There’s more to me than what you can see…

This…

…is quite near my house and it is where I take my car for a car wash when there is a need for that. These days, we have been getting quite a lot of rain, on and off, on and off day in and day out so I would drop by quite often but not as frequently as when I used to go to and fro along the horrible Pain-Borneo Highway, sending my girl to her school in the jungle and going all the way there to bring her home on weekends.

Quite recently, I noticed that they have gone into vegetable farming, growing this curly lettuce – if I am not wrong, it is called salad patta…

…all over but hydroponically and lately, it appears to me that they are slowly increasing the output and have set up a lot more of those platforms and pipes…

…to plant the vegetable.

You may have noticed in the first photograph above that they have even set them up all along the fence. I guess that is one advantage of this way of planting vegetables – you do not need that much space and you do not need any soil which means that you do not need a spacious landed property to go into this – you can do it outside on your balcony of your condominium even.

I saw them hanging these pieces of fly paper…

…that is coated with a sweetly fragrant, but extremely sticky and sometimes poisonous substance that traps flies and other flying insects when they land upon it. This is considered a pest control device and this way, they do not have to resort to those poisonous pesticides.

The ones that they fold into paper windmills…

…are actually quite pleasant to look at.

They harvest the vegetables quite regularly and pack them in plastic containers. I’ve seen people dropping by to buy, a lot at one time but I have not bought any myself. I did ask one of the boys there and he told me that they are selling them at RM9.00 a container. I think I used to buy at the supermarket round the corner from my house for RM10.00 each so it isn’t very much cheaper but at least, the ones here are definitely a lot fresher.

WONG CAR CARE & SERVICES CENTRE (2.307081, 111.844783) is located at No. 8B, Lorong Pipit 4 – you turn left as soon as you turn into the lane where Starbucks Sibu is located and go straight ahead – it is at the corner at the end of that stretch of road or you can turn into that lane from Jalan Pahlawan and go straight ahead to the aforementioned corner.

Not again…

I saw a lot of friends sharing photographs of what they had at this new place in town so of course, I wanted to go and check it out even though I did see in the menu that the big head prawn noodles did not come cheap…

…because we had not had this fish noodles with the creamy soup…

…for a long, long time (we had a good one here once but not anymore). My girl enjoys it a lot and I wanted to take her there last Sunday morning to give theirs a try.

So there we were, the four of us…

*I guess they mean live, not life*

– I asked my sister to join us – so very early last Sunday morning at just past 8.00 a.m. They open at that time every day, I hear.

I would say it was a very nice place, not much decor to get excited about but it was comfortable enough and air-conditioned. Gosh!!! It’s the early bird that catches the worm, they say but no, we were not the earliest. The place was almost full when we arrived and thankfully, there was a table available. Many who came a bit later, had to go some place else, disappointed. They did not know how lucky they were!!!

I liked this little duckie…

…that they had on every table. Too bad it wasn’t a fish nor a prawn. LOL!!!

The boss served this slice of papaya…

…to every table on the house. I think he said something about the fruit coming from his own house/compound.

After sometime, two bowls of the fish noodles(RM18.90)…

…came.

My sister and my girl had that with bihun

– the latter thought it was good and was pleased with her order. My sister did not quite fancy the fish – I think it was ang chor (red snapper) – she prefers the tapah that they have in their fish noodles here but they do not do it in this creamy soup style there.

My missus ordered their prawn noodles (soup) and this (RM18.90)…

…came. I had a feeling that they had made a mistake as there was a big head prawn in it, even though there was one only, not three or more like what we can see in the menu above. In my honest opinion, seeing how ONE prawn can cost up to around RM10.00 each (see details below), I would consider RM18.90 quite a reasonable price for this bowl of prawn noodles.

Unfortunately, my order never appeared and I just sat there and waited and waited and waited. Oh dear!!! Deja vu, history repeating itself…like how I had to wait for the beef noodles the day before.

