While waiting…

That evening when Nick was coming back from Mukah, I went to the hotel to wait for him and in the meantime, I went to the coffee shop downstairs, the so-called food court…

Medan Hotel & Bus Terminal Food Court
*Archive photo*

They are selling the steamed paos (buns) that used to be very nice there – they are no longer at that former place now and I gathered that they are making them somewhere in Sibu Jaya and are made available at this particular coffee shop on a regular basis…

Steamer

I did buy their very nice char siew pao (RM2.00) not too long ago but I did not think it was as nice as before – the dough was not as great and the filling as well. I would say that it was not anything I would be in a hurry to buy again.

This time around, I decided to try their bak pao (meat bun)…

Bak pao

…which was, at best, all right to me…

Bak pao, filling

…not anything to get excited about and not really worth the money – if I remember correctly, it was RM2.50 each.

They did not have our local Foochow-style sio bee – Nick tried that when he was at the pasar malam (night market) and he did not like it much. Mostly sengkuang (turnip), he said, hardly any meat. For one thing, I certainly would not buy any from those stalls at the night market and for another, it is the same with everything else – when you go some place, it would be good to know a local who can tell you where you can get the best around. One just can’t simply go anywhere and try anything and everything that they see.

I tried the bak chang (meat dumpling)…

Bak chang

…too. I think this was RM2.00 each, cheaper than most around town including those at the shops and stalls round the corner from my house and nicer too. At least one can get to see some meat…

Bak chang, filling

…in the filling.

I saw that the bak kut teh stall here, one that has outlets at a number of places around town, was selling Sarawak laksa (RM5.00)…

Sibu Bus Terminal Food Court Sarawak laksa 1

Nick wanted to try that but we did not manage to slot that in with the little time that we had. I heard that he had that in Mukah but of course, I would not know how good or how original or authentic that one was.

This one lacked the fragrance and flavours that good Sarawak laksa should have though it tasted all right, something like a rather watered-down version of the curry mee…but the prawns were really the pits, like jelly…

Sibu Bus Terminal Food Court Sarawak laksa 2

…so much so that I just left them by the side. Well, if you guessed that I did not ask Nick to go and try it, you are right.

He was tired after the trip so he said he wanted to rest and sleep in his room and would venture out on his own when he got up. That was why I did not take him out that evening and told him that I would see him the very next morning before his flight home.

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Author: suituapui

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

9 thoughts on “While waiting…”

  1. Plus point for them for not using nylon string to tie their bak chang. I like char siu pao more to bak pao.

    I’m more particular about the skin and yes, I get worried when I see people using those nylon strings – imagine all the hours of boiling to cook the dumplings.

  2. I, too like the skin of Pau. I favour a Pau with a nice texture, not the Pong pong type and as loaded as possible.

    As long as it is well done, spongy and soft, it will be fine by me.

  3. Of all the paus, I like the big bak paus best. Especially the egg inside.

    I loved the ones in KL in the 80’s, so big, the filling was so nice, the greasy gravy streaking down your hand as I ate, heaven! We had big ones here, nice too, sometime ago but the last I bought, they did not seem so big anymore, the filling was not all that great and the price had increased a lot. I never went back to buy anymore. 😦

  4. I think the sarawak laksa would have been good enough for those of us from KL.

    Never tried any over at your side so I can’t really make a comparison but I’ve tried curry mee in Penang.

  5. Prawns that are like jelly!? I can’t imagine how awful that would taste like. So nice of you to wait for Nick and have a chat with him since he did not want to go out at that time because he was tired.

    I went and bought some Sibu t-shirts for him while he was in Mukah and wanted to pass them to him so he could pack them away in his bags instead of waiting till he was about to leave the next morning. He did tell me earlier he did not want to go out even before he left Mukah, like he did not want to trouble me as he did not know then when he would be coming back and reaching Sibu.

    Yes, horrible prawns. I spat it out and took the rest out of the bowl. I certainly would never order this nor anything else from there again.

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