Pouring rain…

No, it did not rain that day, it poured…like somebody up there was pouring buckets of water down from the sky. The water in the drain outside the house rose and in no time at all, it overflowed and the whole neighbourhood was flooded. Actually, most parts of the whole town was submerged!

There wasn’t anything that we could do – we just sat there and watched the water rise and prayed very very hard that the rain would stop. The water had just reached the edge of our door when the rain eased, thank God for small mercies, and the flashflood subsided. It did not stop though – it went on all through the night till morning but thankfully, it was not that heavy anymore so we were spared the threat of another flashflood.

The rain finally stopped completely soon after daybreak and the sun came out. Gosh! It was such a mess outside, the flotsam and the jetsam, mainly dried bits of grass as we just had it cut the previous week and it all stuck to the walls and the flower pots and everything around the house compound. We spent the whole morning cleaning up the mess!

Seeing that there was so much to do, I decided to go out and buy some food for our lunch and dinner so my missus would not need to do any cooking that day.

I did not want to venture too far away from the house so I went to the coffee shop round the corner because I wanted to buy their very nice barbecued pork ribs…

I think I went there in July, and that was quite sometime ago but I can’t recall exactly the last time I had their ribs.

The thing was I would go around mid-afternoon when there would not be any customers around and all the stalls except this one would be closed but most of the things would be sold out. That was why I had not been able to buy their very nice ribs…

…nor their sweet freshly-made lap cheong (Chinese sausage)…

…that my girl seems to enjoy. That is often sold out as well by mid-afternoon.

Personally, I prefer their char siew (barbecued pork)…

…to those sausages but my girl is not thus inclined. Nonetheless, I also bought some…

…to enjoy.

This time around, I did not buy their siew yoke (roast pork), roast chicken and roast duck. That was a lot already for two meals for the three of us – we just ate to our hearts’ content and saved what was left over till the next day.

MEI LE CAFE (2.313147, 111.846968) is located along Jalan Gambir, a stone’s throw away from the Delta Mall, straight ahead from the first turning to your left as soon as you turn into that road from Jalan Pedada, now Jalan Datuk Wong Soon Kai.

Send it to me…

We go back a long way, back to the days when he and his brother were running this very successful place. Yes, I loved quite a lot of things on their menu and of course, their mille crepes, their chocolate lava cake, the crème brûlée and their macarons. He opened another place serving awesome gelato and that too was well-received and it was followed by another outlet serving some really delightful stuff and all the aforementioned desserts as well as the gelato.

I managed to drop by the latter in February last year and if you go and read the post, I was taken by surprise when I wanted to pay for all that we had and I was informed by the girl at the counter that the boss had paid for everything – it was all on him and other than that, the girl said that he wanted us to pick the gelato of our choice for dessert. Of course, I felt real bad and refused the invitation considering that we already had a free lunch!

Unfortunately, in March that year, the pandemic broke out and the whole town was locked down for months. We have never really recovered since then and all this while, I have not gone back there except for this one time in May this year when I ordered a few items on their menu to take home to celebrate my missus’ birthday and Mother’s Day. He did contact me then asking me for my house address as he would like to let me try some of their gelato, the new flavours but I politely declined, saying that we would surely drop by when the situation improved (and sadly, to this date, it never did – getting WORSE by the day) and I would sample some then.

Then, the other day, out of the blue, in the evening, a car pulled up outside my gate and out came a young boy with a bag full of a lot of things that he passed to me and he insisted on taking my photograph holding that, with one thumb up! Imagine my surprise when he told me who had sent it – this time around, he did not tell me he would be sending things over and I really do not know how he got my house address, not that I mind that one bit but truly, I find it quite embarrassing when folks send me freebies. So very shy lah!

So what was in that bag that day? There was this beautiful exclusively designed box…

…of these very special mooncakes…

…and actually, to say that they are special would be an understatement. These are Italian ice cream (gelato) fine mooncakes, their own creations – not anything that one can get anywhere and anytime we like, just here.

