Sibu - Cuisine


Sibu is known for its delicious and affordable local cuisine. The more famous dishes include: (note: the names are rendered in the Fuzhou dialect, which is often radically different from Standard Chinese.)

  • "Kam Pua" noodle (干盘面) (kampua) - noodles tossed in pork lard or vegetable oil, fried shallots, spring onions and sometimes soy sauce and/or chili sauce. It is available at almost all coffee shops and food stalls. The taste for "gam mua" differs from person to person. Popular establishments serving good "gam mua" include Aloha Cafe (town centre), Rasa Sayang (new bus terminal) and a hawker stall above Central Market (at night), among others. The most delicious one will be at Palace Cafe (皇宫茶室),located just beside the Eight-Corner Malay Stalls (八角亭),behind Premier Hotel. Even 'Halal' (food prepared according to Muslim rites) "gam mua" is also available as well.
  • "Duёng Mian Ngu"(鼎边糊) (Dian Mian Hu)- a savoury soup with soft rice cake is available at several stalls as a hefty breakfast or a late night supper. It is often served with fish balls and squid. A popular joint is in an alleyway by Jalan Blacksmith.
  • "Bian Nyuk"(扁肉, also called wonton, 雲吞) - a meat dumpling which can be served dry or in a soup. Stalls serving good "gam mua"
  • "Gom bian" (光饼) (or Kompia)- a Foochow delicacy made with flour, baked in an oven and eaten either with or without meat and a special gravy. It is somewhat similar to a bagel. However, it can be either in a crisp or soft version. Nice traditional soft kompia dipped in pork sauce can be sought from Chung Hua road and the Sunday Market at Pedada road. There are deep fried variations available throughout Sibu town. It's a hit not just for Chinese, but Malay and Iban community as well. There's a shop sells only the non-filling version of it, which is Seng Kee, located at Market Road and its branch at Workshop Road.
  • "You Zhar Gui" (油炸桧, also called 油條 in Chinese)(Yau Char Kway, pronounced as Kueh Cakoi in Malay) - deep fried twin dough batter often dipped in soup or chili sauce. It is also a great with porridge or "Bak Kut Teh(肉骨茶)"
  • "Bek Ding Yuok" (八珍药 in Chinese)(or pek ting ngor): The soup of eight essences - nice, sweet, tasty and nutritious Chinese soup made of at least eight types of Chinese herbal materials.
  • "Rojak Kassim": Indian-style rojak (known as pasembur or Mamak Rojak). Back then, the owner itself (Hj.Kassim) used to sell it at a coffee shop located at Jalan Morshidi Sidek, Now the business entity is just named "ROJAK" at Popular Cafe, opposite Star Cineplex.The business had been taken over by Hj.Kassim's Ex-daughter in law.
  • More detail:
  • Duёng Mian Ngu

  • Gom bian

  • Gom bian with minced pork

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