Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

Miri Food Review: Jing Wood Cafe


Regulars to Miri would had heard of Jing Wood Café – it is located just behind Imperial Hotel and near the popular clubbing areas in Miri. A lot of people like to have their dinner here as it’s near their hotel. Jing Wood was very popular for their economy grills – featuring steaks and chops at very affordable prices as well as very good kway teow in another stall. Lately – there’s been more choices available and here’s my verdict on the people’s favourite Jing Wood Café.


Jing Wood Café has always served a wide range of economy grilled meats but my favourite is their mixed grill at about RM16 – which includes lamb, chicken and pork chop, with a sunny side up egg, one sausage, salad on the side and a serving of fries. A super BARGAIN considering the exchange rate – this dish is less than Bnd7! The best thing is – there are plenty of other great things to order such as their honey chicken chop, fish and chips, beef steaks and even their famous chicken cordon bleu! So much choice ~~ so little tummy space – at very affordable prices.


There’s a stall that sells kolomee but that’s pretty basic in most Miri Cafes – Jing Wood café was very popular for their Cockles stir fried kway teow last time but I must say the quality has dipped for me – or perhaps I am spoiled by my Penang trip that this Miri Kway Teow cannot satisfy my tastebuds anymore. Order one with sunny side up egg and share with your friends – personally there’s other better dishes to try here.


If you order any noodle dish – you can order some pan fried pork dumplings to try – not bad as a side dish to share and munch munch.


QQ Claypot Chicken or Pork rice – claimed to be from West Malaysia


For me, it’s good to order one and share with your friends but I must say I prefer the claypot chicken rice at Gaya street in Kota Kinabalu. It’s an okay claypot rice but doesn’t wow me. Order only if you simply must have rice! (There’s a good duck rice at the restaurant opposite Jing Wood Café though)


There’s also a stall selling Taiwanese Sausages but I would not recommend them. Simply too sweet and artificial tasting to me. Order ONLY if you wish to try them out – otherwise – save your stomach for better food.


I was surprised to see this SO GOOD street snacks stall – featuring Taiwan’s famous XXXL chicken chop and fried breaded sausage.


Look at the size of that Chicken Chop!! XXXXL Indeed!


They will slice the chop for you for easy eating – so if you wish to take a picture of the XXXL chicken chop to post on instagram – you can tell them not to slice it for you. The chicken is served with a special Taiwanese Spicy Pepper which I must say – is pretty authentic and brings back memories of Xi Ling night market – A THUMBS UP and I recommend this!


Be sure to check out their breaded sausage as well – yummy!


Last but not least --- One simply must try Uncle Tan’s hand made steamed rice rolls (cheong fan) – Uncle Tan makes them fresh on the spot – which is the reason for their silky smooth texture that you cannot get even in classy dim sum establishments.


You can choose between pork or prawn cheong fans and I must say – it’s one of the best cheong fan I have tasted! If you went down to Miri without having this Cheong Fan – your trip is not complete! Be prepared to wait as there’s usually a long queue especially during weekends – expect 15 – 45 minutes wait! Order more! You’re bound to want more! I myself ordered two prawns and two pork cheong fan for my friends without thinking – despite the amount of food we ordered – no regrets! Si beh ho Chiak!

So the next time you head down to Miri – be sure to pay a visit to Jing Wood Café – my favourite place for cheap eats! Bon Appetit!

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Indomie Mee Goreng Green Chili (Cili Hijau) version

The latest craze at the Consumer Fair this weekend has been the introduction of a new type of Indomie Mi Goreng flavour. Indomie Mi Goreng has been an iconic instant noodle staple of Brunei for the past few decades – so popular and addictive that students or people going overseas actually brought a whole box or two of Indomie Mi Goreng! Even oversea friends of mine who tried Indomie – fell in love with it – and I sometimes would bring it as souvenirs!


Introducing the new flavour – IndoMie Mi Goreng Cili Hijau – Green Chili version! It’s already available in the major supermarkets – but it’s cheaper to buy at the consumer fair – by 25 cents for a pack of 5.


As you can see – the oil has a nice green colour to it and it’s pretty fragrant – a strong smell of chopped herbs and chilies!


One simply cannot eat Indomie Mi Goreng without a sunny side up egg – it’s the traditional way as the soft yolks mixed well with the noodles! Verdict? It’s not as spicy as some mentioned on instagram or facebook. For me, it’s slightly spicy and for those who love spicy food – it would be classed as mild – but for those with low tolerance for heat – it might give you a bit of a kick.

Do I prefer this over the original? At the moment – I prefer this version as I like the added kick and the fragrance it gives out. But it will never replace the original classic Indomie Mi Goreng as the most popular staple in Brunei. Long live the king!

I do recommend another favourite of mine.


The Maggi Mi Goreng – Kari Ori ~ Try it ~~ You might get hooked!

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