Bintulu/Sibu Trip and Giveaway!

Last week we did a whirlwind trip to Bintulu and Sibu, because we were to celebrate my paternal grandma’s 80th birthday in Sibu. For clarification purposes, I come from a mixed Foochow (paternal) and Teochew (Maternal) heritage. Most of my Foochow relatives reside in Sibu, and Teochew relatives pretty much everywhere (Bintulu, Miri, Kuala Lumpur, South Australia). Anyway, because the trip was so short (2 days) we packed so much in our schedule. Mainly food.

The afternoon we arrived in Bintulu we went straight to my maternal grandma’s place for lunch. And this was what she cooked up. Pretty much all our favourite dishes!

Belated Reunion Lunch
Belated Reunion Lunch

Ang Jiu (Red rice wine) Chicken Soup,  Spring Roll, Steamed Fish (Teochew of course), Kacangma Chicken, Chicken Wings and ‘Mua Chee’. The plate of vegetables not pictured though. This grandma is a great cook and she makes pretty much everything from scratch and in bulk. I’m always amazed by her tremendous amount of energy. Needless to say, we stuffed ourselves. To the point I couldn’t even have a proper dinner.

We went on the roadtrip to Sibu the next day, but that’s after we had somemore food at Maternal Grandma’s place.

Ang Jiu Mee Sua
Ang Jiu Mee Sua

I can never get sick of her Ang Jiu Chicken Soup. She makes her own Ang jiu (Foochow Red Wine) by the way eventhough she’s not Foochow (starting to get confusing yet?). I always like mixing a bit of Kacangma Chicken’s gravy in this soup to add the extra herbaceous note.  Delicious.

Ang Gu Kueh!
Ang Gu Kueh!

Grandma also makes the best Ang Gu Kueh. The texture is out of this world. Shame I couldn’t eat more after the bowl of noodles. I was also saving my tummy for our second breakfast.

Kampua Mee
Kampua Mee, Freedom Cafe

Unfortunately, this plate of Kampua mee with wantons left much to be desired. It was too salty and doesn’t hit the right spot. The wantons were all congealed with very little filling. Being the third day of CNY, most of our favourite Kampua shops are not open for business yet.

The condition of the road to Sibu is pretty bumpy, no thanks to the recent rainy season. There were plenty of pot holes on the road so the driver (dad) had to remain hypervigilant. Anyway, we arrived safely (just) in Sibu, in just over 2 hours. And what greeted us at my aunt’s place was: You guessed it, more food!

Mee Sua Again
Mee Sua Again

Another bowl of mee sua just a couple of hours before the dinner banquet. I think I have successfully prolonged my life (noodles signifies longetivity) by about 10 years. I believe I fell into a food coma after this, but we only had an hour or so to rest before heading off to the dinner.

Droppy Eyed Zombie
Droppy Eyed Zombie, messing with the camera while waiting for the others to be ready to leave.

The dinner was very much standard Foochow fare at Hock Chu Leu (福聚楼) with Chicken Soup, Deep fried Eggs, Fried Mee Sua etc, but what really got us excited was this.

Sio Bee (Siew Mai) and Ou Nee (Mashed Taro/Yam)
Sio Bee (Siew Mai) and Ou Nee (Mashed Taro/Yam)

I haven’t had this style of Sio Bee for the longest time and these are flavourful with nice thin skin. The Ou Nee was out of my expectations and I couldn’t stop reaching for more. Simplicity at its best. We managed to get some leftovers too because there were a couple of tables empty. Food coma ensued, once again, and I was already fast asleep by 11pm, most unusual.

We had to drive back to Bintulu the next morning as the three of us were leaving to KL that very evening. Of course, one does not go to Sibu without having Kampua mee. We wanted to go to Rasa Sayang as according to Arthur and Huai Bin they serves really good Kampua, but alas there were just way too many people. So we made a detour to One o One Cafe instead, which was quite busy too but we didn’t have to wait too long for a table.

Much better Kampua compared to the one in Bintulu.
Much better Kampua compared to the one in Bintulu.

This definitely hit the spot with the right amount of seasoning (I did add a little bit of soy sauce as I like it dark) and the aroma of pork lard. Even the lean char siew slices tasted pretty good. This was only RM2.80 and that’s CNY price too. Usually you’ll only pay about RM2.30 to RM2.50 for a plate of Kampua in Sibu (the price is slightly higher in Bintulu I believe).

Beautiful Temple on the way from Sibu - Bintulu
Beautiful Temple on the way from Sibu – Bintulu

So that was our short but sweet trip to Sarawak. In between the eating we did find time to visit our local market and supermarket to stock up on some food items.

Noodles, more noodles and Packets of Laksa Paste!
Noodles, more noodles and Packets of Laksa Paste!


Well, good news for you! I’d like to giveaway 2 of these lovely packets of Laksa Paste. All you need to do is to leave a comment and tell me which Sarawak dish is your favourite, or that you are most curious about. Do indicate that you would like a packet of Laksa Paste too so I know who to include.

It also won’t do you any harm to like my music page here: as you will be able to help me reach my goals.

