Better than nothing…

Somebody updated his status on Facebook not too long ago…grumbling that his attempt at making kampua noodles failed miserably. I think it must have been one of my ex-students studying overseas and having this craving for the Sibu delicacy.

Well, you can peel some shallots  and cut them into thin slices…

STP's kampua 1

Heat some cooking oil in a wok or frying pan and fry the sliced shallots till golden brown. You can make more and keep the oil and fried shallots for future use, so you do not have to do this each time you want to whip up some kampua to eat. Of course, for the original taste, you will need to melt some pork fat in a wok/pan to get the oil or lard…but if you are not keen on going through all that trouble, cooking oil will do. I do not like to use olive oil though as there is a peculiar taste to it.

Then you put the oil and the fried shallots in a plate and add a bit of soy sauce and msg and perhaps, some chopped spring onions…

STP's kampua 2

I used the black variety of soy sauce as I do not have any light soy sauce or chio cheng in the house. You can substitute the soy sauce with Bovril even…and I find that it tastes even nicer!

I guess there is no possibility of getting fresh kampua noodles or even the dried ones abroad…so you will just have to make do with those factory-made egg noodles that they sell in packets in the supermarkets…

STP's kampua 3

Boil a piece (or more) of it till soft…

STP's kampua 4

…and then toss it thoroughly with the aforementioned ingredients. You can boil some pork and cut it into thin slices to place on top…or you can just buy some char siew (barbecued meat) for the purpose…

STP's kampua 5

Incidentally, if you are boiling your own pork, you can save the stock for the soup. Put a bit of msg and salt/chio cheng (light soy sauce) in a bowl, pour in the stock and garnish with chopped spring onions and fried shallots. You will have something like the complimentary soup that you get at the local kampua stalls in town.

STP's kampua 6

There you have it! It may not be EXACTLY like the kampua from your favourite stall here in town but it should be good enough. After all, not all the kampua stalls make very good kampua…and some may actually pale in comparison to what you can produce following the above steps.

Moving on from kampua, I happened to cook this beef soup the other day. Just cut the beef into thin slices (across the grain) and peel one or two Bombay onions and a few potatoes and cut them into chunks. Throw everything into a pot together with a handful of peppercorn, fill it with water and bring it to boil. Simmer until the beef is tender and the potatoes are cooked. Add msg and salt according to taste.

STP's beef soup

You can add the pre-cooked/softened noodles to the soup for your own gu bak mee (beef noodles)…and garnish with chopped Chinese celery or spring onions. Note that I did not add any salted vegetables or those spices such as cinnamon stick or star aniseed. I prefer my beef soup nice and clear with the real taste of beef – not drowned out by all those stuff.

Well, why don’t you give it a try and let me know how things turn out? Good luck!

Author: suituapui

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

27 thoughts on “Better than nothing…”

  1. Waahahaha… first FC i hope…

    For this post, yes…but technically, no! I had a Sesame Street post earlier this morning but it did not seem to be drawing many comments. Thus I decided to publish another post…on what people like best! Food! Hahahahaha!

  2. nice! I think i can do it…looks so simple…

    Bet you can. Anything I do is simple, If it needs a lot of pounding and grinding, forget it! I’m basically very lazy! LOL!!! Btw, you can add a spoonful of chilli sauce if you like it hot!

  3. Hmm.. Kampua.. i think we’ll get kick out from our room should we attempt to make it in our hostel lol… There’s this place where they have very nice kampua, it’s at pedada there very close to the Sibu Gate and Premier, it’s next to a carwash shop, not sure whether you know it or not sir. The kampua there rocks, especially with the cow intestine soup.

    Next to Ocean car accessories? Can’t remember whether I’ve eaten there or not…but I’ve heard that something there is nice. Can’t remember what either! OMIGAWD!!! I’m growing old!!! My memory’s failing me!!! Hahahahahahaha!!!!

    P.S. Should be ok without the lard and the pork/char siew – give them their due respect. Halal!!! After all, a lot of people curi2 cook in the hostels especially instant noodles! Don’t think I dunno! LOL!!!

  4. oh ya who is d one? sounds so familiar….. I tin is d problem wif shallots and spring onions… shall try again once final exam finish…

    Was it you? I think it was! Hahahahahaha!!!! Ya! Shallots probably 20p or more EACH…and you can plant one for the spring onion! ROTFLMAO! I can’t remember in the UK but in NZ, they also have spring onions – GIANT ones – don’t look like ours (like leek) but taste pretty much the same and the shallots too are very big – a bit smaller than our tua chang (Bombay onions)… I’ve used both before and they are ok – more or less the same.

  5. Lovely. You do love to cook don’t you?
    Only had Kampua Mee in Sitiawan before, though the taste somehow did not register well to me.

    Personally, I prefer the kolo mee in Kuching but there are some nice kampua stalls here in Sibu. There are some that are quite bland and tasteless too – one would need to know where to go. I don’t know if the ones in Sitiawan are the same or not.

  6. you’re making me miss SIBU! 😦 at least the food there.. 😛

    You can cook it yourself there…and there ARE stalls selling Kuching kolo mee and Sarawak laksa all over now, I hear…and there’s even a kampua stall at Puchong but they say it isn’t that great – just ok.

