The Grim Eater: Happy Family Ice & Refreshment House

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The Grim Eater reviews:

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Happy Family Ice & Refreshment House is a small, sterile eating establishment occupying a side lot of a shop house unit. This is a vegetarian establishment that does not serve meat.

happy interior

The interior looks very common, with generic seating arrangements. The proprietor obviously believes in the absurd concept of having ceiling mounted air conditioning units in an open space. The air conditioning units are never turned on, which makes one wonder as to why they were installed in the first place.

happy warmers

The food warmer units ridiculously occupying the entire left counter is almost empty, suggesting that the place is doing less-than-brisk business for a reason. The original stickers were also left on, which displays deep fried cholesterol, carbon and oxidant laden chicken. I would think that the proprietor would have taken the trouble of replacing the placeholders with vegetarian fare, but apparently, the sliding mechanism proves to be too complicated.

happy retail

There is also an opportunistic retail section that offers vegetarian fare from the dubious food factories of China.

happy rojak

The Vegetarian Rojak is tasteless and has no redeeming value at all. It also seems that the concept of presentation is lost on the cook.

happy laksa

The Vegetarian Laksa did not bring back wonderful childhood memories of my late mother cooking for me.

happy laksa macro

I find the dish a putrid mockery of this established Sarawakian dish. It is not merely tasteless, but undercooked.

happy baked spag

The Roasted Cheese Noodle is translated as Italy Noodle. I would be amused if not for the blatant ignorance of simple pasta like spaghetti.

happy baked spag macro

The establishment also confuses the word “roasted” with “baked” and should take English lessons. The shitake mushrooms did not infuse enough flavors into the dish and the pasta was not al dente, which is essential to prevent sogginess in al forno dishes.

I find this establishment an insult to my taste buds!

The Grim Eater is not happy at Happy Family Ice & Refreshment House.

happy us

However, Autumn did bring a (single) tear to my eye. Hmph. It’s the only reason I didn’t look my usual grim self.

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129 thoughts on “The Grim Eater: Happy Family Ice & Refreshment House”

  1. omg!!! i hope i didn’t anything wrong there, do you have a nipple piercing as well? a piercing, centered usually at the base of the nipple, yeah that one. LOL thanks for info, at least i know which eating establishment to avoid in sibu. I had lunch at Enjoy cafe and restaurant today 😉

  2. Dude, it’s rare to read bad food review from sixthseal. com….then again, you are approaching 30, my theoretical human age of been able to developed discriminating palette for the appreciation of excellent food, sophisticate liquids and fine dining experience.

  3. Wow, this is a double ‘first’ – first vegetarian restaurant and first terrible food review, haha. That place does look pretty run-down.
    I found a job as an editor for a lawyers’ publication company and my uncle says I’m supposed to treat the entire family to dinner when I get my first paycheque. Well, we’re all going to this vegetarian restaurant with good food, large portions, nice variety, and reasonable prices.

  4. i hate vegetarian foods and i don’t understand why vegetarian people refuse to eat meat but happily eating all those fake vegetarian meats made of flour. It’s like they have no choice for not being able to eat meat but still have the lust for it, thus opting for fake meats. And btw, i think it’s time you learn new poses for taking pictures, especially those with chicks.

  5. I sorry you did not enjoy the food there and but seeing in photos not that great. Did your friend like it or not? Certain places are hit/miss and it seem that one was a sure miss. No I do not live in Malaysia but in the States and enjoy reading your blog to learn of place in Malaysian will soon visit your homeland. I am a American Born Chinese known as ABC and almost done getting my master in business.

  6. I sorry you did not enjoy the food there and but seeing in photos not that great. Did your friend like it or not? Certain places are hit/miss and it seem that one was a sure miss. No I do not live in Malaysia but in the States and enjoy reading your blog to learn of places in Malaysian will soon visit your homeland. I am a American Born Chinese known as ABC and almost done getting my master in business.

  7. haha I thought the umbrella place was the first bad food review?
    Anyway, this place doesn’t look very appetising. I love how the spaghetti is slopped into the bowl!

