I have a few photographs, a little bit of this and a little bit of that, that I’ve not shared so I have decided to do that in today’s post.

When my brother and his daughter, and a cousin from KL, were in town, I did drop by here

Ah Sian Beef Noodle Cafe
*Archive photo*

…to buy the kampua noodles for them to enjoy and yes, they were very good and everyone loved it!

Usually, we would not go there for their kampua mee per se but we would go for their very nice kampua kosong (without meat)…

Ah Sian kampua kosong
*Archive photo*

…and their most delightful beef soup with the meat, tripe and tendon…

Ah Sian beef soup special


While I was there that day, I noticed that they have taken over that shop next door now…

Ah Sian New Cafe

– so far, many have opened theirs next door including the chicken rice franchise in that first photograph above and this so-called  nyonya place that did not really tickle my fancy and we never went back there again but they all closed down eventually.

My niece – my brother-in-law’s daughter, the one working in Singapore, was home for Chap Goh Meh but with my mum in the medical centre at the time, we did not even get to meet, much less, go out for dinner together. She brought me some Cedele cakes, her favourite in Singapore and I loved the very nice orange cake while the lemon was all right – the icing on top was rather sweet and the cake tasted like…lemon, not something that would get me all excited. So far, my favourites were their carrot cake and also a Gula Melaka one.

She also brought back these special potato chips…

Potato chips from Singapore

…for my girl but the Hainanese chicken rice one was not gluten-free. My girl loved the Singapore laksa and I did try a few pieces – my, it did taste like it but generally, I am not into these munchies.

In the meantime, we did drop by here for lunch once and my missus had the drumstick and two types of vegetables…

Sri Pelita nasi campur 1

…while I had these…

Sri Pelita nasi campur 2

I had their liver and sambal egg together with two types of vegetables – the bayam (amaranth) and the acar timun.

I was hoping they would have the lovely brinjal or petai (stink beans) or their fried tofu with their out-of-this world sambal but no, they did not have it. It seemed that for whatever reason, those favourites of mine had not been among their selection for quite a while now…and I thought the sambal with the egg tasted somewhat different – in the past, it was a case of one size fits all and whatever they had with sambal, it would all taste the same.

I did not find out the exact prices but for what we had and our drinks, I was charged a very reasonable RM15.00.

AH SIAN BEEF NOODLES (2.293063, 111.826106) is located along Jalan Tuanku Osman in the block of shops right in front of the Public Bank, Tuanku Osman branch, right before the tyre shop and below the Kasturi Restaurant at the other end while  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.


The more you pay…

I certainly do not think that the more you pay, the better you’ll get. There are some rather expensive places, especially those classier trendy joints where the food does not live up to one’s expectations, considering how much one would have to fork out, like those pseudo-western cuisine joints, for instance, where you pay through your nose for something that is a far cry from what you would expect.  On the other hand, there are those simple places where you pay a lot less, minus all the frills and thrills, and yet, you enjoy everything a whole lot more.

Well, last Saturday morning, we went to the cemetery as it was the 7th Day after my mum’s demise and on the way home, my girl said that she would like the thosai masala

Curry House thosai masala 1

here for brunch so we stopped by there along the way and she got to enjoy what she wanted…

Curry House thosai masala 2

…but she said that the potatoes were rather hard, not cooked enough till nice and soft. Maybe it was the potatoes they used – I do not know the names or where they come from but I’ve bought some that are not rich and creamy and tend to be a little on the hard side even after cooking. I did not check the price for the thosai that day so I am not sure whether or not it has gone up from what we used to pay for it, RM3.50.

We had not been here for quite a while and I noticed that they had this tandoori oven…

Curry House tandoori oven

…now but we got there somewhere between 10-11.00 a.m. and were way too early – the guy said that whatever they would cook in the oven would not be available till noon.

My missus and I went for the nasi campur/mixed rice and she had three vegetables with the rice…

Curry House nasi campur 1

– brinjal, bitter gourd and paku (wild jungle fern) and she enjoyed everything to the max because of the level of spiciness in her picks but she was shocked to hear that the total for that was RM7.50, RM2 each for each type of vegetables she took and RM1.50 for the rice. I don’t think she will be in  a hurry to want to come back here again.

