Sunday, January 11, 2009

Visit to Sibu - more photos

I mentioned earlier that food in Sibu is cheap. (Photos in this blog are arranged in chronological order)

This plate of noodle which serves 8 cost only RM10. In Miri, it would be at least RM30. The taste was great.

This is the stewed Chinese long cabbage.

Fried deer meat...

Mixed vegge

A sweet and sour fish...

A taufu soup. All for RM127, ie, GBP23 or US$36. Serves 7 adults + a couple of children.

I saw this piece of equipment. Immediately it reminded me of the 60s. It is a manual latex pressing machine. After latex from rubber trees was collected, it was poured into tin (12"x24"x5"). Formic acid was added so that the latex would set. After the latex set (about 4 hours), the tin would be flipped over on the floor and the set latex taken out. It will first be pressed by stamping on it with feet. Later, the thick "sheet" will be fed through one of these machines where the roller was smooth. After the thickness had been pressed to about 10-7mm, it was then pressed again on this "flower" roller machine. After a final press, the sheet was set out to dry under the sun. Ok, I will explain more in future.

During the good old days, the cooking stove was made of mud set in wooden frame. Some well to do family used cement instead of mud. See the huge wok on the right. Huge because we all have big families.

I visited farm in Sibu... this is flowering corn plant ...

... peanut ...

Cangkok Manis... the tender leaves are removed from the stem/vine, crushed with hands and fry with egg.

Pepper vine on belian pole. Inset is the pepper corn.

Baby cucumber with flower. By the way, cucumber flowers have distinct male and female. Male flower has no baby fruit.

Young cucumber shoot may be fried for food.

Fig ... when ripe, they turn red ...

My fourth sister in Sarikei... she is also in the agriculture business.

My eldest brother is a keen farmer too... he keeps flowers and planted vegge...

This is a kerosene lamp. I will explain how it works later.
p/s I just found a nice site about pressurized kerosene lantern/lamp. Click here.

My eldest brother and sister-in-law ...

One of the oldest part of Sarikei...

My third brother treated me to this wild durian... very nice. I forgot to take a pic of him.

Sibu is now rather modern. One of the nice complexes!

Oh, forgot to mention. I was "chased" by one aggressive bee in the farm. It insisted on giving me a sting!

9 comments:

Miri free photographer said...

it's been a long time since last time i step foot on sibu...i miss sibu,serikei and kuching...i travel alot when i was a child...because my dad's site relative are from kuching...my mum's site is all at brunei...now i visit brunei the most...

by the way,nice pictures....

William said...

Thanks for dropping your comment here. I also miss those places but thanks to a large family otherwise I would never go back again without them.

Borneo Falcon said...

Sibu food might be cheap but we still feel the pinch as the price had increased since the fuel hike last year

flower said...

your pics, especially latex machine, olden kitchen, and pepper garden, they remind me when i was little. I helped my grandparents in their garden, jin san road, near jakar. liked to climb up ladder to pluck pepper corn. real fun.

sarawakiana said...

excellent photography to remind me us of the old days...

thank you!!

You were so interested in the wild durian that you forgot about your brother.....heheheh

William said...

Borneo Falcon: Yes, you are right. But those places I went are in the kampong near Sg. Maaw. Food is cheap and good!
Flower: Jin San or King San, ie, just after the Jakar bridge? If so, I know that place. Lots of pepper in the 60s-70s until diseases destroyed everything.
Sarawakiana: Thanks. hahaha.. you are probably right. We have so much to catch up leh!

flower said...

in foochow, it pronounces like this "kin nan nuo", right? that place were where my grandparents landed when came from china. it's full of childhood memories. used to take bus to the village with my grandparents and siblings as my family was staying urban. recall climbing up rambutan trees, following them the rubber plantation to collect rubber latex, swimming in the pond and many many more. the village now is abandoned over one and half decades ago.

William said...

Flower, ya, that is Kin San Road (or golden mountain). Hahaha... those were the childhood memories common to me as well. I remember my brother fell down from the rambutan tree and hurt himself. The branches were brittle. I thought he was going to faint as his face turned pale!
My other memory was catching fish in the stream and my mum went ballistic!

William said...

The one my parents use was made from mud (rather it was clay). But we had sold our house for some 40 years now. Even since, I have not seen one. I believe the one in my picture here is made from cement. I have not seen one made of mud.