Not so bad…

I caught a glimpse of this new place…

Liu Ge Laksa 1

…one day and on another day, since I was driving past there, I decided to stop by…

Liu Ge Laksa 2

…to see what they had in store.

You can choose to sit outside or in the air-conditioned section inside…

Liu Ge Laksa 3

…but they just switched it on when I stepped in so it was not cold at the time and thankfully, it was not hot and stuffy either.

There were people sharing photographs of some ridiculously cheap lobster Sarawak laksa in Kuching and not long after, they were talking about the one here, somewhere near Medan Mall, they said. I was thinking that perhaps this was the place but when I got there, it did not look like it to me and I did not bother to ask because it seemed that the people there were only conversant in Mandarin.

I just placed my order for their Sarawak laksa, large (RM10.00)…

Liu Ge Laksa 4

…and with the sprinkling of the language within my grasp, I requested that they must not increase the amount of bihun in the bowl, just the added ingredients and they did understand what I said or so it seemed.

In the meantime, I tried desperately to find out more about what they had on their menu. This bowl of prawn noodles…

Liu Ge Laksa prawn noodles

…the lady said with its extra-large udang galah (fresh water prawns) with the much-coveted pinkish orange stuff in the head, would set one back by RM50.00. There would be two other options with smaller prawns for either RM20 or RM30 a bowl.

My girl loves this creamy fish bihun

Liu Ge Laksa creamy fish bihun

…but when I asked if they coated the fish with wheat flour and deep fried before use, the lady said, somewhat enthusiastically, “Yes! Yes! There’s bihun in it!” At that point, I decided that I had had enough and probed no further.

Pretty soon, my bowl of Sarawak  laksa

Liu Ge Laksa 5

…was served. Yes, there was quite a lot of sliced omelette and chicken…and bihun too but only three prawns. For one thing, they were huge – any this size would be going for RM40-45 a kilo, I think, if there are any available. There seems to be a problem with the supply of fish and prawns these days for one reason or another. It is only RM5.50 if you opt for the regular but my guess is you will not get such big prawns if you go for that.

A friend of mine went to try after seeing the photographs I shared on Facebook and he said it was like plain coconut milk broth. Hmmmm!!! I would agree that it was nothing like the authentic Kuching laksa – to me, the only one in town that comes pretty close would be what they have here but I thought this one tasted quite nice, not the same but nice plus it was very spicy…

Liu Ge Laksa 6

…and I loved that! Maybe I was early, probably the first that morning while my friend went later in the morning and the broth was somewhat diluted, I wouldn’t know but what I had was, to me, nicer than here or here and a whole lot nicer than many wannabes at stalls all over town like the ones here or here, for instance. Ah well!!! Like I always say, to each his own – what’s good for the goose may not be good for the gander.

Yes, I do think I will go back there again but probably not for the laksa – I would love to try that creamy fish bihun next time.

LIU GE LAKSA (2.293872, 111.841979) is located along Jalan Wong King Huo to the right of the Medan Mall, in the middle of that same block where the Italian fusion restaurant is located. The DIGI Centre Sibu is in the next block to the right.

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Every Sunday…

This is becoming a routine for us every Sunday, stopping by here for breakfast after our morning service at the church close by.

That Sunday over a week ago, my girl wanted the thosai bawang (onion)…

Sri Pelita thosai bawang 1

…that I tried not too long ago. She seems to have a special liking for Bombay onions…

Sri Pelita thosai bawang 2

…so I would see her picking it out in my fried luncheon meat with egg or fried corned beef with potatoes and eating it. She loves onion rings a lot but of course, she can’t eat those now as they are coated in batter, not gluten free.

As always, Guna, the very nice and generous boss, went out of his way to pamper us. There was this dhal dip…

Sri Pelita dhal

…to go with the thosai and this fish curry gravy as well…

Sri Pelita fish curry gravy

…and as if those were not enough, there were these chutney and sambal nasi lemak

Sri Pelita chutney & sambal nasi lemak

…too!

No, that was not all! He also treated to his very lovely sambal petai udang (stink beans with prawns)…

Sri Pelita sambal petai udang

…which, of course, we enjoyed to the max!

The mum had their mee goreng

Sri Pelita mee goreng

…which she enjoyed very much – according to her, it was nicer than their mee mamak that she would order sometimes when we came here for something to eat.

