What do they see…

We went back to the supermarket, that same one that my missus and I went to a couple of days earlier, as my girl was home for the holidays and I was very sure she would love to browse around and look at all the imported products from countries overseas including Korea. However, there was nothing much that she could buy since they were all not gluten-free but I did spot two boxes of cookies that she could eat, made in Portugal, going for around RM11.00 each. We did see some at an organic shop near here but they were all priced way over RM20.00 so of course, she bought the two, one plain and the other chocolate chip. She did try the former and yes, it was good and of course, it made her very happy as she had not had cookies for a long time now.

When we were through, it was time for lunch and we decided to drop by here, one place that we had not been to for quite sometime as we had had some issues with their quality control like here, for instance…or here. However, being located right across the open space in the area of commercial buildings, it was very convenient and besides, I have seen a lot of people there everytime I passed by, whatever do they see that I don’t, I wonder. Surely they must be doing something right to be able to attract that kind of crowd.

Unfortunately, my missus’ ayam bakar (RM12.80)…

Cabeijo lalapan ayam bakar

…was terribly charred and the meat was rather dry, probably the result of overcooking. She did not like the chili dip in the middle and neither did I and she did grumble that the other two sambals were not as nice as before. I thought they were all right but the sambal in the sotong sambal (RM14.00)…

Cabeijo sotong sambal

…stole the show. It was really very nice though the whole time, I was wishing I could say the same about the sotong (squid) – they were kind of bland, quite tasteless and even the nice sambal could not save the day.

My girl told me that one of her colleagues liked it here and she loved the lalapan empal (RM14.80)…

Cabeijo lalapan empal 1

…so I ordered that to try. It tasted all right, something like bak kua, the beef variety…

Cabeijo lalapan empal 2

…though I would not say it was anything so very nice that I could not wait to come back for more.

I asked the nice and friendly boy who took our orders and he said that they would coat the chicken with tepung kanji (tapioca flour) so that meant that my girl could have their lalapan ayam gurih (RM9.80)…

Cabeijo lalapan ayam gurih

…which was all right except that the meat was also on the dry side, like the mum’s ayam bakar.

All in all, I would say we wouldn’t mind it so much that the bill came up to RM61.90, inclusive of drinks and GST, had they paid more attention to the cooking of the things they served to ensure the quality expected of such a place and such prices. We can get stuff a whole lot cheaper…and most likely, very much nicer too at the coffee shops all around that area, of that I’m sure…or we can always go back to the African guy, just a stone’s throw away – what he dishes out everytime never fails to please.

CABEIJO (2.307981, 111.820533) is located somewhere in the middle of the commercial area at Simpang Tiga, Sibu with Jalan Bunga Normah 4 on one side, Jalan Kampung Nangka on the other and Jalan Kuda on the inside.

Author: suituapui

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

13 thoughts on “What do they see…”

  1. You and your wife are so tolerant. I would have kicked up a fuss and asked the cook to barbecue a new one for me, but come to think of it, that might anger him and add something ‘unpleasant’ to the chicken.

    Was in Kuala Lumpur for three days and tried out some Mamak food. My, it really set my tongue on fire with its hot-spiciness.

    You should try the sambal I had with the nasi lemak at that Indonesian ayam penyet franchise place – it was way too hot, took away all the enjoyment of what I had ordered.

    No, if things are not to our liking, we never say anything there and then (though I would blog about it)…but one thing’s for sure, we would never go back again. Period.

  2. I sure will ask for replacement if I were to serve such a charred chicken.. 🙂 And the price is a bit steep too?

    It is, isn’t it? Not cheap, not at all…and for those prices and a supposedly upscale place like this, I would expect better quality control. I bet they do it a lot better at those cheap roadside stalls.

  3. Ayam bakar over burnt like charcoal.If the chicken is too dry, it is like eating tree bark. I love bak kua then I think I like the lalapan embal.

    It was quite good but like the bak kua version too, it was a little on the dry side.

  4. The dish Mrs Wee had should be named ‘Ayam Ter-bakar’ LOL

    It sure is a joke, isn’t it? A classier place than the regular coffee shops and prices to match and they dish out something like this. 😦

  5. They need a better chef!

    They had some middle-aged ladies doing the work in the kitchen when they first started and everything was all right but they have since walled up the place so one would not be able to see what is going on inside. I don’t know if the ladies are still there or not.

  6. Maybe people come back to this restaurant because it is in a convenient place. They don’t mind the food as long as they can eat.

    I guess it is convenient plus it is one of the very few upscale classier dining places, a nicer place to hang out. for those looking for food that they can eat, hardly any around town though there are a lot of coffee shops and stalls everywhere.

  7. No feedback to the staff about the ayam bakar?

    No, we usually don’t bother. It has happened before so the next time I was there, I stressed specifically that I did not want a burnt one or one that had been overcooked till so dry…so that time, it was all right. Surely they do not expect me to do that every time. I would just stay away, end of story.

  8. I feel sad every time the food is not well cooked. Sorry to hear this experience. I hope next time you’ll find a great place.

    Well, thankfully, we do have some very good places here that we frequent quite regularly, one coming up in tomorrow’s post.

  9. Though the food looks presentable, alas it did not taste that great. I have had such disappointments myself.

    Not the first time…but you can bet this will be the last. If that is the way it is going to be, we are definitely not going to go there ever again. Other very much nicer places around, not that there is none.

  10. I’d get very annoyed if my chicken meat turns out dry.

    Oh yes I remember that post of yours on that African guy. Definitely a better choice.

    Yes, we went back to his place again the other day, good as always. Consistency and quality control is of utmost important, otherwise people will not bother to come back when it’s good one day and not good the next. Not that it is very cheap, not at all.

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