Yet another one for you…

The other day, I spotted yet another new coffee shop in town…

Udak Kitchen, Sibu

…located here…

Lorong Sungai Merah 2C

…back to back with this one facing my regular car workshop and right next to the supermarket (green building) with the St Teresa Catholic and SIB Churches right across the road…

Supermarket & churches

I don’t know what the name means but it sure has some very interesting stuff on display such as the rattan food covers and the plates and I like their use of the kerosene pressure lamps for their lighting…

Decor 1

…and there were also the kompangs (Malaysian drums) and the old-school enamel trays…

Decor 2

…on another section of the wall, plus this old-fashioned telephone, another kompang and a miniature bicycle and a miniature trishaw…

Decor 3

…on the counter, with more drums beside it…

Decor 4

…and I sure do remember the old-time kerosene stove…

Decor 5

– I used one like that to cook in the late 70’s right through into the early 80’s, those five years when I was teaching in Kanowit and I do remember the pump kind of thing on the right too. People used that to pump kerosene out of a big tin…and yes, we had a yellow enamel tiffin carrier like that once. In my younger days, when my mum had something to do or was busy with something, my dad would take it to town in a rattan basket to buy some dishes from this restaurant for us to eat at home that day. It sure was a whole lot more environment-friendly then, those days before plastic and polystyrene.

I ordered the roti canai kosong/plain (RM1.40) from the lady at this stall in front…

Udak Kitchen roti canai stall

I don’t know if the prices have gone up but I don’t recall it being this expensive elsewhere. I did see a lot of the other customers eating that…

Udak Kitchen roti canai

…though and yes, it was very good, crispy and not tough and rubbery – best eaten when hot.

The dip did not look promising but upon tasting it, I found that it was very nice…

Roti canai dhal curry dip

– not quite dhal nor curry, probably something in between.

I also ordered the mee mamak (RM3.50) and it came with this little bowl of complimentary soup…

Udak Kitchen mee mamak and soup

…and one thing I must say about these Malay eateries, their plain clear soup is so very nice, good till the very last drop which is more than what I would say about their coffee (RM1.50)…

Udak Kitchen kopi-o-peng

…which is always so diluted and has hardly any coffee fragrance. Thankfully, the one I had that day was not sweet which usually is the case, so very sweet too!

The mee was all right, quite nice and loaded with ingredients – prawns, sotong (squid), tofu puffs, taugeh (bean sprouts)…

Udak Kitchen mee mamak 1

…and even peanuts…

Udak Kitchen mee mamak, peanuts

…all for R3.50 unlike at most Chinese stalls where you will get a plate of almost nothing else other than the noodles, and maybe some barely visible bits of meat and green veg, for RM3.80-4.00 or more…but having said that, I thought what I had that morning was nice enough…

Udak Kitchen mee mamak 2

…just that it was not something I would go out of my way to have. I may drop by again though and try something else – perhaps they may have something else to offer that is a whole lot nicer.

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Author: suituapui

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

18 thoughts on “Yet another one for you…”

  1. From your photos, can see that they put quite a bit of effort to decorate the place. RM1.40 for one roti canai is more expensive than the usual place I go to for my roti canai fix near where I live. Here it is only RM1 per piece.

    It’s RM1 here too elsewhere though I may have had one RM1.20, not as expensive as this one. I can understand if it is a little bit more expensive as they do not get as much business in this Chinese-majority town plus things have to be sent over from your side, extra transport charges and all. 40 sen more is a bit too much though or maybe I heard wrongly…or prices have gone up elsewhere too and flour is no longer subsidised since January 1st. I seldom go for roti canai. Might as well go up to RM1.50 to round it up – after all, everything is increasing in prices.

  2. A Malay coffee shop. I love the decor. How creative. Remember the kerosene stove. Hate the smell though. Hahaha.

    Yummy mee mamak. Actually long time did not have one. What a surprise that they served with some peanuts.

    Hmmmmm…people in the past had to put up with a lot of things. The pots and pans would be all black, such a chore to scrub them clean. People these days dunno how lucky they are.

    Yes, the peanuts were an added bonus. Usually in Thai pad thai, they add cashew nuts and they sprinkle crushed peanuts on top…or is it their pineapple fried rice? Nice!

