Changing partners…

I happened to be in the vicinity that morning and I decided to stop by here at this coffee shop…

e Cafe

…right behind the Delta Mall…

Delta Mall, back view

…the first one in the block before this somewhat more popular one, the second one in that same block.

I had the kolo mee there a long long time ago, in 2011, but it looked like somebody else is running the stall now, a very pleasant lady…

Kampua mee stall

The coffee that I had…

e Cafe kopi-o-peng

…was good and I liked the very nice and efficient workers (male) waiting at the tables – I think they were Indonesians. I took my seat at a table and one came quickly to wipe it clean and take my order. After he had served the drink, when I moved the glass for the “photo shoot” and the table was a little wet again, he came right away to wipe it again. At some places here, you would have to wave frantically and at times, even holler out loud to get some attention.

I ordered the kampua-kway teow combo…

e Cafe kampua kway teow combo

…to see if it was any good.

Yes, if you do not want the kampua noodles, at many places here, you can ask for kway teow or bihun or even ngiau choo boi (rat’s tail) instead, tossed in that same manner and served. These are gluten-free but I would be a little wary as I am not sure if there is any wheat in the chio cheng ( light soy sauce) used like how there is wheat in the bottled dark soy sauce.

Having said that, if you are not that fond of kway teow or you do not want the kampua mee, you can always ask for a different combination or change partners, so to speak. LOL!!!

Back to what I ordered that morning…

e Cafe kampua kway teow combo 2

…I thought it was all right, not anything to get me running back for more.

Gee!!! I can’t even remember how much I paid for that but if I am not wrong, that was RM3.00 a bowl…and looking at what the other customers were having, it looked like her fried kampua would be a better bet.

e-CAFE (2.311913, 111.846213) is the first shop right behind Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada – the block a little to your left if you are coming out of the mall via the back entrance.

I like it here…

That morning, my missus and I dropped by here…

Ju Lai Xiang

…for breakfast. I liked how the place seemed so very clean and how the people there were all so nice and friendly. It sure makes one’s day to see smiling faces and hearing sweet and polite thank you’s, something that some people at a few places here would need to learn and emulate.

The coffee (RM1.60)…

Ju Lai Xiang kopi-o-peng

…was good and in the fridge, they had all kinds of own-made fruit and Chinese cooling drinks and I could not resist buying the red bean and mung bean sago…

Ju Lai Xiang red bean & mung bean sago drink

…and the pumpkin sago…

Ju Lai Xiang pumpkin sago drink

…and also the dragon fruit sago…

Ju Lai Xiang dragon fruit sago drink

…home to try. Initially, I was not so keen on the latter because of the colour – it reminded me of air bandong – but I saw a young lady buying and taking away lots of that so I guess it must be good.

My missus had the fried kway teow (RM4.00)…

Ju Lai Xiang fried kway teow

…from the stall at the back and I think there is a chicken rice and roast meat stall in the middle but it was not open when we were there.

I ordered the kampua special (RM5.50)…

Ju Lai Xiang kampua special 1

…from the first stall…

Ju Lai Xiang kampua stall

…as I liked what it looked like in the photograph.

I put some of the added ingredients into the complimentary soup…

Ju Lai Xiang complimentary soup

…and I don’t know if it was actually very nice originally or whether that brought the taste to a whole new level – it certainly was very nice and I enjoyed it. I think the lady at the stall saw me doing that and told the guy and they were looking at me, smiling away, looking somewhat amused. Next time, I would ask for a bigger bowl…and I would ask them to leave out the fish balls and give me more liver or minced meat instead…

Ju Lai Xiang kampua special 2

…and I wouldn’t mind if I do not get any tofu either but I am fine with it.

Yes, that was very nice and I sure would not mind going back there again for more.

JU LAI XIANG CAFE (2.310920, 111.831572) is the first shop in the block right behind the Sibu Civic Centre (Dewan Suarah), opposite the block where Aroma Bakery and this coffee shop are  located.

