Red River Valley…

This is Sungai Merah which literally means “Red River”…

Sg Merah Sibu

Annie-Q‘s mum lives in that area of Sibu so I guess Annie would be pretty familiar with the place. Sadly, however, everything is changed now and it is no longer anything like the Sungai Merah that we used to know.

I dropped by one morning and I decided to check this place out…

Sg Merah Bai Sun Cafe

This is smaller and less crowded than the more popular coffee shop a few doors away and one thing I noticed was that there were a lot of people speaking in dialects. I heard some speaking Hinghua – which came as no surprise as there are a lot of Hinghuas living in the vicinity and there were others conversing in Foochow and  Hokkien. That was a refreshing change as it seems that these days, if you go anywhere around Sibu town proper, most of the people will be using Mandarin and you may get to hear quite a bit  of Foochow too…but very sadly, many of the dialects are dying out. Many cannot understand Hokkien anymore – the dialect that was widely used in the past alongside Foochow, Sibu being a predominantly Foochow town, when I was younger and until quite recently.

Anyway, I had the beef noodles at that coffee shop…

Bai Sun beef noodles

…and though it is not the best in town, I found it hard to believe that it only cost RM2.80 a bowl. Those at other places would be at least RM3.50 or RM4.00 or more. Hence, I certainly could see no cause for complaint since it was so cheap…and to give it due credit, it was actually very nice.

I probably would drop by again to try the other stuff that they have in store…