I decided to try his bihun goreng Singapura (Singapore fried rice vermicelli)…

Sri Pelita bihun goreng Singapura

…which was nice, very spicy upon special request and I asked for one fried egg…

Sri Pelita telur mata kerbau

…to go with it. It was pretty obvious that he made sure it was done exactly the way I would like it!

You will never guess how much I had to fork out for all these, inclusive of drinks – only RM15.00, believe it or not! Seeing how my girl can’t have much else owing to her gluten intolerance and loves the thosai here, you can be sure that we will be back here every Sunday again…and again…and again.

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.

Different places…

This was sometime ago when my girl said that she would like the curry beef here for lunch and she had it with their nasi lemak (RM8.00)…

Colourful Cafe nasi lemak with curry beef

…while the mum had the fried noodles (RM4.50)…

Colourful Cafe fried noodles

I chose their salad fish rice (RM9.90)…

Colourful Cafe salad fish rice

…and I specifically stated that I did not want the salad dressing all over the fish but they misunderstood me and served it like this…

Colourful Cafe salad dressing

Actually, I would not mind having it all over the lettuce and I wish they had been a bit more generous with it. There wasn’t really all that much in that little saucer.

We had already placed our orders that day when the young girl asked if we wanted some satay. What? I thought they said they would only have it on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings? No, we did not want any since what we had ordered would be filling enough but we went back there again for lunch on a later date and yes, we had their beef satay (RM2.00 per stick)…

Colourful Cafe beef satay

…and their chicken satay (RM1.50 per stick)…

Colourful Cafe chicken satay

…and to go with those, my missus and I had their nasi lemak biasa while my girl picked their Sarawak laksa…

Colourful Cafe Sarawak laksa

Now, THIS was at a different place and time- we stopped by here for dinner that day after we had dropped off my girl’s coursemate/friends off at the airport. The lady told us that we could not have most of the things on their menu as they would have been coated with batter and deep fried for use and they did have wheat flour in the mixture, most of the things except the beef so we picked the one without any soy sauce, their dry curry beef (RM17.00)…

My Chef Restaurant dry curry beef

…and yes, it was very nice. I sure would not mind ordering that again next time.

We also had their bitter gourd omelette (RM8.00)…

My Chef Restaurant bitter gourd omelette 1

…and yes, it was nice too…

My Chef Restaurant bitter gourd omelette 2

…but I was not fond of their kangkong belacan (RM8.00)…

My Chef Restaurant kangkong belacan

…because I did not like the dried prawn paste that they used for the dish. I think I would rather order that ching chao (plain fried) if ever we should order that vegetable here again.

Both these places are located quite near my house, very convenient for us to stop by for our meals as and when the need arises instead of rushing home to cook our own.

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 and MY CHEF RESTAURANT (2.311365, 111.846638) is located along Jalan Pedada in the block of shops to the left of Delta Mall, the second one in that block if you are coming from that direction, with the Astro Sibu office at the other end of that same block.

Been waiting…

Ever since I was here…

Kiong Chuong Cafe
*Archive photo*

…that morning for the kampua mee and liver soup, I had been waiting to get the chance to drop by the coffee shop again to get to eat what they dish out at this stall…

Chu char stall

…there. It has been around for a long long time and I’ve heard fave reviews about the food and finally, last Friday, there were lots of parking spaces available (probably because it was a public holiday in Malaysia) so I grabbed the chance and had lunch there.

It looked like they had all their fish coated with batter and pre-deep fried…

Fish

…and I did ask what flour they used. The boy told me it was shu-fun, whatever that is – possibly mùshǔ fěn (木薯粉) or in English, tapioca flour, not miànfěn (麵粉/wheat flour) so I guess my girl would be able to eat that should we come here with her to eat. She was not with us that day as she was out with her friends.

I saw some people having their stewed pork…

Pork

…with the intestines and what not and it looked really good but it was a Friday so I did not order that. I guess it will have to wait till another day.

We had the bitter gourd omelette…

Bitter gourd omelette

…which was so very good, nicer than elsewhere, I would say. I don’t know why but don’t we have the same chicken eggs at home? How come the omelette we cook is not as nice?

I asked for the sweet and sour fish (RM20.00)…

Sweet & sour fish

…an ikan bawal hitam/or chio (black pomfret) and yes, it was very good, not like the one we had here recently.

