Thursday, May 31, 2007

B.Y.O. @ ESPLANADE SEAFOOD CAFE AND RESTAURANT, SIBU

Don't attempt this in your own free time, if you live in Sibu, or just visiting. There's no such thing as Bring Your Own to a restaurant.

Ka-Ca-Ma Chicken

In a town full of " Can do" attitude, everything seems possible. I was invited for dinner at the tiny waterfront eatery. Most of the seatings are alfresco, and in this sedated town "shooting the breeze" or in Hokkien: La-Liang, Kong Eng-Wài seems to be the only game in town. It was a surprise that the host brought his wife's Ka-Ca-Ma chicken (which is cooked in local herbs and Chinese white wine) and Sio-Bee (steamed minced meat in wanton wrappers, which was bought elsewhere).

"Clam-fish" Umai

Another guest brought Umai, a local sashimi with creamy hot dipping sauce. The head of fish used resembles a clam, thus the clam-fish moniker. The sauce consists of a combination of chillies, lemongrass, shallots, peanuts and lime juice which are ground to a creamy paste.

Poached Shrimps

Yet another guest had 3 kg. of fresh shrimps, which came off the fishing boat that afternoon, delivered from the nearby market. The restaurant poached the shrimps for us.

Braised Chicken Feet

The braised chicken feet was ordered from a stall that rents a space within the restaurant's compound. The only thing we got from the restaurant were a plate of fried beansprouts, fried Midin (fungus leaves) and the drinks (3 cans of beer for RM11/US$3.25). If there's any restaurant that offers similar B.Y.O. food, I want to know.

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