Knock on wood…

I wonder what you call it. An optical illusion perhaps? Have there been times when you read something wrongly and each time you saw it after that, you would only see what you thought you saw?

I do not know when I started seeing it as “menanti” (waiting), but all this while, that was what I thought the name was as you can see in my previous posts here and here. The restaurant first began at its outlet at Hardin Walk here and later, it started a smaller branch in the block of shophouses behind the Sugar Bun at the Sibu Gateway…and more recently, it has opened another in the vicinity of the Sibu Bus Terminal.

Yes, I’m talking about Sri Meranti…and the name is actually “meranti” and not Sri Menanti. Meranti, if I’m not mistaken, is a type of wood. My missus and I had been there before and at one time, we had their nasi lemak and mee mamak. Well, we went back there again and this time I had the char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles)…

Sri Meranti char kway teow

The waitress asked me if I wanted it with the giant udang galah (freshwater prawns) but that would cost RM18.00 a plate. Good grief! RM18.00? No, thank you!!!

My missus had their mee goreng basah (fried noodles with gravy)…

Sri Meranti mee goreng basah

Both were pretty nice…and I said, nice! Not great, not sensational…just nice. They’re worth having if you’re looking for something to eat and you happen to be in the vicinity but I would not go out of my way just for that as I can have the same elsewhere that may be just as nice or even nicer.

I think I have mentioned in one of my earlier posts that the place is very clean and pleasant to the eye, much more presentable than your regular coffee shop…and they must be making money as they have taken over the boutique next door and renovated the place, turning it into an air-conditioned section that sells chicken rice. I also heard the the Isabella karaoke pub at the other end of this same block of shophouses actually belongs to them too.

Well, the two dishes plus drinks came up to RM8.60 only, so as you can see, it is not at all expensive. Perhaps you would like to give it a try?

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

10 thoughts on “Knock on wood…”

  1. speaking of char kway teow, it’s been ages since i last had it =.=
    stp, it’s very oily! take care of ur health πŸ˜› kurang kurang minyak wei πŸ˜›

    It’s not really oily…must be the reflection of the sunlight. If it’s too oily, I would not eat… Also if they put a lot of msg!!! Cannot tahan! Makes me thirsty all the time!

  2. RM8.60 cheap what! Ha πŸ˜€ Good morning Suituapui and Annant. πŸ™‚

    Nope, I don’t think it is illusion. Are you on drug? LOL πŸ˜›

    LOL!!! So annant beat you today, FC! Ya, it is cheap…and no, I’m not on drugs, just nicotine! πŸ˜€

  3. Good morning STP! it is 7.45am now and i think i better call up my colleague to go for breakfast.. char koay teow!! eh.. btw, is it an “optical illusion”, the portion of the mee looks pretty small to me.. am i seeing right?

    Nope…it isn’t small and definitely not as small as Penang char kway teow. I always feel that in Penang, their servings so very small that I would need to eat at least two plates, and I can’t stand how they only give chopsticks…and I have to wrestle with the kway teow to eat. I’m not so good with chopsticks!

  4. So this place is ‘Almost Famous”. I still have cravings for Mingkong’s harmee! Meranti,Belian,kapur,all top of range quality timber I think…..

    Ming Kong’s so expensive. Dunno if they have increased the price. The last time I went, it was RM20! Ya…you still remember your wood, it seems! From your days in WTK? LOL!!!

  5. yeah i know sometimes your eyes would play tricks on you.. happens all the time! Haha..

    Like the last time we drove past Ibu Pejabat Polis…and my daughter thought it was Ibu Pejabat Pos. That was when we realised she needed glasses! LOL!!!

  6. Not Menanti meh? I also thought it is Sri Menanti and people also saying Sri Menanti…I guess we are all wrong then. Next time really have to look at the signboard carefully. I guess we all really don’t read word by word and just look at the word as a whole.

    Gee! And I thought I was the only one! Looks like there are others. Maybe it’s because of the font they use for the sign!

  7. Very reasonable price! The mee looks like Penang ee mee, Cantonese style!

    This is one way they fry Foochow fried mee – the mee is fried separately and then they prepare the gravy which is poured over the mee. I prefer it the other style where the mee is fried together with the thick gravy…

  8. Ai yo…. here the penang char kway teau is not handled by the chinese, so u can guess the outcome… don’t know why… my penang friend said all the ingredients are correct, but the taste just ain’t the same.. wonder why .. *frown*

    Even in Sibu, it seems that the Malays sell fried mee and fried mihun but not fried kway teow. Dunno why they do not…

  9. Sekolah Tajam!!!!!!! I think it is not the eyes but what the brain registers.

    Yeah…we see what we think we see!

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