After more than an hour, it FINALLY came (RM35.90)…

…with ONE not very big prawn, a lot smaller than the giant ones I bought from the Dewan Suarah (Civic Centre) wet market…

…earlier that morning. At RM75 a kilo, I bought RM166.00 worth of those lovely crustaceans, 17 of them altogether and that works out to less than RM10.00 each. It sure looked like I had been shortchanged, seeing so very clearly that there were at least THREE of them in that photo of it in their menu. Just ONE not really big one for that kind of money is really pushing it a bit too far!

My girl insisted on picking up the tab – including the cup of kopi-o, hot that my missus had (RM3.90!!!), the rest of us did not want anything to drink, the total came up to RM96.50.

Yes, I would say that what they dished out tasted quite good, that much credit I would give to them but they would need to cut down on the msg by at least half and at those prices and that very very long wait, no price for guessing whether or not I will be back there ever again.

FISH PAPPA is a few doors away to the right of HIDEOUT (2.301547, 111.843569) at Lorong 4, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai (formerly Jalan Pedada) in the block of shops back to back with Kim Hock Premier Food Court.

Waiting so long…

I saw a lot of people talking about it…

…praising it to the skies, even when they were at their former location but I was not all that keen at all as it is the Taiwanese version and I am not really into that.

Eventually, curiosity got the better of me so I went in search of it, only to find out that it was not in that particular shop that everybody was telling everybody (Honestly, why can’t they get their details correct?) and I ended up in the wrong shop! Tsk! Tsk!

It is at their own shop right next door…

…and it was closed that day, a Thursday – the nice lady told me that they do not open on Mondays and Thursdays, two off days in a week!

We went two Sundays ago around 11 something and the customers were spilling onto the road so we went some place else and had a delightful lunch there.

I was out and about last Saturday morning and I decided to give it another try. Yes, it was very crowded but I was in luck. There was a table outside with only ONE chair – the other customers had taken all the rest so nobody wanted to sit there, I suppose. It was just right for me as I was alone and I wasted no time in grabbing it.

I filled in the form…

…provided at the table and waved frantically to get the attention of the people in the shop but to no avail. In the end, left with no choice, I marched right up to the kitchen and handed it to a lady there. “Yao tern wor!” she said (translation: have to wait).

I went back to my table and sat there and waited. I saw this…

…in a corner and I noticed some customers going over there to refill their pots of tea and I thought they were providing free Chinese tea. DREAM ON!!! Everyone is supposed to go and get their own chopsticks and spoons and stick them into the pink cups and fill them with hot boiling water from the electric boiler/dispenser to sterilise them. I have no idea what those bowls are for – maybe there are people who would like to share their orders so they can use those. Gee!!! At those prices they are charging, we still have to DIY, self-service?

I went over to get mine and went back to my table quickly. There I sat, waiting and waiting and in the meantime, I saw many people coming and seeing there there were no tables available, all of them left. It sure did not help one bit that the orders were so slow in coming out so most of the customers were just sitting there waiting, looking quite bored…JUST LIKE ME.

Finally, at long last, my order…

…arrived! I can’t say I was impressed by how it looked but when I tasted the broth/soup, it was like WOWWWWWW!!! So very thick, so very rich, so very nice!!! It was slightly spicy though – they say that is the Taiwanese style. I can’t say I was fond of it like that but it was all right.

I don’t know if they made their own noodles but they…

…sure looked different from our regular “yellow noodles” or whatever noodles that we have here.

The beef was so fall-off-the-bone tender that it fell apart…

…when I tried to pick it up with my chopsticks.

They were very generous with the meat and also the tripe and the tendons and there was a bit of salted vegetables…

…too to help enhance the taste a bit.

