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A Plus Food Centre @ Sibu, Sarawak

Posted: October 17, 2010 in @Sarawak
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When we arrive at the restaurant, Mr Y – our host for the night,  was deep in conversation with the restaurant owner, Mr Y has  a long history with A Plus, throughout dinner, he reminisced about the good old days back in the 70s -when business was good and money was easy – and he used to spend 25 days out of a month wining and dining at A Plus…

 What we ate that nite ( year 2010, not 1970s)

Sibu fried noodles – the noodles were thicker than the usual noodles back in KL, with a springy texture. Although just plainly fried with some dark sauces plus some vegetable and meat , this was very tasty – everybody had a  bowlful and we emptied the dish ( I thought noodles usually come last ? ) The tofu dish came at the same time with the noodles and thus before scooping passed the egg laden gravy,  I thought that  this was another noodle dish , talk about good camouflage ! apart from the tofu, the other main co-star was crab claws. I found  the gravy a bit too mild to give a lasting impression  Pork trotters with ‘mani’ vegetable ( sayur manis) – , the sayur manis were stir fried with eggs and provided a cushion for the  the pork trotters . The stewed trotters were heavenly- well marinated , tender , not too fat nor too lean.

Steamed prawns – the dissected prawns were steamed in egg topped with some garnishing of chili  and sour vegetable. The prawns were fresh but lacking was the sweetness In between food, , depending on who was talking -  the conversation flowed and switched effortlessly from  FuChow( which I do not understand a bit ), Mandarin,  Cantonese to English

Deep fried meatballs – the meatballs came with a side dish –vegetable in some chili sauce thingy. After biting passed the skin ( which was kinda chewy) the contents were a bit too soft , minced meat plus some yam maybe and some herbs, taste wise this was ok and went well with the side dish. Steamed fish – the fish was steamed in red yeast wine ( a FuChow specialty), I tried a spoonful of the resulting gravy, the wine plus the fish gave the gravy a sweetish alcoholic taste- which was pleasant. I find the fish meat to be a bit dry – overcooked maybe ?  Overall – an average meal – favourite dish ? I am torn between the Sibu noodles and the stewed trotters.

 There are 2 seating arrangements, at the ground floor is the kopitiam style set up ( plastic chairs and tables) and upstairs is air-conditioned with padded chairs and tables equipped with lazy susans

 Location :

No, 6A-6B Jln Kg Dato

96000 Sibu, Sarawak,

Tel 084 366396

Hours :

Mon-Sun 8:30-2:00pm, 5:00pm – 9.30pm

Tues : 8:30 am – 2:00pm

 

Greetings from Sibu !  Some renewed focus on East Malaysia ( work la…not holiday ! boss say go, I go lorrr) , hence the recent opportunity to go makan-makan in East Malaysia- which has always been a pleasure.

After a brief discussion with Mr Host and his team,  shaking hands with the higher ups and catching up with some old acquaintances,  , we hopped off to lunch at New Capitol Restaurant, which was only a few steps away from our hotel – TanahMas

What we had for lunch …

Bidin / Midin  - this is a type of fern – which grows in the wild, the fern was stir fried in belacan ( prawn paste) .The ferns were tender , succulent and not a hint of rough fibers, The taste of belacan was very light and one could fully appreaciate the texture  of the Bidin.

Soup – not sure what is soup is called, appearance and viscosity wise- it resemble sharkfin soup minus the sharkfin. Among other ingredients ,there were mushrooms, crabmeat , egg shreds and some pickled vegetable in the soup , I find that the pickled vegetable bits caused a bit of ‘imbalance’ to the otherwise smooth taste.

Pomfret fillet in sweet sauce- I am not a fish person ( I think I mentioned in some past postings that I am the kind that preferred fried kembung fish to those big meaty expensive fish – yeah..such ignorance… ) .back to the fish…the fish meat was filleted , deep fried and served with the ‘original’ frame and bathed in a sweetish sauce. This was beautiful…ahh.. the fish was slightly crispy but although deep fried the freshness and sweetness of the fish can still be savoured. Mr Host dropped so many pieces of the fillet on my plate that it was embarrassing – I appear so greedy  with the many many pieces of the delicious pomfret fillet glistening in brownish sauce piled on my plate. I bowed my head  in shame and greedily empty my plate b :-) . The rest of the people at the table had to fight over the cruncy fins and fish head.

