Posted in Packaged

McVities Victoria Box

McVities are notoriously difficullt to come by in Sibu, so when I saw this at Takiong (basically the only place where you can get imported stuff) I decided to get a box.

Inside is 300 grams worth of assorted biscuits. I’m getting a tooth yanked out tomorrow, so I decided to try a bite of each today. The red tablecloth in the background is actually a skirt. Had to improvise.

3x chocolate chip cookies

I’m not too impressed with these. I’d probably pick Chips More over these.

2x Choc Crumble

These were okay; better than the plain chocolate chip.

2x Half coated milk chocolate chip cookie

2 unevenly sized biscuits

They look like digestive biscuits but tasted nothing like the McVitie’s classic. The chocolate is very sweet.

3x Plain chocolate finger cookie

Tasted pretty much like the half coated milk choc chip but a tad sweeter.

3x Milk chocolate wheel

The texture a bit different but it is essentially still just a chocolate covered cookie.

4x Milk chocolate biscuit finger

These are alright. They taste a bit like Cadbury fingers – not sure I can tell the difference.

4x Fully coated milk chocolate square

Basically the milk chocolate wheel in square form.

2x White chocolate cream wafer

Weak. The white chocolate is sweet but fails to mask the failures of the wafer.

3x Plain chocolate coated digestive cloverleaf

Same biscuit, prettier shape.

2x Milk chocolate shortcake

After all the “naked” biscuits they’ve suddenly decided to put one in a jacket.
The wrapper was totally unnecessary.

The fancy wrapping does not help.
The box says that this is an “indulgent biscuit selection for every occasion” but I fail to see this “selection”. Apart from the wafer, they are basically all the same biscuit.

They’re not terrible, but they are not what I would expect from a brand like McVitie’s. The chocolate is excessicely saccharine and the biscuits are merely edible. It might make me think twice before trying some of their other products.

I quite regret getting this because now I’ve got the rest of the box to contend with (Unfortunately, dogs can’t eat chocolate!). No amount of cute advertising is going to make me want to buy these again.

Posted in Bakeries

Big Thumb – pictures pending!

Big Thumb bakery is undoubtedly one of the most successful family-owned baked good enterprises in Sibu. The main outlet is located in town, but there is also one near Wonderful Supermarket.

 I am fairly certain that the green-and-yellow cream centred cakes that they used to feed us for breaktime at Sunshine kindergarten came from here. They do not seem to make them any more.

White bread

I would probably not eat this unless I had no other alternative. While the crust (my favourite part) is an attractive colour and the taste is pretty good, the bread is just a little bit too oily amd a bit too sweet for my liking.

Mini pandan cakes


These are the little green hemispheric cakes which seem to be shrinking with time. I am quite sure that they used to be twice as puffy. A pack of 5 costs RM2.00 (Jan 2017).

Mini cakes (picture pending)

The prices of these mini cakes are spiking at an unforgiving rate. The pandan flavoured ones cost more, and rightly so, because I find that the chocolate ones have got a strange aftertaste to them. The variety of pandan with bits in it are an abomination.

They are a good size, and the plain pandan version is sweet but good.

The pandan ones are now RM4.00 (Jan 2017).

Mung bean pastry (picture pending)

A decadent heaven of sweet flavour carefully wrapped in a fragile, flaky pastry crust : this is the only way that I can think to describe this. The only thing that stands between me and this is the massive amount of calories per piece. That, and the fact that it costs RM9 for a pack of 5.

Steamed buns

Steamed buns are a Chinese staple. The prices vary according to filling but the mini buns are 50 cents a piece.

I cannot say much for the char siew and other meat buns, but if memory serves me well the char siew is best eaten warm because it becomes quite stiff when cold.

The vegetable buns are filled with an oily mix of cabbage… So they are not as healthy as one might imagine.

I am altogether unimpressed  by the steamed chocolate bun. I think that steaming chocolate, if not for a cake or for pudding, is just wrong. I don’t have a picture of this one but I am not buying another because I am not going to touch that stuff with a ten foot pole.

Mochi (picture pending)

Mochi are a sweet glutinous pastry with assorted fillings. Theirs include pandan lotus (my favourite), red bean and peanut. I quite like them but I can’t imaging that eating all that raw flour (the mochi are flour-dusted to mitigate the stickiness) doing the body any good.

They appear to produce these in bulk, and in fancy plastic packaging to boot. I imaging that these would make good New Years’ gifts. My only advice would be to keep them refrigerated (and to pick the pandan lotus!).

Scones

They’re usually even smaller.

The scones are (for the moment) 90 cents a piece, which is quite expensive considering the size. If you’re expecting anything like the Devon scones from Marks & Spencers’ you would be sorely disappointed. They are dry and lack any sort of flavour.

Kampua

They also make their own instant kampua, which for many Sibu folk out of town is a godsend. Their version is made from onion oil instead of pork lard, but is still pretty good. It makes me wonder why the kampua places in town don’t switch out lard for onion oil as well – that way I still get to eat it!

Advice

Don’t bother with the sandwiches. At those prices you’re better off having a bowl of noodles.

Posted in Restaurants

Tom’s Too 

Walking into Tom’s Too in Delta Mall is a but like walking into a giant chocolate mousse cake. I forgot to take a picture, but this was my first impression. I don’t come here often, but when I do it tends to be quite empty.

I seem to recall seeing a Tom’s when I was in Kuching and cannot help but think that this might be an offshoot off sorts (I  probably mistaken though). I regard Tom’s Too as a slightly more uoscale Secret Recipe.

The food was average. I thought that their ice lemon tea was a bit sweet but I can forgive this somewhat because they come served with a pretty star-shaped stirrer.

I’m the sort of childish subadult who is taken by pretty stirrers.

I only had a Caesars’ salad (no dressing as per my typical salad order) which was decent – as I’ve always said: it’s very hard to mess up a plate of raw veg.

My meagre salad

The salad was a plate of mostly lettuce with croutons, slices of hard boiled egg and tomatoes. I was given two lemon wedges (presumably in place of dressing). I quite appreciated the measly portion as I wasn’t very hungry.

There isn’t much of a pescatarian (let alone vegetarian) range here; I refuse to be saddled with fish and chips. 

The ambience is lovely, but as you can see not brilliant for the purposes of photography. 

I think they are generally quite expensive. The chicken pie, at RM12.90 costs a bomb. I hear the steak is good.

They have a good variety of pastries. Some of them look like fancy French-stlye mille crepe. I don’t think I’d risk spending that much in their cakes unless I know for a fact that they are good.