Nothing else better to do…

Life is slow, laid back in Sibu town…and if anybody asks me what he or she can do in this little town, I would just say eat…eat…and eat! There are coffee shops, food courts, cafes and restaurants everywhere but if you’re the type who tend to be a bit more particular with what you eat, you may need to find out where the best places are and head only to those to ensure that you will be absolutely and completely satisfied.

The thing is that there are so many that one would be at a total loss when trying the figure out which one would be better. Let’s look at the Dewan Suarah (Civic Centre) area, for instance. This block of about half a dozen shops, where Grace Cafe and the shop where I bought the lay peang the other day are located, already has two coffee shops and now, they have opened another one…

SiongLing Sibu

There is another one across the road in the block opposite and I’m sure there are at least six others in the other blocks that small place, not including three or more chu-char restaurants…and the food stalls above the market.

I dropped by this new place the other day and gave the kampua noodles a try…

SiongLing kampua

It was all right, a bit too oily for me…so I would much rather have what I had at the other place I went to a few days ago.

I had the pian sip soup with my kampua noodles…

SiongLing piansip soup

…and this too was just o.k. for me. The taste was a bit different from the usual, slightly sweet and something like the wantan soup that would come with the noodles whenever anyone has that in the peninsula. Perhaps it was because of the light soy sauce used.

The kopi-o-pengย (iced coffee) was good enough and only RM1.20, cheaper than at many other coffee shops around and the noodles plus the soup came up to RM3.80, RM5.00 altogether for that breakfast. But I wouldn’t think I would go out of my way to eat there again as even in that vicinity alone, there are a few places that are, in my personal opinion, much nicer.

Author: suituapui

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

39 thoughts on “Nothing else better to do…”

  1. LOL… I wonder if this will make Annie drool. This one not good enuff ah? Looks good, though.

    Nope, never judge by appearances. I got my hopes up high too as I thought it looked good. But I was disappointed. Not something that I would ask everybody to go and try… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. reminds me of the lazy song by bruno..
    do nothing.. just eat ๐Ÿ˜›

    LOL!! This title is David Archuleta’s song. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Good day,Arthur. First and foremost,what is chu-char? What’s the population in Sibu for the town to have so many eatery place?
    I would very much want to try to eat kampua but the colour is a bit of a put off pucat. I like my food to be vibrant in colour and hitam-hitam sikit…I think I would enjoy Cleffairy’s masakan…hehehe (better cabut lari in case she baling her batu giling at
    I saw Kampua mee in one of the food court in Subang and Puchong recently but I refused to try as I do not want my first experience with anything Sibu be tainted just in case the mee tak sedap. Good thinking?

    Yup, those pale imitations are usually not worth the calories. The Puchong one may be authentic – an old couple from Sibu or something…but they say it is not really that great but beggars can’t be choosers. Chu char is that open-air/coffee shop kind of restaurants where you can order dishes and eat with rice – they call them that in the peninsula, we don’t. Ours are restaurants, big or small…grand or simple. Sibu population: around 211,000 in 2010. LOL!!! If you don’t want kampua looking like that, you can opt for the soy sauce/black or dark variety – many people like that. I don’t as I can cook that myself at home. Cleff’s cooking? Muahahahahaha!!! Oops…sorry!

    1. Chamz… my masakan feed people later keracunan. LOL~!

      Kaboom!!! Like her oven! ROTFLMAO!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Sorry Cleffairy…I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings. Just joking saja and anyway, I don’t believe at all you are as bad a cook as you say…all peranakans can cook, okay.

        She’s the exception to the rule. Hehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      2. Hahahaha… or like my DVD player. Oso kaBOOM~ Hahahahah… but that one is my fault. LMAO…I go on marathon, den after 24 hours. it BOOM~

        And to Shereen down there… kakaka… no worries la… I memang tau my presentation tak cantik. LOL…I memang tak pandai masak pun. LOL… masak liao just enuff to keep the tummy full… nothing gourmet punya. I tell u if my late grandma is alive, she’d suicide if see my cooking! LOL~

        Your house power too strong or what. Power surge, everything explodes? Not usual… Better get people to come and check.

