Music for a sushi restaurant…

No, there wasn’t any music, not that I noticed, at that place and one thing I did like about it was how even though it was so crowded, it was not noisy. Perhaps it was the acoustics there – I don’t think the customers here are “more cultured and better-behaved“. LOL!!!

I must say that I was amazed by the crowd that day when we dropped by there after a very very long time. My girl said she wanted Japanese for lunch so of course, I was only too delighted to oblige since we had not had that for ages now. The last time we were there was probably in August, 2020! Gosh!!!

It was as packed as ever, just that nobody had to queue to wait for a place to sit and eat like when it first opened its doors on Christmas Eve, 2018 and I thought that it was kind of amazing, considering that the menu had more or less stayed the same. Imagine going there and eating the same things over and over again…not that there are so many things to choose from and no, things do not come cheap at these franchise places.

I felt they used to have a lot more choices on their sushi carousel. Maybe we were early and they had just opened, not going full swing yet so the choices were kind of limited that day.

The ladies loved this (RM2.80 per plate)…

…a lot so they had two or three plates of those instead of picking those other options that did not really tickle their fancy. I did try one but I did not like the wasabi in it. Period.

I picked these, wrapped in cheddar cheese (RM1.80)…

…and they were all right, plain and simple, nothing to get excited about.

My missus loves those inari sushi, the ones in the deep fried bean curd pockets so she picked one (RM3.70)…

…and had it all by herself. I do enjoy those too but I had my own à la carte order so I did not want to stuff my face with all that sushi while I waited.

I ordered their tori katsu curry rice only to be told that the chicken was not available so I had to settle for their ebi katsu curry rice (RM14.80)…

The curry was all right – what can one expect from Japanese curry, right?

Having said that, I genuinely thought the breaded prawn fritters were quite awful, to put it a little nicely, nothing like those very fresh seawater prawns that I buy regularly from my favourite fish & seafood stall in my neighbourhood. These were hard, not succulent and not sweet at all, so very bland, so very tasteless – I don’t think I would want to order their prawns ever again.

My girl had her favourite, their unagi don (RM20.40)…

…so of course, she did not have any complaint other than the fact that they were over generous with the rice so she could not finish all of it. Well, I did not finish my rice either and that spoke volumes as to how much I enjoyed my main order that day, if you get what I mean. Both our orders came with a complimentary bowl of miso soup.

I also ordered their spider chicken floss maki (RM14.80)…

…which I thought was very nice but the ladies did not really like the chicken floss in it.

Other than that, we also had another favourite of ours, their kabocha karokke or pumpkin croquette (RM6.80)…

All in all, the bill came up to RM70.90 but with the 6% SST and 10% service charge, the total came up to a whooping RM82.24.

SUSHI MENTAI, Sibu (2.303279, 111.843161) is located at Wisma Sri Minyak, Lot 3065, S/L4, No. 23&25, Ground Floor, Pedada Lane 7 (Now Jalan Dr. Wong Soon Kai).

Best so far…

I would say this is the best bak pao (steamed meat bun) so far…

…or to me, at least unless there are other nicer ones around here that I have not got to try yet.

I dropped by the the Chinese pancake or ban chang kuih (慢煎糕)/apam balik stall…

…in the next lane from my house the other day and I noticed that the guy was selling these steamed paos. He said that they were from the people at the coffee shop at the end/corner a few doors from where he would be in the morning…

…so of course, I did not hesitate to buy some to try.

I bought two of the meat ones, the bak pao (RM2.50 each)…

…the ones with the red dot and two of the char siew ones (also RM2.50 each)…

…the ones with the two orange dots. According to the guy, there is no egg in the latter (the char siew), just the former (the bak pao).

I loved how the buns would rise to the occasion when I heated them up and took them out piping hot from the steamer. The skin became very soft and very fluffy, so very nice. I tried the bak pao and was delighted to see how generous they were with the egg inside, a quarter wedge (see above photograph), don’t play-play! LOL!!! Of course I was disappointed that they had used minced meat for the filling but that was short-lived as it tasted really very nice.

Should I feel like eating steamed paos again, you can jolly well guess which one I would go and buy, no second thoughts! Not only are they nicer than all the rest that I have tried, or to me, at least, they are cheaper than many of them too!!!

My missus tried the char siew

…and she loved it! She sang praises of the skin and she liked the filling inside as well. Of course I had to try it myself but I would not say it tasted like the usual char siew pao (the ones at all those dim sum places) filling – it had a taste of its own but there can be no denying that it was nice. Too bad there wasn’t any egg inside!

