Little bit late…

Initially, we went to check on the African guy to see if he had resumed his business but no, his stall was still closed. In fact, it was closed all throughout the fasting month and had stayed closed since, so much so that it made me wonder if he had called it quits or not.

In the end, we stopped by here and yes, the Indonesian guys were back in action and yes, they did have nasi campur (mixed rice) unlike when we came to check last week, just that they seemed to be running a little bit late that morning. It was way past 11 and only a few dishes were out at that point in time.

My missus had the perut (tripe)…

Mia perut

…and also the not very alluring green vegetables…

Mia green vegetables

Well, it was either this or some equally plain and dismal-looking cabbage. I decided I did not want either.

I took the sotong (squid)…

Mia sotong

…and so did my missus and there was kangkong in it. Maybe I took a bit more than I should and they counted that as a double serving. I should have settled for less actually as it did not taste all that great, not anything I would remember the very moment I stepped out of the shop.

The sweet and sour fish…

Mia sweet and sour fish

…was nicer though rather strong on the tomato sauce but eaten, mixed together with the rice, it was fine.

I wasn’t sure if it was because I was not feeling very well with a terrible sore throat that made swallowing so difficult and a bad cough, a running nose and all the mucus and I would feel feverish on and off…and because of that, I did not enjoy what I had that day – I did not think it was nice.

It was amazing that when my father was not doing too well, I could go on and on relentlessly right up the the last few days when I hardly slept a wink (sitting up) and I could still go on the next day and I had to keep a brave front for the sake of my mum – thank God she seemed to be taking it all right but when the seven-day prayers and rosary were over and the house became quiet again, dead quiet, there were days when she seemed a little down. Perhaps it was because I finally succumbed to the exhaustion and everything else that I came down quite ill in the end.

The other dishes came out gradually, the salted eggs and the fish…

Salted eggs and fish

…and the ketola

Ketola

…and also the lamb…

Lamb curry

…and fish curry…

Fish curry

…but no, even if these had been served earlier, I probably would not be helping myself to any – I just did not seen to have the appetite.

The bill for our plates of nasi campur totalled RM12.30 which to me, was not all that cheap, and I would not mind at all if what I had was so very nice – unfortunately, it wasn’t.

I just had bottled drinking water, no ice and my missus had the cendol

Mia cendol

…which she said was nice. No, I did not give it a try – all that ice would be bad for my health condition and I thought the colours looked quite horrifying!

MIA CAFE & RESTAURANT (2.308507, 111.820287) is located among the shops at Jalan Bunga Normah 4, around Simpang Tiga, Sibu, facing inwards overlooking the houses along Jalan Kuda, off Jalan Kampung Nangka.

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