On our first night in Miri, Malaysia, we decided to head out and try some of the local fare… Ok fine, I insisted because otherwise baka mag-end up kami sa McDo or Kenny Rogers.
By recommendation of one of the hotel staff, we went to Muara Restaurant, which is supposedly one of the best local restaurant serving authentic Malaysian food. We were joined by Marian, AJ and Rendi of Nuffnang.
First observation… Wala syang aircon.. Carenderia type open air ang peg, which I totally didn’t mind, since gusto ko naman talaga ng pinupuntahan ng locals.
Second observation… Hindi uso ang music sa mga taga Miri habang kumakain sa karenderia.
Third observation… Hindi din uso ang nagtatawanan habang kumakain. Medyo hindi namin kinayang makibagay sa point na ito dahil wala sa nature namin tumahimik habang kumakain. Nagtitinginan samin halos lahat ng andun. Eh masaya kami eh, so deal with it.
Fourth observation… Masarap ang food. Don’t expect burgers, sugba, pasta or pizza here. This is the real deal. So we feasted on Lalapan Beef, buttered chicken (wet), buttered prawns (dry), nasi goreng, fish curry soup and this fried tofu thing i forgot the name of dahil sobrang sarap nya…and steamed rice siyempre.
Fifth observation… Servers speak little to zero English. Pahirapan nung pag settle ng bill. May mga lost in translation. Si D ended up going behind the cash register to help finalize our bill on the POS system.
All in all our foodie experiment was satisfying. Busog kaming anim all for the price of approximately RM140, or about PHP1820. If you ever find yourself in Miri, head over to Muara for some local taste of both cuisine and that special Miri hospitality.