Tofu – this was topped with lots and lots of fried onions, deep fried dried prawns , spring onions and thick black sauce.  I wasn’t too keen for the tofu but after one bite..hey, this was delicious ! the crunchy topping ,  the firm tofu and the sauce was a pretty good combination in terms of texture and taste. Yum.

Steamed chicken and roast duck – the chicken was smooth and tender . The particular section of roast duck that was served to us was a bit too bony, weren’t that much meat but still it was tasty nice to chew on.

Mixed fruit platter – the pamelo was perfect – sweet and  tangy  , the pineapply – sweet and juicy, the papaya – sweet and firm. This was a perfect 10 fruit platter

Overall – an enjoyable meal.

 

 New Capitol Restaurant

46, Jalan Kampung Nyabor , Sibu

Tel : 084 326 066

After a long day on the road visiting  customers, it was a relieve to finally come to the end of the day and  have a nice cool drink and get myself engulfed in smells from food. Mr Host suggested seafood for dinner, how could I say no ? I always look forward to my trips to East Malaysia – especially to Sabah where the seafood are fresh and  reasonable priced. We stopped at the SEDCO Square which housed the seafood centre called – Kampung Air Seri Mutiara , there were 5 or 6 seafood restaurants under the same zinc roof ( they told me this used to be an open air area). Did a search on the WWW and found this link to Seri Selera , please click here

Seri Mutiara Seafood Restaurant has 2 type of seating , either the open area or in the air-conditioned area at the shoplot beside the open area, we chose to sit in the open area.

 

Mr Host and myself  let  our traveling companion ( TC)  do the ordering as he seemed pretty well versed with the menu..Mr Host was more interested in puffing away on his ciggies  ..

 

First up – white clams 沙白with spring onions and ginger – the very light flavour of the gravy did not ‘interfere’ with the dish- which brought out the sweetness and freshness of the clams. These were good clams

 

This was followed by some seashell thingy – which was advertised on the banner as strombus caranium 东风螺( RM8.80/kg) from Wikipedia- this is commonly known as ‘dog conch’  , this was steamed -plain. How to eat  ? Use the toothpick provided to prick into the opening of the seashell and then slowly pull out the curly whirly meat. Although with no gravy , these strombus caranium thingy were really tasty..the texture of the meat were firm yet not tough, springy and sweet. Loved it, loved it….turned out that Mr Host does not eat strombus..which meant that the 2 of us had to finish the 1kg of conch  – not that I am complaining..

 

Stir fried fern ( paku) with dried prawns – some of the ferns were a bit old / fibrous –  but the crunchy dried prawns and the well balanced  flavour  made up for this minor shortcoming

 

Fish (Underwater chicken ) 海底鸡 – this was at  RM10 per kg and the piece you see here cost us RM60. I do not know why this fish is called underwater chicken- but this seemed to be one of the more expensive fish ..there was a orangy blob in the cavity of the fish, I thought this to be the egg, TC generously scooped a big portion of this orange blob to my plate and said ‘Omega 3’ , the texture doesn’t seemed like that of fish eggs which are usually with a grainy-ish, this was smooth and for my arteries sake, I hope that this was really Omega 3 and not the egg lah..the soy sauce gravy was light and enhanced the sweetness of the fish..they know how to treat their fish. Another winner !

 

Crabs with cloves ( RM8.80/kg) …the crabs were meaty and fresh, the gravy fragrant and worked well with the crabs, apart from enjoying the crabs , I was busy licking my fingers and enjoying the gravy . Yes, we have another winner.

 

Turn out that Mr Host is really a small eater, maybe 1/4 of yours truly ( that probably also explain that he is also about  1 / 2 the size of yours truly. ), we ordered for 3 ( or maybe 4) and there were only 2 of us that did the real  work. it was a challenge to finish the food, but because there were so good, it didn’t seemed like a chore at all.

 TC wanted us to try the dessert – coconut pudding ( although I was already very close to bursting) - as it came so highly recommended, I am not someone who can refuse this. The coconut pudding ( RM12) came in a coconut, it was light, smooth and rich with fragrant of coconut milk . Not bad at all…..

 

A truly enjoyable meal….

The bill came to RM139.10 inclusive of 3 rice and drinks…

Business Hour: 3pm – 2am daily
Sedco Square, Kampung Air, 88300,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 210 400  

Map below copied from Seri Selera website http://www.seriselera.com/public/loc.asp