He also sent me these little tubs of gelato…

…to enjoy and there was a special handwritten note from him…

…in the box too. Isn’t that so very sweet of him, a special treat for the Mid-Autumn (Mooncake) Festival!

Of course, we made room in the freezer to store all of these – we would want to save them for my girl’s birthday at the end of this week on the 17th/18th and also for the festival on the 21st. However, we simply could not resist it so we took one out to try – the pistachio with raspberry yolk mooncake…

it was wrapped in a layer of chocolate with a thin layer of something outside – my missus said it was chocolate but it was pink! Perhaps it was fondant, I’m not too sure.

Inside, there was pistachio ice cream with the raspberry yolk in the centre…

Boy! The taste was simply out of this world, so so so very nice and all of us loved it so much that we were actually tempted to try some of the rest as well but we managed to control ourselves.

In the meantime, my girl did try the gelato on another day – the Biscoff’ Cheesecake and she let me sample a teeny weeny bit. Yes, we enjoyed it a lot, very strong on the delightful cheese taste and that of the Biscoff came across a little like salted caramel which is something that is always to our liking..

I shared the photographs on Facebook and a friend, a retired teacher like me, commented and said that their ice cream mooncakes were super yummy and yes, I couldn’t agree more. Thank you so so much, Anthony, for this very special treat – it is indeed most thoughtful and generous of you. May God bless you abundantly and here’s wishing you every success in all your ventures and endeavours.

NICA+ or NICA PLUS (2.296883,111.825859) as it is called, is located at No, 18 & 20 Lorong Intan 6, on the ground floor of the block of shops to the right of the Old Sing Kwong Supermarket (Kin Orient Plaza) along Jalan Tun Abang Hj Openg, directly below the Kimchee Korean Bar.BQ restaurant on the first floor. For orders and inquiries, please WhatsApp Nica Plus https://wa.me/60167945449.

I had my hopes up high…

My friend classified the tee peang here, our Sibu Foochow version of the oyster cake, as her favourite in town so of course, I was keen on going there to grab some and try.

The first time I was there, it was around 9 something in the morning and they were all sold out so I went some place else. The second time I went, the people making the tee peang had taken the day off and the couple running the coffee shop kept reminding me to go early, around 7 to 8.00 a.m. as they would be sold out very quickly. That was why I had my hopes up high – they must be really good if they sell so well, like hot cakes!

I was out and about early one morning so I decided to try my luck and yes, the very nice and friendly old couple were there. Obviously, they were the ones making and they sat there selling their kuihs themselves. The couple told them that I had been there so many times and finally, I managed to get what I was looking for.

I bought the tee peang, kosong (no filling), 5 for RM2.00…

…but no, I did not think they were like what we used to eat and enjoy in the good ol’ days…

One look at it and you would be able to tell right away that they were different – those way back then did not look anything like that but yes, it was all right, nice, just that it was not the same if you are looking for the original authentic taste.

I was there early, around 7.30 a.m. and there were only five left – the ones with the meat filling (RM2.00 each)…

…and I bought all of them.

These too were nice…

…but I think I prefer the former pasar malam (night market) ones or even these homemade ones

…available at our neighbourhood shop in the next lane in the morning – go early to avoid disappointment!

I must say that I was kind of disappointed because as I have said earlier, I had my hopes up high and they did not live up to my expectations. However, if it is any consolation, their chai peah (vegetable fritters)…

…also 5 for RM2.00, were really VERY good. I loved the taste and also the lovely chewy texture plus the crispy edges, crispy but not hard like some and if I were to go back again, without doubt, I certainly would buy more of the chai peah.

You can park your car at the parking area at the back and come in via the back entrance – very convenient, no need for any close encounters with other fellow human beings who may be at the coffee shop at the time.

ZHEN SAN MEI CAFE (2.312704, 111.847134) is located in the block of shops to the right of Delta Mall along Jalan Pedada, now Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, beside Dynapower, the shop selling all the electrical appliances and what not.

