Pierced…

I went back to that shop near my house to reciprocate for their kindness and honesty in returning my RM100.00 note to me.

I bought a pack of the black vinegar pork trotters (RM30.00) that I tried before and yes, I did enjoy that. The lady boss asked me to buy the ribs from Kuching again but I did not feel like having another go at it. Another time, perhaps!

Then she asked me to try this…

Thai pork sticks

…something that we had not tried before, she said.

The packaging looked kind of Japanese – that was why I was surprised to see it labelled “Thai pork stick” and yes, there were some Thai characters as well so I assumed it was a product of Thailand. I was doubly surprised when upon closer scrutiny, I realised that it was actually made in Miri…

Made in Miri

…right here in Sarawak.

I wrapped the tray with aluminum foil and lined it with kunyit (turmeric) leaves. The slices of meat are pre-marinated and pierced through with skewers, not unlike those Japanese yakitori. I placed a big Thai basil leaf under each slice and arranged them nicely in the tray…

Into the tray

…after which, I added some more Thai basil leaves on top…

With Thai basil leaves added

I reckoned that if they were supposedly Thai, they should taste Thai in some way.

I grilled them for 30 minutes on one side before turning them over to grill some more on the other side and after another 15 minutes or so, they were done…

Grilled

Yes, they were very nice – we all loved them very much, just that they did not taste exotic, not anything like one would expect from a Thai dish. Instead, we thought it was a little bit like a cross between bak kua and char siew and yes, the meat was nice and tender.

At RM29.00 for a pack of 10 sticks, it worked out to RM2.90 a stick that was about the size of 3 regular sticks of satay. I would say it was not expensive and of course, most importantly, we did enjoy them very much. I definitely would go back and buy a few more packs to stock in our freezer and the next time we cook, I would not stop at just those Thai basil leaves but would go all the way instead – serai (lemon grass), sawtooth coriander, the whole works! If it’s Thai, it must taste Thai, not Chinese! LOL!!!

SWEE HUNG (2.316161, 111.840441) is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – next to a hair salon at the extreme end and on the other end, to the left is the Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and Mini-supermarket.

Combine…

I blogged about this place…

101 Food Court Penang char kway teow

…before, way back in 2017. I would not say it is the best in town but yes, it is good enough – my brother-in-law and my missus love his Penang char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles) but to me, there are a few other places that may be just as nice and perhaps even nicer.

I asked if they had cockles in their Penang char kway teow but they said no. In the end, I decided to go for the kway teow/mee kahwin (RM5.00)…

Kway teow mee kahwin

a combination of the flat rice noodles and the yellow noodles or as its name says, the marriage of the two.

No, there were no cockles, just a whole lot of those tiny prawns and some lap cheong (Chinese sausage) and no, they were not the pek hay (white seawater prawns) that I bought the other day. These hard-shell ones are much cheaper but they are all right, nice too and anytime nicer than those farmed ones that some people around here use for their Sarawak laksa or whatever. I can’t say I was thrilled by the combination though – perhaps, I should have stuck to just kway teow but with the lovely chili dip that came with it, I would say that I quite enjoyed it.

I saw the popiah stall by the side but it was closed. I loved it…

Jiali Cafe popiah

…a lot but it used to open only on Saturdays and Sundays only. I quickly asked the nice lady at the kway teow stall if they are still running their business and she said yes, except that they only open on Sundays now, not twice a week like before. Hmmmm…I certainly would make my way back here one Sunday just for this!

101 FOOD COURT (2.291330, 111.841751) is located in the vicinity of the shops around Medan Mall, Jalan Wong King Huo, back to back with Jiali Cafe along Lorong Tong Sang 4, two or three doors to the left of Wan Li Sheng Rou Mee.

Have fun…

No wonder we cannot find it easily here in Sibu. Chee cheong fun (猪肠粉), a rice noodle roll, is a Cantonese dish from Guangdong Province in southern China and Hong Kong, commonly served either as a snack, a small meal or as a variety of dim sum and Sibu is a predominantly-Foochow town.

We can get it in the morning at this restaurant here among all the dim sum selections that they serve and way back in 2016, we could get it here. If I remember correctly, the guy was from West Malaysia, probably not a Foochow. Unfortunately, it did not last too long and eventually, it called it a day. After that, we did not have any chee cheong fun stall anywhere, or not that I know of.

