This is the one…

I know for one that Annie-Q loves this place…


…and everytime she comes back to Sibu, she would definitely drop by here for dinner.

It used to be extremely popular way back in the 70s and 80s with tables laid out in the open space in front of the restaurant and all of them would be occupied all night long and whenever somebody had a party at home, this would be the place they would call to have the food catered. Then, for reasons unknown, its popularity declined but it is still surviving pretty well these days and I would drop by once in a while to tapao something home to eat, usually their Foochow-style fried noodles…


…which I would think is among the best in town.

If I’m not mistaken. Annie’s favourite is their lemon chicken…


…which she would have to order without fail.

Their sea cucumber soup is very nice too…


…and we had all these when we dropped by for dinner after the sunset church service last Saturday night.

Other than the three dishes, we also had their kiam sor hay (salty crusty prawns)…


…very fresh and really succulent, and their midin, ching chao (plain/clear fried, if I’m not wrong)…


I requested for smaller servings, enough for two and still, each dish that came out was so huge that I am sure there would be enough for a group of 4 or 5 and the best part was that the bill came up to only RM49.00 including two bowls of rice. I thought that was really cheap compared to some of the other places in town and we had prawns! Elsewhere, I am sure it would be nothing less than RM60.00 for the three of us.

This place is also popular for its Foochow-style sio bee/ siew mai (meat dumplings) and I saw a whole lot of freshly-made ones there that night…


Unfortunately, we just couldn’t possibly have anything else anymore so I guess that would have to wait till the next time we drop by there for a meal.

Anybody wants to tag along? One thing’s for sure, there will be more than enough to go round, no worries…

Author: suituapui

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

36 thoughts on “This is the one…”

  1. It’s nice when the portions they serve are sufficient. Everything looks great and as always I’m drawn to the jungle fern, when I finally visit Malaysia, that will be one of the first things I order. The meat dumplings look great, did they add something to dumplings besides the meat filling? I think I’ll make a veggie and non-veggie this weekend. I haven’t made them in a while.

    I think you can make the dumplings using vegetables. The filling is actually turnip and meat and onions…so you can leave out the meat and use mushrooms instead…but the problem is getting the skin. Maybe you can get wanton skin there and use that.

  2. I want to tag along too and hopefully bring my husband and baby boy. Next time, next time if you don’t mind uncle when we go Sibu then we drop by.

    Most welcome, anytime at all! Just let me know when you’re heading this way. I love company…good excuse to go around and eat. πŸ˜‰

  3. wow, that two whole trays of foochow style sio bee are indeed impressive!! i haven’t really seen that MANY before, haha!! those we have here (the cantonese style i supposed) are usually in smaller trays like three pieces in one tray, let me count how many are there in this giant tray~~

    100?? hahahaha, eyes blurred and i was lost in counting.. πŸ˜€

    That’s the individual serving – this is the whole lot for the night, selling at RM1.00 each. The lady said she used fish, mixed with the meat – supposed to be nicer.

  4. Foochow sio bee? Any different compared to Kuching sio bee? I miss them though.

    Definitely different from Fook Hai’s…maybe more similar to Open Air’s, dunno never tried the other places in Kuching. Here too, not all would be nice – the ones here not bad but I would not say they’re the best in town.

  5. Chair is good? Hahaha

    No problem for me and if they’re those old school ones from the good old days, sure heavy duty…unlike the nice new ones. Even when I sit, the legs will go terkangkang…especially on the oil-smeared Italian tile floor.

  6. Very cheap and the dishes look so nice! No wonder Annie likes this place.. I would love to go too.. how come last time we didn’t drop by here? No time? πŸ™‚

    Maybe…and anyway, lots more that you all did not go to or try. How to go when you’re here for only a few days? Come again and I’ll plan a brand new itinerary – all the places that you all did not go to the last time around, all the things you did not get to eat….and of course, must include some of the things that you all want to eat again. πŸ˜‰

  7. Look at the midin, very clear and looks fresh.

    I think the Chinese restaurants here have their regular supplies from the sellers…and they get all the best ones. The rest, they sell to us… 😦

  8. Sea cucumber soup and midin for me please! Never had midin before, no idea how does it taste… bitter?

    No, not at all. Hard to describe, I’d just say it’s much nicer than pucuk paku.

