My mother-in-law to be had her birthday dinner at Sheraton Restaurant
in Sibu on Saturday night. Sheraton Restaurant is an eatery that’s been
around Sibu in one form or another – they recently moved into their own
building due to the high customer demand.
The birthday dinner was a family event with about 10 people for a
dinner gathering. Sheraton has a nice and subtle interior (which is a
nice change from their previous occupancy). The restaurant is almost
always packed – it’s famous for their fish head curry. This is what we
had for dinner:
The cup overfloweth (with cucumber juice)
This is a Foochow tradition where whole eggs are boiled and then
deep fried before being cooked in chicken soup. It’s a must have for
birthdays (for Foochows anyway).
There was also a thin noodle dish (not quite rice vermicelli) that’s served at the same time as the egg dish.
Here’s a closer look at the deep-fried boiled eggs soup dish and the noodles dish.
The next course is deep fried Chinese pancakes filled with savory meat.
It’s very nice – crispy and filling, best to eat while it’s still hot.
One of the house specialties was served after that – its pork cooked
Chinese style over a simmering steel bowl perched precariously on top
of a flame served straight to the table.
The next dish was vegetables (think it was asparagus) dipped in hot water and served straight.
The mandatory fish dish came straight after that – the fish was
evenly sliced in half and the pieces cut into bite-sized manageable
bits arranged around it like a whole fish. Decorative slices of orange
peels were arranged around the dish – these are edible as well.