Same road…

I have been grumbling all over that the kampua mee here, now RM5.00 a plate, is way overpriced and it is not even my favourite in town though some may blatantly declare that it is the best in Sibu!

There are two other coffee shops along that same road at the other end of that same block of shops. I used to enjoy the mee pok with REAL char siew here. It was only RM3.80 initially, then it went up to RM4.00 and the last time I went, it had gone up to RM4.50, topped with minced meat, not char siew. According to an ex-student of mine working somewhere in the vicinity, they had not been giving char siew for a long time now. That was probably because of the problem with the prices and supply of pork here these days due to the ASF (African Swine Flu) outbreak. Because of this, I would much rather go elsewhere and would not be dropping by there again, thank you very much.

There used to be a fat guy at the last coffee shop at the very end of the block. I did enjoy the noodles that he dished out but everyone was grumbling about how he would wear his mask under his chin and that was during the height of the pandemic! One fine day, he just disappeared and a young girl took over the stall.

I saw on the menu at her stall that her kampua mee was only RM4.00 a bowl so the other day, I went and ordered a bowl…

…to try. Unfortunately, it turned out to be somewhat bland and it was not even drained well so there was a lot of the water underneath the noodles.

Wait a minute! What fried shallots did you use, my dear girl? The factory-made ones packed in plastic sold in the supermarkets? Heaven forbid!!! You will have to peel and slice the shallots by hand and not use a blender (like what they do at that other shop at the other end – that is why their kampua mee is so messy and looks so dirty) and you have to fry them in oil till golden brown before draining them well and storing them for use later.

The very fragrant oil (usually lard but I hear they may mix it with other cooking oils these days because lard is way too expensive) is used to toss the noodles and that along with the chopped spring onions and the fried shallots will give the noodles that special fragrance and taste. There are no short cuts, my dear girl! If this is the best that you can offer, it is no wonder at all that I did not see a lot of people ordering from your stall despite the lower price.

I also ordered a bowl of gu-tor (beef tripe) soup…

…and for reasons unknown, it came with some of those frozen supermarket fish balls inside. It tasted all right, the clear and refreshing soup and the gu-tor was nice and soft, not hard and chewy like some BUT it was served with this…

As far as I know, they will give you a special sambal belacan or whatever chili dip when you order a bowl of gu-tor soup, not dark soy sauce with bottled chili sauce added. Tsk! Tsk!

The mee kosong (without meat) and the soup combo was only RM8.00 which, of course, was quite reasonable but all things considered, I think I would much sooner go for the very nice Sarawak laksa from another stall inside and I’ve yet to try the claypot noodles there as well – my friend went for that the other day.

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…is the first shop right behind Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada – the block a little to your left if you are coming out of the mall via the back entrance.