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Mitsu Shabu Shabu

This is one of the most popular steamboat places in Sibu (granted, there are not many in the running). It is located at somewhere opposite Premier.

There is a choice between pork and vegetarian soup. Both are quite salty but one could argue that this is what makes the food taste good. Drinking the soup at the end of the meal is rather like drinking saturated salt solution. It makes me wonder if the vegetarian soup is laden with extra salt/seasoning to compensate for the lack of meaty flavour.

The range of food and drink on the menu is insane. It is quite impressive that they never seem to run out of any of it.

Vegetable dumpling – from its good side
Vegetable dumpling (TS)

The “vegetable” dumplings were a bit of a disappointment (I had been expecting vegetables in a regular dumpling skin).  I tried to photograph them from the nicest angle possible, but in reality they somewhat resembled regurgitated brussels sprouts.

While being marketed as “vegetable”, they do, in fact, contain “seafood”. The seafood can easily be mistaken for meat. This naturally gave me a bit of a scare, but otherwise I quite enjoyed my dumpling.

Like the other types of dumpling, they come in sets of 6, which is more than enough for one meal.

Tofu platter

The tofu platter consists of, well, tofu. It comes with a single prawn and what tasted like deep fried yam chips.

This is a basic set featuring some lettuce, glass noodles, seaweed, (pickled?) vegetables, mushroom, some pumpkin, a piece of tofu,  an egg, and one miserable crabstick.

Kuey teow
Yellow noodles

The kuey teow is just that – kuey teow. The yellow noodles can be quite chewy if insufficiently cooked. I would consider these noodles as just okay – nothing special.

The Indian noodles (yin du mian) are reportedly quite popular. Do not be deceived by their somewhat pasty appearance – they are in fact very spicy! This is not vegetarian, however. There are bits of meat in the noodles.

Porkballs

I cn’t find the picture of the fishballs, but these are their porkballs. The fishballs are homemade and look less “manufactured” than the porkballs. I liked the texture of the fishballs – chewy without the plastic-ky texture of factory made fishballs.

Lamb cuts

This is definitely not vegetarian/ pescatarian in any way. This is thinly sliced lamb, which I used to enjoy during my carnivorous phase.

I personally love their chocolate shake. This, however, is a strawberry shake. At the time of writing they cost RM 3.50 a cup. Be warned though – the chocolate shake is more ice than chocolate. But when your tongue has been scalded by hot soup this tends to be something that you overlook.

The food is.not fantastic. The waitstaff do not speak much English. The drinks appear to have a tendency to arrive after the food does. The wait time is astonishingly long for dishes which do not require any preparation other than defrosting and some slicing.

But it must be the novelty of cooking your own food (and hogging a whole pot of soup to yourself) that keeps this place as popular as it is. There is just something magical about throwing something into hot soup and watching it bubble and boil (it makes me feel like one of the witches in Macbeth).

The food is not amazing, but the experience is well worth it.

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