Take another little piece of my heart…

It was already around 1.30 p.m. when we got into town from my girl’s school in the jungle last Friday. I do know, for a fact, that many places close at 2.00, some earlier and many stalls at our coffee shops here are already cleaning up and calling it a day by noon.

This place…

Wow Wow West front counter & crew

…on the other hand, opens at 11.00 a.m. and stays open till night but it is often very crowded and I’ve heard people grumbling about having to wait for a table. The previous time we were there, the first time, that is, we went before 11.00 a.m. and waited for it to open so we did not encounter such a problem. This time around, there were quite a lot of people…still but we did not have any problem at all getting a table – I guess most who were there had to rush back to the office and get there before 2. For one thing, it was very convenient for us to stop by that day – just a quick illegal u-turn at the traffic lights ahead and we were there already. Hehehehehe!!!

I liked the striking pink t-shirt uniform the very friendly “WOW crew” members were wearing, very casual – just like the place, not like those aspiring-to-be-classy places when they are not, all those pretentious airs and prices to match and I am glad (and relieved) that the young and handsome guy who came to take our orders could speak very fluent English – unlike the girl the previous time around and those elsewhere plus he was very pleasant and friendly and knew his job well.

I love the catchy caption…

Wow Wow West crew t-shirt uniform

…in front of his t-shirt but I wanted to give their pizzas a try not because of that. I have heard a lot of people praising them to the skies and many have shared photographs of the ones they had on Facebook.  I asked the boy which the most popular ones were and he suggested the Hawaiian or the Pepperoni but one was chicken, the other beef…and I chose the latter (RM19.00)…

Wow Wow West beef pepperoni pizza

Yes, it was very good and at that price, I sure had no cause to complain. I was quite amused by how the boy pointed out that the pizza was meant to be shared by two or three and he was somewhat doubtful that I could finish it on my own. I just told him that it was all right and I could always ask for it to be packed for me to take home if I could not finish. Hmmm…obviously you don’t know THE suiTUAPUI, young man! LOL!!!

My missus opted for the lunch set – their grilled chicken and garlic rice (RM9.00)…

Wow Wow West set lunch - grilled chicken garlic rice

…that came with a free drink and it was on our table almost instantly. Talk about fast and efficient service! She enjoyed it and again, at that price, there really was no cause for complaint.

My girl wanted the grilled New Zealand lamb shoulder (RM26.00)…

Wow Wow West grilled New Zealand lamb shoulder

…and it was very nicely done and yes, she loved it!

We were just o.k. with what we had that first time we were here – this time around, we did like what we ordered a whole lot more and needless to say, we will be back!

WOW WOW WEST Sibu (2.296407, 111.885216) is 24 & 26, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman – on your left along the road leading to the Sibu Airport, past the traffic lights junction where you would turn left to go to the Sibu General Hospital but before the next junction where you would turn right to go into Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce.

Buy it…

I went to the mini-market right next door to this coffee shop in the vicinity of the Delta Mall here to buy these gluten-free soy sauces…

Gluten-free soy sauces

…for my girl. They did buy the made-in-Taiwan ones, the thick and the light (left) versions and they were pretty good. It seems that the place is open only in the morning till around 11.00 a.m. and since I was going somewhere around there that day, my missus asked me to get another bottle of the latter as we were running out of it.

I did buy the Shoyu from there before and I noticed that the same manufacturer had come out with their own Tamari sauce. We’ve tried another brand, the Tamari sauce, before and it was all right, just that it wasn’t anything like the regular soy sauces that we are used to. That was why I decided to buy this one to try.

Having made my purchases, I made my way back to the car and I passed by the coffee shop again. I saw the kampua mee guy…

Wan Long Cafe kampua mee guy

…preparing something with a whole lot of pork liver and he told me it was his Sarawak laksa and some customer requested for the liver to be added. He asked me if I wanted to give it a try and looking at the broth…

Wan Long Cafe Sarawak laksa broth

…in the pot, I thought it looked good so I ordered a bowl (RM5.00)…

Wan Long Cafe Sarawak laksa

…but no, I did not ask for the liver.

