Full swing…

Well, obviously they were not back in full swing yet after the fasting month of Ramadan and the Hari Raya Festival celebration as they did not have their nasi campur

MIA CAFE & RESTAURANT no nasi campur

…that day when we dropped by here for lunch and we were not the only ones – so many came and asked and they left when they found out that they were not serving that just yet. Others did what we did – we sat down and ordered some things from the regular menu.

I had their nasi ayam penyet goreng (RM7.50)…

MIA CAFE & RESTAURANT nasi ayam penyet goreng

…which had some kind of sauce that had a slight hint of rojak sauce on the chicken…

MIA CAFE & RESTAURANT ayam penyet goreng

…and all in all, I would say, it was all right. There are others elsewhere that would have an edge over this one here.

My missus had their nasi paprik seafood (RM7.50)…

MIA CAFE & RESTAURANT nasi paprik seafood

…which was quite nice – I could not place my finger on the taste, something like masak merah perhaps.

They gave one big prawn…

MIA CAFE & RESTAURANT paprik seafood

…and a whole lot of sotong (squid), no fish.

According to the boys, the chef had gone home to Indonesia for Hari Raya and would be back in action starting the very next day. Well, we would drop by some other day for the nasi campur but I can’t say right now when exactly that would be.

MIA CAFE & RESTAURANT (2.308507, 111.820287) is located among the shops at Jalan Bunga Normah 4, around Simpang Tiga, Sibu, facing inwards overlooking the houses along Jalan Kuda, off Jalan Kampung Nangka.

Love on top…

I heard a lot of favourable reviews of the noodles available at Stall No. 7…

Stall No. 7

…on top of the Rejang Park market…

Rejang Park market

…but I never dropped by to try until just the other day.

Even then, we did not have the noodles in mind – we also heard that one could get kacang ma at a stall there but luck was not on our side. It was not on the menu that afternoon and we did not fancy the options that the lady had for the chap fan (mixed rice) so we went back to Stall No. 7 instead.

The place has a unique feel to it, not quite like a hawker centre and more like some place for those people staying in the vicinity to get together and chit chat to while the time away. Why, there were these two guys playing Chinese chess by the side…

Playing Chinese chess

…even and I so love this antique-looking wooden cabinet…

Antique wooden cabinet

…on the counter at one of the stalls.

The kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) was only RM1.20 a glass…

Rejang Park market kopi-o-peng

…cheaper than at the regular coffee shops where prices may range between RM1.50-RM1.80.

The noodles are also cheaper than elsewhere – I had the fried kway teow (RM3.30)…

Rejang Park Market fried kway teow

…which would be at least RM3.80-RM4.00 or more at other p[laces around town.

My missus had the Foochow fried noodles, also RM3.30…

Rejang Park Market Foochow fried noodles

…and yes, both our orders were very much to our satisfaction.

I certainly would not mind dropping by again…and I did see something stuck to the cabinet at the stall, going for RM5.00 so I asked what it was. The guy said something about noodles with stewed pork ribs or whatever and when I drop by again, that would be the one thing I would want to order and try.

Be forewarned, however, that this place could get quite congested in the mornings, especially on Saturdays and Sundays, but when we went around 11.30 a.m. that day, it was perfectly all right and there were ample parking spaces right beside the market.

THE REJANG PARK HAWKER STALLS are right on top of the (wet) market on the upper floor. The market is located among the shops in the commercial centre in that housing estate along Jalan Teruntum.

Cheap…

I was here…

Wan Sen Corner

sometime ago in January but I had the fried kampua noodles from this stall…

Wan Sen Corner kampua stall

…in front.

Yes, I had heard of their kampua noodles, just RM2.00 a bowl…

Wan Sen Corner kampua mee 1

…which would make it one of the cheapest, if not THE cheapest in town.

I was told by one guy at a shop down the road that the serving was smaller than the usual but that was not exactly true. It was as substantial as any other but I did not notice that the strands of noodles were very much smaller than most of the rest…

Wan Sen Corner kampua mee 2

Well, to me, size does not matter and it was as good as many of the nice ones around town and in fact, I would say it was nicer than some that I’ve had…

Wan Sen Corner kampua mee 3

Honestly, why would anyone go and pay RM3.00 or more, up to RM3.50 even, for a bowl of the same? Perhaps they should boycott all those places to teach them a lesson for jacking up the prices. It sure does make a lot more sens (sense) to drop by here, don’t you think? If you have two bowls at the RM3.50 places, you can have three bowls here plus RM1.00 change!

