Long Weekend Road Trip to Bintulu, Sibu, Sarikei & Jakar

You may or may not know, I am a person who likes road trip a lot. Yes, A LOT.

Since there’s a long weekend, I’ve dated few friends to have a road trip. I used to travel Bintulu a lot, which is just about 2-hour drive from Miri. But for this long weekend, I’ve decided to go more places. Instead of saying road trip, perhaps this is more like a food trip.

Before I go further, let me explain that I will not be explaining every food and venue that I’ve dined in detail. But what I will do is giving some brief introduction and you can hire Google for the rest.

As my friends were working on 30th April, we decided to leave during that evening and stay a night in Bintulu. After checking in, we went to have our dinner. It has been a while we all miss one of the most famous food in Bintulu – the Deep Fried Chicken Feet.

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For those who don’t know, this is available at Spring Garden Cafe during night time. Having this with its porridge is my favourite preference, and you’d try it if you haven’t!

The next day, we had a very good breakfast at somewhere which is not that famous in Bintulu. I did not manage to capture a photo of it, but I still have a photo which was taken during the trip before in my Instagram.

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The food in the photo might not be very attractive but trust me, this dish is awesome. This is called “Fried Noodles Soup with Bee Hoon and Fish Balls” or in Mandarin “炒煮面加米粉加鱼丸”.

You can have this in Ocean Restaurant, which is located at “Old Sing Kwong” area. You will need to ask people from Bintulu where this area is. You may not be able to Google this. I did not know this until one of my buddies who is from Bintulu brought me there.

Before heading for the next station, we had a simple vegetarian lunch at Beyond Veggie by Secret Recipe. And here is one one the shot that I’ve uploaded to my Instagram.

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As there is no Beyond Veggie outlet in Miri, we all found that it is great to dine here. It serves vegetarian food, but not the mainstream vegetarian food which is rich in pepper taste. Overall, I do like its food.

We then spent a night in Sibu, having our dinner in Taman Selera Muhibah. I was too hungry and did not manage to take a nice shot. But here I have a photo of Mix Fruits Shaved Ice which was uploaded during my previous trip to Sibu.

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The best part of it is the choices available here. You can choose to have a main course for your dinner, or order variety of side dishes as you wish. I always like to order this or ABC during night time in Sibu or Bintulu, simply because I can’t have this in Miri. If you’d like to have some kind of desserts, it’s either high class restaurant or franchise dessert stores.

The next morning, we drive to our next destination, which is about 60km away – Jakar.

This is not the first or second time I have road trip and enjoy food around. One of the most popular food that people will have in Sarawak is the Prawn Noodles, the Sarawak version (not the Penang version). I’ve had this dish at several places, and a lot of people have been telling me that the best one is at Jakar.

It took me a while to ask around where Jakar is. During January of this year, I had the chance to drive to Kuching together with one of my friends who is from Kuching, and that’s how I know the route.

And of course, during that road trip to Kuching, I did go Jakar and have a bowl of Prawn Noodles, but I’ve forgotten to search the restaurant or coffee shop that serves the so-called best Prawn Noodles in Sarawak. Oh well, so I randomly went to a coffee shop that has a lot of people dining in. Perhaps this is how everyone perceives the food served by looking how many people are there in the shop.

So during that trip, I went into a restaurant called Hock Ping Hiong Restaurant.

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It actually tastes very good, but the version of taste is entirely different from the other Prawn Noodles that you can have in Sarawak. Usually in Sarawak, Prawn Noodles will be fried soup noodles with a thick prawn taste. But the taste I had here is more towards Foo Chow’s red wine chicken soup base.

So this time, before going for a second food hunt in Jakar, I did some searches with Google and I found out that the restaurant that people are talking about is Peking Restaurant. We went all the way there with our empty tummy and who knows that…

The restaurant did not open!

My first reaction was “Sh*t!”.

Oh well, after that we went back to the restaurant that I dined previously, with a certain level of disappointment which I don’t know how to actually describe here. This time, the same restaurant was serving us Prawn Noodles which were different from what it served me previously.

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The photos tell everything.

This time, this restaurant is serving us the “classic” type of Sarawak Prawn Noodles. Fried soup noodles base with thick prawn taste. This is much better that the previous one, seriously. But anyway, I’m sure I’ll be coming here again for another bowl with Peking. Hope it doesn’t disappoint me next time.

If you’re wondering how to reach Jakar, it is on the way from Sarikei to Kuching. It’s consider as the first rest station after Sarikei. If you’re going from Sibu, it’s about 60km and you don’t need to turn into Sarikei.

After this station, I brought my friends for a trip to Sarikei and briefly introduced this small town to them. I’ve been here for many times because my mum is from Sarikei. Unfortunately my friends are all full and not able to even have some quick bites here.

We spent some time in Sibu and met some friends in Sibu before going back to Miri. What I would like to mention here is the meal that we have in Bintulu.

Some people might have heard it before, some might not. This cafe provides you a relaxed environment and serves extremely delicious food, and according to one of my friends in Bintulu, this is one of the best cafes (it’s a gastrobar) in Bintulu which is good in standard.

It’s Brew 73.

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I ordered this plate of Spaghetti Aglio Olio for lunch. It’s very delicious. If you have a chance to visit Bintulu, you’d try this. It won’t disappoint you.

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The side dishes we had for lunch. Cheese baked mussels and chicken mushroom pot pie. Highly recommended, especially the pot pie. You should give a try!

Before I end this post, let me just share with you the previous side dish that I had in Brew 73 a month ago.

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Mashed potatoes, with mustard and brown sauce. Those who love mashed potatoes will definitely fall in love with this.

If there is a chance for you to have a road trip, just go for it. I hope this post will give you some ideas where to eat and maybe some motivation to go for a road trip. I will see you in my next post. I’m Jeen Hao, signing off here.