It’s your day…

It was my brother-in-law’s birthday…

Birthday cake

…so my niece came back from Singapore for that and we all went out for dinner here that night.

After that first time, we went there again one other time with our girl and that was it, despite the fact that the food here is nice and reasonably priced, the reason being the fact that Sibu is located on very swampy land and owing to the perennial sinking problem, the road in this area, like in many areas around here, would not be very car-friendly.

So what did we have that night? Well, there were these butter prawns…

Butter prawns

…that were very fresh and succulent and of course, we had to order my brother-in-law’s favourite, the sweet and sour fish fillet…

Sweet and sour fish

It tasted great but the fish was kind of limp or soft. Maybe they did not fry it well till nice and crusty or they put it back into the sauce before dishing it out and serving (instead of just pouring it over the pre-deep fried fish) but it was all right, not too bad…just that we have had others elsewhere that were nicer.

The salted egg chicken…

Salted egg chicken

…was good and so was their pork belly dish with salted fish and dried chilies…

Pork belly with salted fish & dried chili

The sea cucumber soup…

Soup

…was just like sharks fins’ soup minus the offensive stuff and all of us sure enjoyed it and the vegetable fried with tau joo (fermented bean curd)…

Vegetable

…was a hit though to me, it was a little on the salty side. I am not really a fan of this vegetable, not sure what it is called – Sabah yeu chai or something…and this time around, I thought it was quite nice, after all.

The omelette…

Omelette

…was fine, just that it was not what my in-laws had in mind. They were thinking of something done old-school style with a lot of the very fragrant golden fringe like what I had here but no, this was not how it was supposed to be done. Still, an egg is an egg…and it was o.k. – we managed to finish all that in no time at all.

All in all, we thought the dinner was quite delightful…and with the rice and Β drinks, the bill came up to slightly over RM120.00 only for 8 persons. I would say that was very reasonable, around SGD45.00 and it certainly was cheap for my niece who picked up the tab, thanks so much to her from all of us!

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Author: suituapui

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

27 thoughts on “It’s your day…”

  1. When I see huge spread of icing like that I have an urge to dig my finger right down the middle – a little bit of a sweet tooth πŸ™‚

    I love this guy’s butter icing – it’s not sweet though, all butter so a little on the salty side and goes absolutely well with the cake.

  2. Price was alright. I love the food. All looked great. My favourite has got to be the butter prawns. Salted egg chicken? I tasted salted egg prawns before but not on chicken.

    Yes, first time salted egg with chicken. I think I would prefer prawns or crabs too, more compatible but this was pretty good as well.

  3. Ooooo, I see cake in the first picture, I love cakes !! Chocolate cake inside? Price sounds ok, a lot of food there.. You’ve got a lot of meat, and ooooo I love that sea cucumber soup..

    Nope, butter. This guy makes the BEST butter cake, none can come anywhere near…and his cakes have stayed exactly the same for the last 30-40 years and even the style of icing has remained unchanged. Very very nice – anyone’s birthday, we will surely order from him, home-based business. Have to book early to avoid disappointment, his business is that good!

  4. Certainly very cheap for them….as the sing dollar keeps going up…sad!! >.<

    It’s ok, as long as we do not go over and spend our money there. That is why I have not gone for years and years… Good for those from here working there and bringing the money back here to spend, hovering around RM2.70…hopefully, will linger there for a while.

  5. Butter prawns look amazing, and that is such a beautiful cake! πŸ™‚

    The young ones would probably say the icing is so old school – not quite like how they do it today but I love it! Much nicer, I would say…

  6. It is always cheap when Singaporeans spend their Sing dollar over here :/

    That’s why my Singaporean friends love coming here – and the food is nice and everything is so cheap. I stayed at a hotel Orchard back lane years ago – was SGD80, not really nice room…and the lift was so small that when I went in with my suitcase, everyone else would have to wait till the next trip. Now, SGD200 – I think they have refurbished the room, much nicer now…but no, the lift is still the exact same one!!! For that kind of money in our currency, I would rather go anywhere in our own country and stay in some posh hotel in 5-star comfort. Makes no sense going there, not at all.

  7. That is one old-fashioned looking cake! πŸ˜€ So much butter icing *faints* That vege is called “yau mak” in Cantonese or romaine/cos lettuce. It is commonly fried with “fu yue” (fermented bean curd) and can be quite salty but I like that the vege stays crunchy (if they fry it well).

