Do better…

This lady started off with her stall here selling the local ethnic Iban delights and yes, I did drop by to enjoy what she had to offer and beyond the shadow of a doubt, I sure did and of course, I did go back again for more.

Unfortunately, she disappeared one fine day and I heard that she had moved to another coffee shop and if parking is hard here, it is very much worse there so I never went over to see her at that location.

I was at the restaurant next door for lunch one fine day and I saw that the coffee shop had closed down. I asked some guy there and he said that the Iban lady would be moving back and she would take over the coffee shop…

Ruai Aku Cafe

He added that there were others before the last one and all of them did not last too long so hopefully, this lady would be able to manage somehow.

I dropped by the other morning and I had their coffee…


…which I thought was all right and it was only RM1.50 a glass, cheaper than most elsewhere.

There is a kampua mee stall…

Kampua mee stall

…in front and I decided to give it a try.

Well, if you are looking for some original authentic Sibu kampua mee, then this is not the one but if it is just a plate of nice noodles to enjoy, this isn’t too bad (RM3.00)…

Kampua mee

…which is more than what I could say about the pain sip (RM3.00)…

Pian sip

For one thing, the guy added some vinegar and I did not fancy that. I wish he would just serve the dumplings in clear bone soup and give the vinegar and/or the traditional Foochow red wine for anyone thus inclined to add themselves.  Besides, the dumplings were kind of chewy, not the extra thin, super smooth and slippery that I can enjoy with minimal biting/chewing and it will all slide down one’s throat with the soup…so let’s just say that this is not one that I would want to have again.

The stall with all the ethnic Iban delights was at the same place as the first time I spotted it here and some of the dishes had started coming out including this pansoh babi hutan (wild boar cooked in bamboo)…

Pansoh babi hutan

…and of course, I wasted no time in tapao-ing some to enjoy with our meals at home…and hopefully, she is going to do better than all her predecessors at that coffee shop, fingers crossed.

RUAI AKU CAFE is located below Eden Inn (2.285223, 111.831256) along Jalan Maju to the right of Hai Bing Coffee Shop/Seafood Restaurant, right across the road from the Rejang Esplanade.

Author: suituapui

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

7 thoughts on “Do better…”

  1. Iban food is not common in SG I think. How does the pansoh babi hutan taste? I am curious

    Come on over to give it a try. Another nice way to cook the meat, definitely not like what they do in the peninsula, cook curry! Eyewwwww!!!!

  2. Hope she able to cope and do better in this coffee shop. I would tapau the wild boar pansoh too. A delicacy.

    Very nice but I do not go all that often as parking is a pain around this part of town.

  3. I doubt why all the stalls in that coffeeshop does not last long. Because of Feng shui, parking problems or out of the way? Hopefully this Iban lady will do well in her business.

    Some are not good, some…if the towkay sees you doing well, he will want to increase your rent. One case, the towkay got rid of the lady at the kway teow stall because the business was so good and he took over – no business, of course – his kway teow not nice.

    Most like to rent a place in the town centres, more business from the people at the shops and offices close by, I guess. But personally, I feel that if you are really good, you may be a little out of the town centre, people will still go. Rental is probably cheaper too.

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