It turned out to be very nice…

Wan Long Cafe Sarawak laksa & kopi-o-peng

No, it did not quite taste like the authentic Sarawak or Kuching laksa nor did it taste like curry mee. Other than that, it did not have those small boiled prawns and shredded chicken. I did not mind going without the prawns and I would go for the slices of char siew anytime in place of the usual somewhat bland strips of chicken.

I would say it had its own taste and I did like it a lot – I sure would not mind dropping by for it again…and the coffee I had there was good too.

WAN LONG CAFE (2.312977, 111.847257) is located past Delta Mall, if you are coming from town, at the corner among the shops at the junction of Jalan Gambir and Jalan Pedada.

It’s your birthday…

September 11th, 911 for short, is a significant date that will never be forgotten and it happened to be my mum’s birthday as well – she would have been 88 this year.

We had to send my girl back to her school in the jungle that day after the extra long weekend so we left the house earlier than usual to stop by my parents’ resting place…

Mum's birthday, 2018

…along the way to offer flowers and prayers and wish her a Happy Birthday.

Normally we would have our lunch first but that day, we agreed to stop by the shop here in Selangau Bazaar for that.

We had their bitter gourd omelette…

Hua Kee, Selangau bitter gourd omelette 1

…which was all right…

Hua Kee, Selangau bitter gourd omelette 2

…and though the cangkuk manis with egg…

Hua Kee, Selangau cangkuk manis with egg

…was kind of watery, it was good too.

I asked for the bawal hitam (black pomfret) to be just deep fried like that, no flour, no sauce, nothing and this was what we got (RM18.00)…

Hua Kee, Selangau deep fried or chio

They got it right the first time but the 2nd time, they coated it with flour prior to frying and thankfully, it was tapioca, not wheat. This time around, they sprinkled some soy sauce over it and I was quite pissed off by how they could not stick to my specific instructions. We quickly removed the skin and the soy sauce on the outside so my girl was able to eat the soy sauce-free inside of the fish.

The total for the food and the rice for three came up to over RM30.00 only but I think the next time, I would just cook myself or buy some dishes from somewhere and bring the food and rice in a  tiffin carrier to heat up and eat at my girl’s quarters when we get there.

We could go back…

Seeing how my girl liked the place and she enjoyed what she had, I told her that we could always go back there anytime we felt like it and we did!

That was why over the long weekend last week, we went there…

Caffefine Cafe

…for dinner on Monday evening before we drove her back to her school in the jungle the following day. Luckily, we went there early, before 6.00 p.m. so we did manage to get a table, one of the two or three still available at the time. It was crowded…AND noisy, mainly because there was a rather boisterous group and a very large one at that, right beside our table but once they were done and had left, it was perfectly all right after that.

I did go for a bit of fresh air a while later and I saw a crowd outside – yes, the place was full already by then and they were all waiting for a table. I heard some of those in a group (with a box, a birthday cake, obviously) mentioning another place and off they went! I guess if anybody intends to drop by for dinner, it would be best to call them at 010-912-1688 to make a reservation. However, I don’t know how true this is but somebody told me that they would not let you book a table ahead of time.

I was quite put off by their PLEASE WAIT TO BE SEATED sign the instant I walked in through the door. They had some makeshift one written on a piece of cardboard from some discarded carton box and placed on one of their high/bar stools right in the middle of the walkway. They have been open for quite a while now – surely, it would not take THAT long to get a nice, decent-looking one made.

I also do not know if this is their usual practice now or they only have this for dinner but no, the menu was no longer on display on the wall above the counter/bar and we were given this little (somewhat flimsy and stained) booklet…

Caffeine Cafe dinner menu

…once we were seated to browse through and eyewww…the NCAA (no class at all) fake flowers were back…and no, there was no fine linen tablecloth nor napkin either so if it is fine dining you are looking for, despite the name and the shop sign, this isn’t the place.

