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No coincidence…

There is this superstition among the Malay and ethnic communities that if you are offered something to eat or drink and you would not want it, you would have to touch it, at least, outside on the glass or cup or plate, or you can just take a teeny-weeny bit of it or else some untoward incident would befall upon you. The Malays call it keempunan and the Melanaus call it poonek. In fact, if you can get hold of a copy of 22 Malaysian Short Stories, an anthology of literary works compiled and edited by Lloyd Fernando (1963), you will find a story on this.

When I was very much younger, probably around 1970 or somewhere then, I went to Kuching and my friends took me to this restaurant, Ang Lee, at Carpenter Street for lunch…or maybe it was dinner, I can’t exactly remember now. I did not want a drink other than the plain water that I asked for but my friends kept asking me – three times to be exact…and it probably was a  coincidence that as we were leaving the place, I slipped on the first step of the wooden staircase, got up, slipped again, got up yet again and slipped the third time. By then, I was already on the ground floor – I did not sustain any serious injury but I can clearly remember that it was very painful for me to sit for at least a week.

A more recent and definitely a lot more serious incident would be when we went to KL that time when Melissa was very small. We had just checked into the hotel and my missus was making coffee for herself. She asked me if I wanted some and I said no…and soon after, we left for the theme park in the city. It was drizzling that afternoon. I had just bought the tickets and we had just entered when I saw somebody slipping on the slippery tiled floor, so I told Melissa and the mum to walk slowly and carefully. As I approached the stairs going down to the park, I felt myself sliding even though I was just standing still – it was that slippery. I slipped over the edge of the first step on the stairs and sat down. I guess it was sheer bad luck that my elbow hit the upper step and the bone broke into two.

There followed months and months of hospitals and eventually, surgery (to join the bone with a piece of metal and six screws as it failed to heal and reconnect by itself) and physiotherapy and I had to go to a Chinese sinseh for treatment before I could get my arm back to ALMOST normal again. I did write to the theme park and they replied paying me around RM200, the initial money spent at the hospital in KL, enclosing 10 complimentary tickets to the park – of course, I just threw them away and to this day, I would not go anywhere near that place again.

So was it sheer coincidence, fact or fiction? I wouldn’t know but I would take that bit about touching the glass, cup or whatever on the outside when someone offers you a drink or something to eat as good manners, a gesture of appreciation – thank you, but no, thank you.  However, personally, I would feel that if you had drunk or eaten a bit, you might as well drink or eat it all as nobody would want it anymore after that and it would such a waste to throw it all away…and whatever it might or might not be, it wasn’t because of this, that we were here…

Zen

…at Jalan Chew Geok Lin (formerly Old street) near the Chinese temple in town last Saturday for lunch.

We had not had Japanese for a while now, not since early December when Melissa’s friend from Sg Petani, Kedah came to town. I think she was craving for it for when she came back the day before, she dropped by the place for a very late lunch at around 3 something but it was already closed and would only reopen much later for dinner. In the end, she had no choice but to have something else…and that was why the following day, I took her there again so she could enjoy what she was hoping for.

I noticed that they had a nice new menu now…

Zen - menu

…though they could have done a better job with the binding – the middle page was already coming off.

We had this fried salmon dish (RM14.90)…

Zen - fried salmon

…which everyone liked. I would say that I prefer it done this way instead of the usual grilling on a pan as the strong smell of the fish which I do not really fancy seemed to have been toned down by the coating and the deep frying.

The soft shell crab sushi with meat floss (RM15.90)…

Zen - soft shell crab with meat floss

…was very nice too and they certainly seemed very generous with the floss and virtually buried everything else with it.

The inari kizami (RM6.90 for two)…

Zen - inari kizami

…was good as well but there was a bit too much of the roe on the ebiko sushi (RM3.90 for two)…

ebiko sushi

…and that made them a bit too salty.

We also had the tempura mortawase (RM13.90)…

Zen - tempura mortawase

…and the tempura don (RM15.90)…

Tempura don

…which came with a bowl of miso soup and a couple of watermelon slices. Both were ok, pretty mild tasting – quite typical of Japanese cuisine and one would be able to savour the original flavours of whatever one is eating…though I did wish they had fried rice instead of plain rice in that don thingy.

