Melissa’s good friend from Kemaman, Trengganu dropped by Sibu for one night…

Mel & friends

We took her and another coursemate of theirs and her friend from Bintangor here for lunch and all of us had their Penang fried kway teow

Red Carrot ckt

I thought it was kind of odd that they fried 3 plates first and the remaining 3 of us had to wait for quite a while to get ours. Perhaps they did not want to cook a whole lot at one go so that they would be able to maintain the quality and the taste. I did notice on their menu that they had deleted “Thai-style” from their Thai-style fried noodles – probably they read my comment in the earlier post regarding this.

After that, they all went over to my house while I rushed to Rejang Park to buy some kompia and chu-nu-miang. Nobody should leave town without trying these but instead of the usual 4 pieces for RM1, they were selling them at 3 for a ringgit only. They did say, however, that the usual price would resume after the Chinese New Year festive season. Tsk! Tsk!

Later, the two from Bintangor had to make their way back so after they had left, we went on a tour of Sibu – through the Malay and Melanau kampungs (villages) and to Sungai Merah (Red River) – the place where the earliest Foochow settlers landed…

At Sungai Merah

We were lucky as it was ebb tide and the water in the river flowing out from inland was indeed red in colour, true to its name.

There is this very old Chinese house in the vicinity…

Old Chinese house

– one of the very very few remaining ones that are still standing – most would have been demolished and replaced with one of those character-less modern structures. There is a very long history behind this house but I can’t seem to locate the link to the information right now.

From there, we stopped by here, our local version of the Farmers’ Market

Pasar Tamu Sg Merah

…where we saw this little girl setting up her stall selling baby corn…


It was only 3 something in the afternoon, a little Β bit too early actually but many of the stalls had already started their business.

There was a lady selling ikan keli (catfish)…


…but I thought that was a tad too expensive and the fish were not very big.

I love these…


They are found stuck to floating logs and wood in the river and one can fry them with soy sauce and ginger and wine – the same way one would cook balitongs…but one can just boil them and eat them just like that, dipped inΒ sambal. To get to the flesh, one would have to use something sharp like a pin, to remove the semi-circular protective cover and get the flesh out. The sad thing is that of late, these shells have become very small unlike the ones we used to have before.

There were a few stalls selling barbecued stuff such as these…


…and others selling our local or jungle produce…


I did not buy this young buah pulo or what we call buah tupang


…but I did grab its older mature brown seeds from the next stall in the yellow basket next to the chilies. One would just have to boil them in hot water with a pinch of salt added and when cooked, the hard shell and the thin brown skin would have to be removed prior to eating the kernel which is something like chestnuts or buah cempedak seeds.

I had dropped by a week or so earlier to buy the terung dayak (Dayak brinjal)…


…for my kampung-themed Chinese New Year treat but I did not get the chance to cook them.

The cangkuk manis (sweet vegetable) seemed cheaper than in the town and at other places…


– only RM1.00 a bundle compared to RM2.00 elsewhere.

They only had the low-grade midin (jungle fern) left…


– the ones with a lot of leaves. Those slightly “hairy” ones at the bottom of the above photo are another variety of edible ferns that we have here but these are slightly bitter and are not as nice and popular as the rest. At the top right-hand corner are the pre-pounded bandong (tapioca) leaves specially for those who are too lazy to do that themselves.

These looked like straw mushrooms…


…but they called them kulat kelapa sawit (oil palm mushrooms). I wouldn’t know whether they are found growing or cultivated in the oil palm estates or why they are thus named – I never bothered to ask.

After that enlightening visit to the tamu, we proceeded to the Bukit Aup Jubilee Park where we stayed till around 5.00 p.m. before we made our way to the town centre whilst enjoying all the sights along the way.

Do stick around for the continuation of the tour in my next post!

Author: suituapui

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35 thoughts on “Sightseeing…”

  1. wah… i am jeles… the last time u never bring us to so many places… isk isk…

    You had a car…and GPS…and could even track down where I live – no problem lah! Could have gone on your own. Hehehehehe!!!! You went to the Central Market – I could not take Melissa’s friend as she was here in the afternoon – nothing much at the market already…and the town was horribly jammed that day – BR1M, all came out for the money. Come, come…no need to be jeles! I will bring you to all the places that you have not been to in your previous trip.

  2. Hi Arthur! Thanks for the market tour… I always like to visit the local market which ever country that I visit… to check out the local produce and to experience the different culture and way of life…

    Yes, you will find ours very interesting – many things that you will not get to see elsewhere. My friend, Shereen, was so annoyed because I kept pestering her to leave…after one whole hour at the Central Market here – that one’s a whole lot bigger than this one (biggest in Malaysia), lots more to see.

  3. I’m enjoying the sightseeing very much. Can’t wait for the continuation. πŸ™‚

    You? I thought you would be familiar with all these things – nothing that you have not seen before.

  4. The buah pulo looks like durian… are the seeds yellow inside? are those the ones you brought to the restaurant for us to taste last time.. like nangka..

    Nope. That’s pakon – wild durian. This one’s more like buah sukun (breadfruit)…the trees are similar but this one has “thorns” – soft ones though, not sharp and has seeds inside. Sukun doesn’t have.

  5. oh i love those BBQ stuffs, haha, drooling lah looking at those.. and eye-opening seeing those unique produce from the jungle..

