Kam pua mee is Sibu’s signature dish, thin noodles tossed in pork lard and served with slices of roasted pork or minced pork balls, served either with or without a thin broth and accompanied with chilli sauce and soya sauce. Mee sua (longevity noodles), another Foochow favourite, is a rich herbal soup containing fine vermicelli noodles and large chunks of boiled chicken. Both can be found in coffee shops all over town.
Kompia is Sibu’s answer to the bagel. Roasted tandoori style, these fresh bread rolls are served in a variety of ways. One of the most popular konpia outlets, Mr & Mrs Yeo’s Stall, Lorong Tiong Hua 26 (15 mins walk from town centre or take a taxi) serve them in a rich pork broth with slices of stewed pork – be prepared to wait for a table, mornings only.
Prawn noodles (mee udang) is the town’s most popular seafood dish. Huge river prawns, sliced down the middle, are served in a steaming bowl of spicy seafood stock with thick Foochow noodles. The most famous is served by Min Kong Cafe, although Sin Chun Hua Cafe (next to Visitor’s Information Centre) is also very good. A delicious variation on this theme, tom yam prawn noodles, can be found at Kheng Hock Cafe.
Malay food stalls can be found in many Chinese coffee shops, serving halal food with their own crockery and cutlery.