Mei You Cafe

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, October 9, 2009 | Published in


I had an accident during my China trip. I had a cut near my right toes and another long cut behind my left leg. It was painful.

The accident happened during my Yulong River rafting on my second day in Yangshuo. I will blog about that in my next post but for now, I would like to fast forward a little bit to what we had for dinner after we returned from the river rafting.

The night before, we had a good dinner at Cloud 9 Restaurant in Xi Jie (West Street). During dinner, we saw an interesting restaurant opposite. It was called Mei You Cafe.

As I have mentioned in my last post, mei you means "don't have" in English. So what was it that this cafe did not have? Curious, we decided to go to this restaurant for dinner the next day after our Yulong River rafting.

cafe front 1.2

It was painful for me to walk from Xi Jie Hostel where we stayed to this cafe although it was less than 5 minutes walk. That was because the shorts I was wearing kept touching that injured part of my leg. Well, guess I had to walk slowly and bear with it!

Reaching the restaurant I saw this signboard that reads

Mei you Lousy Food
Mei you Rip-Offs
Mei you Pay FEC!
Mei you Bad Service
Mei you MEI YOU!
So mei you reason to hesitate

Don't know why I forgot to take a photo of that signboard! Anyway, isn't that funny? No wonder it's called Mei You Cafe! I thought it was very creative of the owner to come out with such a name for the cafe!

By the way, FEC means Foreign Exchange Certificates. To know what FEC is, read here.

We ordered the beef dish. Don't remember the actual name though.

beef 1.2

Can't see much beef? That's because they were hidden below all those onions and green pepper!

We also tried the pumpkin leaves.

pumpkin leaves

And Mei You Cafe's special soup.

special soup 1.2

Don't ask me what's inside the soup! I have already forgotten!

The food was just OK to me, and that's about it. I guess if we had tried other items on the menu, we might be able to judge the food better. But it had to be a quick dinner as we had less than an hour to eat before going for the "Impression Liu San Jie" show later.

I was hoping for mei you bill. Fat chance! The damage came to 91.80 yuan (RM46.20) or about 30.60 yuan (RM15.40) per person. I guess most people visit this restaurant because of its unique name. Well, I am glad we had the chance to dine at this famous restaurant on West Street!

Coming up next : My Yulong River Rafting Adventure


(86) Comments

  1. CheaHSan said...

    So they have practically everything under the sun..even the go-go girls haha

    October 9, 2009 at 8:44 AM
  2. Anonymous

    At least you found out that this cafe don't accept "mei you chien" (no money)...hahha.

    You don't carry a first aid kit or medicines when you travel? That could have eased the pain from the cuts.

    October 9, 2009 at 8:47 AM
  3. manglish said...

    hahahahha..mei you restaurant is very expensive time u tel them wo mei you chien ar? see how? hahahha.....they wallop u nicely haahaha...and your first dish is called mei you beef...bcs mei you see the beef hahahha..

    ps: waiting to see ur injured feets post and pics :P

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 AM
  4. bluedreamer27 said...

    wow these huys are amazing , i though i will be your FC knoiwing that it's just 56 mins after you posted this article hahaha
    anyways i salute them
    how are you foong?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:58 AM
  5. [SK] said...

    hmmm, i think that's just gimmick they have by giving such a name to the restaurant..

    October 9, 2009 at 11:13 AM
  6. [SK] said...

    i don't see any special, and the food is not as nice as the ones you had in the previous post lor..

    October 9, 2009 at 11:13 AM
  7. [SK] said...

    so what's your conclusion to this Mei You Restaurant??

    Mei You impressive food??
    Mei You surprise??

    haha :D

    October 9, 2009 at 11:15 AM
  8. Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

    Too bad the food did not really meet your expectation. But then, I love meat covered with lots and lots of onions, gingers and garlic!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:54 AM
  9. Merryn said...

    reverse phsycology.. hahahahha.. NOW i know what that place is called mei you lah.. haha

    October 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM
  10. khengsiong said...