The panna cotta was sold out…

Panna cotta, sold out

…but it did not matter one bit as I did not intend to have that. I saw somewhere a photograph of their tiramisu served in a  glass…

Caffeine Cafe tiramisu in a glass

…and I wanted to give it a try. It was nice…

Caffeine Cafe tiramisu

…like any other tiramisu anywhere else, minus the glass. Personally I would prefer the panna cotta or the crème brûlée.

We brought our own pasta and the boy taking our orders, a different one from the guy during our first visit, was hesitating, quite unsure how they would charge us but I told him to go ahead according to the menu except that we did not want their regular pasta and would like them to use our own gluten-free penne instead. As long as it makes my girl happy, that is all that matters!

It seemed to me that though they were quite conversant in English, they were more comfortable with Mandarin – that guy appeared to have some difficulty trying to express himself clearly…but I was fine with the eventual code-switching, no problem at all.

She chose the Alfredo (RM24.00)…

Caffeine Cafe Alfredo penne

…and she liked it! I did try a bit and thought it was just a milder version of the carbonara, not something I would fancy when it comes to pasta.

I also ordered this cheesy bacon bit fries (RM12.00)…

Caffeine Cafe cheesy bacon bit fries

…to share but we did not think very much of it – perhaps it would be nicer if they had used melted mozarella not grated cheddar, the bacon was over-fried, hard – not sure whether it came out of a bottle and the crinkle-cut fries were probably those frozen ones, not anything to get excited about, unlike the ones that I had here that I thought were very nice.

The ones that I had in my order, the BBQ pork chop (RM28.00)…

Caffeine Cafe BBQ pork chop 1

…were pretty much the same. Should I ever ask for that again, I would definitely get them to leave out the fries and give me more of the potato salad instead – that was nice but they certainly were not very generous with it.

I must say that the meat…

Caffeine Cafe BBQ pork chop 2

…was very nicely done, tender and juicy and tasted really great except that the serving was kind of huge for one person to handle on his own in one sitting or at least, that was so in my case. I could imagine that as the main dish in a Chinese dinner to be enjoyed with rice by a family of three.

My missus had the Yakitori chicken chop (RM24.00)…

Caffeinie Cafe yakitori chicken chop

…and it was very good plus instead of the fries, she got the potato salad and the salad with the sesame dressing that I did enjoy very much on our previous visits.

It looked like they had a some kind of free-for-all system here. The waiting staff would show you your table, give you the menu, take your orders, serve the food, clear the tables, disinfect and wipe them clean and even man the till! This handsome young boy…

Pay by credit card

…did not seem too familiar with it when it came to credit cards so the girl was showing him the ropes.

I was taken by surprise when given the slips without having to key in my PIN number and when I enquired about it, I was told that they would use PAYWAVE for amounts less than RM200.00. Good grief! I thought customers would have the right to choose and I did not see any sign informing everyone about this arrangement of theirs. I wonder if there is a charge for the use of credit cards if the total is less than RM100.00 as well – if I am not mistaken and my memory serves me right, that was the case in their Italian restaurant – the first one.

With such an arrangement, I certainly would not ask for the bill to be brought to my table and pass them my credit card for them to do the transaction and everything – old folks like me can be quite paranoid about these things.

CAFFEINE CAFE is located on the ground floor of Wisma Liberty, Block 3, Lorong Pedada 7, off Jalan Pedada – on your left, past the Jalan Ulu Oya Road traffic lights if you are coming from town, just a few doors away from Nica Gelateria (2.302620, 111.842988), to the left at the end of that same block.

It’s a steal…

When we say, “It’s a steal,” what we mean is it’s a bargain, so cheap that it’s almost as if we have not paid anything for it.

Well, last Monday was a public holiday here and we decided to go out and spend some quality time together. We made our way to the supermarket that we seldom frequent as it is out of our way on the other side of town. That wasn’t a very good idea as the Merdeka Sale is on right now and there were so many people grabbing things like there was no tomorrow or they were getting them for free.

I just browsed around, my head spinning with the crowd and the commotion all around and it was then that I spotted a section in one little corner of the place – they were selling those things that were supposed to be given away as free gifts and now that the promotional period was over, they were trying to get rid of them, cheap.

