Baby, make it soon…

Actually, somebody told me sometime ago that the nasi goreng or fried rice at the Malay stall in this coffee shop…

SoonLuLai Sibu

…was very nice but I was taking my sweet time and did not bother to drop by to give it a try. Then, I heard from my friend, Yan, that the things there were pretty good…so the other day, I stopped by for a bite.

It turned out that an old friend of mine and his wife were running that coffee shop and I wasted no time at all in ordering the fried rice at this stall…

SoonLuLai Muslim stall

…which strictly speaking, wasn’t a Malay stall. I heard them speaking Melanau – not the Sibu/Kampung Nangka version so I guess they must have come from one of the towns downriver, maybe Matu or Daro. They were probably Muslims so I guess we can call this a Muslim or halal stall then.

The nasi goreng certainly looked good…

SoonLuLai fried rice 1

…with the peanuts and cucumber plus the nasi lemak sambal

SoonLuLai fried rice 2

…and there was one whole fried chicken wing too…

SoonLuLai fried rice 3

When it was served, I paid RM5.00 and it certainly was a pleasant surprise when the guy gave me the change – RM1.50. Wow!!! That plate of fried rice cost RM3.50 only? And there was one whole chicken wing that came with it. If I’m not mistaken, if you buy one fried chicken or barbecued wing at some shop or stall, it would cost RM2.00…so that plate of fried rice was, in fact, only RM1.50. That was really very cheap indeed.

The food certainly looked popular as there were many customers having their lunch at the shop and most of them had something from this same stall as well. As for the taste of the nasi goreng, it was pretty good but I still think that my own is better. Hehehehehe!!!! I wished they had used a bit more ikan bilis (dried anchovies) and I missed having an egg in the rice, the way I would usually cook my fried rice…and besides that, I would prefer it to be a bit more pedas (spicy hot). I certainly must remember to give them some standing instructions the next time I go and eat there.

Unfortunately, the coffee was just all right, drinkable – this much I can say…and at RM1.70, if I remember that correctly, that would make it the most expensive that I have had anywhere in town. Other than that, I do wish they would do something to spruce up the place. It wasn’t exactly dirty but somehow, it seemed to have seen better days and was badly in need of a facelift to make it seem more comfortable and appear more appealing. For one thing, I was wondering what the name of the shop meant – soon you come? Well, on my part, all things considered, perhaps not that soon, I’m afraid…

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25 thoughts on “Baby, make it soon…

  1. So cheap, yet so nice. Where else can find this type of prices,,, You’re so lucky to get these type of eateries there :)

    by the way, i like your photos, they’re getting clearer and better. Have a good day STP :)

    Clearer? The same leh? Must be in natural light on a fine day. Indoors, if with yellow light or the sickly pale florescent light, the photos would not be so nice… :( Ya…I thought this was really cheap…and the best part – it was quite nice as well.

  2. ooo… i missed tat nasi goreng.. the maid in indonesia where i worked always cooked that… top wt fried egg and fried shallot… heaven…

    Wah!!! You have an Indon maid over there. Indon maid at home doesn’t want to fry for you kah? Kesiannnnnnn!!!!! Muahahahahahaha!!!! :D

  3. I love nasi goreng with egg too. No egg no kick. Wow at the price and yeah, I like my rice spicier too :D But first time I see ppl fry rice with that vege. Normally will be long bean. Leafy vege are always used for noodles but not rice over here.

    Ya…1st time I saw that veg in fried rice too. Here, normally they will use the frozen veg combo – the carrot, sweet corn and green peas…but I do not like those anymore as the peas are very hard. Dunno why. Used to be very nice. Next time I go, I will ask for an egg…and extra chili. Really cheap hor? ;)

  4. I was just about to say that your home cooked nasi goreng looks much better but since you’ve already blown your own horn…..muahahaha.I don’t like peanuts in my nasi lemak or nasi goreng, so potong markah but the price, no wonder Sibu people can be so rich!!!!

    So very cheap, how to be rich leh? No wonder Sibu people so poor…like me! Sobsssss!!!!! Must scrimp and save…and still not rich! Hehehehehehe!!!!! Of course, mine is nicer – extra ingredients mah… Usually the case when we cook at home. ;)

  5. hahaha you can cook better? =p then next time i go sibu, you dont have to bring me around to eat! you just need to cook for me! HOHOHOHO! XD

    No problem, no problem at all. I often cook for friends and relatives who drop by…and if they stay at my house, I would provide at least 3 full meals a day…all my own cooking and then I would wait for them to sing praises……how delicious, what a great cook etc. True or not, never mind! Hehehehehehe!!!! ;)

  6. what??!! that plate of fried rice with one whole piece of fried chicken for only RM3.50??!! hey, that’s unbelievable.. over here, even without the chicken it cost like RM4.50 already, with chicken add on may cost like RM8.. so cheap!!!