It sure comes as no surprise at all that this one here…

Wan Sen Corner kampua mee 4

…enjoys brisk business and I dare say that it is not only because it is cheap but it is nice as well. I certainly would not mind going back for more!

WAN SEN CORNER (2.295995, 111.840587) is located at Pusat Tanahwang, back to back with the tyre shop that faces Sacred Heart Secondary School, more or less directly opposite, on your right if you turn left into the lane to the right of the SHELL petrol station there.

Following footsteps…

I don’t know if this young man…

Siong Kee kampua guy

…is the son following in his father’s footsteps but he’s the one running this stall…

Siong Kee kampua mee stall

…at this coffee shop…

Mei Le Cafe

…here.

Well, if he is indeed the son, his father used to have a stall at another coffee shop in the vicinity, right around the corner but no, he is no longer there. There is a stall at night at the Taman Muhibah hawker centre and I did see one at this coffee shop opposite Wisma Sanyan in the town centre. Maybe there are more in this chain of kampua noodle stalls, I wouldn’t know.

I did go and try the noodles at the father’s stall but I did not quite like it even though he did have quite a following – there were some who said that his was nice. It was kind of soggy and somewhat starchy but I did try the one here at this stall, white (no dark soy sauce added), and I thought it was all right, nice but no, it wasn’t anything to get excited about.

The other morning, I happened to be around there again and for want of something for breakfast, I ordered the kampua piansip mee, white and tossed in chili sauce…

Siong Kee kampua piansip mee

It was all right too but personally, I would prefer it without the chili sauce added.

I was quite put off by the fact that the plate used was chipped…

Siong Kee chipped plate

– I wish people would get their workers to handle the crockery carefully when washing and when cracked or chipped, they should throw them away. I don’t recall anything like that the previous time but still, at RM3.50 a plate, it is 30 sen more expensive than here and a lot more than elsewhere and at that same price at this air-conditioned place here, I would say that the one at the latter is a whole lot nicer.

MEI LE CAFE (2.313147, 111.846968) is located along Jalan Gambir, a stone’s throw away from the Delta Mall, on your left as soon as you turn into that road from Jalan Pedada.

Life goes on…

Things have pretty much gone back to the old routine now except that I do feel that a part is missing, no longer there. We still have prayers and rosary at the house – the last time will be tonight, 7 days after my dad’s passing.

Last Saturday evening, we went for the sunset service in church here, something we would usually do every week before sending my girl back to her school in the jungle the following day, Sunday and after that, my girl was delighted when I suggested dropping by here for a very late dinner. She loves the bryani lamb (RM19.50) – the one here is her favourite in town and of course that was what she had that night.

I did not want to take a lot of photographs as it was night and in the dim conditions, they would not do justice to the food.

My missus had their ikan kembong sumbat (RM17.50) again – it sure looks like this has overtaken the kalio ayam as her favourite dish here.

I had the ayam tandoori and requested for bryani rice (RM17.00)…

CAFE IND tandoori chicken with bryani rice

…instead of the usual Indian Basmati rice to go with it and yes, the chicken thigh was very nicely done, perfect on the outside and moist and tender on the inside and I loved the delightful flavours of whatever they used to marinate  it.

We overheard an Indian man at the next table ordering some ladies’ fingers, Indian-style so we asked about it. Only then were we shown the menu with all the vegetarian dishes – probably they just assumed we would not be interested in those. We wanted the same but they were out of the vegetable (I reckoned that if it was something picked by a true-blue Indian man from India, not a local, that would be very nice) so we had to pick something else. In the end, we settled for the aloo ghobi curry (RM11.50)…

CAFE IND aloo ghobi curry 1

…a vegetable curry with potatoes and cauliflower…

CAFE IND aloo ghobi curry 2

Yes, it was good and rest assured that when we drop by again, we certainly would order more dishes from that menu to try.

CAFE IND (2.290813, 111.829294) is located along Laichee Lane, right behind one block of shops facing the main road (Jalan Kampung Nyabor) where the Bank Simpanan Nasional, Sibu branch (2.290561, 111.829071), is located.