  8. huai bin! omg! i thought u were dead years ago! seriously! your blog suddenly inaccessible n i totally couldn’t trace u for years! who would know i’ll see u in naeboo’s blog comment…man, glad to see u alive n kicking, how’s your health? u tone down a lot right now, but it’s ok, live for yourself. 🙂

  9. I see Erica is another New Age Woman. Hey I am Michale or Mike am a computer specialist at BART. I know a lot of fine wines and foods. Yes I am also ABC. HB you better do subjects on fine restaurants so guys know where take these charming women to next time. Write about how much you know of wines too. Show these women what you made of.

  10. Your Say: Protect her? What flawed logic
    Sep 14, 08 2:55pm
    ‘If the authorities were so worried about her safety, couldn’t they have provided her with some police protection?’
    On Syed Hamid: Journalist to be blamed too
    Lemon: No wonder funds are moving out of Malaysia and investors are shying away.
    Only in Malaysia, you can arrest someone to protect him, wasn’t that the minister’s justification for the arrest of Tan Hoon Cheng? And why under ISA? If the authorities were so worried about her safety, couldn’t they have provided her with some police protection?
    Many are finding this lame excuse hard to swallow. Again, our system of justice and rule of law is made a laughing stock.
    Densemy: Malaysian politicians have plunged to the depths of absurdity in their panic stricken efforts to try and salvage some respect for their disastrous reign in power.
    But this has got to be the ultimate act of absurdity, the sort of absurdity that could only be acceptable to a man whose ego is bigger than his brain.
    Syed Hamid, to extend your thinking to the ultimate absurdity, I suppose you will blame the journalists for the death toll resulting from the 2004 tsunami and the cowardly attack on the World Trade Centre – by reporting the two events.
    Arresting a journalist on the basis of such a concept is criminally insane.
    The Healer: There is a clear purpose why the series of arrests were made:
    Besides the human motive, the government has now showed its true colours of injustice. The rational behind the arrests truly contradict each other.
    Let us start with the young journalist. Tan Hoon Cheng was arrested on grounds that she was the culprit behind the whole civic uproar and instability, when the offending message was from another person, Ahmad Ismail.
    Why then is not Khir Toyo being detained under ISA based on the same reasoning? He reported Teresa Kok’s alleged petition to tone down the mosque’s loudspeakers during azan, and it was published on his blog. Was it Teresa or Khir who initiated unrest if Tan Hoon Cheng was blamed as the culprit?
    Then there is Syed Hamid Albar’s reasoning why Ahmad was not detained: he was already punished (grossly lenient compared to the ISA) and that there is a police report against him for sedition. Compare that to RPK’s reason for arrest. It does not make sense.
    RPK has already been charged for sedition and criminal defamation. Why then is RPK being detained under ISA when he has these charges upon him? Should not he and Teresa deserve the right to defend themselves just as Ahmad did?
    The Barisan government is hardened. They no longer heed the warning of the people to repent. Again, the message is clear: repent or be overthrown. Long have the oppressed suffered and been robbed of their lives.
    I do not enjoy seeing BN destroyed, I desire them to change. But we cannot force them, they have to respond accordingly. Should the BN government continue with its selfish ways, the outcome is clear. Thus, dear PM and fellow BN members, please make wise choices, the warning is there, do not ignore it, lest you perish.
    Tim Finian: Apparently, the Home Ministry’s portfolio comes with an additional hidden academic criteria – a PhD in mindless gibberish which the man so proudly displays in his press conferences.
    It’s simply tragic that we have to employ persons with a psychological make‑up of a common thug to run this once‑hallowed ministry.
    If this isn’t indicative of the serious state of affairs in the country, I don’t know what is.
    Joe: It is ridiculous to note that when one journalist wrote about a politician, the politician was suspended and the journalist was detained under ISA, on the grounds that she started the whole thing.
    On the other hand, another journalist wrote about another politician, and the politician is detained under ISA and nothing is done to the journalist who started the whole thing. This is a very obvious case of double standards.
    The minister can say the police are in charge in the whole matter, but we all know from where ISA orders come from. When is the Home Ministry or PM going to order an ISA detention on the Utusan Malaysia journalist who had written an article which is seditious, and obviously false (as it was not supported by the officials of the mosque concerned).
    In that case, who had stoked racial tension, Teresa Kok or Utusan Malaysia?
    Peter Ooi: As usual, Syed Hamid Albar gave some absurd excuses for detaining Tan Hoon Cheng.
    Syed Hamid, I think you are not fit to be a minister. How can you blame Tan for a truthful report? As a Muslim, you should know that it is sinful to tell lies. Similarly Tan too felt the same way.
    When Ahmad Ismail issued threat after threat at a press conference, it was not deemed to be inflammatory. He was only handed down a three-year suspension from Umno.
    When you said that the police are still investigating the allegations against Ahmad, it merely showed your incompetence in your job. What is there to investigate? He made the racial slurs and is unrepentant.
    There is ample evidence to warrant his arrest and yet he is allowed to go about his daily life without any grief from the authorities. If anyone who should be detained under ISA, it should be Ahmad.
    Simon Yip: The statement made by the minister is really preposterous and silly and shows the kind of political immaturity of our government.
    Take the analogy of a journalist reporting a murder. Instead of going after the criminal, the authorities go after the journalist, since the minister said, “That information is from her and it was published. (Since) it has been published, it is best that we get to the bottom of it by getting the information from her”. In the case of a murder, the journalist is arrested.
    I think this is feudalistic thinking and talking. So, we leave the criminal free to roam the streets and even conduct a road show, if he so wishes. The minister’s explanation that the party has disciplined Ahmad is another flawed logic. So, if the murderer’s family reprimands him, all is well?
    Such logic is downright disgusting and insults the intelligence of us law-abiding citizens of Malaysia.

