Happy Chinese New Year to all our readers! ^.^ 新年快乐, 鼠年快乐!! Best wishes to everyone in the year of the MOUSE. :D
Sorry for the lack of posts in the past week - been busy with CNY celebrations and what not. Anyway, here's the promised 2nd Sibu restaurant post, and I'm almost done with Sibu food posts. I'll be posting some of CC's mum's yummy home cooking and that'll be about it. Next up with be a bevy of restaurant posts in Penang. :) I'll try to eat more hawker food...but no promises. :( It's a long story why not, but we'll leave it at that.
Okay! First up, we have 拉子菜炒蛋 La Zi Cai Chao Dan also known as 'Mani' veg with fried egg.
Another kind of vegetable that I am unfamiliar with. It was very good though. I like the crisp, leafy texture and it had a slight, herb-y aftertaste that went well with the egg. The bits of egg were seasoned, which made it even yummier. According to CC, you have to cook the Mani veg with eggs, if not it'd have a weird, bitter taste that won't be too pleasant.
福州面 Foochow Noodles are the next dish.
Mmm...yummy. The noodles were generously served with mushrooms, veggies, prawn and meat, and I especially like the broth-y feel of it - the noodles were not too dry, not too wet. The broth was good - seasoned just right.
Of course, we must have soup - and I didn't manage to take the soup bowl, so have a photo of my own bowl - 糟菜裕汤 Zao Cai Yu Tang, a mixed vegetable soup with fish.
It was a very hearty soup, full of vegetables and huge, generous chunks of tangy fish meat (as you can see). I actually had a second helping, although it was not a full bowl. I really liked the fish in the soup, the texture of it was really good. Some fish soups tended to have their fish pieces a bit dry, over-boiled and coarse to the tongue, but the fish in this soup was great.
The next one was another specialty of CC's family restaurant, 菜香豆腐 Cai Xiang Dou Fu, tofu with vegetables. My picture of the dish came out unclear, so again, have another pic of my own plate.
The specialty was that the tofu is home-made fresh in the restaurant premises, not bought anywhere. You can't buy this tofu off the racks, nope. It's a trade secret. And was the tofu ever ever tasty. It was so smooth, and it was just different from any tofu that I've eaten. No wonder it's a trade secret. :D The mixed veggies and mushrooms with the tofu complimented it very well, along with a nice, thick sauce. Definitely a must-eat.
北平鸭夹包 Bei Ping Ya Jia Bao was next - literally means duck in a bun.
By now we were actually too full to eat much...and most of us only ate part of the bun and ate some of the duck pieces. The duck was delicious; tender meat with a crispy skin and dipping sauce. And the bun was actually quite soft and chewy, but we were really too full to finish the whole thing. I did eat a fair few pieces of duck though; I love duck meat (no dumb and unfunny jokes from those who know me, thanks).
Lastly...more noodles!! 粉干炒米连 Fen Gan Chao Mi Lian, which was short-ish noodles fried with the super good veggies I mentioned in the first post.
It looks super tasty, right? It is - I really like the combination of meat, oysters and those uber-delicious veggies. It was very fragrant and as San would say, enough "wok hei" definitely. But unfortunately, I was really much too full to eat anymore, so I only took a few bites, very regretfully. I would've polished off the whole thing if I could, and more. :D
And we had PINEAPPLE for dessert again, yay.
Here ends the restaurant posts...and yet again, please do NOT miss out Golden Happiness if you are ever in cute Sibu of Sarawak. I do understand that the dishes are hard to remember if you don't know Chinese, but just copy the pin-yin and people in the restaurant would be able to figure out what you want. Or just print my photos, haha.
Enjoy! ;) A couple of Penang posts are in the works next.
P.S. San ate this time. XD;;
金囍楼 Golden Happiness
5-7 Jalan Chengal