Had it all…

My (Facebook) friend living in Perth, Australia was home obviously and one fine day, he shared the photograph of the char kway teow (and another one of the church across the road) he had here, proclaiming it to be so very good and thanking me for blogging about it. He even added that he would go back the next day for more – dunno if he did. I did meet him once before here when he approached me and asked me if he could have his photograph taken with me – who could forget that and oh my goodness!!! He was on my same flight to Kuching, he said, and when he boarded and was walking past my seat, he asked me if I was going to Kuching…and added that thinking back, he thought that was a silly question. Why else would I be sitting in the plane, eh? Hehehehehe!!!!!

Yes, the char kway teow at this place is indeed very nice, along with a number of the other things available. I would say I’ve had it all, all that is available on the daytime menu, except for the bitter gourd bihun. This being a pork-free place, the guy uses chicken and for that dish, I would prefer pork – minced pork so that is why I have never given it a try. There are some western dishes available on the dinner menu though and I had yet to sample those until that night when we dropped by for dinner.

My girl had their lamb chop (RM13.50, the same as the beef steak)…

Colourful Cafe lamb chop

…with black pepper sauce and she loved it! Very juicy and tender, very nicely done. In her own words, this was the nicest she had had anywhere for a long time.

The mum had the chicken chop (RM8.50)…

Colourful Cafe chicken chop

…with the whole drumstick/thigh deboned and grilled to perfection, served with the very nice mushroom gravy. We all felt that it was the best of the lot – I had that too in the mixed grill platter (RM22.50)…

Colouful Cafe mixed grill

…that I had – with a choice of 3 out of 4 – lamb, beef, chicken and fish. I was not sure what fish he would use and I would not be keen on those frozen fish fillet available at the supermarkets so I opted not to have that. The beef was not all that great – I can’t say I am all that fond of beef, anyway, plus I am not a fan of black pepper sauce. I think if we ever drop by for dinner again, I would just have the chicken chop.

My girl and I had the mushroom soup (RM1.50)…

Colourful Cafe mushroom soup

…which did not thrill us all that much. We would prefer it thicker and richer but I guess for RM1.50, there was no cause for complaint.

It appeared that many of the things available in the morning and for lunch were also served come dinnertime except perhaps, the nasi lemak and chicken rice. I saw people having the Sarawak laksa and the char kway teow and the kampua noodles as well and I also saw somebody who had fried rice with the very niceΒ masak hitam beef by the side.

We were so full already but I saw somebody having the waffle and I could not resist asking for one (RM3.50)…

Colourful Cafe waffle

…to try. They were out of honey so I settled for strawberry instead and yes, it was so very nice. In the meantime, I spotted somebody else ordering that – it certainly looked like it was quite popular and according to my girl, this one here was nicer than the more expensive one with ice cream and all at one of those pricey classy coffee places in town that she went to once with her mum – her verdict: expensive and nothing really nice.

Well, now that we’ve tried and liked what we had, we probably would go back there time and time again…and perhaps, I should find out a bit more about the fish and try the fish and chips (RM9.50) sometime.

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Author: suituapui

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

33 thoughts on “Had it all…”

  1. Australia is on my list of places I want to visit someday. I imagine about the only thing I’ll dislike is the long flight!

    Oh that’s too bad about the mushroom soup. I like my mushroom soup to be thick and creamy also. I have not made that in quite a while, but when I did my daughter devoured it leaving me with no leftovers! πŸ™‚

    Oh look at those waffles! The BF has a fancy waffle maker. I’ve avoided it when we’ve visited, but you have peaked my interest and so I might pull it out and make some waffles for him and my daughter. If I do, I’ll be sure to take pictures.

    Actually, I’m more into pancakes. I read somewhere – waffles are pancakes with abs. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Thinking of making some pea or pumpkin soup sometime – hard to get buttons here. There’s shitake sometimes but I am not all that fond of those.

