Even less…

Earlier this month, I blogged about a place here that sells a plate of kampua noodles at only RM2.50 when others have jacked up the prices to over RM3.00, some as much as RM3.50. Then, when I shared the link on Facebook, somebody commented that it costs even less here, RM2.20 only…

Lok Ming Yuen kampua stall, menu

…at this stall…

Lok Ming Yuen kampua stall

…so of course, I made up my mind to go at a convenient time and give it a try.

My missus was not all that keen so she went and ordered this plate of fried tang hoon (glass noodles) with an egg (RM6.00)…

Lok Ming Yuen fried tang hoon

…and she said it was very nicer, nicer than the one here that she likes a lot and will order quite frequently everytime we drop by.

Hmmm…if you click the link to go and read that old post, I did mention that her memory is not so good these days – she said she wanted to give it a try even though she had eaten it before, not her first time but she could not remember that…and this time around, it was her hearing that was a problem. The guy asked her if she wanted a chee tan (egg) and she thought he said see ham (cockles) and she said yes…

Lok Ming Yuan fried tang hoon, egg

…and in the end, she gave it to me as she said she already had an egg for breakfast that morning. Hmmm…at least, she could remember that! Phewww!!!! LOL!!!

I ordered the pian sip, soup (also RM2.20)…

Lok Ming Yuen pian sip, soup 1

…from the kampua noodles stall to try and yes, it was very good. You can see that the skin is very thin and translucent…

Lok Ming Yuen pian sip, soup 2

…and that is what good pian sip skin should be like, not thick and white and chewy.

As for the kampua noodles (RM2.20)…

Lok Ming Yuen kampua noodles

…yes, it was very good and had the authentic/original Sibu kampua mee taste and even at the lower price, they did not scrimp on the amount of the noodles nor the meat.

Gosh!!! The coffee shop was so crowded but luckily, we managed to grab a vacant, still uncleared, table. I looked around and I saw that most of the people were eating the kampua noodles – I am sure with the huge turnover, this guy here is making a whole lot more than all those other places with their jacked-up prices…and will be the one laughing all the way to the bank, not them.

LOK MING YUEN CAFE (2.293215, 111.836281) is located along Lorong Chiew Siik Hiong 1 in the Fortune Commercial Centre, behind Rejang Medical Centre. It is at the corner opposite Mitsu Shabu Shabu Cafe and across the lane from its back entrance is Sushi Tie, the Japanese Restaurant.

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What else you got…

We dropped by here

Noor Satay & Food Delight

…again the other day for brunch and I did not want to go for their nasi campur anymore as I had that on our previous visits but my missus was quite happy with that and these (RM5.00)…

Noor Satay & Food Delight nasi campur

…were her picks for the day. Curry beef again? Gee!!! It must be pretty good then – she had that the last time we were here and she had it again.

If you are driving from town along Jalan Teng Chin Hua, past the Federal Complex – that building on the right…

View of Jalan Teng Chin Hua from the shop

…you can see this shop from the bridge (painted yellow and black). Just turn left at the junction ahead and left again…and right…and you will get to the shop.

Wait a minute! I had their satay just a couple of weeks ago and now the prices have gone up! So fast! Chicken used to be 60 sen a stick and beef and lamb, 70 sen a stick and it looks like they’ve jacked up the prices by 10 sen. I fail to understand why on earth did they go through all that trouble to list all the prices in multiples of 5’s and 10’s. Usually, if you order more, you may get a discount but obviously, this is not the case here. I do know that some sellers at the market do that – “50 sen each,” they would say, “and for RM5.00, you’ll get 10.” If one is not paying attention, one would simply assume that it would be cheaper to buy more and fall victim to their scam.

I ordered the rojak thamby (RM3.00)…

Noor Satay & Food Delight rojak thamby 1

…formerly known as rojak Kassim after the guy well-known for the best in town. No, it is not like pasembur or the Indian rojak elsewhere – by virtue of the peanut sauce/satay gravy used, I would say it is something along the same lines as the Indonesian gado-gado.

They have a stall at the shop specially for that…

Noor Satay & Food Delight rojak thamby stall

…and the satay and rojak sotong.

When that Kassim guy was doing it here a long long time ago, he had egg and potatoes in his rojak but no, I have not seen the two in any that I have had all this time, not here…

Noor Satay & Food Delight rojak thamby 2

…and not anywhere else.

I also ordered their nasi lemak special (RM5.00)…

Noor Satay & Food Delight nasi lemak special 1

Well, for one thing, it was cheaper than the RM6.00 one that I had here and it did have a very very slight hint of the santan used in the cooking but no, it certainly was not lemak (rich) enough for my liking. They also gave one whole hardboiled egg and the sambal was very nice and spicy…and there was fried chicken…

Noor Satay & Food Delight nasi lemak special 2

…and the complimentary soup was to my liking plus all things else being more or less the same, they did not add those no-class-at-all keropok (prawn crackers) by the side of the plate, thankfully!

