This sotong kangkong guy was at another coffee shop for many years before he moved here and I did drop by to try once…
…but soon after that, he disappeared. I heard that he had decided to call it quits and more recently, a young guy took over the stall. His father runs the same business at the hawker centre on the 1st floor of the Sibu Central Market and as they were doing some renovations there at the time, the old guy was there that day to give his son a helping hand. He told me that the previous one stopped because of health problems – there was something wrong with his eyes.
I gave this new one a try and I would say it was good but the dip was somewhat lacking in the coveted sweet and sour taste, probably in need of a bit more calamansi lime and sugar. In other words, it wasn’t as nice.
Well, the other day, our discussion on Facebook drifted to this aforementioned sotong kangkong guy and nobody seemed to know where he had gone too – most just assumed that he wasn’t doing it anymore until one of them said that he had his stall in the Permai area now – his son who stayed opposite his house told him, he said.
I’ve been to the shops around the market many times and I did not see him so I just guessed he was not around that part of the housing estate. I searched high and low at the (newer) shops in another area and also the stalls around the Lake Gardens but to no avail. There is another area, also newer where there are a food court and some Malay eateries, and no, he wasn’t there either.
It so happened that I was in that area again that morning and I stopped by this coffee shop…
…to buy some roast chicken and char siew to take home for lunch. While the tall and handsome guy was doing the chopping and slicing, I went to the washroom at the back and when I was done, I came back to the stall. Only then did I notice this one…
…located right behind it, somewhat hidden if you are outside looking in.
I could not recognise the guy anymore so I asked him where he was before and it turned out that he was the sotong kangkong guy…
…I had been searching for for so long. Gee!!! I could have missed seeing him there!
Of course, I HAD to buy some home and of course, we had it with the dip served separately…
…the way we had enjoyed it since young, unlike how they do it in Kuching – they would pour the sauce over everything in a plate. My girl prefers it that way and that is why she likes the sotong kangkong here more but the one there would only have the sotong and the kangkong and the tofu cakes, no sweet potato and vegetable fritters.
While I was waiting for the guy to get my order ready, a lady stopped by – obviously she knew him from where he was before and she had been searching high and low for him too. From their conversation, I gathered that the guy operates his stall daily till around 2 or 3 p.m. in the afternoon except on Thursday.
PAU’S CAFE (2.298564, 111.893951) is located among the shops 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.
8 thoughts on “High and low…”
Good that you found your favourite sotong kangkong guy, now you can enjoy the sotong kangkong he made again.
It’s like from the frying pan into the fire – he moved from a rather congested area to a location that is somewhat out of the way. I seldom went before, does not look like I will go all that often now.
Lost and Found. I hope he won’t disappear again. Sotong kangkong for me anytime. I can see that the sotong kangkong in Sibu is different from Kuching. I prefer they pour the sauce over everything too.
Old habits die hard – I love it the way we have always eaten it since young.
The sotong kangkung looks delicious! I have two questions though:
1. Are those dumplings on the platter? I can only recognize the squid, kangkung (water spinach), and the tofu.
2. What’s the dip made of?
Thanks for dropping by and commenting and for liking my posts. Now to answer your questions:
1. No, there are no dumplings in the dish. Other than the 3 you mentioned, there are also sweet potato fritters (sweet potato coated with batter and deep fried) and vegetable fritter – there is a post on the latter coming up tomorrow. Fried wantons would probably go well with this but this is a no-meat dish.
2. I don’t know what the dip is made of – most likely, there is prawn paste and maybe a bit of soy or oyster sauce, pounded chili and of course, lime juice and sugar – these give it the nice sourish and sweet taste.
This is something different from what I have over here in Ipoh… Our sotong rojak is made from the peanut sauce.. I don’t mind trying Sibu style… more similar to the fruits rojak sauce…
But the sauces are different – if we get anything like rojak sauce 100%, we will not go back for it again. Peanut sauce? As in satay sauce? Eeeee!!!! Well, you will have to come over if you want to try. When are you coming? Bring your friends, free tours, all you can eat! LOL!!!
I always prefer sauces and dressings on the side.
Me too. Dipping will not drown out the taste entirely.