The bill came up to slightly over RM70.00 for the food and of course, Melissa enjoyed herself a lot and was very happy and needless to say, when she’s happy, the father would be happy too… Wink! Wink!

Raw…

Actually, I was here at this place…

Wan Li

…that morning with Melissa and the mum in search of something for brunch. I did glance at what the people were eating and it looked like kampua noodles with some pork soup and Melissa said she did not feel like having that so we just went past and we ended up here instead.

Now, if anyone is interested, it is among the shops to the left of Medan Mall along Wong King Huo Road, behind the three blocks of shops to the immediate left of the shopping mall. Let’s just say that if you walk through here and come out at the back, this place is in the block of shops right ahead of you. Do take note, however, that it is not open on Wednesdays…

Wan Li opening hours

I saw Huai Bin’s post on it recently and since I was in the vicinity sometime last week, I decided to give it a try.

The kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) was great (RM1.50)…

Wan Li kopi-o-peng

…and I had the set (RM5.00)…

Wan Li noodle & soup set

…which comprises a bowl of kampua noodles…

Wan Li kampua

…and this bowl of soup…

Wan Li raw meat soup 1

According to Huai Bin, sheng rou mee means raw pork noodles but the pork was definitely anything but raw…

Wan Li raw meat soup 2

He said the meat had been pounded into thin slices and cooked lightly so it was not overcooked and yes, it was very thin and very soft and tender, so much so that it almost felt like I was eating fish!…

Wan Li raw meat

Yes, the noodles were very nicely done, tasting like our original authentic kampua and the meat and the soup were nice too though I was kind of wishing they had liver and intestines as well in it – I didn’t ask if they have those and will add them to the soup upon request or not. I gather that they sell this in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah as well but since I have never had that there, I am in no position to make any comparison…but I am pretty sure that our noodles and theirs would be completely different and don’t bother asking me which one I think would be better – you know the answer! Hehehehehehehe!!!!

All in all, I do think this is something worth considering when you’re out looking for something nice for a change.

One night only…

Last weekend was kind of a mad rush as Melissa could not come back on Friday afternoon as they had replacement classes on Saturday.  Actually, that was somewhat a blessing in disguise as there was a terrible downpour and I could not imagine she and her colleague driving back all the way along our not-that-great so-called “highway” in the heavy rain. She only managed to come home the next day, Saturday, and then too, they were held back a bit and arrived home later than usual – around 4.30 p.m. After having had her forty winks, she had to get ready to go for the dinner we attended that night.

Since we could not go for the sunset evening service as usual, we had to go in the morning on Sunday. Right after that, we stopped by here for a bite. Melissa wanted the po piah but to our dismay, the stall was closed. I asked the people at the other stalls and they said that she had wrapped up her business and was not doing it anymore. Oh no!!!! Not my favourite po piah stall!!! Sobsssss!!!!!

In the end, Melissa had their mee jawa (RM3.50)…

YummyKafe mee jawa 1

…which was quite good but she missed the prawn fritters that we would get for the special at this other place for just one ringgit more. It did cross my mind, however, that they were very generous with the egg here…

YummyKafe mee jawa 2

…unlike at most other places where they would give half only.

I also ordered the roti jala (RM2.00)…

YummyKafe roti jala

…and I was delighted that theirs was more like the thin, slightly crispy ones like what I enjoyed a lot at one nasi kandar place in Penang and not the soft, lembek (limp) type that I had at this nyonya place in KL. The dip was quite hopeless though…so we ate that with the gravy in Melissa’s mee jawa. I think the next time I want to eat that I would just tapao…and bring home to eat with our own homecooked curry or some nice ones that we can get from elsewhere.

My missus had the Sarawak laksa (RM5.00)…

YummyKafe Sarawak laksa
*Archive photo*

that Rose had the other day and she loved it. She thought it was way nicer than our favourite here.

