[Sitiawan, Malaysia] Kampua noodles and other breakfast options from ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—˜๐—ธ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ธ

Sin Ek Sek on Jalan Besar (Main Road) of Kampung Koh, the old quarter of Sitiawan, serves undoubtedly the best kampua mee - Foochow-style noodles with soy & lard dressing - in town.

I absolutely adore the Foochowsโ€™ pasta-like noodles, which I think have the best texture among all the various regional Chinese noodles in the market - not too springy like the ones the Hakkas make, nor too soft like the Hokkien or Teochew noodles. The Cantonese also make great noodles, but my preference would still be the Foochow one.

Over here at Sin Ek Sek, their signature noodle offering is the Foochow staple: kampua mee, which is served topped with slivers of pork and chopped scallions, tossed in good dark soy sauce-based dressing, and a spoonful of pork lard. Itโ€™s a very simple dish, but the noodleโ€™s texture itself is to-die for.


Another noodle dish we tried, which also uses the same type of noodle, is the curry mee. The noodles here are served with a delicious, spicy chicken-and-potato curry, which I found to be quite addictive. :grin:

We also ordered some Foochow steamed dumplings, akin to Cantonese siu mai, called sio bee. These steamed minced pork dumplings in wheat flour wrappers were pretty juicy and very tasty:

We were actually also looking out for the Foochow steamed buns sandwiching soy-braised pork belly, called โ€œkuak paoโ€. In the US, most foodies would recognize them as David Changโ€™s famous Momofuku pork buns. The Chinese here also has a colloquial term for the sandwich, just as in parts of Taiwan, where itโ€™s called Hor ka Ti (Chinese: ่™Žๅ’ฌ่ฑฌ/โ€˜Tiger bites Pigโ€™) in Taiwanese Hokkien - so-called because the fold-over steamed bun looked like a tigerโ€™s mouth biting into the pork.
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Unfortunately, there was no โ€œkuak paoโ€ in sight. Over here at Sin Ek Sek, we could only find the โ€œtua paoโ€, or big bun - with minced pork, chicken, hard-boiled egg and radish filling.

The Foochows are perhaps the only people here in Malaysia and Singapore who could outdo the Hainanese in brewing the best cup of local coffee. So, having a good cuppa is unmissable whilst one is in Sitiawan, a mainly Foochow town.

But one also should not miss some interesting beverage concoctions here which are influenced by nearby Taiping (which is mainly Hokkien) - like the โ€œHor ka Saiโ€ (โ€˜Tiger bites Lionโ€™) which is a mixture of coffee, milk and Milo (an Australian chocolate & malt powder very popular in Malaysia). There is also the โ€œSai ka Horโ€ (โ€˜Lion bites Tigerโ€™) which combines tea, milk and Milo. We had the iced versions of the two drinks:

Sin Ek Sek has been around for more than 30 years now, run by the founding Diong familyโ€™s 3rd-generation family members these days.

Sin Ek Sek (ๆ–ฐไธ€่‰ฒ)
54, Jalan Besar, Kampung Koh
32000 Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia
Tel: +60 17-483 1372
Opening hours: 7.15am to 3pm Tue to Sun. Closed on Mondays.


Dang. Iโ€™m swooning here!

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@RedJim, you really do have to make a trip out here one day. And if you do, Iโ€™ll show you around! :grin:

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What a great offer! Thank you Peter.

Canโ€™t think of a better breakfast than hand turned noodles and terrific coffee.


Is this chicken and pork wrapped with tofu sheets?

Yes, the dumplings do taste of minced pork and perhaps chicken.

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I think in Penang, I saw some green in colour wrapper that I believe was sio bee. Is there any significance for the green?

No, not really. Some vendors these days took to dyeing their steamed dumplings in unnatural bright colours just to make them more โ€œattractiveโ€. I found those a turn-off, though. :joy: