolam (Dormicum)). I suddenly saw the
light – C-11!
C11 is a 7-11 clone in Kuching.
It’s supposed to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a
year, 10 years a decade, 100 years a century, you get the idea…
Not all of them do, though. Ironically, some close at 10 PM but the one right after the Simpang Tiga Flyover (King Center roundabout bypass) opens 24/7 AND has tables and chairs outside too.
I parked and entered the establishment. It was a little after 3 AM.
I randomly grabbed a Styrofoam container of instant noodles…
…opened up the cold drinks fridge and grabbed a can of Skol beer.
…and went to the Haagen-Dazs freezer
…and picked up a mini tub of Cookies and Cream ice cream.
I paid at the counter (and got the C-11 graveyard shift people to pose for me)…
…filled up my instant noodles using the self-service hot water dispenser.
…and went outside to dig in. Instant noodles, beer and ice cream. This combination is great, take my word for it.
The C-11 outlet right after the Simpang Tiga flyover even has a projection TV system showing some Chinese serial.
One of the staff came out and asked me if I wanted to watch another
channel. I said I didn’t mind and he probably thought I was on
something coz he switched to MTV and turned down the lights (“Is this
Damn good service, I tell you. Minimum wage workers at the
equivalent of a 7-11 going out of their way to please a customer coming
in at 3 AM in the morning.
…albeit a customer that wonders around the aisles blankly, forgets
the change from a RM 50 note (which they kindly returned to me), and
leaves his keys at the table (which they kindly reminded me of as
well). Three cheers for the three friendly staff!
Back to the question:
Where can you get a meal of instant noodles, cold beer and Haagen-Dazs ice cream at 3 am in the morning?
…er, I mean at C-11, that’s where. The service is great to boot!
(and they don’t mind if you come in looking fucked up)