Stranger in paradise…

Somebody commented on an earlier post of mine and asked if we could get to meet should he come over to Sibu. Well, I checked out his blog and it certainly looked like he had been to a number of places…to eat so I told him that it would not be a problem. In fact, he has just been to KK a week ago solely for the food, believe it or not, and I know for a fact that if you go to some place on your own, a stranger in town and you do not have anybody that you know to take you around to eat the best that they have to offer, you may end up quite disappointed with the things you sample at the shops around your hotel and feel that it is not really worth the trip/visit.

Anyway, they arrived on Saturday afternoon, my friend and his missus from Kuala Lumpur (both originally Ipoh mali). The Air Asia flight was delayed a bit, not much – just 15 minutes and after picking them up at our brand new airport, I took them where else but hereΒ for a warm KOMPIA welcome…

NH pork belly kompia

We ordered the kompia set with the out-of-this-world pork belly, minced pork and the ones with chicken curry…

NH kompia & curry

Needless to say, the two of them loved ALL of them and they liked the Horlicks Godzilla (drink) that came with the set too!

Chan & missus

That night, there was a massive traffic jam owing to some very grand function at the hotel where they were staying so the most convenient place to take them for dinner would be here at this cafe – which is located right behind the majestic hotel building. If you click the link to the post, you will see all the things that we had which, of course, would naturally be the case as I wanted them to try nothing but the best at the cafe. It certainly was not the right time to try anything new in case we ended up disappointed.

And guess what! My friend brought me this – the beef noodle soup all the way from Jalan Ipoh in KL…

Jalan Ipoh beef noodle soup

This is probably the place where he got it from.

Was it good? Well, I would say that it was nicer than the one from Menggatal in KK, Sabah and according to him, he knows of at least three beef noodle places in Jalan Petaling in KL and two are different – with salted vegetables and he is not too crazy over those. Hmmmm…I think that would be the same recipe as the one from Menggatal as it did taste to me like salted vegetable soup, quite unlike the beef noodle soup that I’m more accustomed to.

This place is just as generous as the one at Menggatal when it comes to the huge chunks of meat…

Jalan Ipoh beef noodles - meat

…and all the things inside but when it comes to the chili dip, I would say that Menggatal wins hands down…

JalanIpoh beef noodles - chili dip

The one here is nice but lacks the kick – it is not as fiery and spicy as those from KK.

All in all, I still think that the bottom line is the taste and where that is concerned, Kah HeongΒ still gets my vote.

Author: suituapui

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

47 thoughts on “Stranger in paradise…”

  1. The Kompia looks heavenly!! I haven’t had a decent one for years. I think the best one I had would still be in Sibu…. I remember it being a kopitiam setup at someone’s house….

    Oh, that one! I did drive my friend and his wife past that house…just to show them ALL the cars lined up beside the road for a fair idea as to the crowd inside. Personally, I do not like kompia soaked in soy sauce gravy like that…and the old lady is not the friendliest person I know so I would avoid dropping by. Besides, I know where she gets her supply of kompias – the one I usually go to…so I can just go there and get the same anytime.

  2. Kompia reminds me of Quay po, she said she might making fresh kompia soon but dunno when. I wish to try some.

    Oh? Is she going to set up a charcoal stove too, something like the tandoori ones? That will make a world of difference. We have the oven-baked ones here…and in the other towns around but they’re not as good, of course.

  3. I certainly dig that Kompia! I ll take it with whatever sauce or meat it comes.. haha…always love the fact that ppl always bring you loads of food… hehehe πŸ™‚

    Yes, I do not have to worry about not having anything to eat. Everybody loves to feed me. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  4. wow, horlicks godzilla?? i like that by just even reading its name!! hahaha.. reminds me of how long i have not had horlicks already.. 😦

    That’s our “extended” version of your Dinosaurs at places like Pappa Rich – with a scoop of ice cream added. Everyone who tried that loved it!

  5. the kompia looks very very yummy, i want to try that!! but from the photo, it seems like his missus finds it rather oily?? hahaha, just from that angle and her expression~~ πŸ˜€

    Nope, the pork belly one had not come out yet at the time.

    That was her first piece – with minced meat. She must have been scrutinising it and after that, she went on to praise how they could deep fry it to become nice and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and how it was not soggy and oily etc…etc…etc… – she said she had never had it that way before and she loved it.

