Thursday, September 14, 2017

Day 3 - Sibu Food Trail to Sarikei

Day 3 : Sibu - Sarikei - Sibu

The task of the day? Eat like a local! :p
Another early morning for us, we rise and shine to a bowl of luxurious superb fresh water prawn noodle. 

Fresh Water Prawn Noodles RM38

Mouth-watering thick noodles served with one whole fresh and succulent prawn in a flavourful broth.

Kampua mee RM3
Another must try if you are in Sibu. Wonderfully aromatic, springy noodles topped with char siew and chili flakes. For a little spicy and tartness, feel free to add in the accompaniment chili sauce.

Foo Chow Braised Noodles RM4

Bosco Cafe 
No 9 GF, Jalan Rakyat, 
96000 Sibu, Sarawak.

After a satisfying breakfast, we head over to the pepper farm at Bintangor. Did you know Sarawak is the largest pepper producer in Malaysia? Thus, our trip wouldn't be complete without a visit to the pepper farm.

The plantation has been around for the last 25 years now has about 600 plants. 

Fun facts! Apparently, both white and black peppers come from the same plant. After flowering, it takes about 9 months before the ripe berries could be picked. White pepper generally fetched higher prices than black pepper, because it's process involves more steps.

The pepper farm we visited is located at Bintangor with no exact address.
GPS : 2.111275,111.705225

Back to our food adventure, we make a quick stop for Bintangor's signature local favourite foods, Tumpi. This simple and tasty delicacy literally looks like a pancake, is a traditional Melanau food made from sago and coconut.

There are 2 varieties of tumpi, the regular price at RM3.50 and the special at RM6.00 per piece.
The special is a savory version, filled generously with prawns.

While the regular is the plain sago pancake with shredded coconut..

For those prefer sweeter, you could also enjoy it with apong (palm sugar).

Pak Cik Hj. Abang Saini has been selling tumpi for years, skillfully pan baked each piece to perfection. Simply irresistible!

Tumpik Haji Abang Saini 
No 15, Gerai Majlis Daerah Meradong Julau
Jalan Teo Kin Ngo,
Tel : +6019 8683438

Another favourite snack here, the mouth-watering rojak. RM5.00
What makes the Malaysian style fruits and vegetables salad served here unique, was the larger bits of peanuts and the addition of sweet potatoes in the rojak. Not to mention, the sauce is also much sweeter and less spicy compared to the West Malaysia.

Wong Hung Ping
Gerai Makanan Islam
Jalan Mahkamah,
96507 Bintangor, Sarawak.

Well known for the best and authentic Foo Chow cuisines in town, we had our lunch at the Golden Happiness Restaurant. The restaurant has been around for over 10 years whip up really hearty and nutritious soup. Also worth mentioning is the delicious Foo Chow sticky rice cake stir fried with leeks, mushroom, black fungus, carrot and onions. The rice cake is also called 'Bai Guo' has a nice chewy texture.

Ba Zhen soup
A popular soup among the Chinese for maintaining good health, the piping hot soup was delicious with a subtle sweetness from the herbs.

The soup is boiled for hours with all these amazing and nutritious herbs.

Another herb soup with pork and dried squid, this light yet tasty soup is really good for re-energize ourselves after a long day.

Stir fried cangkul manis with egg
Simplicity at its best! One of the most memorable dishes I had in Sibu, the tastiest vegetables ever.

There's nothing like biting into a sweet and juicy pineapple! The best way to end our meal on a sweet note with the iconic Sarikei pineapple.

Golden Happiness Restaurant 
40, Jalan Haji Karim,
Bandar Sarikei,
96100 Sarikei, Sarawak. 

The dried shrimp in Sibu is totally different from West Malaysia.

Back to Sibu, we drop by at the Sibu Central Market, the largest indoor market in Malaysia. The locals frequented here for fresh local produce, meats, greens, fruits and sundries.

Only in Sibu, the live chickens sold here are wrapped with newspaper. 

We also took a stroll along the Sibu Night Market. There are over 100 stalls selling a variety of local foods, from halal to non halal, definitely good cheap eats.

Besides foods, there is also a wide array of handicraft, jewellery, clothes, accessories and many more available for purchase. After we've done with our shopping here, we headed over to Cafe Cafe for our dinner. While all the dishes served were amazing, I would like to highlight a few that's pretty memorable to me. 

Tomato and cincalok omelette rice.

Delicious and fragrant fried rice drizzled with cincalok mayonnaise. 

Dayak style lemongrass lamb
The lamb braised Dayak style was tasty and aromatic, but when the fermented beancurd is mixed in, it brings the taste sensation to a whole new level.

Chau chai noodle soup with prawns (Rice vermicelli noodle with sour vegetable)
Yet another unique Foo Chow dish, the noodle soup was delicious and appetizing. 

This post basically wraps up my 4 days 3 nights trip to Sibu with AirAsia and Sarawak Tourism. Thank you everyone for the wonderful and memorable experience!

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Thank you for reading! In case you missed it, here's the links to my previous post. Till then, XOXO!


  1. I never been there before. Not bad experience you had, babe <3

  2. WOw. That trail sure needs to be followed. All the food on the pics look absolutely yummm!

  3. The food looks so good! Now my stomach is growling! The omelette rice!

  4. this is mind boggling.. I mean the pepper process, just as the same as all those tea from black tea, white tea, green tea all come from same plant also...

  5. Those noodlesssssssssssss. I am hungry now haha
    A good read keep it up. But I suggest you to make a proper layout, its confusing

  6. Yeay! So you've been to my kampung! My parents' house is in Sibu and my mum's hometown is Sarikei. Next try to go to Kanowit and Kapit ok.

  7. Amboi Elana walks her hehehe to the top of the aisle it's fun to look at eating non-stop

  8. Gosh, so many local dishes to sample! Eating like a local is definitely a must. We get to know the place and its people through food as well.

  9. wah.. that tumpi tempting leh...i never had that before.. Racheal

  10. wah.. that tumpi tempting leh...i never had that before.. Racheal

  11. havent been to sibu but when i do, will refer to your blog! thanks for sharing this :)

  12. Sarikei is where my mum from. She miss the food and people there.