You never tried…

My mum would have been 90 today, born on this day, September 11th in the year 1930. Of course, my sister and I and also my girl and the mum made our way to my parents’ resting place to offer flowers and prayers…

On mum's birthday, 2020

…last Sunday. We decided to go earlier as today, my girl would be working and it would not be so convenient to go in the afternoon, especially considering that it is always raining cats and dogs here past lunch time these days.

It was past 11, almost noon when we got back into town and I took them here…

Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap

I did tapao something that day for my sister but the other two had never tried it before.

I cannot remember whether we went to the original place in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to eat or not but I positively remember taking them over there on a holiday some years ago when my girl was still in school, probably lower secondary at the time – the only thing that comes to mind is the awesome boat cruise that my wonderful cousin took us on across the sea to Pulau Gaya and the unforgettable experiences we had there with a scrumptious dinner thrown in for good measure. It seemed we could exchange our boat tickets for dinner at the restaurant there and of course, we enjoyed our walk around the Gaya Street tamu on a Sunday morning.

Anyway, back to our lunch here that day, my missus had the Sabah-style konlou mee

Kah Hionh Ngiu Chap konlou mee

…with a bowl of the beef soup (RM9.80) and yes, she loved it very much!

My girl had the beef balls and meat slices noodles (RM9.80)…

Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap beefballs and meat slices noodles

…and if you are familiar with the Singaporean Food King show, she gave it one star and declared it as being food-king good!

My sister had ngiu chap kah liao (with added ingredients) hor fun/kway teow (RM13.80)…

Kah Hiong ngiu chap kah liao hor fun

…and yes, she enjoyed it. They charge RM3.50 for each added ingredient and since this item on their menu has both tripe and tendon, it sure is a better deal to ask for this one than to order them separately.

I ordered the ngiu chap soup (RM12.80) and asked for the tendon and tripe (RM7.00, RM3.50 each add-on) to be added…

Kah Hiong ngiu chap soup

…and I had their beef stew (RM12.80)…

Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap beef stew

…with rice too.

Everybody tried the beef stew that the guy told me that day was very nice and that was why I wanted to check it out but unfortunately, we were not that impressed. One major contention was that it was a tad too sweet for everyone’s liking.

My girl said it was very Chinese, not quite like the ones in western cuisine – as a matter of fact, we had one like that at this very place many years ago in 2014 and we all loved it so much! Too bad that place did not last very long and we never had the chance to go back for more. Funny how nobody could remember we had that six years ago either and I remember it as clear as day. Not bad, eh, this old man?

That first time I was here, I felt that the soup was not as nice as what I used to love so much at the original place in Kota Kinabalu and this time around, I was of the opinion that it was not even as good as that first time – they certainly would have to look at their quality control for at best, I would say it was nice but not that nice! The ladies, on the other hand, were quite happy with what they had, especially when they had not had it before and could not make any comparison, and yes, they enjoyed it very much.

KAH HIONG NGIU CHAP, SIBU (2.293094, 111.825429) is located across the lane to the left of AmBank, Jalan Tunku Osman branch in the same block as Ruby Restaurant, at the end on the far right.