Something else…

I was here before and I did not really like what I had then and besides, I thought the things were a little bit too pricey but when Huai Bin was back home in Sibu not too long ago, he sang praises of their mango duck but then again, he liked their fried durian which I thought was definitely not something that I would want to eat ever again.

This is their open air area…

MapleLeaf exterior

…and they have a nice and comfortable air-conditioned section inside as well. I hear that their first floor is very impressive – what one would expect for high-end fine dining but I did not go up to have a look, not when there’s no escalator or elevator. LOL!!!

So there I was that day…and of course, I had their mango duck slices (RM12.90)…

MapleLeaf mango duck slices 1

…and I must say that I liked it a lot.

I don’t think those were fresh roast or whatever duck slices with the mango…

MapleLeaf mango duck slices 2

It tasted like smoked duck to me and I love anything that’s smoked – smoked ham,. smoked bacon, smoked turkey… You name it, I love them all!

They had the calamari salad in the middle…

MapleLeaf calamari salad

…with pickled cucumber and sliced Bombay onions and that was great too.

All in all, I would give it an 8 out of 10 for taste…but I would say that at RM12.90 , I did feel the pinch a little bit. I think I would just stick to the roast duck at the coffee shop next door.

I did not know what to order to drink as I remember the last time I wanted kopi-o peng (iced black coffee) and after much difficulty explaining that to the waiter, the drink that I got in the end was definitely not black. This time around, I saw something on the Tonight’s Special menu that intrigued me…

MapleLeaf Tonight's Special

Yes, yes! I saw the grammatical error but what got me wondering was what on earth was mangolon juice (RM6.50). My guess was it was a combination of mango and watermelon juice but when I asked the waiter, he did not know either…so I just had to take the chance and order that so as to solve the mystery.

Now, what do you think it was? Come, come…make a guess…and the first correct entry wins a prize. Entries close at 12 midnight tonight, so hurry… LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

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41 thoughts on “Something else…”

  1. Everything looks so colorful, and the calamari salad looks great too.

    I also agree with the first poster; Mango and some type of melon.

    Have to be more specific. It wasn’t watermelon – I guessed it wrong myself. πŸ˜‰ LOL!!!

    1. I don’t know then… πŸ™‚

      Here in the USA I’ve seen that a juice with the same name, at a local raw food restaurant. However, their mangolon consists of mango and some type of melon; cantaloupe or honeydew is the melon I’ve had in that drink. πŸ˜‰ I was combining those two fruits together, lon before I know they had a name for it in the States. I’ll be curious to see what they put in Sibu’s mangolon juice. πŸ™‚

      We do have those drinks here too – where they mix a few fruits together. At some hotels, those on the higher end, you may get a welcome drink – some fruit mocktail that is usually a concoction of a few fruit juices mixed together and it’s usually very nice.

  2. Arthur, i must say I LURVE THIS SOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!..

    Wow!!! It is quite obvious that you do! Muahahahahaha!!!! Woke you up, did I? LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  3. wow, looks so delicious, and the presentation also gave an extra 150 marks.. such a nice combination of smoked duck breast and mango slices..

    Yup, it did look great and it tasted great too… πŸ™‚

  4. and oh, extra 100 marks for the baby octopus too!! if i ever visit you, you must bring me there to eat this!!

    Of course! Of course! Come on over…and you can have that and more! πŸ˜‰

  5. i think RM12.90 is cheap for this dish actually, errr, of course KL standard lah~~ :p

    I guess so. It would probably cost a lot more than that in KL, depending on where…I guess.

  6. Yeah, I like their mango duck! Eating a slice of duck with mango…pretty good stuff. πŸ™‚
    I thought the baby octopus was a nice touch too, but yeah, it’s expensive for Sibu standards. Tom’s Too has better food and they’re more focused too, in my humble opinion.

    Anyway, I know the answer to that! It’s a pickled fruit that used to be sold for RM 0.50 when I was in primary school. Mangolon has a huge, hairy seed inside and it’s yellow after it’s peeled. It makes a great fruit drink when it’s blended with ice. πŸ™‚
    Sour.

    Ya, it was very nice…though we do not quite agree with their fried durian – I didn’t like that at all. Yup…they seem to have all kinds of things on their menu but then again, they do claim on their signboard to be a fusion cafe. Everything’s expensive there – their cheapest is RM8.90, I think and the prices spiral upwards from there. 😦 But it isn’t so bad if it tastes really good…and actually, I was wishing they had given me a little bowl of rice with that. I’m so old school hor!!! LOL!!!