Well, it so happened that I was in the neighbourhood the other morning and I decided to drop by the place…

Jiali Cafe

Somebody kept commenting in my blog asking me to go and eat the kampua mee there, saying that the lady was originally from here. I went to the stall but I only saw a young girl there, nobody looking familiar and frankly, I do think they need to work on the stall to make it look more presentable and attractive to draw more attention to it as it is at one corner, blocked by another stall if the customers look in that direction from where they are sitting.

I went around the whole place and I spotted this stall…

Jiali Cafe chee cheong fun stall

…and of course, I wanted to give it a try but I did not know which one to order…

Jiali Cafe chee cheong fun stall menu

From what the lady was telling me in Mandarin, the first one at the top (A) was prawn and the second one (C), char siew and I told her those two were the ones that I wanted.

This looked like (C) or maybe (B)…

Chee cheong fun 1

…but there did not seem to be anything inside.

The other one…

Chee cheong fun 2

…that I thought had prawn inside, had bits of char siew, of that I was pretty sure.

Whichever one they were, both were really very nice, nicer than those from the guy who was here before. The rice noodle roll was so thin, so fine and translucent, so silky smooth, almost like our pian sip (meat dumpling) skin and the sambal that came with it was so good it brought the taste to a whole new level. One bone to pick would be how they were not so generous with the sambal – the next time I drop by here for this, I certainly would ask for more!

I handed the lady a RM10.00 note and I was surprised when she gave me back RM2.00 change. Obviously what I had weren’t (A) and (C), most likely (A) and (B).

On my way back to the car, I walked past the kampua mee stall again and yes, the old(er) couple were there but no, the faces did not ring the bell and since I had already had the chee cheong fun, I was not going to eat anything from the stall so I did not bother asking any questions. Next time, perhaps!

JIALI CAFE (2.292140, 111.841524) is located among the shops behind Medan Mall, Jalan Wong King Huo, a few doors away to the right of JUNCTION CAFE,  facing the road leading to the Medan Hotel there.

Finders keepers…

With Sibu in the yellow zone now, I decided that I should go out once again to stock up on food in the house. I planned to go to the Sibu Central Market after I had dropped off my girl at school but I changed my mind and headed to the one beside the Dewan Suarah (Civic Centre) instead.

I bought two big 2-inch thick slabs of phak thik poh (tripletail fish or patipok or kuku laut in Malay, 打铁婆,松鲷 in Chinese), literally translated as the blacksmith’s wife, a very nice fish and two pretty big ikan bawal hitam (black pomfret). The total came up to RM104.00 and I asked the guy to round it up to RM100.00 but he said he could give me a discount, RM102.00 and yes, I did have RM2.00 loose change and I passed that to him with a RM100.00 note We had one piece of the phak thik poh for lunch and dinner that day – we had that at a restaurant before and we sure loved it and we had not had it since.

Having said that, I think I prefer ngor hu (threadfin/午鱼) – we still have that in the freezer. I bought one whole fish from the fruit and food shop in my neighbourhood –  they said it was small, just over RM100 only for it and they wanted to sell it at one go. I went ahead and bought it but it sure wasn’t small – we have been eating it bit by bit for quite sometime now and there are still a few slabs left, four, at least. I thought it was expensive at the time but considering that we have been able to stretch it so far for so long and enjoying it to the max, it sure is worth it!

Much to my disappointment that morning, there was not a single prawn at all the fish and seafood stalls at that market. One of them had a tray of some miserable farmed ones but no, thank you! The texture is completely out and one can easily taste the difference!

On my way home, I stopped at the aforementioned shop to see if they had any. No, the lady boss said, they did not have any then but she called somebody and she told me that they would send some 10 kg over at around 10.00 a.m. She took my handphone number from me and told me that she would call me when they arrived…which she did and I went over quickly and grabbed a little over 2 kg…

Prawns 2 kg

…of those lovely crustaceans.

The son was packing them for sale – usually, they would sell these prawns in packs of RM30-40 but he said I could just take what I wanted in a plastic bag and pay according to the weight – RM60.00 a kg. and that was what I did.

I went and picked the BIG ones…

Big as a spoon

…and the boy kept telling me not to do that – if I picked all the big ones, they would have to charge accordingly, a different price. They did not do that, of course – they’re very nice people there and all in all, I took slightly over 2 kg, a little over RM120.00. I paid the boss two RM100 notes and he gave me the change and I went home happily after that.