After I had had my fill, I walked around the shop to look at what else they’ve got to offer. There is a roti canai stall in front, beside the nasi campur stall and at the aforementioned rojak thamby stall, I saw some nice sweet potato fritters. I asked the boy and he told me those would be for the rojak sotong.  Then I saw some eggs so I asked him what they were for and he said they were for the rojak thamby. WHAT??? I did not have any egg in mine!!! He said probably the one making it forgot. Hmmmm….no, I did not kick up a fuss – I did not say a thing after that. Sometimes I’m such a nice guy that I amaze myself. Hehehehehe!!!!

NOOR SATAY ISLAMIC CAFE/NOOR SATAY & FOOD DELIGHT is located among the shops off Jalan Teng Chin Hua, facing the Sg Merah river (2.325114, 111.840421) – a little bit to the right is the so-called Lovers’ Bridge and this coffee shop is in the very next block and this one is the first shop at the corner of that block, with the gym on the upper floor while this more upscale cafe/restaurant is in the same block somewhere in between the two coffee shops.

Looks are deceiving…

The other morning, we stopped by here…

Ming Xuan Corner

…round the corner from my house. It used to be a bakery…

Ung Tong Bakery
*Archive photo*

…but that eventually called it a day and now it is a coffee shop with the usual kind of stalls.

I saw this pulut inti/pulut sambal (RM2.20)…

Ming Xuan Corner pulut sambal 1

…and bought one to try. No, this was not our kampung-style pulut panggang – you can tell by how green it was that it was not panggang-ed, not cooked over some hot charcoal fire so you will not get that very nice fragrance, not at all.

I don’t think any santan (coconut milk) was used in the making…

Ming Xuan Corner pulut sambal 2

…or if there was, I could hardly detect it. The saving grace was that the sambal hay bee/udang kering (dried shrimps) inside…

Ming Xuan Corner pulut sambal 3

…was quite nice but at RM2.20 each, I would have second thoughts about buying any next time.

I was not impressed by the look of their ang koo kueh (RM1.00)…

Ming Xuan Corner ang koo kueh

– yellow in colour with the use of sweet potatoes to make the skin but my missus bought some home, pek tau sar (mung bean paste) and peanut filling and I did give them a try. You can get much nicer ones at this same price at the Chinese kueh stall at Rejang Park in the block of shops opposite the cinema, next to the Chinese medical store or somewhere around there.

Now what brought us to this place that morning was the photograph that a friend of mind shared on Facebook a few days earlier and his friend said that she went for it the day before. Oh? That sounded like it was really good so I made up my mind right away that I would want to go and give it a try – after all, it is very near my house.

I had the one with two eggs (RM6.00)…

Ming Xuan Corner pan mee, dry 1

– the pan mee, dry while my missus was quite happy with just one in the regular (RM5.00).

Their own handmade noodles…

Ming Xuan Corner pan mee, dry 2

…was kind of soft, not as firm as the rest that I have had elsewhere and it was white – others that I have had before were a little yellowish, probably the result of the egg used in the making. What looked like two poached eggs…

Ming Xuan Corner pan mee, dry 3

…turned out to be half-boiled/cooked eggs instead.

I would say it was not bad, not anything that I would go out of my way to eat but I would not mind having that should I happen to be in the vicinity and feel like it and no, this is not chili pan mee so don’t bother asking why there are no chili flakes. If that is the one you want, then you can go elsewhere…and no, I do not know of any place in town that serves this like that. My favourite pan mee, dry, would be the one here and if you click the link to hop over and have a look, the lady served hers quite differently from the rest and no, there were no chili flakes either…but unfortunately, the last time I dropped by there, the stall was closed, replaced by something else and I wouldn’t know if they had moved elsewhere or called it a day – I so loved their Penang har mee (prawn noodles), so very very nice.

While we were at this coffee shop that morning, an ex-colleague stopped by with his son with the intention of eating the kampua noodles there but the stall had closed for the day and the people were in the midst of cleaning up and clearing everything. He said he liked the one here very much so probably, we would drop by for that sometime. We’ll see…

MING XUAN CORNER (2.312754, 111.846595) is located in the second block of shops on your right if you are turning in from Jalan Pedada at the junction after Delta Mall, heading towards Lorong Taman Seduan 8, somewhere opposite the Bread Sense Bakery outlet there, a little to the left.

From coast to coast…

I was out early on Monday morning to go and top up the petrol in the car prior to making our way to Selangau and beyond to send my girl back to her school in the jungle after the long weekend. Somehow, I feel a lot more comfortable travelling long distances with a full tank and I would always check that my tyres have enough air and everything.

