What they said…

My friend/ex-student/ex-colleague runs a souvenir shop in the vicinity and when I dropped by the other day, he asked if I had tried the beef noodles at the shop a stone’s throw away. He thinks it is really good and yes, I did hear some people telling me that same thing too sometime ago just that I do not usually frequent that part of town so I never got down to giving it a try.

I was there once, way back in 2014, when I went for the Sabah-inspired pork soup and noodles and yes, it was really very good and when I was there early the other morning, I noticed on the display on the wall…

Wang Li Sheng Rou Mee

…that they only had that with a choice of having the noodles in the soup and served separately like what I had then and other than the two options, they also had the beef noodles, RM7.00 or RM10.00.

The coffee (RM1.50)…

Coffee 1

…was nice and of course, I wanted the beef noodles, the RM10.00 one – my guess was that would be the special. The girl who took my orders said that I would have to wait a while as they were still working on the broth for the soup and I told her that I would wait. There was quite a crowd there already that morning even though I was so early, past 7.00 a.m. and all of them were having the noodles and the pork soup – it sure looked like that was the preferred choice, not the other option with the noodles in the soup.

It did not take all that long actually and when it was served…

Beef noodles 1

…the first thought that ran through my mind was where the daun sup (Chinese celery) was and no, I did not like those curly vegetables in it – it would affect the taste so I quickly fished them out and ate them first.

They certainly were very generous with the meat and the noodles…

Beef noodles 2

…and there was tripe too, no tendon and yes, it tasted nice enough but I still prefer the ones here though I am not all that keen on going back there anymore after some not-so-nice experiences once there and again on a later occasion, the last time we went, when the young Indonesian guy doing the serving spilled the whole bowl of hot beef noodles, soup, onto our table. Luckily, we were not scalded by the hot soup.

I guess if I happen to be around this part of town again and should I decide to drop by this place, I would just stick to their very nice pork soup with the kampua mee kosong served separately. I think I would enjoy that more.

WAN LI SHENG ROU MEE is located in the vicinity of the Medan Mall, off Jalan Wong King Huo, two or three doors away to the right of 101 Food Court (2.291330, 111.841751).

I don’t care…

I had those garden shears from Mr DIY that I found very handy for trimming the grass when I do the weeding…

Weeding & trimming

…in my garden. Unlike those huge ones whereby I would need both arms to use and end up with muscle aches all over my shoulders, I could conveniently use the ones from there single-handedly.

Unfortunately, the last one that I had was no longer sharp and I think I got the blades all crooked when I tried to cut a little bit more than I should so I had to throw it away. Much to my disappointment, when I went back to all the outlets here in town, I found that they no longer sell those. Finally, I tried the hardware shop near my house and I found this brand…

Garden shears

…for a whopping RM50.00 plus! The ones from Mr DIY were only a little over RM10.00 each. I have the garden scissors, this brand too, from a shop here and they were over RM30.00 each. It sure looks like everything from them does not come cheap but I must say that the quality is really good and long lasting.

Talking about prices, do you go around here and there making comparisons before buying something? I don’t…and I don’t care if what I buy is a little bit more expensive than what others have paid for it. If it is something that I want, I would just grab, pay and leave like these cans of luncheon meat…

Porkies luncheon meat

…that I got from the supermarket near my house. My friend, Annie, in KL was in town at the time and she got those for around RM6.00 a tin only but that was on offer in conjunction with the opening of a new supermarket in town but I sure would not want to join the crowd – the cars were all queued up along the road to go inside that big place so I could imagine the long lines at the counters, no, thank you. I paid over RM8.00 for mine.

These…

Highway corned beef

…cost more than my favourite brand, over RM11.00 a can, but by around RM1-2 only. I did not see the latter at places where I went to – not that I actually went round in search of it so I settled for this instead. I think I did try it before and it was good as well. Well, I was at the grocery store here the other day and I saw a whole lot on the shelves. Maybe the current stock has arrived so they are easily available now. Of course I did not buy any as I still have my two cans in the pantry, yet to cook and eat it.

While I was there, I asked them about those canned clams in soy sauce but they told me they are no longer available. They suggested this…

Sunstar clams in soy sauce

…instead and insisted that it is the same. I remember a friend sharing on Facebook a photograph of the bihun she fried and when I asked her, she showed me the photograph of what she used – it was this same brand. We use their satay sauce to cook our satay beef dish and it is very good, as good as the brand we used before but is no longer available. I decided to grab a tin to try but I have not got round to doing it yet. When I do so, if it’s any good, I certainly would blog about it.