I asked for the chili dip and the Indon or Dayak helper brought me their special own-made one…

…in a soy-sauce dispenser bottle. She went over to the aforementioned self-service corner and rummaged through all the plastic containers there and managed to find one melamine mini-saucer and she gave me that for me to use. The chili dip was so very nice, not spicy, a little bit sour and so tasty that it made everything in the bowl taste a whole lot nicer.

Yes, I would agree with everybody that it was indeed very nice but at RM26.00 a bowl, I can’t say that I did not feel the pinch. There were 5 people at the table next to mine and they all had a bowl each. I saw one of the guys handing over three RM50.00 notes to the helper, RM150.00 for beef noodles, nothing more, nothing less. Our scrumptious lunch here with all those awesome dishes was only RM113.50 and I only had to fork out R66.00 here with some left over to take home even and only RM70.00 here.

As a matter of fact, I do think the Taiwanese beef noodles here (and at a number of places around town) ain’t too shabby either and at only RM8.50 (before, dunno now) a bowl, for my one bowl here, I can have THREE bowls there and still have change…plus the place is a lot more comfortable, air-conditioned and not so crowded and the service is better, no such thing as self-service there, and I would not have to wait like…FOREVER!

So will I come back again for the Taiwanese beef noodles here some day? Will I be willing to fork out that amount of money for A bowl of noodles? Will I be willing to sit there and wait for what felt like a million years for it to be served? I guess everyone can jolly well guess the answers to those questions by now.

LEOI NOODLES HOUSE is located to the left of COFFEE & TEA (2.325932, 111.841566) at the junction of Jalan Teng Chin Hua and Jalan Ulu Sg Merah in the blocks of shops to the right of the traffic lights junction turning left into Lorong Sg Merah 2. if you are coming from town. On the other hand, if you are heading towards town, the blocks of shops are after St Teresa’s Catholic Church and the SIB Church on that same side of the road.

Not much to look at…

I spotted these packets of instant noodles…

…in the house so I asked my missus what those were and why, despite the brand being pretty well-known, they looked so plain and unappealing.

She said that they came in one big jumbo pack – I have no idea what that looked like as she had thrown away the wrapper. I guess this was their way to cut cost as they would be able to save a bit on the printing.

I took one to cook and try and this…

…was what I came out with.

I did mention in an earlier blogpost that this is a Korean brand…

…but looking at the rampant use of a foreign language that is Greek to me, one can jolly well guess that this is made in Vietnam and thankfully, there are a few words in English…

…for the likes of people like me.

Inside, other than the noodles, there are two sachets…

– one with the seasoning and the other with the dehydrated vegetables.

I boiled some prawns and used the stock to cook the noodles, subsequently emptying the contents of the sachets into the soup.

Once done, I poured it all into a bowl…

…and garnished it with the aforementioned prawns by the side along with slices of a tomato from our garden, one half-boiled/cooked egg and I sprinkled some chopped spring onion (also from our garden) all over it and served it with a sprig of daun sup (Chinese celery and that came from our garden too), stuck in it.

Yes, it was very nice. There was a hint of spiciness in the soup, noticeable but no, I would not say it was up to our level of tolerance. I would say that I enjoyed it…

…but in comparison, I prefer the clam one that I tried once, the chow chor one with the so-called “smell of the sea” but if this one is very much cheaper, then I would just settle for it instead. At the end of the day, it is what it is – instant noodles!

A cut above…

This bakery in the next lane/road from my house makes the most awesome croissants, a cut above all the rest in town, second to none. I did blog about them here and also here.

Yes, I’ve been dropping by to buy all this while but not for myself. My girl loves eating those croissants so much so I would get some for her once in a while for her to enjoy. Incidentally, one afternoon not too long ago, I dropped in to see if there was anything of interest. Much to my surprise, there were two plain/regular croissants in the glass display cabinet. Of course, I had to buy those for my girl and needless to say, she enjoyed them so much.

