Hitchin’ a ride…

A friend of mine is involved in this project on the culinary delights in Sibu and for that, he will have to go round to take photographs of all the best in town and he invited me to come along. Of course, that would be an offer too good to refuse and there I went, hitchin’ a ride, so to speak…to eat…eat and eat!!!

Our first stop was for lunch at this restaurant…


…that I have blogged about many times before, known for its unique Melanau and other exotic ethnic dishes on its menu.

There was this very impressive-looking udang galah


– the giant freshwater prawn, grilled to perfection as well as those cooked with asam (tamarind) and kunyit (tumeric), Melanau style…


– the way I would do it myself at home and I must say they did a terrific job at that. It was sooooo very nice and I could not resist a second bowl of rice to go with the delicious soup.

They take pride in their lokan


…the only one in Malaysia, they claim, and at RM1.50 each, I would say that they’re reasonably priced.

Of course, we did not miss out the Melanau sashimi, the umai


…eaten tossed in the sambal belacan


…with sagu (sago pellets) as its accompaniment…


We were also served the grilled ikan terubok (toli shad)…


…which is best grilled with little or no ingredients added. I would also cook it this way at home and to the most, I would just rub it with a bit of salt. This is only good when the fish is fresh and lemak (oily) enough as one would be able to enjoy its sweetness and unique taste. I am not particularly fond of it steamed and even less, deep fried.

For our vegetable dishes, we had their bestseller – the paku (jungle fern) cooked with sambal and prawns and santan (coconut milk)…


…and also their midin (jungle fern, another variety), fried with belacan (dried prawn paste)…


That certainly was a really heavy lunch but it was so so good and I thoroughly enjoyed myself very much.

After that, I headed on home for a nap and rest a bit before we were out again for dinner…but that will be in  my next post. You’ll come back tomorrow for that, won’t you?

Author: suituapui

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

26 thoughts on “Hitchin’ a ride…”

  1. Hitchin a ride or is it you who got invited to do the series? I would not be surprised as you know where all the best food to be had

    No lah! Lots of people know, just that they do not blog or talk about it. My small fry, old lousy digicam…a nobody that nobody wants lah! 😦

  2. 0.o didn’t know about Melanau Sashimi, interesting to know that. Thanks for sharing.

    I would rather have this anytime! Very very nice!

  3. Wow….. the food looks so good ! The big big prawn looks so tempting! Lucky you !

    All that eating is getting me down. Getting to be very tired and tiring! Think I will have to fast through Chinese New Year. 😦

  4. Wow,awesome food. Almost go crazy seeing it. And that was how your food marathon come about. Glad you have a great time. Cheerssss!!!!

    …and this was just the beginning. Still going on…and on…and on!!!! 😦

  5. Bananaz kalah lah on a see-food diet leh eating what he sees ohhhhh..yummy udang galah

    Can eat already? Come, come…come to Sibu. I’ll see that you’ll have a feast! 😉

  6. Gawd, that was a lot of food for two (or was there anyone else?)…
    Melanau sashimi = umai? Correct me if I’m wrong, I thought umai-umai = jellyfish?
    Love the lemak gravy on the paku tho’. .
    Wah, after this heavy lunch, you went home nap a bit, then headed out again for dinner, geng!

    Umai is a traditional Melanau dish of raw fish. Obor-obor is jellyfish. There were 3 of us and two came a bit later, the flight of one of them was delayed.

  7. WOW!! .So much of yummy food, Arthur! This ride is certainly worth hitching.. .hahaha..

    Definitely. But now I feel so bloated. Just the idea of eating some more puts me off… 😦

  8. aiyoh so nice and so lucky of you!!! so how many more places and meals are you going to follow your friend?? ahh, look at those seafood, so so so yummy and indeed very special and uniquely Sibu (??) also.. i like~~~

    So so so many that now, I cannot stand the idea of eating already…and Chinese New Year is yet to come. Maybe I’ll just run off to my girl’s jungle school and hide there till it’s all over.

  9. You are one lucky man. Free hitch and great food. Hmm. Wonder when I can eat again in this restaurant? Only on special occasion. First and last time was in August on my birthday.

    Next time, invite me to tag along, ok? 😉

  10. Lucky you! How many places are you guys going to? Looking forward to reading more about your adventure.

    Many…many…many, so many like it was never gonna end. 😦

  11. ooo, so much seafood, yums. it’s been ages since I had umai, there are only a couple of places that serve it in the klang valley. I never quite understood why they pair the sago pellets with umai though. the terubok looks good, though I have memories of it as a very bony fish…

    Those sago pellets are the traditional staple of the Melanaus in place of rice. Yup, terubok has lots of bones but they’re big, so just go slow…eat carefully.

  12. Yeah, the best lokan in town or maybe the only lokan in town. Haha!

    I remember this from way back in the days when they were located at another place and were named Fisherman’s Pub. They do have quite a lot of good food, but umai I’ll rather have in Mukah, but it’s too troublesome to drive down!

    Yes, they’ve been around for a long long time. Mukah’s ones are good – they use calamansi lime. I know one place here – not so great, probably no belacan and I suspect they use vinegar.

  13. Know this restaurant, but never go in. Maybe i not get use to this type of cuisine. :P:P. Truly foochow. hahahha

    You can go for their non-ethnic dishes, they have those too. Their roast lamb is so so so good – come, we will go there when you come back to Sibu, you belanja. Hehehehehe!!!!!

  14. Umai and midin! Yummeh!!! Its bringing back memories of Sabah and Sarawak to me.

    Not coming by this way again?

  15. Udang galah. My mum said she bought some for this CNY with the price of RM 50++. Can’t wait to taste it.

    Lucky you! RM50, must be quite big ones, medium…which is good! If bigger, the head only is big and the meat may be too hard. So expensive these days.

  16. such a big udang galah.. yum yum~ chinese new year coming, how are preparations coming along?

    So busy going round eating eating eating…everything on hold atm. 😦

  17. Everything looks great! Someday, I hope to try the jungle fern, it’s so appealing to me. Of course I learned something new, sagu (sago pellets), A term and food new to me so I did a quick search and stumbled upon this article… http://www.bar.gov.ph/digest-home/digest-archives/82-2005-4th-quarter/4491-octdec05-sago

    Hmmm…interesting article. It’s the staple of the Melanaus who live downriver from where I am, the Rajang Delta area. They also eat the worms (maggots) that thrive in the trunks of the sago plants.

  18. Ahhh, these exotic ethnic dishes I will hardly get to try in the Peninsula, except for the paku. The dishes featured look so yummy, especially the umai…I am sure I will like it, since I am a fan of Japanese sashimi. But I am very curious about the Iran terubok – grilled with no ingredients, huh… 😯

    We do that all the time, even at home. Just rub with a bit of salt and must not over-grill/bake or it will become hard and dry and will not taste nice. Fish must be fresh and lemak (oily)

  19. Ooopps! ikan terubok (the wonders of auto correct spell check).
    And I also wanna add – sago pellets? Interesting 😀

    LOL!!! Iran indeed. I did not notice at first! Yes, so many things here that you people over there will find interesting. Those who came sure had a great time learning about all that we have here…and best thing was they got to eat them too!

  20. This “heavy” lunch looks like suit for dinner meal…hehe!!! since it’s too heavy, normally I prefer heavy dishes at night!!! =]

    Ya, it sure looks more like dinner than lunch…

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