When I met up with my blogger-friends for dinner in KL, it was like there was some kind of barter trade going on. I brought along some kompia, terbaloi (sago biscuits) and keropok (prawn crackers) from Mukah, terung dayak (Iban/sour brinjal), Sarawak laksa and masak hitam paste and souvenir t-shirts for the kids.
Cynthia gave me her homebaked chocolate chip cookies…
…but they never reached Sibu. When I checked in at the Concorde Inn KLIA, my friends, Mandy and Zee, and I made coffee and I decided to let everybody try them but once we started, we just could not stop. In the end, we almost finished the whole lot except for a few pieces that I saved for my daughter who also agreed that they were really nice. Well, if anybody’s interested – for Christmas perhaps, Cynthia is selling them and you can click this link for the details. Incidentally, do not hesitate to ask me if you need my mailing address. Muahahahahaha!!!
She also gave me these – mousse of different flavours: vanilla and mango slices, raspberry and chocolate…
Unfortunately, they were starting to melt, so during the dinner, we ate all that was in the big tub that she gave smallkucing…while I generously gave mine to my cousin and her friends who happened to be having dinner at that same restaurant that night.
And talking about smallkucing, she was there too that night with her Big Kucing and her Little Kucing…
She gave me these bamboo charcoal tambun biscuits…
I have not tried them yet but since they’re from that Bisgood Company, I bet it’s going to be good – so far, I’ve liked all the products from the company.
She also gave me this glutinous rice cooked with soy sauce and all the ingredients…
…but I was really full after dinner that night and there was no fridge in the room, so I could eat only about half of that.
It was the same also with the Coke chicken that Cleffairy gave me…
Pretty nice, sweet…but very cold – should be a lot nicer if eaten piping hot.
She also gave me these…
…but I think the novel was for my daughter and she would be getting the t-shirt as well. There would be no way I could fit into that small thing. There were some badges too, all in a very girly shocking pink bag. Well, that was not all – inside, I also found what I thought was another book – “God’s gift”…and it turned out to be a collection of readings from the Bible. I wonder if Cleffairy is trying to tell me something… Hehehehehehe!!!!
Last but not least, I got these from my very dear friend, Mandy…
What a relief – she did not give me any perishables…so I was able to cart all of that home with me to Sibu and enjoy eating them slowly one by one.
Thanks, everybody, for everything. I do hope you all liked what you all got… Let’s see what I can bring over from here next time.
30 thoughts on “What you gave me…”
LOL… it’s like ‘balik kampung’. Hahahaha… the balik kampung gang strikes again. 😛 Aiya… next time, you come KL, we do potluck. Like the party we threw for Claire. 😀 LOL! Can go more gila and dun nid to be afraid of getting chased out of restaurant. LOL!
Eh… ur kawan, Mandy… is she from Perak? Say… from Teluk Intan/Bidor? Those stuff that she bought, looks like from Bidor factories. Ooo… but I could have been mistaken.
ps: Too bad you tarak snap pic with papa kucing. You’ll look very slim beside him. Kekekeke! First time I meet the papa kucing, I got very sked of the papa kucing…size big ma… but he have a very big heart… generous feller… very jolly and friendly too.
Nope…Mandy’s from Butterworth. Her work takes her around the northern region so she’s often somewhere around places in Perak. Ya, plus-sized people are the best – always jovial – happy and joking all the time and kind and generous too…not like skinny people! Muahahahahaha!!! 😉
P.S.: Did I mention that Zee was the happiest that night as there were people skinnier than her…and I was the happiest too as there was someone fatter than me. LOL!!! 😀
OMG… Mandy is from Butterworth? OMG… must go bodek her kao kao! I got so many things wanna makan from there. Aiya… my kampung leh… dono how many years never go back liao. Sob sob… same kampung as Pete oso. I bet Mandy know a lot of lobang to eat in Bworth too. LOL… omg… *drool* Laksa… ish ish.. one of these days, wanna belanja Mandy and Zee makan liao. LOL! See when Cyn doing potluck again, ajak them oso. LOL!
Hahaha… Zee was happy eh? LOL… aiyo… got two more ppl more skinny than her… *pengsan* she must be shocked leh… why ur kawan come all the way from Somalia to meet you. LOL!!! Eh, Zee oso can makan that kind wan leh.. tarak paiseh paiseh… 2 bowl of rice that day. LOL! Can’t blame her… the kangkung and the petai is really to die for!