When life is good again…

These are hard times. Many have not had any income for the last three months, many have been retrenched or have had their salaries cut but personally, I do feel there are ways by which one may earn a little bit to make one’s ends meet until the time comes when life is good again…hopefully!

There was this muscle-packed fitness instructor who went and worked for a vegetable seller and this flight steward from Sibu who used his time to make those lovely Sarawak ethnic traditional costumes for Barbie & Ken dolls and I saw on Facebook an Indian guy who set up a stall by the roadside to sell nasi lemak and there was also one guy who lost his job and went into Grab food delivery and of course, there are that Indian girl and her hubby, now Youtube celebrities and everything is going so well for them.

I am quite sure there are things one can do if one wants to do it instead of depending on charity, lining up all day in the sun and the rain for the government’s meagre handout. I pay the guy who comes once a month to cut my grass and sweep it all up RM50 each time and an extra RM50 on special occasions like Hari Raya or Christmas or Chinese New Year. There are many things to do in my garden and how much I will pay will depend on how hard the job is and how long it will take…if anyone is interested.

We are not being confined that much anymore these days but no, things are not getting any better, definitely nothing like those days before COVID-19. Business at the restaurants and coffee shops is obviously very quiet and very slow and if you remember, I did mention the other day that the people here have resorted to making steamed meat paos and sio bee (meat dumplings) and there is another restaurant where they are making curry puffs for sale to supplement their income.

Likewise, those at one of our favourite restaurants in town have set up a kampua noodles stall…

A-PLUS kampua mee stall

…in front of their shop with the boss doing all the cooking, the wife taking care of the drinks and the children doing the serving. My good friend/ex-classmate, Robert, shared a photo of the kampua mee pok he had here and the very next day, his cousin, meowsai_foodie on Instagram, shared his photographs on Facebook so I wasted no time at all in dropping by to check things out.

The kampua mee (RM3.00)…

A-PLUS kampua mee

…was so very good, bursting with the fragrances of the fried shallots and fried garlic and the guy sure was very generous with those. He uses his special kampua noodles, different from all the rest as extra eggs are used in the making to make it more Q-Q (firmer). not unlike their own handmade noodles here.

Another plus point in this guy’s favour is how he uses real char siew (roasted/barbecued meat/pork) unlike most of the other places where they will give you boiled pork coloured red…and at one time, there was a ban on the artificial colouring used.

I also asked for the pian sip (meat dumplings) and fish balls soup (RM3.00)…

A-PLUS pian sip & fish balls soup

– if you ask for the special, you will get both the mee and the soup for RM6.00. Yes, it was very nice – the pian sip was great but I thought there was too much pepper in the fish balls and I am not exactly fond of that. The next time I have this, I shall ask for just the pian sip.

You can also order some fried noodle dishes and the boss will cook it for you. I had their Foochow fried noodles once but I did not like how the gravy was clear and even though it was nice, it wasn’t something I would want to order again. However, as I was leaving that morning, I saw him frying some mee in the hot wok and it looked really good – I asked him and he said it was the moon version. Now, I sure would want to try that the next time I come here. He also told me they are serving zhao chai hung ngang and that Foochow delight with ikan patin fish head. Well, I am neither crazy about the fish nor the dish so I’d probably opt for something else instead.

Incidentally, this kampua mee stall opens from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. only, off days on Tuesdays, because from 10.30 a.m. onwards, they have economy fast food with 17 dishes to choose from in their buffet spread. We were here for that once and even though at that time, they did not have so many choices, we thought it was very nice and we sure enjoyed what we had. I guess they are going out full swing to attract more of the crowd on their lunchtime break to come here.

They open in the evening for dinner at 5.00 p.m., the boss said and I told him I was here a couple of times to tapao some food home but they were still closed and he said the workers will come at 5 and they will have to eat first before they open the doors and start work. I guess the early bird does not always catch the worm.

A-PLUS FOOD CENTRE/RESTAURANT (2.293355, 111.823653) is located among the shops along Jalan Kampung Datu, behind the block of shops (where Fresh & Pay Supermarket is) near the traffic lights at its junction with Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg and Jalan Kampung Nyabor.