    She loved it with the curry as well and needless to say, she loved the pork belly one best except that she did not eat the layers of fat – the hubby had the pleasure of enjoying that! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  6. OMG, is it now a trend to tapao soupy things and go interstate in an aeroplane?? hahahaha πŸ˜€

    Now that everyone knows how to go about it… LOL!!!

  7. Arthur …you’re so well known for your hospitality…I’m impressed… for it is a gift that not many have!

    I would think everybody’s like that, all wonderfully friendly and hospitable and I’m glad to have met so many of them over the years but of course there are people who would prefer to keep their distance and stay as anonymous virtual friends and some who would like to keep everything confidential. It takes all kinds to make the world, I guess…

  8. The kompia is calling my name!!!! Good choice to bring them to Payung as I still feel that there is no other place where you can get similar dishes in terms of originality. Did you bring them to Ruby too?

    I thought I would save the best for last – take them there on their last night here and not on the first so they would not be disappointed with everything else after that. Ruby? Well, stay tuned…and you will find out soon enough. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  9. Nice! I’m with Shereen, I’m missing the kompia too! πŸ™‚

    You’re a really good food directory and tour guide, awesome choices there, and I still remember you recommending the good places to me. Heh.

    They’re certainly in good hands! πŸ™‚

    You would be too…when you’re back here. πŸ˜‰

  10. Oh…see kompia again here. Arthur, you probably won’t believe. I hv been making kompia every week! That’s cos I don’t want to suffer when I visit your blog…LOL. See…I am right! πŸ˜€ So far, my kompia is actually quite successful now. Definitely the one and only one here in Scotland, or even UK…hehe

    You can go to the tandoori place in the neighbourhood to borrow their oven to bake your kompias. Then it will be exactly like the real thing and you would not be missing it anymore. LOL!!!

  11. So…they went to meet up with you!! See, you are so popular now..everyone wants to go visit Sibu… good food, great hospitality… come come …or go to Sibu!! LOL…

    Yes, yes… Come one, come all. When are you coming again? Cheap fares on MAS right now – MATTA Fair, booking open till 18th, I think.

  12. Kompia seems interesting and delicious. I have never eaten these before. Your friends had a good trip I see, with all the yummy makan places you took them to.

    Why don’t you plan a trip here? Ask all of those who have been here before – you will not regret it, I’m sure!!! πŸ˜‰

  13. Wow…you have turned into a tour/food guide now :p well it is nice to meet up with other bloggers and this is the first time I heard of Tunku Chan πŸ™‚ and he brought you the beef noodles all the way from KL wow…it must taste extra good leh since he can carry it all the way to Sibu for you. You are very much loved eh. Can you drop me your hse address to my email address – Have something to send to you πŸ™‚

    I love it! I enjoy having visitors – I enjoy the company and and taking them around to enjoy the best we have to offer. Ummm…what do you intend to send? Poslaju is VERY expensive – I just sent a packet or two of sambal laksa to Kedah and it cost almost RM20.00 – as expensive as the contents, in fact. It just isn’t worth it… Wait till I go over to Ipoh…or till you come to Sibu. Thanks for the thought, anyway – that’s all that counts.

    1. I wanted to send you the Ipoh salted Chicken spices in a packet. I cant send you the fresh chicken la. I gave quay po and the other bloggers and Ping Khor says nice wor. So I thought I want to send to you so that you can bake your own Ipoh Salted chicken :p Dont worry about the cost of post laju. Just send me the address…OKay? If it is too pricey then I wait for you to come Ipoh hahaha πŸ™‚

      Ok… Will do that then. Thanks.

  14. Kompia with curry is like WOW! I love eating bread with curry so I’m sure this is BOMB!!

    No plans to hop over here anytime soon? Come, come! You will not regret it, I tell you… You’ll love it here…like everyone else who came before! πŸ˜‰

  15. i dare to say, kah hiong serves one of the best beef noodles in malaysia. πŸ™‚ walao, kompia looks very sinful! have you tried the cheese baked stuff at noodle house?

    Nope. They just introduced that last week. I have not tried their cheese chicken kompia either – they tell me it isn’t that great and at that price, we might as well make our own at home – cheaper and nicer. I think it’s RM7.80 for three… 😦

  16. I like the kompia with the chicken curry.. looks so delicious..
    normally I have the fried mantou deep with the hot & spicy crabs…

    So when are you coming? Just talk only!!! See…people never said anything and they’ve already come and gone… Quick! Book your tickets and come on over…

  17. You might consider a new career – foodie tour guide! πŸ™‚ Sign me up please.

    You wanna be a guide too or you wanna come over? When? When? Just let me know. Always welcome… πŸ™‚

  18. The kompai looks good..

    You haven’t been there? You haven’t been to Noodle House? Good grief! You’re in Sibu wor… Probably very few around who have not been there – always very packed and crowded, that place.

