Take me somewhere nice…

Language is quintessentially a spoken thing. On paper, at best, one would be able to make use of punctuation marks to convey one’s intended meaning. For example, “How nice?” with a question mark may be a request for opinion as to how nice a place or something is. With an exclamation mark, “How nice!” could be an exclamation of delight but in writing, one does not have the tone that may actually convey a message to the contrary. Spoken with sarcasm and disgust or contempt, it may mean that the subject in question is really not nice at all.

Thus, when you drop by this cafe here in Sibu…

How Nice, Sibu

…you may be asking yourself the question, “How nice?”

Well, Melissa had the hung ngang (big mihun) served in the traditional Foochow-style chicken soup cooked with red wine and ginger (RM5.00)…

HungNgang in chicken soup

…with one poached egg in it and she thought it was nice.

I had mee suaΒ (RM5.00)…

Foochow mee sua

…in the same soup but the egg in mine was hard-boiled and I also felt that mine was nice as well though I would not say it is the best in town. Still, I would not mind ordering that again should I happen to drop by here on another occasion.

I suppose I probably would come again soon enough as I loved the popiah (RM2.50 each)…

Popiah 1

It wasn’t exactly like how I would make them at home but I thought it was very nice, a lot nicer than what we can get anywhere else here in Sibu…

Popiah 2

…and it would definitely be a whole lot easier to just buy one or two to eat instead of going through all that hassle to make one’s own.

I wouldn’t say the same about the cendol though…


No doubt, when it is served, one would probably exclaim out loud, “How nice!” for it does look good, that I simply cannot deny. Unfortunately, it was not lemak (rich with santan or coconut milk) at all and there wasn’t any gula MelakaΒ in it or if there was, I could hardly detect any hint of it. But to be fair, it tasted all right, just a little too strong with the rose essence and nothing like what cendol usually is.

My missus had the fried pek koi (rice cakes) with canned clams in soy sauce (RM4.00)…

Fried pek koi

…and it was really very good. We all tasted a bit of it and Melissa loved it a lot – especially those teeny-weeny clams.

So from our personal point of view, the popiah and the fried pek koi with canned clams were very nice and we would not hesitate to have those again while the mee sua and hung ngang were pretty nice as well. That was how nice we thought this place was…and if anyone’s interested, it is along Wong King Huo Road to the RIGHT of Medan Mall (not the left, where Courts Mammoth is), the block on the far end of the area with the back of this block of shophouses facing Tong Sang Road.

Author: suituapui

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

43 thoughts on “Take me somewhere nice…”

  1. How nice!.. especially the popiah * drooling*. I think the cendol tu is not a cendol kot but maybe a variation of a Vietnamese dessert Ce Ba Mau/ Traffic Light.You know, this Jakun woman tak pernah makan that pek koi thingy although I’ve seen many Asian supermarket here selling them. What’s the taste like, ah? Like bee hoon kueh?

    It’s like a very thick version of kway teow, not like mihun…but personally, I prefer kway teow. Melissa loves pek koi a lot. Come, come…I’ll make sure you get to try this when you come to Sibu. Nice, very nice… πŸ˜‰ The cendol…I thought was like ABC, definitely nothing like cendol…and I did not want to mention in the post – in the menu, it says “cendol Melaka”. Apuuuuuuuuu…..Blush! Blush! Fail big time one! 😦

  2. The cendol looks tempting. But after reading your opinion on it, I made a second thought.
    Is it the ‘pek koi’ people always use to make ‘Char kueh’? Am I pronounce it correctly? hehe

    I don’t think so. That would be Chinese-fried (white) carrot/radish cake, I think. These pek koi are rice cakes – sold in plastic packs. In the past, you would have to soak it overnight to soften it but I hear they have a brand now where you need not have to soak it for so long – I hear they have it at Ta Kiong. You can fry it with prawns and egg and taugeh like char kway teow, also nice that way. Ya…the cendol gets my thumbs down, I’m afraid. Btw, when you were home in Sibu, did you try the Maharaja cendol at Kpg Nangka? Any good? I would love to give it a try but it seems to be closed all day – maybe it only opens at night.

  3. Shall take you to the moon? haha How Nice? Yeah nice.

    How nice! *now you will have to guess my tone when I say that about this comment of yours!* LOL!!!!

  4. Whoa always love poached eggs, its a must for Bananaz to have them in clay pot noodles, pan mee, and anything else in soup. If they allow me would also request to add in my wan ton soup haha.

    Eyewwww!!!! Reminds me of a friend who would have an egg added to his piping hot Quaker oats porridge (sweet)!!!

  5. Why your gingko flattened one haha.Just kidding pek koi can also mean gingko. Normally here we have them black color like the fat noodles style. Interesting to have them white. Eh what’s that all over on the popiah? Presume not kacang eh?

    Dunno what you’re babbling about. Pek koi in Hokkien means white cake. Ya…normally we have them black too – because of the soy sauce – those cakes are white! This one isn’t black as they just used the soy sauce in the canned clams…and yes, that’s kacang! Normally, when I make mine, I would sprinkle it inside and wrap. Quite a waste having it outside actually – cannot eat up all of it as too lazy to pick up all those small small bits.

