This time I know it’s for real…

We arrived at KLIA on Saturday afternoon and Mandy met us at the airport to take us to the hotel. At around 6 in the evening, she took us to…

Tropicana City mall

…for dinner with the rest of my TraxxFamily – not all of them, just Zee, Zul and Mubarak. We went to this place at the mall…

Delicious Nyonya

From the name, it sounds like a place for cannibals…or some amorous illicit activities involving some very delectable nyonyas. Hahahahaha!!! But I was pretty certain that I would have some real nyonya delights – not like the pale imitations that I had had back in Sibu at those so-called nyonya restuarants. I had the nasi kunyit with chicken rendang

Nasi kunyit with chicken rendang

…which was very nice while my daughter enjoyed the nasi tomato with gulai ayam ros that she ordered…

Nasi tomato with gulai ayam ros

My missus had the fried noodles…

Fried noodles

…and my daughter’s good friend, Gin, had the pineapple fried rice, served in a pineapple this time…

Pineapple fried rice

We had some kuih pai tee for our side order…

Kuih pai tee

…which, I thought, were not as nice as the ones I made and we can get cheaper and satisfactorily yummy ones in Sibu.

The rest has steamed rice with these dishes – fried beef with ginger…

Fried beef with ginger

…spicy assam fish…

Assam fish

…and sambal petai.

Sambal petai

I tried a bit of each and found that they were all pretty o.k. ย For dessert, we had cendol


…and ais kacang

ais kacang

…and I had pulut hitam (black glutinous rice) with santan (coconut milk)…

Pulut hitam

…which was not that great. I think the one I had at New World in Penang was a lot nicer.

All in all, it was a delightful meal and needless to say, the company was great. The members of my “family” insisted on splitting the bill among them and giving as a treat, thanks so much – Mandy, Zee, Zul and Mubarak. It certainly was my pleasure to see you all…and we’ll get together again soon – in Sibu perhaps!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

22 thoughts on “This time I know it’s for real…”

  1. Wow…what a spicy delicious meal.. the desserts made me drool.. u and your family must be very well taken care of in KL.. such good wonderful frens u have there…

    Yes, especially with Mandy around, I can be sure I’ll be well taken care of. She’s the best. It was a nice meal all right, a lot better than what we had in Sibu.

  2. I love ice kacang all the time.
    I love the food that you shown here.
    Enjoy your time with your daughter before she goes off.

    The food’s good but I did not really care for the desserts – especially those big red beans. I prefer the small ones they use in Sibu. My daughter left last night – will post on it tomorrow.

  3. i like the the assam fish n sambal petai as its one of my favourite…the cendo n aiskacang use the kidney bean instead of red bean…not nice n sumore the santan so many…

    I love this kind of food…probably due to my nyonya-like Melanau background. Ya…nothing beats our ang tau and I hear the ones in Sibu are nicer than Kuching’s.

  4. Too bad I’ve been going *ding dong* with tweety birds around my head these days… *sigh* so many things to clear before the CNY, else I would have dash to KLIA to see the lovable Melissa. *grinZ*

    I pray she would have a safe journey to NZ, and everything will turn out fine for her. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Btw, the sambal petai duzzin look spicy enuff for me. I think they shud put more sambal belacan!

    It’s the thought that counts, Cleff… She has arrived safely in Wellington a couple of hours ago. Will post on that tomorrow. Don’t worry, it was not a tearful farewell… The mum cried a bit and my daughter kept asking her not to cry…but then the old lady cries even when she sees somebody crying on TV adverts!!! Duh!!! Ya…we were given one plate of very hot, spicy and nice sambal belacan. Yum! Yum!

  5. A get together with your fellow friends huh! ๐Ÿ˜€ Sounds like you guys are having a great time huh.

    Yeah…we had a good time. We always do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. To be honest, that was my first time trying that restaurant and it was okay lah, nothing to shout about. Sri Melaka or Peranakan serve much better nyonya food plus their portions are way bigger. If you’re up to it and if Mandy’s schedule allows it maybe we can have another round of nyonya food before you leave for home.

    That night was actually more about seeing you again and for me, meeting your missus and Mel for the first time, and of course, getting together with Zul and Mubarak again. All in all, I had a great time.

    Ya…I guessed as much. Had nyonya food in Malacca that was heaps nicer. You can get in touch with Mandy and Zul and Mubarak…and we can have a “replay” at a much nicer nyonya restaurant. It was still better than what we have in Sibu though – the ones that claim themselves to be nyonya eateries. The food at my regular kampong food stall is really very nice though – you all must come to Sibu and you can try that!

  7. Omg…sambal petai…….and beef ginger…must drag hubi to Tropicana mall jor :p

    I’m sure there are lots of nice nyonya restaurants around… We just happened to be there and decided to go for nyonya fare. Not bad but I bet there are better ones elsewhere.

  8. the petai is fabulous…funny I am not smelly afterward… not that i know hehehe

    Hahahahahaha!!! Haven’t heard or seen that name for a long time. Well, skunks always smell bad, so petai or no petai – no difference whatsoever! LOL!! Btw, make sure you come back tomorrow to see your photo in the post…

  9. Ur nasi kunyit with rendang looks nice…. good choice. My mom was making pai tee shells over the weekend. guess I’ll be having them for CNY… yumzz.

    It is! They use pulut! The last time I had that was in 1986 with Sophia at a coffee shop near the now-collapsed Jaya Supermarket! Nice! Especially with the rendang.

    1. *green*

      Poor thing…celebrating CNY in KK! I was hoping to make some pai tee before Mel left but just could not find the time. Guess the plan is now shelved till end of the year or after two years. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      1. with envy! Gerrie?LOL! So much yummy food, yes, STP,I know you have been doing lots of walking exercise in Pavillion,your personal gym! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

        No lah! Gerrie’s envious of KNB cos he’s going to have pai tee for CNY. I just walked to the Pavilion once that day to have lunch with Christie and family – post coming up day after tomorrow. May stroll there again one of these days…

  10. oh my.. i want the chendol so much! miss the one in penang! =)

    Not really crazy about the Phua Chu Kang one alomg Penang Road in Penang – overrated. Much prefer what I had at Ma Ko nyonya restaurant in Melaka.

  11. I’m not celebrating CNY at home this year and she decides to make pie tie?? *smoke coming out of my nose and ears* Grrrrr!!

    Hahahahahahahaha!!!! Trying to lure you home perhaps. Bet she misses you a lot even though she may not have said it, parents like that one.

  12. I have been to this mall but did not try the food in this restaurant. Must check it out next time!

    I was not impressed by the mall, wouldn’t want to go again. Would prefer Pavilion, Berjaya Times Square…near to where I am staying.

  13. OMG… these days I so ding dong wan!!! Eh, so nice to hear your daughter is in NZ safely. ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope all is well with her. Hope the weather doesn’t disagree wif her, and she’ll settle down quickly. ๐Ÿ˜€

    She’s ok. No problem with the weather – summer down south, so no climatic shock for her. She said Auckland’s as hot as KL! Weather’s not going to get cold till next month at least, so she has lots of time to get used to it.

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