Here he is now…

This guy was once attached to a hotel in town…and later, he was at the subsidiary of our own Sarawak fast food franchise. and we loved his fried kway teow

Red Carrot char kway teow
*Archive photo*

…and would keep going back for more. However, he left the place and we did not know where he had gone to until I heard that he is here now…

Renew4U building
*Archive photo*

…in this building towards the end of Brooke Drive (before reaching Sing Ang Tong Kindergarten/Kwong Ann Methodist Church), somewhere across the road from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints…

Mormon church
*Archive photo*

I wasted no time at all in dropping by to check it out. My missus had his fried kway teow (RM4.00)…

Fried kway teow

…and she loved it! She was of the opinion that it was as good as what we used to enjoy so much at his previous location and a whole lot nicer than our Sibu all-time favourite.

I did not bring along my camera that day so I had to depend on the one in my mobile phone so perhaps, the snapshots do not do the food justice. I gave his nasi lemak special a try and opted for the daging masak hitam (literally translated as black-cooked beef) instead of the chicken curry (RM7.00)…

Nasi lemak

…and yes, I did like it very much. The beef was very tender and very tasty with the fragrance of the spices used and the sambal ikan bilis was very good too, spicy and to my liking. The rice was fragrant though I would very much like it to be a bit more lemak (rich with santan/coconut milk) but it did not matter so much really as with the beef and the sambal, I would say that I did enjoy it a lot.

This place is pork-free and they serve western fare at night – things like lamb chop, mushroom soup…at very affordable prices. If I remember correctly, the soup is selling for only RM1.50 a bowl. Besides, there are other things on his morning menu and I certainly would want to go back again soon to taste whatever else this guy has in store.

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Author: suituapui

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

43 thoughts on “Here he is now…”

  1. Picture alone looks really delicious. bet it taste even better.

    been long since i last ate authetic malaysian kway teow and nasi lemak

    But you were back in KL not too long ago? You did not go for any of these local delights? People coming back to Sibu after a long time would stop by at a coffee shop first – even before heading home – to eat kampua!

  2. Ah.. glad you found him again. Unlike you, all my pictures are taken using my handphone. I am very lazy to carry a camera with me. Ayden is already a hand full so I like to keep to the minimum πŸ™‚

    Happy Mother’s Day to your missus, Arthur .

    Thanks, and the same to you.

    With the good smartphones, you do not need a camera at all. My friend from Kuching that day has a good one – she could even take photos in dark places and they looked as bright as day – I had a helluva time trying to get some decent photos at that same place. She needs to work on her perspectives and angles though… Hehehehehe!!! My Singapore friend, Alfred, uses his smartphone too and his photos are great! Sometimes it is not the equipment but how you use it that is important. Right or not, William! Ooopsss!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  3. That is a big portion of fried kway teow! You must be so happy to know of his whereabouts again so that you can have his delicious fried kway teow. I like tender beef with spices too. Happy mother’s day to your wife!

    Thanks.

    Yes, I remember this guy (West Malaysian, I was told then) when he joined a hotel in town and it was the economic downturn and everybody was running at a loss but they were making heaps – he and my friend who was managing the place then…with their eat-all-you-can dinner (85 items on the menu to choose from) at their Chinese restaurant and their eat-all-you-can lunch/high tea on Saturdays and Sundays. There were so many people they had to place tables all over the lobby and in the music lounge/pub on the other side. Dunno why he left the hotel to join the franchise spin-off (I did hear something about why he left the latter – the food there now is the pits, I was told) but at both places, I was a regular…and now he has his own place here.

  4. Looks interesting! πŸ™‚

    I know this area coz my uncle lives around there (Jln Tun Abg Hj Openg Lane 20) and he always tells us what’s good and new in town (eats out everyday and is out and about everyday).

    That CKT is good for RM 4 and it comes with prawns too.

    Dunno the road but I do know that the lane from where the photo was taken leads to the housing area that people call Kwong Ann.

  5. That really looks like a sumptuous serving of char kway teow.

    Yes, I saw two guys at the next table sharing a plate – they probably had been here before and were familiar with the size of his servings. Our first time. Quite a lot in the nasi lemak platter too.

