I forgot…

That day when I was blogging about the gluten-free stuff available here, I forgot that my girl did buy a box of this…

YESYOUCAN gluten-free pizza mix

…when she was in KL sometime ago and she did use it successfully to make not one but two pizzas

YESYOUCAN gluten-free pizza

…which we did enjoy very much.

Anyway, this time around, when she saw that it was available here now, she grabbed two boxes…

YESYOUCAN gluten-free pizza mix, two boxes

…right away and last weekend, she used one of them to make a pizza…

Gluten-free pizza

She only made one this time around so the crust wasn’t exactly thin…

Not exactly thin

…but all the same, it was very nice with the toppings – bacon, spinach, lots of cheese, white cream and even an egg…

Toppings

She was of the opinion that the texture of the crust was similar to that of focaccia bread and since she enjoys that kind of stuff, I said that she could just make the bread next time to enjoy creating her own sandwiches with it and she said she would do that…soon.

Same thing all over…

…again, or almost, that is!

We were in the vicinity that day so we dropped by here again for lunch. I did try the kampua mee and the liver soup from the stall here but out of the blue, for reasons unknown, the lady decided to call it quits. The corner was vacant for quite some time until a young guy took over…

Kiong Chuong kampua stall

All this while, I’ve been wanting to drop by and try but so far, I have not got round to doing that and when I do, one thing’s for sure, I will not be ordering this, No. 22…

Mee spicy Korea

…not even if the price had been a lot cheaper, thank you very much!

In the meantime, we had been here a few times because we did enjoy the food from the chu char (cook and fry) stall there very much and because we had to stick to what would be gluten free, we would order the same things all over again, more or less each time we were there.

That day was no exception, of course, and we had the fried or chio/ikan bawal hitam (black pomfret)…

Kiong Chuong fried or chio

…which I thought was not all that fresh that day but the ladies did not complain and we did finish it completely all the same.

Yes, we had the siew yoke (roast pork)…

Kiong Chuong siew yoke

…again and the steamed Szechuan vegetable pork leg soup…

Kiong Chuong Szechuan vegetable pork leg soup 1

…that we found was nicer here than the same thing that we had another place in town and yes, it was very nice as well this time around…

Kiong Chuong szechuan vegetable pork leg soup 2

…and my girl particularly enjoyed the soup.

This was something new – we had not had it before…their leek fried with egg…

Kiong Chuong fried leek with egg

…and yes, it was very nice. When I ordered that, I had expected it to appear as an omelette dish but I guess the cook did not have that same thing in mind.

The total for all the dishes came up to RM52.00 which I thought was a little on the high side especially since it is just a coffee shop, not a very nice place, not air-conditioned and all and so far, it had always been 40-something, almost 50 and never over…but as long as the food is nice plus the servings here are rather huge and we do enjoy it very much, I guess that is all that matters.

SYARIKAT KIONG CHUONG CAFE (2.291062, 111.827381) is located along Jalan Kampung Nyabor at the bend where one turns left or right when coming from Brooke Drive, a stone’s throw from Malaysia Hotel in the next block.

On the other end…

I dropped by here that day to buy the yam puffs (RM2.50 each)…

My Bistro Cafe yam puffs

…that my girl likes a lot and since she was home those few days, she could enjoy them for breakfast or for tea. They are very nice and I like the fibrous exterior, the char siew filling is like what is in their steamed buns – I do like theirs a lot, RM2.00 each.

Incidentally, if you are thinking of dropping by for these, they are usually available around 10-10.30 onwards and they get sold out real fast. That day, I was there around noon and there were only 5 left so I sapu-ed (swept) them all. I hear that they get sold out very quickly and that was why there were times when we dropped by later in the afternoon, there were none available.

In the meantime, since I was in the vicinity, I decided to check out this new place…

C & C Gallery

…in that block of shops at the other end to the right. It started off as a bakery here at that chicken rice place that we like a lot and do frequent quite often but they have taken over its present location, formerly occupied by a furniture shop, and moved there and they have extended their business to include a coffee place so you can actually go there and order something to eat and drink your coffee – if I am not wrong, they have free wifi here.

They had a lot of doriyakis, the buns made famous by that Japanese cartoon character, Doraemon and I bought one (RM2.50)…

C & C Gallery doriyaki

…to try. Yes, it was very nice even though they were not very generous with the cream cheese filling…

C & C Gallery doriyaki, cream cheese filling

…but I thought that was quite enough for me to enjoy it as a whole.

This…

C & C Gallery dirty mochi bun

…looked good – I did not know what it was. I could see the chocolate and what I thought was coffee dust on top and I was thinking that was a variation of the Mexican coffee bun but it turned out to be their dirty mochi bun (RM2.50) with whatever filling they had inside…

C & C Gallery dirty mochi bun, filling

…and yes, it was very nice but it was so very messy to eat. I did enjoy it more than the croissant version that I bought from here once. I liked the texture of the Korean mochi bun more. I shared half with my missus and yes, she liked it a lot too!