My missus has this glass thing with an airtight lid…

Missus' glass container

…that I always find very convenient to use for the sambal belacan (dried prawn paste dip) or the acar (pickle) or maybe a slice of the long kiam hu (salted fish) with a calamansi lime cut in halves when we have guests over for lunch or dinner at the house. I particularly like the fact that it is glass, not plastic except for the lid.

That day, I saw this…

My purchase

…over-proof and much bigger than the aforementioned, maybe twice the size and on the box it said that it was worth RM30.00 but they were selling it for RM12.90 only and there were only two of them so of course, I grabbed both. I must say that it sure was a steal!

Talking about bargains, this came dirt cheap…

Chocolate chip cookies on sale

…at 99 sen only, believe it or not. My girl bought a couple of boxes for me to enjoy not too long ago and even then, it was already going for a little over RM2.00 a box as the expiry date was approaching. This was a day before the expiry date and as long as it was still good, I would not mind nibbling on them, one at a time…

Chocolate chip cookie

These German-made chocolate chip cookies were very nice with a whole lot of the lovely chocolate chips in each of them – none of our local made ones can ever come close.

Anyway, going back to our outing that Monday morning, I just loitered around with my loot and when the ladies were done, we went for lunch here

Unique decor, Payung Cafe

…on our way back to town.

They have a new boy working there now, Jonathan. As a matter of fact, he’s not exactly new – he was there some years ago when he was just a little boy and according to Peter, the boss, he showed up one day and asked to come back – the very nice and friendly boy with a pleasant grin, very hardworking and efficient and able to work independently and what impresses me most of all is how he is multi-lingual, very proficient in Iban, Malay and Foochow and Mandarin and he can speak English quite well too.

I saw that they had something new on their menu, the tom yam chicken with rice…

Payung Cafe tom yam chicken with rice

…so I asked him about it. He said that it was intended for those allergic to prawns but would love to have tom yam so I ordered that to try.

Peter took it upon himself to cook it for me and I would say that the tom yam soup…

Payung Cafe tom yam chicken

…was really very nice and my missus loved it too! However, personally, I would prefer prawns…or for that matter, sotong (squid) or fish instead of chicken.

My missus had their butter chicken with rice…

Payung Cafe butter chicken with rice

…and my girl had the chicken chop…

Payung Cafe chicken chop

…with a special request for mashed potatoes instead of the slices of garlic bread by the side as those would not be gluten-free.

As always, we enjoyed the food and when I went to pay, Jonathan told me that the total, inclusive of drinks, was RM67.00. I gave him RM70.00 and told him to keep the change but he simply refused to accept the tip. Gee!!! That was nice…and even though it was only RM3.00 actually, others elsewhere would definitely jump at it without any second thought. He’s such a good boy, that Jonathan!

PAYUNG CAFÉ (2.284049, 111.833014) is located at No.20F, Lanang Road, Sibu, back to back with the multi-storey car park of the Kingwood Hotel which faces the majestic Rejang River.

Make it fast…

I had not been to see this handsome boy

Handsome boy, tee piang stall - Sibu pasar malam

…at the pasar malam (night market) here for a while now for the simple reason that it would be so hard to find a place to park the car and I, for one, wouldn’t be all that keen on parking some distance away and walking all the way and all around the place in search of the stall – they cast lots once a week, I hear, so each time you go, the stall that you are looking for will be at a different location.

Well, last Sunday night, my girl was out with a friend and I dropped her off at the place they had agreed upon and I thought I would make my way to the pasar malam to buy some of the tee piang that my girl enjoys a lot so we would be able to heat them up for breakfast the next morning.

It is not difficult to find the stall – if you see one with a whole lot of people…

Tee piang stall, Sibu pasar malam

…standing all around it, that would be it! The problem is the tee piang may be sold out by around 7.30 p.m. so all your effort in making your way there would all be in vain.

I was lucky – when I got there after 7, they were just about to make their last batch for the night so I quickly placed my orders and stood around waiting…and in the meantime, I decided to take snapshots of everything that was going on at the stall.

