Just a little…

I’ve blogged about these steamed meat buns (bak pao)…

…before, several times perhaps and personally, I like these the most among those available here in Sibu and yes, I’ve tried quite a lot – all those that people tell me are very nice.

I get these, selling at RM2.20 each at this point in time, from the neighbourhood fruit & vegetable sundry shop in the next lane from my house and from what I understood from the people there, an old lady makes them and sends them over to the shop for sale every morning, together with some other varieties. So far, I have never bothered about those but perhaps, one of these days, I shall buy one of each to see if they are any good.

At one time, she stopped making so the buns were not available for quite a while. The lady boss said that she went for “an injection” and I exclaimed in shock, “She died?” The lady boss quickly said no and explained that she was feeling too hot and was thus unable to make those buns for the time being. It seemed that that was one of the side effects and hence, many roadside stalls sprouted out all over town like mushrooms after the rain, selling coconut water – I hear that would help.

Her pao skin is very old school, like the buns I grew up eating, soft and cushiony and not mushy unlike some that they make using some bleached, super white, over-processed pao flour. I do not like those. So far, my favourite pao skin would be the chai pao (vegetable bun) one that I blogged about the other day but their steamed meat bun did not tickle my fancy.

In this one, I like how the meat is not compressed into a ball…

…and with the soy sauce and whatever ingredients used in the cooking, it is very much to my liking. However, the old lady may need some quality control at times as I did buy some that were a bit too salty once or twice before.

A bone to pick would be how little egg there is in it…

This is one-eighth cut into two, so it is only one-sixteenth, so very little. I sure would not mind one bit if the old lady would give a bigger wedge in her pao and charge a bit more, just a little. I am sure at RM2.50 each, that would cover the cost of the extra bit of egg in it.

The big pao at the Open Air Market in Kuching was RM3.00 in 2014…

…but it was very nice and had a bit more egg. I wonder how much they are selling these now.

They certainly have nicer steamed paos there like the ones at Kenyalang Park (that go all the way back to the 70’s when I was living in Kuching and I used to go there and buy) and the other day, my blogger-friend, Rose, shared some photos on Facebook of the very nice ones, meat and char siew (with egg!!!) at Kim Joo – she did not mention the prices but if I can get those here, I will surely buy to try!

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.