Closed on Sunday…

Last Saturday was Election Day and the weather here was good all day long but come evening time, it started to rain so we decided to go for the church service on Sunday morning instead of our usual sunset one that day.

After the service, we went to a few places that we wanted to try but they were all very crowded and I could not find a parking space close by. These days, I can’t park my car anywhere I like and walk all the way. As we were driving past, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this Malay/Muslim restaurant was open and though there were quite a lot of customers too, there were a few vacant tables still available so we decided to stop by there for our brunch.

My girl had their mee rebus

…which looked very good (except for the not-so-nicely-peeled egg), almost like what they had on the cover of their menu…

More often than not, what you see in the photographs is not what you will get in the end.

I did try a bit of the broth and yes, it was VERY good. I was reminded of the mee rebus I would have quite frequently when I was in Singapore in 1973 and enjoyed tremendously. It was bursting with flavours and I could detect the spices used in the cooking but no, it was not sweet, nor was it orange in colour like in our mee jawa. It seems that most, if not all of the Malay stalls and shops all over town are selling mee jawa – as far as I can remember, I have not seen mee rebus anywhere.

I did not find out how much that was but my girl said it was over RM20.00. Yes, I would agree that the things here are not that cheap but looking at all that meat in the bowl, I guess that is more or less comparable to the prices these days at all the beef noodle places, maybe a lot more even at the Taiwan-style ones.

My missus had their mee mamak

…and they actually loved it a lot more than my favourite, the old lady’s mee goreng special at the coffee shop in Sg. Antu. I did try a bit and I would agree that it was very nice…and very different from the one I like so much. I still think that one is nicer and pricewise, I would much sooner go for that one. For half the price, RM6.50 only, one would get the delightful noodles with a bit of daging masak hitam (beef) by the side, one fried chicken wing and a fried egg whereas this one was around RM13.00 and there was only ONE prawn. I wouldn’t complain if there had been more, three perhaps.

The roti jala (RM9.90)…

…was good too. I ordered that to share and it came with a bowl of chicken curry…

…but there was just one piece inside, breast and a small chunk of potato.

Of course, I had to ask for the nasi lemak (RM6.50)…

…to see if it was any good but unfortunately, it was very disappointing. I could not detect any santan in the rice – in other words, I did not think it was lemak at all and other than that, it was more to the hard and dry side.

Well, like all the rest here, there and everywhere, with the nice and spicy sambal plus the curry gravy from the roti jala, I did enjoy it in the end but for that same amount of money, RM6.50, at the old lady’s place, you get the complete works – the rice with the cucumber and so much more – the daging masak hitam and fried chicken wing…and one fried egg. That, for sure, is a much better deal.

Frankly, if they would just put in a bit of effort in the presentation, even if it is just lining the plate with banana leaf, it would not look so plain…and cheap (which it wasn’t!!!).

Most Malay places here in Sibu are closed on Sundays but not this one so if you are looking for a halal place for a bite to eat, this would be one of the few that are open. On the whole, I would say the food is nice. Even at the slightly higher than usual prices, I would not mind dropping by sometimes to see what else they have on their menu. I did look at what they were having at the other tables and everything looked pretty good and yes, the service was excellent. The boy was very prompt and fast in taking our orders and before we knew it, we were being served already which sure was a pleasant surprise, quite different from many around here.

SARAH ISLAMIC CORNER

…the first shop in the block of shops (2.293355, 111.823653) to the left behind the block of shops along Jalan Kampung Datu where Fair Price Supermarket, now Fresh & Pay, is, near the traffic lights at its junction with Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg and Jalan Kampung Nyabor.