Just one…

No, there were more than one of us – three, in fact…but we were at this place…

One O One

…called One O One, located at the Sibu Bus Terminal area round the corner from here, at the other end of the block where this coffee shop is and right next door to this one. I’ve blogged about this place a few times here and here, for instance…but the other day, my friend, Julia, who was home from Perth, Australia with her brother, Gabriel, contacted me and asked me if I would be free for either breakfast or lunch and of course, I was!

Initially, we wanted to go next door but it was closed – probably they do not open on Wednesdays so we decided to go to this one instead. After all, on my previous visits, I was of the opinion that what they served here wasn’t too bad.

Julia and Gabriel had their chao chai (preserved vegetable) hung ngang (the big bihun)…

One O One chao chai hung ngang 1

…with the big freshwater udang galah (bamboo prawn)…

One O One chao chai hung ngang 2

…for only RM10.00 each, served in a tureen complete with the lid, mind you! The serving was that big! Gabriel thought it was just nice while Julia said she would prefer it extra sour and she enjoyed the one she had here a lot more. For one thing, the crustacean was big, not as big as the one here but it was a whole lot cheaper at only one-third of the price. I noticed that they had laksa on their menu with an option whether to have it with these giant prawns or not – I certainly would go back there again soon to give it a try and see if it is any good or not.

I had their kampua noodles before and I thought it was pretty good so this time around, I decided to give their kolo mee

One O One kolo mee 1

…a shot.

It did not come cheap though, RM5.00 and you can choose to fork out an extra 30 sen for extra lard added but they sure give a lot of ingredients in that relatively big bowl…

One O One kolo mee 2

Ooooo…it was really very good!!!

I would say that it could give the good ones in Kuching a run for their money. There are some very nice ones there (and some that are really not worth the calories as well) and the taste may vary from one to the other depending on where you go to (which is the same with the kampua noodles here). Among the better ones, I liked this one a lot and I would say this one here is similar – just as good, if not better. No, it is nothing like many of the kolo mee we have here in town – those would taste like kampua noodles but are disguised to look like kolo mee…and no, they are NOT the same. I loved the pickled chili that they topped the noodles with and the hint of garlic and vinegar in the noodles. I don’t know if they are consistently this good but if this is their usual standard, the one in Kanowit that I love so much can now take a back seat.

I was kind of tickled by this page…

THE END

…towards the end of their menu. I guess when one sees that, one would know there would not be anything else after that so there would not be any need to turn the page and look for more. LOL!!!

Julia insisted on treating as she has graduated now and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree back in Perth and look at what she brought home all the way for me…

From Julia

I love that very very nice rack of spices and ooooo….my favourite flavour from the Adriano Zumbo range of Tim Tams – the Red Velvet plus the very much sought-after Lindt chocolate with sea salt.

Thank you so much, Julia. It sure was nice seeing you and Gabriel again. I truly enjoyed the breakfast and the company…and I sure am looking forward to seeing you two again on your next trip home. Take care there, God bless in your undertakings. Cheers!

Author: suituapui

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

29 thoughts on “Just one…”

  1. The color of the broth speaks for itself, Rm 10 is definitely a good price.

    UPDATE: The aforementioned price of RM10.00 is for the “medium” 100 gm giant prawn (which is already big compared to those at many places). My friend went Saturday night and they had run out of those – she had a huge one – 450 gm…so guess how much she paid for this HUGE thing…
    Catherine's chao chai hung ngang
    *friend’s photograph on Facebook*

  2. One O One? What a cool and offbeat name … it’d be impossible to guess what the restaurant serves, based on just its name. the angry-looking chef caricature on the final page of the menu is also quite striking … and oooo, i love the sea salt chocolate. i’m sure you’ll enjoy every bite of it! 😀

    Yes, it’s very nice…and I love the red velvet Tim Tam too, my favourite. I am pretty sure that angry-looking chef was in a movie?

  3. Oooo, I see you have the much sought after special Tim Tam – Yum! Yum! So thoughtful of your friend Julia to give you so many gifts from Australia.

    Yes, she’s such a sweet young thing and the brother’s nice too – so easy to get along with them – sure enjoyed the company, nice breakfast outing we had. Good family upbringing.

  4. That was a marvellous rack of spices! I like them. I have one rack of spices too but I could not use all of them and in the end I have yo toss them out once expired. Lol.

    I have never been to 101 because most of the times I were too early and it hasn’t open yet. Lol. That prawn noodle does look tempting. Do let me know of its laksa the next round you try it. 😉

    My cousin in Kuching said I must keep in fridge…otherwise, “say phoo” and not “harum” after sometime. Maybe I’ll put after CNY, will probably want to use…and no space in the fridge around this time of year.

    Yes, my friend Philip from the US wanted to try the toast – they use Golden Churn…but he said everytime he went, it was closed.

  5. Oooooo love that bowl of udang galah noodles.. RM10 is cheap compared to the giant ones selling at RM30++ per bowl.. I like that spice rack so much.. Ikea is selling those, but the spice bottles are not so big like yours.. Yours definitely looks more elegant!

    Yes, but slightly smaller…still, I would think that was big enough. Most important would be the sweet taste of the broth as a result of the prawn added. Ya, I like the rack so so so much, very very nice.

  6. A rack of spices! So there will be posts about more cookings coming soon? 😉

    Will see. Very sayang, nice things I would love to keep…but I guess I’ll have to use up all the spices, wouldn’t keep that long.