    Did you take picture of the Mei You signboard?

    October 9, 2009 at 12:44 PM
  11. Ken Wooi said...

    haha.. i like the signboard...
    you should take a photo of it
    mei you mei you! haha..

    October 9, 2009 at 12:58 PM
  12. lina said...

    They sure know how to create a buzz for their restaurant, that's for sure. Made you go, right? :D

    October 9, 2009 at 1:21 PM
  13. lina said...

    Ouch about your feet. Waiting for your next post on how you cope with the accident, esp quite early into your vacation.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:23 PM
  14. day-dreamer said...

    LOL @ the "mei you" signboard! You should have taken a photo of it... haha.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:10 PM
  15. Reanaclaire said...

    sorry to hear that you have slight accident.. that is what i fear when i go for trips.. to fall sick too is another problem too..

    thanks for sharing the mei you.. hahaa.. great idea too they have!

    October 9, 2009 at 2:15 PM
  16. Donna said...

    WAH... the trip so dangerous one meh?

    October 9, 2009 at 2:36 PM
  17. ladyviral said...

    Well, one thing yo uknow... this place doesn't take "mei you pian yi" for a reason :P hahahha!

    How is the leg doing now? Why didn't you just fold the shorts? Or maybe pull it up higher and pull the shirt down to cover the high pants styles? :P

    October 9, 2009 at 2:39 PM
  18. chris federick said...

    lol, it would really be the best if mei you bill. Nothing is this world is free ha?

    Anyway, juz changed my link, do visit.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:42 PM
  19. HappySurfer said...

    Yeah la, the food is kinda mei you - reflective of their shop name.

    - Mei You enough beef - all sank to the bottom

    - Mei You ingredients - all greens only (but healthy though)

    - Mei You memory of soup. That bad, huh? hehe..

    October 9, 2009 at 2:53 PM
  20. HappySurfer said...

    No bring sarong, meh? I think the most versatile piece of garment is the sarong. Think of all the possibilities you can do with that. Eh?

    You mei you that important piece on your trip, meh? LOL!

    October 9, 2009 at 2:56 PM
  21. iamthewitch said...

    What a cute restaurant name! Mei You! Yea how nice it would be if it's Mei You bill eh? :P

    October 9, 2009 at 3:00 PM
  22. HappySurfer said...

    Gosh! I don't know if I wanna see your wounds. I'll go check with the flower:
    - yes, I wanna see the wounds
    - no, I don't wanna see the wounds
    - yes, I wanna see the wounds
    - no, I don't wanna see the wounds

    Okay, bring them on. Nice leg and toes or not? hehe..

    WV = suing. Kinda related, eh?

    October 9, 2009 at 3:01 PM
  23. Tekkaus said...

    Mei You cafe? What a weird name ler! Haha :D Perhaps this is the best attention-grabbing name they can come up with?

    October 9, 2009 at 3:54 PM
  24. Tekkaus said...

    Wow! Kesian man you bro. Have to walk with the injured leg. That's why! Because you didn't listen to your feng shui master. :p

    October 9, 2009 at 3:55 PM
  25. Tekkaus said...

    The bull plate is really gorgeous. Ha :D Yeah! I agree with you bro. I saw more onions than anything else. :p

    October 9, 2009 at 3:56 PM
  26. Tekkaus said...

    How come the pumpkin leaves looked more like only stems to me? :p Ouh...I know! Because "mei you" leaves already! That's why that will have to do lor.

    As for the mei you soup...I thing you have forgotten because inside "me you" thing for you to recall! Hahahaha :D

    October 9, 2009 at 3:57 PM
  27. Tekkaus said...

    Hoping for "mei you" bill? In your dreams bro. Anyway have a nice weekend k. :p

    October 9, 2009 at 3:58 PM
  28. Borneo Falcon said...

    Pumpkin leaves...... that's new to me

    October 9, 2009 at 9:20 PM
  29. Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) said...

