Let’s eat together sometime…

Weekends are for spending quality time with family or at least, that is true in my case since Melissa only comes home on Friday afternoon and on Sunday, we would have to send her back to her rural school yet once again. Last weekend, we had an extra day owing to the public holiday on Sunday so we did not send her back till Monday.

Friday would usually be eat-at-home night as she would be rather tired after the whole week of work and roughing it out in the jungle so usually, she would have an early night…and Saturday morning would be her visit-her-grandparents day in the morning after which we would head to town in search of something nice for lunch and last Saturday was no exception.

We dropped by this coffee shop…

T-time Coffee Shop, Sibu

…in the town centre where there is this stall selling chicken chop and everything chicken…

T-time chicken chop stall

…and if you’re into vegetarian…

Vegetarian sign

…there is a chap fan (mixed rice) stall here that would cater to your needs and wants – the second one in the photograph below…

T-time stalls

The first stall sells fried noodles and things like that but no, we did not want all those.

Melissa and the mum had been here once before for the bak kut teh and they enjoyed it very much. According to them, the setting is different now but yes, it is the same one that they had then…

T-time bak kut teh stall

We ordered a bowl of the bak kut teh, soup to share…

Bak kut teh soup 1

…and to my delight, it was indeed very rich, though not overpowering, with just the right amount of the garlic and the herbal taste…

Bak kut teh soup 2

I also ordered the dry version to try…

Bak kut teh dry 1

…and it turned out to be so very good with a hint of belacan (dried prawn paste) used in the cooking and garnished with fried thin strips of cuttlefish…

Bak kut teh dry 2

Gee!!! The taste and the fragrance were absolutely stunning and I really enjoyed it a lot! At first I thought those were strips of ginger and would not touch them but when we realised what they were, we finished everything…except the bits of dried chili.

I asked for a bowl of eyew char koi (fried cruellers)…

Eyew char koi

…as customary when having bak kut teh and while my missus and I had rice, I ordered the noodle version…

Bak kut teh noodles

…for Melissa knowing that she would very much prefer it that way. I requested for lean meat only and got exactly what I asked for but seeing the meat in Melissa’s bowl of noodles with the layer of fat and skin, I was wishing I had ordered that instead. Yes, they do give you a choice of what meat or whatever body parts you want from a whole list of those.

Together with the drinks for the three of us, the bill came up to only…

T-time Coffee Shop bill

…and I sure liked the way it was presented – certainly a class above what we would find in all the other coffee shops (and even some supposedly upscale cafes and restaurants) here, there and everywhere. Service was prompt and efficient and we were served very fast which was another plus point that I would give to this place.

Well, if anyone is interested in dropping by to try their bak kut teh or the other things from the other stalls, the opening days and hours are on that sign…

Business hours

…on the wall.

As for the location, it is the second shop in the block right behind the petrol station facing this building on the other side…

HSBC Sibu

…and to your left, if you’re standing in front of the coffee shop, you will see Wisma Sanyan…

Wisma Sanyan Sibu

– the tallest in Sibu.

Go ahead! I am pretty sure you will love it too!

Author: suituapui

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

33 thoughts on “Let’s eat together sometime…”

  1. Slurps! Despite not being a pork meat lover, I like to eat bak kut teh for its fragrant herbal soup and a bit of innards. I wonder who started the dry version of bak kut teh. Don’t think it exists 30 years ago but now it is very very popular and the dry version all use ladyfingers with the meat. Those who prefer spicy hot food will like the dry version. I like the dry version too but between soup and dry, I still prefer the soup version.

    They have ladies fingers too? I had the dry version at another place here a few years ago – nothing like this…and burnt! I never wanted to order that again. But this one’s really good – will go back for more, that’s for sure. Ya, never heard of the dry version prior to this. My missus cooked bkt once with beef – very nice too but I thought it was a waste of expensive beef as the taste was drowned out by the herbal bkt soup. Chicken is good too, since you’re not into pork.

  2. Oh with noodles! I’d take that version since i don’t really eat rice. No, i don’t eat pork either but bak kut teh soup is one of my fav soups ๐Ÿ˜›

    You can have the halal chick-kut-teh then. I still have not cooked the vegetarian version that Pete sent me – dunno if it’s any good or not. Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow, Friday – my no-meat day.

