Let’s go around the town…

Most of you would know from my previous posts that my friend, Ivan, was in town and since he was staying a bit longer this time around, I was able to take him to places that he had missed on his last visit to Sibu.

Of course, I had to take him to the Bukit Aup Jubilee Park and he loved the place – very nice, very clean and very well-maintained, he said…

A touch of ethnic culture

…and he enjoyed feeding the fish there…

Ivan in the park

Being young and energetic, he went up the hill and when he came down, he showed me the photographs he took while he was up there including his panaromic shots of the bird’s eye view of Sibu town. It seems they have a lot more uphill and one would miss all that unless one walks up the steps all the way to the top. Ah well! I’ve seen the photos so I guess I can give it a  pass. Hehehehehehe!!!!!

After that, we drove to the other side of town to the Lanang Bridge and there, I spotted this restaurant…

ChuangYang Sibu

Everyone has been telling me about it and I have seen lots and lots of photographs that they have shared all this while on Facebook of the food that they ate there.

However, I never bothered to go there as it is out of the way – on the other side of town and for years, they were doing some construction works along the road to this place and at night, it would be dark and very dangerous with all the speeding 4WD’s and SUV’s. Well, the road is completed now – very nice, very smooth and I found out that they open for lunch from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and for dinner at 4.30 p.m. till 11.00 p.m. Hmmm…seeing that they open so early, I guess I can go there anytime for an early dinner before it gets too late and too dark to venture in that direction.

They have lots of photographs on the wall of celebrities who had visited the restaurant. I do not really know who they all are but I know this lady – Lai Meng, I think her name is…

Celebrities @ ChuangYang 1

…and I hear the guy on the right in the photograph below is a well-known foodie with a string of food shows on tv to his name…

Celebrities @ ChuangYang

…but I simply MUST share the aforementioned photograph as in it, you can see the celebrated, though infamously expensive, freshwater fish from upriver in Kapit or beyond – the empurau. Believe you me, it is worth its weight in gold and the huge one in the photograph must have cost a fortune.

They have live fish here…

Fish alive

…so I guess that would be an indication that what ends up on your table would be very fresh.

This is what I thought was the tapah…

Tapah

…which is very nice and more affordable (though not exactly cheap) than the empurau and in most restaurants here, this is what you will get if you order steamed fish for your dinner. I hear there are two types – the freshwater river one which is a whole lot superior to the ones they catch in the sea. However, somebody commented and said that it was the belida which makes very good fish balls. Thanks, Joe, for pointing that out – I’m not so good with fish, names and all…

Well, what did we have for lunch there that day? You will have to come back tomorrow to find out… LOL!!!