Make it look good…

During the COVID-19 MCO/partial lockdown, a cousin of mine in Kuching was cooking all those amazing dishes every day and sharing all the alluring snapshots on Facebook. On one of those days, she came out with her own soto ayam and it sure looked really good and from the comments, it did seem like something to die for.

That, of course, made me wonder as to what it was all about. I had soto ayam before but I cannot remember where or when but like the bakso that I have had here and there, it did not impress me much, usually just something served in nothing more than clear soup seasoned with salt and msg, not anything that I would consider having when I see any at the shops, that’s for sure.

Well, I dropped by here


…the other day as I saw it on their menu on their Facebook page.

Yes, there are only a few tables, all placed strategically apart and somebody will take your temperature which you will record in a file, along with your name and contact number…


…after which you will sanitise your hands before proceeding to your seat. There wasn’t anybody else besides me and that was why I did not mind stopping by – if it had been crowded, I would have stayed away.

Without a second thought, I ordered the soto ayam (RM6.00)…

Soto ayam

…and it was served in no time at all. I must say it certainly was not a sight to behold – it looks a whole lot nicer on their menu, that’s for sure! Perhaps they could garnish it with chopped spring onions and/or daun sup and a bit of thinly-sliced chili to give it a bit of colour but whatever it is, they do need to work on it to make it look better and a lot more presentable.

Well, as they say, never judge a book by its cover…and the test of the pudding is in the eating. I tried a bit of the soup and it was really good, so very tasty, bursting with the flavours of the serai (lemon grass) and all the herbs and spices that went into the cooking. Perhaps it is not the usual practice to add some greens but I think they do add taugeh (bean sprouts) usually and there was none in the bowl I had.

There were two of these…


…that I thought were chicken cutlets but they were bergedils (potato croquettes). I would prefer them served separately instead of drowning them in the soup like that. Incidentally, I noticed that the bihun looked kind of different like it had been pre-deep fried and not just soaked to soften like what you will get in Sarawak laksa.

There were some shredded chicken, half an egg cut into quarters, fried tofu cut into small cubes, peanuts and a few bits of nasi empit/ketupat (pressed rice cake)…

Other ingredients

On the whole, I thought it was very nice, good till the last drop…

Good till the last drop

…and of course, I must give them due credit for not using those horrible gaudily-coloured bowls and plates.

SARAH ISLAMIC CORNER, the first shop in the block opposite  A-PLUS FOOD CENTRE/RESTAURANT (2.293355, 111.823653), is located among the shops along Jalan Kampung Datu, behind the block of shops (where Fair Price Supermarket, now Fresh & Pay, is) near the traffic lights at its junction with Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg and Jalan Kampung Nyabor.

Author: suituapui

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

7 thoughts on “Make it look good…”

  1. At first look, I thought it was tang hoon till you mention it was deep fried bihun. I know of one Malay stall at Samarahan selling this soto ayam, bakso and all the Malay cuisine. I have try their bakso and love it to bits. Has not venture to Samarahan for the past 2 months plus. Will try their soto ayam if I happen to drop by that stall.

    Bakso here, the soup’s nothing much to shout about, clear soup plus salt and msg…and most make use of those frozen beef balls, not freshly made. Fail, big time! If they want to sell something, they should make sure they cook it properly, not anyhow they like.

    Samarahan’s back to yellow already! So terrible!

  2. ooo, i always associate soto ayam as being something very indonesian – not something i’d expect to see in sibu very much! 🙂

    Yes, the Malays here are quite into those Indonesian delights – ayam penyet a-plenty, lalapan, bakso, lontong – you name it, they have it. Nice or not, of course, that is another story altogether but yes, there are a sprinkling of good ones. After all, the state of Sarawak shares Borneo Island with Kalimantan Indonesia…not so far across the sea!

  3. Good till the very last drop it seems…with the bowl squeaky clean!

    Yes, it was very tasty though I felt it was not all that photogenic. They should work on the presentation.

  4. Come to think of it, I have never had a soto before. With all the spices in the soup I am quite sure it is something I would enjoy. Look at you, your sure cleaned up your bowl! LOL!

    Yes, you will love it, I’m sure. Very nice.

  5. Oh yes, some fantastic photos from people cooking at home.

    Unfortunately, can see but cannot eat! I guess when I post our photos, they will get a taste of their own medicine too. Tit for tat! 😀

  6. I am sure i will finish this soto ayam to the last drop too. Other malay cuisine like tis which i like are lontong and mee rebus.

    I love longtong too. There was a “Lontong House” at Orchard Road in the 70’s, so very nice – I think that was at the celebrated Peranakan Emerald Hill.

  7. I like to eat soft food so i dont mind those bergedils drowning in the soup.

    Some things lose their flavour when drowned in soup.

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