    1. it’s never great here.. the sarawak laksa doesn’t even LOOK like sarawak laksa.. and the KOLO mee.. it’s just never the same… 😦

      Well…beggars can’t be choosers! At least you’re very near, no problem flying back to enjoy the food. Imagine if you were to settle down in Kelantan… But the nasi kerabu also nice! The laksam not really, just ok! Hehehehehehe!!!

  7. No matter how much effort is put in to cook kampua overseas,nothing can compare to the real thing at all lah!

    I dunno. I cooked once in Auckland…and my little ang-mo nephew had seconds! He loved it so much!!! When he came to Sibu, he would only eat the kampua with char siew at Lot 10 coffee shop – did not like the others! Guess mine must be pretty good then…

  8. I want to try this kampua la noodle taste.. yes, it is easy if we r not lazy.. hehehe…

    Go ahead! It is nice…and easy too. I sometimes cook that for myself for breakfast…minus the meat but replaced with a fried egg or something. Fry the egg first…then the shallots and use the oil and shallots for the noodles. Nothing’s wasted…

  9. wah…recipe post, but lazy to cook…think i print this out and let my mum do the cooking haha:D

    Gee! Spoilt pampered kids! So lucky…just eat! Hahahahahaha!!!

  10. i like to cook this for my lunch or for my boys during weekend. I will use Bovril instead of light soya sauce and minus the msg. Simple and yummy yummy but it still far away compare with my favourite kampua in Sibu. hahahahhahah.

    Even when I use Bovril, I would add a pinch of msg to enhance the taste. Well, have a peek at the people making kampua…and you will know why theirs taste so nice! At least one teaspoon or more of msg…and they use lard!!! Definitely healthier (and cheaper) to make your own!

  11. You know what I love about your cooking lesson? That they are actually very simple and easy to follow.. and I bet it will turn out delicious! 😀

    I leave the complicated dishes to my missus… Hehehehehehe!!!!

  12. wah that’s great! Now time for “Arthur can Cook” TV show!

    Oh no! Everybody will have to trade in their TV sets – all must get widescreen! Hahahahahaha!!!!

  13. Homemade kampua is the easiest to puak…Heheheh!!!

    It is easy! Just that we do not have lard…and maybe we do not have chio cheng either – but people like your chipmunk loves it with dark soy sauce, not me!

  14. Great idea about the soup! I only look at one-dish meal. Too much of a hassle to cook all the various dishes. Must tell my children how to cook your kampua.

    That’s actually another dish! Boil pork and let it simmer. Then pour the stock into another pot. Add salt and msg to the pork, cover and shake. Leave to stand till time for lunch/dinner. Cut into thin slices and serve. Dilute the stock, add salt and msg according to taste and sprinkle with chopped spring onions/Chinese celery and you have the soup! Now you have the meat and the soup. Maybe you would want to cook a simple veg dish to go with them.

    I’m sure the kampua would be a welcome change for your girls once in a while…all the way in the UK. Even the kampua I had at a restaurant in Auckland (NZ$10 now, I hear…was NZ$8 at that time) was a far cry from the real thing…but it was quite nice – with char siew and VERY HUGE serving – enough for two persons at least. My brother would go to eat all the time. I guess he doesn’t know how to cook his own kampua! Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!

  15. How come this post turns out to be like one of the recipe blog? :p

    Anyway thanks for sharing bro. 😀

    This is a response to that ex-student of mine now doing medicine in Ireland. He tried cooking kampua and it turned out disastrous…so it IS a cooking post!

  16. Ha ha, good modified kampua recipe. I guess when one is overseas, have to improvise from whatever ingredients that are available!

    That’s right. One can’t have everything…so have to be flexible a bit.

  17. I know that as ‘tau-eu mi’. Ana used to make that for us when we were kids, but without the meat, and now I sometimes cook that when I feel like having it – except I don’t use msg, and I use fried egg instead of meat.

    Ya…I usually fry an egg to go with it instead of boiling the meat (extra work). That’s why I never have kampua with tau-eyew outside…It’s tau eyew mee to me; kampua to me would always be the “white” type – with chio cheng!

  18. Hm.. Instant mee is easy to cook..
    I like mee sedap..

    This is first time I visit this blog..

    My missus likes mee sedap…not me! LOL!!! So in our house, we have to buy different types of mee at the same time. Welcome…and do keep dropping by! Will link you in my blogroll.

  19. thats is kampua or indomie??? 😀

    That’s for people overseas – no fresh or dried kampua…so they can cook this and have something a bit like kampua lor. No more Indomie in Malaysia lah – Ibumie…mee goreng. Not as nice as before, but still the nicest among all the instant mee goreng.

  20. cooking is so much fun and making noodle soups is something i love to do but no msg for me

    Ya, I enjoy cooking too. Wah! No msg? Healthy living, eh? LOL!!!

  21. simple dish taste the best! My kids love it whenever we cook noodle kosong like that for them 🙂

    Yup! We grew up eating noodle kosong and loved it so much… Not like many kids today, spoilt rotten. 😦

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