I counted 20 extra big ones…

XL

…22 big ones…

L

…and 18 medium-sized ones…

M

…60 altogether so that roughly worked out to RM2.00 each, so much cheaper than the RM28.00 for a plate of 4, RM7.00 each that we had here that night, so shockingly expensive!!!

Of course, as soon as I got home, I had to go through the chore of getting them done before putting them away in the freezer. I would cut away the legs…

Legs

…and those four peculiar-shaped ones…

Forelegs

…in front below the head but leaving the rest intact. Then I would cut off the tip of the head and remove the black sac…

Black sac

…inside. That is bitter so if you do not remove it and you happen to eat it in the head, it may spoil your enjoyment of the prawn.

Lastly, I would cut a slit along the back to remove the vein…

Devein

…and that was it, all done…

Done!

I put all of them in a plastic tub…

Ready to freeze

…and filled it with water before putting it in the freezer to freeze so eventually, all the prawns would all be frozen in a  block of ice.

My friend, Peter, the boss of Payung, told me once that it would be better to leave the shell intact or the prawns would shrink badly in the process of cooking so you would not have very much left to serve. I managed to put together two plastic tubs for freezing, one with the XL prawns and the other with the L ones…and I also have another tub of the L ones that I managed to buy a couple of days earlier – the last one available that day.

As for the M ones, I removed all the heads and shell and deveined them to keep in sets of 3 for use when frying vegetables. Just 3 would be enough to give your dish that special sweetness to bring it to a whole new level. Like I always say, you just can’t go wrong with prawns!!!

Now, while I was busy with the prawns, the lady boss called me again to tell me that I had dropped a RM100.00 note in their shop and asked me to go over and collect it…which I did. They found it on the floor so they checked their CCTV and saw that it was mine. It’s not so much the money but the fact that there are people who are willing to go through the trouble to find out whose money it is and go through the trouble of returning it!!! I’m sure many will not be bothered to do so and will just keep it, finders keepers, losers weepers!

SWEE HUNG (2.316161, 111.840441) is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – next to a hair salon at the extreme end…and on the other end, to the left is the Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and Mini-supermarket.

So blessed…

I guess you would be so blessed if you were to come here…

8-Blessing Corner

…to eat as you would get not one, not two…but EIGHT blessings! LOL!!! I’ve been to the coffee shop on the other side facing the Lovers’ Bridge across Sungai Merah a few times and I did walk over here to have a look but I never got round to coming here to eat.

Incidentally, this one at the end of the block, below the gym, had closed down for quite sometime now and this café has moved here. There’s a new coffee shop here where the Malay satay shop used to be while the latter has moved back to the Bandong area of shops now.

Anyway, back to that coffee shop that I went to the other morning, I heard that they do have some nice stuff there but when I got there, I could not remember what they said I should try. I saw “bubur kuali” at the 2nd stall and I thought that was fried porridge. I’ve seen people blogging about it but I have not seen it being sold anywhere here so of course, I wanted to try.  Unfortunately, the lady said it was not available and luckily too as actually, it was not what I thought it was – as a matter of fact, it was our very popular local Foochow delight, the dianmianngu, which I do not really fancy. Duh!!! Is that what they call it in Malay?

I went back to the kampua mee stall…

8-Blessing Corner kampua mee stall

…in front and I thought the RM8.00 Sarawak laksa with the big prawns looked rather enticing but it was sold out, the laksa and good grief!!! I saw the photograph of the RM12.00 one and it had a whole lot of pork intestines and liver!!! That is sacrilegious! Absolutely ridiculous! I am sure whoever created this culinary delight, the pride and joy of Sarawak, would be turning in her grave to see what they have done to it here – yes, I’ve seen it at a number of stalls in some coffee shops here. What on earth are they thinking? Tsk! Tsk!

I ended up ordering their stewed pork ribs that was supposed to go with bihun or yellow noodles but I wanted kampua mee (RM6.00)…

8-Blessing Corner stewed pork ribs mee

…instead. It did not cross my mind at the time to tell them that I wanted the kampua mee, plain and it turned out that the lady tossed the noodles in the stewed pork ribs sauce. In the end, it did not taste like kampua mee, not at all…but thankfully, it was quite nice and yes, the ribs were good.

However, if I were to compare, the pork rib noodles I had here was a whole lot nicer but unfortunately, that stall has since closed down – I think somebody else has taken over but no, I have not gone over to see what he/she has in store.

8-BLESSING CORNER/8福美食访 (2.325631, 111.839722) is located back to back to Yisen Cafe, Lorong Sg Merah 2D4, that faces the Lovers’ Bridge across Sungai Merah.

