Miao is Disappointed.

It’s super hard to find a place in Melaka selling Sarawak food. Whenever there is one, it’s a fake one, one that claims their dishes are Sarawak food when they doesn’t look or taste the same. :/

So when Wendy told me about this new restaurant in town selling Sarawak food, I was very excited as I have been longing to eat one for a very long time. So, I went and visited the restaurant on it’s first day. However, I didn’t carry high hope for it as I afraid it might disappoints me again like how the previous shop did (which is already closed..thank god for that).

SS Restaurant which located somewhere near Melaka Club. :)

At the moment I saw the first dish on menu, immediately I knew the shop is opened by a Sibu-ian as they have their signature Kampua (a very famous dry noodle in Sibu) on their first dish.

No Mirian nor Kuchingite will do that, as Kolok mee will always comes first. :P Anyway, this is what we ordered that day…

Acar, a sort of marinated salad, it tasted so-so only. In my opinon, they put too much carrots the acar was not marinated long enough. No one beats the one my grandma made :P lalalala~~

Sambal Paku, a wild fern that can be found in both West and East Malaysia. At first, we were planning to order Midin, another type of wild fern that is only found in East Malaysia but too bad it was only available in the late evening as the Midin was still on it’s way to Melaka.

Anyway, I wasn’t really satisfy with the dish. The portion was very small and lacked of the sambal taste.

It looked like the same thing, the color, the spring onions, minced meat and cha siew except for the noodle. It’s thinner and harder making the texture and taste was totally different. And the dish was pretty tasteless too. I knew some ingredients were missing, but I just don’t know which. Hmmm…

Next, we had the Sarawak Laksa and it was below average, the taste wasn’t thick enough. Lack of coconut milk and lack of laksa paste. :( To make it worse, the prawns were not fresh at all, the prawns was so bad that you can actually push the prawn against your mouth and smash it apart. @@ eww..

Then comes, the Sibu’s signature dish! Everyone eats Kampua over in Sibu and they served the best Kampua in the state. I ever had this dish for the 1 whole week during my training in Sibu without getting tired or bored of it. It’s that good.

But this just totally different, the noodle used are totally the same with the noodle use for the Kolok Mee earlier. They were neither Kolok Mee noodle nor Kampua noodle. :/ I just don’t understand why they use different noodles.

The taste was accepted tho.

Overall.. I wasn’t satisfied with it.

Sigh…another shop failed to delivery the true taste of Sarawak food. I did visited them again but sadly the food got even worse. Anyway, I hope they will improve the next time I visit them.

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26 Comments

  • December 8, 2010 - 12:32 am | Permalink

    lol kampua, kolok mee, laksa, paku all I miss… yeahh.. the noodles they use different from the actual one..

    Reply:
    You going back soon ler right

  • December 8, 2010 - 12:42 am | Permalink

    poor you..

    Reply:
    T3T

  • December 8, 2010 - 12:52 am | Permalink

    haha.. nevermind la, go back sarawak only eat lor.. =P
    it’s hard to find delicious penang laksa in KL too.. T^T

    Reply:
    Same here.. T3T

  • December 8, 2010 - 1:48 am | Permalink

    erh. that’s why i’m counting my days back to sibu. weeeee kampua mee (halal one)! here i comeeeeee~!!!! sarawak laksa too. heh =D

    Reply:
    when are you going back??

  • Mysterious God Of Light
    December 8, 2010 - 6:10 am | Permalink

    I’m starting to miss my hometown T^T (Imma Sibu-ian)

    Reply:
    City of Kampua! XD

  • December 8, 2010 - 7:35 am | Permalink

    jian, wad camera are u using there? mind telling me? the picture quality is so good :) haha..

    Reply:
    It’s not really that nice..
    I’m using Canon 400D

  • December 8, 2010 - 8:36 am | Permalink

    the kolo mee is using bee hoon i think cuz normal mee if nt as thin as that… the missing ingredient might me pork oil… =P

    Reply:
    Sort of bee hoon but not bee hoon..
    and also fried onion oil..

  • December 8, 2010 - 9:13 am | Permalink

    Wah… Your review lagi geng! Hoho…
    U went for the second time ar? What did you order?

    I went for the second time and that’s the last time I will go too. :P

    Don’t know when will zhAp lap. ~.~

    Reply:
    Really cannot lar the shop

  • December 8, 2010 - 10:47 am | Permalink

    hey.. i saw Life Cafe at JB.. the one at Kuching de? they open up a branch here. If you have time then you come JB and try ler.. ^^

    Reply:
    Really?
    With the malak mee?