    Ya, things that you high class city people have never seen before. Hehehehehehe!!! Not into those barbecued stuff – definitely not the buntut ayam…no, thank you!

  6. The barbecued food looks tempting, though they can be very heaty and oily, hehe

    Yup…and I’m also not too fond of the sight of the cooked stuff left uncovered like that.

  7. Eh, how come you never bring me to that market? I would have enjoyed it tremendously and would be grumbling that I cannot buy all the produce to bring home.. Hehehe.

    This place is new actually. Just discovered it before the Chinese New Year. Last time, all lined along the side of the roads, very disorganised and causing jams. The town authorities have done a good job, preparing a nice place for them like this.

  8. Kway teow looks too oily for me. I have always like this chinese wooden house. Very unique in a way. Terung dayak, so cheap kah. The other I bought 2 for RM5.80.

    Ya, it did strike me as being very cheap too!

  9. The terung dayak quite pricey…RM1 per piece

    Pricey??? How much over there? Maybe nobody eats these over there, so nobody buys so they sell cheap. In the central market here, they sell by the kilo – sometime ago was RM5.00, dunno now. 2 or 3, already 1 kg. So I would say this here is very cheap already.

  10. Yummy “cheer loi”, another my favourite. We will cook it in soup, i think during my trip back last year or year before, i had it. Interesting right, those we cannot find it here.

    Now you can walk to this place to buy – near your mum’s house. Behind the Sg Merah wet market…

  11. I love these posts that you write. Very informative. Almost like I was there walking with you:D

    THANX Sir Arthur!

    Come, come. Grab your Air Asia zero fare promo (it’s on right now) ticket and come over…and you can walk with me all over Sibu…literally! πŸ™‚

  12. Boiled cempedak seeds! Nice!

    Not as nice as these. I don’t like the feeling of the gum sticking to the upper gum in the mouth.

    1. Eh, makcik. Cosmopolitan Tai-tai like you also know boiled cempedak seeds one kah?Not bad, ar you. High five!

      Muahahahaha!!! Jahat lah u, Shereen! πŸ˜‰

      1. Eh, nyonya, luckily you ‘respectfully’ titled me “tai tai”…if not… πŸ˜‰ I was waiting for this Pakcik Arthur to go “eeee….you’re sooooo old, you remember eating boiled cempedak seeds..”, wahahahaaa!!! Pakcik, why you so gwai gwai this time, never tag the “old…old…” on me one?

        I memang always so kwai-kwai one… That’s why everybody loves me. Wink! Wink! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  13. Very interesting stuff you have in your market…enjoyed this trip so much too. Thank you Arthur:)

    Yes, it certainly has its own ethnic charm…something you do not get to see in the busy bustling cities these days…where people buy everything at cool and comfortable air-conditioned supermarkets.

  14. ooo, generous amount of juicy cockles in the char kuey teow! thumbs up from me, cos that’s my favorite ingredient in CKT (tambah see hum, please!) πŸ˜€

    My daughter’s too. I’m ok with those…so usually, I would pass mine to her to enjoy. I would love big prawns in my kway teow though…

  15. I enjoy going to the market and just walking around and checking out the produce. In particular I love looking at fresh veggies and feel like buying them all!

    The Sibu Central Market is definitely a MUST-visit…but I did not take Melissa’s friend there that day as it was afternoon – not much activity by then. Best to go in the morning.

  16. never tried those cat fish and
    those shells, i tried it once and I just don;t
    like it haha first it was hustle to eat
    and second i dont want shell dishes haha

    You never tried or you tried? You’re contradicting yourself. You don’t go Japanese, do you? I know a lot of people love their unagi – more or less, the same thing…same family.

  17. you’re market seems like our own huh
    the items were too

    I’m sure there are some things different – some would be the same but there would be regional differences…even between the towns here, what more to say between your country and my country.

  18. I love pasar tamu. I once told my friend, “If you want to know the locals better, go to pasar tamu”. My first pasar tamu experience was at KK, Sabah, the place I stayed for 4 years.I still think those years were one of the best years in my life.

    4 years? You graduated from UMS, did you? I love the tamu on Sundays at Gaya Street. So long, so many things to see…

    1. Yes, I studied in UMS for 4 years. Gaya street is my first tamu experience. The tamu at Sibu is more or less like Gaya street?

      This one is very small. Gaya Street is soooo long and there are so many things to see. I went twice at least and enjoyed myself each time there. Very interesting!

  19. It looks like she and her friends had a wonderful time. I really like the house, hope you find some info since I’d love to read about its history. The open market looks like a lot of fun. I haven’t been to one of those in quite some time.

    She certainly did even though it was such a brief stay. I think the blogger has terminated his blog – cannot access it anymore. I remember he had a post on the house…and the actual descendants responded and provided a whole lot of information about it. Yes, I enjoy markets too – each would have something different and interesting.

    1. Oh well that’s too bad… well if you remember the website address you still might be able to access it using the Way Back Machine. I was able to access some old sites that way. One of my site, VeganMomma, was started in 2003 or 2004. I was still able to access it via the Way Back Machine, although I closed that site down in 2009. πŸ˜‰

      Oh? Maybe I’ll give it a try. Thanks, Opal.

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