Before you leave…

Clare was in Sibu when I was in KL to wait for my daughter to arrive from New Zealand as it was a long weekend, Monday being a public holiday. We had to squeeze in some time that morning itself before she left later in the day to go back to Kuching to go for dim sum at this restaurant…

Restaurant for rent

No, I don’t think the place is up for rent. LOL!!!

The char siew pao were all right – as good as any place else, I would reckon…

GH char siew pao

…but the three-style siew mai

GH 3-style siew mai

…were nothing to shout about. The meat was coarse with the texture of minced meat and not springy as siew mai should be. ย Tastewise, they were just so-so, nothing great.

Both of us did not really like this prawn thing, cooked with tau cheo (fermented beans)…

GH taucheo prawn balls

…and I must say that I had much better egg tarts at a lot of other places…

GH egg tarts

Even the lau sar pao were disappointing…

GH lau sar pao 1

– those steamed buns with butter and salted egg custard filling or what I used to call nai yu pao.

GH lau sar pao 2

The filling should be orange in colour but this one was the same shade of yellow as the skin…

We did not order the har kao

GH har kao

…but the waitress served these to our table so we just ate them. Obviously they were meant for another table…and later when the captain came to apologise, I just told her that it was no big deal and she could just add it to the bill. Humph!!! We should have eaten them all quickly and remove the evidence.

I cannot remember how much it all cost, inclusive of free flow of Chinese tea – if I’m not wrong, it was in the region of RM25.00 which was pretty reasonable, I would think.

The company was great even though the food wasn’t…but I wouldn’t know unless I tried and I did!

Sorry for the less than satisfactory pics. The place was dimly-lit with yellow light and it was really tough trying to get any reasonably good snapshots with my cheap digicam. Ah well…I guess the food isn’t really worth drooling over so no injustice done here.

Author: suituapui

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

42 thoughts on “Before you leave…”

  1. Yes, shud gobble up quickly and remove the evidence. LOL. *jahat mode*

    Birds of the same feather flock together. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Having dim sum nowadays is an expensive affair especially in the Klang Valley. I would only indulge when the craving for har kow and siew mai arises.

    There are only 3 places here and I like only one…and another one is very cheap but not great. This one’s so-so only on both counts. I only wentto try as somebody was telling me about it.

  3. I know a potential chef who can make good pau and siew mai and sui kou… *points to kucing* Wakakakakakakaaaa!

    Hah!!! She’s busy…with all the books to read. You’d probably have to wait a long long time.

  4. Simon and I had dim sum yesterday morning and it was good.Dim sum is generally good in NZ and Oz than Msia as I guess the proprietor comes from either HK or China and what they serve is pretty authentic.Simon was saying that we would probably be having dim sum for Christmas breakfast in Melbourne as everything else will be closed ( no envy here as justyn and I kena follow him as he’ll be working…sobs! ).

    Ooooo…so nice! But watch out of the heatwave and those horrendous flies! Eyewwwwww….I hated Oz in the summer. Muahahahahahaha!!!

  5. So…must “strike” it off the list… next time u come IPOH, do try out our dim sum-s here.. not all shops serve nice ones.. only a selective one or two … some are already commercialized.. so they go for the namesake only..

    Here, we have one good one…and one cheap one but a bit kasar like the KL ones…and this one. Then there’s another one on the other side of town – have not been there for a while but the last time I went, I thought it wasn’t too bad.

  6. Would just follow +Ant+ to have ‘Point Heart’ once a month and ma fav is ‘prawns9’, lo mai kai, jagung pao, siew mai and th’ng lang teh mostly pohlei now that kook poh has been found dangerously with toxic dyes according to email received, dunno how true?

    Once a month. Wahhhhh!!!! So hor mia… LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Dunno the different types of teh…only Boh & Lipton and Sabah Tea.

    1. Don’t ask for pohlei – I’ve been told that ‘senior citizens’drink pohlei, so if you’re only middle-aged (AW, you listening or not?), you don’t drink it, ok? ๐Ÿ˜‰ hahahaaaa!!!

      Oh? What is the side effect? Makes the old men horny or what? Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Hahahaaaa!! WATA!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I meant to say that ONLY senior citizens drink pohlei, soooo, if you’re only middle-aged, you don’t lah, coz if you drink pohlei, you will be lumped into the s-e-n-i-o-r group lah. I love the way your mind works overtime (I thought only mine did!).

        If it works for them, I’m sure it will work wonders for me…so I also want or! Muahahahahaha!!!!๐Ÿ˜€

      2. WATA! Got young people drink young tea and old people drink old tea one kah? haha.

        Dunno, don’t ask me – you people were the ones talking about it. I’m a coffee guy!