  7. Kampua noodles and kolo mee…I know you’ve repeatedly say it’s not the same (sometimes in capital letters some more…kekeke!) but can you enlighten a “lay(wo)man” like me on how to spot the difference or differences? We have those here too but it always look similar to me. 😀

    Yes, they’re NOT THE SAME! The taste is different – completely different owing to the ingredients used. Even the texture of the noodles is different. Kampua is Foochow, softer…kolo mee is Kuching Hakka, firmer. The toppings are different. Original kampua would only have those few slices of thinly-sliced imitation char siew (It’s boiled pork, coloured red) and the taste is milder. Personally, I prefer kolo mee…and even my favourite kampua in town is a kind of fusion of the two – not authentic old-school kampua.

    Here, this fella explains it very well:
    http://www.sharesinv.com/articles/2010/11/30/myths-on-mee-debunking-the-myths-on-sarawak%E2%80%99s-kampua-noodles/
    Click the link and read all about it!

    1. Oh dear, even after reading the link, I don’t think I can tell them apart in taste. The ones I’ve eaten here uses the same toppings (minced pork and the red coloured ‘imitation’ char siew). Kolo mee is supposedly tossed in vinegar but I’ve eaten some that came tossed in onion oil as well and the texture of the noodle is almost similar. I think the ones here have been fused together that’s it’s difficult to tell them apart.

      Over there, what to expect! I’ve had a few there – claiming to be kolo mee or kampua…or they give them names like “Sarawak dry noodles”. @#$%^&*!!!!! Not the same at all. No, not that they’re not nice – they were good, just not the same and cooked by Banglas & Myanmarese some more, so might as well give them their own names instead of trying to bluff people into thinking those would be what we have in Sarawak.

      Even right here in Sibu – they say it’s kolo mee…make it look like kolo mee…but tastes like kampua. Fail big time. Good enough for people who do not know better – either never noticed the difference or as long as it’s edible, nice enough, ok already – never bothered at all.

      In the past, one would need to go to Kuching to eat the best kolo mee and come to Sibu for the best kampua mee…and be able to tell the difference. These days, at least, I have found around two or three places where the kolo mee is good – can match the good ones in Kuching. There should be a few places with good kampua mee in Kuching, just a few – the rest are all imposters, don’t bother – and even in Sibu, lots of them. Would need to know where to go for the better and the best.

  8. this place is always packed to the brim! the chao chai looks amazing, so is the kolo mee. but going there is not very my car friendly! need to ask my dad to chauffeur me there instead, haha 😉

    It is quite ok this side…not the Italian restaurant side – that side is horrendous, to say the least.

    I do find the road a little narrow though…and once there are cars on both sides, there is limited space left for reversing to get out or to make sure the car is parked properly and of course, you know what Sibu people are like in their huge vehicles – they just park anyhow plus they will never give way to you to let you reverse out and drive off, NEVER! The pea-sized brained, selfish, inconsiderate…etc…etc…etc…all of them!!!

  9. Oh, I really like that rack of spices! And the chocolate with sea salt. So are you saving the chocolate for CNY? I would eat it now hah..hah.. 😀

    Aiyor!!! Of course not! Not enough to go round – later all eat, none left for me, how? Hehehehehe!!!! Yes, I super-duper love that spice rack too. So so nice!

  10. I wonder why it’s called “bamboo” prawn? Might it be the appearance of the shell?

    Yes, it does look like bamboo, especially the head…and also the segmented body (shell) as well. More obvious in the really big ones, uncooked…when it is not so red in colour.

  11. 450gm for one prawn??? Wow… Yes, i am also wondering how much your friend paid for that bowl of noodles!
    So nice of your friend to take back the whole range of spices.. yes, very nicely arranged…

    RM10 for 100 gm, 1 gm how much…and 45 gm, how much…ok, count! You chief clerk, dealing with accounts all the time, right? Hehehehehe!!!!

    That’s a whole set of spices, comes complete with the very nice rack to use as a stand to hold them all together – supposed to put it down on one side, horizontal. I love it!!!

  12. Wow I love that range of spices you got and oh my, arent you lucky to get that Adriano Zumbo range of Tim Tams.

    I am salivating at your friend’s pic on FB. That bowl of noodles sure looks good! Yums!

    Yes, RM45 for the 450-gm prawns. HUGE!!!! I’m sure my Singapore friend would want to go for that when he comes again next month. Looking forward to that!

  13. RM 10 only for those bamboo prawn? I’ll be down for that!

    Come on over! You’ll be surprised how nice everything is here…nice and very cheap!

  14. Big prawns are quite common there ya?

    I love that TIm Tam chocolate!

    Common, yes. Cheap, no. Ya…the red velvet is so so so nice. My favourite.

  15. Die la …..happy happy you show us the udang galah. …… how to tahan like that !

    Cannot tahan kah? Wait ah! I will have to go back to try the laksa – will show yous ome more. Hehehehehe!!!!

  16. Chao chai hung ngan!! I had my fix yesterday but taste so so only. Too sour and taste quite bland. When my friend show me this near her house I said I must go and try. Begger can’t choose.

    Can buy your own and cook your own. No more in the house? Come, give me your address, I poslaju to you!!! You will need ang chiew though, that one cannot send by post. Anymore?

  17. I’ll go there for RM 10! 🙂

    That sounds like a decent price for that size prawn. One O One is notorious for that gangland shooting (er, I mean the shooting of a businessman). Sibu seem to have a lot of shooting nowadays, heard of one not long ago in Wisma Sanyan and Sarawak House.

    Yes, but it seems some people have been arrested. Luckily nobody was hurt.

    But the case that happened here – I guess it was just because they were there at the time (the wife died, hit by a stray bullet), nothing to do with the people here. Later, there was another case in the same area…but not here, at one of the coffee shops. There are a few great places to go and eat in the vicinity though.

  18. I also like the rack of spices, which we hard to find it here!!! =[

    Look around. You may just find it. Not here, that’s for sure. Even the imported bottled spices, very hard to find.

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