By special request…

My cousin’s hubby had the fish head curry here a long time ago and loved it to bits so by special request, we went there on their first night in town for dinner…and of course, that was what we had…

Sheraton fish head curry

Needless to say, they enjoyed that very much.

The Thai-style roast chicken with pickled jelly fish…

Sheraton Thai-style chicken

…was very good too and the asparagus with prawns…

Asparagus with prawns

…was all right.

The Philippine pork leg (crispy pata)…

Sheraton Philippine pork leg

…wasn’t all that great though – I think it was the way they seasoned it and that was not quite to our liking. Probably there was a little too much five-spice powder and don’t know what else. The one we had here was definitely nicer.

It is my missus’ birthday today so we had an advance celebration with their fried mee sua

Sheraton fried mee sua and golden eggs

…plus the golden eggs. Everybody enjoyed this to the max…and we also ordered a cake…

Birthday cake from Marcus

…from our favourite baker in town and we all had that for dessert along with the or nee (yam paste) and lightly-fried sesame crackers with lotus paste…

Sheraton or nee

It was supposed to be a birthday treat from me but my cousin’s hubby insisted on picking up the tab, thank you so much to him for that. The bill, inclusive of drinks and towels plus a plate of stewed peanuts, came up to around RM300.00 for 9 persons plus a bit more owing to the current GST charges. No, it is not all that cheap dining here and that is exactly why we usually do not dine here all that much and would save it for special occasions or when we have special visitors in town.

Long weekend…

It was a long weekend with a public holiday on Friday, Labour Day, and Monday was a holiday too replacing Wesak Day on Sunday so my cousins and friends came over from Kuching and KK on a jalan jalan cari makan (going around looking for stuff to eat) trip. One of them came by air and the flight was delayed by 45 minutes – no prize for guessing which airline that was!

As soon as she had landed, we made our way here for my favourite kampua noodles (RM2.80) in town. She had the “black version, the one with dark soy sauce…

RTM Cafe kampua black

…while the rest of us had the “white” one, with light soy sauce…

RTM Cafe kampua, white

After that, we took her to the hotel to check in and then, we made our way here for this (RM9.54)…

Noodle House chocolate lava cake

– something that she had before and would want to have again as she loved it very much and she said she could not get that in Kuching.

My girl opted for the savoury stuff – the salt and pepper calamari (RM8.69)…

Noodle House salt and pepper calamari

…and the dry fried dumplings (RM9.75)…

Noodle House dry fried dumplings

…both her favourites here…and the sweet girl picked up the tab – her treat, this one! Prices at this place now are inclusive of the 6% GST.

And look at what my cousin brought me…

Stuff from cousin

– the t-shirt was from her sister who is into making artisan breads at home…and there was a lovely black lace dress for my girl too but I did not take a photograph of that.

My other cousins and friend from Kuching who, drove over all the way, gave me these…

More stuff from cousins and friend

…and also this special hill-grown rice from Bario.

Rice from Bario

Thank you so much to all of you for the lovely goodies!!! Next stop, dinner…but that will be in the next post. Stick around!!!

Rainy day…

It was raining that morning…

Sibu Gateway

…when I was out and about very early as I had a couple of things to do. I noticed that the outlet of our Sarawak’s own fast food franchise in the vicinity was open…

24 hours

…so I decided to stop by…

Sugar Bun Sibu Gateway

…and have something for breakfast.

I saw that they had this coffee vending machine or whatever you call this…

Coffee vending machine

…so that was what I ordered…

Coffee

However, the girl did not get my order from that and instead, she went somewhere and came back with the 3-in-one (RM3.10) and I asked for some ice as I would prefer my coffee cold. Nope, it was not to my liking – very weak, so diluted…and so expensive!!!

I did not want anything from their breakfast menu…

Sugar Bun breakfast menu

…and asked for a plate of fried macaroni with chicken (RM6.80)…

Sugar Bun fried macaroni with chicken 1

…instead. I remember having this a very very long time ago and thought it was quite nice. Usually, when I fry my own, I would use the bigger version of the pasta, the one with lines. These small ones bring to mind those little rubber tubes that one would fix on the valves in one’s bicycle tyres.

My girl would not go for anything like this…

Sugar Bun fried macaroni with chicken 2

…of course. She is a purist and would insist on pasta being served with one of those tomato-based or creamy sauces or whatever they may have in the more authentic ones. That was why she would not order the spaghetti mamak at that what-we-thought-was-an-Italian place but from the look of some of the items on their menu, it was just another one of those (CON)fusion places around here.

Well, that tasted all right…but I would think that it is a better idea to just drop by some coffee shop and have a plate of char kway teow instead for around half the price.

Not this time…

I had to drive my girl back to her school on Thursday as the function she was involved in all day Wednesday dragged on till almost 8.00 p.m. and it was too dark by then and raining as well so I told her not to go back with her colleague and I would send her in the morning.