Frank…

Frank or frankfurter is what we call a sausage or hot dog, also known as bratwurst in German.

I am not into those mass-produced rubbery factory-made ones sold in abundance at every supermarket but there are a few brands and some flavours that my girl likes so she may buy those once in a long while. I do not mind the very nice and exclusive gourmet ones and my girl would buy those too sometimes but not all that often. For one thing, they sure do not come cheap!

Sometime ago, she bought these Thai ones…

Thai sausages

…but they did not seem to be moving much, sitting there idle in the freezer day in and day out.

I took two to fry and try and when I ate them, I could jolly well understand why. They tasted like lap cheong (臘腸), our Chinese sausages, or those Taiwan sausages which she and the mum are not particularly fond of. I do enjoy them, depending on what they are cooked with – in my opinion, it is a must in claypot pork/chicken rice.

Well, there were two left so the other morning, I decided to finish them off. As in the case of when I am cooking lap cheong, I removed the casing first…

Casing removed

…and then I cut slits all along the sides, top and bottom, before frying them in a pan with a bit of oil added.

While I was at it, I decided to go all the way and prepare my own BIG breakfast to enjoy. I toasted two slices of bread, fried two eggs and a few slices of bacon and I heated up some leftover chicken nuggets and served them with whipped potato by the side…

My Big Breakfast

The sausages were a little bit charred…

Charred

…but that did not matter one bit. Like in the case of char siew or bak kua, the charred edges would add to the fragrance and enhance the taste.

That sure put the so-called Big Breakfast at those (expensive) supposedly fine dining, classy cafés here to shame. Needless to say, I enjoyed it to the max.

Upgraded…

A friend/ex-student shared a photograph of the chai kueh he bought, pre-packed in a plastic container and I asked him where he bought that. He told me and the next morning, I made my way there in search of it.  I walked around the stalls selling kueh by the pavement but I did not see it at all. In the end, I went home empty-handed.

I got back to that aforementioned guy to ask him specifically where he got the chai kueh from and yes, he did tell me but he added that perhaps I should go to the Rejang Park stall instead. I guess he was implying that those were not as nice. That was sometime back and I never did go and buy until the other day when I was driving past and a car reversed out from a parking space right in front. Gee!!! That must be my lucky day. No, one can easily find a parking space at the back but I am too lazy to walk all the way to the stall.

It appeared to me that they now have a lot more things for sale – their table is now bigger and they have upgraded to pre-packing what they make for sale and sticking their sticker…

Sticker

…on the pack as well even.

Their chai kueh comes in a pack of 5…

Pack of 5

…selling for RM5.00 each so that means they are a ringgit each. Yes, they were still as good as before but the ones I stumbled upon recently with the hint of hay bee (udang kering/dried prawns) in the filling were much nicer even though they did not look as good and besides, they were only RM4.50 for a pack of 5, cheaper by 10 sen each.

Their angku kuih are similarly packed in packs of 5…

Angku kuih

…and are also selling for RM5.00 each, RM1.00 for 1 angku and yes, they are consistently nice, nicer, bigger and cheaper than the ones here. I am not sure how much these are now – those are nice too but if I am not wrong, they are smaller. Incidentally, the yellow ones (the skin is made from pumpkin) cost 50 sen more, RM5.50 a pack so of course, I did not want those. They all taste the same, anyway!

I remember I loved the bak chang (meat dumplings) here

Bak chang

…so I bought half a dozen to store in the fridge. I can steam them for breakfast in the morning instead of stopping by some place outside to eat. Now that Sibu has been declared a yellow zone, it is best to #staysafe #staywell #stayhome.

No, that wasn’t all that I bought from the stall that day. I also bought tofu fa for the ladies – I did not get any for myself as I had a cough and was staying away from anything cooling.

I also bought these chai peah (vegetable fritters)…

Chai peah 1

…that my girl likes a lot, 5 for RM2.00 now – it used to be 3 for a ringgit before and I wonder why they call it chai peah when there is no chai (vegetable) in it at all. At best, you may see some chopped spring onion…

Chai peah 2

…that’s all! I think there might be a strand or two of taugeh (bean sprout) a long long time ago but don’t count on finding any in the chai peah anymore these days.

My girl quite enjoyed them but she says she prefers the ones at the ban chien kuih (apam balik) stall around the shops near my house in the afternoon.