You’re always good…

I received word from my godson/ex-student, Andrew, in Christchurch, New Zealand that he had sent me this made-in-New Zealand peanut butter and gluten-free flour for chocolate cake…

From Andrew in New Zealand

…and asked me to go to his house to get them from his mum – his parents probably just came back to Sibu from there. As far as I know, his wife, Michelle, is a regular reader of my blog so she must have read my post on peanut butter that day and also about how my girl is gluten-intolerant. That was so very thoughtful and nice of them, thank you so very very much – I only hope it wasn’t too much trouble for the parents to cart the things back all the way with them.

After getting the things, we headed to town for lunch and I asked my girl if she was keen on going back to the coffee shop we had been to a couple of times again and she was fine by it so there we were – I think this was our third time there with her and my fourth only. We had lunch here, my missus and I and then we brought our girl here once and she liked what we had so we went a second time with her and this time was no exception – the food here was, as always, very good.

No, the boss was not sitting by the side busy with his smartphone this time around – he was busy cooking, assisted by the young boys…

SYARIKAT KIONG CHUONG CAFE food stall

…at his stall and when he saw me, he smiled at me. That took me by surprise as it was not like I was such a regular customer. I guess he could recognise me from my previous visits – after all, there are not so many people this big. LOL!!!

We had the chicken roll again…

SYARIKAT KIONG CHUONG CAFE chicken roll

…and my girl wanted the ribs that we had on our previous visit but the boy said that there was wheat flour in it – the last time around, he said it was all right so perhaps, they had a different recipe this time, I wouldn’t know.

My girl did not want the fish again so we had siew yoke (roast pork)…

SYARIKAT KIONG CHUONG CAFE siew yoke

…and we had the bitter gourd omelette…

SYARIKAT KIONG CHUONG CAFE bitter gourd omelette

For our soup dish, I ordered what we called luak chai (Szechuan preserved vegetable/榨菜) and pork leg soup…

SYARIKAT KIONG CHUONG CAFE luak chai too kha soup

…and much to my surprise, my girl said she had never had that before and yes, she loved it! I guess we can always cook our own at home for her to enjoy – somehow, for reasons unknown, the mum never did.

The total for all the dishes and three plates of rice came up to only RM46.00. Not too long ago, we went to another place and had a plate of lemon chicken, not a very big serving, two plates of vegetables – sweet potato leaves and cangkok manis and the Foochow-style tofu soup with canned oysters and the total came up to over RM60.00 (inclusive of rice). No price for guessing which place we will definitely be dropping by again and which place is no longer on our list.

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

The Taliban song…

I call him Janggut by virtue of his long beard but the very nice and friendly boss of Sri Pelita calls him Taliban.

I used to enjoy his nasi lemak when he was running a stall here and I would have enjoyed his nasi ayam penyet too if he had not used the same nasi lemak sambal for that. After a while, he closed down his stall but I did bump into him a few times having his breakfast or lunch at Guna’s place. I did hear that he operates a stall at night at the Dewan MUC but so far, I have not gone there to check it out.

Every Ramadan, without fail, he would have a stall…

Taliban stall

at the Bandong (Walk) Ramadan Bazaar but no, he would not be selling his nasi lemak nor his nasi ayam penyet.

I did not buy his rojak nor his cucur sambal

Cucur sambal

…but I did grab a couple of bags of his laksa Penang (RM4.00 each)…

Laksa Penang

…to try.

I heated it up and had it for breakfast the following morning and I must say that I enjoyed it very much…

Laksa Penang, served

…and for someone who is not really into laksa Penang, that sure is saying a lot. A squeeze of that chunk of lemon that came with it made it taste even nicer, just that I would not mind paying a bit more for some visible bits of fish in the broth.