Hmmmm….Butterworth so near, long weekend can just drive there what. Not like us here, so pathetic – everytime have to catch a plane and it’s so expensive PLUS our so-called trans-Sarawak/Borneo highway sucks big time – I think the kampung roads over your side are heaps better. We have been shortchanged all these years… 😦
wow..such nice gift from yr blogger friends..envy.
I’m sure if you meet up with them, you will get the exact same treatment… Come! Come to Sibu. I’ll make sure you won’t go back empty-handed. 😉
ehhehehe.. oh, the cookies never make it to Sibu ah? *hint hint* next time give bigger packs to Cikgu.. muahaha.. 😀
No…so now I’m waiting for some kind soul to ask for my mailing address. Hint! Hint! Christmas is coming… Hehehehehehe!!!! 😀
hmmm yeah, i think that could be the trend huh?? besides meeting up, there would be gift exchange just like christmas.. haha!! anyway that is something sweet though.. 🙂
That’s typically Malaysian bah – when you visit people, you must bring “buah tangan”… 😉
Ooo… to me… kenot meet ppl empty handed… especially if they’re from so far away. Must bring something as ‘buah tangan’. Small thing oso nevermind. LOL. Not a trend leh… very old culture liao.
Yalor…such good traditions, must keep alive… It’s part of our culture.
Whoa nice exciting food, the tambun bickies made from bamboo and the chicken cooked with the ‘real thing’ aka coke..exchange is no robbery yah..the typical buah tangan of ‘got come got go’ prevails..haha
So what will we give me if we get to meet one another one day? Banana? Muahahahahaha!!!! So lame…my joke! 😉
Pengsan…after the huge dinner you still can wallop the nasi pulut? Cold already not nice. Have to heat up again. Hope the kitchen at the hotel helped u to heat up.
Cynthia’s biscuits very sedap leh? Can beat Famous Amos anytime. That’s why one tub is not enough 😛
How to ask the hotel people to heat – not halal one? Dinner wasn’t that heavy…so I ate about half of the perishables – too cold plus in aircon room some more. Next time, no more perishables… I get worried when I have to bring any such things for people or when people give me – what if there’s a delay…or if the flight is cancelled and I’m stranded for a night some place, no fridge in the hotel etc…etc…etc… Non-perishables, no problem when travelling.
@Kat aiya… cold liao still can eat. Sometimes I malas heat up… I will baham just like that. Sedap oso.
@Cikgu.. lol… next time kasi u non-perishable… kakakakaka… I go learn to make cookies… sakit perut I tak tau! LOL!
Ummmm….I think I’ll pass. Never mind…I will just go and buy my own, thank you very much. Muahahahahaha!!! 😀
that one halal one. Tarak ahem ahem one. Coz the fairy kenot take ahem ahem mah. So i put chicken inside lo.
Hah? She does not take pork? Ooooo….next time, we go German restaurant and order pork trotters – she can just watch us eat. Yum! Yum! No wonder so skinny like lidi penyapu… Oops! Kucing also tak kalah! Muahahahahaha!!!! 😀
Ya… I tarak take pork. Same like the anak… take liao lausai like… dono y? Too oily? Entah… so my family dun take pork.. only sometimes feed the hubby…
Finally…the truth is revealed. That’s why all so skinny like Somalian refugees… You all don’t eat pork! LOL!!! 😀
Gift exchange from everyone, how thoughtful and Yummy!
Ya…nice small gestures mean a lot! 😉
Wah wah wah…KL gang stuff you with so so much food!!
Finally everyone had tried “kompia” and did they say kompia’s nice?
Cleff said it was nice, didn’t hear anything from the other two…or did Kucing say it was salty or something? Can’t remember. Dunno if they know how to toast it before eating, otherwise so many days old…of course not nice anymore…or that they can eat with meat, curry or ham & cheese and it will be a lot nicer. If they microwave it, sure habis – become as hard as a rock… 😦
Ohhh… I toasted the kompiah before eating it… it became very fragrant, den dipped it with potatoes and chicken curry. Very nice leh. Tastewise, the kompiah tasted like bagel. Only it’s flatter and smaller and easier to eat. Seii lorrr… addicted. Here tarak sell kompiah. I asked Goldflower. She said, even in Sarawak, only certain places like Sibu have, other places dun have. Goldflower oso taught me to lightly fry it with butter… I did it, sedap oso. 😛 Oso makan-ed it with some sambal… ooo… yummy! LOL!
