Regular…

Yes, we were back here again – we sure are getting to be quite a regular at this place and yes, my missus had their nasi kerabu with ayam percik again and I really liked how they went through the trouble of removing the tails of the taugeh (bean sprouts)…

Warong Cafe taugeh

…unlike many other places here.

Yes, we had their teh-c special (RM3.00 a glass)…

Warong Cafe teh-c special

…again with a special request for it to be kao (extra strong) and with a lot of evaporated milk. So far, this is the only drink that we quite like here. I had their kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) once and it had hardly any coffee fragrance/flavour. That was why I was not in the least surprised when somebody said the food was really very nice but the drinks were like H2O (water) – I wonder what he ordered.

Of course, I did not want to have the nasi kerabu again or I would have nothing to blog about. This time around, I got to try their nasi lemak with a special request for their very nice ayam percik, drumstick (RM6.50)…

Warong Cafe nasi lemak with ayam percik 1

I wanted that the last time I was here and it was sold out so I had their mee jawa special (RM6.50) instead and I liked it more than their mee mamak seafood (RM6.50) but usually, I would prefer rice to noodles for lunch.

The nasi lemak was quite nice – I could taste the lemak-ness of the santan (coconut milk) and detect the fragrance of the pandan (screwpine leaves) and they were quite generous with the sambal which was great but I would have liked it a lot spicier though.

I certainly enjoyed it a lot more than their nasi ayam penyet (RM8.00)…and besides being a lot cheaper than what I had here (RM7.50), they gave one whole egg…

Warong Cafe nasi lemak with ayam percik 2

…instead of just half like what they do at most places elsewhere.

I asked the boss and found out that one can tapao (take away) the lovely ayam percik

Warong Cafe ayam percik

…at RM2.50 a piece. I’ll KIV that for days when we are too lazy to cook – just stop by here and buy a few pieces home for our lunch or dinner, so convenient.

WARONG CAFE (2.318841, 111.831732), formerly Sri Tanjung Cafe, is located among the shops in between Jalan Tapang and Jalan Tapang Timur towards the end of Jalan Kampung Nangka on the left – RTM Sibu is located right across the road on the right.

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The same one…

We dropped by here for lunch the other day – we had some pretty good stuff from their chap fan (mixed rice) spread a couple of times before so we went to have a look. Unfortunately, what they had that day did not tickle my fancy so I went to check out the kampua mee stall instead. I remember we had some beef tripe noodles, soup, from that stall before and it was very nice but the guy said he did not have anything else other than the noodles and the pian sip. For one thing, he did not look like the people running that stall before – there was a not-so-young lady, I think.

On the other side to the extreme left of the place, there were two new stalls, one selling Sarawak laksa and the other lor mee and a whole lot of other things. I did not feel like having laksa so I ordered the lor mee (RM4.00)…

Eco-Delite lor mee 1

…from the latter.

No, it was not quite like the lor mee I used to enjoy long ago, the one with the slightly sweet gravy with some taucheo (salted beans) and thickened with corn flour but this one…

Eco-Delite lor mee 2

…was very nice too and it reminded me of the Hailam lor mee

Eco-Delite lor mee 3

…that my friend, Eugene, took me to eat in Penang or the one I had in Petaling Jaya and it was as good as the other one I had before from a stall on the other side at the back but that one had a guy doing everything. When I went to ask, the lady told me it was the one and the same – they have moved from where their stall was before.

My missus went and ordered the char-chu mee (RM4.00)…

Eco-Delite Foochow-style char-chu mee 1

…from the chu char (cook & fry) place at the back, the people doing the chap fan there.

Char-chu mee, literally translated as fry and cook noodles…

Eco-Delite Foochow-style char-chu mee 2

…is actually our Foochow-style noodles, soup.

As stated in the name, the noodles…

Eco-Delite Foochow-style char-chu mee 3

…are fried first and then the soup is added, letting it boil a bit too cook and once done, it is served. The one here was really good, I could detect its lovely fragrance the moment it was served and for one thing, they certainly were more generous with the ingredients than a lot of other places.

The old guy who looked kind of mid-eastern, selling the very nice murtabak that I had once is no longer there and I did walk to the other food court/coffee shop a stone’s throw away and the people at the stalls there did not look all that familiar either. Maybe some of them have closed shop too or moved elsewhere, I wouldn’t know and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is the former – times are hard, our miserable currency keeps shrinking, prices of petrol and everything keep soaring and if you keep jacking up the prices, people will just stop coming. Heads I win, tails you lose! Period.

ECO-DELITE CAFE (2.330846, 111.855645), that includes the food court/coffee shop section to the left, is located along Jalan Ulu Sg Merah among the shops on your left a short distance after you turn right at the roundabout along Jalan Ling Kai Cheng after Giant Hypermart.

