What u call that…

I did not get to try the porridge here in Kuching but my girl did and she did not like it. According to her, it was like rice drowned in soup.

I guess that was Teochew porridge which Wiki says is rice grains softened from cooking but still whole and not in an overly starchy state. My cousin says that if you order moi (which means “me” in French) in Kuching, that is what you will get and if you want the gooey kind of porridge, you will have to ask for chook (which means chicken or fowl in Australia/New Zealand) and if you are not utterly confused yet, there is also congee and gruel. LOL!!!

Here in Sibu, it is called moi or if there are people calling it anything else, I have yet to hear that and bak moi is meat porridge like what I had here…

Civic Cafe

…one morning.

This coffee shop had a different name before but some people have taken over and have given it a new name – after the Sibu Civic Centre (Dewan Suarah) right next door. There is a kampua mee stall in front and one selling all the fried stuff inside while this one…

Civic Cafe 2nd stall

…is in between the two. I spoke to the tall and friendly guy and he suggested char bee lau too kha (pork leg in fragrant root soup) but I did not feel like it and I wasn’t in the mood for mee sua in traditional Foochow red wine chicken soup either.

In the end, I decided to go for the meat porridge special (RM5.00)…

Civic Cafe meat porridge special

…with century egg (皮蛋/pídàn) and yew char koi (Chinese crullers) because it looked good in the photograph, much nicer than this, and I must say that I enjoyed it very much – one of the nicer places in town to go for this, that’s for sure.

My girl loves meat porridge so I guess I shall be coming back here again soon and while she has that, perhaps I can try something else from the stall or one of the other two.

CIVIC CAFE (2.310423, 111.8312260, formerly Wonderful Cafe, is located at No. 30, Jalan Dewan Suarah, right beside the Sibu Civic Centre. 

Author: suituapui

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

7 thoughts on “What u call that…”

  1. is that salted egg yolk at the bottom right of your last photo? that bowl of juk looks very tasty with so many wedges of peidan.

    Oh? Now that you mentioned it, no, there was no salted egg in the porridge. Hmmmmmmm!!!

  2. As far as I know, “chook” means “porridge” in Hakka dialect and “moi” is in Hockkien. It doesn’t mean if one say “chook” one will get the gooey type. I might be wrong too.

    All this while, I thought it was Cantonese, people in KL will call it that, I think. Sibu, it is always moi, plain and simple.

  3. rice drowned in soup – that’s a vivid description that reminds me of many failed porridges i’ve had before! 😀 chook is my favourite kind too, i guess 😉

    I read somewhere that it must be cooked till there are no grains left and that’s the perfect chook. I’m not so into that gruel-like porridge though, don’t mind that there are grains still as long as they are soft, not like rice.

  4. I guess porridge is different from congee, just like moi is different from chook, i don’t mind both though.

    Here, we call it all moi, simple and straightforward.

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