4:55…

Nope, it wasn’t 4:55…but 3:16, 3:16 KOPITIAM to be exact…

3:16 Kopitiam, Sibu

Clare sent me a message saying that her mum told her about this guy who has just come back from Singapore and was working as a chef on one of those luxury cruises when he was there…and he has opened a stall at this coffee shop which is actually owned by the same proprietor as Manna at Wisma Sanyan and The Ark at the Sibu Esplanade.

Wasting no time at all, my missus and I headed to the place the very next day. It was not difficult to find his stall as only three were open, one a vegetarian stall…and who could have missed it when he has chosen to give it a catchy and impressive name as “Asian Flavours”?Β However, there were only two options to choose from. Maybe they have just started and have yet to add more selections to their menu…and hopefully, that is the case for I must say that just those two would hardly qualify as being “Asian”.

My missus had the Singapore fried Hokkien mee…

Asian Flavours' Singapore fried Hokkien mee 1

…that tasted quite good. I tried a bit and quite liked the taste but I felt it was a bit too wet.

I used to have that when I was in Singapore in the 70’s and they would serve/wrap the noodles in some kind of brown-coloured dried palm leaves…and I remember there wasn’t that much gravy, with a mixture of yellow noodles and kway teow (flat rice noodles), or was it Β with mihun instead of the lau-shu fun (rat’s tail)..and all the prawns and sotong…

Asian Flavours' Singapore fried Hokkien mee 2

This costs RM6.00 a plate but I guess the generous use of prawns and sotong kind of explains the inflated price.

I had the Vietnamese beef noodles (RM5.00)…

Asian Flavours' Vietnamese beef noodles 1

…and though it tasted all right, I wouldn’t think I would go all the way back there to have that again.

Asian Flavours' Vietnamese beef noodles 2

Between the two, I prefer my missus’ Singapore fried Hokkien noodles despite it being more expensive and I think if I ever drop by the place again, I would probably choose that instead…

Author: suituapui

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35 thoughts on “4:55…”

  1. Oooo…. can try cooking this Singapore Hokkien mee… but mine sure turned out to be dark wan. LOL… cuz will add dark soya sauce. *pengsan*

    I used to eat this in Singapore at a coffee shop, walking distance from where I stayed. Ok, not really crazy about it…but nice enough. I would prefer our own Sibu Foochow fried noodles…but after all these years, I saw it the other day on Asian Food Channel – Makansutra…and that triggered a craving for it. Theirs was served on the brown palm leaf. So now, I can get that here…no need to go to Singapore liao. Not exactly the same, also never mind. πŸ™‚

    1. Wah… served in brown palm leaves? Not the usual banana leaf? Gosh… I must be really jakun, first time hear that.

      Truthfully, I think the Foochow fried noodles looks much more appetizing than this one. This one looks rather bland… must be becoz of the colour that gives me such impression.

      Nope, not banana. They call it “opei leaf” – the dried palm bark… You can read about it here: http://www.makansutra.com/reviews/010206/index.html and you can see from the photo in that website, it is supposed to look like that… Aiyor…all the prawns and the sotong and the egg, how to be bland? The flavours from all these would make it so sweet already – no need msg liao!

  2. And I thought what your post was about. :p

    Hmm…the government accept registration of such name?

    Why? What about the name? It probably is a reference to something in the Bible like the names of his two restaurants. The owner is very much into religion. I guess the people in the office thought it’s just the time – 16 minutes past 3…or maybe the shoplot number or whatever.

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. I also noticed on the sign…the two “i”s are like crosses – they should have extended the “t” too…so it will look like three crosses…

  3. Hi, STP, that’s exactly what I think – John 3:16! Where’s it? I am back home tomorrow night and should go for the Hokkien fried mee!

    In the shophouses hidden immediately behind the houses opposite the Sibu Public Library – Jalan Keranji…roughly 2.294606,111.82831 but not the ones in the block in front – you will have to go round to the block at the back. I think the boss has a music studio upstairs…and when I went, they were playing inspirational songs…

  4. Actually I prefer KL Hokkien Mee but foochow mee and mekong har me still my no.1’s!

    Not Mekong lah…Mekong’s in Kuching. You mean Min Kong in Sibu – that ultra-expensive RM20 a bowl giant freshwater prawn noodles… Slurpzzzz….. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  5. yes, is it named after John 3:16? he is a christian? by the way what is 4.55? something significant?
    kopithiam prices are like that.. a bit more expensive than hawker stalls…

    Yes, a very devout born again Christian. 4:55 is actually part of the title of a song – Part of the Game…popularised by the Wynners from Hongkong. I think the lead singer Kenny Bee or Ah Bee did the Cantonese version and it is very popular too. 4.55 is the time of the train…..

  6. Talk about Vietnamese beef noodle. Never tried anything similar to what I once had in Vietnam. But from you photo, it does seems to look closer than the one I had at Sibu’s Secret Recipe. But the beef slice and noodle are still too thick compared to the original I had.

    If you want, I can send you the photo of the authentic beef noodle I once had in Vietnam.

    Ah! I see now… So Vietnamese beef noodles is supposed to be like that? No wonder I have had those cooked by some Vietnamese people – the stall at the coffee shop next to PathLab, Eden…and elsewhere and I never really liked it. Nice but not great. I think I’m more inclined towards the Taiwan style (not the spicy version, the clear soup one, sometimes with lobak in it)…some ok ones here but once you’ve tried the one I had in KK, nowhere can you find better!!!! Really really really good!

