Monday, May 28, 2007

BEEF NOODLE SOUP @ AHO MEE SAPI & NASI AYAM RESTORAN, JALAN SANYANG, SIBU


This seems like a popular eatery judging by the morning crowd on a weekday (mostly "catching snakes": Liak Chuai). This corner coffee shop faces the main entrance of Wisma Sanyang, the de-facto shopping arcade in town. This is a halal (Kosher) place, as evident from the cooks to the busboy/girl.

Any
beef noodle that holds up to the test is in its soup. You could get a whiff of the broth as the bowl of koay teow soup was delivered to the table. Sad to say, the overpowering smell of cinnamon and star anise drowned out whatever credibility the bowl of beef koay teow soup held. The situation was made worse by the overcooked koay teow, making it soft and gooey; so was the tripe . A couple of gulps later, I gave up.


The dry noodle looked better but I didn't want to venture there. It's no different than a dark Kampua Mee with a dash of the soup thrown in.


All is not not lost for this place. Its fried Chinese crullers (You Char Kueh/You Tiao) is one of the best I have tasted. It's laced with bits of diced spring onions; its texture is kind of a cross between a doughnut and yet retaining the fluffiness of a cruller. For a Chinese specialty, this one is not done by a Chinese, but by a Malay lady. So much for stereotyping as one bites the dust!

2 comments:

Dani said...

Hey! found your blog through the Star online.. just wondering.. do you carry your camera when or where you are going to eat?
I'm starting a blog too Lonelyhurts Check it out!

Kong-Kay said...

in unknown territories, where nobody knows me, i use a camera; in other places i use a phone camera (2 mega pixels), which is good enough for the web, sometimes.

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