The coconut tart (RM1.80)…

C & C Gallery coconut tart

…was really good, a tad nicer than my favourites here but those cost around RM2 something only for two and are much bigger so they are definitely cheaper.

I thought the egg tart (RM1.50)…

C & C Gallery egg tarts

…wasn’t anything to shout about plus the pastry was a little hard but the Portuguese egg tart (RM2.20) was really good. I expected them to use the same pastry but no, the one they had for the latter, even though it wasn’t the usual layered Portuguese egg tart pastry, was crustier/crumblier and very much nicer and I enjoyed the custard egg filling with the caramelised top a whole lot more.

I certainly would want to drop by again to see what else they have to offer but since everything is not gluten-free, I wouldn’t want to go when my girl is home as she can only see but mustn’t touch, poor thing!

MY BISTRO CAFE & BAR (2.311574, 111.846440) is located right beside Delta Mall among the shops at Pusat Pedada, the first shop at the corner in the block to the right of the mall if you are facing its back entrance and C & C GALLERY is located at Lot 62 in that same block of shops on the other side/end to the right.

Somewhere down the road…

I had to send my girl every morning to her meetings and one morning, I decided to stop by this food court…

Eco Delite Food Court

…somewhere along the road leading to the secondary school, the meeting place.

We’ve been here a few times before and yes, we did enjoy some of the stuff we had but we have not gone back for a while now. That morning, only the two food courts were open and a branch of the dim sum place but only this one seemed to be enjoying brisk business so I went to have a look at what they had in store.

They had a makeshift stall…

Eco Delite Food Court, stall

…selling all kinds of buns (and curry puffs too)…

Eco Delite Food Court, buns and puffs

…and some of these kuihs…

Eco Delite Food Court, kuihs

…and packets of nasi lemak as well. They did not have that before on our previous visits or maybe they only have it early in the morning for breakfast, I wouldn’t know – I was never here this early.

I tried the steamed meat pao (RM2.00)…

Eco Delite Food Court, bak pao

…and it was quite good – I like paos with egg in it but I thought the char siew pao (RM2.50)…

Eco Delite Food Court, char siew pao

…was nicer and it also had egg in it, something rather unusual for these char siew buns.

There was a young girl there at that same time (not the one in the above photograph) and for reasons unknown, she kept poking at the paos on display in a tray. The Iban lady was quite pissed off and gave her a piece of her mind, “You cucuk cucuk, nanti orang tak mau beli lagi lah!!!” I must say there is a lot of truth in what she said – in fact, I was glad that my orders came from those in the steamer…not from the tray and I really cannot understand why people do that – many will squeeze the fruits and vegetables and may or may not buy and spoil them. Sometimes we find bruises, for instance, in tomatoes – obviously, somebody has got to them before we do. Tsk! Tsk!

I also ordered the lor mai kai (RM4.50)…

Eco Delite Food Court, lor mai kai 1

…which was good as well…

Eco Delite Food Court, lor mai kai 2

…but at that price, I probably would not want to go for it again. I wouldn’t say it was anything that would get me coming back for more.

The coffee (RM1.60)…

Eco Delite Food Court, kopi-o-peng & lor mai kai

…was good and cheaper than a number of places around town.

I don’t know when I will be going back there again as we seldom frequent that part of town, in the other direction, unless there is a reason for us to do so.

ECO-DELITE FOOD COURT (2.330846, 111.855645) is located at the shops on your left along Jalan Ulu Sg Merah, a short distance from the roundabout if you are coming along Jalan Ling Kai Cheng and take the right turn from there.

It’s late…

In my previous post, I mentioned that we had to go and get our girl from her school in the jungle and it was rather late already when we got back into town.

She did not have her lunch and was starting to feel really hungry so we stopped by here

Wow Wow West please wait...

…for a bite to eat. It certainly is a convenient stop for us as it is on our way back to the house.

It was rather late already but it was a blessing in disguise as I had heard of people grumbling about having to queue and wait for a table and at around 3.00 p.m. in the afternoon, even though there were quite a lot of people around still, we had no problem grabbing a table…

Wow Wow West

Somebody did tell me before that to avoid the crowd, it would be best to go once they open their doors at 11.00 a.m. or at 5.30 p.m. to avoid the peak hours.

It was too late for their affordable set lunch sets (RM9.50 only with a complimentary drink, available till 2.30 p.m. only) so my missus asked for their so-called signature grilled chicken chop (RM15.00)…

Wow Wow West chicken chop 1

…and of course, she could only manage one of the two slabs of the meat…

Wow Wow West chicken chop 2

– no prize for guessing who had to finish off the other slab. I thought it was all right, very nice with the mushroom sauce that came with it.

My girl stuck faithfully to her grilled New Zealand lamb shoulder (RM26.00) that she had on our two previous visits and this time around, I decided to give their smoked duck pizza (RM19.00)…

Wow Wow West smoked duck pizza 1

…a try.

