The other side…

I am sure everybody can remember the nice noodles that I had at this place recently. Well, I went back to the vicinity a few days later but I did not have those noodles again. Instead I decided to try what they have at this coffee shop on the other side…

HonHin Sibu

This particular one is usually very crowded – probably because it is the one nearest to the government offices right next door making it the most convenient for the officers to drop by for breakfast or brunch and besides, the stall in this particular shop serves halal food so it would be a good place to go with one’s colleagues should there be any of a different colour or creed.

I tried the kolo mee special…

HonHin halal kolo mee special 1

…which again is nothing like the authentic stuff that we can get in Kuching but it was pretty good – except that I prefer my kampua noodles or kolo mee white – without the dark soy sauce, that is. Usually if you have the same at some other Malay stall in town, they would replace the char siew with some miserable bits of shredded (boiled) chicken but this one had stewed beef instead…

HonHin halal kolo mee special 2

Nice! Another thing is that if you eat at the Chinese stalls, their complimentary soup is usually some tasteless ultra-diluted pork bone soup with msg and light soy sauce and a sprinkling of chopped spring onions. Here, they give you a bowl of nice beef soup…

HonHin complimentary soup

…though I do wish they do not add those spices that they usually throw into the pot when cooking sup tulang or sup kambing. Other than that, I also appreciate the fact that they give you chopsticks – most of the other Malay stalls would just give you a fork and a spoon to eat your noodles with.

This bowl of kolo mee special costs RM3.50 and I guess the special is just that extra (somewhat overcooked) fried egg that you will get. Comparing the two, although this one is nice, I would probably go back to the old lady in the opposite block of shops as her kolo mee is 20 sen cheaper and has that special kick – the taste and fragrance of lard…but I may drop by this one again sometime as they seem to have a lot of things on their menu and I’m sure there must be something that keeps all those people coming back for more and I’ve yet to discover that yet.

Author: suituapui

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

31 thoughts on “The other side…”

  1. oh that’s what i like, not too dry but not too wet or saucy too… just right enough thick sauce yum yum

    Just one problem – no lard…so it lacks the special fragrance and taste that is the main attraction in the original. On a brighter note, in a way, it is healthier… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Agree with you. No lard no cry…Can’t wait to have the kampua.

      Not coming back for the Raya/Merdeka hols? Can treat me to breakfast there, cheap only – offshore people very loaded. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. No. I prefer to celebrate it in the middle of South China Sea…with fresh fishes.LOL!! No problem.Indeed it’s my pleasure to treat you to breakfast at this coffee shop.I will be home on 1st September and off for two weeks.

        Gosh! That must be so very lonely…but I hear the money is very very good. Offshore people all very rich.

  2. Nice beef soup. ๐Ÿ™‚ And more noodles for everyone. XD
    and stewed beef on the mee? Now that’s something we dont get often here ๐Ÿ™‚

    That’s to replace the char siew in the non-halal kolo mee. Not bad, not bad at all…

  3. ahhh yes Hon Hin Cafe….thats my favourite malay kolo mee. i always go there after im done with my court cases. their laksa is not bad, mee jawa also ok, mee or kuayteow soup also ok. try their nasi goreng kampung or nasi goreng biasa and u can ask for extra pedas…not bad. the usual nasi lemak is not bad also. they also have nasi bubur ayam. as u can see i have try almost everything there LOL! all in all they serve good food and thats the most important thing. Cheers STP!

    You’re the second one to tell me about the nasi goreng. So far, all the nasi goreng outside has been disappointing – cannot beat my missus’ or mine…but I may drop by one of these days to give it a try and I may try the laksa too. The noodles I had were nice…but I still prefer Sunny’s kampua special with the 5 huge prawn fritters. Can’t wait for Hari Raya to be over – can go there to have that again.

    1. Cikgu, who is the first one? Am I?
      I missed the food there as Louis said… we tried most of the food there. I like the nasi goreng special pedas and laksa.