I had the kampua noodles (RM2.70)…

YummyKafe kampua

…and the pian sip soup (RM2.70) again and after that, we headed on home and after Melissa had had her bath and everything had been loaded into the car, we headed off to Melissa’s rural school.

It certainly was quite a rush last weekend, I must say, when Melissa was home for one night only…

Ken…

My friend, Ken, no…not the Penang one, but my ex-classmate now living in Australia, was home last weekend for Ching Ming and also our school’s alumni’s annual reunion dinner.

I picked him up at his hotel the moment he arrived and he said that he wanted a “truly Sibu lunch”. Huh? What on earth would that be? Kampua and kompia? When I asked him, he told me that he was thinking along the lines of something like dianpanngu. Eyewwwwww!!!! No, thank you…and definitely not so soon, not when I just had that a few days earlier.

In the end, I took him here and I guess anything that is truly Sibu would have to be quintessentially Foochow so I ordered the cangkuk manis fried with egg…

Ruby's manicai with egg

…and the tauhu tier

Roby tauhu tier

- our Foochow-style tofu soup. He loved it so much and kept saying it was good! I just had one little bowl and he finished all the rest. LOL!!! For one thing, I did not think this was how it should be done. Theirs is something like sharks’ fins soup…minus the fins and with tofu and canned oysters added instead. Their sea cucumber would be something similar – minus the fins but with bits of sea cucumber in place of those. It was very nice, no question about that…just that it wasn’t like how we would usually have it at home.

When it comes to preparing midin (wild jungle fern), the Foochows would just blanch them and toss them in lard and the traditional Foochow red wine and ginger or fry them with those same ingredients. They do serve their kangkong like this too but personally, I can’t say that I’m a fan so since Ken did not mind, we had the ferns fried with belacan (dried prawn paste) instead…

Ruby midin belacan

For the meat dish, the boss suggested sweet and sour pork ribs and we decided we would not mind that…

Ruby sweet & sour pork

They do it very well here but compared with the one at that other place the other day, I still think they do it much better there.

Well, it came as no surprise that Ken enjoyed the lunch thoroughly and that nice guy insisted on picking up the tab. I found out from him that the bill came up to RM44, inclusive of rice and drinks, around AUD$14.00. I guess that would be cheap for him – probably just enough for a decent meal of one Down Under but to me, I thought that was kind of on the high side. Normally, I would pay around the same for three persons – me, my missus and Melissa…but we usually order servings for two only. I guess that was what Ken and I had – servings for two and hence, the near identical total on the bill. I wonder if they do have servings for one or not.

And look at what my thoughtful friend brought me all the way from Ozzieland…

From Ken

He said that Australia = Tim Tam = Australia and that was why he got that specially for me. That was indeed so very nice of him .  My! My! He actually thought we could not get them here. Hehehehehehe!!!! It sure looked like I would have to take him to that supermarket in town with the imported stuff from all over and watch his jaw drop! LOL!!! Anyway, as they say, it’s the thought that counts, Ken – thank you so much…and thanks for the lunch too.

P.S.
HERE ARE THE ANSWERS to the quiz in yesterday’s post. The vegetables are:
1   Cangkuk manis or mani cai or lakia cai
2   Tapioca or ubi kayu/chiew chu AND pumpkin or labu/pu
3   Bitter gourd or kho kua or peria
4   (Sweet) corn or jagung
5   Chai hua/chai sim or sawi
6   Ensabi or sawi Sarawak – note the jagged edge of the leaves
…and the first all-correct entry came from Chris Anthony. Congratulations!!! Do send me your mailing address via my inbox on Facebook and I’ll send a prize down your way soonest…and to the rest, good try – watch out for the next time I’ll have a quiz of sorts like this one in my blog. Cheers!

Wild horses…

Well, wild horses couldn’t drag me here…

Sibu dianpianngu

…but sometimes, I wouldn’t have much of a choice.

We used to drop by during my teenage years – it was already very popular then. I wouldn’t say I liked it a lot, not even way back then…but it was something that we could have for a change, those days before the fast food franchises and all when we really did not have much to choose from.

