I am king…

I remember there used to be an outlet of a food court chain here…

Food court, back of Sibu Heritage Centre

…at the back of the Sibu Heritage Centre with the entrance facing the side of the SMC multi-storey carpark – they also have one at what used to be the Kok Cheng coffee shop across the road from what once was the Cathay Cinema and later, the Star Cineplex, now closed down already and there is one at the Star Mega Mall as well and other than those, there is a sparkling new one at the Selangau Bazaar.

I heard of a Pakistani guy opening up this place…

Biryani King business card

…here but I had not stopped by to give it a try owing to the horrendous traffic congestion and the rampant illegal parking in that area.

On the second day of Chinese New Year, Saturday, however, many shops were closed and things were quite quiet around town so we ventured there and as they say, when in Rome, do as the Romans do and I parked my car illegally right in front of the entrance…

Biryani King side/back entrance

…which happened to be the back entrance and you would have to walk through the kitchen to get to the food court proper.

I liked the use of mirrors in the cabinet…

Biryani King food cabinet

…so one would be able to see from afar what they had in their selections for the day.

I saw their lamb shank curry…

Biryani King lamb shank curry

…and it did look very good. Believe it or not, it was going for just RM8.00 each! No, you do not get a teeny-weeny chunk of it like at some other places at that same price – you get the whole lamb shank…

Biryani King lamb shank biryani

…but the rice…

Biryani King biryani rice

…is RM6.50 per serving so the complete set would set you back by a total of RM14.50. Ouch!!!

The meat was nice and tender, the curry was slightly spicy, not all that spicy by our standard and the rice was bursting with all the exotic flavours and fragrances but I did feel it was kind of over-salty or maybe it was just me as we hardly have any salt and no msg in our own cooking at home. I noticed that they cooked the chicken thighs in the rice and they had those by the side but no, I did not want that – I already had my eyes on the lamb shank.

My missus had some minced meat thing…

Biryani King nasi campur

…that she liked a lot with plain rice and cangkuk manis and some acar (pickles) by the side and that was only RM4.50 altogether.

My girl had their mutton curry with the bryani rice and a bit of brinjal (RM9.50)…

Biryani King mutton curry biryani

…and yes, she did enjoy it.

We liked what we had that day and sure would not mind dropping by again sometime but of course, that would depend on whether we can manage to get a parking space or not, something that is virtually impossible to do on normal days in that area.

BIRYANI KING (2.289696, 111.828366) is located at the back section of the Sibu Heritage Centre, ground floor, along Central Road – its back/side entrance is beside the entrance into Daesim Mart in that back lane to the right of the centre and is not visible if you are going along or coming from Jalan Wong Nai Siong.