I stopped by this Malay kueh stall, now a shop, at Bandong here on the way. Usually when I dropped by, it would be mid-morning already and most of the things would be sold out. Since I was early that day, around 7.00 a.m., there were a lot of things to pick and choose.

However, my attention was drawn to the Kelantanese delights, from the East Coast of Peninsula/West Malaysia. My girl loves their laksam (RM3.50) a packet and there were only two left so I grabbed both of them.

When I got home, I opened one packet to try. Inside, there were these…

Laksam 1

…something like chee cheong fan or kway teow, all rolled up and sliced, and also the raw vegetables – cabbage, taugeh (bean sprouts) and long bean…

Laksam 2

…and also the rich and lovely fish/coconut milk gravy…

Laksam 3

…and last but not least, there was the sambal cili (pounded chili paste)…

Laksam 4

I mixed everything together…

Laksam 6

…and ate. Yes, it was very nice and I sure would not mind having that sometimes for a change. My girl took the other packet and had it for dinner at her quarters and she complained to the mum that she enjoyed it so much that it left her craving for more. This was one of her favourites when she was at the teacher-training institute in Sg Petani, Kedah. Hmmm…it sure looks like I would have to go again this coming weekend and hopefully, this will be available.

For one thing, not all the things sold here are available on a regular basis. They merely sell whatever those people cook at home and deliver there so if none is forthcoming, then there will not be any….like the nasi kerabu (RM5.00) that morning…

Mak Met Breakfast Station nasi kerabu 1

…another Kelantanese specialty from the East Coast. We had that for lunch and even though the portion was rather huge, my girl was able to finish all of hers and enjoyed it to the max (and that was the very reason why she kept the laksam for dinner). We love the one here but that one is only available on Saturdays and this one is just as nice…and cheaper too, with the whole works and two pieces of fried ayam berempah (spiced chicken)…

Mak Met Breakfast Station nasi kerabu 2

Well, if there is any available this weekend, you can bet your bottom dollar that I would be grabbing a few packs to take home…again!

From the West Coast of Peninsula/West Malaysia, there is the Penang asam laksa which is also available here and this is on a more regular basis, alongside the Sarawak laksa. I do buy these for my girl sometimes and yes, she likes the ones from here too. I don’t know of any shop here selling the laksa, Penang style…or maybe, I never ever took notice but if I should stumble upon one, I sure would like to give it a try and blog about it…if it is any good.

MAK MET BREAKFAST STATION (2.314111, 111.825678) is located at the shops along Jalan Bandong behind the stalls by the roadside along Bandong Walk, across the road from SK Pendidikan Khas, to the right.

Right next to you…

Some of my friends are regulars at this restaurant…

Home Cook

…and they did ask me why I had never gone there. Well, when my girl was little, very little, she loved the lokan

Lokan
*Archive photo – for illustration purpose*

…there so I would drop by very often to buy some for her but subsequently, they stopped making and I never went back again. Another reason was because I would go to the restaurant right next door to this one…

Home Cook Corner

…but the last time we were there, I told the lady boss that my girl would not be able to eat anything with wheat flour and soy sauce and she said that more or less ruled out everything – there wasn’t much there that she could eat and that was why we had not been there for a while now.

Anyway, we decided to go and check this one out last Sunday for lunch and these, according to the nice guy – probably the boss – are the specialties of the house…

Home Cook Corner specialties

We had the chao chai (fermented preserved vegetables) fish soup…

Home Cook Corner chao chai tapah soup

tapah no less and yes, it was very nicely done but I do think the one we had here was nicer but of course, the one there had those giant freshwater prawns (udang galah) in it so it is not very fair to make a comparison between the two.

For our vegetable dish, we had the Thai-style midin

Home Cook Corner Thai-style midin 1

…which was nice too but I think they used lemon or lime juice or vinegar…

Home Cook Corner Thai-style midin

…instead of calamansi lime juice so I would say that I’ve had nicer ones elsewhere.

The ang chao (the lees or the residue of the fermented red yeast rice from the making of Foochow red wine) pork…

Home Cook Corner ang chao pork

…was good as well but I prefer the one we had here that made use of tau joo (fermented tofu) though I wouldn’t mind having this one sometimes for a change.

All in all, I would say the food was all right – the bill for the three dishes came up to RM42.00 altogether. I thought that was quite reasonable as it seems that I’ve been charged a lot more elsewhere these days. Besides, I rather liked how the aforementioned guy was very accommodating and reassuring – he said that they would use tapioca starch for anything coated and fried and he would tell us if any of the dishes on the menu had soy sauce  in it. Other than that, somehow or other, my girl enjoyed what I had ordered very much and since that was the case, we certainly would be back again to try some of the many other items on their elaborate menu.