      Yup. Louis is a lawyer so he goes to court often. His office is at the same place too opposite block, right above A-Plus…

  4. Omg stp, i was so surprised you took the effort to comment on every post in my blog. Dont have to bro, it’s a fun blog which i update everytime I feel like it, direct from the phone XD

    Say yay for smartphones eh! it’s really fun to be able to just snap a photo, then immeidately upload it to .. fun times indeed. LOL

    Not all – all but one – the event-related one and you know why. I’m sick and tired of all those events – all free advertising…very impersonal, no sincerity and what’s worse – you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. The same thing in everybody’s blogs. That’s why I prefer this new blog of yours – you post things in your life – things that are yours and yours alone. Thumbs up!

    1. Thanks for the input STP, wonder where will the output be .. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Ic, however I will still be posting on events on the main blog, mainly because I love the social aspect of attending all those events with fellow bloggers. Sometimes i feel the more the merrier! Hehe.

      As for the, I’ll use it to blog on the go. Did you know I could blog like a few posts a day? simply because it’s so easy!!! Snap, write, post!

      Have a nice Raya wor, selamat.. hari raya! La la la la XD .. oops not yet Raya? Feels like it though since I’m already on my 1 week holiday!

      Yup, I’m sure it’s a whole lot of fun. Go ahead and enjoy yourself and continue with your obligatory post – I think I’ll just post once on one event – depending on whose I’ll get to see first. Will comment on your other blog instead. Enjoy your holidays. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Kolo mee Malay style. Looks really good. You’re right about the soup in the Chinese places, mostly MSG flavored hot water.

    Yup…but some places do have nice soup, usually chicken soup but most of them aren’t worth bothering to even take a sip.

  6. Well… that kolo mee. Different from the Kuching Kolo mee. I would call that beef noodles. It looks yummy though but would be better with the dark soy sauce. Have a great weekend, Arthur.

    Let’s just call it halal kolo mee… Nothing like the real thing, of course…but it was all right, quite nice.You have a great weekend too…

    1. ooppsss…typo error and it should be better “WITHOUT” the dark soy sauce”.

      Then you’re like me – not a fan of kampua/kolomee with soy sauce…but Shereen will not agree. She likes it black. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. gosh! it has been long since i visited here last! ๐Ÿ™‚ wow! your snapping picture skill is getting much better than last time hehe.

    the noodle looks so tempting! and love the egg. do u realize that egg is very delicious doesn’t matter how do u cook it?

    i will be in tawau next year for snorkeling. maybe next would be sarawak ๐Ÿ˜€

    still keep in touch with fazil?

    Welcome back, Faisal. Nope, no news from Fazil – already throw stones (buang batu, the Malay expression here – dunno if you have the same there). I can’t remember whether he replied the birthday greeting I sent him or not, probably not. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Ya…I love eggs in any form/cooked in any way…and I mean chicken eggs (and duck and quail eggs too). LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Tawau’s an ok place but the islands especially Sipadan among the most beautiful in the world. Welcome to Sarawak…but I guess you’ll be heading to Kuching, not Sibu – but of course, Kuching is a lot bigger and a lot more interesting…

  8. From the picture here, the noodles look shortened.. like in bits.. but then i wouldnt mind trying .. i want to know the difference between kampua, kolo and wan ton mee.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You know wanton mee already…so now you will have to come to Sibu and then go to Kuching to enjoy the real thing. LOL!!!

  9. I also tak biasa eat noodle and soup with fork and spoon. Felt kekok when using them if to eat Bakso

    Isn’t so bad if the noodles are served on a plate…but definitely not in a bowl.

  10. My goodness, you and your pickiness. I reckon that noodle looks divine for the standard we got in NZ.

    LOL!!! At 3 times the price…prior to conversion. Hehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Noodles must black-black only nice lar.The pucat ones no taste…hehehe.I can just imagine how delicious that beef soup is…and I also suka the spices they put in.make it extra shiok.

    Talking about black-black noodles, have you tried frying? Irene said she had and her hubby gave it 4 out of 5 – he loved it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Can’t agree more. I oso like those spices… liddat onli got more taste. And noodles if pucat pucat, looks no syok to eat la… looks like not enuff taste.

