Buy it…

I went to the mini-market right next door to this coffee shop in the vicinity of the Delta Mall here to buy these gluten-free soy sauces…

Gluten-free soy sauces

…for my girl. They did buy the made-in-Taiwan ones, the thick and the light (left) versions and they were pretty good. It seems that the place is open only in the morning till around 11.00 a.m. and since I was going somewhere around there that day, my missus asked me to get another bottle of the latter as we were running out of it.

I did buy the Shoyu from there before and I noticed that the same manufacturer had come out with their own Tamari sauce. We’ve tried another brand, the Tamari sauce, before and it was all right, just that it wasn’t anything like the regular soy sauces that we are used to. That was why I decided to buy this one to try.

Having made my purchases, I made my way back to the car and I passed by the coffee shop again. I saw the kampua mee guy…

Wan Long Cafe kampua mee guy

…preparing something with a whole lot of pork liver and he told me it was his Sarawak laksa and some customer requested for the liver to be added. He asked me if I wanted to give it a try and looking at the broth…

Wan Long Cafe Sarawak laksa broth

…in the pot, I thought it looked good so I ordered a bowl (RM5.00)…

Wan Long Cafe Sarawak laksa

…but no, I did not ask for the liver.

It turned out to be very nice…

Wan Long Cafe Sarawak laksa & kopi-o-peng

No, it did not quite taste like the authentic Sarawak or Kuching laksa nor did it taste like curry mee. Other than that, it did not have those small boiled prawns and shredded chicken. I did not mind going without the prawns and I would go for the slices of char siew anytime in place of the usual somewhat bland strips of chicken.

I would say it had its own taste and I did like it a lot – I sure would not mind dropping by for it again…and the coffee I had there was good too.

WAN LONG CAFE (2.312977, 111.847257) is located past Delta Mall, if you are coming from town, at the corner among the shops at the junction of Jalan Gambir and Jalan Pedada.

It’s your birthday…

September 11th, 911 for short, is a significant date that will never be forgotten and it happened to be my mum’s birthday as well – she would have been 88 this year.

We had to send my girl back to her school in the jungle that day after the extra long weekend so we left the house earlier than usual to stop by my parents’ resting place…

Mum's birthday, 2018

…along the way to offer flowers and prayers and wish her a Happy Birthday.

Normally we would have our lunch first but that day, we agreed to stop by the shop here in Selangau Bazaar for that.

We had their bitter gourd omelette…

Hua Kee, Selangau bitter gourd omelette 1

…which was all right…

Hua Kee, Selangau bitter gourd omelette 2

…and though the cangkuk manis with egg…

Hua Kee, Selangau cangkuk manis with egg

…was kind of watery, it was good too.

I asked for the bawal hitam (black pomfret) to be just deep fried like that, no flour, no sauce, nothing and this was what we got (RM18.00)…

Hua Kee, Selangau deep fried or chio

They got it right the first time but the 2nd time, they coated it with flour prior to frying and thankfully, it was tapioca, not wheat. This time around, they sprinkled some soy sauce over it and I was quite pissed off by how they could not stick to my specific instructions. We quickly removed the skin and the soy sauce on the outside so my girl was able to eat the soy sauce-free inside of the fish.

The total for the food and the rice for three came up to over RM30.00 only but I think the next time, I would just cook myself or buy some dishes from somewhere and bring the food and rice in a  tiffin carrier to heat up and eat at my girl’s quarters when we get there.

Not around…

We went to the early morning mass last Sunday instead of our usual sunset service as we went out for dinner the night before with my cousin and hubby and family and we headed for breakfast after that.

I enjoyed the chapati that the boss, Guna, gave to me to let me try that day and I did say in my post on it that I would go back for more so we went back to the place and I ordered two pieces (RM2.00 each)…

Sri Pelita chapati with curry gravy

…which were served with curry gravy. I did ask but they did not have the very nice chicken rendang that I had that day so I just left it to them to give me whatever they wanted to go with the bread.

My girl, of course, wanted the gluten-free thosai (RM2.50)…

Sri Pelita thosai

…and she was also given the curry gravy to eat it with but later, they brought the chutney and the dhal dips…

Sri Pelita chutney & dhal dip

I did not think much of the latter – that was why I stuck to the curry gravy and if you are wondering how I ate my chapati, first, I cut a bite-size piece of it and rolled it up before placing it in the gravy…

Dipping in the gravy

…and then I bathed it with the gravy…

Bathed completely with the gravy

…before eating it. So is that celup or banjir, Merryn?

They have a new guy now, making the roti canai and stuff…

New roti canai guy

…and their regular Indian guy, the friendly handsome one, was not around. I was told that he had gone back to India on a three-month holiday. Gosh!!! That sure is a very long break.