  11. janel: Yeah, I have both nipples pierced with a bar topped with spikes on both ends. One is vertical and one is horizontal. 🙂
    Enjoy has a great lunch package but it’s too far from where I work to justify going. Especially with our 1 hour lunch break and the traffic.
    reese: The Grim Eater is pleased that you concur with his review. 😉
    Dr. Tan: Haha! Yeah, I figured to balance things out, have to be totally honest sometimes.
    KY: I don’t know. There’s another blotch on my right nipple and I can’t seem to wash it off. 😉
    goolooloo: Hey, that’s my best Grim Eater pose okay? :p
    Franz: It’s somewhere in town. I don’t know the way, Autumn showed me.
    e: Yeah, if it’s really bad, I usually don’t bother to write about it at all. I’m feeling a bit bitchy though, so occasionally, I do that nowadays. 😉
    It’s true, I find that you develop a more discriminating palate as you age, at least up to a certain chronological age.
    liquidblackout: Congratulations! 🙂
    That’s great news, I’m glad for you. I know you’re a vegetarian, I don’t have the discipline though. I like meat.
    That said, some of the fake meats made of soy products (ate a drumstick once – fully vegetarian) are great. It tasted like a real drumstick. Hmm…
    def: Well, some people do it for religious beliefs and some others for ethical treatment of animals. I will take that into account, I shall learn the art of camwhoring to take my poses into the next level. 😉
    Erica: My friend was also very skeptical of the cooking skillz of the chef. 😉
    Malaysia is a nice place to visit, there are great beaches around if you’re into the sun, sand and surf thing and the cities is also a great place to wine and dine.
    j..: Yeah, I think this is the first vegetarian outlet I’ve ever reviewed eh?
    Tom: There are two umbrella places – jumbrella got the bad review, payung cafe (which also means umbrella) got a great review. 🙂
    Ai-Ling: Yeah, the food isn’t anything to write home about at all.
    Darren: I seldom do bad reviews eh? This is the second one. All bad reviews shall fall under the Grim Eater (tribute to rattatoie (sp?)) category now. 😉
    a: My mom is alive, I was refering to the animated movie Rattatoie. 🙂
    owllow: Hello there! 🙂 It’s great to hear from you. I am still alive and kicking, was just hauled to rehab last year so I went MIA. Thanks for the support, and thanks for reading! 🙂
    Choonie: It’s a reference to the movie Rattattoie. I can’t spell it coz it’s French to me. 😉
    suituapui: Haha! Well, that was how the movie goes. There was a (very) Grim Eater in the animated movie too.
    Michale: I will try, but there’s not many establishments that fits that criteria in Sibu. KL, perhaps. I do write about wine, I will put up more posts on that in the future. I just sampled one last night. 🙂
    The Bull: Well, we’ll see how it goes tonight. 😉

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