Easy come, easy go…

Chinese New Year is in the air here in Sibu…

Sibu Tua Pek Kong temple

This is in the vicinity of the Tua Pek Kong temple in the town centre. One can see lanterns everywhere…

Chinese New Year mood in Sibu

…and we have to brace ourselves for the earth-shattering blasts of fireworks and firecrackers anytime all through the night. Tsk! Tsk!

We were in that part of town because I had a “small unexpected windfall” and I decided to take the family out to celebrate. Melissa chose to go to Cafรฉcafรฉ which we have been to a few times before and the food has always been great.

My missus had the grilled Oriental chicken (RM18.00)…

Grilled Oriental chicken

I don’t know if it’s any good as she did not say anything but I did try a bit of Melissa’s crispy chicken chop with maltoise sauce (RM18.00)…

Crispy chicken chop with maltoise sauce

I thought it was all right…but the wedges were very tasty – own-made and I don’t know what sauce it was that they had on them but it was really yummy.

I had the grilled tenderloin steak with red wine sauce (RM28.00)…

Grilled tenderloin steak with red wine sauce

…which was very good indeed – tender and perfectly done – medium rare and the red wine sauce was superb. I wish they had a bit more dressing on the salad though.

My daughter and the mum shared the mango pudding for dessert (RM6.50)…

Mango pudding
*Melissa’s photo on Facebook*

…and in my opinion, it was all right – pretty good but I think what I had was much better – the creamy banana pancake (RM7.50)…

Creamy banana pancake

…with banana slices plus some kind of caramel-like cream wrapped inside the thin pancake and ice cream by the side with twirls of chocolate syrup and crushed peanut sprinkled over all that. It was simply out of this world! Yum! Yum!

All that came up to RM95.00, inclusive of drinks…and it certainly was worth it as the food, as always, did not fail to please, the ambience was cosy and nice and the service was excellent. Actually, the waiter acknowledged me – saying that he could recognise me as a former teacher in his school (SPM school leaver waiting for results) even though I never taught him…and he was always around, all smiles the whole night through and ever ready to answer any beck and call. For that, I asked him to keep the change for the RM100-note that I forked out to settle the bill.

Ah well, as they say…easy come, easy go! LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

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

36 thoughts on “Easy come, easy go…”

  1. That sauce… does it taste like honeyed mustard? It looks like honeyed mustard…

    Dunno… Can’t make out the taste – just thought it was very nice. You think that’s what it was? Hmmm…must go and buy and try then. Never liked mustard…but who knows? that’s the winning combination…

    1. Ya… it looks like those honeyed mustard sauce to me. I love those honeyed mustard too…goes very well with potatoes, especially wedges and those jacket potatoes… oh, yummy!

      Maybe I’ll give it a try one of these days… My daughter loves potatoes.

  2. Everything (food) here is nicely “touched”. :p

    Yup, nice presentation…. We pay for it bah, cheap places – just cincai throw, ok already. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. the title reminds of the bRUNO Mars song

    He’s got a song by this title? Oh yes…I think you mean a line from one of his songs. I love his “Just the way we are” but not “Grenade” – my daughter loves it though…

  4. oh i have been to a pagoda like that… but that was years ago….

    I have never been up there…but that’s one of the attractions there – climbing to the top for the bird’s eye view of the town…

    1. I’ve been to one pagoda like this too, Cikgu. But it’s in Perlis… and it’s rather small.

      Never been to any.Even at Kek Lok Si in Penang – everybody went up, I just waited at the bottom…

    1. I saw the banana pancake it is like i seen a big jewel in front of my. Can tapau back for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Jz kidding

      Come, come to Sibu…and you can have that and more! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check the cheap airline…zero fares or other offers. MATTA fair should be coming up pretty soon… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. When you dapat *angin jatuh* its easy come so spent it easily that’s easy go thus *easy come easy go*? Over here *It Don’t Come Easy* no windfall woh..hahaha..Nice yummy food ohhh. the mango pudding looks good…

    Keep trying, New Year coming…Chai Sern tao…bringing good luck…can Fa Cai! Muahahahaha!!!! Come to Sibu, I’ll take you there…and treat you to all those nice things. Plenty more where the money came from. ROTFL!!!

