Turn left…

If you turn a little to the left as you come out of the hotel where my friends from Singapore were staying the first time they were in town, you would see this coffee shop…

Happy Dragon Cafe

…right at the corner of that block of shops. Actually, this is the back entrance but I do think it is more convenient to park one’s car in the spacious area in front of the hotel and go in this way.

One of them, Alfred, was wondering what they were serving here as it seemed very popular as every night, he would see a lot of people there so he asked me about it. I did not know at the time but one night last week, I was in the vicinity and was feeling a little hungry as I only had a very light dinner so I decided to drop by for supper.

I saw a not-so-young lady at the back doing the cooking and there were two young guys helping her. I placed my order and proceeded to the coffee shop proper to take my seat. I ordered this glass of teh-see-pengΒ (iced tea with evaporated milk)…

Happy Dragon Cafe teh see peng

…and it was really very good – thick, fragrant and rich, so very generous with the milk and it did seem to have a lot of froth too. I would say it was very much nicer than any teh tarek that I have had anywhere. I usually drink kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) which would be between RM1.50 and RM1.80 depending on where one goes to so I am not familiar with the usual prices of these drinks but this was RM2.20 a glass.

Yes, there were a lot of people but for some reason, they had pulled out all the tables and chairs to the pavement outside around the shop leaving the part where I was sitting (right under a fan swirling at full speed) quite bare. I noticed that most, if not all of them, were very young – it was around 8.30 p.m. at the time so my guess would be that old folks don’t stay out that late. What do you think? LOL!!! No, they were all very nice, not those that one might see at some places, loitering in the coffee shops, smoking and drinking and talking at the top of their voices. In fact, one girl accidentally knocked against my knee while she was taking a chair past my table to go outside and sit with her friends and she quickly apologised saying, “Sorry, uncle!” in English! I thought that was very sweet and nice of her.

Anyway, my order for a plate of Foochow fried noodles (RM3.50)…

Happy Dragon Foochow fried noodles 1

…came soon after and I got down to the business of eating it.

Yes, it was very nicely done – I would most certainly say that I enjoyed it very much even though as usual, there weren’t a lot of ingredients – just a few bits of meat and green vegetables…

Happy Dragon Foochow fried noodles too

…but they seemed kind of generous as there was quite a lot, filling the plate almost to the brim. I certainly would not mind having that again the next time I happen to be around the area.

I could not read all that was on the wall but looking at the photographs, it did not seem that they had a lot to choose from other than these fried noodle dishes – yellow noodles, kway teow or bihun…and I saw a few rice dishes as well – a plate with one scoop of rice and something cooked by the side – meat or fish. Those would be great for a light lunch – when my girl was small, we would stop by one place and have something like this, rice with sweet and sour pork ribs by the side. That was nice!

Well, since I was happy with the drink and the noodles and I somehow felt that the people were very nice, I may drop by sometime and try something else – we’ll see…

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Author: suituapui

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

16 thoughts on “Turn left…”

  1. Did you see what the others order and eat? Guess what they order would be the popular dishes there.

    Now that you mentioned it, I did not notice anybody else eating…or maybe I did not really look around outside where the crowd was. I did see a lot of people having the teh-c that I had though.

  2. I am so glad you were happy with the food and drink, and the place itself. I am willing to bet you will go back again. πŸ™‚

    Not so soon perhaps as I hardly go out at night, not sure if it is open daytime or not.

  3. What a generous serving! Looks good. Teh c peng! My fave drink!!

    I loved it, the one here. Very generous with the evaporated milk and so frothy!

  4. I see some black thingy in your teh-see, I thought they are bubble milk tea.. Yummmm, Foochow noodles, my favourite, with banjir gravy πŸ˜›

    Ice cubes! I would never go for those bubble teas, like little rubber balls, thank you very much!

  5. Though not much ingredients in the noodles, it looks great and I trust your word that it is nice. Teh c peng looks kaw kaw with the ummpphhh.

    Wouldn’t mind going back there again if I happen to be around that area.

  6. Usually nowadays i drink coffee, hot…

    Me too, iced…but this was quite late – scared I would not be able to sleep…but then again, maybe that was why I could stay up till past eleven, no problem?

  7. Maybe now…after GST, that’s all the young people can afford……hang out at coffee shops!!

    Like what we did in our teenage days. Makes a lot more sense than hanging out at those over-priced coffee or bubble tea joints and getting fleeced.

  8. After seeing all your photos of the Foochow noodles, I have a nagging feeling: Foochow noodles looks kind of identical to the Hokkien Char in Penang.

    …and some say it is like Hailam mee. I guess they are all similar in some ways, I wouldn’t know. Never tried the two.

  9. I like how you described the lady- NOT SO YOUNG

    She’s not really old, younger than me, I’m sure, but she’s not all that young either.

  10. Sorry uncle!! if I were to say it, would I be categorised as being sweet too? πŸ˜›

    The dishes like what you shown above, I always wonder why the eateries can’t just add a bit more ingredients inside. It will really add value to the dish, and I’ll personally be more satisfied having it.

    But you’re so old already leh? Call me uncle still kah? If your handsome brother calls me uncle, then I will say he’s so sweet. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Some places, you can request – kay liao…but of course, you will have to pay more than just RM3.50. One of such places coming up soon in another post. But I do know of one place where I asked for the extras…and it did not taste as nice as the regular. Sometimes, the ingredients may affect the taste and it may be best not to rock the boat.

  11. I sometimes wonder, you must have visited almost all the coffee shops in Sibu? πŸ˜€

    Impossible!!! You don’t know Sibu. Every block of shops, there will be two or three coffee shops. Not only in the town centre, you may find a block of shops in the middle of nowhere and there will be one coffee shop, at least! Like my favourite kampua place – a block of 4 shops deep in the midst of a housing area…and TWO coffee shops!

    Not like when I was SP, walked half dead in the town centre, could not find a coffee shop…except for two nasi kandar places and in the end, had to eat at those places in the mall and pay through the nose! They said go to the housing estates, the market or hawker centres, can find Chinese delights – no transport, don’t know the place at all, how to go? Chesh!!!

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