Let’s get loud…

Gosh!!! The proprietor of this place…


…who goes around taking orders from table to table himself personally is indeed very loud, to say the least, and some may find his attempts at being funny and witty to be somewhat brash and offensive. It certainly seems rather popular though and I’ve seen a lot of people eating here all the time but personally, I’ve never dropped by to give it a try and since my friend has it in his itinerary for our food marathon, there I was that night with him and the rest involved.

The chee loi (balitong)…


that we had were very nice, nicer than any that I have had elsewhere. I loved the thick caramelised sauce that wrapped each and every one of the snails which is different from the somewhat watery gravy that I would find in this dish at the other eating places in town.

The Thai-style jellyfish salad…


…tasted quite good too but I thought they could have done a finer job at slicing the onions especially – they were a little bit too coarse, I think and in the end, all of it was left behind on the dish…and they could do the same with the jellyfish slices as well.

The Thai-style midin kerabu (salad)…


…was not bad but I’ve tasted others that may be just as good or perhaps even better.

The fish…


…was a disappointment as it was kind of bland and so tasteless that even the nice sauce could not save the day and I did not like how they fried the cangkuk manis


…which was wet plus the leaves were rather old and kind of difficult to chew.

Incidentally, a few people were telling me on Facebook that people would buy their ground coffee powder from here these days Β instead of the regular place where I would get mine and insisted that theirs would be better. Well, because of this, that night I ordered their kopi-o-peng kao kao kao (iced black coffee, extra strong)…and if that is the yardstick to gauge how good their coffee is, I think I would rather stick to my good ol’ Mui Hock, thank you very much.

On the whole, I would say that it wasn’t the best dinner I’ve had but it was not exactly all that bad either. However, the astronomical bill that came up to over RM100 for four persons was a shocker…and no prize for guessing whether you will find me here again or not…

Author: suituapui

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

30 thoughts on “Let’s get loud…”

  1. CHUP!!! i am the first one today!! hehehe~~

    p/s: so long i’ve not played this FC games!! πŸ˜€

    No prize, so nobody’s bothered. You come at 12.05, sure will be FC lah…

  2. sorry ah.. i just had a very heavy dinner celebrating my dad’s birthday this evening.. the food is still “stuck” in my stomach now, so still a bit jelak to say that your food looks good.. muahahahaha!! or maybe i shall come back tomorrow instead?? πŸ˜€

    This place, chu-char…everyday stuff – of course, not as impressive as expensive birthday dinner dishes. Happy birthday to your father. How old liao?

  3. Alamak ….cangkuk manis again !! Now, I cannot find it here in SG and JB unless I go to Yong Peng ! And, that’s my favorite foochow dish !

    Go, go! Go Yong Peng and you can buy their kampua to try too. Poslaju some to me – I will compare.

  4. if u r complaining that he is LOUD, he must be very LOUD! cant zzz, stuffed up nose…

    Why? You mean I’m loud too? No leh…I’m very soft spoken one… πŸ˜‰

    1. would be delighted to hear u using all those swear language… and must be loud!

      Yahor! I’m so refined…never hear me doing that. Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  5. For the last few days, just eat & sleep. Wonder how many kilos have you put on? First 4 dishes looks great and the last one, miserable & wet, not the way i like it.

    Frankly, personally I would only give the chee loi the thumbs up… Yup, the last one failed big time…and the leaves were old – that made it even worse.

  6. I noticed a few of your favourites: midin & cangkuk manis (in this post).. You always order these similiar dishes πŸ™‚
    Err, I have to agree with you, that cangkuk manis with egg looks like pureed spinach (for baby food)..

    These two are local favourites and not that easily available elsewhere especially in the peninsula so my friend needs the photographs for his purpose. For one thing, I would prefer them to any other types of vegetables and for another, they’re pesticide free!

    Incidentally, cangkuk manis MUST be torn into bits like that to get the sweetness out and that would make it easier to chew. It seems that the Malays here don’t do that so theirs are more often than not, not as nice.

  7. You know what? I know two coffee shop owners in Kuching and they have very loud voice. You can hear them from miles. But that their nature, couldnt help it. Haha.

    The seafood looks yummy. Oh dear. What a disappointment

    It was. Can’t say I’ve encountered anybody here that is loud…much less this loud. I guess the regulars are used to his ways, so they would be quite comfortable with it.

  8. Sometimes the characters in restaurants are what keep the customers coming back. I like places with characters. πŸ˜‰

    This one’s some kind of a smart ass, trying to give witty responses…but we did not think he was funny.

  9. Ok what did i write just now…. Summary.,. Like the two dishes but overall price is quite high….reasonable if around 70plus… πŸ™‚

    I guess that fish took the cake…but it was not nice so not really worth that amount of money we were charged.

  10. Bloody expensive for Sibu, right? The manicai looks almost slimy too, eeee.

    VERY and yes, the veg would get my double thumbs down, that’s for sure.

  11. I have also come across restaurants which are not really that great (but expensive) and they seem to do roaring business.

    I just can’t understand why? There was quite a crowd all night and service was not all that great either – we had to wait for quite a long time. Maybe the rest thought the food was great but no, I don’t think I would want to go there again – lots of other nicer places all over town with more pleasant people at your beck and call.

  12. Where is this place?? Love the balitong, my all time favourite. But always cannot find kaki to eat with me, only my two boys. Jellyfish looks yum yum too. Like you said the manicai look eeeeee..and like drown in the water.

    A few doors away from Hai Bing – right across the road from The Ark…same road as Li Hua/Kingwood, that area.

  13. ooo, RM100 does seem a bit steep. maybe it’s a rare, exotic fish that they served? heheh. balitong looks good … long time i haven’t had πŸ˜€

    Dunno what fish, the Soon Hock, I think…but bland, tasteless. 😦 You like balitongs too?

  14. Oh oh no more future visits from you then, unless u are craving for the balitong.

    Or I’ll just tapao. I hear the duck is nice too though – may tapao that too as well to try. πŸ˜‰

  15. Hmm…where is this place? I don’t think I have seen it before.

    The fish does look rather bland as you mentioned but I like the looks of the balitong dish, it’s like how my maternal grandma used to make it, very Foochow style.

    I’m also interested in the kopi o peng kao x3. I wonder how thick that is! πŸ™‚

    Don’t bother about the coffee, lots of other places elsewhere that are nicer. The food ain’t all that great either…other than the balitongs. You can tapao home to eat if you want (and they say the duck is good too), no point having it here.

  16. Is it because of it’s restaurant, so the price is a bit high??? I mean sometimes the condition of the location also take counts on why the price is high!!!

    Don’t think so, not a nice place actually, like any other coffee shop, not even air-conditioned. 😦

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