Yes, I would say it was very nice, very rich with the whole lot of cheese…

Wow Wow West smoked duck pizza 2

…that went into the making and the thin crust was really great. However, even though, they were quite generous with the bits of duck, I could not detect any special taste at all – it just came across like ham or bacon, one of those.

I  was still a bit full from what I had earlier that morning and I had to deal with my missus’ extra slab of chicken so I could only manage a few slices of the pizza and had to ask them to pack the rest for us to take home. I think it was around 4.00 p.m. by the time we were done so we just had a very light dinner that evening – what was left of the pizza that we took home.

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.

We’re on our way…

We had to go all the way to our girl’s school in the jungle on Tuesday morning to get her and bring her home as she has some official business to attend to here yesterday and for the rest of the week.

We were early so on the way, we stopped by Selangau bazaar for a bite to eat and we dropped by this place…

Everfull Kopitiam, Selangau

…with a somewhat optimistic-sounding name. This is located in the new buildings at the far end of the place – they now have a big branch of that popular supermarket in the green building on the other side in the photograph and yes, on previous occasions, I did notice that there were quite a lot of people eating there.

The coffee…

Everfull Kopitiam, Selangau kopi-o-peng

…was great but it was RM1.80 a glass, the same as many places in Sibu but we do have some that are a little cheaper around here.

The selections at the Muslim stall…

Everfull Kopitiam, Selangau Muslim stall

…looked good but it was a bit too early for rice so I went to the kampua mee stall directly opposite…

Everfull Kopitiam Selangau kampua mee stall

…instead.

I saw the lady preparing something and asked her what it was. She said it was their chap-chap (mixed) soup with all the innards and everything so I told her I would like that with a bowl of kampua mee kosong (no meat) but she suggested that I should just go for the special instead for only RM7.00. Well, whatever that was, I decided to just go ahead with it.

My missus had no idea what she would like to have so I got a bowl of the kampua mee kosong (RM2.00)…

Everfull Kopitiam Selangau kampua mee kosong

…for her so she could have that and share my bowl of soup. Of course she wanted hers tossed in chili sauce and yes, she did ask for some sliced chili in soy sauce as well – that went well with the aforementioned soup…

Everfull Kopitiam Selangau chap chap soup

We could dip everything in it to eat but I was sort of surprised that it had intestines, stomach, kidney…everything except liver!…

It was very nice and the best thing was that it came with a bowl of kampua mee

Everfull Kopitiam Selangau kampua mee

…with meat for only RM7.00 altogether.

I saw the prices at the stall – RM3.00 for kampua mee, RM4.00 for kolo mee (with minced meat added, I guess) so the soup worked out to only RM4.00 a bowl. I believe that would be at least RM5.00-6.00 here in Sibu and they do not give that much ingredients here so I reckoned that was kind of cheap.

After having had our fill, we headed to my girl’s school.

The sour and the sweet…

I’m not into things that are sour, drinks in particular but then again, I am not fond of things that are too sweet either.

However, there are some sourish dishes that I do enjoy. The ladies love our Foochow chao chai hung ngang

Chao chai hung ngang

…using the fermented vegetables but personally, I am not all that crazy about it. I don’t mind it as  as soup dish for our meals though – the sourish taste will certainly help whet one’s appetite.

My masak kunyit (cooked with turmeric) prawns…

Masak kunyit prawns

…or fish is sourish too with the slices of asam keping (dried tamarind) added in the cooking and I sure enjoy that a lot and our terung Dayak (Dayak brinjal)…

Terung Dayak

…is sour too except that these days, for reasons unknown, sometimes the ones we get from the market are not sour. I get really pissed off at times when the chili that I buy is not hot and spicy, the bitter gourd is not bitter and the chives lack the fragrance and taste.

Of course, I do enjoy the sourish tom yam soup…

Payung Cafe tom yam prawns

here too and their lovely belimbing prawns…

Payung Cafe belimbing prawns

…and in the Cantonese/Hakka cuisine, there is their traditional sour duck…

Sour duck

– the favourite of my ex-students from Machan, Kanowit. We would always have it everytime we had a reunion – they would get somebody to cook and they would bring it to the gathering.

It is available at the shops sometimes…

Sour duck rice

…and I did have it before here and there but no, Sibu being a Foochow town, it is not commonly available.

Well, it so happened that Peter, the Payung boss, tried his hand at cooking it using spare ribs instead of duck but at home, of course. The café is pork-free so no, you will not find it in their menu, no way. He thought it was very nice so he gave me some…

Peter's sour pork ribs

…to try.

I think he had some sawtooth coriander in it and luckily, we do enjoy it now and will add it in some of our own dishes at home as well. He said that if it was not sour, I could add some calamansi lime juice which I did and yes, it was very nice after that. The sauce went absolutely well with rice. I sure enjoyed it very much but as it was, it was all lean meat and I was thinking that perhaps it might be better with pork leg/trotter as in that black vinegar pork leg dish that I do like a lot – I sure wouldn’t mind a bit of the fat and skin and tendon.

Anyway, thank you so much, Peter – that sure was so thoughtful and generous of you.

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