Count me in…

We were in the vicinity less than a fortnight ago and when we went again the other day, we noticed that there were at least two or three other cafés including this one…

Soft opening

…that had had its soft opening already and I think there was one, or maybe two, other coffee shops as well besides the two “food courts” that I mentioned in that earlier post…plus at least two hair salons.

With our frail economy the way it is right now, I really wonder if this is a good time to set up a business or maybe it is…as usually, there will be lots and lots of people coming home and and many others visiting Sibu too for the magnificent annual fireworks and firecrackers extravaganza at the stroke of midnight come Chinese New Year’s Eve so these places would probably enjoy brisk business at the time but they would have to make sure that they are a cut above the rest to keep the people coming back, those permanent residents, that is.

This time around, we dropped by here…

Wonderful Food Court

…and I had the char siew noodles (RM5.00)…

Char Siew noodles

…from one of the stalls there which I thought was good. I remember we used to get this here but the roast meat stall had been taken over by somebody else and I do not know where they had moved to now.

Just like the other one, they use their thick own-made noodles, something like those in the celebrated KL Hokkien mee but it was their char siew

Char siew

…that stole the show. I don’t know which part they used but the meat was tender and succulent and it really tasted great. I went to the stall to ask if they sold the char siew or not but they said no – one would only be able to have it with the noodles, take it or leave it.

There is a stall right beside this one selling roast meat with rice and they had char siew too…but it did not look the same so I did not bother getting any from there to try.

My missus had the claypot mee (RM6.00)…

Claypot mee

…from this lady who has shifted her stall from here where she was for a while. I heard she was originally at another shop in this same vicinity before so probably she stays around here and this new place would be a more convenient location…or perhaps the old lady and her kampua mee proved too much of a competition for anyone else setting up a stall at that same shop, I wouldn’t know.

Well, she did not use the usual yee mee so it did not have that special fragrance and taste. Instead, she used her own handmade noodles and I would say it was quite good, different but I thought it was not bad but there was too much for my missus to finish and no prize for guessing who had to finish it off. She left the egg behind – much to my delight and I did spot a few prawns and some minced meat balls in it. Well, anything with prawns doesn’t come cheap these days, that sure goes without saying.

Among the many others, there were a few most probably halal stalls there – one selling nasi lemak, another selling roti canai, one that dishes out all the fried stuff like fried noodles and the like and one selling nasi lalapan, ayam penyet…though I did not see anything that I would feel I would want to have.

Author: suituapui

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18 thoughts on “Count me in…”

  1. The noodles look fatter than the ones here in Hokkien mee, more like udon. I have not seen char siew served with these kind of noodles, normally wanton noodles or “chuan dan” (whole egg) noodles. So special to serve it with these fat noodles. Luckily your missus left the egg and some prawns for you to eat with the noodles.

    Here, we go not get char siew…as in char siew, not boiled meat coloured red, with anything except at those char siew rice places or at one place where my dad would specially ask for char siew to go with his Foochow fried noodles. Dunno of any others.

    My missus loves to tag along, go and try out new places but she isn’t a big eater so most of the time, she can’t finish. Not worth going for buffets at all, especially the extremely pricey ones for special occasions like Christmas, New Year or Valentine’s.

  2. Both type of noodles looks appetising to me. The claypot mee fill up to the brim. Usually, very little. Hmm..Your missus doesn’t like egg? I love the egg.

    Yes, and the bowl was bigger than the usual – could have cut down on the noodles and add a minced meat ball or two, that was really quite a lot.

  3. Most places with great charsiew or anything don’t sell their charsiew on its own too. Too bad coz I think there will be many people eager to just buy their charsiew but then again, it will be quite tough for them to estimate the ratio of charsiew and noodles daily. BUT then again, they should do it. After the initial hickups, they will be able to gauge their daily sales.

    Just like the chap fan places – many would not sell you the food without the rice. Maybe they make a bundle from the rice, I wouldn’t know. I asked them and they said, then nobody would eat the rice. Hmmmm…they can always cook less and reap their profit from the dishes they cook. 😦 In the end, people may just go elsewhere and they are the ones losing out.