My missus had their halal kampua noodles…

Sri Pelita halal kampua, chicken

…and even though she asked for beef, they gave her chicken instead…and yes, she forgot to tell them she wanted the white version, not the one with dark soy sauce but of course, she did not forget to tell them she wanted the noodles tossed in chili sauce and they did get that right.

In the meantime, I spotted this…

Sri Pelita chicken liver

…in the food cabinet – chicken liver! Needless to say, I simply MUST have that so I tapao-ed RM5.00 and I got quite a lot, enough for two meals, at least and yes, it sure was so so good!

Guna was not around either, the missus said he was at their other outlet at Permai…and she collected RM20.00 from me for all the aforementioned and also our drinks.

SRI PELITA CAFE (2.293579, 111.820700) is located along Lorong Kampung Datu 11, off Jalan Kampung Datu, the first shop in the block to the right of Paramount Hotel.

Before I leave…

Every week, before I leave for my girl’s school in the jungle to get her and bring her home, I would go and buy something for our lunch there. In the past, when she used to hitch a ride with one of her colleagues, she would leave right away after lessons ended for the day and would go hungry till she reached home at around 2 or 3 p.m. or at times, even later…and all she had had all day would probably be that one half-boiled egg for breakfast in the morning.

Because it is usually on a Friday, our no-meat day, that would make it a bit more difficult…plus I would have to make sure it is gluten-free, no wheat flour, no soy sauce, no tomato sauce.

The Sarawak/Kuching laksa here

Thomson Corner Sarawak/Kuching laksa

…is fine as long as I remember to tell them that we do not want the shredded chicken which hasn’t much taste, anyway, something we can do without.

I’ve bought the very nice nasi lemak from here

Bandong Walk nasi lemak

…before and my girl loves the sambal sotong but I have a feeling she is not really into nasi lemak and more often than not, she would finish the sambal and I would have to eat up what’s left so nothing goes to waste.

I’ve never bought this here

101 chao chai hung ngang

…nor this here

Tom yam hung ngang

…before but I am pretty sure that it would not be a problem and of course, I would have to ask them to leave out the meat. However, I would also need to get them to pack the soup/broth and noodles separately and we can easily heat up the former when we get there and pour onto the latter so we can enjoy it piping hot.

I guess there is no meat nor soy sauce in the sambal bihun here

Happiness Cafe sambal bihun

…so that is another option, minus the lap cheong (Chinese sausage), of course, and with specific instructions not to add any soy sauce.

Well, last Friday, I went and bought the nasi biryani

Sri Pelita nasi biryani

…with fish curry (RM8.00 in total)…

Sri Pelita fish curry

from here and she did enjoy it but she could barely manage half of it. Yes, I did think there was quite a lot, enough to be shared by two, plus coming back straight from class, one would be hot and tired and would not have an appetite to eat all that much.

While I was there, the nice and generous boss, Guna, gave me this…

Sri Pelita chapati and chicken rendang

…to take home and try, their chapati

Sri Pelita chapati

…with the very nice and spicy chicken rendang

Sri Pelita chicken rendang

Of course I did not eat it that day, not on a Friday, so I saved it and heated it up for breakfast the next morning and boy, it was really very good.

I remember I saw the chef/cook eating that and enjoying it himself once and I had always wanted to go back there again for this but I never did. I sure would love to drop by there again one morning for this.

SRI PELITA CAFE (2.293579, 111.820700) is located along Lorong Kampung Datu 11, off Jalan Kampung Datu, the first shop in the block to the right of Paramount Hotel.

Waiting for Saturday…

My missus and I dropped by here last Monday for lunch as we were thinking of having their nasi kerabu that we had not have had for sometime now but unfortunately, we were informed that they no longer served that every day, only on Saturdays.

That probably explained why the place was quite empty…

Empty

…even though it was already noon. Obviously, their nasi kerabu was the main draw, drawing crowds there by the droves at any time of day. I really wonder why they would want to stop betting on a winning horse – maybe a lot of work would be involved so they decided to cut it down to just once a week.

I noticed that they had some new items on their menu…

New on their menu

…and I certainly would give the one concerned top marks for his or her beautiful handwriting on the little blackboards.

I had nasi kak wok (RM5.00)…

Warong Cafe nasi kak wok

…before but not here and no, I certainly was not impressed so it got me wondering why there was such a long queue at the stall at the bazaar every day during the month of Ramadan. Personally, I would think the nasi kuning ayam berempah would be heaps nicer but since they had it here, I decided to give it a try…

Chicken

…and no, I still could not see what the attraction was. Whatever they used to marinate the chicken prior to frying did not seem to make a difference and they could have been a lot more generous with the sambal cili

Sambal

The somewhat diluted fish curry gravy was, at best, just so-so but it sure helped to make the otherwise rather dry dish a bit more palatable.

