What a surprise…

I dropped by the Guardian outlet (the pharmacy) near my house to pick up some stuff the other day and then I stopped by the stationery store next door to browse around. Imagine my surprise when I saw two packets of these…

Sibu sio bee 1

…on the cashier’s counter, together with the complimentary chili dip. The last thing I would expect to see in a shop like that would be food and my initial guess was that they belonged to the employees and they had bought them to eat for their break or for lunch.

These are our Sibu Foochow-style sio bee

Sibu sio bee 2

…which are different from the siew mai at the dim sum places where they mix the meat with prawns and beat them till firm and springy. These are all minced meat usually mixed with mangkuang/sengkuang (turnip)…and the better ones would have more meat while the not-so-good ones would have more turnip…or worse still, mostly flour.

When they told me that someone had left them there for them to help sell to anyone interested, I decided to buy the two remaining packets on the counter to give it a try. They cost me RM7.oo for a packet of 10 so that worked out to 70 sen each. Not cheap, I must say, but the consoling part was that they were nice – a lot of meat inside…

Sibu sio bee 3

…and on the whole, they tasted good…especially with the chili dip.

I wouldn’t mind buying some more, should I happen to see them again at the shop.

Author: suituapui

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

36 thoughts on “What a surprise…”

  1. buy more and send it over here… lemme be the judge whether this one or the siomay wins… yoohoo… 1st one to comment…

    Ya…up early? Where are you? In Indon or at home? That kucing kacau2 you, cannot sleep kah? Wink! Wink! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cannot lah…even though dijamin sampai hari esok. Come on over and try yourself… I thought you ada hati to come to Sibu? The spark already gone kah? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. the spark idup idup mati…agi idup agi ngelaban… hahaha… not so soon though…

      Cannot, cannot. Mesti fan kuat sikit….. Why not so soon? At least Claire has an excuse – her anak sitting for SPM? You? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. Oooo… Yummy yummy! Looks so nice!

    Taste nice too…but I do know of one place – I like the sio bee there better than these.

    1. Really? where is that? ๐Ÿ™‚ I love these… I had loads and loads of siew mai last December during our church group’s Christmas caroling. Almost every house served this. haha..

  3. As long as it tastes good, tad more pricey is reasonable!;D

    Ya…we can get some at 50sen or 60sen but they’re not really nice. Some are not nice at all even. Must know where the good ones are.

  4. i luv sio bee!!!!!! i tried it in Kuching last time… i dun think we can get such nice one here in Penang / Ipoh. i always thought siew mai and sio bee are the same thing, except one is in Cantonese and one is Hokkien.

    The name is the same in two different dialects…but the ones in Sibu and the dim sum ones are quite different in texture and taste. I guess you had the popular ones at the Open Air Market in Kuching. Many people like those… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Oooooo … really looks yummy! Frankly I wouldn’t know the difference between the siow bee and the siew mai. All I know is just plonk one straight in my mouth and savor the tastiness with loads of the accompanying chili sauce. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Guess you would have to heat up again since it’s been chilled by the airconditioning in the store.

    Yes, it’s best taken piping hot. Not so nice already when cold…but when lazy, would just eat like that. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Okay…on Monday kita pergi cari..S and J sure will like that. Wah, you dua orang saja and yet you bought both packets?..sorang satu is it…tak mo gaduh-gaduh?…muahahaha.

    Nope, sorang dua biji…the rest, you know who wallop habis lah! Muahahahahahaha!!!! No worries, when they’re here, I will get some nice ones for them… Must eat! Sibu Foochow-style… ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes, i just about to said, Shereen you must try this, Sibu Foochow style siew mai. Yum yum!!

      Definitely!!! Will definitely get her to try as many of the Sibu originals as possible. I’m saving some pek guek p’ia – the mooncake festival biscuits for her to try. “Mengandungi minyak babi”, no less! LOL!!!

  7. hahaha!! interesting to see the stationery shop selling dimsum!! they are going diversification for their business?? guess the next time you go there, they are selling some other things as well~~ ๐Ÿ˜€

    I think they’re made by some stay-at-home mum/housewife. I will always support and buy if I come across any – they’re making good use of their time to do something to supplement their income. This kind of people, I respect. Earning an honest living…

  8. Stationery shop selling sio bee. I love a lot of meats in my sio bee. Kuching Open market sells good pork sio bee too, should you drop by Kuching some day.

    I can’t remember the last time I had the Kuching open air ones… but I do know of people who will definitely want to go and buy and take home when in Kuching. I think the last time I had those, I was not too thrilled…not like when I used to have them in the 70s. None of the Fook Hai ones for me either…tough and rubbery. Eeeeeeee…..!!!! But lots of people love those as well.