That small shop, right next to the confectionery, has been there for as far as I can remember and it has not changed one bit. Oh yes! It has a name…just that the sign is placed inside the shop…

Shop sign

…and you can imagine how hot and stuffy it is in that small enclosed space. ..and the fact that I would have to sit precariously on those little stools sure does not help one bit.

I was here once, if I remember correctly, when a cousin from Kuching came to town on a working trip and if I’m not mistaken as to which one it was, she’s now in Australia, married with two kids – she was still single at the time. Then, when I started blogging, seeing that this Foochow delight is immensely popular among all and sundry, I decided that I should feature it in my blog. So I went to the other place in town – they say they’re related, the sister or something…and I could not even finish half the bowl that I ordered and when I HAD to go again because there were visitors who insisted on going for a bowl, I had something else at that other shop.

Now, what is it here that is so special that people keep coming back for more? Well, it’s the dianpianngu

The original diapianngu 1

Gosh!!! It is so famous that it even made it into the local daily!

If I’m not wrong, dian means wok and pian is turned while ngu means gruel or something like that…so dianpianngu would be this unique dish with those white flat noodle-like sheets…

The original dianpianngu 2

…made using a wok and everything else served in its special broth. I think the local Malay name for it is bubur ikan or is it bubur sotong…but it isn’t exactly bubur or porridge actually.

Well, there is sotong in it – the dried cuttlefish or what the Foochows call meng ngee. Some people say that the dianpianngu at the other place is not as nice and from what I saw that time long ago when I had it there, they used fresh cuttlefish which would not have the sweetness and the fragrance of the dried ones. They use the latter here, it seems…but I don’t think they use those expensive ones imported from China selling at over RM10.00 for one small piece. I guess that is why even though they have that here in thin tiny strips, that much coveted quality is lacking in the broth or soup…and probably that is also why I hear a lot of people saying that it is no longer as nice as before and yet, they would insist on going back there for more, more and more.

Well, my friend’s son, Michael, also insisted on going that day so even though we had had a rather heavy lunch, I took him to the place and I did order a bowl…

The original dianpianngu 3

…for myself just to give it another chance.

Well, I did think it wasn’t too bad even though it certainly did not bowl me over or get me jumping with delight. I was put off by the fish balls, unfortunately – they were soft, not firm and springy and they had a horrendous fish smell that was so bad that I spat it out immediately. Initially, I actually thought that they had gone bad but when I tried a bit more of the other fish ball, I could tell that it was not the case…and I just left the rest of it by the side. For somebody home from abroad, Michael must have been horrified and disgusted to see me spitting it all out like that… Blush! Blush!

I must say that it is really so amazing that like so many of the rest, Michael who, in fact, was born and raised overseas and not here, was actually craving for it and insisted on eating it before he left town the very next day. Perhaps if you drop by this little ol’ town, you would like to drop by here and give it a try too?

Michael…

…the son of my friend, Philip, in the US was here briefly to visit his grandma but I was able to take him out for lunch on one of the days he was in town.

Since I only had that one opportunity, of course, I had to take him here to try some of the exotic delights that one would not be able to get anywhere else…or at least, not any that is exactly the same. That would, of course, mean that we would be having more or less the same stuff that I have had before like the Payung rojak, for instance…

Payung rojak

…which he liked very much as according to him, it was not as sweet as what he had had before. For one thing, what they have in the dish is different from the usual that one would find everywhere else and the sauce is slightly different too, much nicer, I would say. I specifically requested for more of the buah kedondong (umbra) leaves that everyone had fallen in love with at first bite.

He enjoyed the Payung otak-otak too…

Payung otak otak

…but he had never tried the rest so he was in no position to make any comparison. I told him to try the Johore/Muar ones when he goes to visit his maternal side of the family and see whether he would want to come back for the one here the next time he’d be in town.

I also ordered the lamb curry…

Payung Bangladeshi lamb curry

…that my daughter loves a lot and it was as nice as always and they did seem very generous with the potatoes that day. I love those tubers in curry and I like the fact that this one here is quite dry – like overnight curry which I enjoy a lot more. What about you?