The girl at the shop told me that if I wanted more, I could just wait for a while. Their second batch for the day would be coming out soon, piping hot from the oven. That was around 4 something in the afternoon. In the past, the croissants would be ready at around noon, just once in a day and if you did not make a reservation, you might be in for a disappointment – there might not be any left for you to buy.

Probably they have decided to bake two batches in a day, the first batch at around noon for people going home for lunch to stop by and collect and the second around 4 something, for those coming by after office hours. Good marketing strategy, don’t you think?

It so happened that I was passing by that day and I saw a crowd in the bakery, probably those who had booked the croissants beforehand and were waiting for them to be ready. I went to another shop in that same block to grab a few things and by the time I was done, I saw that the crowd had dispersed so I went in to try my luck.

Yes, there were a few flavours available, one each and I did manage to grab hold of two of their regular ones and this one…

…with all the almond flakes.

Unfortunately, school has reopened and my girl will just eat two eggs in the morning and will not eat anything else the whole day till she comes home for lunch at 1 something in the afternoon. I would have died of starvation if I were to do that. LOL!!!

In the end, I put the two regular ones in the fridge in the hope that she would get to eat them over the weekend perhaps and I took the almond one to make this…

…for myself to enjoy.

I boiled an egg and mashed it together with a knob of butter and two slices of Cheddar cheese, cut into tiny bits…

…and then I threw in all the almond flakes…

…that had fallen off the croissant. Waste not, want not.

I cut a slit in the middle of the croissant, lengthwise and stuffed it with the egg filling…

…after which, I put it in the oven to toast for a while.

When I saw that the cheese had melted…

…I took it out and sat down to enjoy the fruit of my labour, served with a few slices of the very nice tomato from our garden. We did not have any lettuce in the house, otherwise the touch of green would certainly make the presentation a bit nicer.

Yes, it was very nice and I sure enjoyed it to the max. You can see how perfectly done it was – the beautiful flaky layers…

…of the croissant plus its holey airy texture and the buttery fragrance!

Many so-called “croissants” at some of the bakeries in town are just regular bread, rolled up to look like croissants while a sprinkling do come out with some decent ones but sadly, they still need to try a little bit harder to come up to this standard. For one thing, I found that those are cheaper but if you want the best, you will just have to pay for it.

LOUIS BAKERY LW.Pattisserie (2.316411, 111.839847) is located at No. 20, Jalan Ruby in the same block of shops as Kim Tak Co., right next to Ah Kau Cafe at the end of the block to the left.

While we can…

I was in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah (Civic Centre) here that day to check out the yew char koi stall there. I never liked going to that area because it was and still is always crowded in the morning with people going there to do their marketing and shopping and to have their breakfast and at the height of the pandemic, I avoided it like a plague!

Now that the situation seemed a whole lot better, that morning, I decided to walk around to see if there was anything I would want to buy. That was how we ended up having a feast of crabs…

…for our dinner that evening.

We just had crabs that day on my sister’s birthday after such a long time since the previous time we had it on my girl’s birthday in 2020 but that morning, I spotted a basket full of those lovely crustaceans at one of the shops there selling for RM65.00 a kilo.

I asked the guy for three of the biggest ones – it was a little bit more actually but he rounded it up to RM96.00 and I quickly took them home for my missus to prepare and cook…

I asked my sister to join us that evening but she had something on with her friends. In the end, we had all of it…

…ourselves and of course, we enjoyed it to the max.

What we had on those two aforementioned occasions were both way over RM100.00 so this was very much cheaper and there was a whole lot more too.

While I was there, I also saw some fairly large sotong (squid) going for RM35.00 a kilo. They were bigger than the medium-sized ones that I usually buy from my favourite fish & seafood stall in my neighbourhood (RM30.00 a kilo) but the other day, the ones there were way too small so I did not want to buy those. I took all that they had and paid RM60.00 for them – I suppose there were less than 2 kilos altogether. My missus spent most of the morning cleaning and scouring them before putting them away in the freezer, ready for Chinese New Year. For some reason, my girl loves these sotong a lot more than prawns.