    Hehehehehehe!!!! KL people all very rich mah – city mah, high overheads, high wages…so prices also must be high lor… ;)

  7. RM3.50 with that piece of fried chicken is very cheap. Even more tastier with sambal…loves it.

    It certainly was – cheap…plus tasty, cant ask for more, reallY! ;)

  8. I found a mamak road side shop in Shah Alam coz about RM5.50 for a nasi lemak chicken drumstick + teh tarik.
    It is always lots of ppl .. coz of the concept of PLC

    Many places here like that – very nice food, cheap…and service is very fast…so huge turnover and thus, even though they do not make as much profit from one customer, at the end of the day, they would make a lot – even more than those classier, expensive places where the customers would sit the whole night through.

  9. Soon Lu Lai sounds Hokkien to me. RM3.50 is really cheap, can’t find it here. The mixed rice downstairs cost me RM4 minimum with 1 vege and little meat. Yes, truly agree with you..
    fried rice must have egg and anchovies baru ‘chinchin ho chak’.

    Not Hokkien, Mandarin or Foochow – soon lu…is along the way, you are going along that same road… Ya, it was cheap…so quite happy with it…and it tasted nice – many places, more expensive and not even half as good.

  10. Nampak really sedap and cheap too (some more got peanuts, sambal + cucumber)! With egg & more chillies, fried rice would taste better and oomph. OMG, lapar lar ni!

    Ya…but as it was, for that price, it was good enough. Can’t complain.

  11. Baby make it soup ooops….If you’re coming home, like your letters say
    and Sibu you’re staying now, ain’t too far away..hahaha..flied lice with lots of tomato sos pleaze.

    Tomato? No chili kah? I wouldn’t mind some pounded chili sambal… ;)

  12. hahhaha..at first i thought that Hadaco is the coffee shop name, but how come is selling clothes, later only realise the coffee shop name is the small one under. kekekeke..

    The shop name means, if you are around that area or convenient, just drop by the coffee shop, in foochow it will read as “soon dour li”.

    Fried rice look good, i will prefer it with fried egg and anchovies too, i don’t like peanut in my rice, same goes to nasi lemak. But RM3.50, rice and chicken, nothing to complain, it is cheap!

    Yalor…so cheap. Just can’t complain. Ya…I guess as much – soon lu is soon lor in Hokkien meaning if it’s on the way and lai means come or drop by. ;)

  13. The rice looks so fiery…is it spicy? But it certainly looks good and CHEAP!!!

    Not at all. Would have loved it a lot more if it had been spicy…

  14. I just had nasi lemak this morning which looks less appealing than your pictures and yet cost like RM4.50, not even a chicken wing in sight. :-(

    Good grief! So expensive! You went to those cafes like Old Town or what? I get from my roadside stall – RM1.00 a packet. Love the rice – very lemak, not too hard…very nice. Sambal’s enough…just that I can count the peanuts and the ikan bilis and I really wonder why they bother to include that little bit of omelette – smaller than a postage stamp. But RM1.00 X 2 for a really nice breakfast of nasi lemak – really can’t complain.

  15. I like malay style fried rice too…especially nasi goreng kampung. Sedapnya !!!

    You do? Come to Sibu and try mine…or my missus’ – nothing that you eat anywhere else will be good enough for you ever again. Hehehehehehe!!!! ;)

  16. the price is stunning! i must really come over to Sibu if i wanna try anything good and cheap

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    You should. It will be an eye-opener. So many things to see and learn…and so many things that are different for you to try. Those who came loved it here – you would too…

  17. I agree with adding the egg to the fried rice; it adds something extra. I always add them when I prepare fried rice for my daughter. Which reminds me… I haven’t made it in a week or so. Now you make me want to create a fried rice dish soon, heh. I think I’ll do that tomorrow. I’m grilling this afternoon. :)

    Grill. Ooooo….I like. But our meat here – other than chicken and pork, isn’t so fresh…all imported, frozen. Not as nice…and they’re very expensive. :(

  18. To me, Soon Lu Lai would mean if you are along the way, please come. Just my guessing, it may be right. RM3.50, that is pretty cheap with a whole chicken wing but seldom come across fried rice with peanuts, cucumber and nasi lemak sambal

    Yup…you’re right. It’s transcribed from Mandarin. Here, if you have fried rice at the Malay stalls and they sell nasi lemak, they will usually give you the peanuts, cucumber and sambal. Very common.

  19. I am sure I will enjoy your fried rice more. So put that in your list for my next trip. Home cooked fried rice in your home:D

    Tell me when you’re coming and then we’ll talk… ;)

  20. I can’t recall where is this place. The HADACO sign looks very familiar.. hmmm

    Ngui Kee Departmental Store & Supermarket building…behind Orchid Hotel…. The very popular Yummy is round the corner.

  21. Fried rice with a whole chicken leg only costs RM3.50? Looks good too. No wonder so many customers.
    The earlier pic showing nasi goreng with peanuts, cucumber & sambal – like nasi lemak style – never seen or tasted before. Nice? And what’s the lonely piece of fried thing by the side, hehe? Fried wanton?

    No leh? I think it’s the other half of the chicken wing. They cut the wing into two – the drummet and the rest of it.

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