Actually, I went to the stall that afternoon to buy the chai peah

…our favourite in town but I was a tad disappointed. They were still selling at 5 for RM2.00, thank God for small mercies, but I had this feeling that they had scrimped on the ingredients so I did not feel they were as yummy as they used to be.

I also bought the ban chiang kuih even though I am not really crazy about those – my missus enjoys eating them! They were 70 sen each a long time ago, 80 sen the last time I bought any and that day, I was shocked when the guy said they were RM1.00 each!!! What was worse was there seemed to be so little crushed peanut and margarine (not butter, don’t dream!) inside. Honestly, I don’t mind people jacking up the prices of anything and everything but I cannot tolerate how some will shortchange their customers like this – I sure will not bother to go over and buy any ever again!

Incidentally, I think I’ve seen some bottles of homemade soya bean milk for sale at the stall. My doctor said that I need to increase my protein intake so drinking this would be one way I can do that. I used to make my own too but now that I am on a low sugar diet, I will stick faithfully to this brand…

This multi-grain one tastes like green bean (let tao) soup. I like their regular soya bean too and will buy any of the two, whichever is available. They seem to sell really very well – sold out as soon as there is stock on the shelves and I would have to wait for a long long time before they are replenished with new arrivals.

The Chinese pancake or ban chang kuih (慢煎糕)/apam balik stall is located on the five-foot way in front of the TCM clinic between Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and Mini-supermarket and Swee Hung (2.316161, 111.840441) along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – next to a hair salon at the extreme end.

We’re different…

I was looking for a suitable title for my blogpost today and I came across this not-very-new Chinese song, 我們不一樣 (woe mern pu yi yang) or in English, we are not the same or we’re different.

I suppose that is exactly we can say about what we called tapioca a.k.a. cassava, the more common white variety and the coveted yellow ones. In Malay, it is called ubi kayu, kayu meaning wood, probably because of its appearance – it does look like wood when you dig the tuber out from under the ground…

I stumbled upon some that day and I asked the old man selling it whether that was the white or the yellow variety. He said it was yellow so of course, upon hearing that, I wanted to buy some right away.

It did look as if there were two types but the old man said that he washed and dried some of the roots so they looked nice and clean…

…but those would not last as long as the ones left unwashed. I did not know when my missus would want to cook it so I picked all the not-so-nice-looking earth-covered ones.

He was selling it at only RM3.50 a kilo and when I shared that bit of information on Facebook, an ex-student of mine, now a fruit vendor in Kuching, said that it is tagged at RM5.00 a kilo there, so much more expensive.

As soon as I got home, my missus washed and peeled it right away…

…and boiled it in water, adding a bit of salt to it.

At this stage, it was still not so obvious that it was going to be yellow, not until it was cooked…

Then only would one be able to see very clearly its difference from the white ones…

…and one bite into it would tell you how much richer and creamier and nicer these yellow ones are!

Of course, there was a lot of excitement when I shared the photograph on Facebook – all kinds of suggestions started pouring in. Somebody said that we could make a cake with it with santan (coconut milk), what we call chiew chu koi in Hokkien – the Malays call that bingka ubi

My late mum used to make this a lot during my growing up years but personally, I prefer eating it just like that, dipped in gula apong (Sarawak’s nipah palm sugar)

We would dilute the sugar with a bit of lard so it would be easier to dip the tapioca in it…

…and eat and of course, it would also bring the taste up to a whole new level.

If I may digress a bit here, we also eat durian flesh , seeds removed, mixed with lard and sago pellets or saguk. They call it samui, probably the name of that concoction in Melanau and it is the favourite of many, not necessarily mine though.

Going back to the tapioca, a friend said that it would be nice eaten with desiccated coconut and sugar. I’ve never eaten it like that but when there was no gula apong in the house, I would just dip it in sugar and eat. Of course, that is out of the question now that I am on a low sugar diet!

We certainly enjoyed eating what I bought that day so needless to say, I shall not hesitate to buy some more should I happen to see any for sale anywhere again. The old man also had a whole lot of unripe papayas for sale that day (probably some strong wind blew his tree down) – it did not cross my mind at the time but when I got home, it dawned upon me that I could have bought one or two to make some som tam, the very nice Thai papaya salad. Ah well! Another time perhaps!

