This is probably one of the oldest and the longest surviving hotel in Sibu that is still under the same management since when it first started. It still looks the same on the outside – old school design and all but they have renovated and refurbished the lobby and the cafe and it certainly looks a whole lot nicer now…

LiHua Sibu

I understand that they have done the same with the rooms but I did not get the chance to go and have a look so I cannot comment on that. For one thing, the rates are dirt cheap – RM50 for a standard single and RM65 for a deluxe…more or less like what they have in their sister hotel in town…and yes, papakucing, they do have a lift in this one!

Another thing that has not changed is the eat-all-you-can buffet dinner there on Saturday nights. The last time I was there was in June, 2008 with Huai Bin and some other blogger-friends and it was priced at RM10.00++ then…and believe it or not, it is still that same price to this very day. O.k…if you insist, it is 10 sen more now since they have raised the 5% government tax to 6% and with the 10% service charge, one would have to fork out RM11.60 altogether (approximately AUD3.60 or NZ$4.60…Hehehehehe!!!).

I was there last Saturday night and I would say that the mee mamak or noodles, fried Malay style, was just as nice as before…

Fried noodles

…and the chicken curry too…

Chicken curry

I was kind of disappointed that they did not have the Sarawak masak hitamΒ beef or chicken as theirs used to be the best in town, I wouldn’t know now.

The fried chicken was very nice as well…

Fried chicken

…and even though the fish fillet seemed very popular, I did not help myself to any. I think those would be the breadcrumb coated ones that one can easily buy at any supermarket in town and deep-fry at home.

I did not take the mixed vegetables either…

Mixed veg & long beans

That looked a bit too watery for my liking and I did not feel like having any long beans either.

The tofu was nice…and the fish in fermented beans was not too bad either.

Tofu and fish

They also had another fish dish (to the left of the curry) which was quite good as well and one could have rice too (beside the noodles) to go with all the above.

For dessert, there were some fruits and black jelly…

Dessert & fruits

…and there was free flow of orange cordial, Chinese tea or plain water.

This was what I had for my first helping…

1st helping

…and don’t bother asking how many rounds I had. Ask no questions and I’ll tell no lies! LOL!!! The best part, of course, would be the fact that you can dine in the very pleasant surroundings and air-conditioned comfort and you can sit and chat for as long as you like.

The buffet dinner starts at 7.00 p.m. but I would advise anyone who is interested in going to drop by a little bit early, say at around 6.45 p.m. – they do not seem very prompt in refilling, if at all…and as you can see from the photographs above, some people believe in jumping the gun and sapoo-ing a whole lot of what is served. As a matter of fact, I was there on the dot – at 7.00 p.m. and there were only a few people around – less than half a dozen, I’m sure…but look at the total damage done. Tsk! Tsk!

Other than that, parking in the vicinity can be quite a pain…especially on draw nights but if you just wait awhile, you should be able to grab a space easily when a punter drives off after having made all his or her bets at the row of lottery shops down the road.

Author: suituapui

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32 thoughts on “Survivor…”

  1. 10 buck for a buffet? O.o bur of course limited food variety…but from your picha, the food looks pretty decent… and it’s definitely value for money!

    Don’t expect the whole works as in the usual 5-star hotel buffet. After all, it’s RM10 only and the food is nice and the place too. Can’t ask for more!

  2. wow, they still charge RM10 for the buffet dinner after so many years without increasing the price?? but are they serving the same old thing, the same old taste as it was before?? i don’t mind forking RM11.60 to give it a try…

    I think they rotate, not the same recipes every week…like they used to have masak hitam, they had curry instead that night and I remember their sweet and sour fish fillet was very nice but they had that with fermented beans instead this time around. You go and have a glass of Chinese tea at a coffee shop – that one already how much, these days… RM11.60 is definitely cheap and you can eat all you can…plus the food’s quite good too. πŸ˜‰

  3. how can that be?? RM10 for buffet?? even an ala carte probably something like your first helping at some kopitiam chain is charging more than RM10 already..

    Ya…try the nasi kandar places and see what you would have to pay for that. Got fish some more – see that big slice, I had? πŸ˜‰

  4. RM10 and you can eat as much as you want? That’s quite worth it. No wonder some people sapoo-ing the food. Hehe. πŸ˜€

    That, of course, is evidence enough that what they serve here is quite good, nice enough to enjoy. Definitely value for money! πŸ˜‰

  5. My gosh…that’s cheap for all those delicious looking food. Can’t believe you can eat all you can! I really miss a good mee mamak. I’m still trying to learn how to cook it πŸ˜€

    That would be around Β£2.5. I remember I went to one buffet lunch at a Chinese restaurant in London, the place was packed! Β£2 only…and they had the 4 C’s – Char mee, Char mee – Singapore style, Char mihun and Char pui (rice). No Char kway teow though. Thank goodness they also had fried chicken wings so I ate a whole lot of those. The fried stuff, all quite tasteless, I’m afraid. It certainly was an experience…and that made me appreciate what we have here a lot more.