    It IS! Same style since my young days! Love the cake – he really does it so well – and the icing…and we usually will save the “excess” to spread on bread. Pure butter! Yum yummm!!!!! They did a good job with the veg – maybe one of the reasons why I liked it that night and not elsewhere…and yes, it was with fermented bean curd too – could do with less, very salty…though it would go very well with rice.

  8. The food from this restaurant look really good.

    It is good. Just that the road is not good – the sinking swampy land, a problem that Sibu faces. The buildings are ok, they use some kind of special foundation…but the road will sink by a foot…or two or more over time. Fine when they come to resurface the road but otherwise, I would avoid this place and the area around there. Some bumps are so high one would scratch the bottom of one’s car to drag the vehicle over it. 😦

  9. All the food looks great. Spotted 3 of my favourite dishes in there…butter prawn, sweet & sour fish fillet & sea cucumber soup….and best part, the price is reasonable. Yumzzzz

    Yes, that’s the most important thing!

  10. All the dishes looks so good! I don’t think I have come across salted egg chicken before.and that’s something I am sure I would love a lot!

    My first time and being a lover of salted eggs, I sure did enjoy that.

  11. RM120 for eight people for all those dishes is excellent … and if you convert it to singapore dollars, it sounds even more of a steal! πŸ™‚

    Indeed. Around SGD5 per head, dirt cheap! :d

  12. Happy Birthday to your mother in law. Salted egg chicken? I only tasted salted egg crab, but not with chicken. The price was ok for me. πŸ˜€

    Oopsss!!! It was my brother-in-law but thanks anyway for your good wishes. I think I had it with crab once in Kuching, not the in-thing here. Yes, very reasonably priced, I would say.

  13. you’re right, i always liked the fish fillet in sweet and sour fish dishes to have that crispy edge rather than being soggy and soft. πŸ™‚ ..

    …and also the kind of fish they use. If it is the frozen fish fillet, then some may not all that nice.

  14. Oh my goodness!! This is one birthday dinner which serves great food and a cheap bill…. really!! Happy Birthday to your BIL.. the cake looks good too!!

    Thanks. Yes, this guy’s cake is the best, second to none. My friend, Philip, when he comes home from the US, would place a special order his fruit cake – none there that comes anywhere near, he would tell me.

  15. Your niece must love her father very much to fly all the way home to celebrate his birthday and to treat all of you to a birthday meal. Nowadays children working far away from home usually only return to hometown during CNY.

    She’s a good girl – would pre-book her flights home, zero or cheap fare for her father, her mother and her grandma’s birthday…and she gets to come home and eat all the nice things here that she loves. Some do not even bother to come home for CNY, even if it is just a direct flight from KL.

  16. Happy birthday to your brotha from anotha motha. Haha.

    It’s my favourite too, sweet and sour but I prefer chicken. And butter prawns seem like a wajib-to-have during these kind of dinners hehe.

    And omg, 120 for 8 people. I don’t need to say it lol.

    Thanks. Now that sounds like an illegitimate brother, eh? πŸ˜€ Ya…can’t get this at that price in JB, eh?

  17. That cake look very old school. I wonder how it taste?

    What do you expect? He made my wedding cake…and is still going strong! Anybody who is anybody in town would order his for the son’s or daughter’s wedding during which time, everything else would be put on hold. He would not take any other others – that’s one thing about his cakes, he would ensure they are of top quality. Others at this age would probably retire, let the young ones (with their new and “creative” ideas…and recipes) take over…and everything goes down the drain.

  18. RM120 only for 8 pax? Wow! I don’t think we can get anything like that over here.

    No, you can’t. Saw Isaac’s post on some Parents’ Day dinner…over RM1,300 a table – nothing sensational, the courses BUT they have the unmentionable – sharks fins’ soup.

  19. Happy belated birthday to your brother in law. Foods look good, where is this place? I clicked the link and see, not sure where it is. Cake is from the famous Delta baker?

    Sea cucumber soup, yum!!! I brought back some sea cucumber, maybe can cook during the long weekend.

    Yup, cake from Marcus, none other! This one is in the block behind Pahlawan Cafe/Secret Recipe, facing inwards – not facing the main road…bus terminal area. Not bad – worth checking it out the next time you come home.

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