  6. That was a very delicious plate of fried kway tiaw. RM4 is so cheap!! Here almost everything is RM5 now.

    I love looking at that church everytime I passed by that road. So white and modern. Beautiful.

    Kuching city mah! Everyone so kaya one there! Hehehehehehe!!!! Ya, I like that church too – more like those conventional churches in western countries – not fond of our modern structures, not like a church.

  7. Lost & found the kway teow man. Fried kway teow looks amazingly good & so is the daging masak hitam…and the Church is beautiful.

    Very nice and yes, I like the church too.

  8. Oooo, glad you found him back! The char kuey teow looks really good, enough wok hei, slightly wet, I like it.. Your nasi lemak looks good too, nevermind the camera, your picture still looks good and yummylicious anyway…

    I guess these pics will just have to do since I forgot to bring along my camera. 😦

  9. very cheap wor CKT RM4 got prawns. some more big sized

    Yup! Other places RM3.80, I think…if they have not increased the price…and no ingredients other than some miserable bits of meat and egg, barely visible.

  10. Nasi lemak with daging masak hitam? Looks delicious. πŸ˜‹

    And I like how he’s so very generous with the masak hitam and the sambal, unlike at the Malay stalls – so little.

  11. I’m perfectly fine with this CKT, but I suspect it would not tickle Penangites’ fancy. They would probably claim this CKT is too wet. :/

    It’s dry – the wet ones would have some sauce or gravy but I, for one, prefer the kway teow over in the peninsula – Penang, SP, Ipoh, KL…anywhere where I have had CKT. The kway teow is narrower, very much thinner and finer and translucent – some people say they are called hor fun, I don’t know…but I like that type, a lot! No choice here – this is the type that we have, not quite the same.

  12. I take all my photos with my handphone too. That daging masak hitam, it it’s tender, it should be very good. I’m not a big fan of Penang CKT which is usually lighter in colour. I like mine dark with more soy sauce.

    I’m ok, dark or light – more into the texture of the kway teow used…but I do know of people who prefer our somewhat thicker and rather coarse ones. Like everything else, to each his own!

  13. The fried koay teow sure looks good especially the first photo. But even his nasi lemak was not enough lemak for you hee..hee… The daging masak hitam looks delicious. I must look for the recipe.

    My missus was ok with the nasi lemak, said it had the santan fragrance – just that I’d like it to be a lot more than that. Hehehehehe!!!!

    We have the instant paste for masak hitam here – dunno about this guy but I hear all the Malay shops use that instead of going through the chore of preparing their own (so it is always sold out). I think he does his own as I found one whole star anise in the masak hitam – we would not find it in the instant paste unless we add our own extra ingredients for extra fragrance and taste.

  14. The church looks beautiful and I like the goreng koayteow…. I always like Lucy’s choice of food.. hehehe..

    She’s like you – not into western, Italian…ok with Japanese but these days, she and my girl are so into anything Korean – from watching too many Korean shows on tv. πŸ˜€

  15. My CKT must have cockles

    Here, you’d be lucky to see anything else other than egg. There may be tiny bits of meat that one can hardly see and a little bit kuchai/taugeh…for RM3.80…or RM3.00 at the Malay shop that I’ve blogged about a couple of times. This one has prawns and pretty big ones – good enough.

    I sure would love cockles…but very sparingly – once in a long while is fine. High mercury content or something, they say. That is why we do not eat it at home and once in a very very blue moon, we may have it outside. Can’t remember the last time we had that!

  16. I never tried that daging masak hitam when I was in Malaysia, looks delicious specially with lots of rice πŸ™‚

    You mean West Malaysia? No, it is not found there – theirs would be the masak merah (red-cooked). This masak hitam is a Sarawak (in East Malaysia together with the state of Sabah) dish, very very nice and yes, great with rice.

  17. That plate of keow teow looks very good, like the CKT here and the nasi lemak looks very good too.

    Very good, laksa is good too – ask your mum to drop by! I am going to try the curry rice next. The beef noodles does not look good in the photo, not sure if I would want to try or not. Night time, lamb chop…RM13.50 only and mushroom soup RM1.50, so so cheap!

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