This lady was making the batter…

Preparing the batter

…and it was obvious that she did not need any electrical appliance, no blender, no mixer, nothing – she just had to do it by hand and see how smooth…

Smooth

…the batter was! Later, I saw her cutting some chives and adding those to the batter as well.

She had some banana fritters frying in the wok so she had to remove them…

Banana fritters, done

…first after which, she added some more oil and once it was hot enough, she was ready to roll.

She added some of the aforementioned batter to the ladle…

Add batter to ladle

…and lowered it into the hot oil…

Lower into hot oil

Once it was cooked enough, it would detach itself from the ladle and float on the oil…

Floating

…while the lady went on with the next one in line.

She would be able to do quite a few…

A few at a time

…at one time and once they were nicely done, golden brown in colour, she would take them out of the wok.

To do the ones with meat filling, she would line the ladle with the batter and add the meat…

Add the meat

…after which, she would cover the filling with more batter before lowering it into the hot oil…

Into the oil

I bought four of those with meat filling (RM1.50 each)…

Tee piang with meat filling

…and don’t ask me why they were only three in the photograph. Of course I could not resist indulging in one right away the instant I got home, nice and hot. LOL!!!

The filling…

Cross-section

…is something like those in steamed paos (buns) and these would be a lot bigger than the regular or kosong ones (those without any filling) and one would be enough to fill you up – in fact, if you are not a very big eater, you probably should find someone to share or go for those without any filling (3 for RM2.00).

It did take quite a while even though it was very obvious that everyone was working as fast as they could and it was way past 7.30 before I got my orders. I did not feel the time passing by as I was busy taking the photographs…and I did hear somebody asking while I was leaving only to be told there wasn’t any left – somebody else had already ordered the last few still frying in the wok. Do go early to avoid disappointment – they usually open at around 5.30 p.m.

Not around…

We went to the early morning mass last Sunday instead of our usual sunset service as we went out for dinner the night before with my cousin and hubby and family and we headed for breakfast after that.

I enjoyed the chapati that the boss, Guna, gave to me to let me try that day and I did say in my post on it that I would go back for more so we went back to the place and I ordered two pieces (RM2.00 each)…

Sri Pelita chapati with curry gravy

…which were served with curry gravy. I did ask but they did not have the very nice chicken rendang that I had that day so I just left it to them to give me whatever they wanted to go with the bread.

My girl, of course, wanted the gluten-free thosai (RM2.50)…

Sri Pelita thosai

…and she was also given the curry gravy to eat it with but later, they brought the chutney and the dhal dips…

Sri Pelita chutney & dhal dip

I did not think much of the latter – that was why I stuck to the curry gravy and if you are wondering how I ate my chapati, first, I cut a bite-size piece of it and rolled it up before placing it in the gravy…

Dipping in the gravy

…and then I bathed it with the gravy…

Bathed completely with the gravy

…before eating it. So is that celup or banjir, Merryn?

They have a new guy now, making the roti canai and stuff…

New roti canai guy

…and their regular Indian guy, the friendly handsome one, was not around. I was told that he had gone back to India on a three-month holiday. Gosh!!! That sure is a very long break.

My missus had their halal kampua noodles…

Sri Pelita halal kampua, chicken

…and even though she asked for beef, they gave her chicken instead…and yes, she forgot to tell them she wanted the white version, not the one with dark soy sauce but of course, she did not forget to tell them she wanted the noodles tossed in chili sauce and they did get that right.

In the meantime, I spotted this…

Sri Pelita chicken liver

…in the food cabinet – chicken liver! Needless to say, I simply MUST have that so I tapao-ed RM5.00 and I got quite a lot, enough for two meals, at least and yes, it sure was so so good!

Guna was not around either, the missus said he was at their other outlet at Permai…and she collected RM20.00 from me for all the aforementioned and also our drinks.

SRI PELITA CAFE (2.293579, 111.820700) is located along Lorong Kampung Datu 11, off Jalan Kampung Datu, the first shop in the block to the right of Paramount Hotel.

