Basically, the hornbill or the burung kenyalang as it is called locally is a blackbird with a bit of white and some colours on its beak and around its head. Sarawak is popularly known as The Land of the Hornbill or Bumi Kenyalang even though we would get to see hornbills a lot more easily elsewhere in the peninsula like at Pulau Pangkor, for instance, than here.

Anyway, this is not going to be about the bird but about this coffee shop…

Kenyalang Cafe

…right across the parking area from the Sibu Public Library…

Sibu Public Library

I was out early last Saturday morning and  I decided to drop by for breakfast.

The coffee (RM1.70)…

Kenyalang Cafe kopi-o-peng

…was so-so, nothing great, a little more expensive than elsewhere, RM1.50-1.60 but cheaper than some places, RM1.80 and above.

I had the gu tor th’ng (beef tripe soup), small (RM3.00)…

Kenyalang Cafe beef tripe soup

…from this stall…

Kenyalang Cafe kampua mee stall

…and I sure was glad that they gave the chili dip…

Chili dip for beef tripe soup

…that is supposed to go with it, not the usual chili sauce like at some kampua mee stalls.

The soup was very nice with a mild hint of the Foochow red wine in it – I liked that a lot more than the vinegar they would add elsewhere. I guess if one likes it a little stronger, one could always ask for more but I was fine with it as it was.

However, I wasn’t there that morning for that. When my cousin from Melbourne, Australia was in town on a whirlwind visit, one night only, she asked me to go for breakfast the following morning before her flight out of town. Unfortunately, we had to leave the house at the break of dawn to send my girl back to her school in the jungle that same morning so I was not able to join her. It turned out that her brother took her here for what she said was the favourite kampua mee of her sister in Bintulu. Since then, I was waiting for the chance to try and finally, I did (RM3.00)…

Kenyalang Cafe kampua mee

Yes, it was very nice. I just couldn’t place my finger on it but there was something in the taste that put it a cut above many of the rest. No, I would not say it was my favourite in town but it was good, just a little bit on the soft side – I would prefer the noodles slightly firmer.

Obviously, it is the favourite of many in town as by the time I was done, the coffee shop was already full despite the fact that it was so early on a Saturday morning. I heard their liver soup is very nice too and I would love to try their pian sip (meat dumplings) some day so I guess I will be dropping by here again when the opportunity arises.

KENYALANG CAFE (2.293891, 111.827688) is along Jalan Keranji, the first shop in the block past the Sibu Public Library and the parking area on your left if you are coming from Brooke Drive.

Author: suituapui

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

11 thoughts on “Blackbird…”

  1. I have two servings of that kampua mee! The coffee looks like stout! HAHAHA

    The trend these days, they use those hand-held blender kind of thing to whip up the froth.

    Come on over! I’ll treat you to all you can eat – two bowls only RM6.00 So cheap! 😀

  2. A cup of kopi a day for me…

    Same here, first thing in the morning, black, no sugar, but if I eat out, I may have some more.

  3. Over here, usually normal chili sauce for kampua. I think that chili dipping they serve is for the ” gu thor tng”, with a hint of ginger taste. Beef noodle are also served with this type of chili dippings.

    Yes, the dip was for the soup, not the kampua, not exactly the same as the beef noodles ones…nor those that we get with our chicken rice…but they’re similar in some ways – definitely nothing like the bottled chili sauce we get with our kampua.

  4. Ah! Saw this place when i ate at opposite or passed by, always full of people. I should have go in to have a try.

    Yes, Opps is directly opposite, right across the road. Used to be called Wee’s Corner and despite the name, I never did go and try. 😀

  5. true blue foodie.. complete with pictures showing the location, and what’s opposite it.. :). I like it.

    I can’t stand people telling me so very vaguely where what is so I hope I am not like that – anyone, the locals, dropping by to see will know exactly where to locate the place.

  6. Time flies, the last time i had kampua was 2 yrs ago 😦

    Come on over to try the ones here, see how close the ones over there are to the real thing. The taste may be there, not difficult to get that – it’s the noodles that may be different…like the kway teow there and the ones here.

  7. Oh, I love gu tor th’ng! Haven’t had that for a while now as there aren’t any stalls at my area that sell that.

    We have quite a few here but not that many, much easier to find liver soup with Foochow red wine.

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