  4. You can say that for Ipoh as well, cikgu.. Sama.. eat eat only, nowhere interesting to roam about, as far as I know..
    The kampua noodles doesnt look oily to me.. they look great! how i wish the wanton noodles over here dont have the black sauce too!

    Come, come… I am waiting…waiting…waiting…and ask your son to fly over from JB (Air Asia direct flight, no need to go through Kuching) and join you here. Hehehehehe!!!!

    1. Dear Claire and Cikgu… do I hear any wedding bells in the background? Dun lupa invite me ah. Hahahahahahahah~

      Who? Me and Claire? Oh noooooooo!!!!! Hahahahaha!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Cis… u wan me to kena bunuh by ur Missus kah? Not u and claire lah… but the anak anak. LOL!

        Oh, them? Not in at least two years… Mine is still studying. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Hmmm!….kampua noodles. You really love kampua noodles. Seem not too long you have a post of it.
    Don’t let me start counting how many posts you have on kampua noodles…hahaha!…

    Not a great fan of kampua noodles though…but don’t mind having it once a while.

    The kampua noodles looks ok but the pian sip soup looks dull.

    Usually they will add more chopped spring onions and fried onions. I don’t mind the spring onions but I don’t like the fried onions these days as they always used those sold in supermarkets in plastic packs – not nice, not wangi…and peculiar smell. Nothing like real fried sliced shallots. I’m just ok with kampua – but I would like to try new places to see if they’re any good…so I can tell people about them…and I know where to take people for the best of the best when they come to visit.

    1. Allow me to say this, a good plain looking Kampua soup is anytime better than all the soup I ever tasted when in northern China. Their soups are all like dish washing water in comparison. No joke.

      Yes, I love chin-th’ng (clear soup) mee or pian sip soup. The soup may look so clear and plain but it tastes great. People say it’s better to take the soup ones as less oil is used so it is healthier.

  6. Kampua post? *sulk*

    Come back later to comment, let me had my breakfast first!!

    Hahahaha!!! I went to Rasa Sayang this morning! Price had gone up to RM2.50, formerly RM2.20 only – no wonder not so crowded anymore…but to me, it is still the BEST in Sibu. Yum! Yum!

    1. Poor Annie. U see, u evil man…. kesian her!

      Hehehehehe!!!! She can come back to Sibu anytime. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Ppl fishing pakai worm. U fishng very advance, pakai Sibu food. LOL!

        Still nobody wants to come. So kesian… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. Again, a good share.. Omg, if I’m at your town, you would be my best buddy. Everyday we will be happily makan makan makaning XD

    Yes, and very soon you will become sui-TUAPUI2… Hehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Lol.. dont want! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I wana diet, and be macho so the ladies will flock to me .. muahahaha

      Diet…become like broomstick, where got macho – must hit the gym and build some muscles. Anyway, already hooked…saham turun already, no harga, nobody wants liao. Hehehehe!!

  8. There is a new coffee shop next to Sony service center at 2.301536,111.835513. Heard the kampua is good but never get to try it myself.

    Two there. I’ve tried one – used to be at Pusat Tanahwang (opposite Sacred Heart) a long time ago. Not that great. The other one looks like a new one – the previous one did not last very long. Have not tried that one.

  9. Life’s always been slow in laid back Sibu. That’s why I couldn’t wait to get out when I could. But for vacations, nothing beats it. And on top of that, to have the number one food taster/blogger in the world living there, that makes it doubly special. Looking at that kampua, it looks very inviting but I think I’ll save my stomach and calories for Lieng Yew and Penang Cafe.

    Don’t get your hopes up to high! I met someone from Kanowit and she told me that the quality of Ah Tong kampua at Penang Cafe has gone down… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ You haven’t tried Rasa Sayang, have you? Must make sure you do not miss that this time around. I love small, quiet towns – actually wanted to settle in Kanowit in the early 80s…but my missus did not fancy the idea.

