Here & there…

Over there in the peninsula, way back in 1986 when I spent a year in Kuala Lumpur doing a TESL (Teaching of English as a Second Language) Specialist Certificate course at the Language Institute in Lembah Pantai, I used to frequent this restaurant at Sungai Wang. That was long before they had an outlet at Mid Valley. I did drop by the latter a couple of times but not as frequently, compared to the former. If I am not wrong, the last time I went to that one was in 2010.

Well, it so happened that my good friend, Lim, was in KL recently and he flew back here on the 2nd, my birthday. I sure was surprised to get a call from him and the next thing I knew, he was at my door and he gave me this…

I vaguely remember buying some of these things that they sell at the counter located at the front entrance of their outlet at Mid Valley but I cannot remember what now.

Well, inside the box, there was one curry puff…

…that I thought wasn’t too bad…

…and half a dozen of those Seremban sio pao (baked char siew buns)…

…the favourite of many – everywhere, you would hear people singing its praises but personally, I love the ones from that shop at Kai Joo Lane in Kuching. There are others but no, to this very day, there is none as nice…or to me, at least.

Thank you so much, Lim! Now that you had given me all the sio pao and the curry puff that you bought in KL, did it mean that your missus and children did not get any to enjoy? Poor things! LOL!!!

In the meantime, back here in Sibu, I went to the Chinese pancake or ban chang kuih (慢煎糕)/apam balik stall among the shops in the next lane from my house. I reckoned that since their steamed bak pao (meat bun) is my favourite in town, their chai pao (vegetable pao) should be very good too.

Their chai paos are RM1.50 each and I bought a few and put them in the steamer…

…to heat up prior to eating. Once done, I took them out…

…and sat down to eat.

Yes, it was VERY good! My missus asked me where I bought them because they were so very good. She sang praises of the skin, so soft and so fluffy and yes, she did enjoy them a lot. I would agree with her too, of course!

The filling…

…was very nice as well but no, this was not the authentic old school Sibu chai pao that I am looking for, the ones without any carrot inside.

Moving on from the paos, be it baked or steamed, last Saturday evening, we went to church early as they had resumed the weekly novena, starting at 6.00 p.m. before the sunset service that we would frequent every week, as far as possible, at 7.00 p.m. We had to leave the house a lot earlier now so I suggested going for a very late dinner/supper later when we were through, usually at around 8.00 p.m. Well, we used to do that a lot before and more recently, we only did it a few times when we were feeling a bit hungry on our way home from church.

My missus had their sambal fried kway teow (RM6.50)…

…her favourite here and my girl went for their wat tan hor (RM14.00)…

…which I feel is rather expensive even though they state in no uncertain terms in their menu that the serving is big, enough for two. Yes, the plate is big, VERY big but there is very little kway teow and not much added ingredients drowned in a whole lot of the egg gravy in it, probably the right amount for just one person actually. Anyway, since my girl likes the one here and we do not come here all that often, I don’t mind if she chooses to order it when we drop by this coffee shop.

I went for their chicken chop with mushroom sauce (RM11.90)…

…something that my missus would order a long time ago when I would go for their mixed grill while my girl enjoyed their lamb chop. Now that I am off red meat, no lamb nor beef for me, I decided to go for this instead. It was all right but no, I don’t think I will go for it again. I’d probably go back to their sweet and sour fish with rice that I enjoyed a lot more here.

COLOURFUL CAFE (2.316673, 111.837539)…

…is located in the Renew4U building at the junction of Brooke Drive and Lorong Kwong Ann 8, across the road from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.