Actually, what I had in mind when I went there that day was his sambal kacang ikan bilis (peanut and dried anchovies)…

Sambal kacang ikan bilis

…that I do enjoy very much. I have had good ones elsewhere but mostly, the ingredients would be kind of limp, not nice and crispy so those would not be nice, not at all. Janggut’s pretty good – very very tasty, bursting with flavours and a bit spicy too so I bought quite a lot to keep…

In a tub

…and eat slowly with my rice – it sure helps to whet one’s appetite on days where there isn’t anything all that nice to eat in the house.

I’ve bought his kacang kuda

Kacang kuda

…before, RM2.00 a cup and yes, his would be extra fragrant because of the curry leaves added and so very nice and soft – that sure saves me a whole lot of trouble trying to cook it myself and waiting for hours for the chick peas to soften and the skin to fall off. I did buy quite a lot of that too that day as my girl enjoys it as well.

Well, if anyone is into these same things, Janggut’s stall (2.313955, 111.825111) is the first one along Jalan Jasmin, off Jalan Bandong, somewhere in front of SK Perbandaran Sibu No. 3, more or less facing the entrance of the Dewan MUC…and if you are having a problem trying to find a place to park your car when you go to the bazaar, you may be able to find a good spot here and it really isn’t very far to walk to where all the action is.

Morning till [the] nightfall…

This place…

My Bistro

…has been around for a very long time but I never bothered to drop by and give it a try. It appeared to me to be a place serving some pseudo-western dishes and a watering hole later in the night.

Sometime ago, this stall…

My Bistro, inside

…made its appearance there and I did get to eat their egg tarts and Portuguese egg tarts – I think they call them Macau tarts…

My Bistro egg tarts & Portuguese egg tarts

…and yes, they were good.

I also bought the chicken curry puffs…

My Bistro curry puff and sio pao

…for some friends once and I did not hear them complain. Other than those, they also had the sio pao (baked char siew buns) and a couple of others like these…

My Bistro tausar peah

…for instance though I am not sure which one that is in the list…

My Bistro price list

They even had that celebrated Taiwanese egg cake…

My Bistro Taiwanese egg cake

…that stirred up a storm when it made its first appearance in the country and had a whole lot of people queuing up for it.

I tried their steamed char siew pao (RM2.00)…

My Bistro steamed char siew pao

…before and it was very nice so I stopped by that day to buy a few home to re-steam in the morning for breakfast. I think the ones here that were selling for only RM1.50 initially had gone up in price to way over RM2.00 by now and I did not like the egg tarts there.

I ordered one of their steamed meat paos (RM3.20)…

My Bistro steamed meat pao

…that day and frankly, at that price, I expected it to be much bigger. The filling was so-so – it sure did not get me jumping up and down with delight and at that price, I think I would much sooner stick to the much nicer char siew ones.

I asked the people there and they told me that the stall would open 7-ish in the morning and would stay open till past nightfall at around 8 at which time, people would go there for drinks and there is a kampua mee stall inside – if I am not wrong, they said that it opens at night so those there for the booze could have that as well should they feel like having a bite to eat. I did not ask if they still serve those pseudo-western dishes anymore or not.

It’s a nice small place, not crowded and I do think it is ideal for meeting friends to sit and chat. The kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) that I had was good and I love the blackboard chalk-drawn mural…

My Bistro mural

…on the wall but do be forewarned that I did stop there one afternoon to buy the tarts and they were not available. Perhaps they were all sold out that day.

MY BISTRO CAFE & BAR (2.311574, 111.846440) is located right beside Delta Mall among the shops at Pusat Pedada, the first shop at the corner in the block to the right of the mall if you are facing its back entrance.

The only way is up…

That’s the way it is with the prices of things these days, going up and up and up.

The other day I felt like having yong tofu for my brunch so I stopped by here for that (RM9.50)…

Sing Long Cafe yong tofu 1

It has gone up by 50 sen, it seems – it used to be RM9.00 (in 2013 and RM6.00 only in 2008 and RM8.50 in 2011) but that is less than 5%. All the sets have gone up by 50 sen so compared to the basic bowl, just fish balls and tang hoon (glass noodles) that used to cost RM6.00 but now it has gone up to RM6.50, the price hike is almost 10%.

