No place like home…

Melissa did not like the roti canai she had at Sungai Petani in Kedah – she said it was tough and rubbery. I suppose she had that at the dilapidated make-shift food stalls right across the road from the entrance of the teacher-training institute where she was studying, the ones where the flies outnumber the customers…but they did not have a choice. The canteen in the institute was not all that reliable, I’m afraid. From what I hear, it is one of those what-you-see is what-you-get kind of business enterprise and unfortunately, what you would see and get is not quite appetising and to make matters worse, you can’t order anything on the menu – most of time, they will say it is not available.

So never mind the adverse situation and conditions, the trainees had no choice but to eat at those stalls opposite but to do that, they would have to cross the road and despite the presence of traffic lights, it would be a matter of life and death to walk over to the other side. In an earlier post, I mentioned that one of my daughter’s coursemates was run down by a speeding motorcyclist who did not bother to stop even though the lights were red…and this accident was in fact not an isolated case. I wonder why the college authorities could not get the town council people to put bumps on the road to prevent speeding or build an overhead bridge since the trainees (and the staff) go across to eat every day!

Anyway, back to the roti canai, she loved the ones here

Roti canai

…and the roti bawang (with onions) was very good as well…

Roti bawang

…and the dhall dip was richly thick and spicy and as nice as ever.

My missus had the Foochow-style fried noodles (RM3.00)…

Foochow fried noodles

…from the chu-char (cook-fry) place at the back and she said it was very good.

I had the zhajiang mien (RM3.50)…

Zhajiang noodles

…from yet another stall in the coffee shop and though it was nice, I did not think it was anything sensational. I would probably opt for something else the next time I drop by.

I love the view from the stream at the back of this commercial area. One would be able to see the 28-storey Sanyan Building, the tallest in Sibu…

Wisma Sanyan Sibu

…and this is the ship-shaped Rejang Port Authority (RPA) Building…

RPA Building Sibu

Anybody planning to hop over to Sibu soon?

Author: suituapui

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

44 thoughts on “No place like home…”

  1. yup, me… next week

    A welcome change from your escargots, eh? Hehehehehehe!!!! Have a delightful stay, too bad I will be away at the time. Next time perhaps… πŸ˜‰

    1. yeah, too bad… contrary to popular beliefs, not everyone eat the so-called “escargots” here, but yes, it’ll be a welcome change in sibu.

      You can find nice ones here…and I enjoy eating those “chee-loi” or balitongs. Slurpssss!!!!!

  2. damn, tempting roti canai and such… ok ok, am going off to medan tmrw morning, go ‘sut’ mee pangsit first… heh heh heh….eh your page got snow leh…

    Ya, it always snows this time of the year! LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Poor thing! Save some tummy space for what I will be bringing, eh? πŸ˜‰

  3. Now that the invitation to Sibu is out…I’m sure you will find yourself very busy these coming days πŸ˜‰ From what I’ve seen so far…Sibu is a nice place to visit and the food is good. Drooling over that roti you’ve posted today πŸ™‚

    Far from it! Few are interested in coming this way – they’d rather go off to the neighbouring countries – Thailand, Indonesia…or up north to Hongkong, Taiwan, Korea or Japan even though it is much cheaper and perhaps even nicer coming here. People here are very nice too – me! Muahahahaha!!!!! πŸ˜€

  4. Reading this post just makes me miss home even more! And the food of course! LOL! Counting down the days to go back woohoo! The roti looks good! fluffy and flaky, just the way I like! πŸ˜€

    Bet you can get them there, no? Well, you can always get those in frozen packs at the supermarts – canai or pratha…complete with curry or dhall dip and fry your own. Use ghee or butter – will be more fragrant.

  5. Indian Roti Canai is still the best, πŸ™‚ So you’ll be away next week? Going for vacation?

    They have here, the Indian/mamak ones – not my favourite. I love the ones here best…and the ones at the stall at Bandong too. Yes, I’ll be away for a while – my daughter’s convo but I have all the scheduled posts lined up and will drop by to reply to comments whenever I can.

  6. My goodness…..I love every dish here! Arthur, visiting your blog always means being tortured….haha.

    Nahhh!!!! You can cook stuff a lot nicer than these… Wink! Wink! πŸ˜‰

  7. I was wondering about what you mentioned about asking the government to install speed bumps. Do people do that in Malaysia? – get together and ask for improvements such as a traffic light or speed bump?

    Why not? You mean you can’t make a request where you are?

    They put bumps everywhere here…on stretches of road where people tend to speed and in front of schools here, they have those yellow lines that have little bumps which will prevent people from speeding. I am sure if there have been a number of accident cases, they can get in touch with the town council or related authorities to put in a request. Of course people who like to speed or those who have very low cars, modified or original, hate those bumps…but they’re good for the general safety of all concerned!

