How we do it over here…

If you order fried noodles in Kuching, they will deep fry the noodles and after that, they will cook the tomato gravy with all the other ingredients and pour it over the noodles. Because of this, if you eat it on the spot, the noodles would be hard and crispy and many of my college mates (from Sibu) in the mid-70s did not like it at all. I, on the other hand, loved it a lot…and if you tapao it to take home, the noodles would have soaked up the gravy and turned soft and I would not mind it either way.

We cannot find noodles cooked this way anywhere in Sibu but we do have our own tomato char kway teowΒ (fried flat rice noodles).Β This is the tomato char kway teow with crispy seafood at the Garden Hotel coffee house (RM10.00++)

Garden tomato kway teow with crispy seafood
*recycled pic*

…which is the best I’ve had so far in town but as you can see, it is a bit pricey and not something that I can afford to have on a regular basis. I have also tried the one Β at the Red Carrot (RM6.50)…

Red Carrot's tomato char kway teow

…as well as those at some other places in town but so far, none had me jumping up and down with delight and running back for more.

Well, the other day, I decided to give it a try at this coffee shop. So far, the noodles that I’ve had there have been very good…and actually, I took the three senior ladies (my aunties) there for the Foochow fried noodles…

Delta's Foochow fried noodles
*recycled pic*

….when they were in Sibu and they said that they were nicer than what we had at this restaurant.

Well, this was what I got for RM5.00 with all the extra ingredients – the shrimps and the squid…

Delta tomato char kway teow

…and what it lacked in the colour, it certainly made up for it in the taste. It was very nice but I think the next time, I would ask for a bit more tomato sauce in order that it would have a stronger sweet and sour tomato flavour.

In the meantime, the hunt continues. Who knows I may find a place where the tomato char kway teow is even nicer than this one?

Author: suituapui

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

29 thoughts on “How we do it over here…”

  1. Where to eat nice tomato char koay teow? Easy, just go ask Pete to cook for u. LOL!

    You’ve tried? I don’t think he will ever cook for me, that fella! Never in a million years. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  2. I wonder if it would taste the same if I bought the Kuey Teow cantonese style here and just add tomato sauce?

    I think the Cantonese fried is exactly the same – minus the egg and add the tomato sauce. Try it! It’s nice…and I would keep the egg in the gravy, if I were to cook that. πŸ˜‰

  3. Now I am going out for breakfast.. not going to comment on the food.. looking at them makes me want to “heal hunger” now.. now! bye,,,,,

    Breakfast now? You’re not working? Anyway, enjoy yourself. Hehehehehe!!! πŸ˜‰

    1. ahhh…back with a full stomach.. phew.. that was close.. i m working day and night.. how can not working.. no work means no food on the table.. πŸ™‚

      Same-same lah! Our lives so miserable hor… Bila dapat goyang kaki? 😦

  4. Hmm…this is a first for me – tomato char koay teow. We get the Wat tan hor here or cantonese fried style but haven’t come across tomato style. Guess the gravy is more sour? Btw STP is there a way I can subscribe to replies to my comments on a wordpress blog? The 2 options down there is for other comments and new posts only. I notice other WP blogs are the same also. Thanks.

    It’s sweet and sour…like in the case of sweet and sour pork or fish except that the gravy is lighter, not as thick with cornstarch. As for your question, I’m afraid I do not know. In fact, I do not even know what that is all about – never bother about such things. All I know is that when people comment, the notifications will spam my email inbox… I wonder how I can get rid of that. Tsk! Tsk!

  5. Wah….. Looks yummy. Remove the squids and prawns and don’t take take the deep fried ! Nice … Nice!

    Deep fried…have to go to Kuching – they do the mee/noodles that way. Take away the squids and prawns…cheap lor! RM3.00 only…and just as nice. πŸ™‚

  6. you mean all the fried noodles are done that way, or just one particular style which you have a specific name for it?? i’m sure there are numerous ways of cooking fried noodles right?? and i don’t see that deep fried with gravy in your photos??