LIM TIONG KHAY Chinese kueh stall (2.306707, 111.836471) is located beside the Chinese medical store among the shops at Rejang Park in the block facing Jalan Teruntum to the left of what was formerly the Zenith Mint Cinema.

Not nice…

Well, I would not say it was not nice but in my opinion, I feel that there are others that I prefer.

I took my ex-student, Raphael, here for this…

Stall No. 3 Sg Antu Foochow fried mee

in January this year and I actually encouraged him to order from this stall…

Sg Antu Hawker Centre Stall No. 3

…as it was featured in a Youtube video. As it turned out, to be frank, I thought he looked like he was not enjoying it so much. There was no WOWWW!!! moment, not at all and when I asked him, he said that he had not had any other than that one so he was in no position to make a comparison.

I was feeling like having some Foochow fried noodles that day so I drove over to the hawker centre with this particular stall in mind since I had never tried it first hand before. I ordered the Foochow fried noodles special (RM6.00)…

Sg Antu Hawker Centre Stall No. 3 Foochow fried noodles special 1

…and it sure took quite a while before it was served. For one thing, everyone around that part of the hawker centre was having noodles from that same stall and they had to cook each order one by one so it took them a bit of time.

When it was served, one look at  its colour…

Sg Antu Hawker Centre Stall No. 3 Foochow fried Noodles special 2

…told me that it wasn’t quite what I would expect and as it turned out, I was right.

I had this one there and it was good and on another occasion, I had this one from another stall and it was good too. Besides, I was given bottled chili sauce to go with it – that was so wrong! I would expect freshly-cut chili in dark soy sauce for Foochow fried noodles, wet (with sauce/gravy). PERIOD! I guess I could have asked for it but no, I did not bother.

There are a few places where the Foochow fried noodles is really good like this one near my house and this one though I have not been there for a long time now…or this one…and this one and I did get to enjoy one that my missus bought from a stall on the 1st Floor of the Sibu Central Market but when I asked her, she could not tell me exactly where exactly it was.

For one thing, this hawker centre was VERY crowded. I did drive there a few times but there was no parking space all around it and the mere sight of all the people there made me change my mind instantly about going there. That morning, I went at around 11, past the 10 o’ clock tea break and not yet time for lunch. There were a lot of people but there were some vacant tables and a car was just leaving so I did manage to get a parking space.

They had the QR code (they were using the official one belonging to the town’s municipal council) everywhere, even on the tables but I do not have a smartphone and there was no way I could sign in and check my temperature. I must say I was quite uncomfortable with that and I don’t think I would be all that keen to go back there again…especially when there have been TWO cases reported in Sibu and the town has been declared yellow all over again.

THE SUNGAI ANTU MARKET & HAWKER CENTRE/FOOD COURT (2.320030, 111.830741) is located along Jalan Sg Antu 2, on your right off Jalan Industri as you drive in from Jalan Kpg Nangka.

At least we’ve tried…

Ever since we had the chicken rice lunch downstairs, we kept saying that we would want to go and try their hotpot place on the 1st Floor…

HOTPOT CAFÉ

…but we never got down to doing it until that day, the day of the Mid-Autumn/Mooncake Festival.

We went early, before 6.00 p.m., in the hope that there would not be a crowd and we would be able to get a table as we did bother to make a reservation. I was thinking that since there are so many hotpot places in town sprouting out here, there and everywhere like mushrooms after the rain, if the place was too crowded, we could always try another one.

Luckily, there were tables available and believe it or not, there were others there already before us. If I am not wrong, the place was full by the time we were leaving – I don’t know whether that was because of the festival or they actually do enjoy brisk business like this every night.

My missus helped herself to three types of chili dip…

HOTPOT CAFE chili dips

…which I did try but none was to my liking. None of them came near to what my missus makes herself at home.

For the hotpot, we picked the classic pork bone soup on one side and the tom yam on the other (RM15.00 for a pick of 2)…

Classic pork bone soup & tom yam

…and for the meat, we had pork (RM10.00) and beef (RM12.00)…

Pork and beef slices

…and premium lamb slices (RM20.00)…

Lamb slices

My girl said that she could not tell the difference between the beef and the lamb and both did not stand out in any way so in future, we might as well just order the pork which we felt was the nicest of the three.