Old…

This place isn’t exactly new. It used to be the Yien King Restaurant at Wong Nai Siong Road, opposite the Sarawak Hotel and then it became the Peking Restaurant and somewhere along the line, it moved to its present location and is now known as the Beijing 2008 Restaurant. Some other people have taken over now, I heard – not the ones who used to run it before and I did see some Facebook friends sharing photographs of some of the nice dishes they had here but I never did drop by myself to check it out.

Following the Chinese tradition, all family members and friends who attend a funeral would be invited to a lunch that they call “old folks’ rice” for the bereaved members of the family to express their thanks and appreciation to all of them. The traditional belief is that it is good to go and partake in this meal as one would be blessed. We had that at the aforementioned restaurant after my late father’s funeral that day.

I remember going for those when I was very young and I was told then that there must not be anything red served at these lunches so dishes like sweet and sour fish or pork would be totally out of the question. These days, they are not very strict about this thing anymore but I do not recall having anything that was red that day other than perhaps, this dish of prawns…

Beijing Restaurant 2008 prawns

There were a lot of dishes but I only managed to capture a few photographs of what was served such as this one…

Beijing Restaurant 2008 first dish

…or this very nice steamed ikan patin

Beijing Restaurant 2008 steamed ikan patin

…and the lovely stewed pork with fried mantao….

Beijing Restaurant 2008 stewed pork fried mantao

They do cater for parties outside as well. Buffet dinners are only RM25.00 per head for a minimum of 20 persons – I probably would blog more about this in a later post but if anyone is interested, he or see can call the very pro-active and friendly managing director, Kenny Ling, at 019 8178 941. He would be very pleased to hear from you, I’m sure!

BEIJING 2008 RESTAURANT (2.291109, 111.827983) is located along Jalan Kampung Nyabor Road around the corner of this road and Brooke Drive. It is located at the block of shops, where a Malayan Banking branch is, to the left of the entrance into Hua Kiew Road, somewhere opposite the Sibu General Post Office.

Up and down…

We had to miss our regular Sunday services these last two months or so as we had to be at my parents’ house to help take care of my late dad and also my bed-ridden mum so there was not much time for anything else.

However, last Saturday, the evening before my father was admitted into the hospital here, my girl and I did go out for the sunset mass at St Mary’s and caught up in so many things round that time, we did not have time to cook so we would have packed meals most every day. After the service that night, we dropped by here…

Flavours Thai Kitchen sign 1

…for a late dinner.

They have a sign up now…

Flavours Thai Kitchen sign 2

It was placed at a strategic point by the road and it looked really good there but the municipal council people said that was not permitted and suggested putting it up high on the wall of the building which actually was more the wall of the hotel and not the restaurant and eventually, it ended up where it is now.

It rained heavily earlier that evening so the night was nice and cool and that was why we decided to sit outside, right beside the counter, instead of at the air-conditioned section inside. That was  a bad move because of the blue LED lights all around and they gave all my photographs of the food a peculiar tint of blue.

Of course, we had my girl’s favourite, their pad Thai (RM16.90)…

Flavours pad Thai

…and she wanted their seafood tom yam (RM45.50)…

Flavours seafood tom yam 1

…to go with it. Both were good and my girl really enjoyed the tom yam which she said was different from most of the rest that would be rather mild and watered-down, not bursting with flavours like the one here.

There were a whole lot of prawns, sotong (squid) and fish in it…

Flavours seafood tom yam 2

…and mushrooms too.

Actually, my dear friend, Mary, had invited me over for dinner some nights earlier but because I was ill-disposed at that point in time, I had to turned it down. That night, she wasted no time at all in serving me this lime beef dish…

Flavours Thai Kitchen lime beef

… that she wanted me to try on the house. I have seen it on the food channel on tv where they blanched the thinly-sliced beef with boiling hot water and that more or less would cook it and then they added lime and all the other ingredients. Yes, we loved it and really enjoyed it to the max.

That sure was a lot of food for just the two of us but perhaps we had not been eating all that well prior to this, we finished all that was served!!! And that wasn’t all! Always so kind and generous as ever, Mary insisted on us taking home a tray of kampung/free range chicken eggs. Honestly, I can never thank this lovely, most wonderful lady enough for everything!

FLAVOURS THAI KITCHEN is located on the ground floor of the ORCHID HOTEL, along Brooke Drive at its junction with Jalan Tunku Osman. You can use its main entrance at the back of the hotel building (facing Brooke Drive) or go through the lobby past the reception desk if you are using its hotel entrance.