January 10, 2018

Happiness Cafe 幸福園饮食坊 @Jalan Delta, Sibu

Address: No. 1D & 1E, Lane 4, Jalan Delta, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak.
Business hours: Tuesday 6:30am - 1:00pm; Wednesday - Monday 6:30am - 1:00pm, 5:00pm - 10:30pm

After breakfast at Chop Hing Huong, we stopped by Happiness Cafe to meet family members as they chose to have breakfast here. This coffee shop is located in housing area, Delta Road. Variety of choices here, there's a Malay food stall here too. My uncle paid a high compliment on the ding bian hu here. So out of curiousity, I also tempted to try it out.

My parents liked the kampua here. The texture was good but the lard aroma wasn't strong enough. For me, there's no kampua can compete with the kampua at Pasar Utama Bintulu.

Here's the ding bian hu. My uncle said it has lots of ingredients. Yes, it does have more ingredients but frozen fish cakes and fish balls. And they used kueh chap's flat rice noodles not the traditional form of ding bian hu. This should not called ding bian hu. They should name it differently.

The map to Happiness Cafe:

January 4, 2018

Revisit Chop Hing Huong 興園餐室 & Xiu Long Confectionery 小龍餅家, Sibu

Address: 2-40, Jalan Tukang Besi, Pekan Sibu, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak.
Business Hours: Monday - Saturday 6:00am - 5:30pm, Sunday 6:00am - 12:30pm

Last week my family drove to Sibu for my bro's wedding reception. Again we tried to squeeze a time for this famous "ding bian hu" 鼎边糊. I just found out, this is the third post of Chop Hing Huong in my blog. Despite my uncle and aunt in Sibu keep recommending us to try out ding bian hu at other coffee shops, but we are still not convinced. Next post I'll blog the other ding bian hu we've tried.

This time I embedded videos in this post. 

They still do it traditionally, use the stone grinder to grind rice freshly everyday.

Ok, shame on me. I didn't know they sell also Foochow fried noodle and noodle soup. First tried their fried noodle, not bad too. The noodle was wok-fried so it had the charred aroma. The gravy was not as thick, quite watery but flavourful.

While waiting for my food to be served, I always sneak to the next door for their egg cakes. The egg cake should be their signature. We have tried their gong pia / kompia. Not so recommended, as their gong pia is oven machine baked not using the traditional clay oven.

First time I tried this modified version of "Jun Nu Piang", the sweet and soft version of gong pia. The yellow layer on top is butter. I was quite impressed with its taste, it was surprisingly good. It reminds me of Hong Kong's polo bun. But it's best to consume while it's still fresh. The next day the bread would turn harder, the texture gradually deteriorated.

Click HERE to read my first post of Chop Hing Huong.
Click HERE to read my second post of Chop Hing Huong.

The map to Chop Hing Huong:

December 26, 2017

Kolo Mee @Meng Joo Kee 民裕居, Ang Cheng Ho, Kuching

Address: Lot 227, Jalan Ang Cheng Ho, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak.
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 7am - 11:30am

Happy Boxing Day, everyone! This will be my last post of 2017. Wishing all my readers Happy New Year in advance!

Last Sunday I was quite lazy to prepare my lunch box. Decided to drop by Ang Cheng Ho for a quick fix. I ever had my lunch at Meng Joo Kee when I worked at Petanak area. This place is popular for its kolo mee, kueh chap, laksa, cha kueh, pork leg rice, chicken soup mee sua and kaya toast.

I used to hand-carry a few packs of kolo mee here for my friends in Singapore. They liked it. If you would like to bring kolo mee for your friend or family member who stays overseas, you have to tell the vendor. The food preparation will be different in order to store for long hours.

A normal bowl of kolo mee here costs RM3.10, while others have increased their price to RM4.00. The char siew meat was rather dry and hard, but I have to say that the minced meat was real good. It's really flavourful. Too bad, the texture of noodle was not my preference. It was slightly soft and stuck in teeth when chewing.

The map to Meng Joo Kee:

December 23, 2017

Woon Lam Cafe 1999 @Jalan Song Thian Cheok, Kuching

Address: 187 - 189, Jalan Song Thian Cheok, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 6AM - 6PM

I had not been to Woon Lam Cafe for decade. In my memory, the fast food and yong tau foo there were nice. I caught flu two days ago so decided to have something soupy, yong tau foo. In case you don't know the location, Woon Lam Cafe is located behind Secret Recipe at Jalan Song Thian Cheok.

The stall selling yong tau foo. You can choose the ingredients you want. However, the item selection is quite limited so shorten your time to choose. Noodle variation only has mee sua and mee pok (thick noodle).

The fast food stall, good variety of selection and the dishes taste nice too.

I asked for all the items. A bowl of this RM7. Quite worth it since the portion was large. The broth was surprisingly flavourful. I think elderly will like this bowl of yong tau foo.

Other than fast food and yong tau foo, there also have cha kueh, kueh chap, laksa, and porridge. Just checked online and found out the kueh chap here is famous too. But when I passed by the kueh chap stall and smelled the strong pork odor, I ever doubted their business. I was surprised majority customer ordered the kueh chap.

