See you later…

On Sunday, I had to send my girl back to her jungle school as usual so my Kuching cousins and company had to be left to their own devices.

However, they were not really left on their own as I had arranged for my friend, Mary, to prepare her awesomely special chicken rice for them here so there they were at around noon for the steamed kampung (village free-range) chicken…

Flavours steamed kampung chicken
*SK Hii’s photo on Facebook*

…and the out-of-this-world rice…

Flavours chicken rice
*SK Hii’s photo on Facebook*

They had been going around here and there eating this and that and at first, they thought they did not want too many bowls of the rice but once they tried, they actually wanted more but they had to refrain from ordering a second helping as they had to save some tummy space for the rest of the day. Yes, it was that good!

They also ordered their seafood glass noodles salad…

Flavours seafood glass noodles salad
*SK Hii’s photo on Facebook*

…and yes, they liked it a  lot too.

After I came home, I had a nap and a good rest before venturing out in the evening to meet them here for dinner. They had made a prior reservation at the restaurant and had ordered this plate of pork ribs…

New Capitol pork ribs

…which tasted great but we all agreed that what we had at the Italian fusion restaurant two nights earlier was a whole lot nicer.

They wanted the Foochow fried noodles…

New Capitol Foochow fried noodles

…and they loved it to bits. “Next time, we will just come here for this,” one declared, “No need to try anywhere else!” I would agree that it did taste really good though it looked kind of pale and I am more accustomed to the ones that are a shade darker.

They also wanted the bitter gourd with salted eggs…

New Capitol bitter gourd with salted eggs

– one dish that they had acquired the taste for here in Sibu and they have loved it since…and yes, they do it pretty well here too.

I ordered this fried midin (wild jungle fern) with belacan (dried prawn paste)…

New Capitol fried midin with belacan

…to see if it was any better than what we had the night before but no, I thought it was more or less the same though it did look a whole lot nicer. There would be other better ones elsewhere, not here. Having said that, there can be no denying that it was good enough and I saw my niece, the one home from Perth, Australia, piling a whole lot onto her plate. I guess she was making the most of the opportunity as she would not be able to find it there and who knows when she will be coming back this way again for this.

I also ordered a few of the celebrated Sibu Foochow sio bee

New Capitol Sibu Foochow sio bee

…from this restaurant for them to try but it did not seem to get them all excited. I thought the ones here were nicer than those that we had for lunch the day before but I don’t quite recall them being so small and looking like that. I could have sworn that they were somewhat different and a whole lot bigger!

Other than the aforementioned, we had the signature dishes of the house – their fried pek chio or ikan bawal putih (white pomfret)…

New Capitol fried pek chio

…and also their checkerboard duck…

New Capitol checkerboard duck

…and we had these mochi stuffed with mango…

New Capitol dessert

…for dessert.

I think the bill came up to around RM250.00, a little bit more than what my girl forked out for our dinner that night at the Italian restaurant (around RM210.00) but there were only 7 of us while this time around, there were 9 – they had other guests joining us that night for the dinner.

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Author: suituapui

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

15 thoughts on “See you later…”

  1. So much yummy food! But for 9 persons, all will be gone in a blink of an eye. I would like the midin, fried ikan bawal putih, checkerboard duck and mochi mango best! Does the checkerboard duck include the duck skin beneath the deep fried crust?

    Not sure about the skin, I did spot the meat though – sort of pulled, in strips. All was good at the dinner…and of course, the lunch too.

  2. When I was a little girl, I really loved chicken and rice…and I still do today! 🙂

    Rice is the staple here, for many, it is a must-have at every meal – chicken with rice, there are different versions between the various races here. This one is Chinese, Hainanese to be exact.

  3. Everything looks delicious. Oh? What was in the rice. I love fragrant rice. Sometimes the flavors I use are delicate and other times, bod and spicy. It all depends on what’s accompanying the dish. When you post them, I’m always drawn to the wild jungle fern. We don’t have that here in Maryland.

    I tried cooking chicken rice before but was not successful, not very nice. I fried ginger in the rendered chicken fat – I see lemon grass in Mary’s and I did spot some shallots too when I had it last time. Once fragrant, remove these from the oil, put in the rice and mix well. Transfer to the rice cooker – add the stock, dripped and collected from steaming the bird (and the ginger and lemon grass as well, not sure about the shallots)…salt and seasoning, screwpine leaves and cook. I am not sure if they use this same procedure or not.

    Even here in our country, we can only find the fern here in Sarawak (north of Borneo island) – not available in the mainland, same equatorial climate, maybe nobody going round to pluck or maybe all the jungle has given way to development, hard to find but they do have a different variety with leaves, red leaves. I hear they export it to Singapore!

  4. Everything looked delicious. I must try the checkerboard duck. Not sure we have this over here.

    The dessert is so lovely.

    You’ll love it if you like mochi and the grated coconut coating. It was nice but I prefer what we had the last time – chee cheong fan skin with fresh mango inside and mango syrup poured over it.

    They say this checkerboard duck is very old school, nobody’s doing it in Kuching.

  5. Been missing my blogrolls for a week.. Baby not feeling well, in out in out from the clinic, exhausted 😦

    Oh dear! Oh dear!!! I hope baby’s ok now, poor thing…and poor you! Take care, God bless, all.

  6. The choices here seem to suit my palate more, except for the pork ribs of course

    I know at least one…or two who would share your same taste. No fat, all lean the ribs but we were not all that fond of it deep-fried, would prefer it roasted or barbecued.

  7. Good choice of food & love them all to bits. Fried pek chio????…As far as I know, people usually steamed it but never heard of fried, hahaha!!!…sua ku.

    That is one reason why we ordered this – steamed is very common, can cook our own at home – this is very special, otherwise if fried, I would prefer or chio, the black ones.

  8. Nothing like good chicken-rice rice. Can’t stop myself from eating lots of good rice!

    Yes, most here are not fragrant, more often than not, they are hard and dry – not nice. This one is so good I would not mind having it again and again.

  9. I love everything except bitter gourd as me is no thank you to bitter gourd…

    You will have to come Sibu then, have to convert you like everybody else – all would not touch bitter gourd till they tried the one here! My girl was another one, now she loves it!

  10. Ooh, I’ve been away from Malaysia for nearly two months now and your friend’s chicken rice is really calling me to come back.

    You’re still abroad? Having the time of your life, I’m sure, so very nice there!

  11. The chicken rice looks awesome indeed, both the meat and the grains. I wonder what’s her secret 😀

    You can ask her. Come, come on over! You’ve been all over the world but you’ve never been to Sibu, right?

  12. All the dishes ordered looks good to me, I like the choices… The price is reasonable… Checkerboard duck is the one I am eyeing the most… Looks kind of special…

    They say it is very old school, people had that a long time ago and it is not available anymore at most places – none in Kuching.

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