Night after night…

I first met him when he came to Sibu last year and I thought I would just text him to say hello and let him know I was in town…but I did tell him that I was heavily booked and would not be available. However, he insisted on taking us out for dinner and would not take no for an answer. So, here we went…

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…on the 5th night of our trip. This place is actually a workshop by day and a restaurant by night and is located along Old Klang Road, across the road from the Mazda showroom. A little further ahead, you would come to the traffic lights junction after which would be the infamous market where the jam would be quite bad at certain times of the day.

Of course, it was not a pleasant looking place but just one look at the cook…

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…would tell you straight away that the food would be really good. As they say, never trust a skinny chef! LOL!!! For one thing, he was really fast and the dishes were served in no time at all.

The fried kangkong was very nice…

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…and somewhat different from the usual. I could taste a hint of sweetness in the sambal and I quite liked it this way as well – a little bit sweeter and it would not have got into my good books already.

The pork ribs were great too…

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…but of course, we can get them elsewhere, even right here in Sibu.

Now, these were exceptionally good – their own-made tofu

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…and it did not even feel like fried bean curd. It came across something like keropok lekor…and it tasted just as nice, if not nicer.

But this was the dish that took the cake…

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– their deep fried tilapia basted in their special nyonya sauce and wrapped with lotus leaves and steamed. This must be their signature dish as looking around, I noticed that the customers at every table had ordered that same thing. The sauce was absolutely out of this world – something like the gravy in Penang asam lakas but very much nicer. We truly enjoyed it very much and I think one of these days, I would like to try to cook my own and come out with something like this or at least, similar…if I can.

Soon after we arrived, it started raining cats and dogs and yet, the people kept coming and coming. Some dropped by to tapao (take away) the food home and just looking at the brisk business is testimony enough that the food here would be really good…and that was not all! The bill for the four of us came up to around RM90 only – cheaper than all the other places that we had been to before this.

Fast forward to the following night, our 6th in the peninsula, yet another friend of mine said he would be in the vicinity but he could only meet me at around 8.00 p.m. I told him not to bother and we could get to meet some other time when I would come to KL again but he too was just as persistent so there we were at this place…

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…on the lower ground floor of The Gardens in Mid Valley.

I already had dinner and I did not want anything particularly heavy…

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…so we shared this dish of Thai spring rolls…

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…that were actually something like those Vietnamese spring rolls that we had in Wellington, New Zealand…and later made our own at home.

They certainly had some pretty good ingredients in them – why, they even had prawns…

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…but the skin was tough and the most important ingredient was missing – the peanut butter hoisin sauce. All in all, I did not think it was all that great and I would not think I would want to have that again.

The pomelo salad…

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…was not to my liking either as they had daun ketumbar (coriander leaves) in it and I get put off by the smell. The ones here and here are a whole lot nicer.

I think this was chicken…

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Gosh! Whatever it was, it certainly did not leave an impression…and I cannot even recall eating it, much less remember what it tasted like.

The only thing that could not possibly go wrong was this favourite Thai dessert of mine – the mango pulut (glutinous/sticky rice)…

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…and true enough, it was all right just that I thought they could have been more generous with the santan (coconut milk) cream.

So, there you have it – two nights…two different places, one simple and the other a bit more atas (upscale), one really good and the other, just so-so but whatever it was, I really do appreciate the effort made by my two friends in taking their time off to meet up and treat me (and my missus and daughter) to dinner/supper. Thanks so much, guys!!!