The thing was supposed to end at 5.00 p.m. but it went on and on and dinner was not provided, just a simple buffet lunch and a light tea of sandwiches and some cakes so one can imagine how hungry everybody must be by then. If I were there, I sure would have made a scene and walked out. They really should look into the organisation of such affairs and have a chairperson to time the presenters and stop them when they get carried away and go on for far too long…and if it has to go past the stipulated time, they should get everyone’s agreement to continue…and arrange for dinner to be provided. Imagine those driving back in the dark on our narrow single-lane pan-Sarawak/Sabah trunk road and in the rain and getting to their remote schools at around 10.00 p.m.

Anyway, once we got there in the morning, my girl went to her classes to conduct her lessons for the day and my missus and I just stayed at her quarters to wait for her to finish so we could all drive back to start off the long weekend. I walked around the place and spotted this bunga raya (hibiscus)…

Big hibiscus

I had never seen one this big, the size of a dinner plate, but personally, I prefer the small ones…

Small hibiscus

…and I am not particularly fond of the yellow ones…

Yellow hibiscus

…either. We left the school at around 2.00 p.m. and it was way past 3, almost 4.00 p.m. when we stopped for a very very late lunch. We’ve been here twice before, once for lunch and another time for dinner and we did like what we had on both occasions.

I ordered this…

sandwich

…only to be informed that they had run out of bread. Tsk! Tsk! In the end, I had the seafood kolo mee (RM7.30)…

SCR seafood kolo mee

…which was nice but no, it was not like the real thing. For one thing, this being a halal place,  it did not have any lard in it. I was thinking at the time that my Penang blogger-friend, Ken, would love it – no lard! Well, I must say that the price was rather steep despite the fact that there were two prawns and bits of fried fish (that were too salty for my liking)…so although it was all right as far as the taste went, I would not think I would want to have it again.

My missus liked the Szechuan chicken noodles (RM9.00)…

SCR Szechuan chicken noodles

…that she had even though it looked a lot nicer in the menu. I tried a bit but no, it did not get me jumping with delight and yes, it sure did not come cheap either.

My girl wanted the tomato bihun (RM8.15)…

SCR tomato bihun

…which sure did not look good at all with everything drowned in the watery sauce. Never mind that it tasted quite o.k. but the fact that she barely finished half of it would be indicative of how much she “loved” it, plus just like the rest, it wasn’t cheap too.

Thankfully, she enjoyed the scallops (RM7.00)…

SCR scallops

…that she also ordered. I guess everyone would be familiar with what those taste like – we would buy a pack or two from the supermarket once in a while and fry our own to eat at home.

The bill came up to RM41.05…

Cashier's receipt

…inclusive of GST but with a 5% discount as my missus has a member card from the departmental store in the mega mall opposite so in the end, I only had to fork out 16 sen extra above the actual total.

All in all, what we had that afternoon was at best, just all right…and not anything we would want to have again. We’d rather try something else on their menu next time.

Something to shout about…

I was driving past this hawker centre…

SEDC hawker centre
*Archive photo*

…at Simpang Tiga here in Sibu that morning and I decided to stop by to see what they had in store for breakfast. Unfortunately, most of the stalls were not open even though it was already past 7.30 a.m. – they obviously do not subscribe to the fact that it is the early bird that catches the worm.

This one…

Let's Makan 1

…was and it certainly seemed to be getting a lot of the business, not that everybody had much of a choice, but at this time of the day, all they were serving was their American breakfast…

Menu

I looked at the menu and I thought I would be getting all the items listed for what the guy told me – RM3.50! Unfortunately, it turned out that one would have to make a few choices and what I got in the end was this…

American breakfast

– an omelette, one slice of toast with a bit of margarine on top and a spoonful of baked beans. Gee!!! I thought that was expensive – I would expect a sausage, at least, even if it had been one of those rubbery ones sold in the frozen sections in most supermarkets…but of course, it was not their fault. No sausage was mentioned in the menu and I did get some baked beans by the side. The omelette was very nicely done and to my liking…but on the whole, it really was NOT something to shout about. I would want to go back there again though, but not for this.

Truth be told, I am rather keen on dropping by to try the other things on their menu – the pili-pili (I think they mean peri-peri) chicken, the Moroccan chicken, the Shajira – whatever that is…and I do love ayam percik! If the photographs on their Facebook page

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…are anything to go by, they sure look really good!

In the meantime, I’ve dropped by this place again and this time around, I had their fried bihun (RM3.00)…

De'Mas fried bihun

…and yes, it is the same recipe again – one size fits all! Their noodles were great, the kway teow was all right but when it comes to their bihun, to me, it is NOT something to shout about either…but then again, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. I may not feel it was all that great but others may like it this way – we’ll never know.

