Pale shadows…

When people mention Sibu, what immediately comes to mind? Kampua mee? Kompia? Actually, there was something else that this little town was famous for throughout the state, rojak Kassim

This is our local version of the rojak thamby (Indian rojak) or what they call pasembur in the peninsula

…but personally, I do feel that it is more like the Indonesian gado-gado

…which I also enjoy a lot!

To cut a long story short, the last I heard of him, that Hj. Kassim ended up selling his rojak in Kuching but word had it that he had passed away and the rojak at his stall was not so nice anymore.

In the meantime, others have started selling their own versions of the rojak thamby and they call theirs by their own name, now that rojak Kassim has become a pale shadow of what it used to be during those glory days. Some are all right, not bad while others may need to try a little harder.

That day, I went back to the coffee shop where the original Rojak Kassim stall started in 1993 – Kok Cheng, now Popular Food Court. The stall, once renamed Rojak Udin (after Hj Kassim’s son) is now called Rojak Mem (I think that is named after Hj Kassim’s daughter-in-law).

I bought the RM5.00 packet…

…to see if it was anything like what it was like before.

Gosh! I must say they were not very generous with the ingredients, despite the price, just some cucumber, tofu puffs and the cucur (fritters) that seemed to have shrunk so much…

…but thankfully, they were still nice, the texture and the taste. No, there weren’t any potatoes, no egg, not even taugeh (bean sprouts).

I poured the peanut sauce over everything…

…and sat down to eat.

The taste was almost like what it was like before…

…and I do mean ALMOST!!!

I guess that’s the way it is with most things as time goes by – everything changes but sadly, not for the better.

POPULAR FOOD COURT (2.290134, 111.826863) formerly KOK CHENG COFFEE SHOP, is located at No. 6, Ramin Way/No. 2, Jalan Morshidi Sidek, across the road from what was formerly the Star Cineplex and before that, the Cathay Cinema.

Author: suituapui

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

7 thoughts on “Pale shadows…”

  1. Your rojak Kassim looks good and it reminds me of the famous rojak tamby at Batu Lintang. Believe me or not, I never make my way there no matter how people are praising it to the skies. Long queue is definitely out of my list.

    I used to go there when I was in college. Nice too, but different. It was sweet – I hear now they have it, a bit different, they call it rojak kucei or something. Never tried. I had the one at Tok Janggut too – they say they are related, same-same.

    Last I heard, Hj Kassim had a stall at Nanas Road, somewhere Thomson Corner area. I had it once when he first went over to Kuching, opened his stall at City Inn, opposite Hotel Longhouse. Bought for many of my Kuching friends, they never heard of it…and they loved it!!!

  2. We prefer to tapao rojak mamak from Roy Corner (roadside with the yellow plastic chairs), Kpg Dato. Definitely better than Mem’s with much more ingredients. We like their roasted chicken, too. The only problem is sometimes they are not open for daily business (evening) & parking is difficult

    1. I know Roy, never been, heard a funny story about him. There are others, many are nice but in their own ways, not quite the same as Rojak Kassim when it first took Sibu by storm. I did get to eat a few not nice ones, the cucur not quite there.

  3. I like Indian Rojak!! Can’t remember the last time I have one….

    So true, the taste has changed. Not the same as the older generation and when new generation took over, they implemented their own version.

    1. Sad, isn’t it? Why rock the boat when things are going so well? Like the Double Swallow sambal laksa, second to none. Now gulong tikar dah, end of story when the young ones took over!

  4. Sometimes its really like that when you sell a business to someone its hard to expect the same level of quality and service.

    Or you grow old and the younger ones takes over.

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