Over too soon…

On their final night in Sibu, my missus and I took my NZ friend and her family to this restaurant for dinner. She wanted crabs…

MingMeiShi crabs

…and Peking duck but unfortunately, we do not have Peking duck at this particular place so we had to make do with their roast duck…

MingMeiShi roast duck

…eaten with some special black sauce and stuffed in steamed buns…

MingMeiShi steamed buns

The crabs were a bit small but they tasted all right…and the duck was pretty good too – not tough and went well with the sauce and the buns. However, my friend did not seem too excited about either and I guess that would be because she would be able to get these and much nicer ones at that elsewhere  – wouldn’t have to come all the way to Sibu to eat them.

She preferred the fried midin that she had the previous night at Ruby but I liked the ones here…

MingMeiShi fried midin

This one was fried with dried prawns and belacan while the one at Ruby was all belacan. Ah well, I guess everyone has his or her own preferences.

She also liked the sea cucumber soup at Ruby more than this Foochow-style tofu soup…

MingMeiShi Foocho-style tofu soup

…and again, I would think it’s a matter of preference and taste. I would be quite o.k. with either one of the two.

But the general consensus among all of us was that the Guiness Stout pork that we also had that night was indeed really very nice. Unfortunately, the photograph came out blur so everyone would have to wait till I drop by the place and order that again so that I could snap another one to share – and hopefully, it would turn out sharp and clear this time.

After we all had had our fill, my friend saw this being served at the next table…

MingMeiShi braised pork with buns
*recycled pic*

…and was attracted by it. I’ve had that so many times on my previous visits and I would have ordered that again if she had not said that she wanted crabs and duck and I had been left to my own devices. Ah well, my friend! Come again to Sibu and I’ll make sure that you’ll get the chance to enjoy that next time.

The next morning, my missus cooked some mee sua (string/thread noodles) served in chicken soup cooked with traditional Foochow red wine for them for longevity, good fortune and prosperity. We usually will eat this on special occasions like birthdays, weddings and anniversaries or when somebody is leaving or coming home. After that, I drove them to the airport for their flight to KLIA on transit to Bangkok.

I guess they had a delightful visit in Sibu – ate a lot, saw a lot and bought a lot. My friend was thrilled to see the old school ice cream man on his bicycle – cones on the handle and hanging on both sides would be those vacuum flask-like containers probably containing the local/home-made ice cream that the modern kids would not touch with a ten-foot pole – something she had not seen since her childhood days.

She saw a trishaw man too and was so glad to see him because she appreciated the fact that he had not modified and decorated his three-wheeled vehicle and painted it in gaudy colours like those in Malacca or Penang – this was the real thing! Authentic, unadulterated!

Last but not least, I let her try a bit of the traditional Iban rice wine – the tuak that my friend gave me when I visited her longhouse in Kanowit not too long ago. She liked it a lot and wanted to have more but I would not let her as that thing can be quite potent and because it is so nice, you will want more and more but when it kicks, you’ll never know what has hit you and knocked you out cold.

Well, there are still many things to eat and do, many places to go to and many things to see but all those would have to wait till the next time they come to Sibu.

After they had left, my missus found a note and a BIG ang pao hidden somewhere under her netbook. In the note, they said that they had been to so many countries and they had had so many holidays but this holiday in Sibu was by far their most enjoyable ever.  We certainly hope so for it certainly was so very nice to have these wonderful people come and visit us and if only they could stay much longer. We had  a great time too…