I was delighted to see that they had midin (wild jungle fern)…

…too, selling at RM13.00 a kilo. They do not seem to have this at our neighbourhood shops anymore. It has been so very long since the last time they had crabs for sale there as well, not since July 2020! Of course, I asked for half a kilo of the midin and took it home.

My girl helped the mum to pluck only the nice and tender top part of each fern and the latter cooked it with sambal hay bee (udang kering/dried prawns) and belacan (dried prawn paste) to go with the crabs…

…for our dinner that evening.

I paid RM7.00 for the midin – it was a bit more than half a kilo but still, it was so very cheap. There was a lot of it, more than double of what we got for our RM10.00 a plate of the ferns here (or at any other place for that matter) that day.

Yes, there were still a lot of people that morning but at least, everyone had their masks on even though they did not seem too worried about keeping their distance but with the situation seemingly very much under control at this point in time, I sure would not mind going to this part of the woods again and again to see what other goodies I may stumble upon there…while I can.

e-Like Mart (2.310257, 111.831069)…

…is located at No. 6, Taman Damai, Jalan Tun Abg Hj Openg at the far end of the block of shops facing the back of the Civic Centre wet market.

With my own eyes…

I dropped by that place in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah (Civic Centre) here in Sibu to see with my own eyes how they made the yew char koi that my sister was talking about when she gave us a few to sample that day.

They were very nice and friendly people, a couple and a younger lady, probably the daughter or somebody and they did not mind it at all when I asked them a lot of questions nor did they bat an eyelid when I took so many photographs from left, right and centre.

This is the dough for the yew char koi

…and the lady used this contraption to cut it into strips…

…five at one go. This is something new to me – I’ve never seen anybody using that before.

They probably needed a wider plank to use as their work surface because it did not cut right through the edges so the lady had to cut them one by one with a dough cutter…

I do not know what she brushed on the strips…

– I did not ask, probably water or oil and after doing that, she placed the strips of dough, one on top of another…

…before she made a dent right through the middle, lengthwise, using a chopstick…

Having done all that, she took the strips one by one and I saw that she stretched the limp and rubbery dough first…

…before dropping them into the hot oil. All this time, I assumed that the 3-inch dough would rise to the occasion by itself in the hot oil to become a foot long! LOL!!!

I’ve never seen this being done before – they fried the yew char koi in the vigorously boiling hot oil first after which they moved them to the not-so-hot oil next to it…

…to simmer until they became a very nice golden colour.

Finally, they removed the yew char koi from the oil and placed them on a rack to cool and to let the excess oil drip onto the tray below…

I bought a few (RM1.20 each) to take home and enjoy that day and while I was there, I also saw them making something else, something that I had never seen before.

This was the dough that they used to make them…

…covered with a whole lot of sesame seeds and some brown stuff – I think that was cinnamon powder. I could taste it when I ate it.

The lady cut it into strips and stretching each strip a bit, she made a loop out of each of them and tied the ends together in a knot before dropping them into the hot oil…

…to cook.

They looked a little bit like pretzels (RM1.00 each)…

…but no, they certainly were not pretzels.

I shared the photograph on Facebook and somebody said that at all those places in the peninsula where they fry yew char koi or what they call yew tiao there, they would definitely have this too but not here in Sibu or not that I know of. I went and googled and found out from this website that they are called horseshoe fritters or ox-tongue pastry. Elsewhere, they call them ma kiok (马脚) or horse’s hoofs.

They tasted like our ma ngee (horse’s ears/butterfly fritters) but they were not so sweet, only slightly so and with the hint of the cinnamon in them, I would say that they were a cross between those and ham chim beng. Talking about ham chim beng, I saw some very nice ones at the stall and the deep fried or koi (yam cake) looked really good too. I certainly would want to buy those to try the next time I stop by.