    Yes, one reason why I would not think of flying to the US – the long haul flights. The one to NZ for my girl’s convo was bad enough. Given a choice, I think I would prefer NZ to Australia though.

  2. You are indeed a celebrity, being asked for a photograph. All thanks to you, I have learned a lot about Sibu and the food there. Thank you!

    No plan to hop over sometime? You’ll love it here!

  3. Humans are mostly like that, asking the obvious but we mean no harm. Just trying to start a conversation πŸ˜€

    I’ll be star struck if I ever meet you one day. I’ll be so nervous my tongue will be tied.

    Small talk. Like when you’re eating noodles at a coffee shop and someone comes along and asks, “Eating mee kah?” πŸ˜€

    Nahhhhhh!!!! Star struck, my foot! You would not want to have a photo taken with me because I’m an old and fat Ah Pek…and you would look like my grand-daughter beside me. πŸ˜€

  4. Spoilt for choices, you get to choose 3 out of four, if for me, I would opt out the beef

    Not for health reasons, I guess lamb isn’t much better so I guess that would be for religious reasons? I am not a fan of beef myself but I don’t know what fish they use and I don’t fancy those frozen fish fillet available at the supermarts.

    1. Yes, more for religious reasons, I would love lamb chop too, chicken chop also not bad

      Chicken is milder, no strong smell – I guess it goes down well with a lot more people than beef or lamb. My missus would not touch lamb if there is any hint of the smell. Not all that fond of beef as it is best eaten rare or medium and with our frozen imported beef, I would not think that is a great idea.

  5. Australia is one of my must visited countries. And wow, he must be your biggest fan. I never have someone walk to me and ask for autograph or photo taken. Lol. But I would prefer to be low profile.

    Nice chops. I would go for lamb chop.

    When? When? Let me know. I’d love to tag along if I can and I’d help you to babysit while you and your hubby go phak thor. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Ya, my girl loves the lamb. I am not all that fond of black pepper sauce, that is why.

  6. I love love love your post today, coz I love western food! Yay! I like your first picture already – lamb chop.. I like all kinds of chops – lamb chop, chicken chop, pork chop, but I like chicken chop the most.. Give me mashed potatoes, slaw and garlic bread, I’m contented..

    My girl too, but the mum not really but she would tag along and eat what she likes.

  7. I’ll probably choose beef over lamb, i am a huge fan of a good, big and fat slab of steak!

    You can have the slab on my plate then.

  8. Not really into this chop chop thingy but I really love the waffle.

    My missus too, not all that into western – no choice, want to tag along, just have to eat lor.

  9. I will go for the chicken chop as me not into lamb chop…

    You, gang with my missus – especially if there is a little bit of the lamb meat smell, she will not touch it.

  10. I absolutely LOVE lamb, it is my (by far) favourite! Unfortunately, though, due to the high cost I rarely eat it. Your photos are making me very hungry….:) πŸ™‚

    Expensive there? I thought it would be very cheap…unlike here. We get ours imported from Australia or New Zealand, definitely not cheap. 😦

  11. The lamb portion looks okay but the chicken chop and your mix platter meat portion are huge. I wouldn’t be able to finish them..and have waffles later! Burp..

    Yes, had to force that in…and the fact that we enjoyed it when we were already so full sure speaks volumes as to how good the waffle was.

  12. And I must add..you’re quite a food celebrity or celebrity blogger there. Fancy someone coming up to you to ask for a photograph. πŸ˜‰

    So shy, quite embarrassing. I do meet people smiling knowingly at me when I go some places to eat…but I do not know who they are! Can only conclude that they read my blog. Sigh!!! Have to be very careful what I do in public – they know me and I don’t know them and in these days of smartphone cameras, I may find myself on one of those social media sites…doing something silly. Blush! Blush!

  13. I would love the mix platter but won’t like the sauces mixed up with one another…would prefer if they had served the sauce by the side. I agree with you that we can’t complain about mushroom soup that costs only RM1.50…kekeke….it looks like it was straight out of a can! ;D

    No, it was freshly made – not the canned ones. It tasted great, just too diluted…too much cream/milk. 😦 I like the canned ones – they serve that at Pizza Hut, as long as it is rich and thick, not watery – no problem with it.

