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


…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.

Author: suituapui

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10 thoughts on “Little bit late…”

  1. The sotong looks good and so are all the curry dishes. I like ketola cook with hay bee & egg with a little soup.

    Normally, I would love all these but somehow, right now, I just do not feel like eating…anything but I will eat for the sake of eating even though they do not seem to taste good to me.

  2. The dishes look good but the cendol …err very striking colours all over the ice! I would not touch it either. Hope you’re feeling better soon, Arthur.

    Thanks, Fingers crossed, I’ll be as fit as a fiddle again in a couple of days.

    Indeed, with all that talk about unnatural colouring in foods, one look at that would be enough to turn me off.

  3. I’m quite interested in the ketola – to me, that’s a vegetable from the distant past. Haven’t even thought about it for years.

    I like ketola – great stir-fried or cooked in soup…with egg and ginger. The degree of laziness among people these days – you can buy ketola, ready peeled at the wet market here. Gee!!! They are not even bothered to do that themselves. I guess they have to keep up with the supermarkets – all the vegetables, pre-cut and packed and lined on their chilled shelves…just take home and cook.

  4. Somehow most nasi campur stalls do not know how to cook their vegetable. Haha. I would rather take the meats instead.

    The green colour looked scary in the cendol.

    I think that is their gimmick. I’ve seen others having some drinks with all the ice bathed in bright colours. They seem to like it, not me – thank you very much!

    Yes, generally the vegetables are quite disappointing at the Malay stalls except perhaps the ones cooked with sambal or masak lemak. Maybe that is their way, how they like it.

  5. it sounds like you need a good deal of rest, after all the emotional and physical stresses of the past month. take care, and hopefully by august, you’ll feel like yourself again!

    Thanks, Sean. Yes, I wish I could get away some place for a nice break but I still need to be around for my bedridden mum.

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