Not surprised…

The other day, my girl wanted the thosai masala (RM3.50)…

Curry House thosai masala 1

here – she enjoys it a lot. Inside, there are some potatoes mixed with bits of their chicken masala from here…

Curry House choices

…and the mum wanted the same…

Curry House thosai masala 2

…so they both had that, one each.

I was drawn to what they had for their nasi campur (mixed rice), all the lovely looking curries but this time, unlike the first time we were here, I was prepared to fork out quite a bit of money when I picked these…

Curry House nasi campur, my picks 1

…to go with the rice.

The beef liver…

Curry House beef liver

…(or was it chicken?) looked so good and I had a tough time resisting the temptation to add that to my plate of rice, hardly visible already with my picks of two meat and two vegetables.

Of course, I was not surprised that the total came up to RM14.50, RM5.00 for the beautiful mutton curry (though my girl was not as impressed – she placed it third after the one here and also the one here), RM4.00 for the sotong (squid) curry, RM2.00 for the aforementioned potatoes and RM2.00 for the cangkuk manis and pumpkin…plus RM1.50 for the rice.

That sure is a lot of money for something in a regular coffee shop setting, nothing fancy, nothing grand and actually, we can get something cheaper or for around that same price or a bit more in some more comfortable, more impressive café or restaurant here…and enjoy it just as much.

Never mind! I knew that was coming so I was not in the least surprised and what mattered most as the fact that I did enjoy all that I picked. I think I scooped more of everything and luckily I was not charged double for each of the items…

Curry House nasi campur 2

– I think normally, we will not be given that much. There should be a bit more of the curries than what you can see in the snapshots but I had already started eating before I remembered that I had not taken the photograph. They looked so good, you see, so I could not wait to dive straight in.

It certainly was consoling when I shared this on Facebook and a friend in Kuala Lumpur said that it was cheap – over there, that would come up to over RM20.00. Gosh!!!!

So will we be going back there again? Well, I would say yes, we would definitely go back again for their very nice thosai masala…and perhaps, if I restrain from taking so much with my rice, beef, chicken and fish being cheaper than mutton, just one meat and vegetable, the total that I would need to pay would not be that shocking. LOL!!!

CURRY HOUSE (2.304051, 111.848937) is located along Lorong Pahlawan 7B/3, the lane heading straight towards the Sibu Bus Terminal, on the right.

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Two doors down…

Two doors down from this coffee shop…

Syarikat Kiong Chuong Cafe

…is a TOTO shop so every week, I would pass by here to go and try my luck.

It has been around for a long long time and I do know there is a chu char stall that is very nice. I can recall dropping by here for the Foochow fried noodles and as far as I can remember, it was very good. The problem is I always go so very early in the morning and it is still closed or we would be around the vicinity on Tuesdays and it looks like that is their day off.

The kampua mee stall…

Kiong Chuong Cafe kampua mee stall

…in front would be the only one going full swing already that early in the morning and last Saturday morning, I decided to stop by and give it a try.

I had the mee, of course…

Kiong Chuong Cafe kampua mee 1

…and yes, it was all right, nice enough for anyone around there who feels like having it…

Kiong Chuong Cafe kampua mee 2

I also ordered their liver soup…

Kiong Chuong Cafe liver soup 1

…and I thought it was good, better than some that I have tried elsewhere – lots of ginger and the traditional Foochow red wine…

Kiong Chuong Cafe liver soup 2

…but I do think the one here has an edge over it.

I was in for a pleasant surprise when I asked for the total and was told that it was only RM5.80, RM2.80 for the noodles and only RM3.00 for the big bowl of liver soup. The aforementioned one that I said was nicer was RM3.50 for a very small bowl and that was in 2015 – I don’t know how much that would cost now.

Well, if you’re wondering if I struck it rich, no, I didn’t…unfortunately but I did get enough to go for another round of the kampua mee and liver soup and still have 20 sen change. Hehehehehe!!!

SYARIKAT KIONG CHUONG CAFE (2.291062, 111.827381) is located along Jalan Kampung Nyabor at the bend where one turns into Brooke Drive, a stone’s throw from Malaysia Hotel in the next block.

Slow hands…

Be forewarned that you may need to wait for a very long time if you drop by here. They are indeed very slow.

The only thing that will be served very quickly will be their nasi kerabu which will be on your table almost instantly. I guess everything is ready so they will just have to put everything together in a plate and bring it out.