I saw the liver…

Curry House liver

…and of course, I simply could not resist it and I also took the sotong (squid)…

Curry House sotong

…and the cangkok manis and pumpkin combination…

Curry House nasi campur 2

The latter was rather bland like they just boiled them like that but even then, those vegetables would be sweet on their own but these that I had were not – they certainly do it a whole lot better elsewhere and as for the other two that I picked, I thought they were nice but considering the way they cook those here, I am of the opinion that I’ve had nicer ones elsewhere…and paid a lot less for the same. Just like what my missus had, mine did not come cheap, RM10.00 in total.

Yes, yes, this was definitely cheaper than some other places but that does not change the fact that what we had was rather pricey for  a place that is nothing more than just a coffee shop, nothing grand, and we can get some similar stuff that are a lot more delightful AND cheaper at some of our local Malay eateries in town.

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

Dirt cheap…

My brother and his daughter were home and while they were here, they sure enjoyed the local delights such as the kampua mee, generally around RM3.00/NZD1.00, and the Foochow fried noodles, around RM4.00 or a little over NZD1.00, and they did not mind having it every day or every other day, not at all. For one thing, they could not believe how cheap everything here is, even without converting into their currency.

I bought them the nasi lemak from here, now RM2.80, a vast difference from what they would have to fork out for the same there, somewhere in the region of NZD15.00 from places like Pappa Rich…and it’s less than NZD1.00 in their currency here.

One evening, my girl wanted the wat tan hor here so we dropped by at that place for dinner and I bought them their very nice satay, RM2.00 a stick for beef and RM1.50 a stick for chicken…

Colourful Cafe satay

…and they enjoyed them to the max. Yes, they can get them there but according to them, theirs are “not quite the same” and of course, a stick of satay for less than NZD1.00 is something quite unheard of over  there.

The serving of the wat tan hor (RM12.50)…

Colourful Cafe wat tan hor

…that my girl had was so big that she had to share it with the mum and even so, they could not finish the whole lot. In the end, we tapao-ed the remaining one-third and no prize for guessing who ate it all up. No, this time around, it wasn’t me! LOL!!!

I also ordered the honey chicken wings (RM9.80)…

Colourful Cafe honey chicken wings

…that my girl also wanted and she had two while the mum finished off the remaining one.

It was quite a struggle for me to finish the fish and chips (RM10.50)…

Colourful Cafe fish & chips

…that I wanted to try. I am not all that fond of Dory so at best, I would say it was as good as any fish and chips around here can get – I would much sooner go for the non-western delights that they have on their menu here. Of course, I did not get this for my brother and his daughter – they have much nicer fish and chips there, with your own pick of the type of fish you want. No, it is not cheap, that goes without saying, but to give credit where credit is due, I did enjoy theirs a lot more.

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.


Little more better…

If this phrase is in Manglish, our Malaysian “mangled” version of the English Language, a close cousin to Singlish (Singapore English), it means that it would be better when there is only a little of something, that being the direct translation from Malay, sikit lebih bagus.

Of course, many would not agree when it comes to food in which case it would be the more, the better like the choices at the chap fan place here…

Hao Ke lai Cafe & Rest
*Archive photo*

…right next to the medical centre where my mum was warded before she passed away. We had to keep vigil at all times so this was a convenient place to go and grab a bite to eat.

Many have sung praises of the wide range of options at the chap fan (mixed rice) stall…

Hao Ke Lai chap fan stall

…at this coffee shop. You get to pick from over a hundred dishes, at least, but to me, the more there is, the more you will want to take and the more you will have to pay…especially for people like me with very low resistance and the tendency to take more than I should.

I did not want the ang chao pork…

Ang chao pork

…and opted for the sweet and sour…

Sweet & sour pork


I also helped myself to the roast pork…

Roast pork

…and the fried cangkuk manis

Cangkuk manis

…and for want of a bit of gravy on my rice, I took the drumstick from their chicken curry…

Chicken curry

A lady stood at the end of the line and I asked how much that would be. She said RM7.00 so I paid her that amount.

I took my seat at the table and ordered my usual kopi-o-peng to wash all that down and the guy, quite obviously the boss, asked for RM9.50 for everything. I told him I had already paid for the rice and he said, RM1.50 then. Huh? Was he asking me for RM8.00 for the chap fan? Ah well! Probably he or the lady had miscalculated – I guess it happens to the best of us and such things do happen sometimes. Ever so often, I paid a ringgit or more extra and thankfully, all those times, the people were honest enough to return the  excess to me.

The food was good but I do wish they would cover the cabinets – I am sure they have those sliding doors and let the customers slide them left or right to get what they want…or have somebody take them off like at the Malay shops when there are customers and put them back again once they are through. There were a lot of flies fluttering around over the food so much so that I was contemplating on going for something else instead.

HAO KE LAI CAFE & REST (2.292095, 111.836698) is located along Lorong Mahsuri 1B, off Jalan Pedada, in the block of shops to the left of the Rejang Medical Centre, main building.


Looks like they were right…

I’ve heard it said that the wat tan hor (fried kway teow/flat noodles with egg sauce/gravy) here…

Champion Corner
*Archive photo*

…is very nice and I did try to drop by a couple of times but it seemed that the stall closed rather early, way before lunch time so I had not had the chance to give it a try.

Well, I did manage to catch them open the other day – they have now moved from their stall on the other side of the coffee shop, assuming they are the same people there, to this one…

Champion Corner fried noodles stall

…that I used to frequent sometime ago for the very nice ethnic nasi campur/mixed rice. For reasons unknown, those people are no longer doing it anymore – as a matter of fact, I don’t even know if they are still running the place selling the pansuh (cooked in bamboo) and all the barbecued stuff in the evening anymore these days.

The people selling the drinks also looked rather different from the ones before, as far as I could remember, but the kopi-o-peng (RM1.60)…

Champion Corner kopi-o-peng

…that I had was all right, not the best in town but it was good enough.

As for the wat tan hor (RM5.00)…

Champion Corner wat tan hor 1

…it certainly looked like they were right about it.

Yes, I would agree that it…

Champion Corner wat tan hor 2

…was pretty good, probably not as nice as the one here but I must say that it came pretty close. Of course, the one at that other place is double the price but then again, the serving is more or less double/triple the size as well and I like how they have the fish slices and a few prawns alongside the Chinese cabbage and bitter gourd and what not in that one there.

CHAMPION CORNER is located at the Fortune Commercial Centre (Lorong Chew Siik Hiong) in that same block of shops as the JIA JIA LOK FOOD CORNER (2.293336, 111.837017), right at the other end, facing the back of the Rejang Medical Centre along Jalan Pedada.



This was that new place…


…that we stopped by to check out not too long ago but they said they did not have much else other than the fried stuff as they would be closing at noon so we adjourned some place else, the coffee shop right at the very end of the two blocks of shops in that area.

I don’t know if they have moved here from some place else where they were operating under a different name as I spotted this…

Melanau Cafe

…on their menu.

It’s a nice place…

DADS interior

…open every day except Thursdays and they have karaoke…

DADS karaoke

…on Saturday nights. Come, Claire, let’s go there and sing our hearts out and bring the house down! LOL!!!

I was wishing they would not turn on the TV…


…though the whole time I was there or at least, they should turn the volume down. Actually, I did notice that when we entered the shop and I had wanted to sit at a table outside but the one right under the ceiling fan was taken. A lady came later and sat at the table beside ours and after a while, I saw her moving to one of the other vacant tables outside. It certainly looked like I was not the only one put off by the what-they-call-music.

Anyway, of course, what is more important is the food. My missus ordered the mee goreng basah (fried noodles, wet/with sauce/gravy) and got this (RM4.00)…

DADS mee mamak

It turned out that that plate of mee mamak was supposed to go to another table and they served it wrongly and there we were, absolutely baffled as to how what was supposed to be basah turned out so kering (dry). They did bring it out a while later but my missus had already started eating so they had to take it back into the kitchen…and cook another plate of mee mamak for whoever ordered that.

I went for the nasi campur (mixed rice)…

DADS nasi campur counter

…even though they did not have that many choices. Still, there was enough for me to pick and choose so I did not have a problem with that at all. I had the fried fish, salted egg (they give the whole egg here – at all other places, you’d get half only and if you take two halves, you’d have to pay double, I guess) and chicken korma

DADS nasi campur 1

…and this very nice bean curd stick and glass noodles dish, masak lemak

DADS nasi campur 2

…and yes, everything was to my liking and I would give them the double thumbs up for not using those horrendously colourful plastic or melamine plates and bowls that shouldn’t be used to serve hot food. I sure wouldn’t mind dropping by here for lunch again.

I went and paid the bill and the total, including my kopi-o-ais (RM1.50) and my missus’ teh tarek (RM2.20), came up to RM13.70 so I gave the guy RM14.00 but he gave me back a ringgit, saying, “Tak apa! Kitak s’lalu datang!” (Never mind! You come here often) Gee!!! I wonder if there is anybody else around here that looks exactly like me. Hehehehehe!!!!

DADS (2.327053, 111.841540) is located along Jalan Teng Chin Hua on your left in the block of shops, the one to the left, before the junction where one can turn left into Jalan Ulu Sg Merah if you are heading towards town, coming from the direction of St Teresa’s Catholic Church and the SIB Church on that same side of the road.


What I said…

When we were having dinner here with my cousin and her hubby from the UK that night, I met the proprietress of this place – it turned out that she is the wife of my ex-colleague in that same school that I was attached to right before I retired and it so happened that they were having dinner there too.

She said that she read what I said in my blogpost and had taken note of everything. I remember I enjoyed the nasi lemak that I had but my missus wasn’t too happy with her ayam penyet as it was way too salty. Well, the lady said that they had made sure that it would not be so from then on and as for my comment on the covered food warmers…

Sarah Islamic Corner nasi campur, self-service

…for the nasi campur spread, she is now using these transparent covers…

Sarah Islamic Corner transparent covers

…so one would be able to see what is inside without having to lift the lids.

When we dropped by the other day, my missus and I decided to try their nasi campur and as always, she just had one meat and two vegetables, the fish…

Sarah Islamic Corner, fish

…salted vegetables…

Sarah Islamic Corner, salted vegetables

…and the daun ubi/bandong (tapioca leaves) that I also had (extreme left)…

Sarah Islamic Corner daun Bandong, masak hitam & rendang

…but as always, I got carried away and I took the daging masak hitam (black-cooked beef) and the nice chicken rendang that I had with my nasi lemak on our last visit here and of course, I simply couldn’t resist the chicken liver…

Sarah Islamic Corner chicken liver

– three meat and one vegetable altogether…

Sarah Islamic Corner nasi campur, my picks

I did not find out the breakdown of the prices of the items that we had helped ourselves to but the total for the two of us came up to RM16.90 which, of course, did not come as a surprise considering all the things I took. Most importantly, we enjoyed what we had picked and yes, we certainly would drop by again sometime if we are driving past this way – the location is not as convenient as some of the other places that we frequent, along the way between my mum’s house and ours.

Incidentally, they open every day, except Sundays, from early in the morning till around 4.00 p.m. and no, they do not open for business at night.

SARAH ISLAMIC CORNER, the first shop in the block opposite A-PLUS FOOD CENTRE/RESTAURANT (2.293355, 111.823653), is located among the shops along Jalan Kampung Datu, behind the block of shops (where Fair Price Supermarket is) near the traffic lights at its junction with Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg and Jalan Kampung Nyabor.

STOP PRESS: I started this blog on this day 10 years ago in 2008 so today is its 10th Anniversary. Thank you to all for your unfailing support all this while – I am indeed most thankful for the many friendships I have made along the way and I sure look forward to more happy years ahead. Cheers!!!