HOME COOK CORNER (2.292756, 111.825335) is located at No. 73. Jalan Kampung Nyabor right next to RUBY RESTAURANT with the AmBank Tunku Osman branch in the very next block.

Not every day…

My girl wanted to go for the chap fan (mixed rice) here but I remember they do not have it every day and definitely not on weekends and public holidays. Nonetheless, we headed to the place to confirm it is so and true enough, they only have that Tuesdays to Fridays, lunchtime – I think Monday is their off day.

So what do they have on weekends? Well, you can order things from their regular menu or go for one of their lunch sets. They had stewed pork leg (with an egg) rice, lamb curry rice and nasi lemak (RM6.00)…

One O One Cafe nasi lemak 1

I decided to try the latter and yes, the sambal was very nice and very spicy…and that was the first time I’ve seen anyone giving one whole egg (except when it was fried) with a plate of nasi lemak. The presentation would probably be a bit nicer if they had cut it into halves and placed them nicely by the side.

The rice, unfortunately, was not lemak at all – I might as well be eating plain white rice as there really wasn’t much of a difference. Thankfully, the sambal saved the day and I liked it, mixed with the rice and besides, I also ordered this bowl of lamb curry (RM10.00)…

One O One Cafe lamb curry

…which was quite good and it sure helped alleviate my enjoyment of my order.

No, I did not touch those very bland no-prawn-or-fish-at-all keropok (prawn crackers)…

One O One Cafe nasi lemak 2

…all artificial flavours and preservatives and I wished they had given the acar timun (cucumber pickle) instead. I saw it in a big plastic container at the counter but I did not see it served with any of the lunch sets. I wonder what they served that with – I would have loved that, anytime better than the miserable keropok.

My girl had their chao chai hung ngang (RM7.50)…

One O One Cafe chao chai hung ngang

…except that she passed me all the fish balls as we were not sure what flour they used to make them, those frozen ones available at all supermarkets, deep fried.

My missus had their char kway teow (RM5.00)…

One O One Cafe char kway teow

…a ringgit more expensive but she said it was nicer than than her former favourite here but at least, at the latter, they do not use those no-class-at-all plastic plates…

Colourful Cafe char kway teow
*Archive photo*

…and that place is a coffee shop, true and true. This one, on the other hand, is no regular coffee shop, it is a little classier than that and I would expect something a little better – using those plastic stuff makes it seem so cheap!

ONE O ONE CAFE (2.305823,111.84837) is located in the Jaya Li Hua Commercial Centre along Lorong Pahlawan 7C, near the wet market, among the shops on the other side from the Sibu Bus Terminal area.

The one you want…

I went back to this place

Colourful Cafe

…last Friday to try another one of the sets that they now have on their menu.

My missus asked for the Sarawak laksa (RM5.00)…

Colourful Cafe Sarawak laksa

…with a special request that the thin strips of shredded chicken be excluded. Lent is over and it is Easter but we still carry on without meat on Fridays…as and when possible.

I had their sweet and sour fish set (RM9.90)…

Colurful Cafe sweet & sour fish set
*Archive photo*

not too long ago and when I went to pick my girl from her school in the jungle on Thursday, I bought the honey chicken wings set for her to eat first before we set off for home. Normally, when she comes back on Fridays with her colleague, she will not have lunch before they leave and she would be so hungry by the time they get to Sibu at around 3-4.00 p.m. and after eating something at that time, she would be too full to eat much for dinner.

Well, I did not take a photograph of what I bought that day as I brought along a 3-tier tiffin carrier and had everything separated – the chicken rice, the salad and the wings…

Colourful Cafe honey chicken wings
*Archive photo*

If you go for the wings, you will get three for RM9.00 but for the set, you will get two only. Needless to say, my girl enjoyed what I got for her and finished off the wings but the serving was a bit too big for her so she did leave behind a bit of the rice, just a bit and quite a lot of the lettuce. Perhaps they could reduce that and give a few more than just the two slices of cucumber and the solitary slice of tomato.

So what did I have this time around? Yes, of course, I had the fish, the salad fish set (RM9.90)…

Colourful Cafe salad fish set

…and yes, it was good.

They were so very generous with the fried fish fillet…

Colourful Cafe fish fillet

…that by the time I had finished the rice and the salad, I still had some of it left in that huge (and heavy) 14-inch plate.

Other than the aforementioned three, there is also the salad chicken set and if you’re not a very big eater, perhaps it would be a good idea to order a set and share with somebody.  So which one do you want?

COLOURFUL CAFE (2.316673, 111.837539) is located in the Renew4U building at the junction of Brooke Drive and Lorong Kwong Ann 8, across the road from the Church of Jesus  Christ of the Latter Day Saints.