    At least if the institute people have made the requests…and have the black and white to show, if nothing is done, any accident – they will be free from blame. The people concerned will have to answer instead.

  8. Aiyoh, roti canai!!! That got me drooling. Looks like I’ll have to make some soon.Don’t worry, I know you want egg Benedict..hehe.

    Wouldn’t want to go all the way and eat the things we have here…and more often than not, a whole lot nicer AND a whole lot cheaper some more. πŸ˜‰

  9. The roti canai looks good. Love those which are crispy. πŸ™‚ good morning!

    The ones here, good…but it’s the dhall dip that keeps pulling me back – so rich, so thick, so flavourful.

  10. I certainly wouldn’t mind visiting Sibu – the only problem is convincing my parents to let me off alone with enough money to sponsor my stay.

    P.S. There are a couple of shops having good roti canai here, e.g. Raju in Jln Gasing. =D

    Wah!!! So protective? Bring them along too! Sibu’s a nice place for a visit, no problem!

    I’m ok with the canai – some may be a bit nicer than others but it is the dip that I’m more particular about – some so watery, bits of dhall only…and at times, even a bit of long bean inside – I do not like those. Would rather have curry gravy instead if that is the kind of dhall dip that they have.

  11. Yeah, I’m coming back for CNY sooner! πŸ™‚

    The zhajiang mien looks really good, I thought it was kampua with minced meat on top before I read the Wiki entry you linked. Interesting stuff, didn’t know they had it in Sibu.

    Oh well, since it’s not that nice, we’ll go for something else. Gotta buy you dinner this time! πŸ™‚

    That’s in January. Would love to see you again, been quite awhile eh? πŸ˜‰ Yup…we’ll go for all the nice things here, will be my pleasure to goa round with you. πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah, it’s been a while since I was back! πŸ™‚

      It’ll be good to chill in Sibu again, nothing quite beats the feeling of home and I always count Sibu as my hometown (despite me being born there as an accident – went to live in Kuching for 7 years after, my sister was born in Kuching).

      See you soon buddy! πŸ˜€

      Ah yes! Your family was in Kuching for sometime…and Miri too, if I’m not mistaken. Yes, be right here waiting… See ya! πŸ˜‰

  12. Olala!!…I love all and being a noodle lover, my first choice would be the Foochow-style fried noodles and zhajiang mien. Lastly, will be roti canai.

    Me too but I would go for it once in a while for a change. Variety is the spice of life! πŸ˜‰

  13. Used to love going to one mamak roti canai in Subang Jaya if around that area but now the quality nose dived, no more crispy like those days

    Real sad when people do not bother to maintain the quality. I think Chinese stalls worse – they get those Indon or over there, the Myanmar and Bangla workers…and let them do all the work.

  14. I’m still saddened by the motorcycle incident 😦 Hate those speeding motorist!

    I remembered back in college I used to have roti canai EVERY night! That explains the extra kilos I had on me back then πŸ˜€

    You mean you were not so thin? Go! Go! Eat at least half a dozen roti canai every day… LOL!!!!

  15. Twin Corner, yes, the roti canai here is very good, very crispy.

    Is the malay makcik still there? Doing the fried kampua? I miss her fried kampua, it is good. Slurp.

    Didn’t really look around, dunno which one. One stall in front of the canai stall was open…and the haji guy’s stall – we tried his before but did not like…and he took ages to get a dish ready. Never again! I think there’s another Malay stall the other side – saw ayam penyet on the menu but not open – maybe it only opens at night.

  16. You are flying over to penisula, Arthur? When?
    I seldom take roti canai cos they put a lot of oil in between so that they wont stick.. I prefer capati and there are a few shops in Ipoh which make good and soft capati-s.. but I love to take roti canai telur… Yes, the Sibu one that you took us to has less oil… crispier too..

    Just transit one-night stops only to…and back. Actually roti canai, they soak the dough overnight in oil…and they use more oil when cooking so it is actually very unhealthy. Best not to eat too often.

  17. although simple, it really takes skill to make a good roti canai….when you visit, I will take you to Klang for roti canai… its so famous, ppl go there just for roti canai….

    wah.. still can get RM3 for a plate of noodles in Sibu… here is non exsistence! Both noodles looked good too… I also hope to visit Sibu soon… πŸ˜€

    Come, come…most welcome. Just let me know when you’re heading this way.