    Don’t mind the sauces either, just that I’m no fan of black pepper – not intending to have that again or I would ask for mushroom for all. Ok with that and brown gravy.

  14. I don’t quite enjoy western food; still prefer Chinese or other Asian food. For western food, I only like fish and chips. I find western restaurants way too expensive.

    Over there too? Generally, that is the case here. I’m ok with western, for a change, my missus is not that much into it – she loves stuff that is spicy but she’s ok with it once in a while. My girl likes western – maybe it’s a thing with young people these days, all the cafes and restaurants opening here, there and everywhere…and they’re not cheap, not at all.

  15. I will more often than not choose the mixed grill if I see it on the menu. It’s nice to have a bit of this and that. I think mushroom sauce is better than black pepper.

    Yes, all at one go. I like those with sausages…and an egg even. Ahhhhh….we’re one of a kind, mushroom for me too!

  16. that looks like a very thick waffle … thicker than i’m used to! but i like the look of its golden-crispy crust πŸ™‚

    I think they sandwiched the two halves together…with the cream and strawberry syrup in between.

  17. Australia such beautiful place. I always wanted to visit Australia again, as i was really young when i was there, did not remember anything.

    Not in the summer – the heatwave, the flies… Winter would be good but the crazy weather this year – so so so cold! I love New Zealand but this winter is not good too, so cold, tornadoes, wild weather. Better just stay home…and one thing I see – all there just can’t stop eating the moment they get back here. East west, home is best!!! πŸ˜€

  18. That seems like quite a generous serving of meat.

    Yes, and very cheap too. Guy was an executive chef at a leading hotel in town once – can’t get these at such prices there or at a cafe where he was last.

  19. Seeing your western food makes me yearn for the Texas Roadhouse steak! I don’t usually order steak over here cos of the smell… but over there, the beef are really “smell-less” and juicy.. I ate them medium cooked with a bit of pinkish inside… πŸ™‚

    Yes, same in NZ. Huge thick steaks, must not eat well-done – tougher and not so sweet and juicy. I reckon it is not all that cheap there though – especially after conversion into our miserable ringgit.

    Here, of course, it depends on where the beef come from. We can’t get fresh beef locally – I am sure you can over there. Those that we buy frozen, imported from Australia or NZ are all right…but expensive. I hear the ones from a certain country have a strong smell (can smell it even when drowned in all the curry spices) and are so tough you would need a dentist appointment after eating!

  20. that lamb chop must be really good if that’s what she said. Seems like i can have that every week with that price tag, Hahaha

    We have quite a few places here – more affordable western, 3 or 4 others, not including those Malay stalls all over. Good or not, that is another question. πŸ˜‰

  21. Don’t expect i will become the “main character” one day after few years reading your blog. I didn’t go back for the CKT the next day but i went back in the morning on the day i leaving Sibu. Will go and try other things in the menu like curry chicken nasi lemak and laksa if i go back to Sibu again. Just to let you know, in my recent trip back to Sibu, i had tried this (CKT), Payung and Diamond restaurant.

    Diamond? You mean Ruby? πŸ˜€

    1. Yes, i just cannot remember what the restaurant called in english, so i just direct translate it.

      LOL!!! I thought the Mandarin name is red something?

  22. Sorry Arthur, i made another silly mistake again. I thought it called “Diamond” in mandarin. Look at me, 10 years leaving Sibu…………….

    That’s good. At least you’ve not forgotten your Mandarin after all these years. Hope you enjoyed the food there – don’t think I saw the photos on Facebook.

  23. “expensive and nothing really nice” that’s what my family said most of the time, hahaha! Usually just tried one time, then never went back to that restaurant again.

    They’d probably love this place then – cheap and nice! Can go again and again.

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