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…


…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).

Author: suituapui

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

8 thoughts on “It’s not the first time…”

  1. Wow! I counted at least 9 slices of liver on that plate. All for RM5. A good price! At least the soup was nice even though the coffee and noodles were ok only. Did you go there again for the nasi lemak?

    Yes, I thought the price was reasonable, considering that there was a whole lot of added ingredients. No, I’ve yet to go back there – trying to go to different places at different locations.

  2. Lots of toppings, can’t even see the kampua mee underneath. Good deal. So generous with the greens and spring onions which I like.

    On the whole, it was all right, would need a bit of improvement in cooking the mee.

  3. Wow!! I already dont like kampua and now. Liver kampua?? No for me, thank you! ^^

    Hope you get to try the nasi lemak. Rm3 should be the normal nasi lemak. No meat or chicken.

    Oh? You do not like kampua? Blimey! And you married a Foochow! The irony of it all! LOL!!!

    The normal price for nasi lemak, not the special, here is RM3.50.

  4. I love the very generous serving of liver! But too bad it was not as good as you would expect. I love having kopi o too and mine is always without sugar.

    Oh? I drink coffee without sugar at home but I will usually have it with sugar outside.

  5. Long time no visit! I hope you are doing well Sir Arthur. 🙂

    Yes, have not seen you around for a long long time. I’m fine, thanks. Hope you are too, and all in the family as well.

  6. I believe the soup is delicious due to what you did. It definitely add flavor to the soup. I love liver and I can eat lots of it because nobody will fight for it with me as I am the only one in the family who loves it.

    People in the past would eat liver, good for health, they say, good for replacing blood loss like during/after menstruation…and then word went round that those innards are high in cholesterol so everyone stopped eating. I will only eat outside once in a while.

  7. I find thinking about restaurant names fun. I wonder how people come to a decision when picking just the right name.

    We have the names of everyone in the family, all the elders, here.

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