Friend of a friend…

Well, it wasn’t a friend, actually. My blogger-friend, Azura, in Kuching was telling me about her cousin’s place here in Sibu and asked me to drop by and try. That was a long time ago and if I remember correctly, this (2.287616, 111.825785) was the name of the shop she mentioned…

Nuraini Cafe, Sibu

…located along Bank Road just a few steps away from the pagoda/Chinese temple…

Sibu Chinese temple/pagoda

…in the town centre and this place is right across the road on the left hand side and while it is not easy to find a parking space around here, there would always be one available over at that side in the premises of the so-called Sibu Exhibition Centre except that it will set you back by RM2.00 (I am quite sure it was RM1.00 not too long ago!). The saving grace is I don’t think there is a time limit so you can leave your car there as long as you want.

She did say something about it being near Li Hua Hotel but no, this is not around that part of town and I did look around there for a shop by that name and of course, I did not manage to spot any. I was quite positive I had seen it somewhere but I just could not put my finger on it. Actually, I drive by this one ever so often and I have heard people telling me that the food was good and the crowd that I would see there ever so often would probably be testament to the fact…but somehow or other, I did not notice the name till that day when I decided I would go and check it out.

Well, it’s a coffee shop so you can’t expect much decor but amidst all that clutter, there are a few things inside…

Nuraini's Cafe, inside

…that I thought are so very Azura – if you frequent her blog, you would know what I mean, like these, for instance…

Decor 1

…or these…

Decor 2

…and their collection of some quaint and pretty tin cans placed on top of the cabinets but of course, what is most important would be the food.

Yes, 10 something in the morning was a little early so these were all the meat dishes…

Meat dishes

…that were ready – sotong (squid) in soy sauce, a dish of those tiny shrimps and another one, the sausages.

Then, on one side, they had these…

Eggs and fish

– the sambal eggs, salted eggs and the fried fish.

Quite a lot of their vegetable dishes were ready…

Vegetable dishes

…and I liked the look of their ulam

Ulam

…especially that bowl of sambal belacan (dried prawn paste) dip by the side.

My missus had their nasi campur (mixed rice) and that did not come cheap! She just had the rice (RM1.50), two vegetables (RM1.00) each and the sotong – the total came up to RM5.00!!! I wonder how much I would have to fork out if I were to have the nasi campur – I have this very bad habit of wanting almost everything. LOL!!! Thankfully, my mind was set on having the nasi ayam penyet (RM8.00)…

Nuraini Cafe nasi ayam penyet

…as I did hear from somebody once that theirs was pretty good.

Yes, it was very nice – the chicken was good but I wished the sambal

Nuraini Cafe ayam penyet and sambal

…had been a lot more spicier.

The complimentary soup…

Nuraini Cafe complimentary soup

…was very nice, quite typical of these Malay eateries, where they will give you, either chicken soup or their sup tulang (bone soup), that would be a whole lot tastier than the bland ones that you would get with your kampua noodles – they might as well don’t bother as I never touch those.

While we were eating, these came out from the kitchen – their tofu sumbat

Nuraini Cafe tauhu sumbat

– stuffed bean curd cake. They sure looked nice, don’t you think? Well, I guess they would have to wait till the next time I decide to drop by there again…and I am quite sure I will.

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Author: suituapui

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

11 thoughts on “Friend of a friend…”

  1. I like the look of the vege and ulam dishes. RM5 is the standard minimum price here for 2 vege and 1 meat dishes with rice. Most places charge more than that for the same amount of dishes and rice.

    They did state on their itemised menu on the wall, all the prices so that was expected. I’ve paid more elsewhere but then again, I always went way beyond just one meat dish and two vegetables.

  2. These are good eats. I am not sure if it is grammatically correct.

    It’s a bit early to see lunch being ‘served’ at 10ish in the morning. Salted egg in a Malay eatery! Times have changed. It does not appear to be dry. The Ayam Penget is well executed and is complimented with a generous serving of sambal and a decent bowl of soup. The price of MYR 8 is affordable. I thought Mrs Wee’s Nasi Campur, MYR 5 is pretty good. The stuffed bean curd looks good but is rather thin in the filling.

    I wonder what the whole works would be at lunch time. I am sure the readers are keen to find out. But no pressure! 😉

    They can always drop by themselves – I am sure the people there would welcome them with open arms.

    Salted eggs are found at most, if not all, Malay nasi campur places here – not too sure if they have those at the Chinese places, never took notice…and you will get one eighth in your plate of nasi kerabu, a Kelantan specialty. I am not really a fan of their stuffed bean curd – I think that is Indonesian, if I am not mistaken. Gimme the yong tofu ones anytime – minced meat filling.

  3. The food does look good and I love the colourful cans. 🙂

    The letters on the counter, you mean? I did not take a photograph of the tin cans. Used the zoom feature in my camera though – picture turned out rather blur.

  4. With so much variety of dishes to choose from, surely & truly I will be at a lost what to take. Stuffed tofu looks pretty good too.

    That’s my problem. I would take everything and end up paying quite a lot. 😦

  5. The sauce for the tofu sumbat looks very appetizing.

    I had this once elsewhere – it was nice. Something like rojak sauce but not exactly. Not sure about this one, did not try.

  6. Yeay, you made it there. And I haven’t tried their Nasi Ayam Penyet. Since you said it was nice, I’m going to try it soon. Same for me, when it comes to Nasi Campur. I tend to pick almost every dishes. Lol!

    So this IS your cousin’s place then? Yes, the ayam penyet was nice. Everything looks nice but I did not get to try – if I go again and mention your name, will get special or not? Hehehehehe!!!!

    You’re going to try soon, you said? You’re coming to Sibu? When? When?

  7. Beautiful food .
    Well decorated and surely yummy and delicious.
    Thank you for watering my mouth dear

    Yes, everything does look great, eh? What we had was good but there are a whole lot of the other dishes there that I have yet to try. Gotta go back again soon.

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Your first time here? Welcome and do come again, cheers!!!

  8. There’s a Chinese temple very similar to this one in your photo about half way between KL and Ipoh. It’s on a slant though – almost like the leaning tower of Pisa. 🙂

    That would be the one in Teluk Intan, if I am not wrong. Never been there.

  9. I miss usual food places in Malaysia where they serve it like that, the canteen way, lots of choices

    And the colours are so vibrant. Everything looks so good one would want to help oneself to everything!

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