    One only – in Kuching, not available in Sibu. I don’t have any photos. Have not had it for a very long time.,,but you can see a photo of it in this Kuching guy’s blog:

  7. Hi, you are making my tummy growling now. I am now craving for that plate of tomato char kway teow. Look at the sauce….saliviating!!!!….

    Slurppp….the foochow fried noodle look just as nice as the kway teow with the squids and the prawn.

    This place – so far, everything’s nice. Good place to go for breakfast. You Kuching people – anytime can have the tomato kway teow or mee Kuching style, no problem at all. In the mid-70s, we used to go to a stall at Palm Road (now no longer there) or the Batu Lintang open air stalls. Yum! Nice!

    1. Stall at Palm Road, you mean the roadside stall….Oh!..they have moved to Hui Sing Garden (behind Alpha Tuition Centre) but Batu Lintang open air stall still exist there. Yup, I like the taugeh char kway teow. yum…yum…

      Yup…I’ve heard but so far, nobody has brought me there to eat. Have not eaten it since the 70s, I think… Not been to Batu Lintang that long also. 😦 Taugeh kway teow…they say the stall at Green Road is the best. Used to be at the Cloud Estate junction, dunno now.

  8. Agree, lack of colors,, but look good also lan.. hey tomato char koay teow, best one only coming from those Malay stalls,, chinese no fry tomato char kaoy teow one here….

    Not the same… You click the link to that Kuching guy’s blog and see what he says (Re. my reply to [SK]). Tomato kway teow/mee over your side is just fried kway teow or mee with lots of tomato sauce. I had that once…at a Malay stall here. Once, and never again.

  9. Why is it that food is so yummylicious yet so cheap in is not fair!!! 😦

    Cheap kah? RM5.00 would be considered expensive…but it’s because of the extra ingredients – the prawns and the squids. Normally, only RM3.00 – not that cheap also but cheaper than a lot of other places in the country. πŸ˜‰

  10. Not so into this kind of food, ada makan, takde tak cari pun πŸ™‚

    Something different for a change. Tak kan lah kampua mee for breakfast every day… Variety is the spice of life. πŸ˜‰

  11. It’s my first time reading tomato fried kway teow! Ethan and I love tomatoes and i think we will definitely love this!

    Kuching, they fry their noodles and kway teow in tomato gravy – very nice.

  12. I heard many friends commented Kuching seafood are cheap and delish, maybe u can hunt some and post it here to virtually share with our tummy!^^

    Me, go and hunt? Kuching? That’s probably as far as KL to Penang or JB. Well, consider how often you people go to these places…same here lah! Will not be going there unless there’s a good reason – like somebody getting married.

  13. Ooh the Foochow fried noodles look very good! You’re a Foochow right? Do you know how to cook those? I want!! πŸ˜›

    Yup…I’m Foochow. Tried frying once…not so successful – ok, quite suceesful but not as nice as no big fire. LOL!!! πŸ˜‰ No need to go through all that trouble, they are available all over town…and the town is so small – anytime can go and have it outside. πŸ™‚

  14. This Tomato Char Koay Teow is such a new eye opener to me! Why the West Malaysian are not selling this? You should JV with me to open one here. Dei, you goreng and I sell okei ~ 50/50% profit….. The name could be Suituapui Char Koay Teow or Teowlight Tomato Koay Teow! LOL…

    Wah! Clever you hor! I do the work, you count the money. You Foochow kah? Foochow very smart people one…. Maybe Jonathan is – from Sibu, most likely to be Foochow. You learnt from him kah… πŸ˜‰ Hehehehehe!!!

  15. And the hunt continues. ^_^

    You are sort of a modern food hunter.

