Down the road…

This was two Sundays ago, Easter Sunday.

After the early morning service, we dropped by here with the intention of enjoying their Sarawak/Kuching laksa, our favourite in town but unfortunately, the place was packed and there wasn’t a single table available. In the end, we had no choice but to go down the road to have our brunch here, located to the left in that same block of shops, three doors from the end.

I had the Foochow fried noodles (RM3.80)…

Friends' Kopitian Foochow fried noodles

…but I was kind of disappointed. I did not think it was as nice as it used to be – at one time, I would rank it as one of the best in town but now, I am having second thoughts about it. Other than the taste, I did not like the use of the rather worn out melamine plate – that and also anything plastic should be avoided when serving hot food.

My missus had the mee mamak (RM4.30)…

Friends' Kopitian mee mamak

…and I did not hear her complain so I guess she was all right with it.

I ordered the fried pek koi (white rice cakes) for my girl with specific instructions NOT to add any soy sauce but what we got in the end had a dark shade of brown. I took it back to the stall and said that I would like to tapao that home – I could eat it later myself as I am not gluten-intolerant and ordered a new plate for my girl (RM4.80)…

Friends' Kopitian fried pek koi

It looked like they used the fresh local-made pek koi instead of the dried ones from China, hence, the narrow strips. I don’t know if my girl enjoyed it very much but she sure took a long time to finish – for one thing, she is kind of slow when it comes to eating, slowly savouring and enjoying each bite.

They were gracious enough to dish out a fresh plate and insisted that I did not have to tapao the earlier one home and pay for it but no, that kind and generous gesture on their part did not change my mind about the melamine and plastic plates used. I am adamant in my convictions. Period.

It looked like the same people were running the kampua stall in front but the handsome hunky guy was no longer there and in his place was this one…

Friends' Kopitian kampua stall

…who looked a bit similar, probably his younger brother.

I remember the kampua mee wasn’t anything to shout about but the pian sip was good so I ordered a bowl…

Friends' Kopitian pian sip

…to share. The soup was good, no msg overload but no, the dumplings were an absolute disaster, so hard and chewy around where the meat filling was.

Thankfully, the chai kueh (50 sen each)…

Friends' Kopitian chai kueh

…that I also ordered from them were good. The skin was good and the filling was nice, just that I was wishing they could be a little more generous with it and there was no hint of any hay bee/udang kering (dried prawns) used in the making so I would not say they were anything to make me go out of my way to come back here again for these.

While waiting for my girl to finish, I went back to the aforementioned Sarawak/Kuching laksa place and ordered three packs…

Thomson Corner Sarawak laksa

…to take home for our dinner. Call me superstitious if you want but I did elaborate on this poonek thing among the Malay and ethnic communities in this post and since we would be going on a long drive the very next day, sending my girl back to her school in the jungle, I was not taking any chances. LOL!!!

FRIENDS’ KOPITIAN (2.296353, 111.840831) and SIBU THOMSON CORNER (2.296517, 111.840710) are located at Pusat Tanahwang, opposite Sacred Heart Secondary School, Oya Road, to the right of the SHELL petrol station along that road.

Author: suituapui

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

11 thoughts on “Down the road…”

  1. So long didn’t eat Sarawak Laksa…

    I wonder if the one you go for is any good – they have it everywhere, even here…but not all are good, some/most are not even like the real thing in Kuching.

  2. Lol. Maybe it is the ethnic and small town thinggy about the superstition. My hubby is very particular about that. If want to eat something, must go and eat it.

    Gosh. Didn’t sound like an enjoyable breakfast with low standard quality. Hope they improve and serve better food.

    Probably. The integration with the ethnic population in Kapit has rubbed off on your hubby, it seems.

    Except for the pian sip, everything else was so-so, not so bad, just that what we had there before used to be really good and this time around, it does not seem to measure up to that standard. Quite disappointing – we had not gone there for a while and if this is what we will get, I don’t think we will be in a hurry to go back there again.

  3. Oh, I miss the foo Chow fried noodles ! Put a few drops of black vinegar and it’s taste so good!!

    Yakah? With black vinegar, it is more Cantonese than Foochow. Foochows will add a bit of their traditional red wine.

  4. Definitely, Sarawak laksa for me. Mee mamak doesn’t have much ingredients but looks pretty good though and so is the pek koi.

    The laksa was good as always – we sure enjoyed it when we had it for dinner that day. Too bad the place is always very crowded, hard to find a table…and often, their laksa is sold out quite early in the day.

  5. Chai Kueh at RM 0.50 each? It’s easily RM 1 here

    These are a little smaller than the regular ones, a little smaller than the regular curry puff size and lots of air spaces inside, very stingy with the filling. I am sure yours at RM1 would be good on all counts.

  6. The last two dishes got me! I’d go down for those two and really taste them!

    The last one especially is a must-try for anyone coming over to Sarawak but then again, one would need to know where to go for the best of the best.

  7. No more 50 sen for that chai kueh over here in Ipoh, RM1 is more like it. All the sen sen really cannot buy a decent type of food anymore here. Standard of living has definitely increased in Ipoh… can be compared to the Klang valley already.

    Ipoh city mah!!! Everything more expensive in the cities, not so bad in the little towns like Sibu.

  8. it’s sad when food quality slips so much … from one of the best foochow noodles in town to a lacklustre one – but here’s hoping they can regain their former glory someday! 🙂

    I cannot understand why it was so – it was that same lady cooking, maybe we caught her on the wrong day. Not too long ago, a friend asked me for the best Foochow fried noodles in town and I suggested this one and another one and they picked this one. Later I got a message telling me that his wife loved it and that it was really good. Dunno what happened this time around.

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