Right next door…

I sent my car to the car wash the other day and I decided to go for a simple lunch at the coffee shop right next door.

There used to be a Chinese kampua noodle stall there but either it has closed shop or moved elsewhere. Now you have a choice between the usual stuff from the Malay stall in front or the nasi campur (mixed rice) from the counter at the back.

I opted for the latter and this was what I got for RM4.50…

Nasi campur 1

The daging masak hitam (black-cooked beef) was nice and the fried fish was like…fish!

Nasi campur 2

As for the kerabu of paku (jungle fern) and long beans with goodness-knows-what-else, I thought it was bland and quite tasteless and the kangkong (water spinach) was not much better, I’m afraid.

On the whole, I would say that it was not something that I would want to have again…and definitely not for RM4.50!!! I think the next time around, I would try some of the things available at the stall in front – perhaps, I may stumble upon something nice there.

Author: suituapui

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31 thoughts on “Right next door…”

  1. Chamz! Daging masak hitam. This post must have been designed to make me drool. *CRIES*

    No lah, where got I’m so cruel one? Hehehehehehe!!!! *evil laugh

    1. Cleffairy,
      This Arthur memang hati busuk…selalu make us meleleh air liur only. Sometimes,when I’m feeling forlorn, seram to come and see his blog…sure meraung one…hehehehe.

      Hahahahahahahahaha!!!! Some people are suckers for punishment! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Ya… he memang hati busuk… one day tarak tempt ppl and make ppl drool, he memang tak senang duduk!

        No lah…some days, no food…and not many comments. Sobssss!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. Actually 4.50 for 2 meats and 2 veggies very cheap liao – my place here will charge me 6 or 6.5. Your pictures very deceiving – looks so yummy with the glistening sauce and golden fried fish!

    The meat and the fish were ok, not bad – it’s the veg…and I’ve noticed that at Malay eateries, their veg would not be so nice – unless they fry with sambal belacan or udang kering…or they cook masak lemak. Those would be nice. Others…like their mixed veg usually do not look nor taste so good.

  3. So….this shop can be struck off the list of “take-me-there” … lol… anyway, i m not into malay food because i eat them quite often over here… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ok, noted… No Malay food for you… ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I prefer Malay food than Chinese…tastier, spicier and more kampung but got to agree with you they are not great with any vege dishes..hehehehe…oops! mulut tempayan!!
    So, this particular nasi campur that you had was from a Malay or Chinese? Anyway, RM4.50 tak mahal lar..got meat wor….and the daging masak hitam look so inviting. Surely sedap. I think if I order, I’ll only take the daging masak hitam and couldn’t be bothered with the other 3…hehehe…wasted calories! Can you describe the taste of daging masak hitam? Is it pedas?..or taste like rendang maybe?…or sweetish or what?
    Hubby and I went to a Malaysian Cafe which is about maybe 10-15 minutes away from your bro’s hse. It’s a joint venture between a Malay man (nice man) and an Indian lady (snobbish and miss know-all and wouldn’t admit she’s wrong).The food was quite disappointing but I think I’ll go once in a while to just show support to our Malaysian restaurant here. You know what?…they have nice Sudirman’s songs and all those nice joget songs too.Really feel like home…sobs!!!

    LOL!!! You did not get up and joget away? LOL!!! Yup…in Welly also, Melissa says there’s one Malaysian place run by an Indian couple – they memang pandai blow their horn…and the food not nice and expensive. They never went back there again.

    Masak hitam is salty because of the kicap…and sweet because of the raisins and some used gula apong/attap to marinate the meat…and then you have the wangi of the shallots, garlic, lengkuas, serai…and the mixed spices – cinnamon sticks, star aniseed etc. The overall result – Yum! Yum! Best in the world! Anytime better than masak merah… LOL!!! No worries! Wait till you come over – sure you will get to eat it!

    I also prefer Malay food. This one’s from a Malay shop…so I guess that explains why I did not enjoy the veg. Not expensive…just that I did not really enjoy it – probably because of the disappointment over the veg choices I made. Ya…next time, I will not have the veg anymore, that’s for sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. never go there again.. haha.. but i usually have chinese mixed rice ๐Ÿ™‚

    Maybe I will as the car wash is just next door – so convenient. Perhaps I will eat something else next time – I think they have nasi lemak daging masak hitam for RM3.50. Maybe that would be a better choice. I don’t like the Chinese mixed rice – usually not nice, oily, salty and lots of msg…and the veg all overcooked as they usually cook in bulk – not easy to do that and quite understandable that it isn’t nice.

