Kuching lately has seen an increase of halal restaurants popping up all over the city. Now Muslims can have variety of options for eating out.
This is what we thought when we stumble across the new Sundanese restaurant at ICOM Square. The name of the restaurant is Bumbu Cabe. It is located at ICOM Square, Jalan Pending, 93450 Kuching, Sarawak. ‘Bumbu’ generally means seasoning, and it can be spice mixtures, sauces or seasoning pastes while ‘cabe’ stands for chilli.
We were brought to our seats upon entering and the staffs were very helpful in assisting us to order as it was our first time eating there. There were several dishes displayed at the counter, and you could pick and choose the dishes and let the staff know so they could serve it for you. When we had chosen several dishes, we returned to our seats while the staffs heat up the food and sent it to our table when they were done.
We were also served a plate of ‘lalab’, a Sundanese raw vegetable salad served with 4 types of sambal for free. These 4 sambals have their own unique taste and might be a bit spicy for some people.
During our visit there, we ordered a glass of Ice Honey Lemon and a glass of Soda Gembira which when translated to mean “Happy Soda” and one of the mocktail known to Indonesian. It contained soda water, condensed milk, and red rose flavoured syrup. We also ordered nasi liwet (rice dish cooked in coconut milk, chicken broth and spices) with salted egg, plain white rice, ayam bakar kecap (roasted chicken with soy sauce), tumis kacang buncis (stir fried pole beans) and bala bala (deep fried vegetable fritters).
The nasi liwet tasted like nasi lemak; our very own coconut milk rice, though the fried anchovies and salted eggs were nice addition to it. We liked the bala bala very much. Even though the ayam bakar kicap tasted a bit sweet, and the tumis kacang buncis is a bit oily, we still enjoyed all the food, accompanied by soft Indonesian instrumental music.
Besides that, they also serve ikan gurame terbang (literally means ‘flying gurame fish’), ayam Bumbu Cabe (the restaurant’s special chicken dish), ayam kremes (crunchy fried chicken), ayam bumbu Bali (chicken fried with Nusantara spices), terung balado (eggplants with chilli sauce), cumi cabe ijo (fried squid with green chillies), sambal kacang teri (fried groundnuts in chilli sauce), gepuk sapi (fried beef dish), rujak buah (fruit salad mixed with spicy peanut sauce), karedok (raw vegetable salad in peanut sauce), kentang mustofa (deep fried potato strips with chilli sauce), and many other dishes.
Each dish has the price per portion displayed next to them. You can estimate how many portions and the total price of your food based on the displayed price as the dishes are a bit pricey.
The ambience of the restaurant is also quite nice. The walls looked like the traditional leaf mat, and the owner said he painted it himself, and it took him about 2 months! They have indoor and outdoor seating area. The indoor area design was inspired by traditional Indonesian house, with wooden furniture, bamboo baskets to display the food, and traditional Indonesian music playing in the background. The outdoor area has several low tables that look like Japanese style dining table, but instead of sitting on the floor, they have long benches around the table.
So, if you wish to try out their dishes, head over to their restaurant at ICOM Square or at CityOne Mall, Jalan Song, Kuching. You can also book in advance as the place can be quite crowded during lunch and dinner time. They are closed on Sundays.
IPO ? What IPO? When I first heard of the word IPO, the first thought that conjure in my mind was that some company is going to be Public Listed soon? Initial Public Offering?
Then I saw this restaurant that opened right across from City One Mall. I passed it a few times and I was thinking, another restaurant is here. Hope they will last long. Lately, seems many restaurants have mushroomed up and close soon enough.
So finally I visited the eatery over the weekend. I am a true blue Malaysian who loves all Malaysian food, esp. Nasi Lemak, Sarawak Laksa and so much more. When I flipped the menu, I saw all my favourites listed there, esp, the nasi lemak. There were several variety of nasi lemaks here.
When my nasi lemak arrived, it was served on a dimsum tray. I was surprised because nasi lemak is supposed to be associated with Malay food, not Chinese meal but still, it looks fairly presentable. How delicious a nasi lemak is depends on the sambal , and here I give thumbs up to the sambal because it is salty, spicy and soury due to the tamarind juice in it. Some nasi lemak sambal is too salty because they added in too much of belacan but here I give thumbs up to the nasi lemak. I usually eat half bowl of rice but this meal today, I ate the whole lot of rice in the plate and all because of the sambal.
My friend ordered Penang Fried Kuey teow (noodles). Seriously, everyone claims to serve Penang Fried Kuey teow in town but we would say it ain’t the real thing unless the cook is from Penang or you have it in Penang. Well, here this afternoon, the meal is served in a half wrapped brown paper laid out on a plate with a sheet of banana leaf underneath. There were 3 prawns in it, clams and beansprout, with sliced scallion and fried shallots sprinkled on top. The kuey teow was fried to perfect brown colour and it taste quite delicious.
The kuey teow was served with chillies in soy sauce and lime. The chillies were quite spicy for Sarawakian’s taste buds, but it was a nice addition to the kuey teow if you prefer it spicier.
It was so delicious that she gave 9 out of 10, minus 1 from full mark because she never tasted the original Penang Fried Kuey Tiaw for comparison. She ate every single bit of her kuey teow though. Since she didn’t unwrapped the brown paper, as the staff already took the trouble to present the dish nicely, her plate was clean. It can be passed as a new plate if not for the wrapper.
The names of other dishes are quite amusing. Who would’ve thought of naming a dish Apa Pun Ada Nasi Lemak? Only at IPO.