    LOL!!! Must find the best and share with everybody – let them know where to go. I’m like a food directory now – people sms me…to ask me where to go to eat what!!! Too bad, free service… No money in it for me. 😦

    1. Haha…so you are a sort of a living food directory. Hey! I think it is a good business idea.

      “STP Food Directory – We find what you crave for.”

      Those people simply do not bother to remember what they’ve seen in my blog…or do not make an effort to read carefully to find out exactly where the places are – much easier to sms me and ask me when they feel they want to eat something. Tsk! Tsk! And I’ve to pay for my replies… Grrrrrrrr!!!!! What kind of business idea is that? 😦

  16. if the noodles is deep fried, i wouldn’t know how to eat it using spoon and fork πŸ™‚ i don’t know how to use chopsticks πŸ™‚

    why not try to cook the best char kway teow…that way you could even cook for others–let them order extra income! πŸ™‚

    I’m not good with chopsticks too…and often end up with some of the gravy on my shirt. Muahahahaha!!!! Nah…I’m too old now to venture into anything new. The food industry is a good investment here, people here love to eat – especially when your food is nice, they will all flock to eat , Can make a fortune but it’s hard work, long hours.

  17. Tomato char kway teow, yummy, i prefer with more tomato sauce too.

    The one at Garden…and among all that I’ve tried, it’s the best. The gravy is something like my missus’ sweet and sour fish sauce. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  18. Did I hear Tomato char kuey teow? very interesting… let me ask my neighborhood char kuey teow seller if he can add some. “Uncle, I have kimball tomato sauce here, can add ar?”

    It had to be Cantonese char lah… Ask the cook to add a bit of tomato sauce to the gravy and you will get something similar.

  19. Eh, I so jakun leh…don’t even know got such dish…hehehehe. Nice or not?..better than wa tan hor? Got so many dish to try, one day stop over in Sibu enough meh?

    This one has the sweet and sour tomato taste…a bit different. If you ask me, both are nice – tukar2 selera… LOL!!! πŸ˜€ ……WHAT??? One day stopover? Chesh!!! At least 3-4 days or more! One day…. Humph!!! 😦

    1. Arthur,
      Other than makan activity, what else to do in Sibu?Not patronising ah..but genuine question..kih!kih!kih!…okay la…one week.Too long?…ohhh…got shopping,ah?

      Ok lah…minimum 2 nights/3 days unless you want to go on this VERY expensive river cruise – sister of the Orient Express
      Shopping? Well, my aunties from Kuching came and I thought they would have better shopping there – yet, they bought quite a lot here – clothes and shoes and not just food.

  20. Yup, we had this type of noodle in Penang, is called Sang Mee. It’s popular where they serve dim sum.

    Nope, we didnt have the tomato gravy, just sweet gravy poured over the crispy noodle with meat, prawns and veges. πŸ™‚

    Did you try this when you were in Penang? πŸ˜‰

    Nope…didn’t go for dim sum in Penang but I think it’s something like the hor fun or what Claire had at Red Garden except that hers did not have tomato.

  21. Yalor Cleff, I said I want to cook vegetarian dish, STP terus lari…ha ha ha!

    Depends. Vegetarian burger…vegetarian chicken…vegetarian pork leg? Yum! πŸ˜‰

  22. I miss home where you can compare ugly-tasty kway teow around Jakarta. My fave has crab, roast pork, duck egg and fried fish dumpling bits. Second thing I’d eat on second night back home, after a bowl of hot crab.

    Oooo…you love crab a lot, eh? Ya…it would be nice to have crab in the gravy – would be a lot nicer and sweeter…but fresh crabs are expensive here and getting the flesh out for use can be such a chore. The canned ones (crab meat) are quite tasteless – not nice. 😦

  23. Tomato char kway teow? Not popular in Klang Valley. Maybe taste like the mamak mee goreng with tomato sauce??

    Not the ones we have here or in Kuching. These are not the same. I know the ones that you mean – we have that at some Malay stalls here – they just add tomato sauce or chili sauce. Not nice. 😦

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