It’s so nice (to see old friends)…

This young and handsome celebrity blogger was in town…

HuaiBin

He was home for the weekend and he was so sweet as to want to see me again and go out for lunch or something together.

He even bought this for me…

From HuaiBin

…and I can guess that it is really expensive. Perhaps Eiling can confirm that? Wink! Wink! LOL!!!

So after several text messages and phone calls, it was finally settled and we agreed upon the place to meet. He said he wanted something synonymous with Sibu so of course, we had the fried midin (wild fern)…

Linch with HuaiBin 1

…and the cangkuk manis/mani chai.

We were at this same place for lunch many years ago and we also had this then…

Lunch with HuaiBin 2

He said it was really nice…as good as it was years ago and he can never find the same in KL or elsewhere. I guess by now, some of you would be able to guess where exactly we went for lunch.

They had beef curry that day – something new…so we decided to give it a try…

Lucnh with HuaiBin 3

It turned out to be very good, the beef was tender and the curry was very nicely done.

That certainly was a delightful lunch and nothing beats getting the chance to meet an old friend again. I certainly hope that we will get to do this again sometime…

26 thoughts on “It’s so nice (to see old friends)…

  1. Oh… you go makan makan with Huai Bin. *grinz* You’re right. That chocolate is really expensive. More expensive than Ferroro chocolates. The midin… was it midin goreng belacan? Or just plain goreng with wine? o.O

    Belacan. They have “ching chau” too – plain fried with garlic…and they also have it Thai-style like kerabu but I do not like the latter because of the presence of the many thin ginger strips in it. I don’t think they have it fried with red wine – not too sure, never ordered that as I’m not crazy about midin cooked that way.

    • *drool* Belacan punya sure sedap. Aisay… I can go crazy over things that’s cooked with belacan. I don’t quite fancy veggies that’s cooked with garlic and stuff. Give me ones with belacan any day, and I’ll tambah nasi a few times. LOL!

      My missus…or even I would do it better. The ones in the town are a bit mild – they may not be using the best belacan…and good belacan being so expensive (over RM50-60 a kg), they would only use a little…and maybe there are people like Annie who does not like belacan so the best bet would be to use only a bit.

      • Mebbe they kedekut belacan… >.< these days, semua oso mau cut cost. Sobs!

        Can’t blame them. Belacan so expensive. I know some places use cheap belacan – it’s not wangi, never mind. Sometimes, smelly… :(

  2. indeed Sibu has lots of food to offer!

    Yes, best place for a break. Rest and relax, eat and sleep… Nothing much to do except stroll around and look-see. Hotel cheap, food cheap…just grab hold of some cheap air tickets and hop over! ;)

  3. At first glance he looks like Alan Tam! U know,,the HK singer in the 80s? He can easily pass as the younger version of Alan .. :)

    LOL!!! Like Alan Tam? Of course, I know Alan Tam. My sister was a fan when he was part of the Wynners…but I always thought Kenny Bee was better looking. ;)

    • I like George Lam..especially in those Guinness ads..lol!

      Eyewwwww….si-misai tu…plus all the wrinkles thrown in? Muahahahahaha!!!! :D

      • Eh, the wrinkles tu lar yang buat George Lam sexy.

        Hahahahaha!!!! When you come to Sibu, I show you my wrinkles lah… Then you tell me sexy or not. ROTFL!!! :D

  4. You asked before why only ladies brought you gifts but this Alan or Kenny brought you Godiva..haha. Many Happy Returns to your mom on my behalf please..tQ. Btw how did you get to know the ol’ chum burpday?

    Yes, some of the young guys will buy me stuff – the old ones, misai pun tak nampak. LOL!!! Ya…if only the Godiva were the naked lady on a white horse. LOL!!! :D How not to know your birthday? 1st thing in the morning, already saw the notification on Facebook… So what plans tonight? Dancing the chui-chui tee tango with Mango? Wink! Wink! Muahahahahaha!!!! :D

  5. Beef curry looks good. Is ‘dai wong miu’ ~ Canto *sorry dunno Engrishe name* very popular in Sibu I guess not else you would be talking non-stop about it. But in KCH & BKI it is easily found there, wanna eat this vege need to have all the patience hardly can find them over Lian Punk.

    You’ll have to ask Annie – it seems somebody bought some at a market somewhere. And that day, I saw a link…and when I went over to the blog, I saw a post on fried midin – but it was actually paku. Mana sama? Tsk! Tsk! So I dunno whether your Canto veg is the same as what I’m talking about or not… :(

    • Sir,

      Altho I can’t exactly differentiate Midin from Paku but I believe the vege mentioned by Bananaz is not either of them. Please refer to the link below. Another very similar vege to this ‘Emperor shoot’ is the vege where its leaves are green in colour but the stems are dark purple (usually being prepared as soup dishes together with anchovies and/ or egg, with the egg like egg dropped soup) Many a times the dark purple colour would turn the soup into pinkish/ purplish.

      http://bits-of-taste.blogspot.com/2008/11/stir-fried-huang-ti-miao-with-butter.html

      Good Lord!!! That doesn’t look anything like midin…or paku. What on earth is that Bananaz babbling on and on about? At least, midin and paku look similar – this is completely different.