It was a public holiday (Labour Day) yesterday…and Monday will be a holiday too replacing Sunday which is another public holiday (Wesak Day). So what have you been up to? Enjoying the extra long weekend, I hope…

Just a little something…

I had to drive…

Road to Selangau

…to my girl’s school on Tuesday and bring her home as she had some official matters to attend to here the following day.

Well, it so happened that it was her colleague/housemate’s birthday so I cooked some longevity noodles (mee sua)…

Mee sua, dry

…and brought that along with me for her and all of them sharing the same unit at the teachers’ quarters to enjoy. I fried some sliced shallots and a bit of finely chopped garlic in oil and added (dark) soy sauce, chopped spring onions and a pinch of msg and pepper. I boiled the mee sua, drained and rinsed in cold water a couple of times, poured hot boiling water onto it to warm it up again and drained again before adding it to the ingredients and tossing it well.

No, I did not cook the version with our traditional red wine chicken soup as it would be quite a hassle bringing along any liquids while on the road. I did boil some eggs…

Hardboiled eggs

…too though and along the way, I stopped by the shop near my house to buy some roast chicken (RM12.50)…

Roast chicken

– half a bird (It is selling at RM25.00 whole and for one whole duck, it is RM45.00.) and a bit of roast pork (RM10.00)…

Siew yoke

…to go with the mee sua.

I guess it was nothing much really, just a little something for her birthday, her first away from home (Kuching) so hopefully, that would be some kind of consolation. I sure do remember how it was with my girl when she was away, furthering her studies in Sungai Petani, Kedah and also in Wellington, New Zealand and the gratitude that we owe to family and friends for everything they did for her at one time or another…and that sure meant a whole lot to us.

While I was at the school, I spotted this huge butterfly…

Butterfly

No, it was not the first and I am sure it would not be the last. We do get to see a lot of these things there that we do not usually stumble upon living in the bigger towns and in the cities. I went and googled and from what I found, I think this is the Lyssa Zampa Laos Brown Butterfly.

As we were leaving to make our way back the Sibu, there was a horrendous accident on the road outside the school, probably fatal – they all drive so dangerously fast along this inter-town trunk road here. Praise the Lord that we have had safe trips there and back over and over again and I do pray that He will continue to bless us and e’er protect us always.

Grow old with me…

This has been around for a very long time…

Old Chang Kee

We used to hop over to Singapore quite often in the past and we usually stayed at a hotel at Kramat Road for the convenience and easy access to the Orchard area via Cavenagh Road. There were two stalls by the side of the road then, beside the building that housed the Le Meridien Hotel (it seems that it is now the Concorde), facing Orchard Plaza and we would often stop by to have the soya bean milk and the tofu fua that one of them was selling. The other stall was an outlet selling these celebrated curry puffs and stuff but somehow or other, we never bought any to try, not even once.

Well, my niece, working in Singapore, was home over the weekend for her father’s birthday and she brought us a whole of things including some that she bought on her recent trip to Phuket, Thailand, thanks so much to her for going through all that trouble, and among the goodies were the curry puffs…

Curry puffs

…from this long established name that now has outlets all over the island, I hear.

Were they any good? For one thing, I am not a fan of deep-fried curry puffs – I prefer the baked ones with shortcrust pastry, no less so that would be one point not in their favour already.

Thankfully, the pastry was not oily, not like the ones I had at Sungai Petani in Kedah, but the filling…

Curry puff filling

…was all right as far as the curry taste was concerned – the Sg Petani ones were much nicer but perhaps, that was because I had those on the spot, piping hot from the wok and without doubt, that could have made a world of difference.  There were mostly potatoes inside though I did spot some chunks of chicken and a bit of egg. I would prefer beef in my curry puffs.

Two of them had two eyes…

Tom yam 1

…that with the rolled up crust at the top, made them look something like cabbage patch dolls, minus the nose and mouth. LOL!!! I actually enjoyed eating the thick crust, I must say – it was not hard at all and tasted pretty good.

I am not too sure but this one tasted like tom yam

Tom yam 2

….and inside, there were the imitation crab sticks that I am not particularly fond of. Nonetheless, I liked the filling of this one more than what was in the curry puff proper.

All in all, I do prefer the ones we have here…

Farley Bakery curry puff
*Archive photo*

– though I am not buying them anymore since the price went up from RM1.00 to RM1.10 to RM1.20 and perhaps, it has gone up even more now like most everything else since April 1st. Tsk! Tsk!

No, I have never tried the IKEA ones – nobody has ever taken me there for theirs and nobody has ever bought me any to try either (Hint! Hint!) so I am in no position to compare the two…and I don’t know how much these cost though I am quite sure they do not come cheap especially after conversion into our currency. Sobssss!!!