It didn’t…

No, it didn’t disappoint me, not at all! As a matter of fact, I quite enjoyed what I had from this stall…

here. Believe it or not, I think the last time I was here was ten years ago in 2012!

Actually, I had another place in mind – this one located back to back to this place that was famous for its VERY cheap chicken rice and yes, I did have it once at one of its former locations and it was good. When I got there, I saw that they did not have any poached/steamed chicken. After the very nice one that we had that day, I was looking forward to having it again. In the end, I went back to where I came from to the aforementioned stall.

I asked for the drumstick and the nice guy deboned it…

…prior to serving and yes, it was really very very nice. I loved it!

I also asked for some char siew (barbecued pork) and yes, it was very well charred, very well-caramelised with its lovely smoky flavour. Unfortunately, the snapshot I took of it got lost in the process of uploading here and there but you can get a glimpse of it in the above photograph and this one here below…

Yes, of course, I could not resist asking for the stewed eggs!

When the rice…

…was served, I caught the whiff of its very lovely fragrance but unfortunately, I thought it was a little salty and not oily enough and apart from that, the complimentary soup was so bland that it did not merit a second sip.

On the whole, however, I enjoyed everything (RM7.50) – the typical chicken rice chili dip…

…that came with it did help in no small way.

If ever I should be looking for some decently nice chicken rice, I’d probably come this way again…or if I want to tapao some very nice poached/steamed chicken and char siew home, I know exactly where I can head to to get what I want!

MENG KEE CHICKEN RICE is located at WAN SIANG CORNER, formerly The Food Courts (2.292288, 111.843056), is located around the middle of the blocks of shops to the left of Medan Mall along Jalan Wong King Huo with the J&T Express Office to the right and Stella Bakery to the left.

Words…

I bought my car in 2018 so it is already 4 years old now but actually, it is literally brand new, having covered over 6,000 km. only after all this time plus I take very good care of it. That includes sending it for servicing every 6 months to make sure it is in tip top shape.

The service centre is on the other side of the world, so to speak…in that part of town that I hardly ever go to. Two years ago, when I was there, I had the kolo mee

…at one of the stalls in this coffee shop…

You can see how crowded it was that morning even though it was so early – it sure looked like everyone was back with a vengeance, coming out in full force!!!

…right across the road from the centre and last year, I dropped by there again and had the same…

…another time.

This year, I got there a little early at 7.30 – I had made an appointment for 8.00 a.m.! As they say, it’s the early bird that catches the worm. It looked like I had enough time for a bite to eat so I stopped by the coffee shop to see what I could have. I did not want the kolo mee anymore and I was not enticed by anything from the other stalls there.

In the end, I asked for the sup perut babi campur from the kolo mee stall. Before I let you all see what I got in the end, let us look at the words in Malay. Sup, of course, is soup in English and perut babi is pig’s stomach. Yes, that is a very popular dish over in the peninsula – I had it once…

…in KL and my missus loved it – it was peppery and nice though I was not too sure if those were the stomach or the intestines. I asked one of the ladies if it was tu tor therng (pork intestine soup) and she said yes so I said I would like to have that.

Last but not least, the word campur in the name means mixed so I was expecting some stomach, intestines, liver, meatballs and so on and so forth all mixed together in a bowl of soup.

In the end, THIS…

…was what was served – liver, two tofu puffs and some green vegetables, NOTHING ELSE and liver is hati in Malay!

No, it was not the true blue traditional Foochow red wine and ginger liver soup…

…that we enjoy a lot – one of our favourites is the one here. What I got was just liver served in clear bone stock soup! Surely they did not hear me wrongly?

I don’t think they cooked the liver in it either as I could not detect the taste at all in the soup but thankfully, they did manage to cook the liver to perfection (RM7.00)…

The saving grace was it was not overcooked so it was soft and nice. If you overcook liver, it will become hard and will not be palatable at all. I must say that I enjoyed eating it dipped in the very nice chili sauce that they served with it…but there was so much of it that I was a little worried that I might end up with a gout attack. LOL!!!

They gave these…

…when they served my order. The one in the middle looked like red wine so I added a bit to the soup. It did not enhance the taste in any way so I decided to just leave the soup alone and enjoy it the way it was.

The next round of servicing is scheduled for November, 6 months from now and if I do stop by here again then, I think I shall just go back to the kolo mee.

CHANG LOK CHIU CAFE (2.277376, 111.850765) is located along Jalan Bukit Lima, just before the Bukit Lima roundabout, right across the road from the Proton Service Centre (NGU’S MOTOR SERVICE SDN BHD – PROTON 4S DEALER).

