Happiness is…

This is the Happiness Cafe here in Sibu…

HappinessCafe Sibu

…with the towering Wisma Sanyan, the tallest building in the state of Sarawak, in the background. I guess if you have a rough idea of the layout of the town, that should give you a fair idea as to where this coffee shop is located. This is actually the back part of the shophouses in this area. Note the spiral staircases – those have been around as long as those shops have been around ever since the 60s…or maybe even the 50s.

I dropped by there one morning as somebody said that the tomyam kampua mee (noodles) was very nice…

HappinessCafe tomyam kampua 1

…and I just had to go and give it a try.

This is the stall that sells the noodles at RM4.50 a plate…

HappinessCafe kampua stall

…and I must say that it is not really cheap, not at all.

You will get a lot of stuff with the noodles though – the stewed pork slices, the minced meat and the meat and the fish balls plus a bit of vegetables as well…

HappinessCafe tomyam kampua 2

…and if you look carefully, you can see a bit of the tomyam sauce…

HappinessCafe tomyam kampua 3

So, was it good? I would say that it was not bad at all with the slightly sourish and spicy taste but given a choice, I think I would stick to our good ol’ original version of the kampua noodles. For one thing, that would be a lot cheaper with the usual price of RM2.50 a plate at most places, depending on where you go.

The coffee here is quite good…

HappinessCafe kopi-o-peng

– not the best but better than the other two coffee shops that I have been to in the vicinity.

Well, if you are still blur as to where this coffee shop is located, it is along Jalan Morshidi Sidek – the road that leads straight towards Wisma Sanyan, facing the Chinese primary school right in the centre of town.

Jalan Morshidi Sidek Sibu

Do take note as to how clean Sibu isΒ in this photograph and the others that I have featured in the previous posts and that is really something, considering that in the 60s and the 70s…and perhaps even up till the 80s, it was considered the dirtiest town in Sarawak and perhaps in the whole of Malaysia but ever since the facelift some years ago and with the persistent effort of the town authorities, it is no longerΒ the miserable dirty ol’ town that it was a long time ago andΒ has become a town that any Sibu-ian can be proud of. I most certainly am!

Author: suituapui

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

32 thoughts on “Happiness is…”

  1. yes, Sibu is a very clean town… would like to have the ori kampua anytime rather than laced with tomyam… kampua kosong is still da best!

    Ah!!! Endorsed by one who knows! He came, he saw, but he did not conquer all… Will have to come again. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    1. Only complain is the hotel tarak lift!

      Cheap mah! Next time, will put you in a hotel with lifts so be prepared to pay more… πŸ˜‰

      1. ceh… thot u gonna offer your house… **muka tembok ala cleffairy** , so wat big renovation you did to your house? new toilet ka? i din break your toilet during the last visit kan?

        But no lift leh!!! Maybe you sleep downstairs…put mattress on the floor. I’m renovating my downstairs toilet – seat toilet, got rid of the squat toilet liao. πŸ˜‰ So when are you coming?

    2. Sibu… a little bit like Perlis… very small, quiet town… very laid back too. Good to relax.

      Nah!!! I don’t think it is the same – the cultural difference gives Sibu its own unique identity, quite different from any town in the peninsula. That’s why Melissa felt quite uncomfortable when she first went over. Culture shock!

  2. suituapui, the icon of sibu.. they should enact a statue of you in appreciation! πŸ™‚

    oh, finally a different variation of the kampua, but i guess original is always the best ya. Continue the journey for food.. yum yum!

    Aiyor!!! Cannot lah! Cement shortage at the moment….cannot make the situation worse.LOL!!! Sure will….certainly hope to see you here one day for your first taste of kampua… Yum! Yum! Best in the world! LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

      1. Arthur,
        Wrong phrase lar. It should go like this, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me”..so say, Rihanna..muahahaha.

        Here we go again… πŸ˜‰

  3. I’d love to have the ori kampua anytime… Sibu is clean now but STP still has a dirty mind πŸ˜›

    Takes one to know one… Laugh not the pot at the kettle black, birds of the same feather… LOL!!! πŸ˜€ So when are you coming to sample the best authentic kampua in town? πŸ˜‰

  4. Looks like kolo mee. Yeah, sibu seems clean and organized.

    Nice eh? When the West Malaysian bloggers were in town, they were delighted that all roads led to town – so easy to get around.