  • Creature in the sea
    December 8, 2010 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    RM 5 for both kampua and kolo mee? Wow…. O.o

    Reply:
    Expensive than the one in KL @@

  • December 8, 2010 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

    yes!!! totally agree w u!! ‘golok mee’, ‘sarawak laksa’ & ‘kampua’ in west malaysia ALL FAKE ONE!! not nice at all..
    some more memperxiasoikan sarawak.. : (

    Reply:
    True!
    but not all.. some i heard is good 1.. they maintain all the ingredients and stuffs

  • Jason Lee
    December 8, 2010 - 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,

    Understand how you feel

    BTW, if you happen to be in KL/Selangor

    Try to visit Face to Face Noodle Shop

    http://www.foodstreet.com.my/food-street/mopage.s?outlet=Face+To+Face+Noodle+House

    Another place that served Kolok Mee is

    Ming Tien at Taman Megah or SS 15 Asia Cafe

    As for Sarawak Laksa, try the one near to Pyramid Hotel/Sunway Pyramid

    There is a Public Bank next to Pyramid Hotel/Sunway Pyramid

    The food court is the corner lot and between Public Bank and Maybank

    http://food.malaysiamostwanted.com/venues/restoran-ming-tien-chinese-bandar-sunway-pj

    Of course all these is not as good as Sarawak version but it should fullfil your crave for Sarawak Speciality

    Reply:
    Ming Tien 1 I try before but doesn’t taste right..
    i heard there’s 1 in Puchong and Bangsar

  • December 8, 2010 - 10:16 pm | Permalink

    the food din look very appetizing :( have to wait till cny to go back for the real one!!! *drools*

    Reply:
    When are you going back?

  • josephine
    December 9, 2010 - 2:12 am | Permalink

    awwh…i’m fr sibu n at d look at d kampua pic, it looks sooo dry to me n d noodles r different too… :(
    yeah, i noe hw it feels like when those food is not wat we expect it to be…bad bad

    Reply:
    I had too much hope.. :(

  • December 9, 2010 - 5:12 am | Permalink

    im a fan of kampua, but i never tried the sibu one. so white de…
    a bit weird cause the one i biasa see is dark colour de…

    Reply:
    Oh, kampua memang comes in 2 colors..
    just like kolok mee

  • bulat
    December 9, 2010 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    the last time i went to Kuching, Sarawak was 15 years ago and people ask me what i remembered from the trip back then. my only answer was “kolok mee” hahah :D it was soooo goood~

    Reply:
    Hahahaha

    wahhh that was ages ago

  • December 9, 2010 - 5:49 pm | Permalink

    The food looks so delicious just waiting to have it soon…

    Reply:
    have it soon?

  • December 9, 2010 - 9:10 pm | Permalink

    waoh..the sambal paku is my all time favour!

    Reply:
    Hahaha but this 1 is bad

  • December 9, 2010 - 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Aww at least they look good :(

    Reply:
    don’t want.. i want taste good too hahaha

  • December 10, 2010 - 11:30 am | Permalink

    hmm..i guess nobody know how to manufacture “kiu mee” a.k.a curly noodles in Melaka -_-” Maybe only curly Kuching ppl can make the curly noodles! LOL!! When r u coming back to Kuching?CNY??

    Reply:
    Going back on the 29th!! :D

  • December 10, 2010 - 5:34 pm | Permalink

    for kolo mee, its the pork lard which is missing. hehehe

    Reply:
    The fried onion oil was missing too…
    as well as the sweet taste from the cha siew oil..
    it seems they use coloring instead

  • jasper-casper
    December 10, 2010 - 10:31 pm | Permalink

    still another failure in the search for the kolok me? maybe u can bring the dried kolok mee to there (next time u come back to Sarawak) and ask the tauke over there to cook one use ur own mee…. sound’s good enough???

    Reply:
    good idea!!! :D

  • Hikki Chan
    December 12, 2010 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    well… nothing test the best other than the taste of our own country’s cooking! hahahahaha

    Reply:
    hahahaha XD

  • December 13, 2010 - 8:42 am | Permalink

    Yaya.. with Malak mee… they have the same menu, same layout, same ordering chit.. totally their branch.. i wonder if those ppl are from kuching too..

    Reply:
    Woah… but JB is far :(

  • December 19, 2010 - 5:11 pm | Permalink

    every time our family members want to eat Sarawak food we always went to Sarawak most of the food here don`t taste very good T.T

    Reply:
    If only air fares between East and West is cheap. :( then we all can go anytime

  • December 22, 2010 - 2:39 pm | Permalink

    your right we only went back once in 2 or 3 month T3T

    Reply:
    T3T in 6 months for me

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