Not really…

I knew my friend, Kongkay, had been there as I saw his photograph taken at this place…

FishCulture Sibu

…on Facebook but when I asked him about it, he did not sound very enthusiastic at all.

But I had heard some favourable reviews of the kayaย (coconut jam) buns…

Kaya buns

…with kaya and salted egg inside.

Kaya bun inside

I also heard that they were selling those traditional Foochow fish balls – the ones with minced meat inside…so the other morning, I decided to drop by the place to give it a try.

I ordered something that looked like it…

Quail egg meat balls

…but it turned out that they had quail eggs inside and I wasn’t sure whether it was fish or meat…

Quail egg meat ball inside

The ham rolls or should I say, luncheon meat rolls were something I had not seen elsewhere before…

Luncheon meat rolls

…so I ordered those too. They had century egg inside…

Luncheon meat roll inside

…and I also tried the siew mai/sio bee (meat dumplings)…

Siew mai

After I had had a sample of the things they had to offer at this place, I could jolly well understand the response I received from Kongkay when I asked him about it…and if you should ask me whether it is any good, my response would be: “Not really!”

Author: suituapui

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34 thoughts on “Not really…”

  1. But if I judge from the pic I’ll say YUMS!! haha… food looks good! esp da kaya bun.. drool!

    That’s why I always say when I look at all those food reviews – the real thing may not even look nice, much less taste good. These don’t, not at all. I just adjusted a bit here and there…and they turned out looking pretty nice in the end. LOL!!!

    1. U can be a Food Make-Up Artist! Hehehehe….

      Hah!!! I hear many bloggers photoshop their photos so they look nice in their blogs. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to do that – old man, dinosaur… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. i need my dimsum fix! though you said not really… the pictures seem to say!

    Hmmmm…maybe I shouldn’t have edited and adjusted the brightness & contrast and colour. They do not look so enticing in the originals. Muahahahahaha!!!!

  3. creative looking dim sums, but maybe a bit too creative!

    The one that I usually go to – the cheaper one where I do not really like much of the things except the paos…I would say that one’s nicer. Both pretty cheap – 3 storeys (baskets) for RM10.00.

    1. it’s always more affordable where you’re at .. so how was your 9th day CNY celebration? I did not really observe this, but the firecrackers and fireworks last night was deafening.. lol

      Nothing here, Foochow territory… But I hear the temple would be crowded as tonight, they all worship “Thi Kong”….

  4. bring on the new generation of DIM SUM…
    new invention needs creativity…….

    But very sad when they miss the wood for the trees. The MOST important thing is – they must taste good…and unfortunately, where taste is concerned, they’re nothing to shout about…

  5. No fried dimsums? You know, those fried yam balls and those fried sui kow and stuff?

    Didn’t see. Maybe we were too early… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  6. Oh my gosh these are so yummy!!

    Not really. Bet you can get really good ones at the Chinese dim sum places over where you are. Btw, your 1st time here? Thanks for visiting and a warm welcome…and do drop by again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. hmmm, trying to be creative coming up with new ideas.. but I rather find those combination funny, I’d rather have the normal dimsum..

    No harm in being creative…or trying something different. Most important thing would be it should taste great. These didn’t… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  8. That fist that’s not the foochow fish ball. It’s something else.

    Not their fault… I did not ask. I just assumed and pointed at the thing that I wanted. Too early in the morning to struggle with trying to communicate in a language that’s Greek to me… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  9. New creations…dim sum of the year. Kaya with salted eggs, how is the taste? To me, not a good combination…sweet & salty. Luncheon meat with century egg & the siew mai looks nice. BTW, how’s the price ranging?

    RM10 for 3 “lau” (storey/basket). I thought all were ok/edible…but you would not see me going back there again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  10. If I did not read what you have written, I would think they dim sum must be good. So it is the photographer who had doctored the pics to make them look good. hehe… What photo editing software are you using?

    I use Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Most of the time, I just click auto correct but sometimes, drastic cases may call for desperate measures…like when trying to make the bald patch on my head less visible. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. The kaya paste.. I think they are lotus paste but made in green pandan? Something different from Ipoh.. the quail eggs and the ham rolls with century eggs.. looks not bad.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Don’t be fooled by how they look in the pre-doctored pics… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  12. and i thought they serve everything fish here! Wah quail eggs inside the fish ball? That’s really interesting!

    Yalor… The name’s misleading. I would think it would be a shop selling fish for home aquariums.

  13. There are better dim sum around, i am sure! :p

    Yup…but I don’t think we have really really good ones here – not that I know of.

  14. I think the main fan of dim sum in my household would not like any of those dimsum..all weird combination and he’s not a fan of eggs…any kind.

    I refrain from responding to that last bit! Muahahahahaha!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. The cafe name very funny! “Play fish” ? ” Fish Play”?

    But nothing to do with fish right? I think should name something after ‘egg” since most of the dim sum got a little surprise or little “gem” inside ( egg)!!

    Kaya pau look ok to me, but with salted egg inside? Hmmmm…wonder how it taste.

    Don’t worry, this one won’t be in my list. hahahahhahaha

    Dunno why the name – seems these are the people at the Borneo Cultural Festival and the Malaysian Food Festival here in Sibu.,..where people had to take a number and queue up to buy the Foochow fish balls – with minced meat inside. My missus bought once or twice – did not get me jumping up and down with delight…and if I had to queue like that, you can bet I would not bother to buy…. Kaya pao – people told me it was nice but I think I would just stick to my lau sar pao. Much nicer!

    1. How come this foochow fishball look different from the one in KL ? Here one very nice , they call it foo chow fish ball . Remember during Chinese New Year I am having steamboat at home , those floating on the pot the white colour thing that is the foochow fish ball , very nice and I like . I dont take fish ball but I took the one with mince meat in it .

      This wasn’t it! I simply pointed and it turned out to be something else… Yunno lah! Here, have to struggle with the language…and it was 7 in the morning, I wasn’t in the mood to try doing that. Just pointed to this and that and that was it.

  16. what about the price? do you have northpark resto there? i’ve had the best siew mai there ๐Ÿ™‚ foochow fish ball looks interesting, never thought it exists ๐Ÿ™‚

    What’s northpark? Here, it’s 3 baskets for RM10 – dunno how much in pesos. I guess you do not know of many things here as we may be the same in some ways, different in many others.

  17. but i think it is quite special! pao with kaya and salted egg inside? never eat before! =S
    i realized that the shop like to put egg inside ya! hahaha

    Different, yes…but nice, not really. Everything tasted a bit bland.

    1. Nope, I’m not from Sibu. I love dim sum and hope can try it when I visit Sibu. It is so different from KL dim Sum. Thanks for sharing.

      Ya, do drop by… You’ll like it here, I’m sure.

  18. I went there yesterday with an old friend, rather disappointing really. I picked their house special foo chow fish balls. The one that u didn’t managed to sample. It costed Rm5 for a basket of 5 and it tasted as ordinary as their other ala-carte offering. Heard they are really well known with their fish balls though but just not up to my standard so I thought maybe i shd google it and see what STP’s comment on them……and I’m not surprise at all. U got it spot on sir !!

    Always the wisest thing to do – check out my blog first and see whether I’ve been there and see what IO feel about it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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