My missus had their tomato rice with ayam masak merah (RM7.50)…

Nasi tomato ayam masak merah

…which we thought was quite all right, not anything to get us running back for more but I would rate it a lot higher than the nasi kak wok that I had.

I have tried quite a lot of the items on their menu here and yes, there had been a few that I truly enjoyed and would not mind having again but I honestly do not think these two made the grade…and I guess should anyone want to drop by here for their nasi kerabu, they will just have to wait till Saturday.

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.

Say amen (Saturday night)…

We used to go to the sunset mass at 7.00 p.m. at a church here every Saturday night unless we had something on in which case we would go to the 7.30 a.m. early morning service the next day before sending my girl back to her school in the jungle. To do that, we would have an early dinner at around 5 after which we would bathe and change and get ready, and past 6.00 p.m., we would be on our way.

However, these days, we have been going to the novena at 6.00 p.m. and having our dinner before 5.00 p.m. would be way too early. That is why we have decided that we would go for dinner at 8 something instead, after the service…and that was what we did last Saturday and this regular place of ours is a convenient stop as it is on the way back to our house.

My girl had her favourite here, the lamb chop (RM14.50)…

Colourful Cafe lamb chop

…and she got one big slab of the meat…

Generous piece of lamb

…with black pepper sauce while the mum had her usual fried kway teow (RM4.50).

I had the fried rice with masak hitam beef (RM8.00)…

Colourful Cafe fried rice with masak hitam beef

…and that somewhat disastrous-looking fried egg on top…

Fried egg, fail!

…but thankfully, the yolk was still soft and runny so never mind the look, it was to my liking even though I am very sure the guy is quite capable of doing a much better job at it like this one that I had here before…

Perf-egg

I guess it was because there were a lot of people even though it was already quite late already (and I did see some people from the church there as well).

I don’t know whether it was because it was running late and I was extra hungry but the fried rice…

Colourful Cafe fried rice

…tasted so so good and I did help myself to some of my girl’s crinkle-cut potato chips and that tasted so good too!

After we had finished our dinner, just before we were about to leave, I saw the guy cooking this…

Yee mee & kway teow

– crispy deep-fried yee mee and ying yong kway teow, after which he cooked the tomato sauce-based gravy and poured it all over the noodles…

Tomato-sauce gravy

…but unfortunately, that is not on his regular menu. He was cooking that for his family and staff for their dinner. Good grief! And there I was thinking that my dinner was rather late already!

I did try a bit but I did not fancy the tomato sauce in the gravy. I think I would very much prefer that with the plain wat tan hor egg gravy…like the Cantonese fried (deep-fried crispy) noodles that I used to go for at PJ Old Town in the mid-80’s.

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.

Lot more…

We went to the early morning service on Sunday and after that, I asked my girl where she wanted to go for brunch. She wanted something soupy and had the bitter gourd bihun (RM4.50)…

Colourful Cafe bitter gourd bihun

here in mind so of course, that was where we headed to.

I’ve tried that before and yes, I thought it was very nice with its clear soup but I sure wouldn’t mind some minced pork like those elsewhere. You do not get that here, of course, as this is a pork-free place and all you will get are those thin shreds of chicken.

The mum stuck to her favourite, the fried kway teow (RM4.50)…

Colourful Cafe fried kway teow

…while I had the nasi lemak (RM4.50)…

Colourful Cafe nasi lemak 1

No, this is not my favourite in town – there is only a slight hint of the lemak-ness (richness owing to the santan/coconut milk added). However, I do enjoy the one here as I would usually request for the curry chicken/beef or masak hitam beef to go with it. Even without those, it is still very nice as they are very generous with the very nice sambal

Colourful Cafe nasi lemak 2

Here, you will get a lot more unlike at many of the Malay shops and stalls where all you will get is a tablespoon of it placed on top of a slice of cucumber and they will usually give two – you get three slices here. Even at my favourite in town, I will always have to nudge the guy a bit, “Tambah sikit (add a bit more)!”

Soon after having had our fill, we would have to go back to the house and get all the things, all the bottles of water, the food rations for the week and so on and so forth before we make our way to my girl’s school in the jungle. We would not be eating anything else for lunch so to make sure we would not go hungry, I ordered these sticks of chicken satay (RM2.00 per stick)…

Colourful Cafe chicken satay

…to share.

Gosh!!! The place was so very crowded, full house – it is pretty obvious that everyone likes what is served here, never mind that it may be a bit more expensive – the fried noodles, for instance, cost 50 sen more than most other places.

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.