Away from home…

Saturday morning last week was spent taking my girl’s new colleague from Kuching all around town to buy the stuff that she would need in the school/living quarters with a little bit of sightseeing thrown in…

Sungai Merah 1

…including a brief stop atย Sungai Merah (Red River)…

Sungai Merah 2

…where the water is “red” or tea-like to be exact owing to the withered leaves that have fallen from the towering trees into the river upstream.

Come lunch time, we stopped by here for this platter of roast and barbecued meat…

Roast and barbecued meat

…with a bit of roast chicken & duck, barbecued pork ribs and some very lovely roast pork…

Roast pork

This is one of my favourite places in town and of late, their chicken rice…

Chicken rice

…is pretty good too. Initially, they started off with serving plain white rice with one’s orders and then, they switched to their nothing-to-shout-about very much watered down version of the chicken rice but they have been improving since and what we had that day was quite good, I would say.

I saw that they had lor nui (stewed eggs) so I simply could not resist some of those…

Lor nui

…as well. All those, including the rice for the four of us, came up to RM26.00 (SGD10.00) only.

We did get their complimentary soup as well but I decided to order this (RM6.50)…

Mei Le soup 1

…to share from another stall in that same shop and all of us enjoyed that bowl of soup with a whole lot of ingredients added…

Mei Le soup 2

…very much.

As a matter of fact, my missus stopped by this same shop a few days earlier for lunch and I had their meat porridge (RM4.50)…

Mei Le bak moi

…with century egg added and I enjoyed it very much too. There is an egg and quite a bit of minced meat in the porridge.

Well, if anyone is wondering where this Mei Le Cafe is, it is on your left as you turn in from Jalan Pedada into Jalan Gambir, on your left after Delta Mall, right beside this place named Maple Leaf.

Author: suituapui

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

21 thoughts on “Away from home…”

  1. That river stretch is a pretty one. We stayed many years in the Hilton on the river. I remember lovely large windows looking over the water.

    That would be the Sarawak River…in Kuching. The Grand Margherita, formerly Holiday Inn, would be right by the river bank…but you would have to ask for the river view.

  2. Saw this cafe but never try it out.

    The soup attracted me. So many ingredients in that bowl!!

    Yes, nice stuff from this stall…and the char siew stall is my favourite in town – the not-so-friendly brother has a stall opposite Public Bank, Tunku Osman area, same. The kampua stall used to be very good, garlic added – seems that the standard has dropped already, not so nice anymore. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  3. So nice.. Got half day city tour somemore, then a nice lunch.. I love chicken+roasted pork rice.. If the rice is nice, I could finish the rice alone without any meat.. I just need a very good cili dipping.. I like your last picture – the century egg porridge.. I just boiled one last week – 4 century eggs, 4 salted eggs, lots of dried oysters and pork.. One word – YUUUUMMMMM…

    Got dried oysters? Oooooo….must be so sweet and so very nice. We use dried scallops sometimes, also very sweet. And I love eggs…any kind, in any form. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Roast chicken and duck….and roast pork, yum!!! And I love the reflections in your water photo, gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚

    It was a good day, ebb tide…the water from the interior upstream…clear and clean and “red”.

  5. Is sg. merah the famous river in Sibu?

    The mighty Rejang is the famous one, longest in Malaysia, right beside the town centre. This is the tributary of its tributary – famous because this was where the Foochow immigrants first landed.

  6. All looks so good and that bowl of soup & meat porridge are my choices. Beautiful sightseeing of Sungai Merah.

    Yes, it was a good day. We had a great time and a nice lunch too.

  7. That bowl of porridge is exactly my type of porridge! The soup… not so much. Those are black fungus in the soup, right? Not a fan of that thing..

    Not a fan, just ok with the fungus – black or white but I read somewhere about all the health benefits of these black ones. At least they do not have that fishy smell of seaweed.

  8. wow..nice heavy pack calories lunch you have there! Looks good. The river seem very clean and not red leh …. No leaves also.

    It’s the colour, not red – just the name…but like that of very strong tea. The leaves would have sunk to the bottom, just like when you go and make a cup or glass of tea. Hard to see rivers like this anymore these days – the main river is like tea also…but with milk added! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  9. Nothing beats this comfort food, the roast pork. So yummy and love them so crispy!

    Yes, even those who always complain – this is so oily, that is so fat…when it comes to crispy roast pork, they all give in… ๐Ÿ˜›

  10. That bowl of soup looks really yummy and healthy, pack with lots of ‘liu’!

    Yes, nice and lots of stuff in it but not cheap though, RM6.50 even though it was a big bowl, enough to share.

  11. i love the perspective you captured in the first photo … the statue staring out with its grim expression, looming large in the scene ๐Ÿ™‚ and oooo, i wouldn’t be able to resist those stewed eggs too ๐Ÿ˜€

    I saw a “professional” taking from that angle and sharing his photo on Facebook and I liked it a lot so I went and did the same. It’s not a statue, just a bust….or half of the face on the wall. Ahhhhh….lots of us have a weakness for stewed eggs, it seems. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Those scenic landscape shots are great! WOW!!! Very nice! I agree with Sean EDKL and the perspective is amazing!

    I saw somebody’s photo on Facebook and thought it was very nice – that was what “inspired” me. His was just the face with a blurred background. I wanted the river in as well – the guy brought the first Foochow settlers from China up that river and settled down in the vicinity many many years ago.

  13. no one can resist stewed eggs !!!!

    i tried to visit your blog many times yesterday but my celcom broadband was throwing tantrums. Finally, it’s so much better today ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’ve given up on Celcom, terminated my account. Now on Unifi. Much better.

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