  6. RM4.50 ok what, got fish goreng one, got somemore beef and vegi, let’s do the calculation aka Penang’s standard, seekor ikan goreng….RM1.80 beef, RM2.50 (your portion should be RM3) veg RM1 and rice RM1.. so campur campur already how much?…mmmmmmmmmm RM6.30…cheap cheap lah,,

    You know i stopped going to my fav Malay store already, you know why?…i found out he charged us, “the chinese towkay” more and his gang one cheaper, and i hate that…don’t tell ,sensitive lol , hahahahahahaha

    No, no…it was not expensive…just not worth it as for RM4.50, I can go and have something else that is more satisfying. Ya…at some stalls, they sell the masak hitam beef at RM1.00 a slice…so that should be worth at least RM3.00 already. Fish is not as expensive as in Penang here – that small one, maybe 50 sen or to the most RM1.00 – so RM4.00 already…and rice that amount is RM1 at the Chinese stalls – minus the veg already RM5.00. But even though it is cheap, if it is not so nice…no point also.

    Here, it is different. At the Chinese places – no friend, no relative one – strictly business…but I do not mind really. That should be the case. The Malay stalls that I frequent are very different – always give me extra…and sometimes, even give me free!

    1. Eugene,
      Yah…I sokong you…boycott that shop.Hate all these double standard.It’s okay if they do to us but not the other way round!

      Here, we have very nice Malay food stalls and shops that I would go again and again especially if they are very nice. Often they are very generous, always tambah extra FOC! Chinese shops, so busy…money rolling in – where got time to be nice to you! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. yer.. i dislike tasteless vege too.. i tried paku before also when i visited Sarawak last time.. it was nice ๐Ÿ™‚ Sibu was my favourite! r u staying in Sibu?

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! I’m in Sibu. When were you here? Nice place eh? Different from towns in semenanjung, right? It has an identity of its own. When are you coming again? Come! Come! I’ll be here to take you around…and we’ll go singing karaoke. LOL!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. i visited Sarawak about 4 years ago… and i luv Sibu because of the nice parks you have almost everywhere.. and most of all, there are so many beautiful churches around… i remember vividly that there was one which i attended its sunday service on 6am in the morning, and there was an orchestra playing hymns for the congregation worship session.. that was awesome to the max!!!!

      And THAT is one of the main differences you can get to see here – things that I would not mention here, if you get what I mean. You must plan another trip here again soon… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. RM4.50 consider cheap lor. Beef is expensive. The daging masak hitam looks nice. I seldom go for malay food unless no choice…cos oily and mostly everything cook with santan and they would fried their fish till hard like tree bark but yrs looks ok.

    I like the Malay fried fish as they marinate with kunyit, sambal and what not…and it tastes a whole lot nicer. The Chinese stalls will just deep-fry…and theirs are usually more expensive some more.

    The beef was ok, quite nice…and RM4.50 was ok, just that I could go and have something nicer with that amount of money.

    Ya…some places you can actually see the oil floating on top – they usually use a lot of oil to fry the rempah. I’d put in the fridge…and when the oil has hardened, I’ll scrap it off and throw it away. I prefer the taste to those Chinese economical rice stalls anytime…

  9. Your beef does looks great (especially the thick gravy, salivating liao)!! The fish tasted like fish?!! Ermmm… shouldn’t it taste like fish, you meant it’s fishy?

    It was fish, tasted like fish lor. Nothing special, that’s what I mean. Ok for me as I like fish. The daging masak hitam is a Sarawak specialty. Many have not heard of it – only know masak merah.

  10. If KL, cant get la at RM4-50. That plate of rice would have cost rm6 or RM7 lo. Kira tak rugi much la if it doesnt taste good at RM4-50 .

    Ok lah. KL all orang kaya mah… Me, poor old pensioner…must jimat sikit. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Oh the daging masak hitam looks good! I always preferred hitam than merah, don’t know why. LOL!

    You have masak hitam there? Merah is nice with chicken and hitam with beef even though they do cook chicken this way too.

  12. That looks exactly what an Indonesian food is!!!!!!!!!!!
    I want all of it. I will lick the plate dry. I love every single bit of those beauts on that plate. And only for the price of half a NZ muffin. It’s nothing. Oh boy. Again, the car wash here sucks!

