The people next door…

Everytime we had dinner here, I was intrigued by the crowd at the coffee shop next door. Is the food so nice? Is it cheap? Those were the questions that went through my mind. However, we never got round to going there to try until one rainy Sunday night but the place was packed and I could not find a parking space close by so we ended up some place else. Finally, that night, at long last, we managed to go there for dinner.

When I went there for the very nice mee sua twice, I had seen the photographs on display…

New Hee's Food Corner chu-char stall

…at the chu-char (cook & fry) place at the back and one that caught my attention was their crispy pata or what we call the Philippine pork leg

New Hee's Food Corner crispy pata

…Seeing that there were only the three of us, the lady who came to take our order suggested half of it only for RM28.00. Wowwwww!!! I thought the price was kind of steep but never mind! I had not had it for a long time and I would like to see if the one here would be worth coming back for. Well, unfortunately, it was at best, just o.k. and not really to my liking – I thought it was on the dry side and a bit too hard.

The bitter gourd with three types of egg…

New Hee's Food Corner bitter gourd with 3 types of egg

…had too little bitter gourd and a whole lot of egg. This too was all right and I do think that there is a fair number of places that can do it better.

Thankfully, the Foochow tofu with canned oysters…

New Hee's Food Corner tofu soup with canned oysters

…was very much to our liking. No, we did not think it was all that authentic but whatever went into it sure brought it to a whole new level. I think I could taste a bit of the traditional Foochow red wine in it and yes, we enjoyed it a lot.

I cannot remember exactly now but even with the pork leg, the total, inclusive of three plates of rice, came up to over RM40 only, a little cheaper than the places we frequent more regularly but then again, this is just a stall at the back of a coffee shop, not a small air-conditioned and a lot more comfortable restaurant.

Yes, there were a lot of people there too that night and the dishes they were having did look rather nice – perhaps we did not order the right dishes…but frankly, I’m not too sure whether we will go back there again especially when I was wishing the whole time I was there that they would not use those plastic and melamine plates and bowls for serving hot foods.

NEW HEE’S FOOD CORNER (2.311365, 111.846638) is located along Jalan Pedada, now Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, the very first one in the block of shops to the left of the Delta Mall, with the Astro Sibu office at the other end of that same block.

Author: suituapui

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

13 thoughts on “The people next door…”

  1. The prices for all the 3 dishes is so so cheap compare over here. Bo ho hiam Liao.

    That’s the plus point, I thought that was cheap and even more so if we did not go for the pork leg.

  2. I can see the pata was on dry side. Too tough for teeth. Haha. I would not enjoy that too.

    Should be crispy on the outside, moist inside. Not tough but hard, maybe over-fried…and kinda dry – I did not think much of it, never again.

  3. I agree with Roselie; the pork leg looks rather dry. Ideally, crispy pata should have a crunchy exterior with the meat inside remaining moist.

    I’d dig the non-meat options you ordered, however. 🙂

    Let’s hear it from one who knows – that’s your national dish. LOL!!! There are better ones around here but this is not one of them…unfortunately.

  4. in this case, curiosity didn’t kill the cat – it still looks like a decent meal at a decent price! 😀

    Not the best around but at that price, it was all right.

  5. Too bad the crispy pata was not as good as anticipated. I had that once at a family gathering and since there were some many of us, I only managed to eat very little of it.

    Oh dear! Poor thing! Hop over here and I’ll take you for a good one and you can eat to your heart’s content!

  6. Too bad the crispy pata wasn’t great – I think they’re always priced in the region of RM25 and above…

    I’m not sure. Been a long time since I had one…and paid for it myself. LOL!!!

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