Glory Cafe's Big Prawn Asam Tom Yam Noodles, Sarikei

glory cafe

I drove down to Sarikei to sample the famous RM
14 Asam Tom Yam Big Prawn Noodles at Glory Cafe on Sunday morning. I went
with Faye and the journey from Sibu to Sarikei took about 45 minutes. It
can take up to an hour (or more/less) depending on how fast you drive -
the distance is approximately 105 km. Glory Cafe is located at the only
Magnum 4D outlet in Sarikei – do note that there are other gaming
operators there (Sports Toto) – it’s the Magnum 4D outlet you should be
looking for. The QAG 4114 arrived at Glory Cafe at just a little before 12
pm and parked right in front of a fire hydrant no-parking zone. ;)

asam tom yam noodles

It took
about 20 minutes for our order to arrive. The Asam Tom Yam Big Prawn
Noodles
came in a large glass serving bowl and is filled to the brim with
huge big prawns, noodles and the asam tom yam soup. Asam Tom Yam is a
cross between asam laksa and tom yum soup. It is made of tamarind, lemon
grass, lime leaves, fish sauce and chili peppers. It is a delicious
contrast of sweet and sour flavors with a hint of spiciness thrown into
the mix. You can opt to substitute the default noodles with other
carbohydrate chains e.g. rice vermicelli, kueh tiaw, tang hoon etc.

big prawn macro

The big
head prawns in the RM 14 Asam Tom Yam Big Prawn Noodles are huge and the
chef was generous enough to include several of them in the dish. Each
prawn is sliced vertically for easier consumption. Nevertheless, this is
not a dish for dignified foodies – you almost certainly have to manually
separate the shell from the crustacean with your fingers to get at the
flesh.

asam tom yam mee

I went for the Asam Tom Yam Big Prawn Noodles (RM 14). The egg
noodles is thick and has an almost tangible sweet undertone that goes very
well with the asam tom yam. The noodles go well with the sour (from the
tamarind) and sweet flavors from the soup. I noticed that the noodles also
tend to absorb the flavors better. The noodles taste better than rice
vermicelli due to the latter being unable to absorb the flavors of the
asam tom yam soup. The portion is huge and it will definitely satiate all
but the most voracious appetite.

asam tom yam mee hoon

Faye went for the Asam Tom Yam Big
Prawn Rice Vermicelli
(RM 14). Rice vermicelli is known locally as bee
hoon. It’s the same dish except with rice vermicelli in place of the
noodles. She thought it tasted alright until she sampled my
noodles…after which she promptly took possession of my bowl. I am
considering an appeal to the International Court of Justice for the
disputed two-cubit Asam Tom Yam Noodle Island, I mean, bowl.

glory cafe us

It
should be noted that the asam tom yam concoction is a notorious fabric
stainer. You should probably reconsider wearing white or light colored
articles of clothing during the consumption of this particular dish. The
splash damage can be considerable despite elaborate measures to avoid such
occurrences.

The best Nasi Lemak Special

huang chuang cafe

I have managed to find the best nasi lemak special in Sibu while having lunch just now. It’s located at Huang Chuang Cafe near Methodist High School.

muslim stall

The stall is a Muslim stall and it was recommended by Fang Ling who is something of a regular diner over there.

nasi lemak woman

The nice lady at the stall will ask if you want curry chicken or ayam masak hitam (chicken with soy sauce).

nasi lemak parts

You can also choose the parts of the chicken you prefer (drums are popular, as well as thigh meat).

nasi lemak special

The nasi lemak special is served with sambal and a fried egg on top of the fragrant santan (coconut milk) rice. The chicken is served on a separate bowl.

ayam masak hitam

Faye went for the ayam masak hitam. It’s really good – not too spicy, with flavorful hints of cinnamon.

curry chicken drum

Fang Ling and I went for the curry chicken. The curry is spicy, yet with sweet overtones. The place doesn’t add santan like it’s going out of style too. It has just the right balance of spices and coconut milk.

nasi lemak us

The best thing about it? It only costs RM 3.50.