    Yeah, you should have taken a picture of that signboard ... LOL!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:10 PM
  30. Bengbeng said...

    i mei you chien to go holiday like u. :)

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 PM
  31. Mariuca said...

    Hi Foong, I'm here! :)

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 PM
  32. Mariuca said...

    My first trip to Japan few years back, I sprained my ankle on the first day I arrived, how does that grab you?? :(

    October 9, 2009 at 10:22 PM
  33. Mariuca said...

    Aik here uoso missing comments ah? I just wrote a nice long comment abt my sprained ankle now gone edi! :(

    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 PM
  34. Mariuca said...

    As I was saying, it was my fault la cause I jumped out of bed and fell flat on my left ankle aiyooooo so painful I tell u! :(

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 PM
  35. Mariuca said...

    Anyway the vege dish looks yummy, I love vege but don really cook vege, prefer to eat vege outside he he!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 PM
  36. Mariuca said...

    ENjoy ur weekend and don forget to vote for our diva he he I'm reminding u it seems LOL!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:28 PM
  37. Jessen said...

    The name of the restaurant is very creative wor... luckily it's not Mei You Customer. :p

    October 9, 2009 at 11:03 PM
  38. wenn said...

    such funny name..mei you means none..

    October 9, 2009 at 11:22 PM
  39. Ayie said...

    i knew it foong you were gonna post something yesterday but i could no longer wait =P

    October 9, 2009 at 11:51 PM
  40. Ayie said...

    at least you fed not only your tummy so as your curiosity =)

    October 10, 2009 at 12:04 AM
  41. Ayie said...

    happy weekend foong!

    October 10, 2009 at 12:05 AM
  42. Tes said...

    I guess trying out different resto and getting a set back is all part of traveling! :)

    October 10, 2009 at 6:47 AM
  43. Monica said...

    hhaahhah Foong! so funny lah the signboard :-D Mei you Lousy Food
    Mei you Rip-Offs LOL!!!

    October 10, 2009 at 7:24 AM
  44. Monica said...

    hmm i've never tried pumpkin leaves before..

    October 10, 2009 at 7:28 AM
  45. Monica said...

    enjoy yr weekend Foong! :)

    October 10, 2009 at 7:29 AM
  46. Bengbeng said...

    i read a comment of yrs on ecl's blog. would b fun to play mahjong with u some time :)

    October 10, 2009 at 7:36 AM
  47. TZ said...

    Looks like a normal Chinese Restaurant in China :p BTW, how long was your China trip?

    October 10, 2009 at 9:07 AM
  48. annant said...

    very creative name, mei you...
    at least they you good food(or just okay food as u said)!

    October 10, 2009 at 1:49 PM
  49. jam said...

    In fact, I really regret going to this restaurant. They "Mei You" anything special enough to attract me to come back for the second time!

    October 10, 2009 at 5:10 PM
  50. eiling lim said...

    What's in the soup? Maybe some exotic meat?!! haha... anyways the beef dish is served in a very nice and nifty plate! I like.

    October 11, 2009 at 9:27 PM
  51. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, wow! You're FC here again! No they don't have go go girls : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:22 PM
  52. foongpc said...

    mei teng, I wonder how they would react if I say I mei you qian. Haha!

    No I don't bring along any first aid kits, but luckily Jam's friend brought along a cream that helped a lot! I should bring along a first aid kit next time!

    October 12, 2009 at 2:25 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    manglish, mei you beef? haha! Actually the beef were hidden beneath all those onions!

    October 12, 2009 at 2:27 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer, thanks for dropping by! I am great! How are you? : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:27 PM
  55. foongpc said...

    SK, well it's a clever gimmick all right cos it's working! I definitely mei you impressed! : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:28 PM
  56. foongpc said...

    willie, oh then you'll probably love mei you cafe! : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:29 PM
  57. foongpc said...

    merryn, ha, now you know : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:29 PM
  58. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, if I did, I would have already posted it here : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:30 PM
  59. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, it's funny right? : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:30 PM
  60. foongpc said...

    lina, yes we first timer would surely drop by the restaurant!