We had the belimbing prawns…

Payung belimbing prawns

…as well. I had not had that for quite a while as around the rainy/stormy monsoon season at the end of the year, these prawns would not be available and if they were, they would be too expensive. They’re more easily available at other times in the year but unfortunately, these days, they would not be much cheaper so do not expect to find a lot of crustaceans among all those ingredients used in the cooking.

The bill came up to RM61.00, inclusive of drinks, but they just asked me for RM60.00. I guess that is not very much but something is better than nothing and that’s anytime better than some other places in town where they would wait and wait for you to dig out one miserable 10 sen from your wallet or pocket to pay the exact total. Tsk! Tsk!

Well, Michael thought the meal was great or at least, that was what he said. However, he did not want any dessert as he would like to go some place else for something that he was hoping he would get to eat while he was home…but that would be in the next post, I’m afraid. Stick around, folks!!!

So soon…

We did not plan on coming back here

Junction menu 1

…so soon but my good friends, Lim and family, invited me and mine for lunch last Saturday and this was the venue of their choice. I would give them credit for their very nice menu unlike some supposedly-classier places in town and their document-holder ones. Tsk! Tsk! What a shame!

Hmmmm….western and there’s Hainanese chicken?

Junction menu 2

Ah well, this is one of those fusion cafes that one can find here, there and everywhere these days so anything goes, I guess.

My daughter had the item at the top of the list – the teriyaki chicken chop…

Junction teriyaki chicken chop

…which she said was nice but she had had others elsewhere in town that were a lot nicer, here or here, for instance.

My missus had this kung pao chicken with rice…

Junction kung pao chicken with rice

…and it was good and I must say that the side order we had, their sweet and sour pork…

Junction sweet & sour pork

…was very much nicer than any in town, whichever chu-char places or restaurants that I’ve been to before here.

Lim had their chicken chop with black pepper sauce…

Junction chicken chop with bps

…while two of his three kids had the fish and chips…

Junction fish & chips

I did not try the chop but I thought the fish wasn’t all that great and the son found a small part that was not cooked. My guess is that they did not defrost the fish properly before deep frying – I have had encountered this elsewhere before.

I had their special omelette fried rice…

Junction special fried rice

…or whatever they call it, I can’t exactly remember now. It certainly looked a lot nicer in the menu and on the whole, I would, perhaps, just give it a 6 out of 10 or less. The minced meat wasn’t anything special, something most everyone would have had at home at one time or another, cooked with soy sauce or at times, steamed.

Mrs. Lim had their fried rice…

Junction fried rice

…and if hers was anything like mine…

Junction special fried rice 2

…it was no wonder at all that she could barely finish half of it…and I am sure she would agree with no reservations whatsover that mine, those that she had had before, would be heaps better.

Ok, on the whole, everything wasn’t too bad…and what matters most would be the time spent with friends so dear – that in itself is indeed priceless. Thanks so much for the treat, we’ll get together again some time…soon.

Golden Flower (2)…

So near, yet so far – how true that actually is! King Hua lived less than an hour’s drive away most of her life but she does not know much about the places in Sibu nor her way around town, other than what she has read in my blog, that is. But then again, I had friends coming over to KL proper to see me and they too did not know the directions in the city centre. They would tell me that they lived in PJ or Shah Alam and they rarely ventured into the national capital at all. But anyway, it was my pleasure to take her around to all the places she wanted to go to and to buy what she wanted to buy.

After having bought the kek lapis earlier, we went to the supermarket in the town centre. This is the one that sells all the imported stuff – chocolates, cookies, canned and dried foods, fresh milk, breakfast cereals and even the made-in-the-UK real beef Bovril. King Hua just could not resist grabbing all the things that they had on their shelves – I think in total, she spent way over RM100 in just a few minutes! And she was so nice as to get me a pack of the Japanese green tea Kit-Kat that I like a lot…

From King Hua

Incidentally, she also brought me a bottle of my favourite out-of-this-world Bintangor rojak sauce, some kopi-o (black coffee) that she says is very nice and would like me to try…and a packet of tomato flat noodles. Hmmmm…interesting! Thank you so much, King Hua – it is so thoughtful of you…and I’m so sorry that it completely slipped my mind and I did not get you anything! Never mind, I’ll make it up to you some day, promise!