Fried Fresh Fish Head Mee Hoon @ John's Place

johns place

John’s Place is a small, family owned eating establishment in town that cooks up the only Fried Fresh Fish Head Mee Hoon in town (F3HMH for brevity’s sake).

johns place cook

The place also serves a variety of fresh fish head dishes, and the photo here shows the preparation of John’s Special.

johns place f3meehoon

The fried fresh fish head mee hoon over at John’s Place is really good. I’m not much of a mee hoon (rice vermicelli) eater, much less of soup based dishes but I still think it was good.

johns place f3meehoon macro

Here’s a closer look at the F3HMH @ John’s Place.

BDC Taiwan Beef Noodle

beef noodles bdc stall

BDC Taiwan Beef Noodle is located in BDC and the stall is manned by a proprietor who makes the best beef noodles I’ve ever had to date.

beef noodles bdc

The large beef noodles (RM 5) come with a generous helping of beef
and noodles. The liberal portions can be seen in the chunks of beef on
top of the noodles.

beef noodles bdc mixed

This is what it looks like after being mixed up a little. The beef
noodles taste great and the broth is hearty too, so you can drink it
together with the noodles. I’m not a big fan of soupy noodles but this
won me over.

beef noodles how you cafe

The stall is located at the curiously named How-You Café.

Man selling crabs at the roadside

roadside crabs

I saw a man selling crabs at the roadside while on the way back to
the office just now. I didn’t get any, obviously, since my kitchen
amenities are meager (understatement of the year) but my CTO grabbed
one. One kilogram of live crabs (about 4-5 crabs depending on size)
goes for RM 8 in a nice bunch.

roadside crabs serious

The man has got a serious case of crabs…

Lame jokes aside, I’m putting up my bets for tonight as requested. I’m going for Iran (no concedes) and Argentina (conceding one goal) at a stake of RM 300 each.

I’m pretty much spent from work today so I’m going to turn in early
and catch some sleep before going on-site again tomorrow. Work has been
very hectic as of late (which was why I couldn’t go to Cambodia) so
I’ll reply the comments when I can.

Good luck!

Penang Special Kueh Tiaw @ Bormill Food Centre

bormill food center

I believe I have just discovered the best fried kueh tiaw in Kuching…it’s located at Bormill Food Center,
just a little down the road from where I work. It’s located at the row
right after the turning into Central Park – don’t take the turn, go
straight and you’ll see the coffee shop.

bormill penang special

The Penang Special stall is the first one you see.
They offer fried kueh tiaw, fried bee hoon, fried noodles and fried cha
kueh. I was told that they have really good fried kueh tiaw so I
ordered fried kueh tiaw special (RM 3.50).

bormill cooking

The person manning the wok seems competent enough – he fries batches
of fried kueh tiaw with ease and the turnaround time for food is
extremely fast. It’s fried in one of those large flat woks that retain
the flavors of everything (that’s usually a good thing with good hawker
food).

bormill kueh tiaw

This is the Penang style special fried kueh tiaw.
It’s done with the thinner varient of kueh tiaw and it has hidden
treasures in the form of clams and large shrimp inside. The kueh tiaw
is nicely spicy and packed with flavors. It tasted so good that I
scoffed down the small portion in just a couple of minutes and ordered
another plate.

The place is always packed during breakfast so you won’t have any
problems finding it. It’s the best kueh tiaw I’ve had in Kuching! I’m
thinking about eating another plate just from writing this post…

Wei Seng Chicken Rice and double boiled Cantonese soup

wei seng chicken rice

Wei Seng Chicken Rice is a chicken rice shop
located at Tabuan Jaya at the food court beside Choice Daily. It also
boasts a repertoire of double boiled Cantonese soups in a heating
element beside it which the proprietors actively promote.

wei seng soups

The double boiled Cantonese soups (broth) is held in traditional
deep ceramic bowls and kept warm in a similar contraption to the double
boiling method used to boil the soups. I was told that the soups have
been prepared for as long as 24 hours for an authentic slow-boiling
Cantonese soup. They have a lot of different soups on offer, ranging
from Bitter Gourd soup to Ginseng Chicken soup.