  6. Unexpected windfall?? I also want.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The food looked good especially the steak. The pancake looked like something that we ordered from Marche, also with a scoop of ice cream and banana slices but they called it crepe.

    Small wind, cukup makan… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yup, the food was good. Marche? Bet it must be so expensive there. This one isn’t as thin as what I would think a crepe should be…and it’s not really thick enough for a pancake either – somewhere in between….can call it a creepy pancake? Hahahahaha!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Hey, Arthur, you always seem to eat more than your share….picking from your daughter’s and your wife’s plate! Is that how you keep them slim? Love all the food presentation. Bet you must be very well behaved as your former school student was there…haha. I can’t believe that one of my students is here in Aberdeen…such small world! So you know, I’m always very good ๐Ÿ˜€

    No lah…I need to sample so that I can review in my post mah. Hahahahaha!!!! Oh? I’m always well-behaved, such a perfect gentleman…you ask your sisters lah! Muahahahaha!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. A, thanks for those nice pagoda pics. I checked out the older post and I will definitely pay a visit there, looks very inviting. The food looks wonderful. I’ve actually seen that place but never bothered to go in before. The other thing with that block are the homeless people sleeping by the 5-foot way (maybe they’re gone now). Always feel very sorry for them. Hard to eat those goodies when those folks are sleeping outside on the concrete.

    Yes, when I first went to that area (to that other restaurant), I was quite put off by the sight of the homeless people sleeping on the pavement – black and dirty…and sometime later, I noticed they were no longer there…but I did see one or two at the other side facing the temple. This time, I did not see any anymore – dunno where they went. I wonder why they would hang around there. Maybe at the temple…or devotees going there would give them food and money?

    The food there is good, never fails to please. They sell dishes with the local touch also, not just western cuisine…and their Japanese restaurant is two doors away. We can go there when you come back here. Now, how long is your list already? Have to extend your stay? Muahahahahaha!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Will be back for over a month, actually got my ticket already, so plenty of time to sample the goodies! And go to Kanowit!

      LOL!!! I hope it will not be another case like my daughter and me – we go out eating this and that…and I’m the only one growing fat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Windfall….kena Toto jackpot kah?

    Jackpot? You wish…!!! Hokkien says, “Bay sai too bay tiok, mai kong bay phui” (Cannot strike horse shit = consolation prize, what more to say horse fart!) Well, at least, I struck more than just “bay sai” lah…so not bad. Can splurge a bit. Hahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. wow.. food galore!! somemore keep the change.. hehehe.. yeah, cny coming so be generous! hahaa…tonight hopefully can put up the pictures of Mandy and us…

    Ah yes! She mentioned that on Facebook…with Elin and her piggies too. Can’t wait to see the photos. Sounded like she had a terrific time…

  11. minute steak is it? looks rather small portion wor.

    Nope…not minute (small) and not minute (minit…had to wait 30 minutes) either. The size of my clenched palm and just nice for me, not too filling…and not too much till I felt bloated. For one thing, the portions may look small as I had to take the photos from a distance…further up. The place is VERY dim, very little light and my close-ups were disastrous.

    I found that taking from high up, maybe with the “brightness” of the white crockery, the photos turned out better… The mango pudding, no white plate – so my photo was no good…and that’s why I have to borrow my daughter’s from Facebook.

  12. aww STP u r so sweet! He must be very happy with CNY around the corner lagi ๐Ÿ™‚

    ur tenderloin steak looks yummy! slurp!

    Yes, I am very sweet…such a nice old man. Muahahahaha!!!! And yes, the steak was great. Loved it! Yum! Yum!

  13. Yea..i think the wedges look good….but the fried chicken cant tell much..lol

    Well, fried chicken…is like fried chicken lah. That was why I thought it was so-so, nothing special or unique…unlike the red wine sauce for the steak…or the one they use for the wedges which are not like those frozen ones from the supermarket or those from the fast food joints.

