So many…

I was in the area of shops in the Permai Housing Area around the Pasar Tani (Farmers’ Market) the other morning, not my first time there but everytime I dropped by, it never failed to amaze me to see so many people at the coffee shops and mind you, I am not talking about one or two isolated ones but there are so many coffee shops too – almost every other shop in that small area is a coffee shop, at least a dozen of them altogether.

I decided to have a little something at one of the most crowded ones…


…facing the market from this stall there…


I saw somebody having the beef noodles but I did not feel like having that and at another table, somebody was having the Sarawak laksa and it did not look all that alluring either.

In the end, I settled for their kueh chap (RM6.00) and I was glad when they brought the sambal


It was what they should give with kueh chap, their own-made chili dip with a hint of belacan (prawn paste). I get quite pissed off at places where they will just give you chili sauce from the bottle or whatever that is available. Blame it on my OCD but it annoys me greatly at times when people take these little details for granted.

Of course, I was pleased that they did not use one of those plastic bowls and another thing that I liked was that they actually used those kueh chap sheets…


Another beta noire that never fails to bug me is how at some places here, they will just use kway teow (flat rice noodles) – the least they can do is to ask first if it is all right. They are probably one and the same thing and I do know for a fact that at one place here, the lady will order the kway teow uncut and she will cut it up into broad sheets for her kueh chap.

What I had that morning…

Kueh chap

…was very nice, a little watered down so the broth was kind of milder than usual, not so strong on the soy sauce or the five-spice powder and I did not mind that one bit. I would say that I enjoyed it very much and should I happen to be in the vicinity again, I sure would not mind going for another round of that.

FAJAR RESTAURANT (2.298564, 111.893951) is located opposite the Pasar Tani Permai to the left of Jalan Permai as you turn in from Jalan Ulu Oya, a little to the right of the Sibu General Hospital.