Hanoi n u…

I thought they were really daring, opening up this place…

…at the height of the pandemic but thankfully, they have survived and are obviously doing really well. We did drop by once before we entered the endemic stage but it was packed with customers sitting at the tables on the pavement outside on a very hot afternoon. In the end, we decided to go some place else and come back here another day.

Finally, at long last, we managed to do that last Sunday and we were indeed lucky to be able to get a table inside…

The group that went in after us wanted to take the table behind us were told that it was reserved and the other vacant tables as well.

Of course, we must order the gỏi cuốn or those Vietnamese rice paper rolls (RM22.00)…

…and we sure were glad we did.

The other Vietnamese dish that we had in mind was the Phở bò, the Vietnamese beef noodle soup (RM22.00)…

…and yes, it was great!

We enjoyed both dishes but they did not come across as all that exotic. They did not seem to have any of those herbs and leaves like the daun kesum (Vietnamese coriander), Thai basil leaves, sawtooth coriander or daun ketumbar, bunga kantan – all those one would find in Vietnamese (or Thai cuisine), bringing the taste of their dishes to a whole new level. Maybe they are being cautious here just in case the locals are not so into these things.

For one thing, they do not have a menu here. You need to scan their QR Code to download it on your smartphone to see what they have via WeChat. I do not have that app but the sweet and pretty waitress let us use her smartphone to do that. In the end, my girl picked this crispy pork & spring rolls with Vietnamese noodles combo (RM20.00)…

…into which we poured in the chili sauce (something like those Thai ones) and tossed…

I tried the pork – I think we have better ones at our siew yoke (roast pork) stalls and shops in town but I loved the deep fried spring rolls. I sure would want to order that as a dish on its own the next time we drop by here. On the whole, it all tasted very good together.

I was not too comfortable scrolling down the menu on the smartphone so I logged into their Facebook page to see what I could find. A few dishes caught my eye like one that looks like ngor hiang to me and another dish of stewed eggs but the problem was they were all not labelled and the waitress did not seem all that familiar with every dish.

There was one with one giant freshwater prawn and she said it was a noodle soup dish (for 2-4 persons) and we could have a choice of yellow noodles, kway teow or bihun and therein lies the problem here – every dish seems to be a set by itself with noodles or rice by the side and you cannot order them without those. If we look at what we ordered, out of the three, two had bihun in them and one had kway teow.

I did see a group at another table enjoying something in a BIG tray and I asked the waitress what that was and she said it was tom yam. Perhaps we will come back here in a group on some special occasion and we can order that then.

Service was excellent, very efficient, very prompt and the very pleasant girl who waited at our table could converse fluently in English, no problem at all. We certainly would not mind dropping by there again and see what else we could have and enjoy.

HANOI PHO SIBU (2.307225, 111.848102) is located at No. 29, Ground Floor, Lorong Sena 8.

Branch…

I loved what I had here back in 2020 but I have never gone back there since. Then I heard that they were opening a branch in the Tunku Osman area in the town centre right beside the Big Thumb Bakery…

I can’t say I was looking forward to checking out this place even though they say that new brooms sweep well.

Well, this isn’t exactly my favourite part of town because of the terrible congestion on working days and parking is near impossible…and if you are there around noon, be prepared to get stuck in the jam with cars illegally parked left, right and centre, all the parents waiting for their children from the school right behind this block of shops. I happened to be around there after 7.oo a.m. on Sunday morning that day and if I was thinking that everyone would be asleep at that time, I couldn’t be more wrong! The place was almost full!!!

I placed my orders at the stall…

…and took my seat at one of the vacant tables inside.

Unfortunately, all those on the pavement outside were taken so I did not enjoy the advantage of the natural morning light for my photograph of the kampua mee (RM3.30)…

They did tell me before hand that they would add their minced meat instead of the few thin pieces of imitation char siew (boiled meat coloured red) unlike what transpired here once where they did not have the decency to ask me first and that really put me off.

Yes, it was very nice, just that when I stopped by, I was thinking of having what I had at the old place (RM6.00)…

…only to be told that they do not serve it like that here.

I asked for the beef tripe soup and the nice lady (the wife) said they would serve me the small (RM4.00)…

…which had a whole lot of the beef tripe inside and it went so very well with the special chili dip that came with it. The soup was great with just the right amount of vinegar in it. I’ll try the liver soup should I happen to drop by here again.

