Every day I love you…

I’ve always loved yong tau fu – all the fish balls, the ladies fingers, brinjal stuffed with fish ball, the tofu also stuffed with the same, the dried bean curd and so on and so forth served in refreshing clear soup…

Yong tau fu 1

But lately it has become very expensive. The above, with a few selected items came up to RM11.00. Good grief! This is getting to become as bad as eating at those daylight robbers’ place – the nasi kandar shops! This plate of nasi bryani with one salted egg, one piece of beef liver and one sotong (cuttlefish) came up to RM8.90 and actually, this can be considered very cheap already as normally, it would go up to over RM10.00…

Nasi kandar lunch

The saving grace was the cucumber was free and so was this plate of pappadums, unlike in one shop in Sungai Petani where they were sold at RM1.00 a piece……

Penang pappadums

I don’t know when my daughter got to acquire a liking for yong tau fu for as I can remember, she never liked fish balls or whatever that has anything to do with it…and I can’t recall her ever eating tung hoon either. Sigh! My little girl is growing up…and I am not around to watch her change. Well, these were her selections, with tung hoon (glass noodles) – also adding up to a whooping RM11.00…

Yong tau fu 2

And believe it or not, she wanted it again the following night…

Yong tau fu 3

This was fairly cheaper – RM8.00 only…and when she wanted it again the next night, I didn’t want to take any more photographs of the stuff anymore as basically, they all look the same. Anyone that crazy over yong tau fu too?

Do you want to know a secret…

Well, it seems that not many people know of this Ipoh delicacy…

Ipoh curry chicken bun 1

…but actually, I’ve eaten it before. There was a bakery in Bintulu making it and my friend, Jimmy, used to get them for me a couple of times until I found out that it cost RM10 each! Considering that it was just bread with an aluminium foil tray of chicken curry concealed inside, I thought it was quite expensive. I might as well buy my own loaf of bread and cook my own curry to eat the bread with – it all boils down to the same thing, don’t you think?

I have also seen this featured on one of the shows on Asian Food Channel – some place in Singapore was selling it too, it seemed…and when I saw it at one of the stalls here in Penang the other night, I decided to give it a try. It was RM12.00 each…

Ipoh curry chicken bun 2

…but it certainly was bigger than the ones I used to get from Bintulu and there was a lot more chicken curry inside. Tastewise, however, I feel the Bintulu ones were far nicer…especially the curry which was kind of bland and not spicy at all.  I wonder whether those in Ipoh are nicer than these ones here in Penang or not.

I also had some beef noodles the other night…

Beef noodles

As a matter of fact, they were no ordinary noodles. These were handmade – you may have seen it some place or on tv the man twisting and turning the dough and pulling until the strands of noodles appear like magic! However, I’m afraid I did not like the noodles. They were a bit too soft and not to my liking…and the beef soup was so diluted that one could hardly tell that it was beef. It certainly was a far cry from the ngui chap I had in KK, Sabah…and even in Sibu, we have better beef noodles at a number of places in the town.

Given a choice, I think I would just stick to the Penang char kway teow. It’s no secret that there are places that may be better than others, or maybe I am not discerning enough but generally, I find that they’re all pretty good and would always be a safe bet when looking for something to eat. What do the rest of you think?