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Chicken Rice @ Fang Yuen芳園

 Due to time constraint , we couldn’t venture far from the hotel and so decide to walk across the street to Fang Yuen for chicken rice. FY occupy 2 shoplots and the place was packed, I was amazed ( and as usual, hungry)!

The Charsiu ( roasted meat) was good, they were sliced very thickly and the taste was a bit milder than the KL version. The meat was juicy and tender, lovely char siu

I found the chicken to be ok la..average , nothing to shout about

I like the rice – good ayam stock aroma.  The interesting part was the sauce – there were three choices of dip : chili paste ( the usual chicken rice chili) , thick soy sauce and sample belacan.

And apart from the 3 above mentioned sauce, FY also has curry gravy to go with your chicken rice, this was like curry powder-ish Indian curry, I don’t know about you, but curry and chicken rice doesn’t do it for me lah. The other bowl was the soup

While I was drafting this post, checked out some blogs on FY and some proclaim FY the honour of the being the best chicken rice in Kuching

 location :  Opposite Hock Lee Centre, Jalan Datuk Abang Abdul Rahim 93450 Kuching,

 

Laksa and teh si @ Chong Choon Cafe (泉春茶室)
My mantra during traveling is – when there is chance to eat, eat as much as you can since you don’t know when the next meal will take place ( and the same goes for fluid adjustment ( visiting the loo), wise ? or maybe it’s just me, being greedy.

 Had breakfast at the hotel, nothing great lah and when Mr Kuching Host picked us up, the first thing my colleague said to him when we got into his car was  ‘ got time for laksa ah ?’ $%$#@*<@$#@ cehhhhhh ! why didn’t tell me this plan worr ? no wonder la he didn’t eat that much of breakfast and there I was,  stuffing my face with  bone dry toasted bread  and tasteless kaya.

Mr Host mentioned that the teh-si is not bad, so I ordered that and my collegue had iced teh si ais, while Mr Host had his coffee

All 3 of us ordered laksa ( although there are other noodles and kuihs stalls inside Chong Choon too) and hmmm….this was good la. I am not sure what they put in Sarawak laksa, I just can’t place that fragrant …I tried to find the recipe on the www and most of the blogs mention the use of ready made laksa paste – aiya..itu cheating lah ! the laksa came with fresh prawns, chicken shreds  and bean sprouts. RM3.50/bowl. That aside, I think I am still more partial to Penang laksa and of course the Kelantan laksam which is heavenly  …

Location : Abell Road , 93100 Kuching

 

Kampua @亨記茶室Next Coffee Shop

 Mr Host asked me what would I like for lunch. The reply — Kampua ! we drove to the older part of Kuching town, parking was atrocious, we circled the area twice and finally found a place and still had to walk about 10 minutes to Bishopgate Street  for Kampua.

 The coffee shop was not that big and the tables were pretty cramped to maximized the space and horrr…Just that you get an idea of the time frame  : we had to wait for almost 20 minutes to get a table ( self service- you find your own table )  And horrr…only 20 minutes after that someone came and took our order ( don’t ever ever be a kaypor ( busybody) and place your order if you are not asked- when it’s your your turn – they will approach you and not the other way around )  ..and horrrr…only half an hour later the food came..

 We had to share our table with another diner , since there was nothing to do while we wait – apart from sweating like a pig ( and worse :  a famished pig ) – Mr Uncle -Diner-sharing –our- table – who is a regular and seemed to know this Kampua family- told us the story of the family and also that – if you can’t wait  – don’t eat here , if you have a meeting  in an hours’ time – don’t eat here , spare about 2 hours – including time to look for a parking space – if you plan to eat here..Gulp….wahh..like that also can ?

Business was really good, non stop one lerr, before you get out of your chair, somebody is already wanting to take your seat . And then – before  it was our turn,  they run out of  noodles! and the substitute : mee pok ( another type of noodles) , was offered.

Finalllyy……the food arrived.

I quite like the noodles and could be happy with just the noodles and the minced meat that came with it and the white sauce. what was in the soup ? –liver, intestine , kidney and meat, plus slices of fish paste and fish balls. The soup was sweet and the organs were fresh and tasty – the intestine was floury and soft , fish balls were springy and tasty. Worth the wait ? ok la..i guess..

 The bill  : 2 bowls of noodles + 3 bowls of soup plus 3 drinks came to RM23.50

Comments : I was really thirsty after the meal – which seemed to say  that there is MSG in the meal

 Location : Bishopgate Street

Thus end my eating adventure in Sarawak – after this trip – i realised that Sarawak food also boleh tahan lahh..and Yes lah..i didn’t just eat , i got some work done too !

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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