You can order that, the basic, and then you pick what you would like to add to your bowl and they would charge accordingly. Over in the peninsula, they will let you pick all that you want and then serve in a bowl of soup with the vegetables and tang hoon added upon request but in KL, I do know of places where they serve it dry like here or here, for instance. I hear each would be RM1.00, more at some places so actually, what I was charged here that day worked out to more or less the same.

There were 3 fish balls…

Sing Long Cafe yong tofu 2

…(half of the 6 they used to give in the past), 2 ladies’ fingers, 1 brinjal, 1 bitter gourd, 1 tofu puff and 1 chili, 9 altogether but what I like here is the clear soup – it is very tasty and my guess is they boil the heads and the bones of the bay kar/ikan tenggiri (mackerel) for the stock and yes, they do use good fish for their fish balls and fish paste, anytime nicer than those frozen supermarket ones, thank you very much!

I loved especially the sambal/chili dip that came with it that had a hint of belacan (dried prawn paste) and was very spicy and there was quite a lot of tang hoon

Sing Long Cafe yong tofu 3

…so with all that soup and everything in the bowl, that was filling enough for me and good enough for my brunch.

My missus had the pian sip, soup (RM2.80)…

Sing Long Cafe pian sip, soup 1

…from the kampua mee stall in front and it was as good as it looked…

Sing Long Cafe pian sip, soup 2

While we were enjoying our orders, the young boy was cleaning up his stall and was closing up for the day. We saw him fishing out the pork bones from the soup stock and along with those, there was cabbage too! My missus said that she heard somewhere that they do add cabbage at some places and that would help enhance the taste and the sweetness of the soup.

I had their sio bee before (RM1.00 each) and thought it was very good though I am not sure if it’s the same people here now so I ordered that to try. Unfortunately, I was duly informed that they were not available that day – I guess that would have to wait till the next time we drop by here again.

SING LONG CAFE (2.292595, 111.835979) is located in the Fortune Commercial area (behind Rejang Medical Centre), Lorong Chew Siik Hiong, directly opposite the nursing college (KOLEJ ITA).

99 luftballons…

We dropped by here…

99 Kopitiam

…the other day and I was wondering why 99 in the name.

It turned out that an ex-student of mine was running the kampua mee stall…

99 Kopitiam kampua mee stall

…and also the drinks business at that coffee shop that sure looked sparkling new and very clean but no, he couldn’t possibly be born in 1999 – he probably was still in school at the time and no, I don’t think they started the shop in that year either and for sure, it was not named after that 1980’s hit by Nena, a one-time favourite of mine, the English version, that is…and no, I did not bother to ask.

His brother is a very popular and successful gynaecologist in Bintulu whereas he was not as academically inclined and was a representative for a West Malaysian book publishing firm before he ventured into this business, following in his father’s footsteps. Yes, his dad was in the kampua mee business before but he has retired now – I did not see him around that day but the mum was there helping the son out.

My missus ordered the kolo mee (RM3.70)…

99 Kopitiam kolo mee 1

I certainly would not want to order that because 9 out of 10 here, or maybe 10 out of 10 even, it would not be anything like the ones in Kuching, the good ones, that is, even though with the toppings at all, they do look similar…

99 Kopitiam kolo mee 2

That is why I always wonder about the ones over in the peninsula or in Singapore and elsewhere – exactly how close are they to the real thing or are they, like the ones here, nice to eat but are, in fact, not quite there? Ah well, to be fair, there are a lot in Kuching even that are not all that great like what I had here or here, for instance – it all depends on knowing exactly where to go; my favourites would be the one here or here.

True enough, she did not think it was great but at least, the kampua mee (RM2.70)…

99 Kopitiam kampua mee 1

…that I had was quite good. No, there was nothing that would make it stand a head above the rest…

99 Kopitiam kampua mee 2

– it was just good enough, not anything that would make me go out of my way to eat.