  19. Waahhhh…many types of kompia. And I see the size is quite big too. Though I don’t quite fancy kompia..but I would love to try the above. I wonder Horlicks Godzilla will be similar to Milo dinosaur or not …..

    They have the Dinosaurs here too, Milo or Horlicks…just take your pick – the Godzillas have a scoop of ice cream added. Those who had that before loved it – said it is richer, creamier, nicer….and they’re so cheap. RM4.90 or 5.90, I can’t remember now. They say a Dinosaur at PappaRich is 8 or 9.90. I’m not crazy about kompia either…but THESE, I LIKE!!!! Nom! Nom! Nom! Nom!

  20. Wow, another round of beef noodles soup. I like that huge chunk of meat. And always, kompia is a must to have if you visit Sibu. Yummy!!!!…

    Of course. That why I call it a WARM kompia welcome to Sibu… πŸ˜‰

  21. I have been to Kuching once. A that time, i didn’t there is such food called Kompia and Kampua. Otherwise, I should have tasted them. They always look tempting to me. Besides, I was impressed by your hospitality that I have been read from other blogs.

    Now how long ago was that? These days, Kuching is infested with Foochows…and kampua & kompia would be available at a number of places. I’m in Sibu, predominantly Foochow here. Any plans to hop over soon? πŸ˜‰

    Btw, welcome, welcome… Thanks for dropping by – will link you in my blogroll.

  22. wah those kompia looks good and now my stomach is grumbling! πŸ™‚

    Grab a burger or a sandwich…or maybe a bagel. You would not be able to get this where you are right now…😦

  23. Kompia kompia!! How i wish i can have it now for lunch, kompia with minced meat and go with coffee..

    Wow..he is your blog reader too? tsk tsk tsk ..getting famous, now everyone who go to Sibu for the first time, must contact you and they know you will bring them to the place that serve the best food.

    No lah…not many will come to Sibu – small, boring dead town… So glad that a few are willing to risk it and hop over. Must give them nothing but the best during their short stay here. Come! You text me your mailing address and I post some kompia to you…

  24. I just came back from lunch, and this kompia is making me hungry again…summore this came with chicken curry – my favorite πŸ™‚

    Hahhh!!! You don’t know what you’re missing! Best lah!!! Yum! Yum!

  25. Great choice of song title, so appropriate – “…stranger in paradise ( Sibu πŸ™‚ ), all lost in a wonderland (Sibu πŸ™‚ ). I like the Tony Bennett version.

    Gosh!!! You ARE old! Muahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€ But with me around, tell everybody that they need be…a stranger no more! πŸ˜‰

  26. As usual, you’re super friendly and nice!! No wonder everyone wants to come to Sibu to visit you! hehe you should be made the official Ambassador of Sibu! πŸ™‚

    No lah…I’m just a simple man, what you see is what you get. Maybe most people feel comfortable with that… πŸ˜‰

  27. curry chicken Kompiah is okay la but the pork belly kompiah baru sedap

    They must have read my comments and changed the recipe or ingredients. This time around, the curry is pretty good! Much nicer than before. I wouldn’t mind ordering that now.

  28. Strangers in the night slurping Menggatal
    Kampua-ing the night Godzilla’s nakal
    You’d be sharing food before the night was through..haha

    LOL!!! I thought it should be…exchanging trousers, wondering what’s inside… πŸ˜‰

  29. Yup. Noodle House is a definite fav! I’d take ppl there too. esp HOT CHICKS! If I can find one who will go out with a penniless me….

    Lots there… Go and pick one! A place where many young people like to hang out… You penniless? In your pockets perhaps…all stashed up in the bank. Opened your Swiss account yet?

  30. Yup, we certainly loved it all, came back to KL with an extra kilo around the waist in fact. Both of us, haha! Yes, this is the place where I bought the beef. Glad you enjoyed it too!

    Yes, I got a link too and that’s the place. Sure to happen – anyone coming to Sibu will put on weight – now it’s no wonder at all that I’m this shape and size eh? Hehehehehehe!!!!

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