Incidentally, it looked like the coffee shop/restaurant had called it a day. There was this stall in front, a lot of things inside the shop but no tables and chairs for customers to sit and eat and the kitchen at the back is now a shop in its own right with its own entrance at the side, occupied by some people selling freshly slaughtered chickens.

KIM CHUO FOOD CENTRE (2.310950, 111.830541) is located among the area of shops in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah, Sibu and the Civic Centre market beside the Sarawak Energy/SESCO customer care office (to the right), opposite the ShareTea outlet there.

Don’t look down on me…

We call this fish bak chi‘…

I do not know its name in English or Malay but my missus would buy it quite frequently a long time ago when she used to do her marketing at the central market but ever since the pandemic broke out, we have not set foot on that high risk place so we have not had this for almost two years now.

According to her, in her growing up years, they would eat this fish all the time for the simple reason that it was very cheap and they all enjoyed it – all of them loved it and I must say that I would agree with them. Don’t look down on it because even though it is cheap, it tastes real good and if you fry it a little bit longer till it is more crispy, you can eat most of it, the fins and all, leaving behind only the big bone in the middle. I do enjoy its crispiness and that special taste along with it a lot.

There may be some of those smaller fish like the kembong and all the rest…

…at my favourite fish & seafood stall but my girl does not seem to like those so I would not buy them. That was why when I saw them at the Malay stalls, I would buy one or two…

…for myself to “buang gian” (appease the craving).

She does like bak chi’ to some extent but they are very small and I cannot imagine cleaning them one by one. That was why when I saw some at the aforementioned stall the other day, I asked the nice lady if she could clean it for me and she said that would not be a problem.

I asked for 1 kilo (RM10.00 only) and got 20 of them, so cheap! I expected her to pass them to her helper, a nice young boy, to cut and clean out the insides but no, she did it herself…and I was stunned when I saw how she simply plucked off the heads of each fish violently…and that was it! When I got home, my missus was delighted that I had bought her favourite bak chi’ and when I told her what the lady did, she said that was the way they would do it, no need to cut and clean one by one inside out.

My missus just rinsed all of them well and deep fried them…

– there was enough for the three of us for lunch that day and also for dinner.

Actually, I dropped by the stall that day to see how the lady was doing. I noticed that usually, the stall was not open lately. For one thing, it had been raining a lot and besides, I did see those warnings regarding strong winds and stormy seas so I guess under such conditions, the fishermen could not go out to sea. She seemed to be doing all right, lots of fish that day and I still have my stock of prawns that I bought from her not too long ago, enough to last till after Chinese New Year so I did not want to buy anything else that morning, other than the bak chi’.

I saw her taking out one of the huge storage styrofoam containers and opening it and I was stunned when she put a packet of this…

…in my bag with my fish. “For you, for Chinese New Year!” she said.

Oh dear!!! I thought that was so embarrassing but she insisted and would not take “no” for an answer. Left with no choice, I just said thank you so much and took it home – perhaps, we shall have that for our Chinese New Year’s Eve Reunion dinner, may the Good Lord bless her and all her loved ones abundantly in the year ahead. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

The fish & seafood stall is located to the right of CCL FRESH MINI MARKET against the wall at that end of the block to the right of the Grand Wonderful Hotel (2.309601, 111.845163) along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai (formerly Jalan Pedada).

I couldn’t believe my eyes…

I had just finished my lunch yesterday so I went upstairs like what I would do every day for my afternoon siesta. However, before I could doze off, I heard a car stopping at our gate so I got up and went to the window to have a look.

I saw a young man passing a HUGE box…

…to my missus.

I quickly went downstairs to see what that was. “It’s from Noodle House lǎo bǎn/老板 (boss)…

…the guy said,” my missus told me.

Gosh!!! “That must be from Anthony of Nica Plus,” I said. He gave me this awesome gift of gelato mooncakes and gelato for the Mooncake Festival in September last year.