  3. Yes , weekends are for family especially I was always working in SG. Seeing your bkt here makes me miss the kota tinggi one ! Feel like going there to eat again !

    Kota Tinggi? Never been there. Can’t remember what I saw in some blog – looks like a very nice place, would love to visit. And Yong Peng too, since you always mentioned the Foochow cuisine there. Maybe I can hop over to JB one day and you can take me to all these places? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. LOVE seeing the vegetarian section! Woot! OH!!! In that last pic…you have HSBC Banks over there!? Neat!!!! My favorite Hockey Teams building was sponsored by them for years!

    Yes, somebody once told me that they have branches in the “more Chinese” towns and cities – those with a somewhat larger Malaysian population of Chinese descent. Ya…I noticed that most of the people who came (we were a bit early for lunch) had something from the vegetarian stall so it should be good. Perhaps I can go and try myself one day.

  5. I love dry bak kut teh. There used to be one bkt shop at Jln Pedada. Master bkt ( the shop that opposite Aussie Story) but I think it has closed down. The dry version was good.

    My hubby likes the soupy version while I dont mind both but I will usually ordered the dry version to have taste of both soup and dry. ^^

    That one has closed down? And I never got the chance to drop by and try!!! It certainly did not last very long then. Maybe it has moved elsewhere. I used to go to the one near where your hubby works…but that one’s expensive and the dry version is not so nice, burnt that one time when I had it!!!

    Ah Ling bkt is good too – the first ever in Sibu, long time already…behind HSBC building. I love the kueh chap, my favourite in town…
    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/she-loves-you/

  6. Belacan and cuttlefish in the dry version? That’s new. I love both dry and soup, when I eat BKT I will alternate each time.
    Sometimes I envy people like Melissa, when get together with family, can go out and enjoy some nice food. For me, when I get home, it is usually eating at home. Mom is under the notion that all the healthy cooking that I post on my blog are just for show (she once said I probably got those photos from my friends) and my actual diet is super unhealthy. So she would maximize my amount of healthy meals when I go back. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    She has your best interest at heart! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. I like both version of BKT. 1st time I had my dry BKT was when my daughter brought us to Port Dickson and that was the 1st time too I tasted curry in the big bun. For soupy version I like it with herbal taste and prefer rice to go with it. Some people use soya sauce for the broth.

    I love the curry in the bun too! Used to have that in Bintulu…and here too. One near my house but have to special order. I so malas, would rather just go and buy than to order and go back to collect the next day or something! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  8. I love BKT! Oh, I have not tried the dry version yet as I don’t see them here, at least not at the places I have been to. The last one I had offered the onion rice too and it was very nice. I usually prefer the meat with some fats. Taste nicer hee..hee… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, me too!!! The slices in my girl’s noodles sure got me drooling! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. here got ah…In subang jaya opposite Inti college a lot of BKT shop. Have dry version. Kepong also have. Kaka BKt.

      Should have, I’m sure. Here, only two places that I know of though – the other one, not nice.

      1. Isn’t it best to have Bak Kut Teh in Klang since it’s deemed to be the most authentic there?

        That’s what they all say…but isn’t it quite a distance away? Everybody keeps telling me that I have not eaten bkt until I’ve eaten Klang’s. Everytime in KL, nobody to take me there, don’t even know which shop (I understand there are many), what to do? Just eat any that’s available…when I feel like it. End of story.

  9. Guess the name of the kopitiam is “T-Time Coffee Shop”. Have to look, look again and re-look to probably get the name right, yes. Very creative design but not practical for sign unless its a logo. Sometimes would have problem with signage of building or wisma with all those fanciful fonts where we cannot figure out the name when driving past by.

    The worst thing is there is a huge banned advertising something in front so if you are driving past and looking for the shop sign, you will not see it and will not know this is the place. Same as my favourite Payung Cafe – the thatched roof blocks the shop sign so many will not know that’s the place as they cannot see the sign. Some people have complained, asking for a clear signboard by the road with an arrow or something but so far, nothing has been done about it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  10. My kids are not in flavour of BKT so we seldom eat that… they don’t like the herbal smell… but there is one shop in JB… the soup looks clear, I think it must be another type of BKT soup… I like the dried version of BKT…. with the dried chillies, the sauce must be very tasty and fragrant!

