Tuesday, July 29, 2008

To the market...

When I was in Sibu for my holidays, the place which I often visited was the market especially with my dad to buy food for the week. The market is basically the busiest place in town. Its like the only place where there is a slow moving traffic and where you have to squeeze your way through or getting pushed at. The market I am gonna review in this post is Sibu's central market. *Be warned, there are some graphic images in this post so, if you can't bear things like blood or death, please do not read on.*

Central market is the one place where you can still see the old folks hanging out, drinking their coffee or just enjoying the company of others. The food court, located on the first floor serves some of the best local dishes which you can find in Sibu. Trust me, even the Hokkien fried me is totally different than the ones found in Semenanjung Malaysia. Too bad I didn't manage to get a picture of it.

Old folks enjoy their morning coffee with some company.

Sibu Central Market.

Things found at the market....

Chickens and more chickens
And of course the produce by the chickens....


Dad buying some Qui Ni (local mangoes only found in the Borneo Islands which are a little bit more sour than mangoes) from a local Iban lady.

Ga na (Ermmmmm.... it looks like olives so some locals call it local olives. HAHA...)

Some herb used by the Ibans for cooking soup.

A local weaving a ketupat.

Local ferns like Paku (not Melieng, different thing but same species)

Bamboo shoots and some local root being chopped up by an Iban lady.

Sea food like fish, prawns, eels, squid.... You name it they got it. Even shark meat, crab and so on...

Fish eggs

And of course....

The all time Foo Chow favorite meat, pork. Yes.. Why do I say so? Because pork fat is one of the ingredients for the sauce used for kampua. For kompia, roast pork is used as the filling. And many other dishes which require pork. I can't remember it all. HAHA..
And guess what I saw dangling at he bottom.

The heart, liver and intestine are also sold.. URGH!

Of course we have the fruit stalls and vegetable stalls.

And I only saw one or two stalls selling Red rice which is kinda expensive in the market right now.

The next part of this post contains some exotic meat found in the market. Ermm. Also, there are some graphic contents and videos so please stop reading after this point. Just close your eyes and scroll all the way down.

Exotic meat found at the market

Biawak meat (monitor lizard meat) Know how a monitor lizard look like before it is chopped up?

Yap... this is it.. A monitor lizard.

Then while I was walking around, my brother called out to me to look at the killing of a tortoise. I know its cruel but through watching, you will understand why we can't eat these kind of meat. Am I right? Well, its the locals who are eating it. Not sure whether it is illegal or not but if you can't take it, please don't watch.

This is no fake. Please understand the cruelty in this act. And yes, all animals (which an be eaten) face this fate. Like our beef, pork, chicken, etc. So in some culture, eating tortoise meat is okay. All I know is this tortoise is a river tortoise and not the endangered sea-turtles.

Poor tortoise. The price for a kilo of its meat is rm35. Now thats expensive. According to the locals, it is very good for the body and our blood circulation.

To a less endangered species of meat, I spotted some sago worms for sell. Not cheap you know. One small basket with about 10 worms costs us rm5. My cousin Leonard dared me to eat one with him so I took up he dare.

Sago worms. Yummy yummy. Big, juicy and slimey.

After the first, I decided to eat another one and this time up close so I can prove that I ate a sago worm.

Watch out for the slime as I bit off the body from the head.

HAHA. I think I can join fear factor after this. Not too bad. Tasted like coconut milk because it eats the bark of a dead sago tree which contains starch and lots of natural sugar. So the sago worm tasted like caramelized coconut milk. Slimey but interesting in taste. It left a distinctive aftertaste though. Like when you drink milk. HAHA. Well, this is all for this post.

Hope I did not disgust you all. Well, its about the market. Don't take the killing too emotionally and hold a grudge against me for I am just showing you what I seen.

More of Sibu to come~~~

To all ex-MUFIANs

Thanks to Mr. Sam, I looked back at some of the videos and pictures taken back in 2006 with all the ex-MUFIANs. To reminiscence in the past, I would like to wish all the ex-MUFIANs well and hope that you all are living your dreams and wishes. That was an awesome year and will be remembered forever.
Here are some videos to remind you of what we did when we were in MUFY. Enjoy!

Moral Assignment!

Malaysian Studies Assignment!

Our "unique" days in college!
And finally.....

Our Graduation day!

Have a great life you guys. May all your dreams and wishes come through! Maybe we should have a gathering some day. I don;t know. Just a thought. HAHA.

Another Sibu Post!

Yea, thanks to Benny's comment, I am gonna post something about the food in Sibu, meaning some of the traditional Foo Chow Food which can be found here. Been eating a lot during the holidays. Dang the delicious food cooked by mum and dad! It always get to me. I just can't resist. Besides that, I am eating double the amount of meals due to my relatives coming back from the U.S.A., Singapore and Kuching. But now I am back in K.L., I really miss everything in Sibu. Don't know why but I am feeling the blues this semester back in college. Yea, maybe its because of the tough semester I had last semester but it doesn't matter now. I just have to work and and go through with it. So back to food, gonna show some of the mouth watering food I managed to photographed back in Sibu. So first of all....

Breakfast food!

The breakfast dish you can't miss out on in Sibu is this dish. KAMPUA!!!!
But now-a-days, you can get kampua for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

However, Sibu laksa and a cup of Kopi-peng (ice coffee) is my favorite for breakfast

Or a plate of fried tomato sauce Kuey Tiaw.

Man Ngi or if directly translated into english, it is horse ears! No la, its not really horse ears. Its just foo chow baked sweet bread shaped (supposedly) like horse ears. Great to be eaten with a cup of coffee or Milo in the morning.

Stone oven baked Kompia

Jin Nung Mian (in foo chow). Don't know if this is it the right spelling.

Brunch, Lunch or Dinner....

Cha Zu Mian (direct translation- Fried Noodle soup)

Zhou Chai Hung Ngang (Rice noodle cooked in chicken broth and preserved vegetable). Fish or big prawns are optional. Normal one will only have shredded pork and maybe small prawns and spicy or non-spicy is optional.

This, when picked and fried is called Milieng (in Foo Chow) is a fern usually found in the forest. Great when fried with sambal belacan or just the normal Foo Chow cooking using Chinese red wine and garlic. *Sorry, didn't take photo of the cooked version.*

The red one is also melieng but which already grown leaves which can still be eaten but less tasty.

Snacks and tea time....

Rojak sotong

There are many more different type of food which can be found here but these are some of the things that I managed to take picture of. And most of the dishes I introduced here can be eaten for breakfast dinner or lunch but i arranged it in a way where my grandma will grade which meal it is for. So to respect her, this is how I will arrange it. HAHA.. Hope your tummy is rumbling & tumbling now because of these pictures. For those who are overseas, I know you all miss these food. Well, when we are back in Sibu next time, lets meet and go MAKAN!

More on Sibu soon~~~

P.s.: Sibu is known as Swan city because when the Foo Chows first migrated from China to Sibu, the Rajang river looked like a Swan, thus the river was named after the swan and Sibu was known as Swan city which is translated directly from the Foo Chow dialect.

That was a little something about Sibu... Hope you learned something...