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SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO
SIBU : Dining & Entertainment
 
 

DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Sibu District

 

Sibu is a paradise for gourmets, particularly cost-conscious ones. It has some of the best value food in all of Malaysia, especially fresh river fish and prawns and top quality seafood. A wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops offer the visitor considerable choice of different Malaysian and international cuisines, so only a small selection can be listed here. But remember it?s the local dishes that make eating out in Sibu so memorable and economical.

 
 
SIBU SPECIALTIES
 

Kam Pua Mee

Kam pua mee is Sibu?s signature dish, thin noodles tossed in pork lard and served with slices of roasted pork or minced pork balls, served either with or without a thin broth and accompanied with chilli sauce and soya sauce. Mee sua (longevity noodles), another Foochow favourite, is a rich herbal soup containing fine vermicelli noodles and large chunks of boiled chicken. Both can be found in coffee shops all over town.

 

Konpia

Konpia is Sibu?s answer to the bagel. Roasted tandoori style, these fresh bread rolls are served in a variety of ways. One of the most popular konpia outlets, Mr & Mrs Yeo?s Stall, Lorong Tiong Hua 26 (15 mins walk from town centre or take a taxi) serve them in a rich pork broth with slices of stewed pork - be prepared to wait for a table, mornings only.

 

Prawn Noodles

Prawn noodles (mee udang) is the town?s most popular seafood dish. Huge river prawns, sliced down the middle, are served in a steaming bowl of spicy seafood stock with thick Foochow noodles. The most famous is served by Min Kong Cafe (see below), although Sin Chun Hua Caf?(next to Visitor?s Information Centre) is also very good. A delicious variation on this theme, tom yam prawn noodles, can be found at Kheng Hock Caf?

 

Dabai

Fresh dabai, delicious savoury fruits resembling olives in appearance, and to some extent in taste, are usually sold by Iban ladies at the Central Market. These need to be briefly dunked in hot water to soften them before serving - a hotel room kettle will do nicely. A wide variety of other tropical fruits are also available at the market, including exquisite pineapples from Sarikei and unique green oranges from Bintangor.

 
 
 
COFFEE SHOPS
 

Coffee-shops found on just about every street corner, and serve thick Borneo coffee sweetened with condensed milk, as well as a huge range of other drinks. Food offered usually includes local noodle dishes, chicken rice, and economy rice, mixed rice, fast food or nasi campur. These are four different names for the same dish - a plate of rice with portions of meat, fish, curry and vegetables selected from the delicacies on display. Cheap (RM3-5), delicious and very filling.

 
 
 
FOOD CENTRES
 

These are the most popular eating places amongst locals. There is always a wide selection of value-for-money stalls and you can select food from as many as you like.

 

Sibu Central Market, 1st floor

Over 30 mostly Chinese stalls serving almost every kind of local dish imaginable, mostly from 6 am to lunchtime, but some are open in the evening.

 

Express Boat Passenger Terminal (Swan Rainforest Caf?, 1st floor.

Similar set up to the Central Market but with more Malay (i.e. Muslim) food stalls.

 

Jalan Market Food Stalls, near Premier Hotel

Variety of Chinese stalls, plus Malay stalls offering curries, mee jawa (spicy noodles in a thick sauce) and roti canai.

 

Kampung Bandung Food Court & Taman Selera MUC, Jln Jasmin

Offers a variety of Malay seafood including the popular ikan panggang masak belacan (fish barbequed with prawn paste), satay and many others.

 

Pusat Mara, Sibu Plaza building, Jalan Mission, opp. AmBank

About a dozen Malay and Melanau food stalls offering popular breakfast dishes, then later freshly cooked nasi campur and occasionally home made umai (see Melanau Heartland section). 7 am - 9 pm.

 

Swan Food Centre, Jalan Temple next to Sibu Trade & Exhibition Centre

Mostly Chinese stalls with excellent chicken rice and roasted pork.

 

Taman Selera Harmoni, off Jln Awang Ramli Amit (take a taxi)

Open air food court with dozens of halal Malay stalls offering a selection of local delicacies. One stall serves delicious sup power (beef tendon soup) and the cendol (a popular Malaysian dessert) is the best in town. Open 5 pm - late.

 
 
 
ENTERTAINMENT
 

Socialising in Sibu is also done in restaurants and coffee shops. Normal pubs usually charge around RM 8 for a beer and close around 1-2 am. Live music lounges and plush karaoke lounges are usually RM 10 upwards, and are open later. Most places have "happy hours," with discounts or 2-for-1 offers. The listings below are only a selection - the inquisitive will make their own discoveries.

 
 
 
 
SIBU : Dining & Entertainment
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO