I saw it…

Yes, I saw it…in zmun2‘s blog, the nasi lemak that she had and I made up my mind there and then that I would have that for breakfast the very next morning. That was why I headed to this place again – their nasi lemak is quite lemak, currently my favourite in town.

The one that I liked before isn’t as great these days – not so lemak anymore and very strong on the ginger…plus the surroundings at the stalls, the tables and what not are not all that pleasant. Their sambal is still as good though so I do buy and take home to eat sometimes.

At least, with the setting up of the little coffee shop with covered tables and all by the side, this one is a lot more comfortable and instead of buying home, like what I usually did, I had my nasi lemak fix…

Kopi Kopi nasi lemak

…there that morning.

It’s RM3.50 for the regular here but I asked for the very nice chicken rendang

Chicken rendang

…and that would mean an additional RM1.50, RM5.00 altogether.

As I was placing my order, I saw the tray of fried eggs and they looked so good that I simply must have one…

Fried egg

Yes, it was perfectly done with its runny yolk and the lovely golden fringe all around the edges. However, I was a little stunned when I paid for everything – the total was RM6.50 altogether. The egg was RM1.50 each! Golly gee! If it’s RM13.50 for a tray of 30 extra-large eggs, that would work out to only 45 sen each. Actually, I had expected that to cost a ringgit only.

Well, never mind! Most importantly, I enjoyed it all very much. The next time around, I must make sure I do not walk around looking at everything – some things look so good they are simply too hard to resist. LOL!!!

KOPI KOPI Café & Kitchen is located at the blocks of shops, at the back facing Bandong Walk (2.313869, 111.825808) and the main road.

Between the two of them…

That day, when I dropped by that dim sum place with the misspelt name, I saw that they were selling their own-made Hokkien bak chang (meat dumplings) at RM4.00 each so I just had to buy and try.

There was quite a lot of meat inside…

Thanksgiving Dinsum bak chang

…but at best, I felt that it tasted all right. The small ones at Rejang Park that I enjoyed did not have much meat inside but I thought they tasted better and they were cheaper, only RM3.00 each. I am quite sure that the lady said there would be an egg inside but there was none.

They also had the Cantonese chang, those big rectangular pillow-shaped ones and luckily, I decided not to buy those. I am pretty sure they would be much more expensive and inside, they would taste more or less the same.

In the meantime, I also bought this HUGE one…

Small & big bak chang

…from a stall at the Sibu Central Market. You can see in the photograph that it was almost double the size of the one I mentioned earlier.

The old ladies manning the stall were well-known for their kuehs, their kao teng koi (9-layer cake), for instance and at one time, their popiah (spring roll) was very popular. These days, they also sell yeu chang koi and I did buy it once for my missus and she said it was good.

Well, that morning when I dropped by the market, my attention was drawn to the bak changs at the stall. Gosh! I had never seen any so big so I grabbed one to take home and try.

It was RM6.00 each and inside, there was a lot of meat, a couple of kao lak (chestnuts), peanuts and one salted egg yolk and whatever else…

All the things inside

It sure looked like it was value for money considering the size and all the things inside but sadly, I did not think much of the glutinous rice…

Perfect cone

It did not taste as nice plus it was rather salty so I did not really enjoy it.

It sure looks like the ones at Rejang Park the other day are still my favourite…for now until I find one that is better if ever I happen to do so, that is.

Thanks to you…

This place…

Thanksgiving Dinsum Cafe

…has been around for a while and even though it is right round the corner from my house, we never felt like dropping by there since we are not really into dim sum – usually lots of msg and you just pick a few items and the price can shoot sky high and besides, we do have a lot of dim sum stalls here and there these days and they are not anything I would want to go for a second time…plus they got the spelling wrong in their shop sign too!

However, I think it is not their fault but a mistake made by the sign maker as they got it right on the cover of their menu…

Menu

It was only until I saw somebody sharing somebody’s photos on Facebook and the guy was praising the noodles to the skies that I decided to go there and check it out. Unfortunately, it was on a Tuesday – their off day so I ended up some place else and all this while, everytime I was in the vicinity, it was on a Tuesday…and once, we wanted to go there for lunch but we saw a lot of cars perked outside and we changed our minds right away as we would not like to go any place too crowded.