      Peninsula people…more used to those spices, I guess as you have them in the sup kambing and other Indian or Malay soups. We also have them in the Malay soups but I can’t say I like it a lot. You come and eat our white kampua or kolo mee and then you tell me whether there’s enough taste or not – I don’t like the black ones simply because that’s all the taste you will get – taste of kicap!

      1. The first time hubby’s brother went to Sibu with us for our wedding, my dad brought them to try out kampua. When they were served (without soy sauce), my bro-in-law looked at my hubby in disbelief because my hubby had been praising kampua before we left Johor. It looked too flavourless for him but after having the first serving, he requested for second and we had kampua almost every day when we were in Sibu.

        Ya…they don’t know – only cakap banyak…till they’ve actually tasted it…and they’ll be coming back for more. Yes, that happens all the time – they try once…and the whole time they’re in town, they will have only kampua for breakfast. Like my friend from Miri eating the kompia I bought for her to try – said it looked tasteless, tasted tasteless…but after eating one, she wanted another and another- couldn’t stop. In the end, she ordered 100 to take back to Miri. Looks can be deceiving….

  12. Hmmm… I think this will suit me very well since I dun take pork. ๐Ÿ˜€ I think it is good to have the halal variety… I mean, u can bawak ur Muslim friends or relatives makan this one. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Ya…’kan we all 1Malaysia. I can tell you they are slowly taking over what used to be solely the Chinese domain – they can make kampua, kompia, pao…and can even tie chang. The younger generation among the Chinese are simply not interested – they would rather leave town and find a job in places like KL and enjoy life there.

  13. special = kolo mee + fried egg..?? this combination taste ok? usually in kuching special = prawn + fish balls + fish cake + bak chor.. :p

    It was ok. Beggars can’t be choosers… Nothing like the kolo mee in Kuching – Carpenter Street, Oriental Park, Gree Road… Yum! Yum! Not going back to Kuching? Let me know, maybe I’ll hop over….and we can go jalan2 cari makan. Yum! Yum!

  14. The noodles looked bit soggy.. are they supposed to be like that? Also, I’m impressed to know that a Malay stall offers chopsticks indeed!

    Not really soggy but I would prefer it to be firmer – not boiled too long. I’ve eaten worse…but then again, they’re non-Chinese, still learning the secrets of the trade. A year or so ago, the kampua/kolo mee I tried at Malay stalls were terrible, to put it mildly. They’re getting better and better at it…

  15. Oh no! Now you’ve given me a craving for kampua mee with a fried egg on top.
    That’s a good combination actually. I feel like heading back to Sibu to eat that.

    I’ve also seen someone order strips of roti canai with an egg on top (the guy was an immigrant there to do his work visa) and I didn’t know what it’s called but I asked for the same. Pretty good too.

    Your kolo mee looks good actually, it makes me thinkg of Aho mee sapi. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Not a fan of Aho… You wouldn’t be home for the long Raya hols? Good also – can’t imagine the mad crush at the airport especially now that it’s undergoing major renovations and extension… Ya, I heard of the roti canai too – I think it’s closed at the moment – puasa month. Will go back to that place soon to try the other things they sell there… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. you sure this is kolo mee?? somehow looks a bit darker than those you usually show us.. but it looks good actually, and only RM3.50!! gosh, so cheap…

    They put kicap mah! I don’t think they have dark soy sauce kolo mee in Kuching, never heard of or seen that – but they do have dark soy sauce kampua noodles in Sibu and some people love it that way, not me.

  17. Kampua or kolo mee from that shop… I am not like it very much. I still prefer laksa and nasi goreng.
    I still remember last time the apek kampua got kari version. I am not sure now still have or not. The curry version apek kampua is nice too.

    Oh? Next time I drop by, I must ask…

  18. I have been to several cities in Northern China and all their soup tasted worst than our plain Kampua soup. No joke.

    I know. Last time, when on tour in China, the first dish at dinner would be a big bowl of tasteless soup with a few pieces of cabbage…and if the soup was not finished, they would not bring out the next dish. On the whole, food was horrible and everyone could not wait to get back to Hongkong for a decent meal.

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