Folks tend to dismiss food in Miri, and who can blame them? It isn’t exactly a Michelin recommended “worth a special journey” location. But you know what, it isn’t as bad as folks might think. There’s a raft of underrated, good quality, local restaurants that are worth sharing with tourists or business travellers who are in town for a few days.
It’s time to give Miri some sugar, and let us begin with Happy Dragon.
Nobody told me about this place when I moved over! After being deprived and desperate for awhile, I pressed a local friend about where the best place for noodles are, and eventually he told me that I should check this place out. Located between a Jehovah’s Witness and Evangelical church, hidden along a bunch of shoplots around Pujut 2B. Most patrons tend to order the Kolo Mee, Sarawak Laksa, Coffee and Milk Tea, and Kong Pia. This place also sports a decent Roast Pork or “Siew Yoke” to those in need of a lard injection.
To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of Kolo Mee. My Sarawakian friends rave about it, saying it’s the next best thing since sliced bread, or maybe nowadays, brioche slathered with heaps of foie gras and some form of sweet compote. But, this Kolo Mee (or Dry Noodles) may have just changed my mind of what it could be.
It’s quite simple really, noodles heaped with minced pork, garlic, spring onions, and healthy dose of Lard. And to be honest, it’s really about the lard. Kind of an odd choice for the owner, who also teaches Muay Thai at the local gym! Perhaps it gives him that extra oomph whenever he “ong baks” somebody in their noodle.
Most other joints give condiments rather sparingly, but this place sure isn’t shy about porking it out, and quite a steal at a mere RM3.00! There are other type of noodles to choose from, but the instant noodles variant is my favourite.
Another nice snack that you can have is the “Kong Pia”.
A dish of Fu Chow origin, traditionally made inside a clay jar oven, cooked with hot coals. Some versions of it do not have any filling, but this particular version has minced pork inside it. I’ve honestly had better in Kuching, and I’m sure you can get better in the Fuchow motherland of Sibu. Nonetheless, it is still a tasty snack if you have hunger pangs during the day.
And finally, the coup de grace.
Finally, a place that got Teh C Ping (or Iced Milk Tea) correct! It’s a properly smooth, frothy, and creamy concoction. A great way to top off a nicely, lard laden, meal.
The world makes sense once again.
Location: Google Map (Actually Pujut 2B, as opposed to what’s stated in Google Maps)