  4. I never like that big yellow egg noodle. Haha. I do eat but don’t really like them.

    And yes, the thick juicy char siew sure looks good.

    In Kuching since last week, many cars on the road. I stay mostly at home. Rainy days since last weekend and this morning the weather looks cooling and gloomy but no rain (yet). It is going to be a cold wet CNY. As usual, in Kuching.

    Not yellow noodles, no alkaline smell – these are their ownmade ones, not really different, just the size and slightly firmer or more chewy.

    Thankfully, the weather here is holding up pretty will. We do get some rain, on and off on some days but generally, it is ok. Still, I am avoiding the town centre – I hear the jam has started here too.

  5. The fat noodles do look convincing, something like tai lok mee

    Dunno what that is, only know tai kor…like you, Penang tai kor. 😀 😀 😀

  6. The noodles in the 3rd picture, looks appetizing…

    It was nice, not like the regular claypot noodles with yee mee but I quite liked it.

  7. I guess if their food is good and reasonably price, business will be good.
    Love the claypot big noodles, hard to find here.

    I guess so but the population here is not that big so they must be very very good to draw the crowd and make big money. Otherwise, they will have to settle for less or close down after a while.

    I’ve always enjoyed the claypot noodles in KL or elsewhere with the yee mee. It has that special fragrance and taste.

  8. The char siew noodle stall probably makes just enough char siew to serve with the noodles hence no extras to sell. They should consider selling since it is so good.

    I wanted to suggest that actually – make more, can sell the char siew alongside the noodles but in the end, I did not and just walked away quietly.

  9. Saw from the fb, there are so many new place to eat in Sibu. Good good!

    Yes, one halal place coming up in tomorrow’s post. Ummm…I think others are better though. 😦

  10. yes really difficult to find great charsiew and siew yoke these days but if you come to KL we will show u the best lah hahaha

    All this while, I found the ones over at your side pretty good. I liked the ones at that Hong Kong Noodle House or whatever place, to the right of the entrance to Sg Wang and I think they had an outlet once at Mid Valley, don’t think it is still there, not sure.

  11. Saw the banner promoting BKT.. thought you would be showing the BKT dishes. 🙂 Anyway the noodles with the char siew is indeed a better choice.. the meat is very lean, I can see… if there are fats, I normally will scrape them off before I put into my mouth.. hahaha..

    The bak kut teh there looked very good in the photos, did not try. Not really into it, will have once in a while for a change but will certainly not go out of my way for it.

  12. i think i would order the nasi lalapan, since it’s something we don’t see that much of around town 🙂

    I guess that is because you do not frequent those Malay stalls, coffee shops and restaurants. It is different here – in the same coffee shop, we can see the kampua mee stall and the Malay food stall side by side and at some, we may find one selling nasi lalapan. Quite a few here but whether it is nice or not, that’s another story.

  13. Yeah, maybe they just wanted to capitalize on the huge amount of people coming back from CNY like you said.

    It’s not an insubstantial amount, my flight back was full and yesterday during dinner with my dad at Ruby the place was packed too. Tons of people at Ta Kiong as well.

    The thick noodles looks good. I thought they were udon noodles at first sight until I saw you saying it’s made in-house. The meat looks beautiful too, I would happily eat that char siew noodles for RM5. Yum!

    Ruby’s packed again? Drove past two weekends ago and it was packed too…and we went to Y2K instead. Good also that their business is brisk – that will keep them going, the food is very nice, special…not quite like many of the rest.

    Ya…I wish there is a place where I can get to buy char siew this nice. So far, there is none around that I enjoyed as much.

    1. Yeah, I don’t know what’s up with that. It was full one time we went last month when I was back home too. All the tables that weren’t full were reserved and another family which came before us had to be turned away. I agree, the food at Ruby’s is consistently good so I enjoy eating there – favorites would be the butterscotch prawns and sour mayo lamb.

      Sometimes, they turn away customers as they are not able to cope. I know the wife does the cooking, dunno how many helpers she has so instead of cashing in on the crowd and sacrificing the quality of what they dish out, they would rather tell people the food is finished. But regulars, they would usually accept…somehow, like it or not.

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