Not what I wanted…

I wanted to buy some stuff from the store round the corner that day so we decided to just drop by here…

Chopsticks Chicken & Rice

…for lunch.

I was thinking of having some chicken rice with steamed chicken and perhaps some char siew and roast pork as well on top and the very diluted (Chinese) curry gravy poured all over it like what I used to enjoy a lot in the 70’s at one old-school restaurant at Carpenter Street in Kuching – Ang Lee, no relation whatsoever to that celebrated movie director.

However, when we got there, my missus said she would have what I would be having – normally, she would order something else from one of the other stalls there so that called for a change of plans as I would not know whether she would enjoy that or not. Anyway, they had run out of the curry and probably, the steamed chicken as well as I did not see any hanging in the display cabinet even though it was only 11 something, not quite lunchtime yet.

I ordered some roast chicken, roast pork and char siew for 2…

Chopsticks meat platter

…to go with the very nice chicken rice, one of the very few around that I truly like a lot…

Chopsticks chicken rice & chili dip

…and their special chicken rice chili dip is pretty good as well.

I also asked for two five-spice stewed egg…

Chopsticks 5-spice egg

…and I was pleasantly surprised to note that they are still RM1.00 each…

Chopsticks menu & prices

…here.

I am not all that fond of the char siew at the stalls around here in general. Either theirs would not taste quite like it or it would be rather dry and hard too usually…and in the past, they did not have that here – just some roasted honey pork or something but I saw they had it that day and I asked for some…

Chopsticks Chicken & Rice char siew

…to be included in our meat platter. To our delight, it was very nice – no, still not quite like the regular char siew but yes, we liked it and we sure would not mind going for it again the next time we drop by here.

The best part, of course, was the fact that for all that we had, we only had to fork out RM17.50 for two persons, inclusive of rice and complimentary soup – around USD4.00 only, believe it or not…or around AUD5.50!

CHOPSTICKS CHICKEN & RICE (2.312434, 111.845917) is located in the Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada area of shops, facing the church along Lorong Taman Seduan 8, off Jalan Gambir.

Better than that…

I had been wanting to go back ever since I saw an ex-student of mine running the kampua mee stall…

Happiness Cafe kampua stall

here but when we dropped by for breakfast that morning, there was no sign of him and I did not know if the ones there that day were in any way related.

On our previous visit, we were quite put off by what we had from one of the stalls there but for some reason or other, my missus went and ordered their sambal fried kway teow (RM5.00)…

Happiness Cafe sambal kway teow

…which was extremely salty the first time around and she could barely finish half of it. Maybe she had forgotten all about it and thankfully, it was very nice that morning, a whole lot better than what she had before – very spicy upon special request and very fragrant and tasty with the sambal, lots of tiny prawns in it and yes, she enjoyed it a lot.

I tried the kampua noodles…

Happiness Cafe kampua mee

…and they asked me whether I wanted an egg and I said ok…

With egg

…and I also asked for their gu tor (beef tripe) soup…

...and gu tor soup

…to go with my order.

The whole thing cost RM7.00 altogether but in my humble and honest opinion, it was pretty much the same as many around town and they would have to do better than that before I would want to go back again for more and the gu tor soup was just the beef tripe served in the usual bone stock soup. At some other places where I had this, they had their own special soup that was a whole lot nicer with a hint of ginger but I sure was glad that they gave the special chili dip that one would get when ordering this – I wouldn’t like it at all if they had given the usual chili sauce that one would get when eating kampua mee at most places here.

While I was there, I spotted Eric, the guy behind The Kitchen instant kampua thing, so I went over to say hello. No, of course, he was not having any of the kampua noodles – I am sure he would have had more than his fair share of that. He was having the popiah (spring roll)…

Happiness Cafe popiah

…there and he said it was quite good so I bought some home to try. Yes, it was nice, I think it was RM2.50 each…

Happiness Cafe popiah inside

…but I was wishing they had added crushed peanut in their filling to bring the taste to a whole new level, and I also bought some of the ang koo kuih (RM1.20 each)…

Happiness Cafe ang koo kuih

…which were all right too.