She loved the coffee that we had at the kampua place earlier so I took her here to buy some – theirs is simply the best…and she kept saying how fragrant it was, so fragrant that it filled the entire car. After that, we stopped by the Sibu Central Market to buy some terbaloi to give to her friends back in the peninsula but for some reason or other, there was none available.

Finally, we stopped by here…

Payung Cafe floral decor 1

…for an early lunch, no prize for guessing where we went…

Payung Cafe floral decor 2

She loved the Payung rojak

Payung rojak

…so so much and said that it was even nicer than the highly-acclaimed Bintangor one and she too fell in love with the buah kedundong leaves that they had in it. So how good was it exactly? Well, I kept telling her not to eat so much of it as we were both still rather full after our heavy breakfast and there would be other things that I would want her to try and enjoy…but she said she loved it so much and insisted on finishing everything that was on the plate.

She thought the Payung otak-otak

Payung Cafe otak-otak

…was indeed different from what she would find in Johore and felt it was very nice but a bit too spicy for her and she’s not really into anything spicy but her hubby would love it a lot, she said.

They have a new guy at the café and he made a mess of the mushroom roll…

Payung Cafe mushroom roll

…so the presentation was not as nice as usual but nonetheless, King Hua loved it a lot!

She tried the durian ice cream but was not exactly thrilled as she said she had one a lot nicer at some place in Singapore. We were filled to the brim already by then so there was no possibility of getting her to try some of the other delightful desserts that they serve here.

After that, I took her to the bus station to catch one back to Bintangor. That was a very short trip indeed but I would say that it was really very fruitful. At least, she got what she wanted and more…and she managed to try some of the nice stuff we have in this little town but of course, she will have to come back again and stay much longer if she wants to sample more of the best we have around.

I went straight home after that and my daughter could not wait to tell me what Annie-Q‘s mum had given me – her special own home-made organic tofu…

From Annie & Philip

They had dropped by my house while I was out and Annie also gave me the very nice nasi lemak sambal that she bought on her one-day eating trip to Sarikei and Bintangor. That very night, I went to the airport to pick Philip’s son who was in town for a few days to visit his grandma and that very nice friend of mine in the US insisted on getting his son to bring over for me that can of made-in-Canada Ma Ling luncheon meat. Honestly, everyone’s so kind and generous I really do not know how I could possibly repay all of them other than a simple thank you from the bottom of  my heart.

Incidentally, I have already tried the relatively new Q-Q (curly) version of the instant Sibu kampua noodles

The Kitchen Q-Q instant Sibu kampua

…and I must say that I liked it a lot, thank you so much to Eric, the guy behind the business venture, who gave me a pack to sample and to show his appreciation for helping him promote his product via my blog and also on Facebook.

Golden flower (1)…

Her name is King Hua meaning Gold/Golden Flower and she hails from Bintangor, less than an hour’s drive from Sibu, but she is currently teaching in a school in the peninsula. She was home last week for the school holidays and she came to Sibu on Friday morning to collect her orders for the instant Sibu kampua noodles

The Kitchen's instant Sibu kampua
*Cousin’s photo on Facebook*

Nope, these were not hers but the batch that I ordered for my cousin in Brisbane, Australia – she shared the above photo on Facebook to acknowledge receipt when they had reached her safely.

I went to pick King Hua up the moment she got into town and took her here for the kampua noodles

RTM Cafe kampua noodles

Oh? It has gone up in price, now RM2.80 as opposed to RM2.50 only before. Of course, she thought it was still so very cheap as she would not be able to get anything at that price over at the other side…and she loved it so very much! In her opinion, it was so much nicer than her favourite in Bintangor and the serving was so so huge.

