Old habits die hard…

I think most people would be familiar with those siew mai (meat dumplings in Cantonese) at dim sum restaurants but what we call sio bee (Hokkien dialect) here is something quite different. During my younger days, they would serve those at the end of a wedding banquet or any such dinners and I remember how we would look forward to that particular dish to be served. On occasions when the kids were not invited, we would wait anxiously for our parents to come home and hopefully, they would tapao (takeaway) some for us, usually stained pink as they would wrap them in those paper serviettes of the same colour.

We can still get them today at many places in town but like everything else, we would need to know where to go to to get the really nice ones. I got these for 60 sen each at a bakery the other day…

Sibu Foochow sio bee 1

…but even though they looked nicer, I felt they were not as nice as these that cost only 50 sen each at a stall at Rejang Park here…

Sibu Foochow sio bee 2

That just about shows that appearance can sometimes be deceptive, don’t you think?

I also got this from the bakery…

French toast with filling 1

It is some kind of french toast – with a bit of meat filling (chicken)…

French toast with filling 2

…and coated with egg/batter and deep fried. They’re only 50 sen each and my daughter used to love it a lot and would insist on buying some should we  happen to pass by the place.

This chicken pie or tart is from that place as well…

Chicken egg tart

…and costs RM1.50 each. I did not quite like it as it was kind of slightly sweet like egg tart with some chicken or whatever inside.

Considering the prices and also the tastes, I would much sooner go for the Sibu Foochow-style sio bee anytime. As they say, old habits die hard…