  7. RM25 for 4 persons? Inclusive of tea! Man, that’s very very reasonable, can’t complain much about the quality of the food liao. I usually have dim sum with my hb, 2 person alrdy RM30+(around 7 steamers).

    Got one place here, very cheap – RM10 for any three steamers…so one char siew pao, one lau sar pao and one lor mai kai…already so full.

  8. Ah ha, u alrdy applying some Christmas ambiance, so sweet!

    WordPress feature – come December, “snow” will start to fall… ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Char siew pao and siew mai looks ok. Now!!!!….. where is my favourite chicken claws and lo mai kai????? Out of the list, no more 2nd or 3rd time again to drop by.

    Got lor mai kai but we did not order. Actually this restaurant – the local Foochow-style sio bee is very nice but it’s not in their dim sum menu. Chicken claws….eyewwww!!!!!

    1. I knew when I mentioned chicken claws, you will say eyewwwwwwwwww!!!!. No eyewwwwwwww lah but yummy yummy !!!!…..

      You can have it all…help yourself. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Irene..Arthur doesn’t know what he’s missing. Chicken claw so syiok..slurppp..semua masuk perut. My mat salleh hubby pun pandai makan and you,Arthur..shame on you..China pek! tsk!tsk!tsk!

        Eyewwwww….I just can’t get the image of what they’ve been stepping on out of my head. Ewek! Ewek! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      2. I’ve been told (yes, many people tell me stuff, heh heh!!) that real men eat chicken claw / chicken feet. David Beckham does (someone told me that, in my dream…)

        Oh? Is he still around? Fat lot of good the claws did for him….LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      3. Arthur, see what Shereen commented. You don’t know what you are missing. Shereen cakap syiok itu chicken claws. Her hubby also enjoy eating them, hahahaha!!!… orang cina.

        Hah!!! Next time they come, I sumbat them with chicken claws… I know two places here – phak lor (braised) chicken claws…bought some for my friend and he says they’re absolutely heavenly!

      4. Hahaha!!!…you want to sumbat Shereen with chicken claws. Go ahead…siapa takut siapa.

        She can have it all – I’m not touching it, that’s for sure…and they’re so cheap – 60 sen each!

    1. aiks…not penyakit kusta meh? hahaha…really feel bad la cant bring you here to makan…haiz….

      Dunno about any kusta… Never mind, my schedule already fully booked for the few days I will be in KL – any booking will no longer be accepted. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. well, sometimes you get good food, sometimes you don’t. But all the time photos have been taken, so we tell it like it is! ๐Ÿ™‚

    i like the chrismassy theme for your blog now, with the snow and all XD

    Yup…sometimes you win, sometimes you lose – can’t have it all your way all the time. Ah yes, it will snow in all WordPress blogs every December…

  11. I love lau sar pau, have gotten back to eating it and when it flows properly, it’s superb!

    Well, since you didn’t order it you might as well ask her to not add it to the bill. Haha! I’ve done that before. If they’re nice, they’ll do it even though you ate it already. ๐Ÿ™‚

    No lah…they may deduct it from the poor waitress’ meagre salary…and get scolded again. Pity her lah. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. i loved dimsum but it’s hard to find things i can eat here so i usually just turned down the idea of having my meals there. heh.

    Yup…you can only eat the egg tarts…that is, if you do eat eggs. Or the durian puffs and some dim sum places. Not much for vegans…

  13. hahaha, never mind those photo quality right, since those are just so-so and not very tasty (for you).. long time did not go eat dimsum already, i miss the loh mai gai so much~~ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Yup, that’s why I said…no injustice done. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. In short, the food is no good. ^_^ Well at least you are eating the so-so with with a good friend.

    Yup…that’s most important – good food but not so good company…also wouldn’t be so nice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Good company but bad food, still can come out happily out of the restaurant. But good food but terrible company? Might as well don’t go and eat… food nice oso will taste not nice and see those terrible people oso make you feel like not eating. And yes, speaking from experience. TSK!!!

      My sentiments exactly!

  15. Finally, you made a post of the restaurant. Quite surprised that it didn’t turn up well for you. It’s been many months since I last went there. But, I was quite happy with the food though. the char siew pao is very nice. The fluffiness makes me craving for more! Too bad you don’t eat chicken claw. They are absolutely large and very nice! I don’t agree that the place is rated so-so. At least 7/10 for me. Probably for its iced lemon tea and nice chicken claw. Ambience is alright for me. Hahaha..

