It’s not the first time…

The commercial area beside the Sibu Civic Centre (Dewan Suarah) is not big but there are so many coffee shops there, definitely more than 10, not including the stalls at the hawker centre on the 1st floor of the wet market. I did hear some praises for what they have at the latter but somehow I could never get myself to go up the stairs to go there and eat.

That day, I stopped by this coffee shop…

Mother Cafe

…right behind the civic centre – it was not my first time there but it was under some different people before with a different name and I did like what I had then. Unfortunately, pretty soon, it closed down and after sometime, it reopened, taking on this new name and has been doing well since.

We did drop by once when it got back into action and yes, we did like what we had but somehow or other, we never went back again. What attracted me that morning was this new stall…

Malay/Muslim stall

…right in front of the shop, a Malay/Muslim stall but unfortunately, it was not open – most of them here take a break on Sundays. The nasi lemak is priced at RM3.00 only? Now that’s cheap….but I did not quite like the look of the curry chicken (RM5.00) but the ayam penyet (RM7.00) looks great and the bakso (RM5.00) too. Perhaps I will drop by there to check them out on another day.

Well, since I was there, I thought I might as well have a bite to eat and I had the kopi-o-peng (RM1.50)…

Sugar-free coffee

…which turned out to be sugar free! Perhaps they heard wrongly when I said kao kao (extra strong) and they heard mian tai (no sugar). I was fine with that but the coffee was not all that strong nor was it nice and fragrant. Even if it had been sweet, I sure had better ones at a lot of places elsewhere.

I ordered the liver kampua (RM5.00)…

Liver kampua 1

…and I was pleased with what I saw when I was served – so much liver…

Liver kampua 2

…and there was meat too and a bit of tofu puffs and green vegetables.

However, I put everything into the small bowl of complimentary plain clear soup…

Soup

…and ate the kampua mee with the meat slices on its own. I would not say it was very nice – at best, I would say it was all right. I do think there are others more authentic and with more lard and fried shallot fragrance and taste elsewhere and this one was a little overcooked, not to the extent of being soggy but slightly softer than how I would like it.

As for the soup, I really liked it. I don’t know if it was because of what I did but it had the nice taste of liver plus a hint of what I guessed was vinegar – it did not come across to me like our traditional Foochow red wine. Actually, you can order this, what they call chap-chap (mixed/assorted) at most kampua mee stalls but not all are nice, that much I can say. This one that I had that morning sure was good till the last drop.

MOTHER CAFE (2.310920, 111.831572) is the last shop in the block on your left along Jalan Dewan Suarah if you are entering from Jalan Melur, the shop right behind the Sibu Civic Centre (Dewan Suarah).