We dropped by there again last Friday and my missus wanted their nasi kerabu ayam percik (RM6.50)…

Warong Cafe nasi kerabu ayam percik 1

…which came out in no time at all…

Warong Cafe nasi kerabu ayam percik 2

Now THAT is the kind of ayam percik that I am more familiar with, with a bit of gravy, not dry like the one here, and yes, it was very nice. My missus sure enjoyed it and kept singing praises of it.

However, we had to wait quite a bit for the drinks but not as long as my order, their mee mamak seafood (RM6.50)…

Warong Cafe mee mamak seafood

It took like forever and thank goodness, it was nice with lots of prawns…

Warong Cafe mee mamak seafood, prawns

…and sotong (squid)…

Warong Cafe mee mamak seafood, sotong

…definitely heaps nicer than what my missus had here and it is cheaper too but if I had to wait THAT long, I sure would not want to order that ever again. After all, seeing how they are both priced the same and I do think the nasi kerabu is nicer, RM6.00 only for the one with fish, I would just stick to the latter, thank you very much.

A friend did drop by for the nasi kerabu kambing bakar but she felt the meat was not really tender and her friend said she could detect the smell of gas and assumed that they grilled it over the gas stove, not over hot burning charcoal. If that is the case, I think I will not bother to give that a try.

I saw a lot of other customers having their noodle dishes and also their fried rice. I guess they did not mind the long wait except for one lady in a group – I don’t know what she wanted but she must have been quite pissed off so she went and cancelled her order.

They even took quite a bit of time in their calculations using a calculator – I kept telling them the total, RM19.00 – RM6.50 X 2 plus RM3.00 X 2 for our drinks. I could work it out mentally so very fast and easily too but no, either they are extra careful or they have very slow hands…

WARONG CAFE (2.318841, 111.831732), formerly Sri Tanjung Cafe, is located among the shops in between Jalan Tapang and Jalan Tapang Timur towards the end of Jalan Kampung Nangka – RTM Sibu is located right across the road on the right.

If you could read my mind…

We had to drive all the way…

Batu 36 Sibu-Selangau Road

to my girl’s school the other day, Wednesday, to bring her back to town as she had some business to attend to over the following few days.

I decided to buy some chicken rice for her lunch so we stopped by here

Chopsticks sign

…and since we were there, we thought that we might as well have a bite to eat for brunch and we would not need to worry about lunch later.

It was a little too early for rice so we opted for something else from one of the stalls there. I had something from these Indonesian ladies before but no, I was not at all impressed. Well, they are still around after all this time and they seemed to enjoy very good business. I saw some people eating what they dished out and they all looked pretty good. That was why we decided to give them another try.

I ordered the fried kway teow with cockles (RM6.00)…

Chopsticks fried kway teow with cockles

…not remembering that I did have it that first and last time around. It sure looked nicer than before and it tasted all right too, just that the cockles were barely visible to the naked eye.

My missus asked for the mee goreng (RM5.00) but got the mee goreng seafood with kangkong (RM7.00)…

Chopsticks mee goreng seafood with kangkong

…instead. It tasted great – I could detect the prawn stock used in the cooking but unfortunately, it had way too much msg, so much so that my missus could not finish all of it.

I walked around and saw this…

Chopsticks sign at stall

…at one of the stalls. Now, that’s a word that I did not know but I could guess it would be one of those “spare parts” and I was right. I wonder what it is called in Chinese or Malay though…and my oh my! The “pork leg vinegar with rice” sure is pricey here, RM11.00, mind you! I just had that not too long ago for around RM7-8.00.

My girl was delighted that I got her the chicken rice, drumstick, with siew yoke (roast pork) added (RM6.00)…

Chopsticks chicken drumstick rice with siew yoke

…with specific instructions not to pour any sauces or whatever all over it. She told me that she was thinking of asking me to buy that or the curry beef with rice from here that she liked a lot too and as a matter of fact, I was contemplating on getting her that as well and since she did say the other day that she was cutting down on spicy stuff, in the end, I decided against it. Gee!!! It does look like I could read her mind, eh?

I also bought two packets of the chicken drumstick rice plus one stewed egg (RM5.50)…

Chopsticks chicken drumstick rice with stewed egg

…for her colleagues, the two sharing the same unit with my girl at the teachers’ quarters in her school.

We made our way back after she had had her lunch and got into town some one and half to two hours later and I stopped by here as we did drop by not too long ago and we wanted the sotong kangkong (RM9.50 now, up by 50 sen)…

Sibu Thomson Corner sotong kangkong

…but it was not available. I knew my girl would like that and true enough, she was! See! I told you I could read her mind like the back of my hand.