    The char siew pao is fine, but at the other places, the char siew pao is good too…and you get 3 steamers for RM10.00 at that cheap place…so makes more sense to go there if it is char siew pao you want.
    Dim sum siew mai must be springy, perfectly blended with a bit of prawns to make them that way – should not be able to taste the minced pork. The ones at the cheap place fail the acid tatse too – Mitsu’s not too bad…sometimes.
    And har kau skin must be firm, yet translucent. Theirs are pretty close…but not quite there yet.
    The egg tarts and the lau sar pau aren’t good enough and we did not like the prawn thing.

    I love their local style Foochow sio bee, the ones they serve towards the last course at banquets in this restaurant – I wonder why it’s not on their dim sum menu.
    All in all, 7/10 is way too generous…or even 6/10. I would give 5.5/10 for the food…but 9/10 for the place and 7/10 for service.

  16. i am not a dim sum girl but the boy and my dad luuuuurve it so much they can have it every weekend =.=

    I don’t mind it once in a while…but definitely not every weekend.

  17. Of the dim sum you had, I ll just go for the char siew pao. The 3 style siew mai look terrible..LOL!!

    They certainly did not look appealing…and it was not due to my lousy old camera or my poor photo-taking skills.

  18. “food isnโ€™t really worth drooling over so no injustice done here.” haha so funny this last line! Oh dear, how come all of them were not good! The har kow looks nice.. didn’t taste good too huh? Too bad!

    The har kau wasn’t too bad but the skin could have been better, not quite up to the mark – I’ve had better har kau elsewhere.

  19. Good boy! Finally you can pronounce it correctly this time on the nai yu pao! hahahahhahahahha

    The char siew pau look good, but not the three style siew mai. You want to have dim sum on your next trip here?? I am sure here got a lot nicer one than Sibu. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ummm…I don’t think so. Don’t worry! We’ll be fine – don’t trouble yourself. We’ll just play by ear and see where things will take us when the tome comes.

    1. nai yu pau not same as nin ku pao?

      Dunno…don’t ask me. Have had enough problems with the name so whatever it is, I’ll just eat!

  20. My Quay Lo’s number 1 dim sum. Char Siew Pau! Haiyah only Quay Lo will go for the Char Siew Pau, eat two paus, so “bau” oledi how to eat other nice dim sum lah! I will go for everything else but not the Char Siew Pau. My last item when I go for dim sum is egg tart! When I think of those egg tart we had in Hong Kong, I can still drooolll lor!! Arthur, my son may be coming to Sibu in the near future. I told him to get in touch with you and I told him this Uncle is a fun guy to be with and will take him to the best place for awesome food. Hope that is alright with you:D

    Of course! Will be my pleasure. How near will be this near future? Coming to perform? Are you sure it’s Sibu…not Kuching or Miri? Would love to bring him around and take him to try the best in town… Hmmm…I’m like your Quay Lo – must have char siew pao…if only the siew mai and har kau, not filling enough lah. LOL!!! Ya…I hear the best Portuguese egg tarts would be the ones in Macau.

    1. Arthur, my son will be coming to Sibu to work. He has some customers in Sibu. His day job is a Sales Executive in a Designer Baby Products Company because cannot survive full time on doing music lah. I told him already, to choose this path is going to be rocky…. but he said he is happy, what I can say but to just support him to chase his dream. He has achieved first stage and that is get his first Album out. You should have seen how happy he was at the Album launch last Sunday. I have no words to describe my joy to you when I see my love ones so happy. Anyway, I told him about you already and I will definitely give him your contacts when he goes to Sibu. Thanks so much for agreeing to meet up with him.

      To work? Oh? If he needs a place to stay, he can always stay at my place. Once my daughter goes back to Sg Petani, her room will be vacant – anyway, boys no problem…can squat anywhere one. So, my door is always open – always welcome. Ya…it is good that one achieves one’s dream – so sad that many parents cannot understand this and force their children to achieve the parents’ own dreams. Your son’s so lucky to have such an understanding mum.

      1. So kind of you to offer your place of Nick to stay but I guess he can stay in the hotel since the company is paying. Thank you so much for the kind thought. Will keep you posted. Maybe will consult you on which hotel to stay in Sibu later.

        Ok, will be glad to be of help anytime… Do keep me posted. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I had dim sum with Yoong the other day ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to say I think the dim sum here is better than what we have in Sibu. But I would rather go for the local food when I’m in Sibu ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, we have a place here with a Shanghai chef before but I think he has left – so even though it isn’t so bad, I don’t think it is as nice as before anymore. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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