Well, finally, the other day, I managed to stop by and yes, I had their pork rib noodles (RM8.50)…

Pork rib noodles

…and yes, it was very good. I was wishing they had given me some cut fresh chili in soy sauce though but it seemed that I would have to ask for it – the people at the next table did – and I did not bother to do it. My missus most certainly would or she would not enjoy what she is eating, no matter how nice. LOL!!!

I so love that blue and white ceramic bowl that they used and I would give them the double thumbs up for not using those horrendous NCAA (no class at all) cheap plastic and melamine bowls and plates that they insist on using at a lot of places here.

They have a lot of alluring looking stuff on their menu and this caught my attention…

Pork leg rice

You can bet I shall go back there one of these days for that! I asked the guy and he said that they open till 8 something at night except on Tuesdays so it would be nice to go here for lunch or dinner, not just breakfast.

THANKSGIVING DINSUM CAFE (2.321373, 111.839286) is located at No. 12, Ground Floor, Lorong Teng Chin Hua 1, in the block of shops right behind the Sing Ang Tong Kindergarten/Methodist Church. 

He’s good…

The young and handsome guy…

Roti canai guy

…at this roti canai stall…

Roti canai stall

here actually hails from Bangi, Selangor and has moved to Sibu following his wife who has been posted to work at the hospital here. I went early one morning at 6 something hoping to try something from him but he was not there. They said he usually would not come so early.

Well, I did manage to catch hold of him the other morning and I asked for what he calls the canai tsunami (RM2.50)…

Canai tsunami

…which is actually made up of a piece of roti canai as the base and a fried egg on top, flooded with the dhal gravy.

I was also served this…

Roti bom

…and I thought that was part of my order but in actual fact, he made that specially for me to try, what they call roti bom. He said there is nobody selling that here and come to think of it, I haven’t seen it anywhere. I wanted to pay for that but he insisted that it was on him.

With the sprinkling of sugar and some margarine wrapped inside and fried till crusty and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, it was really very nice, something like those sugared puff pastry biscuits. As a matter of fact, it was so nice that I wanted to buy two home. Unfortunately, he said that he had run out of dough for the day which, of course, was a good sign – an indication that his business wasn’t too bad.

From our brief chit-chat, I found out that he would not open that early in the morning as he would have to send the kuihs he makes to the hospital and dunno where else. Upon saying that, he went over the the kuih section at that place and got me these – his apams…

Apams

…the apam coklat, apam pisang and apam gula hangus. I don’t know what apams actually are and why they are thus called and not regarded as cakes as to me, they are like mini-cupcakes, very soft and moist, very nice – all of them. I wanted to pay him for those too but he simply refused to accept. He sure is a nice guy, isn’t he?

The people there said that the roti bom would go very well with the nasi lemak sambal so they got me this…

Sambal & dhal

…the aforementioned sambal in the dhal gravy. Gee!!! If they keep pampering me like this, I sure would want to come every day! LOL!!!

Jokes aside, I certainly would love to drop by again for this…

Canai tsunami, roti bom & sambal/dhal

…or whatever else the guy has on his menu. His effort to earn a little something instead of idling around while his wife is at work sure deserves some support and the next time around, I shall insist on paying for everything.

KOPI KOPI Café & Kitchen is located at the blocks of shops, at the back facing Bandong Walk (2.313869, 111.825808) and the main road.

P.S.:
I am taking a break for a week or so but worry not, there will be the usual scheduled daily posts just that I may not be replying instantly to comments, if any and I may not go blog-hopping to comment in your blogs as well. Stick around! I’ll be back!!!

Victorious…

This coffee shop…

Victorious Cafe

…is located ideally beside one of the leading hotels in town and there is this other one right across the road plus all the other smaller ones in the vicinity. We did go there a few times a long long time ago but no, this would not be one of our regular stops especially when parking is such a pain in that area plus this road can be quite badly jammed at times.

I heard some favourable reviews of the mee sua here but quite recently, somebody said that he went and tried but no, he did not think it was all that great. I do not recall ever having that there but yes, I remember going for the beef noodles and I quite enjoyed it.