  5. STP has a dirty mind? Hahahaha I have to agree with Merryn, after the latest cartoon post in fb. :p lolz

    Yes, RM4.50 is pricey. Even Klang abd some KL stalls charge less. I prefer ori anytime. πŸ™‚
    +Ant+

    Me? A dirty mind? Cartoon? *blinks innocently* Muahahahahaha!!! πŸ˜€

    Never mind, at least I’ve tried it once to see what it’s like. As they say, tak kenal maka tak cinta… This one, dah kenal pun tak cinta. πŸ˜‰

  6. wow, add a little bit of tomyum and they charge additional RM2?? like that better have the original one at RM2.50~~

    No lah! Look at all that minced meat and all the balls… LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Those things don’t come free, yunno… RM2.50 you will get a few miserable thin slices of meat, so thin that if you turn on the fan full blast, they will all fly away.

  7. I don’t care what sauce or no sauce, just give me the plate of kampua mee! I will slurp them down in a New York minute!

    Nice eh? You’ve yet to try the Rasa Sayang one. When Shereen came from NZ, she was like not keen to eat…ordered one bowl white (plain) and one bowl black (with soy sauce) and shared with her hubby and son…and when she tried the white one, she was stunned!!! And she asked if she could order another bowl!!! Best in the world! Nothing like that in NZ or anywhere else… πŸ˜‰

  8. I know what I tumpang you next time when you come… if u come to IPOH.. when u come to Ipoh.. all I need is a big packet of dry kampua noodles!! My mum and sisters (including me!) love them very much! My mum said very smooth and nice… slurp!!!

    No excuse for me to go to Ipoh leh!!! You will have to come over and I will buy a lot for you this time – wasn’t sure whether you would like it. Hey! Mandy’s coming end of the month – dunno if she bought checked in baggage or not – you can try asking her to take some back for you and pass to you when she drops by Ipoh……and you can buy her lunch! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  9. Eh I know this place! I tried the mee suah here… nyaman wei. Best! And close by RH hotel where i usually stay

    Yup, RH is just round the corner. Oh dear…now I will have to go back there again to try the mee sua… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  10. If you didn’t mention it was tomyam kampua mee, I would think it was ori kampua. Anyway it looks pretty nice and lots of ingredients too. I love that glass of kopi-O kaw kaw…..

    The coffee was ok, not great and definitely not the best in town. Ya…I saw the photo on Facebook, I thought it looked good too – buried in all the ingredients… πŸ™‚

  11. ok le ..
    i see that they give you a lot of ballss.. for Rm4.50..
    here in KL they only give you 2 balls or maybe 3… hehehehehe

    Aiyor…if 3, not balanced lah. At least lah, give 4…and then you’ll have two pairs of balls…or shouldn’t it be 3? Muahahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  12. Hmmm…duno why it looks like a plate of yee mee to me. Probaby is the side condiments that make me feel that..eheheh. I still prefer the typical one. Hopefully by the time I go Sibu, Rasa Sayang is open.

    I’m sure it is. Must go one of these days to try first…to make sure it is still so good so you all will not be disappointed! πŸ˜‰

  13. I still prefer the original kampua, no modify version please. πŸ™‚

    Oh ya, the kolok mee stall that i frequent over here, the guy told me someone brought him some pian sip skin from Sarawak, he will give some to me tomorrow. hahahhaha..Let me see i can cook the silky and smooth pian sip or not.

    Good luck with your pian sip! It seems that they just apply a layer like butter on bread and wrap it up – not supposed to put one lump of minced meat ball in it.

  14. The kampua look so wrong. Like Annie, no modify version for me please. The one you brought me to makan was so delicious and very simple. Hmmm…can tah pau for me when you come to NZ kah?…hahahaha

    Cannot! But don’t blame me, blame your government! So strict with food imports – no egg product (the noodles), no meat (the lard…and the meat). Macam all the animals and the plants there so healthy will not fall sick one. Tak pun…like last year’s kiwi fruit.

  15. The kopi really looks pekat from my phone. I bet my grandpa would love this kind of kopi!

    It was ok…but I know a couple of other places where the coffee is simply great – this one does not measure up to that level!

  16. What is that building in orange sandwiched between wisma Sanyan and Happiness?

    That’s a block of shops by itself. There’s a road separating it and Sanyan…and a lane between it and the block of shops where Happiness is. That block has a coffee shop (two shoplots) with a cheap hotel above it and a bakery at the corner and one of those higher end cafes above it…and cross the lane beside it and you’ll get to another block of shops – McDonald’s is there…and for some reason, it’s painted black! And there’s KFC and Pizza Hut in Sanyan. Just this small area alone, you will find countless places to eat!

  17. i prefer plain kampua… this one look too complicated too much ingredient and will make the kampua less delicious… i think from now on i need to have kampua for breakfast daily because i will fly to Johor soon.. sob sob

    Yup…nothing like our authentic plain kampua. I do not even like it with dark soy sauce. Oh? Joining your boyfriend there? I thought he’s in Singapore? Or have you been posted to teach in Johore? Good luck…

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