And talking about the nice lady, yes, she was really polite and friendly. I dropped the RM5.00 note she gave me (my change) and it flew under the table and she went and retrieved it for me. I guess she realised that it would not be easy for me to get down there – like an elephant in a china shop. LOL!!! And when I was leaving, both she and her hubby said, “謝謝你,老闆!” (xiè xiè nǐ , lǎo bǎn/Thank you boss!) At most places, they do not give two hoots as to whether you are coming or going!

By the way, when I shared the above photograph of the noodles and said that it was only RM3.30 a bowl, a friend in Mukah said that it has increased to RM5.00 there and another friend commented that it is RM4.00 in Kanowit right now. Gee!!! Here, it is mostly RM3.50 with a few odd ones out that do charge RM4.00 a bowl/plate. It’s a wonder that there are people willing to go to such places and get slaughtered!

Other than being so very cordial and polite, service here was prompt despite the crowd – they were assisted by a young and handsome boy, probably their son who did not have to go to school since it was Sunday.

PYP KOPITIAM, town branch, is right beside BIG THUMB BAKERY (2.293889, 111.826492) is located at No.71-73, Jalan Tuanku Osman.

Pillow…

Perhaps I have not been shopping much elsewhere throughout the pandemic so I am quite used to it and will not venture elsewhere.

I saw this pillow dumpling (chin thow chang)…

…at where else, if not my neighbourhood fruit & vegetable sundry shop in the next lane and since the Duanwu Jie or the Dragon Boat Festival, commonly referred to as the Chang Festival is round the corner (June 3rd), I thought I would buy one and try to see if it is any good.

If I am not wrong, this type of dumpling is Cantonese but when I opened it, I saw a whole lot of peanuts…

I did hear somebody saying that such peanut dumplings are Hakka ones.

I’m afraid I did not really enjoy it – it was salty, not really tasty, in my opinion. There might be tiny bits of minced meat inside…

…but it did not do anything to enhance the taste, unfortunately.

I did buy these pillow changs before, a long long time ago and they tasted like lor mai kai…or the regular Hokkien chang, just that they came in a different shape. I enjoyed those, RM5.00 each at the time but not this one. I guess I will just go and buy my favourite changs from here when the festival comes around.

I also stumbled upon these paos (steamed dumplings)…

…at the mini-supermarket…

…in the next block.

They told me that somebody made them at home and sent them to the shop for sale but looking at all those trays (the big yellow ones they use to stack the bread at bakeries) with all kinds of filling, I find it quite hard to believe. That sure is a whole lot for one person to handle.

Anyway, I bought two…

…pork and chicken (RM2.60 each) and steamed them when I got home to try.

I was delighted to see that huge chunk of egg in the one with the chicken filling…

…one quarter of it, but they used ground/minced meat and I did not think it tasted great.

The pork…

…was very much nicer but again, they used ground/minced meat for the filling too and there was NO egg inside.

I would much sooner go for the cheaper (RM2.20 & RM2.30 each only) AND very much nicer NICER pork and chicken ones at the aforementioned sundry shop

SWEE HUNG (2.316161, 111.840441) is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – next to a hair salon at the extreme end and on the other end, to the left is the Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and Mini-supermarket while KIM TAK MINI SUPERMARKET is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the left of the parking area – AH KAU CAFE (2.316346, 111.839861) and LOUIS BAKERY LW.Pattisserie (2.316411, 111.839847) are located in that same block to the extreme left .

Fusion…

I guess I can safely say that all the western ones here in Sibu are what they call fusion cafés and restaurants, none that is strictly focussed on one specific kind of cuisine e.g. an all-Italian restaurant perhaps.

In other words, you may be able to order some very nice pasta or pizza at one place or a lovely piece of steak or lamb chop at another and yet, you can find some more familiar options on their menu like mee mamak or chao chai hung ngang, for instance.

I was watching a programme on TV the other day and they were picking the best ever fusion dish in, I guess, KL and it got me thinking – a fusion dish? Yes, I can think of a few nice ones that I enjoy right here in our little town like the tom yam spaghetti…

here or their just-as-nice belimbing (buloh) prawn spaghetti…

…too.

Another fusion dish that I enjoyed is the daging masak hitam kampua mee combo…

…from this place here. They also serve their sizzling seafood kampua mee which seems to go down pretty well with some of their customers but no, it did not really tickle my fancy.

Once, they tried the fusion of our Foochow bagel, the kompia, with spicy cheese chicken

…but I don’t think they still have that on their menu anymore.