    Oh? I like this car wash place where they use a brush to brush away every little bit of dust from every nook and cranny in the car other than the usual snow wash and vacuum – all for RM10 (around NZ$4.00). I think it’s a bit too cheap for the amount of work they put in. Ya…I’m sure you would enjoy what I had on my plate. Hehehehehe!!!! Slurpsss!!!!

  13. Right next door to Alice for lunch..got beef, fish, paku and kangkung wow that’s a rich man’s meal already. Didnt know you have black and red masak all I know is m:a:k:a:n:n:n:n whatsoever black or white or pink or red..muahahaha.

    You can’t see black as well? I thought your whole world is black and white, no? What colours can you see?

    1. Sorry wanted to reply but overlooked. For Bananaz would whack whatever food no matter what the color. Certain times Bananaz gets the confusion of colors. Eg mango wore a biege T said its pink, dark green cars appeared black, blue and purple looked alike, brown and red sama sama, yellow and orange same to me..haha.

      Gosh! So confusing…. So, serve you food, no need to bother about presentation…will make the difference – you would not see the colours and will not see that it looks nice. You see Mango leh? Rainbow colours kah? Muahahahaha!!!!

  14. LOL!! For 4 types of different dishes, you got it for RM4.50….if here, probably u cant get that.

    There, people so rich…of course, have to pay more lor! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. It’s consider cheap, got fish and beef somemore. yum..

    I understand what you mean by the vege, sometime it’s tasteless or taste very raw. ๐Ÿ˜›

    They might as well just boil it and serve as ulam with sambal belacan – I would love that…but I know that you wouldn’t! Hehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Err, from the pics, the nasi campur doesn’t look appetising. Usually the veges sold at Malay stalls are not very nice..either overcooked & soggy or too raw. Unless they cook with sambal, I’ll always give them a miss.

    Or if they had given a bit of sambal belacan and I could eat the veg as ulam, that would be really nice!

  17. A makcik once shared with me that any meats cooked in thick black sauce (esp at nasi kandar stalls) ought to be given a miss simply because it may have been a leftover curry dish transformed and resold.

    Food for thought? (pun intended) lolz
    +Ant+

    Tak kan lah so stupid, can’t even tell whether it’s something left over and has been reheated and reheated…and never seen anything so black at nasi kandar stalls. The mak cik trying to sabotage – can get sued for saying things like that these days! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. RM 4.50 is a pretty good price, I always get FLEECED at nasi kandar places. RM 14 and nonsense like that when you start taking squid.

    You’re not alone. Me too…every time over RM10.00 for a few miserable items. Will definitely avoid those places, if I can help it… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  19. if you say the food isn’t that good, then you must be good at photography ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you, thank you…that’s so flattering. Hehehehehe!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. lol! the fried fish was like… fish?? What did you expect it to taste like bro? ๐Ÿ˜›

    Hah!!!! That’s just telling everyone that it’s nothing special, just the usual. Biasa only. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. wow it looks really good…
    I used to dip kang kong to soy sauce or fish sauce…to add more taste hehe

    True! Very true! That’s why I was saying – if they had given some sambal belacan (dried fermented prawn paste), it would be so much nicer…

  22. I agree that you love to torture us to drool at your photos. Worst is when we clicked at meal hours! Yerrr!
    I love Malay and Chinese food but good Malay food is not easy to find in KL. When I next visit Sibu, I will drag Jonathan to treat me and Suituapui to makan-makan okei!!

    When? I am waiting… I will make sure you makan puas-puas until you do not want to leave. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. wow, all that for only RM4.50!! that is very cheap, you got fish, meat and two vege, i think it can easily cost a RM6.50 here, and above RM10 in shopping mall food courts…

    KL, all the rich people mah! All earning high salaries… Here, small town – everyone so poor. How to charge so high? Nobody can afford, in the end sendiri bankrupt. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  24. LoL at the fried fish was like fish! What else could it be? ๐Ÿ˜›

    LOL!!! Just so everyone knows it is exactly what it is – nothing special, nothing to shout about…

  25. aiyoh 4.50 is worth it! If it’s here in KL, this would be 6.00 already!

    Ya…it’s ok just that I could have gone for something that I would enjoy more.

  26. malay nasi campur and no curry? hehe. btw, i do agree that malays r just not skilled in making veg dishes – most of the time it’s overcooked. but i like their ulam! that’s probably the only greens made by them that i love! hahahha. could be the fact that it doesnt need to involve any cooking skills! LOL.

    Yes, I love the ulam too. Nope, the daging masak hitam was an alternative. They did have curry…but I did not want it.

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