All sold out…

We went back to this coffee shop that day as I thought of ordering their very nice sio bee (meat dumplings) that we bought home the last time we were here. They were very nice but I did not take any photographs then so I thought this time around, I could have it steamed there and then and served piping hot and enjoy eating it on the spot and blog about it. Unfortunately, they were all sold out and from what I could see, they were in the process of making some fresh ones. Good grief! Looking at the mountains of sengkuang/mangkuang (turnip) and Bombay onions, it sure looked like they would make a whole lot each time.

A lady was there and from the sprinkling of Mandarin that I could understand, she also wanted to buy the sio bee but was told to come back the next day. It sounded to me like they would make fresh ones on Mondays which would be ready for sale from Tuesday onwards…which stocks last.

That morning, they had these (RM1.10)…

Yong Chuan Fish Noodles stuffed tofu puff skin 1

– tofu puff skin stuffed with pulut (sticky rice) with bits of shitake mushroom and carrot and probably a bit of meat too…

Yong Chuan Fish Noodles stuffed tofu puff skin 2

I did not think they looked all that enticing so I was not tempted to order any. However, my missus bought some home and I got to try them. No, I would say they were as nice as they looked, nice but not really something to get excited about.

My missus ordered their zhao chai hung ngang (RM6.00)…

Yong Chuan fish noodles zhao chai hung ngang

…that her sister had the last time and was going on and on, singing its praises but she was not as impressed – she said she would prefer the tom yam one that she had then. Perhaps she likes it spicy, that’s why or we have grown used to those stronger exotic tastes so anything else would pale in comparison.

I spotted the stewed egg that last time but I did not get to try so this time around, I asked for one…

Yong Chuan fish noodles stewed egg 1

…and I was so surprised when I cut it open…

Yong Chuan Fish Noodles stewed egg 2

The yolk was orange and looked like salted egg yolk but no, it did not taste anything like salted egg. It was not like the regular stewed egg either and yes, I thought it was really very nice.

The lady said it was kampung (village/free range) egg and together with the kampua mee with stewed pork…

Yong Chuan Fish Noodles kampua with stewed pork

…that I had, the total came up to a whooping RM5.00! I looked at the display of photographs at the stall and a plate of kampua mee was priced at RM3.00, same as here but so very much nicer than what the old lady’s daughter there dished out. I suppose that would mean that the egg was RM2.00 each then? Golly gee!!! I don’t know the price of these eggs at the market but regular stewed eggs would usually be RM1.00 each. Seeing how it was double that amount, I sure would think twice about having it again.

The kampua mee was cheaper than some places but more expensive than others but it did stand out, a head above most of the rest – I sure would not mind having it again the next time I drop by here.

YONG CHUAN FISH NOODLES HOUSE (2.308016, 111.848896) is located among the shops on the right (next to WikiTea) along Lorong Sena 8, off Jalan Sena, directly opposite SMK Deshon.

I’m new here…

There were others here before and we did drop by to look around but I do not recall ever seeing anything that tickled our fancy and eating there. Well, these guys are new…

Ah Kiet Restaurant

…and we went to check it out the other day.

There is a kampua mee stall…

Ah Kiet Restaurant kampua mee stall

…and a dim sum stall…

Ah Kiet Restaurant dim sum stall

…and I think there are two other stalls that are still vacant or they were not open that day.

At the back, they have this chap fan (mixed rice) place…

Ah Kiet Restaurant chap fan 1

…that seemed to be immensely popular…

Ah Kiet Restaurant chap fan 2

…so my missus and I joined the queue to pick what we wanted.

She had these (RM6.00 with a bowl of complimentary soup)…

Ah Kiet Restaurant, chap fan - my missus' picks

…and she said the kangkong belacan was very nice and so was the tofu. She let me try the sweet and sour fish fillet and it was really good, better than some of the ones we’ve had at some of the chu char (cook and fry) restaurants.

I also took the pork with tau cheo (salted bean paste) that she had but I thought it was rather salty, nothing really great. Of course, I did not miss the stewed egg…

Ah Kiet Restaurant chap fan - my picks

…and I liked the cangkuk manis fried with egg. As for the brinjal with minced pork, I think I prefer that with sambal especially the one here. I requested for some curry gravy to be poured over the rice and there was no extra charge for that so mine was also RM6.00 too with the complimentary soup.

I rather like their system. You join the queue and they will get the rice for you in a tray and then one of the ladies will take what you pick…and go all the way down the line where there is a counter and you can pay before taking your tray to a table to enjoy the food. You will have to help yourself to the complimentary soup though – nobody is going to get it for you.

We did not try anything from the kampua stall but I did order this lor mai kai (RM4.50)…

Ah Kiet Restaurant lor mai kai

…from the aforementioned dim sum stall. It tasted all right except that it was over-steamed/cooked till the pulut (sticky rice) was way too soft so much so that when I removed it from the foil cup, it could not retain the shape of the cup and just went flat.

