It never rains in Southern California (2)…

…it pours! Well, the weather’s pretty much the same here, it seems but actually, this song title is an English idiom which means that when things go wrong, it gets worse. In my case, however, it was the exact opposite…for over the weekend, I had been receiving lots and lots of goodies from friends and next-of-kin!

Gundot and Lindy were in town for All Souls’ Day and they brought me these chai koi (vegetable kuih or cake) from Kuching…

Chai Koi 1

…the yummy delicacy with translucent skin that some say, looks like a lizard’s tummy. These were HUGE – the size of the palm of my hand and absolutely delicious!

Chai Koi 2

They also brought this special version of the same – the skin is different as they used kuih chap instead…

Chai Koi 3

This one had salted veg inside…

Chai Koi 4

…but between the two, I think I prefer the original. Some things are best left unchanged.

And that’s not all! They also gave me this very special super-lemak (rich in santan/coconut milk) beehive kuih bingka

Beehive kuih bingka

…which looked the same as the beehive or honeycomb cake but it was not a cake but a kuih bingka instead…and one that was very rich and fragrant at that! Wait! That’s not all! I also got these nyonya chang (meat dumplings) from them…

Nyonya chang

…and as if those were not enough, they topped it up with a tub of sambal hay bee (udang kering/dried prawns), sold in Kuching at RM6.00 each only…and most importantly, it tasted really great. I wouldn’t mind buying instead of toiling in the kitchen to pound the dried prawns and the other ingredients, dripping in sweat and spending hours just to cook that…

Sambal hay bee

And if you think that was it, you’re badly mistaken for Clare too came home for the weekend and she gave me these yummy char siew pao from that shop at the end of Padungan in Kuching…

Char siew pao

Now, don’t you think her paos look nice and firm? Oops! I mean the paos that she brought me! Gee! What on earth were you thinking? Hahahahahaha!!! If you remember the last time she brought me some, they were kaymek (squashed) and out of shape, like the ones I got later from KNB. LOL!!! She also bought me these cheese and ham rolls from the same shop. These were definitely better than the ones at the bakery here in Rejang Park….

Cheese and Ham Rolls

…and my favourite baked meat pastries from Kai Joo Lane in Kuching…

Baked meat pastry

…and the yam puffs…

Yam puffs

My sister-in-law was back too and she brought us some bak paos (steamed meat buns) too.

Thank you, ladies. It certainly was most thoughtful and kind of all of you…and with all that, I would not need to do any cooking for at least a week…and no prize for guessing what I would be eating! LOL!!!