Give me a try…

This place has been around like forever – this is evident in its shop sign…

SIENG HING CAFE

…that has seen better days and one look at it will tell you so.

This is one of those very very few places that my sister would take our parents for breakfast after their Sunday morning church service those days way back then when they were still around, strong and able and she had told me time and time again the things that they liked there. Unfortunately, I cannot for the dear life of me recall what those were.

Anyway, parking is a pain at this place especially on weekdays when the banks in the next block are open and around noon, when parents would hang around here, double or even triple-parked, to wait for their children studying in the school behind the blocks of shops to come out through the side/back door and go home or to drop off those in the afternoon session. I really dread venturing into that area during those horrendously congested hours.

Well, it was real early that Sunday morning and I did not have to go through all that hassle so I dropped by to give it a try. There is this lady running a kampua mee stall…

Kampua mee stall

…in front and from the look of the photographs, she does have quite a lot on her menu – I saw a bowl of noodles with those giant udang galah (freshwater prawns) going for RM27.00!  There is also a zi-char (cook and fry) place at the back and it looked like there is another stall, probably Muslim, at the other side but it was closed, probably because they were still having their Raya break or it was a Sunday – they do keep holy the Sabbath Day, it seems. For reasons unknown, most of the Malay/Muslim shops here are closed on Sundays.

I could vaguely recall something that my sister said about the mee pok (flat noodles) so I ordered that (RM2.80)…

Kampua mee pok 1

…and yes, it was very good…

Kampua mee pok 2

…even nicer than the nice bowl of kampua mee that I had here not too long ago.

I asked for a small serving of the pian sip (meat dumplings) dry (RM2.00)…

Pian sip, dry 1

…and it is pretty obvious from the look of the very thin and translucent skin…

Pian sip, dry 2

…that the ones here are very very nice, definitely a whole lot nicer than the ones at the aforementioned place that I went to that day.

The kampua/kolo mee stall from here that seemed to be so very popular has moved to this same block, two doors away but I did go and try once and no, I did not think theirs were all that great. Nonetheless, looking at the number of people there, obviously, there are many that do not quite agree with me.

SIENG HING CAFE (2.293826, 111.825905) is located at No. 45, Jalan Tuanku Osman in the same row of shops in the block next to the one where the RHB Bank and the AmBank, Sibu branch, are.
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