    1. I couldn’t wait to get out of a city like Kuala Lumpur.

      I prefer quiet, peaceful places… KL’s ok for a visit for a few days and even then, I just cannot stand the jam. Would stay at one place and stick around that area only – can’t be bothered to go from one part of KL to another. Imagine dinner half an hour, two hours just to get there…

      1. Actually I liked KL. Lived there for two years, many fond memories.

        You were there a long long time ago. I was there for a year in 1986, nice place too at the time. Now, it’s jam…jam…jam, everywhere jam. Food’s expensive and not that great, stalls manned by Myamarese or Bangladeshis, taxi drivers all daylight robbers… I wouldn’t think it is the same KL you knew long ago. Ok for a visit but I would not want to stay there for long.

      2. It’s hard for me to say since I don’t live there any more, but in some ways I think it’s better now than back in those years when there were only two highways — Cheras and Federal. Now, the highway system is so much better. And if I remember correctly, there were massive jams on those two highways back then too except I was scooting around on my Honda Cub so they never bothered me. I liked the energy in that city, much better than Singapore which is sterile and humorless. If I had continued on to become a lawyer, I think I would have liked to stay in KL but as a musician, there’s no place for me there.

        These days, it’s a lot worse, I tell you. It’s jammed everywhere. You see the cars crawling at a snail’s pace…and the KL people will tell you that if it’s crawling, it is good! It’s not a jam… To them, a jam is where they get stuck there, not moving for a long, long time. Yup…I don’t like Singapore anymore – not like the Singapore that I knew and loved in the early 70s.

      3. Well, Arthur, we must be talking about two different cities, because I just haven’t experienced those jams and I’ve taken many cab rides these past few years in KL. Maybe you just got stuck in rush hour traffic, which is the same the world over. Will be driving through LA Sunday and not looking forward to crossing the city. Even on weekends traffic there is backed up.

        These days in KL, rush hour is from around 10 a.m. till around 10 p.m.

        And watch out for those cabbies at the taxi stands! Last time, they had the decency to park a short distance away, not anymore. I approached the first one lined up in front of Bukit Bintang Plaza and said I wanted to go to Pertama Complex (normally around RM5 by meter)…and he asked for RM30…and that was 9 something, before “rush hour”. I did not want so I walked away. Then I stopped and took out my handphone to browse the internet…and the cabbie saw that. He took a stone and threw it at me…and came forward rubbing his body against mine trying to pick up a fight, accusing me of making a report. I just told him that I was doing no such thing and he walked away cursing and swearing, using all kinds of profanities. Then an empty cab came by, I flagged it down and got in and got to Pertama – the fare was a bit more than RM5 but I gave him RM10 and told him to keep the change.

        I posted this on Facebook and my friends told me those daylight robbers are all over KL, at places like KLCC and the like…and it would be best to flag down a moving cab like what I did. True enough, I came out of KLCC one night after dinner – they were all at the taxi stand shouting and shouting, trying to get me to go over and use their cab…and just then, a cab stopped in front of me to let off a passenger…and I jumped in and the cab drove off…and I could hear those guys and all their foul language in the distance.

      4. Tell me about it!! I’ll go mad if I have to live in KL again!!!

        There! Every word I say is true! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      5. Talking about taxis. I just came back from Yangon and there are motor vehicles dating back to the 2nd World War. Some left hand drive, some right hand drive. And it is amazing how fast these old vehicle can still moves over pot marked road. May be the rolled down window gave it extra sense of speed. You should go try it out. It will put hairs on your chest.

        No need to go so far. Sg Petani in Kedah – the old rickety jaunty jalopies…used as taxis, no aircon and you can hear all the screeching, the squeaking, the moaning and the groaning when they go round corners…and the worst thing – to go a short distance like from the town centre to Kingwood RM10!!!! So expensive! Tsk! Tsk!

