Cabeijo Restaurant, Sibu, Sarawak

Recently we went to a restaurant called Cabeijo in Sibu, Sarawak. We are a big fan of a dish called Lalapan. The best one we’ve had was in a restaurant called Muara Restaurant in Miri, Sarawak but this might be one of its contenders for serving that dish. One thing that is so different is that, this restaurant served a different type of sambal.

Sambal is sauce or paste made from a mixture of some ingredients such as chili, shrimp paste, garlic, ginger, shallot, lime juice and many other ingredients. Some sambal are different from each other, even the ingredient use to make it, depending on where it is from. It can be very spicy or mild and tangy, the taste is various. As for sambal used in Lalapan, typically, it’s quite spicy but the one here in this restaurant is different. We’ll show you how different it is from a typical sambal used in Lalapan dishes.

Looking at the menu, they serve a variety of delicious food, not only the famous Lalapan. Lalapan is a dish originated from Java, Indonesia. Typically, it consist of rice, raw vegetables, tofu, sambal, tempe (fermented soybean) and choices of meat from chicken, beef or fish. The one thing that make it special is the sambal. Most of the time, that alone will determine if the Lalapan is good or not.

At Cabeijo restaurant, they serve their Lalapan with not a typical sambal. The sambal was made from green chili instead of the normal red one. It taste a bit sweet and less spicy compared to the typical sambal. It really does make their Lalapan taste different too. Of course, if you prefer the normal sambal, they also serve it but the signature here is the green chili sambal. Even the name Cabeijo means green chili.

We tried their Lalapan Ayam Bakar (Grilled Chicken Lalapan) with a generous serving of green chili sambal and we even asked for extras. We also tried their chicken fried rice, also with that sambal. The fried chicken is crunchy while the grilled chicken is juicy and both are delicious. Both of that dishes taste so good. Thanks to that green chili sambal, it is not the same as the other Lalapan that we had at other restaurant before. To be honest, we are quite picky when it comes to that dishes.

The green chili sambal

As we mentioned before, the best Lalapan we had was the one at Muara Restaurant in Miri, Sarawak. But, we can’t choose which is the best between that and this Cabeijo Lalapan. Both taste equally delicious in our opinion.

According to our good friend from Sibu, he frequented that restaurant few times a week for lunch. It’s always full of people, sometime, you might have to wait for table to be available. This is especially during lunch hour on weekdays.

If you’re a fan of Lalapan, you must try this one at Cabeijo if you ever visit Sibu.

The restaurant is located at No. 71 & 71 GF, Lorong Kuda 2, Kpg Nangka, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak. It might not be easy to find if you’re not familiar with Sibu town but it can be searched easily in Google Map for direction.

If you’re staying in Sibu town, they can do delivery to you.

For more info, you can go to their Facebook at

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