I had the ngor mee th’ng or bubur buang panas in Malay (RM3.30)…

Sibu Thomson Corner ngor mee th'ng

…that I recently saw somebody having and I made up my mind there and then that I would want to give it a try at the earliest opportunity I would get. Yes, it was good, just like the one we used to enjoy during my teenage days but they demolished all the stalls in the area to build the Sibu Central Market and I don’t know if the guy is still around doing this same busines anymore or not.

My girl had the ang tao peng (iced red bean), RM3.50 and the mum had the cendol without the red beans (RM3.50). For reasons unknown, eating red beans or the paste (or tau sar) would send her head spinning.

After that brief pit-stop, we went on our way home.

CHOPSTICKS CHICKEN & RICE (2.312434, 111.845917) is located in the Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada area of shops, facing the church along Lorong Taman Seduan 8, off Jalan Gambir and SIBU THOMSON CORNER (2.296517, 111.840710) is located at Pusat Tanahwang, right across the road from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Oya Road.

If that’s what you want…

My friend would share on Facebook/Instagram photos of the Sarawak laksa he would go for at the kueh chap/bak kut teh stall…

Kopitiam Fantasy stalls

…here, the second one after the kampua mee stall (not in the photograph) in front. The third stall was where my missus had the very nice fried kway teow on our previous visit recently.

The lady will only have the Sarawak laksa once a week on Tuesdays and since that was what my missus wanted, I let her have a go at it (RM5.50)…

Kopitiam Fantasy Sarawak laksa 1

My friend would always go for the special (RM11.00) and he would get all those innards that one would get in a bowl of kueh chap. My missus did not want that.

The Sarawak laksa was nice…

Kopitiam Fantasy Sarawak laksa 2

…that much we would say, not quite like the celebrated ones in Kuching, and in our opinion, nowhere near our favourite here.

Since my missus was having that, I went back to the stall where I had the Taiwan sausage that day. It turned out that I made a mistake in the post – I said that the sausage was just RM1.00 but I saw that it was actually RM4.50 each! I’ve since edited the price in the aforementioned post. The ngor hiang or what they call mini wu xiang on their menu on display were selling for RM1.00 each but they did not look all that enticing so I did not want to order any to try.

This time around, I asked for their sour duck rice (RM7.00)…

Kopitiam Fantasy sour duck rice

– the traditional Cantonese delight and yes, it was very good and if I am not wrong, there was minced salted vegetable or chao chai (preserved vegetable) in it…

Kopitiam Fantasy sour duck

…and that  helped enhance the taste a great deal. I would say I enjoyed it a lot more than the black vinegar pork leg rice from this same stall that I had before and I wouldn’t mind going for it again if I happen to drop by here some other day.

KOPITIAM FANTASY, otherwise popularly known as Tiam Tiam Lai (2.292435, 111.835066), is located among the shops in the Jalan Chew Siik Hiong area of shops behind the Rejang Medical Centre, right beside The Green House, facing Jalan Mahsuri.

One day after another…

We have not been here for a long long time as it used to be very crowded and we thought the food was not all that great when we dropped by the first time but there were hits and misses on our second and third visits and when we went there again for the third time, we liked the beef noodles at a stall there – some said she was the sister or somebody related to the guy here, our favourite beef noodles place in town…and I think we went there for the last time for the char kway teow that we used to enjoy a lot before when they were some place else but that time around, we were not all that impressed so we never went back again.

The aforementioned beef noodles stall is no longer there and in its place now, there is this kampua mee stall…

Bateras Food Court Weison kampua stall

…which used to be here and I noticed it was enjoying brisk business at its former location though I did not get to try anything there.

That morning, my missus ordered their pian sip, dry (RM2.80)…

Bateras Food Court pian sip

…and she asked for the dumplings to be tossed in chili sauce. Personally, I did not think it looked all that great but she said it was nice.

I ordered the stewed pork leg rice (RM7.00)…

Bateras Food Court stewed pork leg rice

…from this stall…

Bateras Food Court stewed pork leg stall

…and it turned out that it was actually black vinegar pork leg. It was good and at least, I got a whole lot of meat compared to what I got here and there was an egg too…

Bateras Food Court black vinegar pork leg

…though I was wishing that they had stewed it along with the meat so it would be nicely browned, not freshly cooked and all white like this.