    50 sen a fruit? What’s that? Pickled or fresh? When you were in primary school would be at least 20 years ago. Ya, I know what you’re describing…but the name, give me the precise name. Hahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜‰

  7. Mongolian juice perhaps? Wrong spelling by them? hahahaa….

    Shhhhhhhh!!!! Don’t want to get blown up to bits, do you? Muahahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€ Oops!!! Just joking, couldn’t help myself!

  8. But their mango and the duck looks unique! Love to try that… tarpau next time when u come over.. :p

    You come over again and we’ll go to eat that. You haven’t brought Aaron to Sibu yet… Wink! Wink! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  9. Anyone from Sibu would know what Mongolon is. Pickled yellowish fruit about the size of a regular egg. 25 cents from the old man that used to run the tuck shop (seamstress – daughters) at Rejang Park cinema complex. Never did find out what the exact name of the fruit is though.

    You don’t, Joe? Awwwwwww!!!! LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Well, I didn’t know what it was and I asked the waiter in Mandarin, “Na ker sher mango ken watermelon juice sher pu sher?” (That’s mango and water melon juice, yes or no?) and he replied, “Pu cher tao.” (Don’t know) Maybe he couldn’t understand “mango” and “watermelon”… LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Now that you mentioned it…ya, it does sound like the Foochow name for it – so all Foochows are henceforth disqualified. Both you and Huai Bin are half-Foochow…but anyway, you two had your chances already. Nothing comes easy – I would want the specific name… LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

  10. Buah Kedondong? I am not sure of the exact spelling. When we were kids, we describe them as ‘buah kunong’ or ‘bakunong’, something like that. Sourish and taste very nice when plum is added to the juice.

    LOL!!! Your spelling is correct all right…but you’re Foochow, aren’t you? See the condition in my reply to Joe Cotter’s comment. Hehehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

    1. I am not Foochow. 100% Hokkien. Like you said, those who grew up in Sibu will know this fruit so we are not entitled for the prize. I agree. Guessing for fun only. Haha!
      I had a lot of very nice buah kedondong juice drink in Kuching last year. Slurps!!

      You’re not? Hey! You’re entitled to a prize then. Maybe will wait till your next trip back to Sibu, can save on postage. πŸ˜‰

  11. i have mango…i have roast duck…hmmmm wondering if should experiment……

    Why not? But I must warn you first – it’s smoked duck breast so the taste isn’t anything like roast duck – none of the duck smell so what you end up with may not taste the same.

  12. Mangolon = mango + honeydew melon (since cantaloupe is expensive)

    Love the smoked duck. There’s a company here now that actually sells smoked duck fillet in an air-tight packaging.
    +Ant+

    Very logical guess! LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Hmmm…bet that smoked duck must be very expensive. I bought smoked chicken before at the basement supermarket at Soho, Jalan TAR in KL – small, tightly wrapped, packed and sealed and looking like a hand grenade…but that was a long time ago and it definitely was not cheap even at the time, can’t imagine the price one would have to pay now. 😦

    1. Lolz logical but wrong. Just read Huai Bin’s comment, but loved Claire’s guess of mis-spelling! Rofl.
      +Ant+

      Hahahahaha!!! Don’t get carried away now.

  13. Mangolon ..i guess is buah kedondong ….am I rite?

    Yi Ling guessed that first. Come back tomorrow to see the outcome of this… Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  14. the mango slice n roast pork is for a starter?
    I use to have this in China . we call it starter cold dish…

    Oh? It certainly would make a very good starter – but that big plate should be enough for at least 4-5 persons if it’s just a starter. We have starter cold dishes here at our Chinese restaurants but so far, I don’t think I had mango duck in the assortment of delights before.

  15. Howdy, my friend! In Sabah, it’s called Kedudong ………….. Correct?

    You’re Foochow too… Muahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜‰

  16. sorry, wrong spelling lah! Yi Ling’s “Buah kedondong”‘s correct.

    Yup, she’s correct…and she’s also Foochow. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  17. Mangolon juice? Haha…locals pronounce it as mong-ko-long. It’s nice, and helps lower body heat. You can get this for RM2.50 at the kopitiam in front of Tiong Hin Secondary School.
    Do I get a prize? Haha..

