Take me there…

My god-son/ex-student, Andrew, had a few days left before he and his family had to make their way back to New Zealand and he asked if I could take him for the best kampua noodles in town. Of course there is none that I would categorise as the best as what is best for me may not be the best to others…so I told him that I would take them for my favourite here

RTM Cafe kampua

…and yes, both he and his missus and even their little girl liked it a lot, especially with the strong lard fragrance.

They’ve done up the place nicely…probably for Chinese New Year and I particularly loved the stickers…

RTM Cafe wall sticker

…on their walls.

I decided to try their chin therng mee (clear soup noodles)…

RTM Cafe chin therng mee 1

…and ordered that for myself to try. It was nice but no, it is not supposed to be like that – the original/authentic chin therng mee

Authentic chin therng mee

…or what I would refer to as the soup version of the kampuaย (dry plate) noodles. That would comprise the noodles served in clear bone stock soup with light soy sauce, lard and msg added served with a few slices of the red coloured boiled meat (the imitation char siew) and a sprinkling of fried shallots and chopped spring onions.

The one here had the stewed meat slices and minced meat as in the kampua noodles, dry, and they also added a lot of green vegetables…

RTM Cafe chin therng mee 2

…which one would never see in the original/authentic ones.

We also had the pian sip (wanton/meat dumplings)…

RTM Cafe pian sip

…tossed in dark soy sauce but they did not seem to be helping themselves to any so no prize for guessing who had all of that.

After that, I drove them to Bandong to my regular Malay kuih stall where they did pick up a thing or two and then, we went to the Sibu Resident’s Office where they managed to get hold of two copies of THE book to take back to New Zealand. After a short drive around town, we dropped by here to buy the kaya but unfortunately, it was sold out and they would not be making any more till after Chap Goh Meh. Never mind! They were keen on dropping by there anyway as they would like to have the durian ice cream…

Payung durian ice cream

…one more time before they leave town. In fact, they had been here earlier for lunch and they complained that the one they had had very little of the durian cream. There! They should have mentioned my name for that special preferential treatment. Wink! Wink! Hehehehehe!!!!

They also told me that their niece or somebody had the mango ice cream and loved it so so so much but they did not get to try as she finished it all by herself. Oh? I had never ordered as I expected it to be just ice cream with some bottled mango syrup but no, they also made their own mango puree/cream for it but they used our local mango – the quinee with its much stronger (and nicer) fragrance and taste. ย We all tried…

Payung mango ice cream

…but we unanimously agreed that the durian was much nicer.

It certainly was nice seeing you all again, Andrew and Michelle and little Ashley. Thanks for all the treats throughout our brief outing that morning. I certainly looking forward to seeing all of you back in Sibu again soon. Take care and God bless always Cheers!

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Author: suituapui

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

15 thoughts on “Take me there…”

  1. I will like both the durian and mango ice cream. I like the strong taste of the quinee mango very, very much.

    How come they did not eat any pian sip? Maybe they thought you ordered it for yourself and not for sharing amongst all of you.

    I don’t know. Maybe they were shy or they were such small eaters, the kampua was already enough for them?

  2. It is a good thing I am cooking supper right now because your photos are making me hungry. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am making a roasted chicken leg, mashed potatoes with creamed corn and some cranberry sauce. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wowwww!!!! That sounds great. My girl would love it. She’s so into western.

  3. The wall stickers look really nice and unique.. Reminds me of my wall stickers in the house.. But the boys have started peeling off some pieces of it, arrrghhh…

    Children! Aren’t they all the same? Hehehehehe!!!!

  4. Though I like both durian & mango ice cream, I still insist to have durian. Both version of noodles looks great but the chin terng mee, broth looks a bit darker and not really like chin terng. For me, I always like the dry version.

    I will have the soup version once in a long while for a change – I also prefer the dry version. But wanton mee, I may order the soup version instead – not too fond of the dark and oily sauce that the noodles are swimming in at some places.

    Not dark leh, the soup. It is chin therng all right. Look at the right side – the left side seems darker probably due to the shadow of the bowl.

  5. Again, I love all the food displayed above..the other day I took sarawak noodles here, not sure it is kolo or kampua, but the portion was so big that my girl and I had a hard time finishing them all. Next time we will be wiser, we will order just a bowl and then share it.. at the same time, can order a side dish… like that, cheaper and at the same time, can try others as well…

    How much was your bowl of noodles? Here, RM2.80 and the serving’s big too…even though it does not look like much, serve in a bowl like that.

    We do it all the time – order different things and share so I would have more to blog about. Trouble with bloggers – our lives revolves around it. Get so pissed off sometimes when I order something and then my missus, after taking a long time browsing through the menu, wants the same – I would change my order to something that I do not have in mind at first. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  6. Ahhh durian ice cream! how much does that cost? we have one place selling homemade durian ice cream with ice kacang here in penang too!

    Can’t remember. RM8.00, I think..or RM10. Not cheap, but very nice.

  7. Have never ordered kampua mee in soup version before. How does it compare to the dry version?

    Imagine wanton soup minus the wanton with the noodles instead, served in the nice clear bone-stock soup. Mild and refreshing but I think most people prefer the dry version – the taste is not as mild/light.

  8. Hmmm….very generous serving of the durian cream. But must know who to bring there for preferential treatment eh? hee..hee…

    No need to bring, just mention my name. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. No picture of your god-son and family?? So little Ashley is your god-granddaughter, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I would prefer mango than durian ice cream anytime. Hehehe.

    Yup. You can see the photos on Facebook, no? The boss did say that the mango is very popular – looks like there are many non-durian lovers around.

  10. I think i will prefer the dry version…

    I do too. Just wanted something different for a change – never had the one here so I just thought I would give it a try.

  11. One day I must visit your town and eat all the good food it has to offer ๐Ÿ™‚

    When? When? Always welcome… You will be amazed by how there is so much here to sample and to enjoy – two days will not be enough, my friend from Singapore who was here would vouch for that. He’s coming again!!!

  12. It seems like everyone who visit you in Sibu wants to get hold of THE book among many other things. If and when I drop by Sibu, I must go for it as well. It might be priceless in 10 years time! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Dunno if it would be of any value but yes, this is a limited edition – they did not print so many copies and once they’ve given out all, that will be it! No more. Those who managed to get hold of a copy said it was very nicely done, not one of those cheap pamphlets or pocket handbooks people give away to tourists, worth grabbing hold of one and keeping…especially those from Sibu living overseas – would mean a whole lot more to them! It’s their heritage, their roots!

  13. The classic kampua noodle always welcoming..hhahah. I quite miss the pian sip and hopefully can eat again the next round back to Sibu with HB.

    Is he going to come back again? Saw his latest post – The Last Supper. I wonder why.

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