Posted in Bakeries, Sibu

Breadsense

You can find Breadsense outlets opposite Wisma Sanyan, near Delta Mall and at a few other locations. Breadsense is altogether not very impressive. The food is mediocre at best, but one has to give them points for generally being quite well-stocked. The fact that the ingredients are listed under the prices is also a (small) plus point.

Soy milk

Kitty cup
Panda cup

This is really the only thing that I would go for here. I would not say that their soy milk is particularly any good, but if I only need to fork out a ringgit to be able to have a quiet corner to sit and relax for the duration of the library’s lunch hour, then I am willing to do so. It tastes a bit powdery and it is usually cold by lunchtime but the cups are just too adorable!

Steamed buns

I have only had the veggie bun and the red bean bun, but I was not impressed by either. They are average; edible but not a must-have. For those prices and quality, I’d much rather stop by the bakery opposite SMK Sacred Heart where the buns cost only 50 cents.

Mini buns, assorted flavours

They have got red bean, kaya, butter, butterscotch and garlic.They are nothing special but they do only cost 70 cents each so I suppose they are alright for a quick cheap meal. There is a little girl who often comes in with her grandfather after school; she seems to have a penchant for the butter buns.

Sweet fried dough twists

Mini fried dough twists

Their “fried dough twists” come in two sizes. The larger ones come in bags of RM5.50 (Jan 2017). The miniature version pictured above come in cute little jars of 15. They were RM2.50 when I first bought some in December 2016 but they are now RM3.00 (Jan 2017).

These are actually quite promising. They are not oily and have a nice crunch to them.

Posted in Hotels, Sibu

Peppers Cafe (Blog as I Eat)

We are now at Tanahmas’ Peppers Cafe, celebrating my little monster’s 22nd birthday. I am being antisocial and writing this as we eat. Service isn’t up to usual standards today.

Singapore style fried bee hoon

My godmum is having this. I don’t think it is vegetarian (I only had the noodly bits and a prawn). It is quite spicy and has a slight curry aftertaste. The  noodles have an al dente pasta-like texture. Yum.

Fried mee mamak (non-veg)

The maid is having this. It is a bit spicy, but with a tomato-ish aftertaste. Not as good as the bee hoon but liveable.

Fried tanghun (non-veg)

My mum’s dish is a bit of a disappointment. It is terribly spicy, but for all the wrong reasons. I usually love a peppery dish, even ones with all pepper and no chilli, but this was poorly executed.

Garden salad

I like my salad neat.

This is my order: garden salad, no dressing. It is very difficult to botch a salad, but I don’t understand why my dish was third to arrive when all you need to do is wash and cut up veggies into crude strips and pieces.

Dill herb salmon (pescatarian)

Much more rice than pictured in menu.

I was going to be good and just have the salad, but then I decided to have this as well. I actually despise the fact that they put the sauce all over my salmon. I am quite obsessive about these things.

I don’t understand why they’ve given me a dish of butter with a lemon wedge. What am I supposed to do with this?

The rice is a bigger serve than pictured in the menu. It is comparable to Sugarbun’s raisin rice.

I forgot to tell them to hold the dressing on the salad. The veggies are soaked in oil. It is as though they are compensating for the oil they didn’t get to drench my garden salad with.

The salmon slab

The salmon came in two big slabs. The tomato sauce is tangy but has a slight, barely detectable kick to it. It is quite well cooked, but I could barely taste any dill herb. The tomato sauce ruins the salmon a bit, and that is putting it mildly.

Sprite longan

I don’t understand the cherry, but the nice thing is that there is tons of longan in it; enough to constitute a meal on its own.

Ice lemon tea

This is actually quite disappointing. All tea and no lemon. Despite the two slices of lemon here, and an additional two from my mum, the taste of tea overpowers the lemon, and not in a good way.

Lemon cheesecake

I haven’t had their lemon cheesecake in years, but I still love it. They’ve added a little unidentifiable, albeit visually appealing, chocolate-drizzled yellow confection square on the topm As usual I’d prefer it without the cream and the square but I suppose aesthetics has become quite a bit more important in the culinary sphere.

We are sharing this between the five of us, as  we still have a whole pandan jelly cake from Four Seasons’ to cut into when we get home.

My little monster likes it very much, as do I. It has found less favour with Mother, who prefers a creamier cake, and the maid, who is a great advocate of all things sweet and believes that cheesecakes are too sour.

Posted in Bakeries, Sibu

Cake Times

Cake Times is relatively new. It is a bakery/café located within the town area, within reasonable walking distance of town square.

Sponge cake. The plastic container also makes the perfect salad bowl.
Sponge cake

The sponge cake is to die for. It is light, fluffy and moist. My only issue with it is that I suspect the moistness comes from oil. But RM5.50 is a decent price for a cake of this size and quality.

Walnut bread

Walnut bread

According to the lady who owns the place, her walnut bread is extremely popular. It is with a twinge of guilt that I issue these three words: not that great.

It is pleasant enough. The slices are over an inch thick, but there is a marked lack of walnut. Soaking it in cold milk makes it slightly more palatable.

Cheesecake

Baked cheesecake with oreo base and toppings

There is also quite a selection of cheesecake. This is a slice of the oreo cheesecake. It was just alright, but not quite compelling enough to tempt me  into another slice.

Posted in Bakeries, Sibu

Bakelicious Bakery

White bread

The first thing I noticed about their white bread was the crinkly crust. It makes a nice change – rather aesthetically pleasing. As of December 2016 a loaf costs RM3. The slices are small and thin, and very square.
In terms of taste it is nothing out of the ordinary: pleasant enough, but nothing more and nothing less than what you would expect from a loaf of bread.

Red bean bun

These cost RM 2.80 for a pack of six (Dec 2016). In terms of size they fit in the palm quite nicely.

The buns are soft and light, ideal for a quick snack but a little bland. (Or perhaps it is my preconception of red bean buns as a sweet, high-sugar guilty-pleasure food that leads me to this conclusion.)

The red bean filling is not very sweet (which I suppose makes a nice change once in a while) and its texture is a little grainy. There are whole adzuki beans in the mix. It is the sort of filling that I would choose to eat without the bun, in lieu of rice/potatoes at lunch or dinner.

Posted in Asian, Sibu

New Capitol

New Capitol is one of the oldest and best known Chinese restaurants in Sibu. It is located opposite Premier. They cater and deliver, which is nice. We use them for family dinners sometimes.

Mixed veg – a Chinese restaurant staple. These are stir fried with a sweet, thick gravy. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then you will enjoy this dish. I did not much care for it.

Not suitable for peanut allergy sufferers.

Fried egg and sea cucumber. This was meant to be one of the dishes that I could safely eat, but the restaurant folk had to ruin it by dumping unnecessary strips of ham on it. Thankfully this was just surface-level meat (what was underneath was simply remarkable).
Their fried kampua comes highly recommended, but it does not photograph well. I thought it looked quite oily, but then I suppose it is oil that makes kampua taste so good in the first place. This dish contains pork and is unsuitable for vegetarians/pescatarians.

The pork ribs are another popular dish. When I cut some so that I could feed it to my sister the meat fell right off the bone – it looked very tender and juicy (my family agrees that it was).

My little monster really likes the claypot mutton (which I neglected to take a picture of). She kept dipping her spoon in the pot for more.

I  think that I would have enjoyed the steamed chicken had I’d had any of it. It was not oily, the meat was tender and was served with a spicy (but not in the chilli sense) ginger-oil dip.

Posted in japanese, Sibu

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.