Waiting for Saturday…

My missus and I dropped by here last Monday for lunch as we were thinking of having their nasi kerabu that we had not have had for sometime now but unfortunately, we were informed that they no longer served that every day, only on Saturdays.

That probably explained why the place was quite empty…


…even though it was already noon. Obviously, their nasi kerabu was the main draw, drawing crowds there by the droves at any time of day. I really wonder why they would want to stop betting on a winning horse – maybe a lot of work would be involved so they decided to cut it down to just once a week.

I noticed that they had some new items on their menu…

New on their menu

…and I certainly would give the one concerned top marks for his or her beautiful handwriting on the little blackboards.

I had nasi kak wok (RM5.00)…

Warong Cafe nasi kak wok

…before but not here and no, I certainly was not impressed so it got me wondering why there was such a long queue at the stall at the bazaar every day during the month of Ramadan. Personally, I would think the nasi kuning ayam berempah would be heaps nicer but since they had it here, I decided to give it a try…


…and no, I still could not see what the attraction was. Whatever they used to marinate the chicken prior to frying did not seem to make a difference and they could have been a lot more generous with the sambal cili


The somewhat diluted fish curry gravy was, at best, just so-so but it sure helped to make the otherwise rather dry dish a bit more palatable.

My missus had their tomato rice with ayam masak merah (RM7.50)…

Nasi tomato ayam masak merah

…which we thought was quite all right, not anything to get us running back for more but I would rate it a lot higher than the nasi kak wok that I had.

I have tried quite a lot of the items on their menu here and yes, there had been a few that I truly enjoyed and would not mind having again but I honestly do not think these two made the grade…and I guess should anyone want to drop by here for their nasi kerabu, they will just have to wait till Saturday.

WARONG CAFE (2.318841, 111.831732), formerly Sri Tanjung Cafe, is located among the shops in between Jalan Tapang and Jalan Tapang Timur towards the end of Jalan Kampung Nangka – RTM Sibu is located right across the road on the right.

Author: suituapui

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

13 thoughts on “Waiting for Saturday…”

  1. I guess have to try the original nasi wok at the initial eatery to know why it turned popular. The two meals mentioned here look good for the price charged. Don’t think we can find it (food quality and price combination) here in kl.

    I did try, twice! And it was, at best, o.k. Sure did not sweep me off my feet, not at all…and I never went back for more. There’s another nasi kak wok place here that is the favourite of many – have yet to go and try and not all that keen since I am not all that fond of it. Yes, the prices and some of the dishes here are really good.

    1. I mean eating nasi wok at the original eatery in Kota Bharu, kelantan. Although it is said to be the same but I suspect those served at the branches of the original eatery may not taste as good.

      I would love to go to Kelantan and Trengganu one day and try all their traditional delights.

      The nasi kak wok that I tried before – those people were from Kelantan and they are still enjoying brisk business at their stall to this day. I guess it’s a matter of one man’s meat…and it just did not tickle my fancy.

      For one thing, we had people from Kelantan selling their nasi kerabu during Ramadan but none of them were as good as the one at this cafe – maybe they’re just regular home cooks, not really in the business. We also had ok ones from people from the other states like Johore, based here in Sibu. Not bad but this one wins hands down. Just like what people say about Peking duck in Beijing being not as nice as the ones in Hong Kong…or for that matter, even in KL…and people coming home from overseas head straight to our KFC outlet – they insist ours is nicer. I wouldn’t know, not into those.

      1. Well I have eaten kfc in kl and japan and the one in japan uses much less spices in the original coating so is less flavourful.

        Oh? So it’s true then. I had KFC in Auckland, my brother bought a bucket home as they did not cook that evening. I couldn’t tell the difference, of course, because I have not gone to the ones here since dunno when.

  2. When you say waiting for saturday, I thought you are saying waiting to go church.

    The handwriting looks really neat, nice!

    I had tried nasi kerabu once, not really used to eating blue colour rice

    The blue pea flower is the current craze, a lot of people are drinking it as tea – great for health. It is quite tasteless though, just blue…unless the one you had used colouring, not the natural dye using this flower.

    Yes, Saturday evening is church day unless I have something on in which case, we will go on Sunday. The nasi kerabu here is so nice and so popular that you would be lucky if you can still get it by lunchtime. Often sold out.

  3. The beautiful and neat handwritings on the little cute blackboards reminds me of both my kids’ handwritings.

    Oh? They have such nice handwriting. How’s your boy doing in Kuching? Going to tie the knot yet? Going to invite me or not? LOL!!!

    1. Thanks, my son is doing fine in Kuching and has settled down already.

      Already? Aiyor!!! And you did not invite me? Sobsssss!!! LOL!!!

  4. I just had 3 small packs of biscuits as my lunch at 12:30pm, I felt so hungry right now after looking all the food pictures in this blog. Not only this post, all the food pics in earlier posts are killing me.

    Look on the bright side – that is why you are not the same shape and size as me. LOL!!!

  5. they should also offer nasi dagang to complete the menu! 😀

    I’ve tried nasi dagang, Terengganu’s specialty but no, it did not get me jumping with delight. Definitely not a fan of the curry and the fish – ikan tongkol with its rotten wood-like texture and strong fishy smell. I think there were people selling that at Ramadan but of course, I did not buy.

  6. Nasi kerabu. Now you have me craving for it. Sound like they have lot to offer but nothing meet your standard. ^^

    Some people would probably enjoy them but not me, not these two new items that we tried…and I don’t think I would like that ikan tongkol either, not a fan of the fish – the texture is like wood and some varieties have a very strong fishy smell. They do have some good things on their menu though – other than the nasi kerabu, the nasi lemak is good, I would rank it as No. 2 in town…and the nasi ayam too.

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