Home cooked…

Sometimes, when we get back into town after picking up my girl from her school in the jungle on Fridays, we would stop by some place for a very late lunch like what we did here or here or here. The problem is that it will be around 2-3.00 p.m. then and most places would be closed (they will reopen around 6 for dinner) and especially considering that we abstain from meat on Fridays, there are not many places we can go to or things that we can eat.

The other option would be to cook our own food and once we get home, we will heat everything up and eat. That would mean that we would have to cook a day earlier – my missus likes cooking the dishes the night before or at times, I would cook in the morning – I always get up very early on most days, anyway.

These days, we can get frozen fish paste from that fruit & vegetable (and everything else) shop near my house to make fish balls and cook the soup…

Fish ball soup

That sure saves a whole lot of trouble and the fish balls made from the paste…

Fish balls

…are as good as any. The people at the shop will say that it is made from bay ka (ikan tenggiri/mackerel), no less – as far as we are concerned, as long as it is nice, it is fine by us.

Well, other than the soup, the other day, my missus also cooked this claypot fish…

Fish casserole

…except that she cooked it in  a casserole using the filleted fish that she bought from the fishmonger sometime ago and of course, it was very nice. We’re not keen on buying those cheap frozen fish fillet (dory) which isn’t too bad if it is just bland but at times, the texture may be jelly-like or worse, it may have an unpleasant smell. There were tofu puffs, leek, quail eggs, brinjal, mushroom in the dish and that alone may be considered a complete dish on its own.

That sure was a nice change from eating out…and even when we stop some place to eat outside, though it may be less of a hassle, at times, we really do not know what to eat and at other times, we may not really enjoy what we end up having in the end. All that trouble that we will have to go through to have our own home-cooked lunch for our girl when she comes home at the end of the week can be really rewarding and worthwhile when we see her enjoying herself to the max.

Changing colours…

I do not drop by here…

Gerai Madu

…as frequently as before anymore – I think the last time was in November last year, not that it is not nice anymore but most mornings, we will be at home and we will cook our own food for lunch and dinner so there is no need to go out and tapao (pack and take away) anything anymore.

Well, the other day, I decided to drop by to see what I could buy and freeze for my girl to bring to her school in the jungle and enjoy eating them there for her meals in the course of the week.

The guy, usually in a cowboy hat, and his wife are no longer around but they have some employees there to run the show. I noticed that the containers are not green anymore, they’re purple…

Purple, no longer green

…but the food is still the same, just as nice as before.

The curry looked good…

Curry

…but I noticed that the meat was falling apart probably due to it being cooked a bit too long so I did not want to buy that. I went for the rendang

Rendang

…instead and also the masak merah

Masak merah

Their kurma

Kurma

…is one of our all-time favourites so of course, I asked for that as well and also their ayam masak kicap – chicken in soy sauce but the Malay ones are different because of the spices added so theirs would be a lot more fragrant than what some are probably more used to.

So far, their only beef dish is their daging masak hitam but my girl is not a fan of that and there may be a couple of fish dishes depending on what they can get their hands on. I do think all these are very nice and very cheap too – RM2.00 a chunk, and I asked for all drumsticks but I’d pass on their vegetable dishes.

They open on weekdays from as early as around 10 something in the morning and by 1 in the afternoon, most of the things would be sold out already so do go early if, like me especially, you would like to grab the drumsticks.

GERAI MADU “SELERA KAMEK” (2.314158, 111.825546) is located at Bandong Walk, somewhere in the middle of the stalls on the right (if you are coming from Jalan Tun Abg Hj Openg) along Jalan Bandong.

Blow out the candles…

It’s my brother-in-law’s birthday today…

Cake by Marcus

…so of course, the daughter, my niece working in Singapore, came home over the long Easter weekend to celebrate the auspicious occasion.

This time around, we all gathered for dinner here and we had the fried mee sua (Foochow longevity noodles) with the golden eggs…

Fried mee sua and eggs

…and we also ordered the vegetables that my niece would not be able to find that easily over in the island republic, the midin (wild jungle fern)…

Midin

…and the cangkok manis

Cangkok manis

Well, everyone who drops by here would surely want to have their signature dish, the curry fish head…

Curry fish head

…and yes, we had that too. We thought it was a little too sweet but we did enjoy it nonetheless.

My brother-in-law pre-booked the roast duck…

Roast duck

…wrapped in the paper-thin egg wrapper with everything else…

Egg wrapper

…and yes, it was good too…

Roast duck, wrapped

There is a general consensus that the food here is not quite as good as before and can burn a hole in one’s pocket. The total for our dinner that night, 7 of us altogether, inclusive of rice and drinks, came up to RM276.00 but of course, since my niece was hosting, that was less than SGD100.00 so it was not too bad after all.

