I’m taking over…

There used to be a halal Chinese restaurant here probably owned by a Chinese Muslim convert as it had a Chinese name, somebody surnamed Low. I never went to try and neither did I hear of anybody talking about it except once when someone was ranting over the prices he or she was charged there. Eventually, it closed down and now, somebody else is taking over…

Keripan Cafe Sibu

I don’t know what that name means – the closest word in Malay that I know is lipan, centipede.

I guess they inherited everything that the previous owner had for her restaurant so generally, it looked like a nice place…

Keripan Cafe, inside

…though when we were there at around 11.00 a.m., I thought the place needed sweeping and the Italian-tiled pavement outside was in dire need of mopping. They had ashtrays…

Ashtray

…but it would be nice if they could do a little bit more than just the mere disposing of the butts.

Luckily, it was raining that morning so it was nice and cool. I did not see any fans inside, just a few outside above the pavement while inside, they had those air conditioner vents, obviously from the previous restaurant, but I doubt they would switch those on, seeing that the place was quite open.

Well, I have had conflicting reviews of the place – somebody went and had their nasi kerabu and shared the photograph on Facebook and he said, “Biasa aje!” (ordinary/nothing special). Then, I heard a friend raving about it saying that it was nicer than the ones that we would go for here. Like I have always said, one man’s meat is another man’s poison – to each his own so I just had to go there and find out for myself.

I had the nasi kerabu

Nasi kerabu Keripan Cafe

…with ayam percik (RM12.00)…

Ayam percik Keripan Cafe

…and as one can clearly see, they were not very generous with the special gravy or sambal and the sprinkling of the fish/grated coconut combo and I did not see any air budu either. The kerabu/ulam-ulaman or the raw vegetables could have been cut finer and they did not have some of those they had at that other place – like the ulam raja, for instance, that has its special fragrance and taste. The sambal cili was kind of diluted but one saving grace was that they had this stuffed chili…

Stuffed chili Keripan Cafe

…that they do not have at that other place. As for the chicken, it was over-tender, not very nice and too soft for my liking like the ones they had here, probably those cheaper frozen ones and for that very reason, I never went back to the latter again. Likewise, I am in no hurry to come back here and if I do, I certainly would not bother ordering the chicken the next time around.

My missus had the fish (RM7.00)…

Nasi kerabu ikan goreng Keripan Cafe

…and she did not say anything about it so I guess it was all right. This was more expensive that the ones with fish or chicken at that other place, just that it had the little bit extra – the stuffed chili so all in all, if it is nasi kerabu that we are looking for, I would much sooner go back to our regular place. The one here, this much I would say, is nice enough should one happen to be in the vicinity on a weekday – they only serve this on Saturdays at the other place – but unless you are all right with that kind of chicken, perhaps you should give that a skip and go for the fish.

Moving on from the post proper, I really must thank my cousin and his wife for the lovely traditional goodies…

From Ah Lek & Saliah

…that they went through the trouble of getting and giving us for Chinese New Year and also to my blogger-friend, Angeline, in Taiping Perak, for the card…

From Angeline

…that she sent and last but not least, thank you also to my ex-student, home from Penang for Chinese New Year, for the very nice acar

From Pek Hong

…that his mum makes and he never fails to give me some every year.