Here, at the kopitiam stalls, they stuff it with meat – slices or minced and they toast it in a toaster oven…or deep fry in oil. Both nice! At a very popular place here, they stuff with braised meat slices…and they provide the gravy for you to soak it in and eat – I don’t like it like that – so soggy…but a lot of people love it! Always crowded, the business running since my school days, so you can imagine the people – multi-millionaires by now.
oh YES, the kompia is nice nice!! yum yum… I wanted to blog abt it, but still waiting in line.. heheheh… I still have my studies aka cakes to write… I put the kompia in my oven after I bake my cookies, and it had a taste of the cookies.. muahaha.. 😀
Aha! Glad you like them… Don’t forget to blog about it when you have cooked the laksa or masak hitam… Btw, don’t forget to dry the keropok in the sun before frying…Otherwise may not “kembang” very well. 🙂
This is like a X-mas party where they have present exchanging ^_^
Well, I would think it was like some kind of barter trade. LOL!!! 😀
wow…was your suitcase overweight by the time u went back? but i guess u gained some calories thought.. hope to see u during the december trip…
Nope…was ok. You’ll be in Penang? Goodie!!! Looking forward to that! Mam-mam, here we go! 😉
Luckily I’m a new fashioned kind of guy. I don’t believe in this mandatory buah tangan thing. Some of these old customs can be so troublesome. Just had a BBQ here last night, Told all my guests, don’t bring anything, just bring yourselves, and that’s what they did. We had a good time.
I love giving…and sharing, never mind if the gesture is not reciprocated. I do not mind this cultural practice, wouldn’t wanna deprive myself of the pleasure…
Wow, this is really barter trade.. Your blogger friends are so nice o..hahaha
Well, so far, most of the bloggers that I’ve met are all so very nice… 😉
I love love chicken biscuits!!
Melissa and the mum love ’em. I don’t mind ’em but I think they’re quite expensive – only a few miserable bits in a packet…and at this age, I would think they would invest in a rolling pin and a cookie cutter. Eyewwww….you can actually see the finger marks. Muahahahahaha!!!! I guess that’s in keeping with the tradition…
Wow…if anyone has an incident from consuming it, the CSI (Vegas, Miami or NY one; NOT the malaysian) team will know who exactly did that particular batch! LOL!
They’ve another type – thicker, I think…and if I’m not mistaken, they use a mould, something like the ang koo ones so they probably look nicer. Dunno about the taste – haven’t opened that packet yet…
Oh… ur mum and Melissa likes them kah? The Chicken biscuit… mebbe next time when I go back hubby’s kampung for CNY, grab this from the factory for u.
Not my mum, my missus = Melissa’s mum… Your hubby’s from Taiping or Teluk Intan, right? I think they say the heong peah’s the best from there…and the best chicken biscuits are from Kampar….
i never get cookies from anyone before! haha 😛
Aiyor…so sad. Next time I’ll give you some… 😉
Chamm… kesian ken… u wan cookie kah? Come, come… next time Auntie Cleff here help u bodek for cookies! LOL!
Ya, the poor boy – very shy one…not like Auntie Cleff! Muahahahaha!!!! 😀
LOL, so much goodies… I reckon you must come to K.L more often!^-^
Have a nice day!
I wish I could. 😦 But I’ll be going to Penang in a couple of weeks… 🙂
Ohhh… Penang, you should ‘date’ Eugene’ then!;-)
Yes, I’m sure I will get to see him and his family then…
^_^ This is the best and delicious kind of bartering. Yummy food and nice items.
Yes, nice to give and receive…
Never seen or heard of Kompia, terbaloi is alien to me and masak hitam sound so intriguing but interesting. I so jakun!! It is so nice that you kept the tradition of giving. No matter how modern human kind is, there are certain things that we cannot give way to. No matter how far I am from home, I have always taught my son this. Westerners are totally different from us Asians…they don’t even give anything to their own parents whatmore to friends.
Terbaloi is some kind of biscuit made from sago and coconut, a Melanau delicacy…and masak hitam daging (or chicken) is a Sarawak dish. You can see the photo here:
Ya…their ways are very different from ours – but we should keep an open mind. What is good, we follow…and what is good in our ways, we keep. Then we’ll have the best of both worlds. Sad that many just blindly follow – and they lose their own culture and identity in the process…
lol.. if there are too many people sending you food.. you could mail it to me too.. 😀
No problem… Non-perishables – can eat slowly and what doesn’t appeal to me, my missus can bring to work – guarantee habis one! LOL!!!