The total for the food and rice was RM29.00 – it was cheaper at this other place but I do think what we had here tasted a little bit nicer and I sure would not mind coming back here again another day…if I can find a place to park my car, that is.

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.

Watch out!…

My girl wanted the very nice smoked chicken rice here for lunch that day so we made our way to the place.

The mum had her favourite here, the ayam penyet rice (RM9.80)…

Warung BM ayam penyet rice

…but this time around, she was not all that thrilled by it. According to her, the sambal was way too salty. However, an ex-student of mine dropped by here the other day – she actually wanted to go here for the nasi kerabu but ended up at the wrong place and in the end, she ordered this and she said that the sambal was all right, not too salty. We probably caught them on a bad day that day.

I ordered their iced red bean (RM3.00)…

Warung BM iced red bean

…that I enjoyed so much the last time I had it. It would have been so very good with the added santan (coconut milk) and extra gula Melaka (palm sugar) but sadly, the beans were not cooked till soft enough – they were still a little hard so that sort of spoiled all the enjoyment. The best ang tao peng, as we call it in Hokkien, would have the beans cooked till very soft but they must still be whole, not one mushy mess.

I decided to try their XXL fried chicken (RM11.90)…

Warung BM XXL fried chicken 1

…and I loved how it was breadcrumb-coated. I am not a fan of batter-coated chicken or fish or even prawns. It tasted great but the slab was way too big and halfway through, I was already feeling very full. I think if one is not a big eater, it would be best to share.

All’s well that ends well, they say but not in this case – I discovered that the thicker part at the end…

Warung BM XXXL fried chicken 2

…was not cooked enough and streaks of blood were visible in the meat. Thank goodness I had had more than enough by then so I just stopped eating there and then.

I took a photograph of it and forwarded it to the people concerned. They responded soon enough, apologising for what had transpired and promised that they would talk to the person or persons concerned. Well, they’d better!!!

Thankfully, my girl’s smoked chicken rice, drumstick (RM5.40, with complimentary soup)…

Warung BM smoked chicken rice

…was all right and as always, very much to her liking and she was singing praises of the iced honey lemon (RM3.00) that she had with it.

I don’t know when we’ll go back there again – we do like some of the things on their menu here and should we do so, I certainly hope that everything has been looked into and taken care of. When one is in the food business, one must always watch out and make sure that everything is to everyone’s satisfaction for if things like all the aforementioned happen once too often, the customers may just decide not to come back ever again and go some place else instead.

WARUNG BM (2.293317, 111.841781) is located right beside Medan Mall, among the shops to the right at No. 2, Ground Floor, Lorong Wong King Huo 1D. 

A familiar face…

When we were here that day, my missus spotted a familiar face – her mother used to babysit the lady’s daughter a long time ago. It turned out that her son is running this stall…

Grand Wonderful Food Court Stall 2

…at the food court and whenever she is free, she will be there to help out.

We went back a few days later to try some of the stuff at the stall but she was not around. Anyway, I just placed the orders and in the meantime, I went walking around to see what else they had and at this stall…

Grand Wonderful Food Court Stall 6

…the guy was enthusiastically recommending the sio bee (6 for RM10)…

Grand Wonderful Food Court Stall 6 sio bee

…that he said was all fish, no meat. I ordered them to try and yes, we thought they were quite nice, just that we could not tell as to whether it was a fact or not that there was no meat in the filling.

I ordered the coconut pudding like I said I would, and this time, with the fresh coconut flesh (RM3.00 a cup)…

Grand Wonderful Food Court coconut pudding with flesh

I wish they would be more careful in scraping the flesh as there were some bits of the shell in it…

Bits of shell

…and personally, I liked what I had the previous time more as in this one, there was a lot of the flesh and I felt like I was eating some young fresh coconut, not the pudding.

Our orders came and there were these sio bee, pork (RM5 for a basket)…

Grand Wonderful Food Court Stall 2 sio bee, pork

…and fish (RM5.00 for a basket of 3)…

Grand Wonderful Food Court Stall 2 sio bee, fish

The lady told my missus that these were from KL but while they were nicer than the ones we had earlier, I thought the ones I had here had an edge over these.