Map to Woon Lam Cafe:

December 19, 2017

Ting Noodle House 陳記麵飯美食館 @Ban Hock Road, Kuching

Address: Ground Floor, 117B, Lot 132, Jalan Ban Hock, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak.
Business Hour: Monday - Saturday 10am - 8pm (Sunday off)

Hello, been not update my blog for weeks as busy with my bro's wedding. At last the wedding is ended last week. Yesterday finally got time to take a break, visited this Ting Noodle House at Ban Hock Road for brunch. This Taiwanese cuisine restaurant has been in Kuching for many years but still new to some Kuchingnites.

This restaurant serves the iconic Taiwanese dishes. The vendor married a Taiwanese. In the past, this Taiwanese taukenio always stood at the counter and greeted the walk-in customers "欢迎光临". It's the basic etiquette who runs a business in Taiwan culture. But now the customer service is improvable.

I used to come here for its minced pork rice and beef noodle. In those days, not many Taiwanese cuisine restaurants in Kuching. Another popular one is Taipei 101 at RH Plaza.

Iced Bubble Lemon Green Tea (RM4)

Seasoned Seaweed (RM3.50). Every time I visit here, normally will not skip ordering this seaweed as appetizer.

Pan Fried Chive Pork Dumplings (RM6.50). This one not recommended. It was quite oily on the dumpling skin. And the fillings was dry, taste quite awful.

Pork Rice (RM6.50). The layers of fat might look quite frightening to you right. It was not that greasy as you thought. The meat was soft and effortless to chew. What I don't like the most is that its portion is rather small. Oh well.. generally they serve the same portion too in Taiwan.

Minced Pork Rice (RM6.50). This looks different from what I had last time. The meat was in stripe form not minced? Anyway, my SIL said it's tasty. 

Stewed Beef Noodle (RM9.50). The broth is light spicy and flavourful. 

Mixed Beef Noodle. Our guest asked for bigger portion, so the portion is doubled from the beef noodle above.

The map to Ting Noodle House:

December 5, 2017

Fu Rong Pan Mee Kopitiam 芙蓉板面 @MJC, Kuching

Address: AF 101, Ground Floor, Batu Kawa New Township, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak.
Business hours: 6:00am - 1:30pm Wednesday - Monday (Tuesday off)

Pan mee is one of my favourite food. As the soup tastes light with fragrance and sweetness of cangkuk manis (star gooseberry), I never grow bored of this dish. But there are a few vendors used chicken breast meat to replace the pork mince now. The taste was not as great and I don't appreciate the 'modified' version of pan mee. For me, authentic pan mee should have deep-fried anchovies, star gooseberry, pork mince and freshly kneaded noodle. Some of you might like to have egg in soup, but not me. The egg york spoils the original taste of the soup base.

I have read this Fu Rong Pan Mee in FB. Many responded and flooded with compliments. I came here first time with my bro, the vendor told me the waiting time is one hour. It was too long to wait for my bro, so we detoured to other place. On second visit I came here with my mum, bro and his wife-to-be. Phew, luckily it was not as crowded as the first time. We ordered 4 variety of pan mee to try.

They have variety of pan mee menus, dry, soup or fried version.

The husband and wife.

Pan Mee Soup with Add-on Fried Chicken. Not sure the price, should be less than RM8.

Pan Mee Soup, RM5.00.

Fried Chicken Pan Mee, RM6.00.

Fried Pan Mee, RM6.50.

All dishes we ordered are delicious. The fried pan mee is totally out of my expectation. My bro and I liked it very much. The soup is definitely worth our journey from far. Their sambal is quite unique too. It's not overly spicy, goes well with the noodle. If not because of its distance, I guess I don't mind to have pan mee here everyday.

The map to Fu Rong Pan Mee Kopitiam:

November 24, 2017

Magenta Restaurant @The Square Tower Waterfront, Kuching

Address: The Square Tower Waterfront, Jalan Barrack, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak
Business hours: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 12:00am

After the meal at It Hng Teochew Restaurant, we had second round of dinner. My friend was longing to try out the pasta I had many years back at Magenta. He watched me slurped down the whole plate of pasta, deemed it must be delicious.

Previously Magenta was located at Old Courthouse, not long ago they moved to The Square Tower at waterfront.

The dining place is located at upstairs. Accessing to upstairs is quite a challenge, it's a twisted staircase. It's quite narrow and steep. If you are wearing short skirts, not advisable to dine at upstairs. Or you can choose the table outside the premise.

The menu is here. Sorry for the blurred pictures, the place is dim and poor lighting for taking photograph. It supposed to be a romantic place, but it ain't romantic because of the unmatched tables and chairs. The view is not as great too because the window size is small and you can't enjoy the whole night view of the river and Astana.

Magenta is supposed to be a high class restaurant. So the pricing is higher as expected.

My friend asked me why I wanted to take the picture of the drinks as it's nothing interesting. Hmm.. Why not? They are using a plastic glass. That's what I want to point out. Don't you think it spoils the whole thing?

Lime Leave Seafood Fettuccine, RM36. My friend said it was not that tasty as he expected. I think the quality has dropped, the sauce was quite watery as compared to last time. 

Chef's Salmon, RM42. The plate is huge, it makes the content looks so petty. The pan-fried salmon was fresh so it also elevated the taste.

The total bill was about RM90++. My friend foot the bill. Personally I don't think I will come here again or recommend any friend to try out. Perhaps this place is more suitable for tourists?

The map to Magenta Restaurant:

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