  7. Ya…I used to eat s’pore fried style and they are dry. How come this is wet? Looks more like cantonese fried. hehe…..But look very appetizing. I won’t mind paying RM6 for this portion.

    Cantonese, they add corn starch to the gravy to make it thick. This one isn’t. Perhaps they added water to cook the noodles but added too much… Shouldn’t be that wet, not the one I had before either…

  8. Doesn’t look that appetising to me.

    They’re ok…but for that kind of money, I think there are a lot of nicer and cheaper things elsewhere that I would rather eat. Just something different for a change… Everyday eat the same things, it also gets boring…

    1. Agree with Kat…doesn’t really looks appetizing… not… ‘dark’ enough. if i were to cook this, sure add some soya sauce to make the colour looks darker.

      Then it becomes Sibu Foochow fried mee liao! LOL!!! Or if it’s VERY dark, it becomes KL Hokkien mee, using BIG noodles….. πŸ˜€

  9. hmmm…maybe is the colour make the noodles don’t look appetising. But the coffee shop name very interesting.

    It’s like that actually. The ones I had before in Singapore, also quite colourless like that…the only colour would be from the prawns. Tasted good…but at that time, I was missing our Sibu Foochow fried mee…with the dark gravy, so I thought ours was so much better! Well, it still is! LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

  10. yeah the trend now is that ppl like to choose a set of numbers for the name of their restaurants πŸ˜‰ there are quite a lot around my place.

    It certainly seems so…but this one, I am sure the numbers are of Biblical significance.

  11. The Vietnamese Beef Noodles looks yummy though the beef slice looks a bit too thick from the photo.. I remembered having this almost everyday when I was in Hanoi two years ago.. The beef was so thinly sliced, melt in your mouth kind of feeling *ok, ok, exaggerated a bit* but it was simply heavenly.

    Thin slices? Then you would not like the ones in KK – HUGE chunks, but so tender and the clear soup is so thick, so frangrant with the beef flavour – not like the ones here, usually so mild, so diluted. 😦

  12. Love Singapore Hokkien mee, it has been a long time since I ate this!

    Can’t beat me, I’m sure. The last time I had that was in 1973. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    1. The horror! I was not even born yet in 1973!

      Yes, I know…I know…!!! I’m old…ancient…fossilised! 😦

  13. I start to get interested with your missus’ home cooked food already, since you always give a lot of credits for her cooking!^_^

    Btw, how come the beef noodles doesn’t look oily at all? I find it’s strange and it doesn’t look good…:)

    Have a wonderful day and do send my regards to your missus!

    Where? When? Ah well…I guess she does cook well but must wait till she’s “in the mood” – otherwise, she’ll cook the same ol’ things, enough for an army and we would have to eat that for days and days… Beef noodles have to be oily? So far I think all the beef noodles I’ve had have never been oily… Eeee…I wouldn’t wanna eat if it’s oily.

  14. The Vietnamese noodle I once had in Vietnam has the color of whitish Kway Teo. Flattish unlike noodle. Size of Bee Hoon.

    In fact, if you didn’t tell me, I would have thought they are Kway Teo instead.

    Translucent…like the Thai Pad Thai…which is similar to kway teow – but very fine and thinner than kway teow…like mee pok or slightly bigger. I love those…but can’t buy here. I think they use that at the Ark. Dunno where they get theirs from… Maybe they make their own.

  15. I don’t like Singaporean Hokkien mee….have tried from so many stalls, and I am just not crazy about it. Like Stella, KL hokkien mee beats it hands down.

    Naw, don’t like KL Hokkien mee…so big, so black and an overdose of garlic…and they look like worms. Hahahahaha!!! We had one place here selling that…very nice, nicer than those I had on a rare occasion or two in KL – but the place closed down already.

  16. I might have lunch here coming Friday πŸ˜‰ Eh po oo eng boh?

    Eh poh = evening. You’re staying the night? Well, I should be free… Will get in touch with you regarding this.

  17. me too!! i guess it is based on the John 3:16 of the bible… There is a store near here in my place that has the same name “3:16”
    by the way i love the noodle soup

    Oh? The owner must be very religious too then? It’s an eating place too?

  18. u have very good memory eh? u can remember well wat you had ages ago and how they were wrapped and all. I can’t even remember what i had last nite! gosh.. memory is failing me dy..

    but seriously, ur missus punya noodles sure looks good to me πŸ˜€ yum!

    Ya! I’m glad I still remember most things. Otherwise, I would think I’m going senile already…

  19. I personally prefer 4:55 myself. Great soulful song by the Wynners. Discovered it on youtube recently. But that’s still a lot of goodies. I just had the chance to taste the hokkien mee in the Little Penang Cafe in Midvalley. That was very good too.

    Ah! My missus mentioned that place. Never been there. She went with some doctors for some course and it seemed that one of the doctors was bent on going there – said that food was so good and what not.

    1. You have to try it when you’re in the area. The char kway teow there is excellent, so also the lobak, otak and chendol, well pretty much everything there.

      Ya, should be nice…and more expensive. Usually nicer at the hawker stalls and a lot cheaper!

  20. hahahaha…. hope my cousin will improve his cooking after seeing this critics. Btw, he still trying the sibu market before he intro few more.

    Well, I certainly look forward to that… Actually, I’ve toned it down a lot – was worse before I knew he’s your cousin… LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

  21. not that bad …

    Ya…I went a second time (will post on that in a couple of days)…and today, I’m going again to try out more things. Nice to have some different choices for a change – not kampua and Foochow fried mee all the time… πŸ˜‰

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