Archive | February 2, 2012

Simple (2)…

Last Sunday was the 7th Day of the Chinese Lunar New Year and they say that it was everybody’s birthday as everyone would turn a year older on that day or something to that effect. Many would have gone back to their respective towns and cities by then but the roads were still jammed and the eating places were still crowded. Thus, to avoid the hassle of having to look for some place to go for lunch after the church service that day, I decided to cook something so we could just come home to eat…and if you’re guessing that I cooked porridge (again), you’re absolutely right! LOL!!!

To go with it, I had century eggs…

Century eggs

I would never touch those black eggs before but eventually, I acquired the taste for them and now, I love them…a lot! This is my wife’s way of serving them – the eggs cut into quarters, thin strips or slices of ginger on top and a generous dash of dark soy sauce. Very nice!

I also fried the made-in-Canada Ma Ling spicy luncheon loaf that Philip gave me…

Ma Ling luncheon loaf 1

In the past, I would heat up some oil and fry the sliced Bombay onions till brown and then add the meat before putting in the eggs, beaten. These days, I would fry the meat cut into bite-size pieces till they turn a nicer darker shade of red and by then, some of the oil would have oozed out…and I would use the oil to brown the onions and fry the egg. No extra oil added…

Ma Ling luncheon loaf 2

I was still having visitors trickling in even though it had already been a week but as they say, the new year celebration actually lasts till Chap Goh Meh or the 15th Night of the Chinese New Year. That evening, my friend, Huai Bin – the celebrity blogger, came by to extend his New Year greetings…

With Huai Bin
*Huai Bin’s photo*

Actually, he’s working and lives in KL but he’s from Sibu and his parents are here so he would come back time and again and it is so nice of him to want to meet up with me each time…and every Chinese New Year, he would be home without fail, that’s for sure. Call me a dinosaur or whatever but I really don’t feel too comfortable about having my photo taken with a handphone camera, arm outstretched – if I’m not mistaken, that’s what they call cam-whoring these days…but Huai Bin insisted on having one taken with me. The first two turned out disastrous – I looked so huge…like Shrek so I suggested that he changed hands to take the photograph from his direction…and this was what came out of it. At least I do not look like some monstrosity…and no, we were not up to anything naughty at that point in time – not at all! LOL!!!

Later in the evening, an ex-student, Johnny and his brother, Jaeden, came…and their mum gave me TWO huge fish. “Nien nien yew yee!” the Chinese would say, if I got that correct – it really was so kind and thoughtful of her but I’ll save the details till another post when I’ve cooked the fish.

So how has everything been with everybody? All back to the grind by now, I suppose?