I decided to try their fried belacan (dried prawn paste) seafood noodles (RM4.50)…

RTM Cafe fried belacan seafood noodles

…which I thought was very good. Initially, I had to get used to the smell and taste of the belacan they used – of course, they did not use the high quality Bintulu belacan but once I was quite accustomed to it, I started to like it and I certainly wouldn’t mind having that should I drop by this place again…if I could resist the kampua noodles and not order that, that is.

I first saw this plate when Annie came home that day and I dropped by here to see her – she was there as soon as she arrived for her kampua fix…and the words on the plate caught my attention…

Healthy eating plate 1

Translated, they mean “healthy eating plate” and the advice all around include this one…

Healthy eating plate 2

- consume less salt (or literally, practise reduction of salt) and this…

Healthy eating plate 3

- reduce fats and oils and also sugar…

Healthy eating plate 4

Hmmmm….I would say that eating what was in that plate alone, I would have violated the first two and my glass of kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) took care of the remaining one. Hehehehehe!!!!!

After that breakfast, I took King Hua to collect her order for the instant Sibu kampua noodles after which we headed to the stall at Bandong to buy some of the Sarawak kek lapis (layer cake) on sale there…

Kek lapis Sarawak
*King Hua’s photo on Facebook*

…before we proceeded to the town centre…and what came after that would have to wait till the next post. Come back tomorrow for the continuing episode…

Change of plans…

Actually, we were planning to go some place else but Annie, home for the holidays from KL, invited us to join her and her family here. Gosh!!! From her photographs on Facebook, I knew she was there the day before for lunch and now, she would like to go there for a second round for dinner.

So, there we were…again and it seemed that they have a nice new menu now…

Bistecca & Bistro menu

…though the place is a bit too dim in the evening and it is rather difficult to read the fine print. It certainly does not help one bit that the font is extremely small and in a lighter shade of grey or whatever colour that I just could not make out in the dark. For that same reason, I prefer coming here in the daytime as I would be able to take nicer photographs in natural daylight.

We ordered lots of pizzas including my favourite – the Pizza Italia and this one that we had had before as well and liked a lot – the one with mushrooms…

Bistecca & Bistro pizza 1

…and the kids loved the Hawaiian…

Bistecca & Bistro pizza 2

…though I know the mum isn’t all that fond of pineapples…and we also had the pepperoni one as well…

Bistecca & Bistro pizza 3

Four pizzas altogether, other than our own individual orders!

My missus had the terrayaki chicken chop…

Bistecca & Bistro terrayaki chicken chop

…which was nicer than any that we had had elsewhere plus their really good own-made mushroom sauce that came with it was an added bonus!

I decided to try their pork burger…

Bistecca & Bistro pork burger 1

…which turned out really great as well…

Bistecca & Bistro pork burger 2

…but I had some of the pizzas and sampled a bit of most of everything so much so that towards the end, I was kind of struggling to finish it all up.

We ordered a whole lot of other stuff but I gave up trying to take photographs of them as they would not turn out very nice in the relatively dark surroundings.

It seemed that Annie had ordered some of the instant Sibu kampua noodles to take back to KL and when she went to collect earlier that day, the boss of that very lucrative business venture asked her to pass me these…

Sibu instant kampua - kolo mee

…to try. They now have the curly version of the noodles now – something like what you would get in your Kuching kolo mee, and from their Facebook page, I saw that they also have mee pok, the flat version of the noodles but that one is selling at RM6.90 a pack as opposed to only RM6.50 for the rest. Well, I’ve yet to cook any but when I do, rest assured that I would blog about it. It sure is nice of you to remember me, Eric, thank you so much.

And I must thank Annie’s mum too for the tilapia, fresh arrival from Batang Ai. She gave me one huge ikan patin the last time and it  was absolutely superb – no mud smell at all.

Last but definitely not least, I must thank Annie for the scrumptious dinner treat. We certainly enjoyed everything and gosh…by the end of it, we were so full we could hardly walk. LOL!!! Well, it looks like the other place would have to wait a while longer – I think I have had enough Italian at this point in time…