Not quite…

I know some of my paternal cousins like the kampua noodles here (2.305083,111.849068)…

Tung Lok Corner Sibu

…and as a matter of fact, I did have it once when one of them, currently residing in Australia, was in town not too long ago and I thought it was not too bad – nicer than when we had it before but probably, it was somebody else at the time. Well, from the expression on his face, smallkucing sure enjoyed it!

Located right beside this big supermarket by the Sibu Bus Terminal…

Sibu Bus Terminal Complex

…this place is actually well-known for its chao chai hung ngang (preserved vegetable big bihun). Some would even swear by it and insist that it is the best in town. It was here, once the most famous in Sibu for Sarawak laksa but not anymore, not since a long time ago. Their business was so good there but for some reason, they had to move and they relocated themselves here. They sure seemed to be doing just as well here and perhaps, even more so as my missus had to wait for quite a long time before her order (RM5.00) was served…

Tung Lok chao chai hung ngang 1

She did not think it was all that great though…

Tung Lok chao chai hung ngang 2

…and was of the opinion that what she had some place else was much nicer. The problem was she could not remember where that was but she was very sure it was not here, and maybe it was here. That’s the problem when people get old – the memory is no longer as good as it was before.

Personally, I am not a fan of that sourish soup delight so I opted for something else from this stall…

Tung Lok kueh chap stall

…in that shop.

I ordered the guy’s kueh chap special (RM7.00)…

Tung Lok kueh chap special

…which at best, I would say was quite all right – there are others elsewhere that have an edge over this one here and for RM7.00, I think I can easily go some place else and have something else a lot nicer.

I’ve heard time and time again that the stuff at the roast meat stall at this shop was good but I had never had the chance to try. I think my missus was one of those who told me that – it seemed that during those days before she retired, she and her colleagues would come out sometime for lunch and she had been here before…and that was what made me order their siew yoke (RM7.00)…

Tung Lok siew yoke

…their roast pork belly, to see how good it was. I guess you can easily tell by just one look at the pic – for me, I would say the one that I usually go for here is very much nicer…and needless to say, it would come nowhere near what I got from my friend, Eric’s mum, not at all! For one thing, it was priced at RM7.00 for 100 gm, a staggering RM70 for a kilo. Phewwww!!! That certainly was not cheap!

That morning, I was quite put off by the young lady at the roast meat stall at that coffee shop. They had pushed two tables together to the side and some people had just left. After they had cleaned up everything, I pulled the tables apart, thinking that somebody else could take the other table if they wanted to – otherwise, they would not have a place to sit. No sooner had I sat down than that lady came and told me to move out of the way as according to her, there would not be enough space beside her stall for them to move around. Duhhhhh!!!! Not that she was my shape and size! So I just pushed the table back to join it with the other one against the wall – that was perfectly all right by me (I would not be the one getting one table less of customers and losing out in the end!) but really, I wish people would at least have some social graces and try to ask nicely, speak in a gentler and more polite tone so as not to sound like they are reprimanding…when they’re not.

Well, we did not try everything there but those that we had were just so-so, not anything to get us rushing back for more and with that kind of treatment, I would much sooner go elsewhere but perhaps, others may be inclined to feel otherwise, judging from the crowd of people that congregate at this coffee shop every morning.