The only thing to do in Sibu is to eat. Sibu is in Sarawak, East Malaysia, it used to be that the only way to get there by plane was to fly through Kuching and believe me, I remember those damn Fokker planes, I was scared half the time because they were so small. Nowadays, with the onset of budget airlines, one can fly direct from JB or through Kuching but direct from Singapore. It's a timber logging town and it has one macdonalds and up till 5 or 6 years ago, didn't even have a mall. I go there mainly for family, and to eat. ..and that's exactly what we did every.single.day.
My absolute favorite is Black sauce kampua. That chilli sauce is amazing, always gotta stir it through, sometimes I'll even ask for another saucer of sauce. There's a white version as well,
but that's for weight watchers, it's all cooked in lard so I don't know what the difference is.
Bia nguik (That's just the dialect name), a local rendition of wanton soup, goes with the noodles, cannot be left out.
Char Kway Tiao, Malaysian Classic. yum.
Tropical fruits, okay, these are technically not breakfast, it was a teabreak, but there were freshly picked Logans, Lychees, Bananas, Mangosteens and can't leave out the king of fruit, Durian (which I personally do not take)
To eat durians, all one requires is some newspapers, a cleaver and a person willing to do all the work.
More Kway Tiao, I was told this was quite famous and had been around since my dad's school days.
Also can't go to Sarawak without having Sarawak Laksa, we had this one in Sibu.
On the way back, we had a 5 hours transit in Kuching, what did we do? Eat of course.
This is Kolo Mee, it looks like Kampua but it's quite different, Kolo mee tends to be a tad drier. and has more char siew slices and the noodles are different too. Ok, it's a completely different dish.
We also had more Sarawak laksa, everyone had around 2 bowls of Laksa and a bowl of Kolo mee each. Then they all went for dessert. Serious dieting went on after we got back, that's for sure.
I also discovered that Kuching coffee shops (Kopitiams) liked to create drinks and give them names, very cocktail-like of them. I tried this one, called 3 layer tea. It was really good, I think it's a layer of gula melaka on the botton followed by condensed milk, the white stuff and tea si peng on top. Quite sweet but who cares.
If there's one part of Malaysia you have to visit, make it the east. Go check out longhouses too (I'll leave you to google that).