  3. This shop had a collection of interesting old time stuff. I could almost remember every thing they have. Mee mamak looks good though my 1st time seeing peanuts in it. No idea how much a piece of roti canai cost as I seldom have it. Could it be due to the increase in flour recently? Weekend is here again, have a great time.

    I haven’t the slightest idea. Just like you, I hardly ever go for roti canai – been a while since I have had any so I would not know if the prices have increased.

  4. I like the interior, very old school, like you said.. Look at the telephone, tiffin carrier.. I always ask for both dhall+fish curry gravy if I eat roti.. And yes, your kopi looks very diluted.. But this is a place where I will drop by again, I bet got nasi lemak and mee siam !!

    I don’t think there’s mee siam, maybe there’s mee tom yam but I am very sure they have nasi lemak.

  5. If i go, sure have problem ordering, as i can only speak very simple malay..

    No worries, they have a menu so you can just point. I am sure they speak English but simple Malay is fine – I get by quite well at the Chinese shops with my simple Mandarin.

  6. Google translates Malay word “udak” as “slave”. Maybe that is another word from a local dialect?

    Oh dear!!! That’s terrible. Ya, maybe it is an ethnic name. When I was small, we had a Melanau helper named “Dak” and boys being boys, we always made fun of her because of her name – we would chant, “Duck! Duck! Quack! Quack! Quack!” Gee!!! We sure were horrible. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  7. first time see add peanut wor in this

    As long as they don’t charge extra, that is perfectly ok. Must be the peanuts for their nasi lemak.

    P.S. Your kucing spelling wrong, comment kena await moderation.

  8. My late grandma used to have the same tiffin carrier and it was used to tapau curry from the Indian shop. πŸ™‚

    The yellow colour enamel – we had the “kong” (some kind of big cup), the double steamer…a lot of things, that same colour.

  9. New cafes are popping up all over the place here too – I don’t know how they think they’ll all survive.

    Many do. It’s amazing how they manage, with the economy the way it is.

  10. That mee mamak looks nice. I even spotted prawn too. In Seremban hardly get mee mamak at RM3.50. Can still try luck from those road side stalls…

    With all those ingredients, I too thought that it was really very very cheap!

  11. The signboard is somewhat low on the ground? πŸ™‚ Hope no one trips over…. Yes, I would love peanuts in my fried noodles, simply love nuts!

    Nuts about nuts, eh? πŸ˜‰ Oh, the road sign! I think it was higher and then they built that cement platform. It’s high enough, will not trip over it…and no one will climb up that high platform to snap a photo of the road sign – only crazy bloggers like me. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Noticed how our road signs has Mandarin characters? Bet you do not have that there.

  12. Udak means something like a calling to uncle/aunt but according to the position in their siblings. Like the eldest we call them ‘Wa’. Second uncle/aunt are ‘Anjang’. The third (the middle) are ‘Ngah’. The fourths we called them ‘Udak’. Second youngest we called ‘Chik’ or ‘Mok’ and the youngest uncle/aunt we always call ‘Usu’ When you go to peninsular, there are different names they are calling but still the same concept. Like Usu, they call Maksu or Paksu. Wa they call Pak Long, Mak Long.And there goes Mak Lang, Mak Teh, Mak Ngah, Pak Uda etc…

    Well, Idris, the owner of this cafe is my ex-schoolmate in SRK No. 3. His brother also have a stall at Bandong Walk. Hope to visit their shops when I come to Sibu next time.

    Oh? Small world!!! I wonder which one the brother is – the stall, not the shop? The senduk menari?

    So the name is in Sarawak Malay, eh? Thanks for the explanation – now I know. Wow!!! I did not know there are so many – I guess in Chinese, we have as well but simpler – the eldest uncle/auntie and the rest by the number until the youngest but we do have different terms between the paternal and maternal sides.

    I’ve yet to find out the meaning of the other cafe in the next block – keripan.

  13. I miss those roti, though I dont dip it in the sauce on the photo I loved dipping it in sambal. So addictive

    Yes, they do give sambal at some places but usually very little of it, not enough. 😦

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