    2. Very strange, all these horror cabbie stories. I haven’t had any of those problems all these years. True, a few wanted a few extra bucks but like you, I usually give them a tip anyway. In fact, I always ended up making friends with them. It may be because I tend to look for Malay cabbies. I find them the most trustworthy. Last year, I had an old Chinese cabbie who helped me finally locate the fish head soup stall at Jln Tiga (made famous by “No Reservations” Bourdain). Extremely nice guys, all of them. I wouldn’t last a day in KL without my cabbies.

      Yup, most of the Malay ones are nice and friendly. You’re lucky…good Chinese ones are few and far between. And some are pimps…asking you if you want any Chinese girl. Good grief! Do I look like one who will be up to such thinks? Chesh!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      1. Any names and coordinates?

        Fish head soup? No, thanks… Not even curry these days – missus cooked it so often, I’ve had enough of it.

  10. Aduh chak pa bo su choe chak chak chak , then I better not retire in Sibu else in 3 years time it will triple my size..lolz

    Oh? Then you will be sui-TUAPUI3. Isaac’s already 2, so you cannot be 2. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. I not qualified… can only be ‘pak kuat kwai’ (hantu tulang putih) Hahahahahaha~

      Like broomstick… How do they say that in Malay- lidi penyapu? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. eat eat eat….one of the greatest words in the dictionary . The Wan Tan makes me missed Sui Kow. Hmm…gotta go pasar buy some oink oink and make sui kow.

    You make your own? One place here selling nice sui kow soup – not cheap though – RM4.00 or RM4.50 a bowl. My sister’s colleague sells uncooked ones – nice also – can make own soup but I prefer our piansip though…

  12. I can say most coffee shop in Sibu serve kampua, whether good or no good. To me, all taste good, except a few that is so so only.

    Hmmmm…now make me wonder, can i cook a good kampua at home ar? Can ask my mum to bring the noodles over. hahahhahah

    @ Cleff, yes..drool big time!!

    Can! You can cook your own…and if you want it to be really like Sibu kampua, use lard. Cooking oil…may be nice but not exactly the same. And since you like the dark version – you just use soy sauce, no problem. No need to buy the chio-cheng that they use. Ask your mum to buy the dried ones – can keep for a long, long time – no need to refrigerate.

    1. LOL…Annie, when I see the post this morn, the first thing that comes to my mind is u. Hahahah… I know sure u drool. LOL~

      She…kampua lover mah! Come back to Sibu, sure she will have that every morning.

  13. Noticed that the shop was so clean; already a huge plus point for me. With this fruit and veg diet of mine, your pic of the kampua is killin me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Poor thing. Why are you on a fruit and vegetable diet? No carbs? No rice? Otherwise, you can have kampua kosong – no meat.

  14. Now I miss that kampua and the pian sip soup! Gosh I miss home now. You always make me miss home by all the food. The last trip when I was home, my friend told me that Sibu is the best place in the world to stay!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    It certainly is! A simple town for simple people to lead a simple life.

  15. Ohh… didn’t knw Gratitude is a vegan! (sorry, didn’t mean to peep the comment)

    I like kampua, something I should hv if I manage to drop by Sarawak!

    You MUST manage… Grab the cheap airfares, cheaper than a taxi ride from KL to KLIA…. Ya, I didn’t know either. So far, I know only kyh is a vegan.

  16. now i know why you have nothing to do but to eat. cannot blame you also… Sibu should have some nice pubs?!! STP when are you going to review pubs? haha

    None. A lot of dangdut pubs…and then there are others like Madam Wong’s – you can guess what they have there. Not much here for you, I’m afraid… Better head to Langkawi or perhaps, Labuan. Duty free there.

  17. I am yet to try out this coffee shop Kampua although my hubby’s shop is just few steps away from that kopitiam…

    Don’t. Not that great. Better go to Wonderful – I think it’s nicer. I thought your hubby works in a bank – but there’s no bank in that area…

  18. hahha so syok! enjoying life with foods! only if i can do the same! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ *envy*

    After slaving away for over 30 years, I think I deserve a little pampering sometimes… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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