I’ll remember your name…

The name of this coffee shop…

Bosco Cafe Sibu

…sure stands a head above the rest.

The only Bosco that I can remember would be Bosco De Cruz, the announcer on The Voice of Malaysia during my teenage years and his programme, “Old Favourites” every Thursday afternoon. I used to write letters to him via snail mail – no poslaju, no sms-es, no email, no Twitter or whatever at the time, to request for songs and dedicate them to my similarly-inclined friends and you can imagine all of us tuning in faithfully week after week for the cheap thrill of hearing our names on air…on short-wave radio some more – I am pretty sure many of you do not know what that is, nor for that matter, medium wave. The other one at that station at the time was George Abraham and his show, “It’s all yours”, on Tuesday afternoons.

With a glamorous name like that, one would expect some upscale fine dining western cafe or restaurant that would burn a hole in your pocket but no, this one’s a coffee shop right next to one with an equally unique name…

Minah Cafe Sibu

No, this is not a Malay coffee shop but a Chinese one with a kampua noodle stall that sure seemed to be enjoying bustling business that morning when I was there. Both of them are located in the block of shophouses facing the left side of Tanah Mas Hotel, in case you’re wondering where exactly they are. You can see the circular building (beside New Capitol Restaurant) that houses all the Malay food stalls in the background in the above photograph.

I heard about this one, Bosco, but when I dropped by that day, I could not remember what it was that people had there and were sharing photographs of them on Facebook or on Instagram. There were no stalls in front, only a chu-char (cook & fry) place at the back so I just ordered a plate of Foochow fried noodles, wet (with sauce/gravy) and my usual glass of kopi-o-peng – iced black coffee (RM1.70) which was all right, nothing to shout about.

The spoon and chopsticks came in the usual mug of boiling water and I must say that I liked this one…

Nice mug

…that they used for mine, so mushily romantic. LOL!!!

While I was waiting for my noodles, some people came and sat at the vacant table right next to mine and the waitress was telling them about the things available. From what I overheard, it seems that you can order noodles with fish or those giant freshwater prawns like what we had here at comparatively more affordable prices ranging from RM15 to RM20 to RM30.

Of course I had no intention of eating that but I would say I was kind of disappointed when mine came (RM4.00)…

Bosco Foochow fried noodles 1

…because the sauce/gravy was clear. I would prefer it dark like what I would get at some places in town.

Nonetheless, it was very nice and had that much coveted wok hei fragrance and when tossed altogether…

Bosco Foochow fried noodles 2

…it did not matter very much really whether it was black or white…ummm…I mean, clear. Besides, there were quite a lot of ingredients though I would prefer more green vegetables instead of those carrot slices. We never had carrot in our fried noodles all those years when I was a lot younger…and no black fungus either.

All in all, I would say it was good enough for anyone to stop by for a bite (especially those from elsewhere staying at hotels all over the vicinity) though I do not foresee me doing that very soon as that area is one of the most congested in the town centre and as far as parking goes, it would be much easier trying to find a needle in the haystack.

P.S.:
Thank you so much to 1sun3 for the lovely goodies…

Goodies from Sheta

…that I received from her via poslaju yesterday afternoon, including the very nice Cherating fridge magnet…

Cherating fridge magnet

that I won in her blog sometime ago. I love the guitar key chain especially and the bars of soap smell awesomely wonderful. Thank you, thank you…