You have until 24th February, so comment away! Open to Kuala Lumpur/Selangor readers, or those who thinks they will be able to pick up from me personally sometimes soon.

Meanwhile, you can also take a look at my Sarawak Laksa recipe.

For a good summary on Sarawak food, visit Feat of Feasts for the Malaysian Food Fest Sarawak Month Round up!

63 Comments Add yours

  1. suituapui says:

    Leave me out for the giveaway – I’ve lots here. Hehehehehehe!!!!

    Those sio bee – many will tell you they’re the best in Sibu. My cousin came to town from Kuching and she went to buy once – RM1.20 each, frozen…and RM1.30, steamed. She said they were just so-so…but she only ate them a couple of days later – after she got back to Kuching. I’ve not eaten them for years and years – yes, they used to be very nice…and they were only 50 sen each a long long tome ago.. At the current prices, I think I would give those a pass.

    Hmmm…going out for dinner with Huai Bin tonight. Maybe we can drop by for this. Hope they have dinner for walk-in diners. I love that too!!! Never mind even if I’m full from a heavy dinner…just can;t stop scooping more and more!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yeah!! You have plenty of access to Sarawak Laksa. Do not go to One o One for it though, the day we went, it was horrible, with unfresh prawns. I finished the sio bee I brought back to KL, they were still very good! I still have quite a bit of Ou nee left too, hehehe. Maybe you can just buy some to take away. Hehe. Say hi to HB for me then.

      1. suituapui says:

        Never a fan of 101 and even less, after the shooting incident. Who knows? May encounter things that go bump in the night? LOL!!!

      2. kellysiew says:

        Oh I heard about the shooting! Poor girl.

      3. Poh Huai Bin says:

        Hello Kelly! 🙂

        Too bad you only stayed a day with Sibu or we could have all gone out for dinner!

        101, wanted to go there one morning but it was closed. The shooting was unfortunate, the people always eat there at the same time and goes to The Base (a club beside 101) at night.

      4. kellysiew says:

        Heh unfortunately I had to come back for a gig on Vday so couldn’t stay. 🙂

  2. melinya says:

    definitely mee kolo! i’ve never been soooo happy when i found the Dapur Sarawak near ICOM. i had lunch there almost every week! lol. i’d never miss a chance to eat mee kolo as much as i can whenever i’m back in Sri Aman/Kuching. :’D

    (yes to the laksa paste please :P)

    1. kellysiew says:

      Oh. So the one near ICOM serves good Kolo Mee? 😀 I’m more of a kampue mee fan as you can see. Hehehe

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  3. I would love to be a part of the giveaway but I am in Australia so that rules me out! All the food looks so delicious, I bet it was great seeing family and sharing meals 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Love to include Australia readers but I’m weary of sending food items over mail. Thanks for your comment though! It was a bit of a rush, but good trip nonetheless.

  4. Ooo, your grandmother is phenomenal! That’s a table topped with truly lovely-looking dishes. My grandmother stopped cooking in her 70s because her strength was low, which is a bit sad because we miss her chicken rice and curry! She never made Ang Ku kueh though! 😀

    1. kellysiew says:

      She makes all sorts of kuehs too especially during Chinese New Year, and also the best bak zhang. I’m lucky to have such an amazing teacher. Hehehe.

  5. Tania Wee says:

    Oh my. Reading your post makes me miss good old homecook kuching food….My grandma lives on that side of Malaysia too but sadly i couldn’t visit her this year. I really miss Sarawak Laksa from Kuching. Other than Aunty Christina Laksa in Bangsar, good laksa is so hard to come by! I really should try mastering Sarawak Laksa one day….

    1. kellysiew says:

      There are actually quite a few places in KL/PJ that sell pretty good laksa and kolo mee, but the foochow version are much harder to find. I take it you are joining the giveaway? Cooking the laksa with e paste can yield pretty good result as long as you get the ratio of the coconut milk right (according to preference too, of course).

      1. Tania Wee says:

        Would definitely love to try making Sarawak laksa so winning the laksa paste would be awesome! thanks for dropping by my blog btw! 😀

  6. Baby Sumo says:

    I want the Sarawak laksa paste! Hehehehe… I dont have a fav Sarawak dish cos I havent tried many to be honest, but most definitely wanna try cooking Sarawak laksa using your recipe 😉

    1. kellysiew says:

      Hehehe good luck! 😀

  7. ivysew says:

    Ang Jiu chicken soup is indeed very delicious. I never get tired of it too. However, my version is Sitiawan Foo Chow style. Have a look at it and see if there is any difference with the Bintulu version. We make our own ang jiu too and we prefer to serve it with our Sitiawan mee sua.

    1. kellysiew says:

      I believe every family cook their ang jiu chicken soup in a different way. But the method of making ang jiu is the same. The sitiawan mee sua looks a bit flatter and bigger? I think Sarawak version tends to have thinner round mee sua. Looks delicious all the same!

  8. Chef and Sommelier says:

    Hi Kelly! I can tell you had a wonderful time back at home! Did you meet up Arthur?

