Keep going…

That morning, when I was out and about, roaming around the vicinity of the place that I was going to and waiting for it to open, I stopped by this shop to pick up a few things for our morning or afternoon tea.

There is this girl here in Sibu who will make her delightful nyonya kuihs and Chinese teatime delights and leave them there, as well as a lot of other places all over town for sale. If I am not mistaken, she is related to Rose‘s hubby – his cousin or his niece, I’m not too sure. You can click this link here to go and have a look at her home business Facebook page.

I first stumbled upon her at a fund-raising event in 2019. She had a stall there and I got to buy some of her kuihs

…and yes, I thought they were all very good. I guess to succeed in anything, one must have the passion and the drive to keep going and it sure looks that she has no problem with that. Other than buying her kuihs at certain designated places all over town, one can also order them from her for parties and gatherings at home or other public events – she will cut them nicely and arrange the pieces beautifully in plates, ready to be served.

That morning, I bought her chai kueh (RM2.40 for a pack of 2)…

I am quite sure I have bought hers before but I did hear that on certain days, some other lady will be making hers and leaving them at this shop for sale.

You can tell from how translucent the skin was…

…that these that I bought that morning were really good. My girl loved the crunchiness of the turnip (mangkuang/sengkuang) filling too, not overcooked till mushy and soggy.

The ladies in the house loved the serimuka (also RM2.40 a pack)…

…but I was not that impressed. At best, I would say they were nicer than any that we can buy here in Sibu but no, they did not come up to that same level as the really good, so-very-lemak (rich in santan/coconut milk) ones that I’ve bought and enjoyed in Kuching.

I would say, however, that the bingka ubi/tapioca cake (RM2.40 a pack)…

…was very much to my liking, almost like the ones my late mum used to make in my growing up years. You can tell from the tapioca fibre in the cake (and maybe the desiccated coconut too) that she does not scrimp on the ingredients unlike others where most of the time, it is all flour. This was the first time I came across it and one thing’s for sure – I will surely buy it again if I see it next time.

Yes, her kuihs may be more expensive than most around here, though very much cheaper than these very nice ones that I would always buy to enjoy when in KL, but at least, one gets to enjoy decently good kuihs, value for money unlike most of the rest that I would consider a waste of one’s calories.

Well, if anybody is keen on placing a big order, you can PM her via her Facebook home business page or call her…

…at 014-6846866 or drop by the house at No. 35B, Jalan Berjaya, Sibu. Otherwise, you can drop by this shop that I went to and buy whatever that is available. As far as I know, she also leaves some at this coffee shop at Rejang Park on weekends and somewhere in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah market and also the Sunday market, among other places that I don’t quite remember.

HONG KONG PUFF is located along Ramin Way (2.291180, 111.826634), beside Sin Kiaw Coffee Shop, right behind the Petronas station at Kpg Nyabor Road (formerly Esso) across the road from the HSBC Building, Sibu branch. 

Author: suituapui

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

16 thoughts on “Keep going…”

    1. There are some places in larger cities that have been starting to carry some items in larger stores. Then we do have some world foods type markets but they are rare gems to find and usually in larger cities, too.

      Yes, my cousin in Brisbane, Australia also said the same thing but they are AUD3.00 each, RM9.00…only around RM1.00 here so she had no choice and had to learn to make her own.

  1. I miss those rice cakes! Last time I had something similar was in Bali and that was 2 years ago

    Bali? Not sure if the Indonesians have those too. These are nyonya cakes, Peranakan (Chinese & Malay) commonly found in Melaka, Penang, Singapore…but we have very good ones here as well. You may find them at the Malaysian restaurants in Auckland but I am sure they do not come cheap. You can check out this one:
    https://www.facebook.com/mamaskitchenaklcity/

  2. It’s always nice to find homemade treats you like.

    Yes, especially when they are nice, very well-made. Sure beats having to go through the trouble of making one’s own.