    1. In Penang when we say pek koi it means gingko and those flat noodles do not exist there, even in KL very few places have them. First time in KL had dinner with colleagues and she ordered char pek koi and I was wondering how will the taste be as I was thinking of gingko. When the dish arrived was searching high & low for those gingkoes and they had a good laugh.

      Ah yes!!!! I think this is a Foochow dish, not available at most places. So you have this in KL then? Not exactly my favourite but I don’t mind eating it sometimes.

  6. Soli no cendul for me lau lang cannot handle cold stuff

    My! My! And to think you are about my age!!! I guess you must be really healthy…with all the pantangs. πŸ˜‰

  7. i don’t like those cendol nowadays that is added with so many funny things, like what’s in your photo.. i still prefer the very traditional type, just the cendol itself or probably with just red beans added, but no other colorful things..

    oh yeah, that fried rice cake looks good with the tiny little clams in it.. seldom have this kind easily available here, and most of them are fried with dark soy sauce, this white one looks more appetizing..

    It was very nice, my missus and daughter loved it…a lot! Ya…me too! Nothing but the traditional cendol for me rich with thick creamy santan and gula melaka! Yummmm!!!!!

  8. How nice! Showing us a new place for food in Sibu. In written communication, punctuation marks make or break the tone or context it’s trying to convey. Great sharing, STP! Good morning from Kuala Lumpur!

    Morning. I will go and check out the new places in town or those that I have not been to and will share with everyone if there is anything nice and worth going for… Something like a Sibu food directory. πŸ˜‰

  9. I would love to try the pek koi… can’t get it here in Ipoh.. and the popiah looks different from here too… this morning I ended up taking Indian food.. capati and tosai, one each and now I feel bloated.. hahahaa…

    Maybe they have it in Sitiawan – Foochow delicacy. Yes, our popiah is different – not the type where they cook the sengkuang in oyster sauce till very mushy – not crazy about those. This one here is more like how we do it ourselves at home.

  10. ** Wouldn’t it be nice ** if that cendol had been nice coz then your lunch date with your girls would have been perfect πŸ˜‰ Love, love popiah – the ones we had in Penang earlier this year was okay only.

    Yup, those in KL too – not really our style…with the mushy brown-coloured sengkuang and all. Not bad, just that I prefer the way we do it at home. We have cendol that is not bad here, not great…but pretty ok, just not at this shop…will have to go elsewhere for that.

  11. Mmm the popiah looks special to me!
    Overall I love all the food you posted in this post…… πŸ˜‰

    All nice…except the cendol – not what I would love, unfortunately. 😦

  12. the popiah looks good le..
    I like the crush peanuts on top…

    Not how I like it, we wrap it inside…so can enjoy the peanut flavour while eating. This one, it will drop off so would have to scoop some of it and put inside the popiah before biting. Better for presentation, I guess…but when it comes to food, appearance is not all that is important.

  13. All looks great. How nice if I can have that bowl of mee sua during this cold morning. Love the popiah with generous amount of crushed peanuts. Never have pek koi before . The cendol would taste like heavean if they have used gula melaka. Yummmy!!…

    Cold? Very hot here…or rather, very sunny weather, not cold at all. No pek koi in Kuching? I am very sure they have, just that you do not know. That city is infested with Foochows, sure they have that somewhere!

    1. Haha….yaya…CNY…2 more months to go… πŸ™‚

      Time flies! Will be here in no time at all. Will get details from you when back from my daughter’s convo… One thing at a time – old man gets panicky and will mess everything up. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  14. What is pek koi? Haven’t heard of it nor seen it (I don’t go out much) and is it like mee hoon kueh? I love popiah, the ones you had do look very nice. I am very curious about Foochow red wine dishes. Haven’t had a chance to try yet. Looks like they are stingy with the coconut milk and gula Melaka for the cendol. Would taste watered down.

    What’s mee hoon kueh? So many things here that you’ve never seen, much less tasted before. Should plan a trip here sometime… You’ll love it, I assure you!

    1. Sir,

      With Cantonese is the only dialect i sort of able to converse (marginal fail lah tu, Mandarin also border line fail) πŸ˜‰ I think what was being referred to as “bee/ mee hoon kuih”…. is your version of “pan mien”.

      I’ve seen & tasted pek koi before, over in Peninsular – home cooked. May be it is just me not being advanturous in eating out but i think pek koi is rare (if any at all)… as in not as common as kuey tiaw & all.

      As for the one i tasted long ago at home… all i can say is it heavily relies on the skill of the chef – for mastering the “doneness” is quite tricky ie: it could be a pile of goo outside but the center still not/ half cooked due to its thickness. For the same reason nipping the “just right” taste is also kind of tricky, in my opinion.

      Nope. It’s not pan mien. It’s Chinese white rice cakes. Here’s a photo of it uncooked…still in the packet:

      …and it’s very true what you said about it being gooey outside and uncooked on the inside. That is why here, they would soak it overnight to make sure that it has softened completely before cooking. As for the taste, like everything else, it all depends on the individual who is cooking – no fixed recipe but most here would just fry with egg and a bit of minced meat or something…like fried kway teow. It is quite common here – maybe it is a Foochow delicacy and Sibu has a lot of Foochows.

