I should have known better…

I should have known better…but since Buwau98 said that I ought to try the tapai at this place, I decided to stop by yesterday morning. There weren’t any on the tables and it was not listed in the menu either. Well, I’m talking about the Kampong Nyabor Kopitiam in Sungai Antu…

Kpg Nyabor Kopitiam 1

…which is located right across the road from Sibu’s RTM transmission station.

Sibu's RTM

It’s a fairly new place but I’ve driven past and seen it before. I like the nasi lemak and the mee goreng special at a Malay stall at a coffee shop in the vicinity, the one next to Courts Mammoth…but I haven’t been to that one for a while now. Well, this place looks very nice and since I was there already, I thought I would just give it a try…

Kpg Nyabor Kopitiam 2

Kpg Nyabor Kopitiam 3

Wait a minute! Those ladies looked familiar! They turned out to be the ones at the travel agency in town that I used to frequent, those days when I travelled a great deal – for work or play.

I have no complaints about the place or the service. It certainly is very presentable unlike some coffee shops elsewhere – in Kuching, for instance. They even had a stirrer in the kopi-o-peng

Kpg Nyabor Kopitiam 4

I didn’t know what was nice, and I ended up ordering the sizzling noodles…

Kpg Nyabor Kopitiam 5

…but it did not taste great, not in the least. Normally, other people would coat the hot plate with a layer of egg omelette but they did not, and hence, some of the noodles got stuck to it and there were a few burnt strands as well. The two or three miserable pieces of chicken did nothing to save the day, I’m afraid. It was nowhere near the sizzling noodles at the food court at Tun Jugah in Kuching which my daughter likes a lot.

From the corner of my eye, I saw somebody having nasi lemak but it did not appear appealing and failed to stimulate my tastebuds…and then, I spotted somebody having Teochew porridge. That certainly looked good with the stir-fried kangkong, one whole salted egg cut in halves and a generous serving of fried peanuts and anchovies (ikan bilis). I think if I were to go there again, that would be what I would have…

The noodles cost RM5.00 and I felt disappointed as it was not nice, especially at that price. I could have gone to my regular Bandong stall to buy the kuihs and enjoyed those instead, like these pandan pulut (glutinous rice with screwpine leaves, coated with grated coconut), for instance…

Bandong's pandan pulut & batek cake

At 3 for Rm1.00, they’re definitely value for money. The batek cake, however, was just so-so (4 for RM1.00) and came nowhere near the ones made by the mother of my ex-student, Jordan, whom I bumped into at Four Points by Sheraton in Kuching the other night. Do tell your mum that, Jordan… Hint! Hint! Hahahahahaha!!!!