For a few dollars more…

I went to photocopy some worksheets for my students the other day and I decided to tapao something for my lunch at my favourite chicken rice stall a stone’s throw away from where I was. I got myself this packet of plain chicken rice with roast meat and a lor-nui (egg in soy sauce gravy)…

Roast meat rice with egg

…and I paid RM4.30 for that. I think it was RM3.50 a packet of meat plus rice and I was charged 80 sen for the egg which was obviously 10 sen more expensive than the place where I had the pandan kampua a while ago.

A couple of days later, I stopped by my regular kampung food stall at Bandung to buy something for dinner. Stella would probably be drooling all over when she sees this – bubur pedas

Bubur pedas

Normally, we would have that during Ramadan – the Muslim fasting month…and I was delighted to see that they had that, so I bought RM3.00. It was not very nice though, just o.k. and nothing like what my mum used to cook. I think they did not have enough ingredients as usually we would have prawns, bean curd sticks, baby corn, tung hoon (glass noodles) and all that. Ah well! What to expect for just RM3.00?

I also bought RM5.00 of this – chicken liver…

Chicken liver

Ooo…I like! But I cannot take too much for fear of a gout attack – just two or three pieces at the most. I should have bought RM3.00 of that instead but I did not expect at the time that I would end up getting so much in the end.

Other than the two, I could not resist buying this ulam – cucumber plus sambal belacan…for only RM2.00…

Ulam sambal belacan

I really loved the belacan – very nice!

So, all in all, I spent RM10.oo for the three items for dinner for two persons – RM5.00 each (without rice) – a bit more expensive than my takeaway lunch but definitely, a lot more satisfying…