The so-called “fresh prawns” were expensive, RM28.00 for a set of 4…

Fresh prawns

…and I asked for two sets because I was expecting to get freshwater prawns (udang galah). To be frank, I felt these were way overpriced – I can easily get them at the shop near my house, roundabout 20 of them, this size or bigger, for around RM40 (usually RM45.00 a kilo). Had I known better, I would have given them a miss.

The Spanish mackerel fishballs (RM8.00)…

Spanish mackerel fishballs

…were great and so were the shrimp and pork dumplings (RM8.00)…

Shrimp & pork dumplings

I should have asked for two sets each of these two instead of the prawns.

The fresh red squid (RM12.00)…

Fresh red squid

…wasn’t all that cheap either, nothing to get excited about and something we would surely leave out, should we happen to come back here again next time.

The  Hakka yong tao foo (RM15.00)…

Hakka yong tao foo

…was all right and my girl loved their fresh tofu (RM4.00)…

Fresh tofu

– she said it was extra smooth and silky, nicer than the ones sold at the wet market in town. You may have noticed how they seem to qualify most items on their menu as being “fresh“, even the tofu. LOL!!!

The mushroom platter (RM8.00)…

Mushroom platter

…took quite  a long time coming and that got me wondering why. I thought it would not need much preparation, just dump everything in a plate and serve…and we also had these Q-Q (curly) vegetables (RM5.00) and tang hoon/glass noodles (RM4.00)…

Q-Q vegetables & glass noodles

…too.

We just threw everything in, equally divided between the two types of broth and when it started boiling…

Boiling

…it was time to dig in!

The tom yam soup was nice but way too spicy and too sour for me to handle – I guess the rest did not fancy it much either as by the time we had finished everything, there was still half left. The classic pork bone soup was really good, so “sweet” and bursting with flavours, so much so that it prompted my girl to remark, next time we shall just have the pork bone soup on both sides.

The total came up to RM183.00 (inclusive of drinks) for the four of us – we invited my sister to join us that night. That sure wasn’t cheap and we could have had our own at home for much less but at least, we did not have to do all the preparation and all the washing and cleaning once we were done. We certainly wouldn’t mind coming here again but I guess we shall just reserve it for special occasions.

HOTPOT CAFÉ is on the 1st Floor, right above TING KEE CHICKEN RICE (2.292362, 111.825681) which is located at No. 85, Jalan Kampung Nyabor, to the extreme left of the block of shops directly across the road from RH Hotel.

Good, not great…

We dropped by here for lunch…

New roast meat stall

…that afternoon, the day of the Mooncake Festival, mainly because I wanted to give it a try to see if it was any good.

Unfortunately, the siew yoke was sold out and even though a few of their roast ducks were still hanging there in the display cabinet, they were all booked by some people, most probably for their dinner at home to celebrate the festival  that night.

In the end, we had no choice but to order what they had left…

What we had

The stewed egg was somewhat under-stewed, looking rather pale while the roast chicken was all right, just like roast chicken anywhere else, nothing to make it stand out above the rest.

I thought the char siew

Char siew

…looked good but at best, I would say that it was nicer than most, if not all, that we have in town which, in fact, is not saying much as we do not have nice char siew here, not that I know of, even though there are places where the siew yoke is really nice. So far, all these years, the best char siew we had was from the Cantonese guy here, originally from KL, if I am not mistaken – we were there in 2014 but eventually, he closed shop and moved to the UK to join his brother in the food business there.

The chicken rice was so very white, not the best but nicer than many around here and the complimentary soup would rank among the top – at most places, what they give is not worth a second sip.

What we had was only RM21.50 altogether and yes, it did not look like much simply because there was not very much. I wouldn’t mind paying more for a bit more actually. I asked the guy and he said they were all locals but the chef/cook was working in Singapore for many years and had just come back.

Personally, if I were to pick my favourites in town, I would pick, not in any particular order, this one – the meat, in particular and this one too plus this one as well, their rice especially. The steamed chicken and rice here are immensely popular – you may not be able to get a table if you do not go early or make a reservation but I feel they need better quality control as at times, they would be so so good and at other times, they turn out somewhat disappointing.  We quite liked this one but we went there once only so I would reserve my opinion till we have gone back there a few more times. As for this one, I would say it was not bad, not among the ones that I like a lot in town but there are others that aren’t as good.

This yet-to-be-named coffee shop is located where Kampung Grandma used to be, to the right of  23 FOOD COURT (2.297349, 111.824644), among the shops along Lorong Tun Abg Hj Openg 1, opposite Kin Orient Plaza (where the “old’ Sing Kwong Supermarket is).