wei seng chicken

I had their chicken rice (shared) with 3 other people and their
chicken rice is alright, though not as good as other places like Suan.
The rice portion is small, but cheap (a plate of chicken rice costs
just RM 0.60, an unheard of price nowadays). The chicken rice itself is
good, it’s seasoned well with chicken essence, but the chicken is
nothing to write home about.

wei seng ginseng soup

Their double boiled Ginseng Chicken soup (RM 3)
tasted good though. It has visible strands of ginseng floating inside
and the broth is fairly clear (as all good broth should be). There are
several chicken pieces inside and this place seems to subscribe to the
less-is-more school of thought as the soup only contains ginseng and
chicken.

wei seng ginseng

The Ginseng Chicken soup is a nice complement to the chicken rice -
I ended up having two plates of rice. The ingredients in the soup are
tender, with an almost melt-in-your-mouth texture to the ginseng. I
would recommend this place for their RM 3 double boiled soups as it is
hard to come by outside restaurants here. It’s best to go early as the
soup seems to sell out really fast.

Golden Arch Garden Laksa review

golden arch shopping mall

Golden Arch Garden Laksa (not to be confused with
the Golden Arches, which sells a totally different food product) is
located at Golden Arch Shopping Mall and I heard its laksa is serious
fucking business.

golden arch garden laksa

Golden Arch Garden Laksa has RM 3/4/5 bowls of laksa and the RM 5
bowl, which is their flagship, has two large tiger prawns in it. The
laksa booth is also the flagship of the eating establishment – it
belongs to the owner.

golden arch prawns

There is a huge tray of differing sizes of prawns, which is selected
depending on your order e.g. an RM 3 bowl of laksa would have small
prawns while the RM 5 bowl of laksa would have two huge tiger prawns.

golden arch laksa

Behold! The legendary Golden Arch Garden Laksa. This is the large (RM 5) bowl and contains 2 huge tiger prawns in it.

golden arch laksa tiger prawn

I’m told that the proper method to partake in tiger prawn infused
laksa is to pour the laksa soup down the head of the tiger prawn to
allow the flavors to really shine.

Laksa – Serious Fucking Business.

Breakfast of Champions – Char Kueh Tiaw

char kueh tiaw

Char Kueh Tiaw is a local fried flat noodle dish
that is my preferred meal to start off the day. I usually eat this for
breakfast (with an extra fried egg on top) and I’ve found that it’s the
best option for breakfast as it can sustain you enough to skip lunch if
you’re busy. I have experimented with various different meals for
breakfast and I eat out so breakfast options are usually limited to
nasi lemak, kolok mee, fried noodles or kaya and toast.

Thus, I usually eat Char Kueh Tiaw even though I would prefer muesli
and milk (but I don’t cook over here, or have a fridge and pantry for
that matter).

What do you usually eat for breakfast?

Tambun Biscuits from Macalister Road, Penang

tambun biscuit penang

Tambun Biscuits originated from Penang, Malaysia
and I remember having them during my trips over there when I was young.
I haven’t had authentic Tambun Biscuits from Penang ever since and
Freddie was kind enough to show up at my workplace with a bag of Hoh Heong Tambun Biscuits from 100 Macalister Road, Penang.

tambun biscuit bag

There were two transparent packages of individually wrapped old
skool Tambun Biscuits in the bag. Freddie travels a lot and he dropped
by to pass these to my on his Kuching trip. Cheers mate! :)

tambun biscuit wrapper

The Tambun Biscuits are wrapped in slightly translucent cream
colored packaging with red script. The contents are listed as: Flour,
Sugar, Caramel (?), Onions, Salt, Oil, Molasses and “Lenga”, the last
of which totally stumped me. What is “Lenga”?

tambun biscuit whole

This is what the famous Penang Tambun Biscuit look
like – it’s covered in flaky pastry which will totally fall apart as
soon as you bite into it and get into the hardest to clean nooks at the
first opportunity like the keyboard. ;)

tambun biscuit bite

Tambun Biscuits have a sugar based center and it tastes like caramel
mixed with onions. It sounds like an odd combination but it really
tastes great! My coworkers who had the Tambun Biscuits pronounced it
“Good” as well.

…and now our office has pastry flakes all over the carpet.

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