Come over here…

This place…

Lau Dato Si' Canteen/Catholic Centre Sibu *Archive photo*

…is located in the same compound as my girl’s present school, where the majestic Sacred Heart Cathedral is.

I have been here twice, the first time for the kampua noodles and pian sip (meat dumplings) soup and the second time, I had the Foochow fried noodles but I got the dry version even though that was not actually what I had in mind.

It is very convenient for my girl to just walk over for a bite to eat especially during lunch hour if she has extra classes or activities in the afternoon. As a matter of fact, she used to do that when she was studying at that primary school and she did that again last week, once, and she had the wat tan hor, flat rice noodles in thick egg sauce (RM4.00) which she said was decent but nowhere near the one that she likes a lot here

Wat tan hor Colourful Cafe
*Archive photo*

…but that one sure does not come cheap, RM12.50, the last time we had it there.

On days when we are not that keen on cooking our own, we can always buy the chap fan (mixed rice) dishes from here – I did go and have a look and they all seemed very nice but I was not able to buy as I did not bring my own container. In an effort to save the environment, they will not provide plastic bags or containers here.

Well, it so happened that I dropped by here before 4.00 p.m. the other day. I saw that it was still open even though I heard that they would close at 2.00 p.m. every day and would not open on Sundays, this being a church-run eatery and all the people helping out are parishioners, all volunteers – Remember thou keep holy the Sabbath Day. I guess after two, one can drop by for drinks, nothing much else but that day, I saw a group of (old/elderly) ladies making paos (steamed buns) – tausar (black bean paste) and peanut filling.

Usually, one can get these and sio bee (meat dumplings) too at times at the coffee shops, those with the steamer by the side but I do not know where theirs came from, probably made in bulk somewhere and delivered everywhere for sale. I think I did try some here and there but no, I was not impressed.

I asked if they had any meat ones and the nice young girl said that they were not making any that day but they had some, frozen. I told her I did not mind – I could take them home and steam them the next morning for breakfast so I bought five of this…

Bak pao

…at only RM1.30 each. That was so very cheap – I am pretty sure bak pao anywhere else would definitely be more than RM2.00 each…and in line with their policy of being environment-friendly, they pack them in brown paper bags, strictly no plastic.

It tasted very nice even though there seemed to be more tang chai (preserved vegetables) in it…

Bak pao, inside

…and yes, there is a bit of egg too.

There is an old lady, now based at a stall at one of the pillars in the Sibu Central Market. Before the construction of the market in its present location, she was at the old market, right in front, across the road from Palace Theatre. Her chai pao (steamed vegetable bun) was the favourite of many and her meat ones were very good too. I did buy some from her sometime ago but the prices had gone up drastically and the quality seemed to be lacking so I never went back to buy from her anymore. This bak pao reminded me of hers but it was very much bigger – the old lady’s was RM1.20 in 2011, dunno now. I sure would be back for more of the ones here, that’s for sure.

LAUDATO SI’ CANTEEN is located in what was previously known as the Catholic Centre in the compound of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Jalan Lanang and St Rita’s Primary School, Jalan Bukit Assek.

Author: suituapui

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

11 thoughts on “Come over here…”

  1. Yes, over here bak pao (minced meat with 1/4 egg) costs RM2.50 and RM2.00 for char siu pao with 1/4 egg. I like char siu pao more than bak pao. The prices varies from one place to another.

    More or less the same prices here. I like char siew pao too but the ones at Kuching’s Hongkong Puff outlet here are more expensive, RM2.00 something. There was a nice place near my house, RM2, also very nice but closed down already or maybe moved some place else.

  2. Good that they insist customers bring their own containers for the chapfan takeaways.

    Yes, I wish everybody else would follow suit. Doesn’t seem to be a problem here, everyone’s happy with it so no reason whatsoever why others cannot implement that same ruling. They can even save a bit of money on those plastic bags and containers!

    1. It is good to bring own containers, cut down all those plastic and paper waste.

      Sure is a great move in the right direction.

  3. Glad that Melissa has settled in at the school and she can have lunch nearby.

    Yes, we’re very happy and she’s very much happier too – the electricity and water problem and everything else at the school in the jungle could get quite depressing. Best thing here – no need to go out into the lunch hour jam to have lunch.

  4. Actually nowadays I prefer char siew bao than bak bao as I find there are too much meat in bak bao.

    The Wat Tan Hor looks good, I just had Wat Tan Hor recently.

    Maybe that’s the attraction in these old school bak pao – not so much meat but people in the old days would tell you they would choose quantity over quality – they would want a BIG pao, never mind very little meat in the filling. They needed that to sustain them till lunch…and to give them energy to do the hard work they had to do.

    Personally, I prefer char siew pao too…but hard to find good ones here – lots of wannabes…not like the real thing and not to my fancy.

  5. RM1.30 each does seem more like 2009 prices rather than 2019 prices! 😀

    LOL!!! Ain’t that great? Time seems to stand still here in more ways than one. Wink! Wink!

  6. Yes.. the pao at RM1.30 is cheap.
    When we don’t feel like cooking, we also buy dishes from chap fan shop then just cook the rice at home.

    Yes, so very convenient.

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