  18. wow so roti bawang has onions? well i bet i taste better with haha i mean i love onion i would want every dish to come with onions

    It’s a variation of the plain ones – you can request that they add anything you like – cheese, egg, sardine, beef…up to you!

  19. but i guess I would be focusing on that cook fry even more
    i mean with that sauce which seems to be so tasty
    and the veggies and perfect noodles
    i bet it sure taste good

    The cook fry stuff is not “halal”, not for Muslimes…so they would have to go for the roti…or some of the other stalls in that shop. Tried one once but the stuff we had wasn’t good – would not go for those again.

  20. I dislike thick dough roti canai!
    That zhajiang mien looks quite alike kolo mien ^_^

    I thought it looked like Hakka noodles – the ones I had in Seremban…taste more or less, that standard – just ok. Not sure if it was, but it was supposed to be fried.

  21. woot!! that roti canai looks good, i can see it’s crispy outside and fluffy soft inside.. but nowadays many shops are already pre-preparing their roti kosong and only heat them up slightly upon customer order.. i don’t like that, i prefer those that are made upon order, like the malay stall outside my house…

    Gosh!!! If like that, might as well buy those frozen ones from the supermart sand fry one’s own at home. 😦

    1. My cousin sister would request for a square roti canai kosong so the ma’cha most probably would have no choice but to make fresh ones for her. Pandai juga huh

      Aren’t they all square? Of course, they may go out of shape when they bang the sides together to loosen the layers…

      1. Not sure about Sibu here they are all round ones except for roti telur. Maybe they know many would try this trick to get fresh ones they make a few square ones on standby then back to square one.

        Well, ours are square – check the link in my reply to thammelissa’s comment.

      2. Never like the roti kosong potong-ed by them like in your pixz. Would love to tear it up and also with kuah banjir. Same goes for pan mee prefer those ‘tear-ones’ and not machine cut. Dunno much about cooking but hearsay even vegetables that are not cut by knife but torn by hand taste better. Sifu what say you?

        My daughter will not agree with you there. She would not use her hands to touch food, much less if that will get her hands all messy and dirty. Not like the father.

  22. roti canai, one of my all-time faves. i need it with thick, creamy dhal, with lotsa potatoes in the gravy! πŸ˜€

    Potatoes? The one here, we get all the mushy dhal, can seem some still whole but soft, in the gravy, very rich…and very spicy too! Very nice. Love it best this way.

  23. I dont like too those rubbery roti canai. Usually if i go mamak stall will ask them to make it crispy

    Ya, the type where you pull and it does not tear…exactly like rubber. 😦

  24. Wah STP, your blog is snowing! Christmas coming soon!! πŸ˜‰

    I love roti canai! Now you remind me, I must go buy tomorrow morning, kekeke…

    Gosh!!! Why do you people need to be reminded? Over your side, you see it all over… Here, quite a lot too but I’m not too sure how good they are. This one is very nice – double thumbs up!

  25. I hands up for roti canai!! Eat with sugar..also nice πŸ˜‰

    Not my favourite, nor with condensed milk. It has to be dhall or curry for me… πŸ˜‰

  26. My favourite sinful food, roti canai!! I can stuff myself greedily and feel guilty 30 minutes later, hahaha!

    Usually I’ll ask for fish curry – more spicier, more umph. Like bananaz said above, I, too prefer hand-tore roti and pour the kuah until banjir. Hence would opt to tapao home because I can eat whatever way I like, no lady-like manners.

    Aiyor…what sinful!!! Chinese people will always say eat is hock…good luck, good fortune!!!! Not a fan of fish curry if it’s tongkol – don’t like the smell. Otherwise, I’m fine with any curry.

  27. I’m not a fan of roti canai as I was told with disgusting stories when I am 13!!! but the one you having looks crispy and yummy!!

    LOL!!! You heard the one about not ordering and eating the ones made by the guy wearing a huge stone-studded ring? πŸ˜‰

  28. Oops. Hit reply prematurely. Nor does it look like the China version. They use the Kolok mee noodles?

    Dunno what they used – the saving grace was it did not taste like kampua or kolo mee. At first sight, I thought it would be kampua disguised as something else – at least, it tasted different…just that it did not taste all that great to me. 😦

  29. Hi, how are you? We are your friends from Kuala Lumpur. Tunku Chan & Peggy. Remember? We will be hopping over to Sibu again in sept. Looking forward to all the good food in Sibu. πŸ˜‹ Pls take us to this roti canai shop if you can. Oh, saliva drop πŸ’¦

    Sure, I remember! No problem at all… Do let me know the exact dates when the time draws near and the duration of your stay this time around. Will have to draw up an itinerary – will try not to go to places that you already went to the last time…unless you want a replay or rerun. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

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