    The clear one is probably just the herbal soup without the soy sauce, no dark colour. Never tried that. I can’t say I’m a fan too but I don’t mind once in a while for a change. My missus will also cook her own at home sometimes so guess that is more than enough for me already. No need to go out looking for it.

  11. Yumm, it looks very good!! Now make me think of having BKT for lunch, but but nothing around here. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Hmmm…i still cannot figure out where is this place, but maybe the last picture i have some idea where it is.

    Just across the road…to the left. Next block to Aho Beef Noodles (McD’s block)…

  12. Oh… I miss the view of Sibu town. Huhu… Thanks for the pictures. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “The old hometown looks the same…” (Green Green Grass of Home) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. I’ve not had a taste of the dry version of the bak kut teh because I felt that it looks too spicy for me. As for the original version, I definitely agree; the dish must have the right amount of flavor to it. It must not snatch the aroma with the complimentary ingredients (such as the pork and vegetables) since the soup itself is the main character.

    Wait, Wisma Sanyan is the tallest building in Sibu?!

    Not only in Sibu. Here, read this! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisma_Sanyan
    I love the dry version here. Not sure if there is a standard recipe as the last one I had was completely different – not really nice plus it was burnt so at the time, I did not think it was such a good idea – best to just stick to the soupy ones.

  14. Hi Cikgu. It’s been awhile since I dropped by. Thanks for visiting my blog. Lol. These days I don’t really blog hop much anymore. Anak in primary school and I barely got time for myself. Time is a commodity I don’t really have privilege to these days. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    Nice to know you spend quality time with your loved ones. You should. ๐Ÿ™‚ Family who eats and pray together stays together, no? The food looks great…especially the dry version one. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the price is reasonable too. Don’t think we can get that price if we are to dine here in KL.

    Hello! Welcome back. I did hop over once in a while and I think I did comment a couple of times too…but this time around, I had more to comment on since your posts are in the topic I love the most – food! ๐Ÿ˜€ No worries! Just drop by when you can, comment when you want – no one is obliged in any way to do anything and I certainly will do the same.

    Haven’t had bkt in KL for a long time now so I’m not very sure of the current price range. I hear people say there’s a good one at Ampang or some place there but I dunno exactly where. Yup! Very important to spend as much family time together as possible – the bonding will help strengthen the ties that bind everyone together.

  15. yay, sounds like you’ll be heading back to this bak kut teh shop in the not-too-distant future! ๐Ÿ˜€ hmmm, this reminds me, i haven’t had bak kut teh in many months ๐Ÿ˜€

    You always have all the nice things to eat here, there and everywhere you wouldn’t have much time left to slot it in. ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Yalor, Kota Tinggi is my kampung lah ๐Ÿ™‚
    Oh you mean the one on Jalan Mawai in KT!
    Yes, I’ve been there. But I am not sure if they do dry-style there.
    That’s a fairly “new” style right?

    I guess so. Never heard of dry bkt before in the past. Dunno where in KT – Christopher Au should know – seems that’s his favourite.

  17. The bak kut teh looks good la! The soup isn’t so thick and dark type, I like~

    Yup. I think if it’s darker, they’ve added too much soy sauce – will drown out the herbal and garlic taste. I feel the same with kampua noodles – no dark soy sauce for me – will only taste the soy sauce, not much else.

  18. i love the dry bak kut teh version. Here in KL its not available everywhere, only in some bak kut teh shops.. yum, now i’m hungry

    Go, go and eat! ๐Ÿ˜€ Ya, here, we’ve two only that I know of – all the others, no dry ones.

  19. Good for you that you can still be with your daughter during the weekends (and holidays). The family is still complete and that the greatest blessing for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. Thank you very much for always visiting my blog even though I rarely visit yours. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

    No problem at all. I always visit blogs that I enjoy visiting and I will comment too even though they don’t always do the same. I believe that should be the case – not drop by to comment (and some do not even bother to read what has been written, just simply comment – probably in the hope that you will go their blog and comment…thus increasing their own traffic), at times totally unrelated to what is in the post even.

    Yes, indeed. I am truly blessed…and soon you will be too. Take care there, looking forward to the day when 2 becomes 3. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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