    In front of Tiong Hin School? That’s Annie-Q’s mum’s house…right outside the gate. LOL!!! You mean the coffee shop nearby at the traffic lights junction? Ah….you’re not Foochow, right? Too bad somebody has already given the game away. Come back day after tomorrow and we’ll have another quiz then… Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  18. I know i know the answer !!! Buah kedondong or in Cantonese they call it ” sar lei” . Yum !!! I love this juice very very much !!!

    Mangolon is the foo chow word , direct translate . Hahhahahaha

    Yi Ling already said that…and like her, you’re Foochow too! LOL!!! Yup…that’s their badly-pronounced version of the fruit’s name.

  19. Everything looks so nice. My guess is buah kedondong juice.

    I think like Ben, you’re not Foochow either…but both of you are too late. Somebody already gave the game away… Hehehehehehe!!!!

    1. No special or consolation prizes kah.?…hehehehe.

      Got. Come to Sibu and I’ll treat you to a glass of Mangolon juice plus the yummy Mango duck slices… Hehehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  20. Oooh! That mango duck sure looks tempting! Slurp! Must give it a try when I go to Sibu, but wonder when I have the chance. Er, mangolon?? New fruit breed that I don’t know of?? lol!

    You know the fruit, I’m sure…just that the name is unfamiliar! LOL!!!

    Actually, I first heard of mango duck in Kuching – they were telling me how nice it was and so we went to Bla…Bla…Bla…to try but when we got there, we were told that they did not have it that night as it was out of stock. That was sometime ago and I never went back there again…so this was the first time I tried. Nice, very very nice! Yummmmm!!!!!

  21. What else is nice besides than this mango duck? Anyway, my coming trip please bring me to Payung again. U know why I must go back? ahahhaha….at that time, I left my DSLR in Claire’s room…lol!!

    Hahahahaha!!! Your wish is my command. I’m sure Mandy would love the place and the food there too! πŸ™‚ I dunno what else is good at this place – I looked through the menu…all so expensive! And what I had the first time I was there would not be anything I would want to have again. 😦

  22. Smoked duck..anything smoked…I like it too!

    That mangolon…sounds like a fruit. yet it also sounds like a hybrid. or perhaps a combined juice. I am not going to google. Gonna wait for your answer:D

    That will be in tomorrow’s post… πŸ˜‰

  23. waaa…the drink is so expensive! In SP, you can get that for RM1.80.
    Oh and here is known as umbra btw =)

    That’s in a cafe – got class mah. Cheaper in the coffee shops and I guess it also depends on how much water is added to it. Yes, it’s called umbra…and other names like amra and so on. Kedondong is the Malay name. Ummmm…your first time here? From SP? Local there, are you?

    1. Hehe not my first time here but my first time commenting πŸ˜‰ Nope, studying here but i’m from Sarawak too =D Hehe..

      Oh? For a while, I thought you’re Irene’s son…but the name’s not the same. No matter, everyone’s welcome. Thanks for commenting and do comment again. Be good there, all the best…study hard! πŸ˜‰

  24. LOL!!!..Mangolon same sound meh with Kedondong? Got letak asam boi inside too?
    The prices very cheap for those 2 dishes but rather expensive for that explosive ( can’t help that either!..lol!) drinks!

    What two dishes? It’s one dish… The drink is definitely cheaper – at least half the price at Ruby’s. Perhaps it may depend on how diluted it is too…like fresh orange juice. πŸ˜‰

    1. Ohhh…and I thought it’s a different dish all together.What a weird combination!..the baby octupus is Japanese and the duck is very western style!!!

      Itulah, they already call themselves a fusion cafe. I’ve seen worst in Kuching – chicken chop or something…and paku goreng sambal hay bee at the side. Really not used to it! This one, at least isn’t too bad. Go pretty well together.

  25. I spent 4 years in Chung Cheng Middle in the late 60’s….had a pickled Mangolon nearly everyday from the canteen for 5 cents each…and yes, the term Mangolon definitely derived from Foochow, period!

    Yup…I can see that now. Didn’t occur to me at the time when I was at the cafe…

  26. Is it the buah dedundong (however u spelt it)? or known as qing ren guo in mandarin?

    Dunno and don’t think so. In Hokkien and Foochow, they just use the Malay name albeit not very accurately so probably it hasn’t got an original name being essentially a tropical fruit. Ask TYC – if anyone would know, he/she would…*see comment*

  27. The mango + smoked duck look so appetizing.

    It was good…but RM12.90 – definitely not something that I would have again soon. Once in a long while for some reason or other like maybe there are visitors in town and I would like them to eat something nice, then perhaps… πŸ˜‰

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