    1. No…not bitter. I agreed its nicer than our local pucuk paku.
      I can eat midin everyday when I’m there. πŸ˜€

      Yup, same here….and actually, we do! Missus buys all the time, very very often…

  9. great value, awesome food… cannot beat that! I wanna visit this place if I ever get to Sibu…. πŸ˜‰

    At least you’ll get to eat things that are more local or different… Others, you’d probably find something better over at your side, no need to come all the way here to eat.

  10. that’s a lot of food in this post! enough to feed a football team, heheh. the midin looks good, i need some crunchy veggies in my diet πŸ˜€

    Not impossible but have to limit to one prawn per person – not that many to go round…and imagine – these are servings meant for two! So much!!!

  11. sure someone will be drooling at the siao bee and the sea cucumber soup

    Who? Little J kah? Come, put him on the plane – I’ll get him at the airport here and feed him well…since the papa & mama not minat to come at all. Kesian, Sibu…small town, looked down upon by city people. Tsk! Tsk! 😦

  12. I grew up eating at this place. Any family gathering, will be at this place too. The boss and my grandparents are friends, very close. Like you said, if we have party or any festival, dinner will cater from this place too.

    Love their sea cucumber soup, foochow fried noodles and lemon chicken. So far i think their lemon chicken still the best in town!

    Different…and this way, it’s very nice too. Seems they use calamansi lime instead of lemon. We loved it! Sure will go and eat again. Wanna go and eat the bamboo clams – the lady said they have!

  13. Wah Wah Wah….. sea cucumber soup! midin! Foochow-style sio bee! They are calling me lar…. πŸ˜€

    Come, come!!! Hey! Zero fare from 14th Oct to mid-November, every day…pay airport tax only… Can come back every weekend lor like that!!!

  14. Wow, awesome food. Best part, the bill and the portion is huge.

    …and the service is great! I ordered, went out to take a photo of the shop sign…and when I went it, the dishes had started coming. So nice!

  15. The basket of sio bee looks good. Not able to comment on your current post. Was wondering whether you removed the Comments option. Good morning STP!

    Nope. Don’t think it was by accident, I did not do anything. But I think it’s ok now, thanks.

  16. Just dropping a note to say, for some reason I cannot comment on your latest post, “More than a name on the wall…”

    Sorry, Opal. Dunno why the ALLOW COMMENTS box was un-ticked. I’ve ticked it now… Was away all day picking up my daughter from her jungle school so I could not get down to it earlier.

    1. At times, I think WordPress has a mind of its own. That’s happened to me a few times and I knew I didn’t untick the box. Glad you were able to take care of it after you picked up your princess. Seems like you have Christmas every week, since you get to retrieve her and hang out for the weekend. πŸ™‚

      Yes, we’re flying off some place for the weekend. I think she needs a short break – all stressed out from her work and being cooped in her jungle school most of every week. πŸ˜‰

  17. How much is the sea cucumber soup on its own? In the 80’s my family used to visit this restaurant at Rejang Park. My dad would bring us there for supper, we always ordered bee hoon, fried noodles, boneless sweet and sour pork, etc. The good old days. Haven’t been back for a while.

    Not sure. I know the noodles were RM6.00…and midin is around RM8.00 a plate usually, so around RM33 left for the chicken, prawns and sea cucumber soup. Prawns are usually more expensive here. Ya…this restaurant used to be at Rejang Park a long long time ago…befor eit moved here and has been here ever since.

  18. I would certainly love to tag along! Now to fly to Sibu first!

    Come on over, would love to take you here and all over…anytime.

  19. Oh hey, there’s a restaurant with same name in Bintulu too with good lemon chicken (ahhhh missing it now, maybe I need to make it soon, lol), but i think it’s just Happy Garden in English, so probably not related.

    I see!!! Thanks for the translation. Maybe the one in Bintulu’s related? These people spread far and wide sometimes.

  20. where exactly is this restaurant??
    i am going to sibu in january and wanna put this in my to-do-list…
    the fern, i am gonna have it in every meal and eat it like how i eat my white rice.

    In the vicinity of the Sibu Civic Centre. I hear another good place there is Wonderful Restaurant, the curry fish head is very popular but not my favourit ein town. The one I had was good no doubt, but I know if better ones.

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