      1. Sir,

        Ermmm…. pardon me for confusing you. The part on “bee/ mee hoon kuih” = your version of pan mien… Actually i was trying to explain what Shereen & Phong Hong thought pek koi is… which you tried to figure what they meant (My guessing, based on your reply to them). πŸ™‚

        Oh!!! I see. The comments appear in chronological order…so late comments will appear alongside those on later posts so it gets kind of confusing…especially for old people like me, can’t remember everything that well. But it is very clear now – the two can click the link to see the photograph and they will know jolly well it is not what they think it is.

  15. The popiah really looks good! Reminds me of the famous one from Ipoh old town (as in the actual old town, not the franchise. hehe) I’m certainly counting down to the days I’m back to eat all these local food!

    Hah!!!! Missing home, or at least, the food eh? Same thing with all those living overseas like you, I’m sure. 1st time going, not so bad…come back for a break, 2nd time going – sure will cry one… Muahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  16. I don’t like this type of chendol, it looks like ABC to me. But, I like the fried fish cakes, very special looking.

    They’re fried rice cakes or pek koi…not fish cakes. Ya, I thought so too – more like ABC which I am never fond of. 😦

  17. first time see fried pek koi cooked in that style.. i wanna go sibu again.. just for the food !! hahaha..

    Come! Come! When? And do make sure I am in town this time… πŸ˜‰

  18. How nice! The food is nice, the price is even nicer! I mean, it’s quite cheap for such presentable and tasty food, eh?

    And look at the generous amount of the crushed peanut on the popiah! Yum, yum~

    Yes, that was how nice it was! Worth going again, that’s for sure. πŸ˜‰

  19. nice food.. at least I’ve not tried most of the food you mentioned.. hehehe… shd go check airfare price now.. :p

    Come, come…would love to have you here. Just let me know when you’ll be coming and I’ll take it from here.. πŸ˜‰

  20. Wahhhh..the popiah filling is so generous. Love it. I also dowan to mess my kitchen to do my own popiah

    LOL!!! Come to Sibu again, I’ll hold popiah party! Mine is very nice too! Wink! Wink! πŸ˜‰

  21. great dishes as always suituapui, most especially that cendol
    anyways yeah its funny how punctuation marks makes a sentence differ from one another

    Yes…and it can change the meaning sometimes e.g. “Woman, without her man, is nothing” and “Woman, without her, man is nothing!”. πŸ˜‰

  22. oh how nice πŸ™‚

    yes…the mi suah looks nice that hung ngang . Portion also bigger.

    adui…popiah already RM2-50 each ah…..mahal liao.

    Not cheap but nice, ok lah…saves me the hassle of making myself. Others at the kuih stalls here, around RM1 something – RM1.50 like that…one bite, the rest throw away…not nice. That would be such a waste.

  23. Just by looking at the soup, I’m hungry already!!
    Now craving for it! XD

    Nice! Foochow-style traditional red wine chicken soup with lots of ginger. Lovely for cold days…and a must for women in confinement. πŸ˜‰

  24. The Foochow soup doesnt look like the normal red one… nice to know it taste good… however, I am eyeing the Fried Pek Koi with clams… slurp!! Interesting and my light bulb is going off in my head to make this … love Pek Koi + love clams = double love! πŸ™‚

    Should be easy to cook. Foochow cooking, very simple one… The soup looks pretty normal to me – the Foochow version over at your side looks different? Like our Hokkien dialect a bit different from Singapore…or Penang?

  25. The pek koi with canned clam is something new to me. It looks very good. Let me check with my brother who is working in Sitiawan. Perhaps he know something about it.

    Yes, lots of Foochows there…so maybe they have it there as well…or perhaps just pek koi fried with egg and whatever like char kway teow.

  26. how nice? very nice la! the popiah looks good. very near my home, too. πŸ™‚

    It’s very good, I would say…but RM2.50, not too sure about the prices in KL and Kuching. Wonder if that is a bit too expensive or not.

  27. OH…it is very nice!!! yummy!! Make me hungry now. I love Melissa’s “hung ngan” in chicken soup, so long i never have that and your bowl of mee suah! I am hungry hungry !

    Yes, cendol look so so only, still my ABC special, look more yummy.

    You lah… Holiday so long, don’t want to come back. All the things here waiting for you…calling out to you… Annie! Annie, come home!!! Hahahahahaha!!!!!!

  28. Mee Suah is always my favourite whether it is fried or served with soup. The poh piah looks delicious with sprinkled nuts. Something unique! This is the first time I see it being served with nuts.

    We have those nuts all the time but we wrap them inside with the filling. Adds to the fragrance and the taste – very nice and not the same at all without them!

  29. Hi, the mee suah look delicious, the popiah is so mouthwatering, the cendol so refreshing and the rice cake look appetizing. All the yummy food and I’m so hungry now. 😦

    Best regards.

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