  9. I’m really supposed to be doing some labwork and here I am drooling over these. They look so super yummy … Lunchtime hurry here already ! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Skipped breakfast, did you? Hmmmmm….!!!! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Yummy!…Yummy!…the Foochow sio bee looks meaty and nice. Gosh!…Sekali you buy 2 packets. So you have them for lunch.

    Lunch, tea…and dinner. Habis before the day was over. LOL!!!

  11. hey.. they are considered very cheap! Imagine eating in dim sum shop, for 10, easily they cost 10rm over at least..

    Yes, the dim sum ones would be RM3 something, the cheapest…and there are only 3…so it works out to over RM10 for 10. So expensive hor…and yet so many people love to go and eat.

  12. Next visit they sell durians muahahaha.

    I’ve seen people doing that…but outside the shops, by the pavement. Not cheap…even though in season and I’m not a fan of durian so I never bought from those people.

    1. er… when i go over.. you bring me everywhere for good food :p. I am definitely going to gain 10kgs when I go visit sibu haha.

      Of course… That’s the thing about coming to Sibu or going anywhere in Malaysia. It’s all about food…food…and more food. LOL!!!

  13. Ooo…luckily i just have siew mai last nite….ahhaahha. The siew mai really looks good…

    These were good but I know a few places with better ones, same price or may be a bit more expensive.

  14. Siew mai, i like i like i like. Yum…dip with chili sauce…..so nice. Yes, Sibu siew mai is good, compare to the siew mai here in KL. Sibu one is all meat meat meat.

    Hah! Not an impartial comment…you’re from Sibu and anything from Sibu is the best for you. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Hey! You never mentioned which sio bee in Sibu you like the most. Btw, how do you say it in Foochow?

  15. we call it “siew muai” in foochow. I think “Hook Chue Liew” got the nice siew muai?

    Expensive! RM1.50…and I don’t really like. Same with the ones at New Capital. The ones at Golden Happiness are very nice but dunno how much they’re selling theirs. Must be expensive also – at least over RM1.00. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  16. OMG… why so many ppl post up siew mai and dimsum today? Aiyoyo… makes me wan go makan!

    And the other day, so many posted on burgers… What coincidences! LOL!!!

  17. Hmmmm, they selling these in the stationery shop? How I wish I get it in the stationery shop in Penang. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    LOL!!! Everybody there so rich, nobody needs to do this to make ends meet mah…city people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Wonderful! I know where that is!
    I’ll definitely check it out this weekend!

    Dunno if they have those every day or I was just plain lucky. You’re coming this weekend? Ah well…somebody’s too cool for an ancient relic like me. Sobssss!!!!!! Muahahahaha!!!!

  19. hehe…u so daring to buy this over the counter just like tat??

    Why not? Homemade…and I know the people at the stationery shop quite well (near my house/regular customer)…and they told me the sio bees were nice and they would buy themselves to eat quite regularly. Not buying prescribed medicine…at the pharmacy next door, no problem.

  20. Gosh they look amazing! And at rm0.70, cheap too. How I wish they were sold here instead of the mass-produced siew mais that is distributed to dim sum eateries nowadays; total lack of delicate finesse!

    Btw, my office desktop still has problems accessing ur comments page ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Oh? I wonder why. I’ve that problem when browsing on my old handphone – not just my own blog but everybody’s. I can comment and update my status on Facebook though. Dunno why….

    Ya…I’ve been warned about those factory/mass-produced dim sums. I think they’ve those in Kuching – no nice at all, not worth the trouble of eating… We have mass-produced steamed paos and sio bee here and they leave them at the coffee shops for sale but they’re home-produced so some may be quite good. On the whole, they’re not though…so no point buying and eating those. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  21. This is so funny! Guardian selling siew bee? I didn’t know these established outlets would let ppl leave their stuff there to help them sell… Interesting.

    Nah!!! You’ve misread what I’ve written. It’s the stationery store next door…not Guardian.

  22. no wonder! i tercicir that stationery store part! :X

    Hah!!! In my case, the reason may be because I usually look at photos only and just skim through the words…pick some details here and there, never read properly. Bad, I know it’s bad…but when pressed for time, no choice… No time to read lengthy wordy posts. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  23. tsk tsk… everywhere u go, good food just follows eh? somemore u bought 2! If me I’ll just buy one.. mana tau if tak sedap…

    Haiya…kesian mah! Then one left…mana tau nobody buys in the end, the pood woman would have worked so hard for nothing. Tolong2 sikit bah… Better than those people going around begging, cheating or robbing…

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