Now it’s your turn…

My cousin and her hubby from Brisbane, Australia, invited us to dinner here the following night after I had taken them for a Thai dinner here. Their son would be dropping by Sibu that day and would be joining us as well and of course, it was our pleasure to be a part of it all…

Dinner with cousin & family at New Capitol

They ordered the celebrated Sibu Foochow-style sio bee

New Capitol Sibu Foochow-style sio bee

…and their equally well-known fried kampua noodles…

New Capitol fried kampua mee

…and we had their just-as-popular chicken rice and the steamed chicken…

New Capitol steamed chicken

This was something like the best in Sibu in one sitting especially when they were here for a few days only and the son was here for just a couple of nights and we would not know when they would be dropping by again. To the most, they will probably come home just once a year.

We also had one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, their checkerboard duck…

New Capitol checkerboard duck

…which happens to be my girl’s favourite.

The corn soup…

New Capitol corn soup

…was very nice and so was the Thai/kerabu-style midin (wild jungle fern)…

New Capitol midin

The sesame spare ribs…

New Capitol spare ribs

…were good and their sweet and sour giant udang galah (freshwater prawns)…

New Capitol sweet & sour udang galah

…certainly were like no other sweet and sour dishes that we had had elsewhere and this one was truly a winner!

Yes, it was definitely a delightful get-together – there was so much to catch up when we are living so far apart and do not get to meet often. Thank you so much for the treat, Teresa & Richard – hope you had a pleasant stay and got to eat and enjoy a lot of the local delights, especially those favourites from days gone by. We sure are looking forward to the next time you all come to town again.

New Capitol Restaurant 新首都酒家 (2.288619, 111.830057) is located at No. 46, Lebuh Tanah Mas, off Jalan Kampung Nyabor, in the block of shops opposite the Sarawak House/King’s Trioplex/Premier Hotel at the very far end on the right.

Nice to have you home…

My cousin and her hubby were home for a few days from Brisbane, Australia – thank you so much for the goodies you brought all the way…

Goodies from Down Under

…and of course, we took them out for dinner.

As soon as we got home from picking my girl from her school in the jungle last Friday, I contacted her and yes, they were free so we arranged to pick them up at their hotel that evening. I also asked my sister to join us, so altogether, there were six of us.

I picked one of my favourite places in town and it seemed they have a sparkling new menu now…

Flavours Thai Kitchen, new menu

…with a cute photograph inside of the authentic Thai chef, Jos…

Jos, the authentic Thai chef

…and one of their signature dishes, the traditional Thai snack, the miang kham which I ordered (RM15.90)…

Flavours miang kham

…for them to try. It did not look like they were all that excited by it but at least, they gave it a try. I loved it, of course…as always.

My girl wanted one of her favourites here, the pad thai (RM16.90)…

Flavours pad Thai

…and we had the small as we would have having rice with the rest of the dishes but yes, it was big enough to go round.

We had the creamy seafood tom yam, small (RM25.50)…

Flavours fish tom yam

…with specific instructions that we would not want the prawns and the sotong (squid), just the fish and mushroom, as my sister is allergic to those and even without those, it was really very nicely done – the soup was absolutely awesome!

Of course, she couldn’t eat this as well – their stir-fried lokan (RM28.90)…

Flavours stir-fried lokan

…and I forgot to tell them to tweak their recipe a bit and use Thai fish sauce instead of the dark soy sauce in the dish so it was not gluten-free. Nonetheless, my girl throw caution to the wind and had one of the clams, buang gian (appease the craving).

For our vegetable dishes, we had this fried cangkuk manis with egg (RM17.50)…

Flavours cangkuk manis with egg

– they do it differently from the Chinese stalls and shops, it seems and I find theirs a whole lot nicer. We also had the bitter gourd omelette (RM17.50)…and in the midst of all that chit chat and catching up, I forgot to take a photograph of it when it was served.

We enjoyed all the dishes but it was the pla tod samoon prai (RM82.00)…

Flavours pla tod samoon prai 1

…that stole the show.  We got a huge one, the barramundi, and that never failed to satisfy us each and everytime we had that – this time, of course, was no exception…and as always, we swept everything clean even the garnishing, all that used for the decoration and presentation of the dish.