    Welcome again, Carol. Will link you in my blogroll. Stick around, eh?

  3. She has the talent but unfortunately I never got to try her Kueh. Lol.

    Yes, she is my man’s cousin from paternal side.

    Glad she is doing something good for herself and family.

    Must be doing well, after all these years. I remember my sis ordered from her once, long before she became famous – I think she was her ex-student – for prayers at the house and I drove her to go and collect. I remember her family’s dog, a real huge one!

    I guess by the time she started going into this, you have left Sibu already?

    1. Her family house?? You mean, her dad? If so, actually the house was not too far when I stayed. When I was there, I only saw her few times. She was busy with her younger kids back then. Haha.

      Yes, yes, quite near to where you were staying, that very confusing area. If my missus drives there, she will not know how to come out! LOL!!!

  4. These kuihs looks luciously good. 🙂 Must be really delicious like what you have mentioned.

    I find the serimuka not lemak enough for me – the rest were all very good, no complaint. You can get these very easily in Melaka, I’m sure.

  5. I love kuehs and there are many sellers out there but must know who are selling the really good ones. I have been disappointed many times, so I refrain from buying. Nyonya kuehs as I know from my childhood are practically extinct!

    So far, the ones from Lulu on KL are quite good – they say there is a stall at O & S coffee shop at Paramount in PJ, nice nyonys kuihs but I did not get to try.

    Yes, I bought a lot once at a mall in Penang, all looked so good and on my way back to the hotel, I tried them one by one…and ended up throwing all of them away. ALL not nice at all!!! What a disgrace! Penang, I would expect them to be really good!!!

  6. I love chai kuih and I can finish a lot in one sitting. I have very nice chai kuih in one of the kopitiam near my place,90 sen per pc. I like those nyonya kuih from Helen’s Nyonya Delicacies. All her kuih very lemak and nice.

    So cheap, your chai kuih. I bought one from the nearby shop yesterday, RM1.00 and very big – my missus said very nice but my girl did not think so. Will buy again and try myself and blog about it.

    I wonder if this Helen is Helen Leong/Kong, famous for her cakes – she had a cake shop at Kuching Plaza a long time ago before they migrated to New Zealand…and eventually, they came back to Kuching. Still making cakes, I think – work from home.
    Her wedding cake and her “kek lapis”

    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/you-get-what-you-give/

    1. I am not sure whether she is the same Helen you are talking about as I get to know her nyonya delicacies through my daughter’s friends a few months ago only. Usually she will post on her Facebook page for people to book online. Try to have a look at the FB page. 😊😊

      Yes, I did go and have a look at her Facebook page. Saw you there. The people who liked her posts, all not familiar. Probably not her, somebody else.

  7. Your chai kuih is like our Hakka style manguang kuih in Kulai.

    Never heard of that, tried googling but to no avail. Well, there’s mangkuang/sengkuang (turnip) inside, that much I can say is true.

  8. I’m more a kuih person (glutinous rice–kutsinta, sapin-sapin, puto, suman, bibingka) rather than tapioca but i love them both–I haven’t tried the malaysian version but the pinoy version is life! They are always a regular in my dreams. I would always dream that I have gone home in the philippines and that I was on my way to the market to buy these delicacies! but of course, i would always wake up just before i was about to reach the market 🙂

    Unfamiliar names but we have bingka here. That tapioca cake is called bingka ubi in Malay, ubi meaning root, referring to the tapioca tuber (ubi kayu in Malay) used in the making.

    My cousin in Brisbane says she can buy them there but they are so very expensive so she had no choice – had to learn to make her own.

  9. All the kuih look good and yummy. Not easy to get good Nyonya kuih nowadays. I too like lemak Nyonya kuih with enough fragrant santan in the kuih.

    I had some very nice kuihs when I went to Ipoh and Claire took me to lunch. Hey! This was yesterday’s post – you missed today’s, it seems!

    Ipoh mali…

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