Air…

When I first saw people talking about Air Selangor, for a while, I thought they had a new airline until I realised that that was the name given to the water board in the state, given the fact that air is water in the Malay language. Here, we just call ours the Sibu Water Board.

I must say that I am really very impressed by the SWB people here. They will let us know via Telegram or Facebook when there are problems and they will keep us updated via photographs of the progress of the work done every step of the way.

The other day, however, Satuday, when I went upstairs after my dinner to have my bath, I discovered that there was very little water, just a trickle. I did not see any notice at all from the SWB so I was wondering what was going on. I quickly mandi kerbau (bathe like a buffalo) and went to check online.

There was nothing on Facebook but I found this newspaper report on one online tabloid. I suppose it must have been quite sudden and they had to get down to work right away so there wasn’t time to let everybody know. I don’t know when it was done – I did not bother to check but if I am not wrong, the water supply was back to normal by around 10.00 p.m. that night. An ex-student in KL said that was so good unlike over there – they have this water problem so very often and each time, it would take days to get it solved!

The next day, Sunday, we had the beef soup plus kampua mee for brunch so we did not cook any lunch. The SWB posted a notice on Facebook (and I guess on Telegram too but I did not bother to check) that when they fixed the leaking the previous day, they spotted another leak close by so they would have to see to it that very night at 8.00 p.m. Seeing that, I told the ladies that we would go out for a very early dinner at 5.00 p.m. and take our baths when we came back before they shut down the supply. This way, we would not need to wash and clean while we did the cooking and after we had had our dinner.

We went here for my girl’s favourite lemon chicken…

…and yes, as always, it was done to perfection – very nice and crispy with its lovely sweet and sour lemon sauce.

I dare say this one is the best in town compared to all the rest that I have had elsewhere. There wasn’t one that would get me going back for me whereas in the case of this one…

…I sure would not mind having it again and again.

My girl also ordered the kiam sor hu phee (salty and crusty fish fillet)…

…but it was rather salty and very dry. We ate it dipped in the lemon sauce of the chicken dish and that sure helped make it a lot nicer.

The cangkok manis fried with egg…

…with its lovely wok hei fragrance, was very good – one can never go wrong with this dish. It may vary in between places, not exactly the same but I’ve yet to come across one that is not nice.

The Foochow tauhu tear, the tofu oyster soup…

…was good to the last drop. This quintessentially Foochow dish is so simple with so few ingredients…

…just the tofu, the made-in-China canned oysters, a bit of minced meat and egg.

The total for the food that day came up to RM56.00 for three persons – it would definitely be less if we had not asked for the somewhat disappointing fish. Their sweet and sour fish is another one that we would consider to be the best in town but we did not feel like ordering it that day.

Y2K CAFE (2.294220, 111.825753) is located in the Tunku Osman area, round the corner from that block of shops where the branches of AmBank & RHB Bank are located with its back entrance facing the side (right, not the main one) entrance/exit of Methodist Secondary School.

Author: suituapui

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

9 thoughts on “Air…”

  1. Only RM56 for 4 yummy dishes? That is a good deal. Love all the dishes. Sometimes eating outside is cheaper than buying and cooking by yourself but of course, cooking by ourselves is more healthier as we know what we put in the dishes.

    Yes, best to cook one’s own at home. I like simple cooking, can cook with the least effort, never mind a bit bland as long as it is healthy. My missus will not hold back on the ingredients so of course, her cooking is a lot nicer but may not be as easy. Good to eat out sometimes for a break and for a change.

  2. I love how they prepared their lemon chicken, looks like it was fried whole then chopped to pieces before drenching in sauce

    Yes. I think they use breast meat, deboned and deep fried till the skin is absolutely crispy, very very nice…and the sauce is simply out of this world!

  3. Singapore gets their water supply from my little kampung in Kota Tinggi.
    They tap the raw water from Johor River and manage a water treatment site in my kampung.
    They process the raw water and then sell back some to us at premium cost.

    Oh our lemon chicken is slightly different, we use breadcrumb to coat the chicken instead of batter.
    I don’t like it when they serve you the chicken with the lemon sauce on the plate like that.
    The skin gets very soggy at the end, so I always ask them to pour the sauce in a dipping saucer.

    1. Yes, we do have those lemon chicken with bread crumbs here too, not so nice…and that one gets so horribly soggy once you pour the sauce over the meat. This one is fine but still, if I go and buy home, the guy will give the sauce separately…telling me to add only when we are about to sit down and eat. Perfectly o.k., eating it there hot from the wok.
      Yeah! The water issue, that thorn in that senile old man’s back! A perennial issue!

  4. I like lemon chicken. The crispy chicken with the lemon sauce. Yum yum. I like look of the tofu oyster soup. I don’t think I could find it here.

    The canned oysters? That’s what I heard, must buy in Sibu. The soup, maybe you can find at Foochow chu char shops/stalls. More and more in Kuching, I hear…people from central Sarawak.

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