  6. Gosh! That cheap? You are not kidding, are you? Chap fan in KL pun not that cheap. When we were in KL in July, J took some lauks ( a spoonful at the most ), don’t even have chicken or prawns or sotong, and only about 3/4 full already cost me about RM 15! Hokkien mee in KLIA is RM 25 and don’t get me going on cakes etc! The food selection is not bad at all and you can’t even complain if the food is delicious or not at that price!!! I’m very impressed πŸ™‚

    KLIA, no need to say lah! Nothing is cheap there. Maybe the KL people saw you so bergaya, designer bag and all…must be very rich so they sharpened their knives till real sharp. Muahahahaha!!!! I’m not sure but I think it is because it is a hotel with its own cafe/coffee house (and restaurant for private functions on the 1st Floor) so they have to order the food and they would like to finish all their stock every week so they would be able to order fresh supplies.

    During one economic recession many years ago, one starred hotel ran this eat-all-you-can high tea from 11.00 till 4.00 at RM10 per head…and the place was packed – they had to put tables in the lobby, the lounge and all. The manager said if they could have 30 people, anything beyond that would be profit already…so maybe this is their business strategy to earn something instead of just throwing all that food away.

  7. OMG That’s really dirt cheap for buffet! I remember last year, Grand Kampar Hotel in Kampar (my hometown) had a Sunday brunch buffet at RM13++ and I thought that was super cheap already. This is even cheaper!! Impressive! And Grand Kampar had since stopped the buffet early this year, maybe they’re losing money. LOL! I am drooling at the mee mamak!

    Ahhhhh!!!! Kampar – home to the very nice and fragrant chicken biscuit, handmade with finger imprints and all. Love those…but not cheap, one packet only a few pieces. RM13++ is also cheap – the next “cheap” one here at another hotel is RM25++ already. 😦

    1. Yea the chicken biscuit! Funny how I never really liked those even though I come from there. I usually bought them for colleagues or friends!

      PS: How come you couldn’t see the comment box in my latest post? Perhaps you didn’t scroll down right to the bottom of it? Hehe

      Ok, will try again. Those chicken biscuits – my missus’ favourite! I guess it’s like our kompia… Not really a fan unless it is filled with come nice stuff. πŸ˜‰

  8. Only RM10.00 for a buffet dinner???? Incredulous! Even though I can see that the variety is limited, still it was good decent food. If me and my family (we are big eaters) were to dine there, the hotel will really lose money and we will be banned from dining there πŸ™‚ Our photos will be pasted at the entrance with the words “Persona Non Grata” πŸ™‚

    Hahahahaha!!!! I had a “few” rounds…so hopefully, should I drop by again, I will not see my photo on the entrance door! πŸ˜€

  9. For just RM10!! Oh gosh.. can go there almost every week!! haahaaa… Yes, Malaysians have this “kiasuness” also.. must take lots, scared no more.. normally I take little bit by bit..if i take a lot, i sure dont feel like eating one.. πŸ™‚

    Yalor…rather shy sometimes to look at their behaviour. Some people really know no shame…and worse if they do not finish all the food they have taken. Saw that at breakfast at a 5-star hotel in Kuching – all the buns taken but left uneaten on their plates…and everything else.

    At one hotel here, they even have to put up a sign: “Sharing will be charged accordingly!” They pay for one and everybody eats from the same plate. Eyewwwww!!!!! So malu lah, this kind of people. Are they uncivilised, uneducated or what?

  10. OMG, RM11.60 for this spread of buffet! Like Claire said, I can bring my whole family for buffet every week. Typical chinese kiasu-ness. It’s fine that they take that much, but sometimes they could not finish everything and left it on the table. That’s a a waste. I have seen this with my own eyes many times, not only in malaysia, but also overseas. That is the reason why now more restaurant are charging customers for leftover foods, especially those doing steamboat buffet.

    They should!!! Charge more to teach these people a lesson. Many places, it seems…they have the warning sign but at the end of the day, there does not seem to be any action taken. 😦

  11. speechless… RM11.60 for buffet??? the spread looked really decent for the food.. yes simple but if you are looking for food to fill, this buffet is pretty darn good I would say…

    Happy Friday! XD

    It is good, no question about that.

  12. Eat-all-you-can buffet dinner for RM10.00. Worth it. With this charge, they can still survive. So unlucky, no masak hitam that night. Your first helping is more than enough for me.

    Hmmmm…just like my missus! I would not bother to take her to a buffet. Waste of money, eats so little…and then says full already. Tsk! Tsk! 😦

  13. Cannot reconcile the facts of life. Bananaz is confused as not good in arithmetic. You posted earlier that a piece of cake alone cost RM7 and now this buffet in a hotel whack all you can at RM11.60.

    Yalor…the cake plus the drink, even more expensive than the dinner here with free flow of drinks some more so which do you think is a much wiser choice? πŸ˜‰

  14. Oh dear gotta say goodbye to ma fav curry, doctor’s advise no chillies no curry coz of bad cough with phlegm sobssss.