On the other hand, the prawn siew mai (RM5.00)…

Ah Kiet Restaurant prawn siew mai

…was very very good – I certainly enjoyed that a lot. I sure would want to go back there again to try some of the other things that they are selling at their stall.

AH KIET RESTAURANT (2.317307, 111.850023) is located right behind Comfort Furniture among the shops beside the Selemo traffic lights along Lorong Ling Kai Cheng 2, off Jalan Deshon if you are coming from town or you can go in via Lorong Ling Kai Cheng 4 if you are coming down from Teku or Ulu Sg Merah. The very popular kampua mee (and fried kompia stuffed with minced meat) place, Sing Ming Kee Cafe is in that same block of shops at the other end on the left.

The very next day…

Normally, we would go to the sunset service on Saturday in one of the churches here so on Sunday morning, we could do a bit of cooking – my girl’s rations for the week and after an early lunch at around 10 something, we would be on our way to her school in the jungle.

Last Saturday, however, it rained so very heavily at around mid-afternoon and though it did ease a bit by evening, the downpour had not stopped so we decided to get up early the following morning to go to the 7.30 a.m. service and after that, we went for breakfast.

We were here…

Sri Pelita
*Sri Pelita, the extended section to the left of the shop*

…for lunch on Saturday and believe it or not, we went there again the very next day!

My girl loves the thosai here and when I asked her if she would like that, she jumped at the suggestion without a second thought. I ordered the paper-thin one…

Sri Pelita paper-thin thosai

…for her – it is usually served rolled up…

Sri Pelita, paper-thin thosai, rolled up

…like a newspaper.

I also ordered another one, the regular…

Sri Pelita thosai, regular

…to share.

Other than the dhal dip and the fish curry gravy, Guna, the nice boss, gave us this sambal nenas (pineapple)…

Sri Pelita sambal nenas

…and the prawn sambal tofu that we liked so much the day before, to eat with the thosai.

No, my missus was not really into thosai so she ordered a plate of mee mamak

Sri Pelita mee mamak

…for herself and she sure was delighted when it was served with all the chopped cili padi sprinkled on top.

I also ordered the murtabak daging

Sri Pelita murtabak daging

…which, unfortunately, my girl could not eat as being made from wheat flour, it was not gluten-free. She was moaning away and had her eyes on the corned beef…

Sri Pelita murtabak daging, corned beef

…inside, together with chopped Bombay onions. Yes, she loves corned beef very much too – I think I will have to open a can to cook for her, with potatoes added, when she comes home this weekend. She can eat that, nothing in it that will trigger the symptoms due to her gluten-intolerance.

Back to our breakfast that morning, I went to pay the bill and Guna just collected RM20 from me for everything, our drinks inclusive. As I was walking past, I saw the lovely sambal terung they had in the cabinet and I asked one of the boys to give me some of that, take away, for my girl to bring along with her but Guna came and took over and gave me a whole lot…and refused to accept any payment for it. My! My!  I think next time, I will have to go to their other outlet in Permai so I will be able to enjoy the food and get to pay for what I eat – he is usually at this outlet, not there.

SRI PELITA CAFE (2.293579, 111.820700) is located along Lorong Kampung Datu 11, off Jalan Kampung Datu, the first shop in the block to the right of Paramount Hotel.

That’s what I like…

I like going to places where people are very nice and friendly, where one would feel at ease while enjoying the very nice food served – that’s what I like but no, unfortunately, not all are like that – there are some who obviously know who I am but they choose to pretend that they don’t and at most places, they do not bother about all the social graces and will not even try to talk a little bit more nicely, never mind whether they are the proprietors/bosses or just the employees. You order what you want, you eat, you pay and you leave and worse of all, there are some rather mean and very unpleasant characters who may snap at you at any time like for instance, if you happen to ask why your order is taking a little too long.

No, I do not expect anything, no special treats nor will I ask for discounts but there are some who will go out of their way to see to that. One, of course, is Peter, the boss of Payung Cafe and the extra large servings of what I order and he will even cook something, usually something new, for me to try. He says that he enjoys cooking for me (Incidentally, if you have not heard of it, Payung is now closed the whole day on Sundays – it used to be closed for lunch only before but now, they have decided to make the whole day their rest day.) and of course, there is Mary of Flavours Thai Kitchen and her wonderful authentic Thai chef, Jos – there would always be that something extra special for me each time I drop by.

