The other half…

The guy running the chu char (cook & fry) stall at the back of this shop has an ethnic wife. I was told that he was in Kapit before he came to Sibu to set up his business here so most likely, they met there. I never asked her specifically which race she belongs to – she is very fair, looks a bit like a Chinese so my guess is she’s a Kayan.

I don’t know if she can speak Chinese/Mandarin or not but if I am not mistaken, all the children go to Chinese schools. What I do know for sure is that what the hubby can cook, she can too and perhaps, she may be even better at it like this tomato kway teow (flat rice noodles)…

…that I had once. Usually, she handles only the drinks in the coffee shop but everytime the hubby is away, she will do all the cooking as well.

Other than that, for sometime now, I have seen her selling some kuihs placed at a table in front of the shop. However, I never bothered to go and have a look until the other day when I decided to buy her popiah (fried spring rolls), RM1.00 each…

…to see if they were any good. She said that she made them herself. I bought three and took them home and my girl helped herself to them – she said that they were very nice and she had two of the three that I bought. I quickly went and tried that last one and yes, it was good.

No, I would not say it was sensational, so overwhelming that it swept me off my feet but it was good, nicer than all the rest in town (which I hardly bother to buy). What was lacking was the chili – I think she did not add any at all so we would have to add my missus’ own-made blended chili dip ourselves and yes, dipping it in some kacang tumbuk (crushed peanut) would bring it to a whole new level too.

I was in the vicinity that morning so I decided to buy some more and yes, everyone agreed that they…

…were nice.

I also bought her curry puffs (3 for RM2.00)…

…and even though they do not look that great, they actually tasted very good. The ones sold at the kampung are usually 3 for RM1.00 but they are smaller and inside, it is all potatoes even though some may tell you it’s daging (meat).

I loved the filling…

…a lot and I must say these were much nicer than the ones from here, chicken selling for RM1.00 each.

I also bought these jian dui/煎䭔 (Chinese fried sesame seed-coated glutinous rice balls), 3 for RM2.00 as well…

…but unfortunately, they had red bean paste (or tau sar) inside and for reasons unknown, my missus is allergic to that so she is not able to enjoy eating them. I was hoping that perhaps, there would be peanut paste inside.

I never knew the proper name for this before – never too old to learn, eh? A friend of mine commented on my photo on Facebook saying that they call it kuih bom in Malay.

All in all, I was pleased with what I bought – I certainly would drop by again to buy some more whenever I feel like having the popiah and the curry puffs but I guess I shall have to leave the balls out.

AH KAU CAFE (2.316346, 111.839861) is located along Jalan Ruby, off Jalan Lim Han Swee, in the same block as Kim Tak Mini Supermarket, to the extreme left.