HAPPINESS CAFE, (2.306608, 111.827179) formerly KONG MA MA, is located along Lorong Delta 4, off Jalan Delta. The left turn into Lorong Delta 9 will lead you straight to the Delta Public Swimming Pool.

Feel the heat…

Yes, we were trying to get out of the heat and that was why we ended up here again. My missus ordered the braised beef brisket…

Le Cafe braised beef brisket

…with rice (RM18.90) which was nice but nothing fancy – just the meat braised in ragù sauce.

My girl had their chicken chop (13.90)…

Le Cafe chicken chop

…which was fine too but that the serving was somewhat big and she could not finish all the meat. No, I did not help her with what was left as I ordered their baked pork chop (RM41.90)…

Le Cafe baked pork chop
*I forgot to take a photograph of it when it was served and only remembered when I was already halfway through*

…which was supposed to be for two persons and they had this apple and lettuce salad…

Le Cafe apple & lettuce salad

…by the side along with the fries and this macaroni in pasta sauce…

Le Cafe macaroni

At one time, I did see a lot of people sharing photographs of it on Facebook but I never got down to ordering it all this while, not at that price. The slab of meat that I got was really big though but after I had cut away the layer of fat, there was just around two-thirds of it left. It was nice but I wouldn’t think I would want to have a go at it again. I would say that what we had on your previous visit was nicer than this time around.

LE CAFE (2.299452,111.830832) is located along Brooke Drive, on your left if you are driving from town, in a block of shops after you have gone past the building where the Sheraton Restaurant is…before you get to the traffic lights where you turn right to get to the Sibu Medical Centre.

There’s still time…

The weather has been unbearably hot again after a few days of a bit of rain but I did go back to the Ramadan Bazaar here. I would park my car in the shade behind the block of shops and walk to this stall/shop round the corner but no, I would not walk around to the other stalls, not under the scorching sun.

You will find the usual kuehs (local cakes)…

Mak Met's kueh

…there and maybe some that are not available on a regular basis on normal days.

I’ve bought this Rojak Mem twice…

Rojak Mem 1

– I think the lady has a stall at a coffee shop (formerly Kok Cheng, opposite the now-closed down Star Cineplex) in town and yes, it was very nice…

Rojak Mem

…though I would love some potatoes and a bit of egg in it.

There would also be the usual nasi lemak, Sarawak and Penang laksa and for Ramadan, they also have kampua noodles…

Mee kampua

…that look a lot more impressive than their usual.

I did buy this steamed kueh wrapped in banana leaf…

Steamed kueh

…made with rice/tapioca/sago flour so it is gluten free, sweetened with the gula apong (palm sugar) added…

Steamed kueh, inside

It was all right, not bad and I do think it would make a great after-meal dessert.

There is also these keria

Kueh keria

…that is not usually available – Malaysian-style donuts made from sweet potatoes and glazed with palm sugar. I did not want to buy any that day as I am not really into donuts, any kind, and despite the other customers who were there insisting that it was very nice, I was still reluctant. In the end, the very nice and generous Mak Met filled one brown paper bag full and gave them to me to try. That was so very sweet of her and yes, I am truly blessed with all the wonderful people all around, praise the Lord! Yes, they were nice but then again, a lot of these local kuehs and delicacies are all very nice.

We have been caught up with things at home lately so we did not have time to cook and it was very convenient to just stop by here and buy some food home to eat. I tried their  bubur pedas

Bubur pedas 1

…and it was very nice (RM4.00)…

Bubur pedas 2

…nicer than others that I’ve bought elsewhere. I saw somewhere that this is a Sarawak thing, though I am not too sure about this, but for the uninitiated, this is something like sayur masak lemak (vegetables cooked with santan/coconut milk) but it has all the fragrant spices and herbs and leaves added so those certainly put it in a class of its own.

