During my balik kampung trip for CNY, most food places were closed so we ate at home quite a fair bit. But towards the end of my week back home, managed to drop by some regular haunts that finally opened. Hehe. My grandfather chose to breakfast at the food court at the Hopoh Association building in Krokop , which has been around for as long as I can remember. Known only to the locals as Hopoh, it is quite popular and the place we packed to the brim despite scarce parking. But lack of parking has never become a deterrent to get to good food right?
Though they only have about 7-8 stalls in the so-called canteen, there’s still quite a wide variety of choice available. My favourite item to have here is definitely the Kueh Chap (粿汁), which is a dish consisting of kueh tiao sheets in a savoury herbal soup with lots of braised pork (and their parts), served wth tofu, tau pok and hard boiled eggs. There used to be more spare parts but now there’s only the pork intestine and various cuts of pork. But still sinfully good.
There’s the usual kolo mee stall which also sells laksa. We decided to ask for an upgrade in our noodles and had them add in some small pork intestines. Haha, as Chinese as can be, ya?
There’s also a stall that sells very nice curry chicken rice and one can also opt for curry and braised meat (卤肉) rice. Miri’s curry chicken is different coz it’s more watery and less spicy but this is one of the nicer versions. And this stall is quite popular with the locals too.
There’s also another chicken rice stall selling only white steamed chicken or roasted chicken which used to be THE lunch item for me & my dad when he could lunch with me during my schooldays. But it wasn’t opened so couldn’t relive the memories :P Haha.
Dim sum is also available but we didn’t have any apart from the lor mai kai which was also more for old times’ sake as it was one item my mum used to ta pao for breakfast during my schooldays. I like it as it’s not as dry as some versions.
The stall outside next to the dim sum stall also sells snacks such as rice dumplings (粽子) and cai kueh (菜粿). Miri rice dumplings are simple, with only pork and crushed peanuts filling but very tasty nevertheless. The cai kueh has various generous fillings including leek, jicama and chives. Quite nice but nothing beats the ones my grandmother makes. Hehe.
Miri’s version of Char Kway Teow is way different from the ones in West M’sia and is actually quite a simple dish using only egg, choy sum and maybe chicken slices. But yet, it can be wonderfully fragrant with wok hei. However, I have tasted better CKT in other coffeeshops in Miri so this one was a tad disappointing in comparison.
There’s also a stall that sells the Foochow dish ,Ding Bian Hu (鼎边糊) which is not prepared the conventional way. The “noodles” are in fact starchy batter poured around the sides of a hot wok in a thin layer and scraped into the soup simmering away in the centre of the wok. The norm is to add black cloud ear fungus, pork or fish balls and golden lily buds.
Was looking forward to this but their version was not as good as another coffeeshop’s in Miri. I think they poured in the batter too quickly and most of it went into the soup, hence the cloudy and bubbly soup. Quite bland also so it was left unfinished.
Overall, most of the food here has kept its standards from what I’m used to which explains its popularity with the locals still.
Wisma Hopoh Miri
Jee Foh Road,