Pay the price…

My girl loves these homemade Sibu local Foochow-style sio bee (meat dumplings)…

…that the mum bought from the neighbourhood shop round the corner.

They were more expensive than the rest, she said – RM1.20 each. Well, for one thing, they were big, round and plump so that alone would justify the price but more importantly, they were really very nice, a cut above all the rest – even the celebrated ones here or here which, I feel, need some better quality control because I had had them on days when they failed to impress.

These tasted great and inside, there were little crunchy cubes of I-dunno-what…

…water chestnut or mangkuang/sengkuang (turnip) perhaps but my missus insisted it was cabbage.

Seeing how my girl enjoyed them so much, I went back to the shop to buy some more…

They were not RM1.20 each. I asked my missus and she said she said RM1.50 – I remember that was the same price as what we would pay for those celebrated ones at the old school restaurants but no, they actually cost more than that! I had to fork out RM20 for a pack of 12 so that would work out to over RM1.60 each.

I thought they looked similar to these…

…that we bought from here before to try and they were very nice too. If I remember correctly, they were RM1.30 each but that was a very long time ago. Perhaps I can go back there and grab some so I will be able to compare.

In the meantime, we will just have to pay the price and stick to these. At least they are worth it, anytime better than paying for something cheap to find that they are not worth the calories and ending up throwing them all away. Truth be told, there are a whole lot of those horrible ones here, there and everywhere all over town.

SWEE HUNG (2.316161, 111.840441) is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – next to a hair salon at the extreme end…and on the other end, to the left is the Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and Mini-supermarket.

Author: suituapui

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

6 thoughts on “Pay the price…”

  1. Wow, Sibu sio bee so big and plump unlike ours miserably small and not cheap, RM1.20 each long time ago. I guess now they have also increase. We have the celebrated Jakar sio bee sold at Stutong market and love it much. I can finish a lot in one sitting….😄😄😄

    Yes, I would rank the Jakar ones among the best around these days. I love the Open Air ones too. So many around, every coffee shop, all the stalls at the pasar malam, you look in the freezers in the supermarkets…but all not nice!!! These days, a lot of sui jiao everywhere also – also not nice!!!

  2. Big and meaty. Yes, must be good to worth the price.

    My boys like sio bee, especially Jamie. He prefers the Kuching version, smaller. I would buy from the coffee shop nearby. Used to be RM7 for 10 but nor it is RM8. I would keep and freeze so whenever he wants to eat, I would just pop into steamer and steam them for few minutes.

    So cheap! The Open Air ones RM1.00 each here, dunno over there. I like those, very nice but my missus does not like the texture of the meat. They beat it till QQ like those dim sum siew mai – she prefers our local style with the minced meat texture.

  3. If it tastes better than the cheaper ones, it is worth paying a bit more…. Over here, only pasar malam can get this price, I think…. restaurants normally charge RM5 to RM6 for a plate of 3….

    Here, pasar malam cheap – 80 sen to RM1 each but not nice. No point buying.

  4. They look hugeeee!! Interesting eh! Doesn’t look that appetizing compared to the normal siew mai but I’m up for anything with pork! HAHA

    Don’t think you can get these Foochow-style ones in Sabah or in West Malaysia. Very different from the dim sum ones…but I would not make a sweeping remark like that. I would say both are nice…if you know where to go for the good ones. Many dim sum places all over the country – some suck big time…even if they may LOOK nice!

  5. They look good, looks like a shumai crossed with a steamed bun. 1.20, I will happy to pay that price.

    Can’t get it at that price in NZ…even without conversion, I’m sure! LOL!!!

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