    The Yulong River accident happened on the 6th day, already halfway of our China trip. Luckily it did not happen at the beginning part of the trip! : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:33 PM
  61. foongpc said...

    daydreamer, yes I should have!

    October 12, 2009 at 2:34 PM
  62. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, yes great gimmick idea! Not good to fall sick during your hol trip - always keep fingers crossed! : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:35 PM
  63. foongpc said...

    dolly, not really dangerous. Just an accident : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:35 PM
  64. foongpc said...

    ladyviral,yeah, mei you pianyi! Haha!

    Could not pull up shorts, would still hurt cos the injury was from the upper part of back leg to slightly below the middle part.

    October 12, 2009 at 2:38 PM
  65. foongpc said...

    chris_lim, yeah nothing is free! : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:39 PM
  66. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, haha, so many mei yous!

    I don't wear sarongs on a holiday trip! LOL!

    Check with the flower? Haha! You are funny! Anyway, I don't think the photos really showed the injuries properly. Anyway, that post will be up soon! : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:42 PM
  67. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, mei you bill is always welcome! : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:43 PM
  68. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, it's a clever way of promoting the restaurant.

    Yalah, I ignored my feng shui master's advice, see what I got! : )

    Oh, you like the bull plate? Me too! But the dish is just OK only. Mei you impressed me much!

    October 12, 2009 at 2:45 PM
  69. foongpc said...

    borneo falcon, haven't tried pumpkin leaves before?

    October 12, 2009 at 2:45 PM
  70. foongpc said...

    nick phillips, I should, shouldn't I?

    October 12, 2009 at 2:46 PM
  71. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, sure or not? : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:46 PM
  72. foongpc said...

    mariuca, sprained your ankle on the first day? That's horrible! How did you manage to walk around Japan?

    Jumped out of bed and fell flat on your ankles? Ouch! Don't ever jump out of bed next time! LOL!

    Thanks for voting for our diva, yes? I won't forget - the mixfm site is bookmarked on my laptop. Haha!

    October 12, 2009 at 2:49 PM
  73. foongpc said...

    jessen, thanks for dropping by! It's really creative of them yes : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:50 PM
  74. foongpc said...

    wenn, yeah funny and creative : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:50 PM
  75. foongpc said...

    ayie, actually I have no regrets visiting this restaurant. There must be a first time for everything right? : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:51 PM
  76. foongpc said...

    tes, yes it's all part of traveling. Can't get the perfect travels right?

    October 12, 2009 at 2:51 PM
  77. foongpc said...

    monica, yeah it's funny indeed! Never tried pumpkin leaves? Well, it's just like any ordinary vegetables : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:52 PM
  78. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, you play mahjong too? But I'm very amateur, you will lose your patience playing with me! : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:53 PM
  79. foongpc said...

    TZ, it was normal restaurant except for the name! I went for 10 day trip : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:54 PM
  80. foongpc said...

    annant, yeah the food is just OK, so I mei you any complaints : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:55 PM
  81. foongpc said...

    jam, yeah I guess no second time. We just got conned by its funny sounding name! LOL!

    October 12, 2009 at 2:55 PM
  82. foongpc said...

    eiling lim, that's what! I forgot what was inside the soup! So I guess it was a pretty forgettable dish. Haha! Yeah, the plate for the beef dish was nice - I like it too : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:57 PM
  83. eastcoastlife said...

    The Chinese are innovative and creative.

    October 12, 2009 at 7:26 PM
  84. Ayie said...

    yeah more regrets if you didn't go and left yourself so curious about it =)

    October 13, 2009 at 7:24 AM
  85. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, yes they are innovative and creative : )

    October 13, 2009 at 1:49 PM
  86. foongpc said...

    ayie, yes no regrets! : )

    October 13, 2009 at 1:51 PM