    Oh? It’s the weather, not so much the curry… A lot of people falling sick… 😦

  15. sounds like a decent place to stay if i’m ever in sibu. no, i don’t have any plans to visit, but if i ever do, you’ll be one of the first to know, heheh πŸ˜€

    Certainly looking forward to that… πŸ˜‰

  16. At that price, it must be the most popular buffet place in town. πŸ˜€

    Surprisingly, no! Maybe it is because there is no publicity, never advertised so most people would not know about it. Let’s see if their business will pick up after this…

  17. it’s all worth for the price you paid!!! Even I go chap-fan shop now also cost that much especially in a shopping mall!! and you are eating BUFFET?!

    Indeed…eat-all-you-can, unlimited helpings with dessert & fruits and free flow of cordial, Chinese tea or iced water! Just can’t ask for more for that kind of money!

  18. Haven’t been makaning at buffets since puasa month. ;p

    Shudders!!!! The cause of my first gout attack…and this year, all over RM100 at least – absolutely ridiculous!!! I wouldn’t be so stupid to spend all that money when I simply cannot eat so much.

  19. that buffet was really great every dish seems scrumptious

    well they wont last long if it wasn’t

    True, very true… I’m sure they would not bother to go through the trouble of having that if it had not been nice enough to draw some business to the place every Saturday night.

  20. RM11.60 buffet? Haiyoh, I thought a hotel in my hometown here serves the cheapest buffet at RM15 nett.Kalah already!

    Ya!!!! Sibu rocks!!! πŸ˜‰

    1. RM11.60 is a decent price to pay for buffet style dinner. What can we expect more? They have fish, chicken, noodles, desserts and drinks~ And it’s all-you-can-eat!

      Yalor…can’t complain! Real good deal, I would say! πŸ™‚

  21. Not related here but a comment I posted in HappySurfer’s blog..”STP think you are not the mozzarella cheese but very likely Malascheese instead” hahaha

    Those quizzes are for fun only lah…all bluff one, so malas want to click and try.

  22. There used to be a restaurant here charging A$10.00 for eat-as-much… We walked in and out within seconds, haha! That bad it was. No wonder they went kaput so quickly. I’d happy with just the curry and noodles, looks good.

    Like the Β£2 buffet I had in London many many years ago… Oooo…AUD10.00, here can go to better hotel for even nicer buffet lor… πŸ˜‰

  23. So cheap? But yea, variety are limited.. But then again like you say, cant complain much already la~
    Have a fabulous weekend!

    Don’t usually have that many dishes when having own-cooked dinner at home, I’m sure…and really no point paying through your nose for one of those three-figure extravagant buffets where most of the things you can’t eat owing to health reasons or you don’t like or lack of tummy space. Such a silly waste of money – perhaps people go for the snob appeal – just to show off…and flaunt their wealth!

  24. The Bintulu’s Li Hua has also been there forever. I’ve stayed at Sibu’s Li Hua couple of times before but didn’t know about this buffet! Oh… my mum once told me that this place may be haunted, have you heard anything like this? Hehehehe

    Yup, the same owner…that Bintulu one. I’ve heard the rumour too but then again, I’ve also heard the same about hotels in KK, Miri, Kuching and even Bintulu. I think there’s a pretty new one in Bintulu – they even have a video on it being haunted or something. I was staying in a 5-star one in Kuching…and on the last night, I heard a rumour about certain floors in that hotel and I was on one of those floors…and despite having slept very well the previous nights, that night, I could not sleep at all…and had all kinds of nightmares. Tsk! Tsk! LOL!!!

  25. Li Hua Hotel!!! Yes, that is the oldest hotel!! I remember I went there for dim sum when I am still very young, and I love their char siew pau a lot, not sure are they still serve dim sum now.

    RM10 for buffet dinner ?? Wow wow wow!!! That is really really cheap!!!

    Never heard of them having dim sum before…and definitely not now. Yup, it’s cheap, eh? Nice pleasant place too.

  26. I remember this very well! πŸ˜€

    Last time they don’t refill right? I meant, if the food goes, it’s all gone. Do they refill it now?

    I remember the ayam masak hitam you recommended.

    Good to hear the price has only increased by 10 cents over 4 years. Haha! πŸ™‚

    Ya…and they only did so after we made a lot of noise about it. I’ve linked your post on that night we went there together. I did see a guy doing a bit of refilling…but not much, I would say. Better play safe and go early than depend on them to replenish whatever runs out…

  27. i think papakucing would like a closer look at the girl in the sexy jean short …:p(1st photo)

    RM10 not bad la…those not much choice from the look of it but how much can we eat any way..right?

    Yalor…just a few things enough but must be very very nice, then would be really worth it.

  28. wuah! πŸ™‚ didn’t know about the buffet at all!

    Now you do. Simple but nice and cheap! Worth dropping by if you don’t know what to eat and where to go…

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