The other morning, after dropping off my girl at school, as I was driving past, I noticed that it was open so I quickly parked the car and walked over to have a look.

Yes, the beef noodles stall…

Beef noodles stall

…is still there, manned by a young guy who is bigger than I am, and a helper.

I guess I was way too early so no, he did not have the special (RM8.00) nor the mee sapi campur (RM6.00) so it had to be just the mee sapi/beef noodles (RM6.00)…

Beef noodles 1

…or nothing.

The soup was great, wouldn’t mind if the beef taste had been a little bit stronger and I seemed to detect a hint of sweetness in it. However, despite that, I rather enjoyed it and I loved the noodles and the meat with their special own-made chili dip…

Chili dip

…which I finished while I was halfway through and I had to ask for some more.

I can’t say I am all that fond of the use of plastic bowls…

Beef noodles 2

…though especially when it is served with the soup boiling hot.

The place was already very full by the time I was done and looking around, I noticed that many were having the kueh chap from the stall next to this one. Perhaps, I’ll try that the next time around.

VICTORIOUS CAFE (2.283657, 111.832501) is the corner coffee shop on the left at the end of Lorong Lanang 4, opposite the Li Hua Hotel, town centre and the Kingwood Hotel is right behind it.

Had to…

In my previous post, I said that I went to the post office at Rejang Park here twice to send my Christmas cards, the ones going overseas and the rest to their local destinations and while I was there, I bought some very nice Hokkien bak changs (meat dumplings) to take home.

The first time I was there, I walked past this coffee shop…

Leong Leong, Rejang Park
*Archive photo*

…and saw the photograph of their mango ice and I decided there and then that I had to go back and try some day.

I had this one (RM10.00)…

Mango No. 5
*Archive photo*

here sometime ago and I thought it was very nice.

The one here (also RM10.00)…

Leong Leong Mango Ice

…was good too and because this one was served in a bowl, it was easier to mix the mango on top with the shaved ice and evaporated milk below to give the latter a bit more taste unlike the other one where when one would be eating just the ice and the milk, one probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much.

I prefer how they cut the mango at that other place though, in big cubes but anyway, seeing how these do not come cheap, I don’t think I will be going for it all that often. Once in a long while is fine.

LEONG LEONG CAFE 亮亮茶餐室 (2.306688, 111.837028) is located at No. 42, Jalan Teruntum, among the Rejang Park shops, on the ground floor to the left (the inner side, not facing the main road) of the since-closed-down cinema complex.

Something just like this…

We dropped by here the other day because I wanted to try the Bovril mee to see exactly how good theirs was. Unfortunately, they were not there so I had to go back again another time.

Thankfully, this time around, the stall…

The stall

…was open and I wasted no time at all in ordering my pick from their menu.

When it was served, I saw that there was this fried long beans with egg…

Fried long beans with egg

…by the side. In the photograph displayed at the stall, it was ladies’ fingers but I did not mind that one bit as I would be all right with either one.

Now, the moment of truth – the noodles (RM5.00)…

Bovril mee

Yes! It most certainly got my nod of approval and tasted exactly like how I would cook it at home. I sure enjoyed that! Even the fried egg was done the way I like it, the yolk still runny and the golden fringe all along the edges.

I also liked how they used the brown greaseproof food wrapping paper to serve the noodles so it did not matter what kind of plate they were using underneath. Other than that, minus the washing, that would help save water and it is good for our environment. I’m not that keen on the disposable chopsticks though – personally, I feel that is wasteful, clean and hygienic though that may be.

I asked the lady why the stall was not open that Sunday when we came and she said it was All Souls’ Day weekend and they came much later than usual. I did notice the cross and the holy pictures in front of the stall and the palm in the cabinet. It turned out that she is the sister of somebody that I know, an ex-student of my alma mater and an enthusiastic  rugby player to this day.

There are many other choices on the menu – I will have to come back again to try some of the rest. I hear the curry chicken is great and the ang chao pork belly looks like how my missus would cook hers.

TWIN CORNER (2.293179,111.820821) is located at the back at the corner of the block of shops to the left of Paramount Hotel, Jalan Kampung Datu.