I told my cousin that the ulam raja leaves were from the seedlings that I gave a year ago and they are growing so well that they do not have to buy any from the market anymore and she said that she tried planting the seeds I gave her on her last visit but nothing came out of it…and yes, she and the hubby helped themselves to those leaves…

Flavours pla tod samoon prai

…and they loved it a lot! I was quite happy with the thin strips of cabbage and carrot, slightly sourish from the calamansi lime juice added, and also the peanuts. Actually, I was thinking of ordering the three-sour/taste version that we used to order before and enjoyed very much as well and even though they told us there would not be any tomato sauce in it, just chili sauce, I decided not to take the chance and stuck to this one which I knew would be just as good.

For dessert, Mary, the gracious host, as always, treated us to one of the many birthday cakes that she received for her birthday and Jos gave us a plate of sliced pink guava to enjoy. Service was great, of course – they have such nice people here! It certainly was a pleasant and delightful evening indeed.

From the expression on their faces, it was very obvious that my guests enjoyed the dinner to the fullest and I sure was glad that I had made the right choice and took them here.

FLAVOURS THAI KITCHEN (2.292836, 111.828287) is located on the ground floor of the ORCHID HOTEL, along Brooke Drive at its junction with Jalan Tunku Osman. You can use its main entrance at the back of the hotel building (facing Brooke Drive) or go through the lobby past the reception desk if you are using its hotel entrance.

Before I leave…

Every week, before I leave for my girl’s school in the jungle to get her and bring her home, I would go and buy something for our lunch there. In the past, when she used to hitch a ride with one of her colleagues, she would leave right away after lessons ended for the day and would go hungry till she reached home at around 2 or 3 p.m. or at times, even later…and all she had had all day would probably be that one half-boiled egg for breakfast in the morning.

Because it is usually on a Friday, our no-meat day, that would make it a bit more difficult…plus I would have to make sure it is gluten-free, no wheat flour, no soy sauce, no tomato sauce.

The Sarawak/Kuching laksa here

Thomson Corner Sarawak/Kuching laksa

…is fine as long as I remember to tell them that we do not want the shredded chicken which hasn’t much taste, anyway, something we can do without.

I’ve bought the very nice nasi lemak from here

Bandong Walk nasi lemak

…before and my girl loves the sambal sotong but I have a feeling she is not really into nasi lemak and more often than not, she would finish the sambal and I would have to eat up what’s left so nothing goes to waste.

I’ve never bought this here

101 chao chai hung ngang

…nor this here

Tom yam hung ngang

…before but I am pretty sure that it would not be a problem and of course, I would have to ask them to leave out the meat. However, I would also need to get them to pack the soup/broth and noodles separately and we can easily heat up the former when we get there and pour onto the latter so we can enjoy it piping hot.

I guess there is no meat nor soy sauce in the sambal bihun here

Happiness Cafe sambal bihun

…so that is another option, minus the lap cheong (Chinese sausage), of course, and with specific instructions not to add any soy sauce.

Well, last Friday, I went and bought the nasi biryani

Sri Pelita nasi biryani

…with fish curry (RM8.00 in total)…

Sri Pelita fish curry

from here and she did enjoy it but she could barely manage half of it. Yes, I did think there was quite a lot, enough to be shared by two, plus coming back straight from class, one would be hot and tired and would not have an appetite to eat all that much.

While I was there, the nice and generous boss, Guna, gave me this…

Sri Pelita chapati and chicken rendang

…to take home and try, their chapati

Sri Pelita chapati

…with the very nice and spicy chicken rendang

Sri Pelita chicken rendang

Of course I did not eat it that day, not on a Friday, so I saved it and heated it up for breakfast the next morning and boy, it was really very good.

I remember I saw the chef/cook eating that and enjoying it himself once and I had always wanted to go back there again for this but I never did. I sure would love to drop by there again one morning for this.

SRI PELITA CAFE (2.293579, 111.820700) is located along Lorong Kampung Datu 11, off Jalan Kampung Datu, the first shop in the block to the right of Paramount Hotel.