I saw this…

Bateras Food Court mantao with stewed pork belly 1

…at this stall…

Bateras Food Court mantao stall

…and I could not resist ordering it (RM4.50)…

Bateras Food Court mantao with stewed pork belly 2

…as well and yes, it was very nice. For one thing, it worked out to only RM1.50 each which can be considered as very cheap compared to the steamed bak paos (meat buns) in town at prices ranging from RM2.00 and above, usually with some minced meat filling and they may not be all that nice. There is also the stewed pork with mui choy (preserved vegetables), RM5.00 per set but I did not order that. Another time, perhaps. I was quite put off at this place that night when for reasons unknown, they refused to serve us mantao with the mui choy stewed pork. Well, let them do as they please – I can always come here for it anytime I feel like eating that…and it is a whole lot cheaper here too!!!

As we were leaving, I saw the sambal sotong nasi lemak photograph at this stall…

Bateras Food Court The Westernian's

…and I thought it looked really good. So, the very next day, we came back here again and of course, I ordered that (RM7.00)…

Bateras Food Court sambal sotong nasi lemak

…but the only saving grace was how they fried the egg the traditional way with all that golden fringe and I do like it this way. The rice was all right, not really lemak but at least, it was not hard and dry. Unfortunately, the sotong (squid)…

Bateras Food Court sambal sotong

…did not taste all that great. I had expected it to taste like the usual nasi lemak sambal but no, it was completely different and at best, I would say it was o.k. and I did not think it was anything I would go back for again.

Incidentally, is there such a word as “westernian“? And other than that, actually, I was wondering about that halal bit too.

My missus went to the chu char place at the back…

Bateras Food Court chu char

…and ordered this plate of Foochow fried noodles (RM4.00)…

Bateras Food Court Foochow fried noodles

…and she said it was quite good even though it did not have that coveted wok hei fragrance.

The food court is not as crowded as when they first opened – in fact, I thought it was rather quiet or maybe at past 11, we were a little too late for breakfast and 10 o’ clock tea and a bit too early for lunch.

BATERAS FOOD COURT (2.297349, 111.824644) is located among the shops opposite Kin Orient Plaza (where the “old’ Sing Kwong Supermarket is) along Jalan Tun Abg Hj Openg, right after Coffee Code and Gabriel’s Recipe, immediately before Kampung Grandma.

Don’t look…

In Hokkien, we say. “Bak chew ching phai!” That literally means that the eyes are very bad and it refers to cases where we see something and we want it so much that in the end, we end up buying it even though we do not need it at all and it ends up being dumped somewhere in the house. What a  waste!

Well, I was here

Warong Cafe

…the other day and I saw them serving the nasi ayam penyet (clobbered chicken rice) that somebody had ordered. I thought it looked very nice and I made up my mind there and then that I would come back and give it a try…and I did!

My missus went into the shop ahead of me and she saw some people having their Sarawak laksa and she thought it looked very good so she wanted that too (RM5.00)…

Warong Cafe Sarawak laksa 1

It was nice, nicer than the one here or here, that’s for sure but there wasn’t much of the coveted laksa taste. I wonder what sambal laksa they use. There was just one prawn but that was a big one – we did go to our favourite place in town for this not too long ago and though it was good, there were only two tiny shrimps now. There was an egg in this one too, some fish cake and tofu and a lot of the shredded chicken…

Warong Cafe Sarawak laksa 2

…and it was cheaper than all those other places.

My missus said that what she was served looked different from the ones she saw. Well, they probably had the special – with the very much bigger udang galah (freshwater prawns). Of course, if you choose to have that, you will have to pay quite a bit more though I do not know how much as I did not bother to ask nor look it up in their menu.

Of course, I stuck steadfastly to my decision – to try their nasi ayam penyet (RM8.00)…

Warong Cafe nasi ayam penyet 1

Yes, it was good even though I got a slab of breast meat and I did not really mind. It came with a bowl of complimentary soup and that sambal with a wedge of lime in it was very very spicy and I loved it!

Yes, there were the piece of tempeh and fried tofu

Warong Cafe nasi ayam penyet 2

…too. I remember they went MIA (missing in action) at this place here even though they had them in the photograph they had on display.

I did enjoy what I had that day…

Warong Cafe nasi ayam penyet 3

…but considering the higher price and how I enjoyed their nasi kerabu a lot more, I think I would rather have that the next time we drop by here again…and no, we will not look at what the people at the other tables are having anymore. LOL!!!

WARONG CAFE (2.318841, 111.831732), formerly Sri Tanjung Cafe, is located among the shops in between Jalan Tapang and Jalan Tapang Timur towards the end of Jalan Kampung Nangka – RTM Sibu is located right across the road on the right. It faces the open space where the Sibu inter-town bus terminal was a long time ago and the stalls at Taman Harmoni were operating temporarily here while the hawker centre was under renovation.