On the other hand, the people of this local franchise use the chu nu miang (the bigger, softer and slightly sweeter version of the kompia) instead of those regular bread burger buns to make their own fusion burgers – I tried the fish…

…but I think they have beef and whatever else too. They must be doing pretty well as they have been around for quite a long time already and to this very day, you can still see their stalls…

…at many coffee shops all over town.

Well, moving on from those, quite recently, we went and checked out this fairly new place in town and we asked for their babi bakar (grilled/barbecued pork) to be served with their aglio olio

…at a special price of RM32.00 for the two together. You can order them as two separate dishes but we chose to have the fusion of the two. It turned out that the meat tasted like very well-caramelised char siew (barbecued pork) and was really very nice – we truly enjoyed the two together (even though the pasta could have been cooked a little longer that night).

I don’t know if the stall at this coffee shop is still around or not but at one time, the tom yam kampua mee

…did draw a lot of attention and yes, I did go and try it too.

I thought the Bovril minced pork pasta…

here was quite nice as well just that I am not too sure as to whether it qualifies as a fusion dish or not, considering that Bovril is made in England and pasta is Italian.

This fusion dish definitely swept me off my feet, their creamy tom yam giant freshwater prawn spaghetti served in a coconut

It was so good that I simply had to go back there again for more. Unfortunately, they closed down all their outlets here including the one where this was available to focus on their business interests in Kuching and Bintulu. They did reopen another place here later and word has it that the menu there is still the same, dunno if they have this or not, but I have yet to go and check it out. Gotta get down to doing that one of these days.

There may be some more fusion dishes around town that I enjoyed but I can’t think of any right now. Perhaps if there are more, I shall have something to feature in another post. We’ll see…

PAYUNG CAFÉ (2.284049, 111.833014) is located at No.20F, Lanang Road, Sibu, Malaysia, back to back with the multi-storey car park of the Kingwood Hotel which faces the majestic Rejang River and NOODLE HOUSE (2.291406,111.829162) is located somewhere in the area immediately behind the Sibu Central Police Station at No. 2B, Ground Floor, Lorong Laichee 1, accessible either from Hua Kiew Road or Laichee Lane while OINKS Sibu (2.286075, 111.847044is located at Sublot 7-01, Ground Floor, Hann’s Commercial Centre, Jalan Wong King Huo. and SE7EN CAFE (2.280045, 111.840458) is located at No.38, G/F, Jalan Aman, right next to The Pallet BBQ Steamboat & Buffet.

I won’t complain…

Believe it or not but right now, this…

…is my favourite nasi lemak in town!

A Malay lady cooks this at home and delivers a few packets to our neighbourhood fruit & vegetable sundry shop in the next lane from my house every morning at 6.00 a.m. I did manage to buy a couple of times, later in the morning, one or two packets that were left over for the day.

I did not know until the other day, the boss of the shop finally told me, that the lady would send it over at around 6.00 a.m. every morning! Of course I stopped by there after sending my girl to school the very next day and yes, the packets of nasi lemak were there, waiting! I grabbed all 6 of them, RM1.50 only each and had one…

…for breakfast and one for lunch and another one for dinner. The ladies had the rest.

At that price, I really have no cause for complaint but based on my criteria for judging a good nasi lemak, yes, the rice is well-cooked, not hard and dry nor soft and soggy, the grains still visibly whole…

…but it falls a bit short with regard to its lemakness – it is not lemak (rich in santan/coconut milk) enough for me.

The sambal, on the other hand, is simply perfect! Yes, it has that familiar regular nasi lemak sambal taste, a little salty, a little sweet and quite spicy and yes, the lady is very generous with it…

Of course, for just RM1.50 a packet, I do not expect much when it comes to the added ingredients…

– the two or three peanuts and the ikan bilis, a stamp-sized piece of omelette and a slice of cucumber. I am quite happy to enjoy the rice with the sambal alone.

At one time, they were selling this nasi lemak wrapped in brown paper for RM2.00 each that was very nice too and it did look that there was a lot more inside. Then they stopped until one fine day when this one appeared. The lady boss at the shop insisted that it was from the same source (the Malay lady) except that she is selling it in plastic bags now. Of course, it does not matter to me one bit since this one is also very nice and needless to say, I shall be buying more in days to come to take home and enjoy…

SWEE HUNG (2.316161, 111.840441) is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – next to a hair salon at the extreme end…and on the other end, to the left is the Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and Mini-supermarket.