It’s my brother-in-law’s 66th birthday and he insisted on having 66 candles on the cake. I do not know what he wished for before blowing out the candles but 6622 came out first prize that very night…and he did win something even though he bought his birthdate, 2626 but he did “box” or whatever they call it. Lucky guy! That sure was a great start to the year ahead and once again, a very Happy Birthday to him, all good wishes and God bless.

SHERATON RESTAURANT (2.298521, 111.830619) is located along Brooke Drive, on your left soon after Telekom Malaysia, if you are coming from town.

Let’s go celebrate…

That was what I had in mind when I wanted to go for the nice dim sum here for breakfast after the Easter Sunday church service the other day but it looked like there was quite a crowd there and we went some place else instead. What we had in the end did not turn out to be something out of the ordinary, hardly anything one would go for to celebrate anything for that matter.

Feeling kind of disappointed, I told my girl we would go out for dinner that night and I would let her choose where she wanted to go and what she would like to eat. In the end, she picked one of our favourite places in town

Cafe IND

…and of course, she wanted their authentic Indian mutton masala biryani rice (RM21.00)…

Mutton masala biryani rice

She sure enjoyed that and she managed to finish all the rice! She could not finish all the meat in the curry though so I had to help her with a chunk or two.

I also had something from their Indian menu, the tandoori chicken with biryani rice (RM18.00)…

Tandoori chicken with biryani rice

…and it was good. The gravy that came with it went well with the rice and I enjoyed the chicken on its own, not mixed with the gravy or the rice. That way, I could enjoy the subtle flavours of the marinades used to cook the chicken to perfection, nice and tender. I am never a fan of raita though so I just gave what I got by the side to my girl – she loves it a lot and finished all of it in no time at all.

I am quite sure everybody can guess what my missus had – the Indonesian kalio ayam (RM14.50)…

Kalio ayam

…and as usual, she could only manage one chunk of the chicken. I tried to help her finish the other chunk but she had asked for it to be super extra spicy and it was way too spicy for me. I felt that the over-spiciness drowned out the niceness of the curry so in the end, I just left what was left of the chicken by the side of the plate.

All in all, that was a pleasant dinner, the bill came up to RM67.50 altogether inclusive of drinks, and I was glad that we did get to celebrate Easter, after all,  in a small way.

CAFE IND (2.290813, 111.829294) is located along Laichee Lane, right behind one block of shops facing the main road (Jalan Kampung Nyabor) where the Bank Simpanan Nasional, Sibu branch (2.290561, 111.829071), is located.

Seven…

This place…

7

…isn’t exactly new – it has been around for quite a while now and I did ask somebody who had been here what was nice but he did not seem all that impressed. That was why we were in no hurry to come and try.

However, last Sunday, we went to the early morning Easter service at the church that we usually go to and we brought some eggs…

Easter eggs

…that my girl and the mum spent the whole night decorating to be distributed to the congregation. There were many others who donated eggs for this purpose and there were a whole lot of eggs to be given away though not all went through the trouble to get theirs nicely decorated.

Actually, after the service, I wanted to go for the dim sum here but there seemed to be a huge crowd there that morning and the parking spaces available all around the building were occupied. In the end, we decided to come back another day and went to the aforementioned place instead as there is a dim sum stall there as well.

Like all eating places around here especially on Sunday mornings, the place was packed but luckily, we managed to get a table. The char siew pao

Char siew pao

…were all right – they were good enough, as good as the better ones that we can get around here unlike what the lady at the stall said were the original sio bee

Sio bee

I did not think they were all that great, not quite like our local Sibu Foochow sio bee nor were they anything like the authentic dim sum ones. The texture was springy, like fish ball.

These dumplings…

Dumplings

…were quite nice and these…

In bean curd skin

…were not too bad either but I guess the filling would be more or less the same just that the latter was wrapped in bean curd skin. The total came up to RM22.00 which, of course, came as no surprise. I always find it rather pricey going for dim sum – you ask for this and that and in the end, it will add up to quite a substantial total.

The ladies went and ordered from the chu char (cook & fry) stall at the back – my girl had the fried pek koi (white rice cake)…

Fried pek koi

…while the mum had the fried noodles…

Fried mee

…and I guess both were o.k. as I did not hear them complain but I did not see them all excited either.

I ordered the duck kampua with one stewed egg (RM7.00)…

Duck kampua

…from another stall there and yes, I would say it was nice as well just that the noodles was not exactly kampua mee, very thin and more yellowish and it did not taste like it either. Whatever it is in that somewhat small bowl, for that kind of money, I don’t think I will be in a hurry to come back again for more.

7七夜cafe (2.307862, 111.848497) is located off Jalan Sena in the blocks of shops opposite Jalan Deshon on the right, the same side as Wikitea and the Italian restaurant, Bistecca & Bistro.