  14. Ah…i miss the earth-shattering blasts of fireworks and firecrackers on the chinese new year eve! I think i should start book my flight back next chinese new year, want to let my boys “experience” the chinese new year feel in sibu.

    Cafe cafe, i love their food too. Will go there again when i am back next round. I like that creamy banana crepe, look so yummy!!

    Yup…I’m sure they will love it here – so different from KL…could sleep on the road! Something about Sibu – everybody wants to come home for CNY – all the flights full and very expensive unless you book very very early… Some will fly to Kuching or Bintulu – easier to get seats and cheaper…and they take a bus home from there. Yup, Cafe2’s very nice…we can go there when you come back to Sibu later this year. Stay longer…and make sure, not fully booked every night.

  15. I am yet to visit Tua Pek Kong…will go there before CNY for praying.

    You’re not Christian? I don’t go there even though the pagoda is a tourist attraction – don’t expect me to climb all the way up to the top. If got lift, maybe lah. Muahahahahaha!!!

    1. Dun worry, Cikgu… if we’re to go to such pagoda together, u can sit at the bottom wif me. i wun be climbing all the way unless there’s lift either! LOL… wheezing la later, me old woman liao… kenot climb up til so tall, later bones all sakit here and there oso… tsk tsk tsk!

      I am old and fat….; you are just plain lazy. LOL!!!

  16. Weii.. what’s the ‘unexpected windfall’ that you had?? Lottery ah? ๐Ÿ˜› Anyway, food looks good! Although the wedges could have been more generous la.. only saw 3-4 pieces ๐Ÿ˜›

    “Chai sern tau…chai sern tau…gong xi…FA CAI lor!!!” LOL!!! Yup…should give a bit more wedges – potatoes not really that expensive bah…

  17. Wow! A windfall for you? When will be my turn for the windfall?

    God works in mysterious ways. Just wait…and if it is His will, your turn will come soon enough. Be good, do good…and what goes around, comes around.

    1. You are right my friend. The truth is that we are really blessed every single day of our life but we just fail to see it because we just focus on the material things.

      Give thanks to the Lord for he is good…

  18. Oh, so generous! Yup, easy come, easy go. Spend some and win back more!

    I certainly hope so. Hasn’t it been said that “good luck comes in threes”? I’m certainly looking forward to that… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. waaah, the food look good. but rm95 was expensive. @_@
    i didn’t throw stone but was busy with war. kakaka

    Ya…I was wondering where you were. Didn’t see you in Facebook either. Glad you’re back. Well, it was a celebration of some kind so expensive a bit, never mind. But the place has a lot of cheaper dishes…with huge portions – two persons can share one. Good place to dine, really.

  20. โ€œsmall unexpected windfallโ€

    i like your choice of words .. I want some of that windfall too can? Really need it at this time.

    You want a loan??? *fingers tapping on calculator calculating interest* Muahahahahaha!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. based from your pictures, those dishes really look worth every penny ๐Ÿ™‚

    They are, though expensive. Would probably have them when there’s a reasonto celebrate and opt for something cheaper at other times.

  22. the temple pictures were nicely captured, with Melissa’s IXUS camera?!

    Nice spread of food and definitely worth it if the food tasted awesome! Hehe… very generous of you too to let your ex-“student” kept the change! Keep well and have fun ya!

    Nope, that was with my old (cheap) Nikon Coolpix… I only took her mango pudding photo as mine did not turnout nice. Not generous lah…change only RM5, and I guess I can spare that little bit. Good that he’s working part time while waiting for his exam results. Many students would just idle their time away or spend it with not-very-fruitful/good activities.

  23. Sibu is a lovely place to live and I think the folks have long lives! Great food, no traffic jams and cleaner air…!!!! Long Life Suituapui…!

    It is indeed. Thank you. I certainly have no intention of going just yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. I always love western food….and that banana pancake really look so yummy….Teacher, you are so generous. Good on you!

    No lah…RM5 only. I definitely can spare that bit for the nice boy…

  25. Yeah, this banana dessert looks more class and alluring!

    Definitely…and cheaper too! I also prefer this place to the other one…in terms of food, service, everything.

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