I opened the specially-designed gift box to look at what was inside and I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all those packs of awesome pre-marinated ready-to-grill/cook dishes that he had given me.

There were two packs of this rosemary & garlic lamb…

…and two of this kambing perap istimewa (special marinated lamb)…

…as well.

There were also two each of the teriyaki chicken wings…

…and two of the honey chicken wings…

Other than the aforementioned, there was a pack of kung pao chicken…

…and these Malaysian delights, the beef rendang

…the daging masak hitam

…and the curry chicken…

…and there were two bottles of their own-made sambal

…some more. Gosh!

Like what I said when I shared these photographs on Facebook, “I must have done a lot of good deeds in my previous life to deserve all these awesome pre-marinated goodies!” Now, it sure looks like we do not have to cook anything for our reunion dinner anymore – we can just pick what we like and grill and serve…and I am pretty sure there will be some that we can keep for Chap Goh Meh as well.

My friend, Yan, commented on my Facebook post. She said, “Just hopped over. Very reasonably priced!” She must have checked out their post on this on their Facebook page – the CNY 2022 Family Prosperity Set is only RM168 and all that I got (minus the two bottles of sambal) is their CNY 2022 Family Premium set, RM228 only. Wowwwww!!!! I must say that I agree wholeheartedly with my friend, so reasonably priced indeed!

Honestly, I really can’t thank you enough, Anthony Ting, for your very generous gift for Chinese New Year. May you and all at Nica Plus, Nica Gelateria and Noodle House be abundantly blessed with lots of happiness, good fortune & prosperity in The Year of the Tiger!!! Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!

NICA+ or NICA PLUS (2.296883,111.825859) as it is called, is located at No, 18 & 20 Lorong Intan 6, on the ground floor of the block of shops to the right of the Old Sing Kwong Supermarket (Kin Orient Plaza) along Jalan Tun Abang Hj Openg, directly below the Kimchee Korean Bar.BQ restaurant on the first floor. For orders and inquiries, please WhatsApp Nica Plus https://wa.me/60167945449.

Another one bites the dust…

In my previous post, I mentioned that many stalls at the coffee shops in the Rejang Park commercial centre here have closed down. Looking around, it seemed that only the kampua mee stalls are left standing.

This shop…

…is no exception.

I was somewhat surprised that the bakery has called it a day and wrapped up its business completely. I used to go and buy their very nice butter biscuits and their ham & sour cream rolls were pretty good too even though in my opinion, the ones from Xiao Pao Wang in Padungan, Kuching had a slight edge over those here. Ah well! As they say, beggars can’t be choosers!

The kitchen at the back seemed to be closed too, all dark, no life whatsoever. All that was left was the kampua mee stall in front and the steamer by the side full of steamed paos.

I did try their paos a long time ago in 2010, only RM1.70 each at the time and again in 2014, still RM1.70 each then but I could not remember as to whether they were any good or not. That was why I decided to buy a few to give it a try.

According to the lady who came to talk to me, these (RM2.30 each)…

…were made by the lady boss, the lǎo bǎn niáng (老板娘 ) who also made the vegetable paos and another one, I can’t remember what that was now. The rest of the buns in the steamer were sourced by the boss from somewhere else – some other people made those and they just took from them to sell.

I tried one…

…and I found that the filling was all minced meat compressed into a lump…

…with a bit of egg in it, like those that my sister gave me the other day.

Yes, it…

…was nice but I prefer the ones from my sister but those were RM2.70 each. The ones here are very much cheaper.

I guess at the end of the day, it will boil down to where I would be and which would be more convenient for me to buy, no need to go out of my way to do that.

MASTER BAKERY CAFE (2.306820, 111.836234) is located in the main block of shops facing the main road at No. 26, Jalan Teruntum among the shops at the Rejang Park Commercial Centre here.