Coming back for more (2)…

Originally, there was word going round that my daughter and the rest would be leaving for New Zealand on the 16th of February – two days after Chinese New Year. I was worried that we would not be able to get the tickets to fly Sibu-KL as there would be a mass exodus of people going in that direction after spending the festival at home here in Sibu.

Then, my daughter contacted somebody in the ministry and was informed that the date was the 11th of the same month. So I got down to business and booked the air tickets and the hotel – going on the 10th and my missus and I would be stuck in KL till Chinese New Year’s night – the 14th as all the flights were fully booked…and the fare on the cheap airline was unreasonably astronomical – enough to pay for the hotel room for so many nights!

At the pre-departure briefing, they were informed that they would be flying over in two groups – one on the 8th and the other on the 10th and I could not understand why they could not reveal who was on which list at the briefing. Finally, my daughter received word that she would be leaving on the 8th of February, Monday.

I got down to work immediately – made fresh bookings and also changed the hotel reservation that I had made earlier. However, I could not cancel and ask for a refund on the air tickets online, so my daughter and I went to the MAS office in town. We stopped by for lunch at the Y2K Restaurant, located a stone’s throw away, and had my daughter’s favourite – the sweet and sour fish fillet…

Y2K lunch - sweet & sour fish fillet

…and the cangkuk manis fried with egg…

Y2K lunch - cangkuk manis with egg

That was on Friday…and the next day, ah^kam_koko’ was in town, so I asked him out to dinner together with my missus and daughter and I also invited Nicholas to join us. We wanted to go to Mum’s…but it was full and so was Ruby…and at the Malay restaurant, Kasturi, they did not have most things – no curry, no masak merah, no masak hitam…and no beef even! Just a couple of miserable items like ayam masak halia. Excuse me! If I wanted that, I could jolly well fry my own at home! Tsk! Tsk!

In the end, we went one complete round, back to Y2K – which is actually right next door to Mum’s…and we had the sweet and sour fish fillet again…

Y2K dinner - sweet & sour fish fillet

Yes, it IS that nice. My daughter thinks that theirs is the best in town. Other than that, we had the lemon chicken…

Y2K dinner - lemon chicken

…which was superb! I think they used roast chicken and hence, the crispy skin unlike the usual ones fried in batter that get soggy once the sauce is poured onto the meat. The braised pork leg that we had was really good this time around…

Y2K dinner - braised pork leg

…compared to the last time I had that sometime ago. For the veg dish, we ordered baby kailan fried with salted fish – the same as what my daughter and I had in KL. The lady boss was caught by surprise as nobody had ever ordered it like that. I just told her that it would be the same as cooking bean sprouts (taugeh) with salted fish except that they would have to use baby kailan instead…

Y2K dinner - baby kailan with salted fish

It was nicely done and everybody loved it. We also had the Foochow-style thick tofu soup…

Y2K dinner - Foochow-style thick tofu soup

…and with rice (the two boys had doubles) and drinks, it came up to only RM76.00.

For one thing, we managed to get quite a bit of information from ah^kam_koko’ about going to New Zealand in general and to Wellington in particular – information that would be useful for my daughter when she goes over in a few weeks’ time.