      From your description, I thought it might be bayam…but no, it isn’t. I’ve eaten/cooked this before but I did not know the name. Now I know, thanks for the info.

      • Sir,

        Ermmm… with due respect… I think what Bananaz wanted to express or rather wanted to know is: Is this ‘Emperor shoot’ which rather famous over in Peninsular is equally famous over in Sibu?

        As for the purplish soup… yes, purple colour bayam could be one.. apart from the one i mentioned. But its name is not ‘Emperor shoot’ (Emperor shoot is all green in colour, like what you saw in the post). The similar in look, cousin in purple… my bad… I can’t really capture the cantonese pronunciation. ;)

        Doesn’t matter. I don’t know Cantonese at all so it wouldn’t make a difference. Oh? So that was what he was asking…out of the blue? No, I don’t think it is popular here…or not that I know of. All I know is that I’ve bought it before and cooked it myself. It was nice but I guess I did not feel it was any different from any other green veg – that’s why I can’t really remember what it was like. Like sweet potato leaves too – I know it’s very popular over there…but here, we have to buy (or plant) our own and cook. Dunno of any restaurant serving that… I like! :(

  6. Sibu is indeed a heaven of food.

    “HO CHIAK”!!!…..all the dishes looks tempting and my stomach is growling though it’s still early for dinner. That plate of fried midin would be the one I would die for.

    Hah!!! Veg for you, meat for me… ;)

  7. Aiyoh Cikgu..give me those sad heart-rending stories anytime but not these food porn stories lar…tak boleh tahan..muahahaha.You say the midin goreng belacan…how come so pucat one?

    Belacan mahal, secubit sahaja… LOL!!! :D Never mind…how many weeks left and you’ll be here in your food marathon? ;)

  8. godiva is the chocolzte i would want to eat someday :) too bad it’s not available here in the philippines. :)

    No? Not in Sibu either. I hear there’s a boutique selling that at the Pavilion in KL. Why? Why would you want to eat? Is it so nice? I dunno much about chocolate, so I dun really know. ;)

  9. Such a wonderful time with your friend! I love Godiva Chocs!

    It’s that good, eh? Haven’t tried it yet… Probably will keep it till my daughter comes home… ;)

  10. I can’t believe I forgot where Ruby Restaurant was! Thanks for the directions, man it seems like I’ve been away from Sibu too long.

    Nonsense! I’m not a “celebrity blogger”, just a regular guy. Family friends! :)

    Yeah, I can never find butter prawns as good as the ones in Ruby in KL, the secret is all in the sauce! Delicious! :D

    It was good to meet up with your Arthur!

    Thanks for lunch and hope you enjoy the chocolate spread. :)

    Welcome, I’m sure I will. I had a great time too – probably the longest lunch I ever had and it didn’t feel like it at all. Time passes so fast when one’s having fun. Guess the last time we were there was the first and the last time you went to the restaurant? And the early morning flight certainly did not help… ;) We’ll go there again some day – just give a tinkle the next time you’re coming back…

    • Eh, typo, it was good to meet up with you again Arthur! :)

      I’ve been eating all Sibu food these few days – kampua, kampua goreng etc etc. Heh.

      I’m not young anymore, but thanks for the compliment. ;)

      Totally enjoyed chatting over lunch, wish we had more time to talk. See you next time! :D

      Half my age, I would consider young. LOL!!! But age is just a number, right? I’m not old… Muahahahaha!!!! ;) Hope we can get to do it again sometime. :)

    • Heh! Yeah, my family doesn’t eat there often so I think the last time I went there was with you guys. I remember a bunch of us Sibu bloggers used to meet last time, dinner at Li Hua for their buffet etc etc. We even went to Bintangor once, were you with us?

      Yeah, it didn’t feel long at all, had a lot to catch up on. I’m celebrating Mid Autumn today with my grandma so let’s have dinner or lunch again next time I come back. I had a lot of fun too, we should do it again. :)

      Yup, I remember the dinner at Li Hua but nope, I did not go to Bintangor with the rest of you. Another time we got together with other bloggers was at Hai Bing for crabs. Ok, will look forward to that – we’ll go out together again sometime… ;)

  11. yeah it’s expensive but if I were to go, I’ll bring you something better. Much better than Huai Bin’s!!! hahahaha

    Aha!!! I like that – good, clean competition. So what are you bringing me? Must show Huai Bin and the next time around, he will have to top that! Muahahahahaha!!!!!

  12. Red Ruby, nice.

    Godiva – very nice!

    Midin – very yum yum.

    How come no mani cai and sea cucumber soup?

    Yes, we had the mani cai… I do think theirs is the best in Sibu. Huai Bin did not want any soup so we did not order that.

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