They also have other side dishes, all in plastic/glass-covered serving trays, that one can pick from, such as the kerabu paku

Kerabu paku

…and the sambal tempeh

Sambal tempeh

…and there was this botok ikan

Botok ikan

…mashed ikan tenggiri (mackerel) mixed with all the aromatic herbs and leaves, wrapped in leaf and cooked in santan (coconut milk)…

Botok ikan, inside

…I did buy it to try and boy, it was really so very very nice. I must go back one of these days to grab more!

For the mains, one can have a choice between their ayam penyet rice or their pecel lele ikan keli (catfish)…

Ayam penyet and pecel lele

…and that day, I bought the fish…

Pecel lele ikan keli

…and yes, it was so good! I really enjoyed that.

There is still time left in the coming week, so I would be going back for more, otherwise I would have to wait till next year’s Ramadan to enjoy all these local delights.

PENYET BANDONG/MAK MET’s BREAKFAST STATION (2.314192, 111.825581) is located in the first few lots on the right of the block of shops facing the main road & Bandong Walk at Jalan Bandong, somewhere opposite the primary schools and to the right of the surau in the vicinity.

Just a few more days…

There is just a week or so to go till Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Selamat Hari Raya

…which means that pretty soon, the Ramadan bazaars here, there and everywhere around town would come to an end and we will have to wait till next year for this annual event.

We did go to the one at the Sibu Town Square once and since the weather has been a lot kinder and we have been getting a bit of rain time and again, I did drop by the one that I am more familiar with, at Bandong…

Bandong Ramadan Bazaar
*Archive photo*

…and I did buy the nasi kuning ayam berempah from the nice lady there…

Nasi kuning ayam berempah
*Archive photo*

…twice. Yes, it was still very nice and the best thing about it was that she was selling her delightful specialty at that same price all these years, RM5.00 a packet!

The satay guy…

Nor Satay
*Archive photo*

…is back here now and he told me that they have terminated their business at the shop that I blogged about a few times not too long ago as the rent was too high and they will be taking over this shop at the back in the photograph and will be based here after the Raya festival.

Yes, I did buy some satay from the guy to take home and enjoy with our loot and we did buy some of the stuff at our regular Malay kueh stall here – the putu mayam, kueh renjes, the bingka durian and bingka labu, the baksong and so on and so forth. Unfortunately, their nasi kerabu

Nasi kerabu
*Archive photo – they do not use those polystyrene containers anymore here since it has been banned by the municipal council and the last time I bought this, it was already RM4.50*

…(and laksam) was not available so left with no choice, we went to a new stall with a banner that declares that theirs is the nasi kerabu ori (RM5.50)…

Nasi kerabu ori

…which was all right but we thought it lacked all those herbs and leaves that would give the kerabu that very nice and special fragrance and taste. There is another stall but I saw that the rice was way too blue so I decided against trying that one there.

On another day, I bought the nasi bryani

Nasi bryani

…from Nasi Bryani Yusra, the very first stall on the extreme right of the bazaar, complete with the sambal egg and the cucumber pickle and a choice between chicken curry or ayam percik

Ayam percik

…and of course I wanted the latter as we can’t get that very easily here unlike the curry and though it did cost quite a bit, RM10.00 per set…

Nasi bryani ayam percik set

…I thought it was quite reasonable since they used the expensive long-grained rice and for the chicken, they gave the whole thigh, not just the drumstick or wing or worst, a chunk of breast plus they used a somewhat nice plastic container that I could wash and reuse instead of the flimsy cardboard ones that everyone else is using right now.

Yes, I did enjoy that and I may go for another round of it one of these days before the Ramadan bazaar for this year comes to a close…

This Ramadan Bazaar (2.314192, 111.825581) is located around the shops at Jalan Bandong and all along Bandong Walk, somewhere around the primary schools and the surau in the vicinity.