The po piah (RM3.00 each)…

Grand Wonderful Food Court Stall 2 po piah

…was not anything we would want to order again for the simple reason that they use the frozen skin sold in packs at the shops and supermarkets, not freshly-made skin plus even though the filling tasted nice, there was no chili (sauce) in it, no crushed groundnuts. I probably would like it a lot more if they could have those with the filling and deep-fry it till the skin is golden and crispy.

These mantao (steamed buns) stuffed with stewed pork and preserved vegetables (RM5.00 for 3)…

Grand Wonderful Food Court Stall 2 mantao 1

…were all right but they were rather small and there wasn’t all that much pork…

Grand Wonderful Food Court Stall 2 mantao 2

…unlike the very big and nice ones I had here but I only had the ones with stewed pork belly and had yet to try the ones with the preserved vegetables (mui choy) there. I would very much sooner go back to that place to enjoy theirs instead of the ones here.

Their own-made lor mai kai (RM5.00)…

Grand Wonderful Food Court Stall 2 lor mai kai

…on the other hand, was the clear winner among all our orders. It was very tasty and perfectly done and we sure enjoyed it very much.

GRAND WONDERFUL FOOD COURT (2.309601, 111.845163) is located along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Pedada or Jalan Pahlawan, on your left just before the Petronas petrol station a short distance from Delta Mall. You can also go in via Lorong Pipit 4, turning left into the lane at the junction where Starbucks Sibu is located and go straight ahead from there.

I don’t mind at all…

Yesterday morning after the Sunday church service, I asked my girl what she wanted to eat for breakfast. Yes, the school holidays are here so we would not need to go to the sunset service on Saturday evenings anymore till school reopens in January.

She said she wanted thosai again but she was reluctant to suggest that as I might not want to go to the same place again and again and again. No, I do not mind at all – I can always order something different that they have on their menu or if it is something that I’ve blogged about often enough before, I can choose not to blog about it anymore, like the nasi kerabu ayam percik we had for lunch the previous day.

Yes, we went back here again in the end and she got to enjoy the thosai that she was thinking of having.

I ordered their nasi lamak ayam (RM7.00)…

Sri Pelita nasi lemak ayam

…and believe it or not, the last time I had it here was way back in 2014 and I was not all that impressed by what I had then. Why, it did not even look as nice at the time…

Sri Pelita nasi lemak 2014
*Archive photo – from 2014*

This time around, the rice was pretty good – there was the taste and fragrance of the santan (coconut milk) and the sambal was great plus they were quite generous with it. At some places I have been to, they were so very stingy and gave something like a teaspoonful of it only. Tsk! Tsk!

I do not like places where they fry their eggs using that metal ring and I mentioned that in my blogpost back in 2012 about the one I had here and it so happened that Guna, the boss, read that and he mentioned that to me when I went there again the following month…and he remembers it to this day, believe it or not. That morning, when he served me my plate of nasi lemak, he sad, “No ring!” and yes, the egg was perfectly done…

Sri Pelita fried egg

…golden on the outside, the yolk, still runny…

Sri Pelita runny yolk

…just the way I like it! Here’s a guy who actually cares about what his customers feel and tries his best to satisfy – way too often, we have people who are not open to criticisms and do not give a damn and will just tell you off when you pass a comment about what they dish out.

Actually, that morning, Guna was suggesting that I should try his mee rebus Ipoh special (RM7.00)…

Pelita Cafe mee rebus Ipoh 1

…but my missus wanted that so I just let her have it. She did let me try a bit and yes, I would say it was very nice…

Sri Pelita mee rebus Ipoh 2

something like the mee jawa I had here and I sure would not mind having that myself sometimes.

Guna also let us try his beef rendang

Sri Pelita beef rendang

…on the house and yes, it was so very good, bursting with flavours  with the daun kunyit and serai and what not in it. I was contemplating on tapao-ing some of that home for dinner but I decided not to as we might not be eating at home

Ooopsss!!! Guna was manning the counter when I went to pay the bill. I also ordered one nasi lemak ayam for my sis and their roti canai for my mum, take away and including all that we had plus our drinks, he just asked me for RM20.00!!! I told him, “Two nasi lemak and one mee rebus Ipoh at RM7.00 each is already RM21.00,” to which he replied, grinning from ear to ear, “It’s Sunday! Must do good things on Sundays!” Naughty! Naughty! But honestly, nice guys like that do deserve to be abundantly blessed – may he continue to do so very well in his business in the days ahead.

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.