    1. kellysiew says:

      It was way too rush for me to meet anybody unfortunately. The most dreaded question didn’t come up, but most asked me when I’ll be returning to my medical profession instead. Do they not want me to get married? hehehe

      1. Chef and Sommelier says:

        Yes Yes… We all love to know your answer to that!!! 😀

      2. suituapui says:

        Ya…we merely communicated via Facebook while she was in town and I told her about the sio bee that she fell in love with at first bite! Gee! Technology.

      3. kellysiew says:

        Hahaha yeah! Says how bored I was at the dinner too.

      4. suituapui says:

        Should have invited me. I would be a barrel of fun! LOL!!!

      5. kellysiew says:

        Hahaha I wouldn’t dare to ruffle my dad’s feathers. He might even think the wrong way after all I do have a liking for older men. Lol!

    2. kellysiew says:

      Until I’m satisfied with my singing career and all my goals have been achieved. Album launch, personal concerts etc etc. 😀 Since I have taken the time to do this, I need to do it properly.

      1. shuhan says:

        also, you’re so brave to be doing this. all the best really with your music career. I believe everything is possible with passion, even if it is more difficult, you’ll probably enjoy the process more because you know it’s for something you love. all the best, you go girl! x

      2. kellysiew says:

        Awwww thank you so much! I am quite happy with what I have achieved so far, but looking forward to more good things to come! Thanks for your support!

  9. shuhan says:

    wow kelly I have major food envy looking at your pictures. ESP ang chow chicken. omg. I love that stuff. I can’t believe she even makes her own wine. that’s wonderful! x

    1. kellysiew says:

      I believe the taste of ang jiu chicken soup is so unforgettable. I have the recipe for the wine, just gotta find my motivation (and a nice glass jar) to start!

  10. agentcikay says:

    Gosh u r such a lucky girl! Get to eat all my favourites.. i love kampua and I love the yellow savory angku! yay!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Next time if I succeed in making ang gu kueh I’ll give you some! Let’s do Kampua night one of these days? I brought plenty of the noodles back. 🙂

  11. The Yum List says:

    Looks like very filling meals.

    1. kellysiew says:

      Definitely! I was in pain after dinner haha, my stomach is too small.

  12. Poh Huai Bin says:

    Nice! Your grandma makes her own red wine! I like eating mee sua like that too but Heng Huas eat it tossed with lard instead of in soup.

    I thought we were at the same place coz the 80th birthday was at the same night in Sibu and I saw your dish on Facebook. Haha! I had the same one.

    Okay, now I know how you like your kampua. That’s how I eat it too! 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      I have her recipe for red wine too, one day I shall attempt it. Mee sua in lard? Sounds nice. Any other toppings? So where were you for your grand aunt’s 80th? Seems that sio bee is a standard dish for foochow dinner banquet hehe,

      I like my Kampua with bian nuk, dao you, la jiu! 🙂

  13. CK says:

    Have so much nice food! Envy!
    The two bowl of mee sua looks so yummy! My mum used to make her own wine too and I love that. 😀

    1. kellysiew says:

      Mee sua is so comforting to eat. I actually had 3 bowls, the first bowl I cooked for my family st home but didn’t snap a good pic. Hehe.

  14. stella says:

    Mee sua! I love it! Going back this weekend… you can only get hair thin mere sea in sibu! Am so excited haha

    1. kellysiew says:

      Ooh enjoy! I’m still trying to lose the mee sua weight!

  15. stella says:

    Dang auto spell…* mee sua

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  16. its always a great time when food is involved, especially ones homecooked with love! Everything from your GM looked awesome, especially the Ang Jiu chicken soup noodle.

    I thought the Sio Bee served with Or Nee is an interesting combination. I never had this served here together before…

    you looked so gorgeous in that photo! 😀

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yeah I think Sio Bee with Or Nee is strangely a foochow combination. That was the first time I’ve seen it too. My grandma is really an amazing cook, that lunch was also impromptu btw: she’s always ready to produce a feast!

  17. I have never been to Bintulu or Sibu before!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Hehe nothing much to see but plenty to eat!

  18. hideosan says:

    Once more, Sarawak is flooded with food here and there. How I miss the Kampua Mee in Sibu although I reside in Kuching. Kuching Kampua Mee lack of that Sibu ingredient.

    My partner and I, flew to Sibu just to hunt for Kampua Mee during our holiday season last Christmas.

    Anyways, just would like to share. We took MASwings flight and it was awesome. Memorable trip indeed. How was it memorable? That my friend, you need to try it out for yourself. Cheers!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yeah I agree Kuching is not so big on Kampua, just like how we don’t see that many kolo mee stalls in Bintulu. 🙂

  19. James says:

    Hi there.. I’ll be sent to sibu for 10days.. Any good chinese food (non-halal) around RH hotel? Not sure if its only me or many of the chinese shops seem to be closed at night.. I’m from kl so my taste buds can be said to be pretty sharp (my office is in kl town so i enjoy pretty good stuff everyday)..

    1. kellysiew says:

      I’m not from Sibu but I strongly suggest you ask the local blogger I’m sure he will be able to suggest a few things as he bring KL visitors for food often. 🙂

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