Well, I did ask the mum what was good and she replied without any hesitation that I should try the pian sip, our local version of the wanton or meat dumplings (RM2.70)…

99 Kopitiam pian sip 1

…and true enough, it was really very good. It was big, the skin was thin and smooth and there was a lot of meat…

99 Kopitiam pian sip 2

…in the filling plus it tasted a little different from the usual elsewhere and was very nice as well.

I sure wouldn’t mind having another round of it…

99 Kopitiam pian sip 3

…should I happen to be in the vicinity again and maybe, the next time around, I would ask why they had that 99 in the name of their shop.

99 KOPITIAM (2.304827, 111.886167) is located along Lorong Permai Jaya 1A, off Jalan Permai Jaya, a short distance from the Sibu Lake Garden & Taman Awam Sibu, on the same side of the main road if you are coming from Permai side or on your right if you turn into the bypass from Ulu Oya Road right before you reach those scenic parks.

Same old places…

I have not been around much lately so as you can see in this post, I ended up going to the same old places to eat.

We stopped by here once and I had the nasi lemak with chicken drumstick curry (RM8.00)…

Colourful Cafe nasi lemak with chicken curry

…while my missus had their fried kway teow (RM4.50)…

Colourful Cafe fried kway teow

I think I did mention in a previous post that the prices here have gone up by around 50 sen but as long as the food is good, it does not really matter as its location is convenient for us to stop by on our way home and parking is a breeze plus it is free.

We were here not too long ago and I was quite upset by the fact that they did not seem to have a lot of the things on their elaborate menu but we were in the vicinity and I wanted my missus to try the nice nasi bryani (RM9.00)…

Sara Cafe nasi bryani ayam

…that I had and thought was really good. The chicken thigh seemed much smaller this time around and it did not look like my missus enjoyed it a lot – she just said it was not spicy. Period.

I ordered the roti canai (RM1.20)…

Sara Cafe roti canai

…and though I liked how it was kind of crispy in parts, I did not think I would want to order that again as I found it way too oily, so oily that I could not use my hands to tear it up and dip in the curry gravy and eat.

I liked the teh-c special (RM3.00)…

Sara Cafe teh-c special

…and I thought the mee jawa (RM6.00 for the special)…

Sara Cafe mee jawa special 1

…was very good too…

Sara Cafe mee jawa special 2

I loved the taste of the thick and rich gravy but for the special, one would get a piece of fried chicken, that’s all. I would prefer the fried prawn fritters than one would get for the mee jawa special here.

Then, on another morning, we stopped by here but it was a Wednesday and that stall with the nice own-made fish balls was having its day off so my missus went and ordered the seafood noodles (RM6.00)…

Happiness Cafe seafood noodles

…that she had once and liked a lot.

I tried the Foochow sio bee (90 sen each)…

Happiness Cafe Foochow sio bee

…from the mee sua stall and much to our delight, they were really very good!

I mentioned in that post that the Sarawak laksa stall had closed down – well, it has reopened, now run by a couple and no, I did not go for the laksa queen (RM28.00)…

Happiness Cafe laksa queen

…and no, I don’t think I would ever want to part with a whopping RM58.00 for the king – I guess the prawns would be extra huge if you order the latter. Instead, I just settled for their laksa special (RM7.00)…

Happiness Cafe laksa special

…RM5.00 for the regular.

It tasted nice, much nicer than what I had here but no, it did not have much of the Sarawak laksa fragrance and taste plus I would not recommend the special as the serving was so very huge, a whole lot of bihun, that it was quite a struggle for me to finish all of it.

So there you have it, something old and something new that I had over the past week or so at those same old places around here.

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 while SARA CAFE (2.307544, 111.820744) is located among the shops at Simpang Tiga, Sibu, where the Bisonte Grocer & Deli is, one of the two facing Jalan Bunga Normah 4 and HAPPINESS CAFE, (2.306608, 111.827179) formerly KONG MA MA, is located along Lorong Delta 4, off Jalan Delta. The left turn into Lorong Delta 9 will lead you straight to the Delta Public Swimming Pool.