Another one is Guna of Sri Pelita. For one thing, he would always give me some discount on my bill without being asked and it so happened that my missus and I were there for lunch last week on Thursday. We really enjoyed our picks that day and as I was leaving, he asked me if I could go back the following day, Friday, for lunch as he wanted to cook me his special Indian-style fish curry…

Sri Pelita Indian-style fish curry 1

…with some really fresh ikan merah or red snapper that he had. Unfortunately, we had to drive to my girl’s school in the jungle that day so we would not be able to make it but he insisted and asked us to drop by on Saturday instead – he would not accept no for an answer so I accepted his invitation.

I did ask him if it would be for me to take home or to eat there and he said he would prefer that I ate it there so he could enjoy seeing me savouring every bit of the fish…

Sri Pelita Indian-style fish curry

We were served the very instant we got there and yes, we loved it! This one was a little spicy, not like the one we had two days earlier, and of course, that made us like it even more.

According to Guna, this would only be available upon special order and if anyone is interested, he or she can drop by his shop to discuss. He says he would need to know all of one’s needs and wants so he would be able to make sure everything is to one’s satisfaction.

No, we had more than just the fish and the vegetables in the dish. Guna also served us this combo of bitter gourd and cabbage…

Sri Pelita bitter gourd & cabbage

…and this tofu in prawn sambal

Sri Pelita prawn sambal tofu

The sambal here is undoubtedly the best, a whole lot nicer than any elsewhere – so very delicious and spicy too and you may get to enjoy it with their sambal brinjal…or the sambal egg but this was the first time we saw it with tofu and there were prawns in the sambal too. It was so very nice that my girl wanted some to take back to her school to enjoy in the course of the week…and when I wanted to pay for it, the nice guy simply refused to accept any payment for it.

It certainly was a most delightful lunch – we ate till we were almost bursting at the seams, thank you so so much, Guna.

SRI PELITA CAFE (2.293579, 111.820700) is located along Lorong Kampung Datu 11, off Jalan Kampung Datu, the first shop in the block to the right of Paramount Hotel.

Once in a long long while…

As they say, variety is the spice of life and so it is when it comes to food. I would not want to eat the same things over and over again but of course, I may go back for what I think is nice time and time again, not necessarily just once in a long, long while.

Last Friday, I had to go to my girl’s school in the jungle to pick her again and bring her home as her colleague had something on here in Sibu and left a day earlier. The last time I had to do that, I bought some chicken rice from here for her and those sharing the same unit with her in the teachers’ quarters so this time around, I did not want to go and buy that again.

I went and bought the wat tan hor kway teow from here (RM12.00)…

Colourful Cafe wat tan hor kway teow
*Archive photo*

…instead and I brought my own tiffin carrier with specific instructions to separate the kway teow and the egg sauce/gravy. At my girl’s quarters, we heated them up for her and two of her colleagues/friends to enjoy. They had their fill and still, there was still a little bit left so one can jolly well guess how big the serving/portion was.

My missus and I decided to eat first ourselves before going on our way so we would not need to worry about our own lunch later and she asked for their fried kway teow (RM4.50)…

Colourful Cafe fried kway teow

We first had it some years ago when this guy was the chef here and we kept going back for more and now, he has his own place, conveniently located very near my house and we were here just two or three days earlier for lunch and she had that exact same thing – the fried kway teow. She does seem to like it a lot.

On that previous visit, I had the nasi lemak with chicken drumstick curry (RM7.50)…

Colourful Cafe nasi lemak with chicken drumstick curry

Normally, I would ask for the daging masak hitam (black-cooked beef) but this time around, I thought I would have the chicken instead for a change.

The rice was not really lemak enough for me but with the chicken curry and its gravy…

Colourful Cafe chicken drumstick curry

…and also the very nice and spicy sambal ikan bilis

Colourful Cafe sambal ikan bilis

…it did not really matter. At some of those Malay stalls and shops, they would give you so little, maybe around a teaspoon only, and some that I had did not even taste nice. Even at my favourite nasi lemak stall here, I would always tell the guy nicely, “Sambal tambah sikit, ya?” and he would happily oblige and give me more.

Fast forward to that day when we had to drive to my girl’s school, of course, I did not want to order the nasi lemak again. For a change, I had their fried mee (RM4.50)…

Colourful Cafe fried mee 1

It was good but I would prefer some of those at the Malay shops and stalls, their mee mamak or whatever. This Chinese-style one is a bit too mild for me…

Colurful Cafe fried mee 2

– I do think the kway teow has an edge over it – and I asked if one could order that with a special request for fresh chili, sliced or pounded, to be added for it to be spicy but I was told that I could choose to have the one with sambal. Now that, of course, would mean there would be an extra charge – RM1.00 perhaps for the sambal. Smart, eh, these business people?

After my missus and I had finished our quick brunch that morning, we were on our way.

COLOURFUL CAFE (2.316673, 111.837539) is located in the Renew4U building at the junction of Brooke Drive and Lorong Kwong Ann 8, across the road from the Church of Jesus  Christ of the Latter Day Saints.