What goes up…

What goes up must come down, so says Newton…but obviously he’s not talking about the spiralling prices of things around here. People say that the economy has improved but there is no sign of anything getting cheaper. As far as that is concerned, the only way is UP!

Thankfully, I can still get some nice and cheap stuff for lunch or dinner at my regular Malay food stall at Bandong. The other day I bought these absolutely delightful shrimps for RM5.00…

Bandong's shrimps

…and this pineapple cooked with salai ikan (smoked fish) for only RM3.00…

Pineapple with smoked fish

RM8.00 and that was more than enough to go with rice for our dinner for two!

Then, on another day, I bought RM5.00 worth this sotong (squid) in soy sauce…

Sotong in soy sauce

…and needless to say, that is a lot more substantial and cheaper…and a lot nicer too than the same thing that we can buy in cans.

For the vegetable dish that day, I bought this sambal timun (cucmber) for only RM2.00…

Sambal timun

…and boy, did I enjoy that? It was so very nice, I tell you!

I think if we were to go and buy from the market to cook our own, it would be a lot more expensive and besides, it is rather difficult to cook for only two persons…not to mention the work involved. My missus would cook so much that we would have to eat the same thing for days on end.

This way, we can have nice food without the hassle…and we can spend a lot less too. That’s killing two birds with one stone, don’t you think?

Cut down spending, fight inflation!

Author: suituapui

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

35 thoughts on “What goes up…”

  1. Our Newton darling would have dropped dead if he’s still alive now… with everything defying his law. =.=

    Just look at my weight, for instance. He’s dead wrong! Absolutely ancient, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Hahahaha… aiyo… u look more cute with your jiggly bits one… looks more lovable… but if you’re to teach me… I think I’d be very scared of you. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ve always been scared of plus size teachers…. haihh… must be becoz of my fat math teacher back in 1995. Rotan me on the hand… damn her!

      Nah!! Skinny ones are the horrible ones! Like old mean witches – image of the one in Hansel and Gretel! Can eat children… Fat ones are always jovial and friendly and nice… Hehehehehe!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Oh, forgot to mention… I would die willingly countless of times for that sambal timun. I’m a hardcore fan of sambal belacans. LMAO!

    Ooooo…it was sooooo nice and RM2 for a whole big bowl. My missus insisted that they gave me more – not likely that it was sooooo cheap…and I guess that’s quitelikely as I’m such a nice and lovable guy! Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Cham liao la… the timun very tempting… ish ish ish… makan these with plain rice oni oso very sedap. Haihhh… u see la… these days I visit ur blog to get ideas on what to cook or wud to eat. Your blog is like a menu!

      This is easy to make…but RM2 for so much! Spare me the trouble of cutting and pounding! I’ll just go and buy…

  3. When my son was a toddler, his favourite phrase was ‘Up, up and away’. That’s how I feel too now when I see prices when shopping.Semua naik especially in NZ…our gst also naik but salary tak naik-naik. If only I’m living in Sibu, I would not be bothered to cook looking at what I can get for less then RM10 and they look good too!!!
    Cleffairy…gang…I also hantu sambal belacan! Nyonyas aye!

    That’s what I keep telling my missus – just the two of us at home. I can stop by the stall to pick up a few things every day and it is so much cheaper (and nicer) and definitely a lot less troublesome than cooking our own. Somehow, she still insists on cooking – female insecurity, perhaps…wants to feel needed.

    Yes, compared to NZ, we’re not too bad here as far as the prices of things go – petrol went up 5 cents there the other day, now NZ$2.16 for RON91. Here, it’s slightly less than RM2.00 for RON95…and the govt is holding back the implementation of the 3% for fear of losing in the next election. How many % there? 13% or was that the previous rate?

    1. Gimme 5, Shereen! Hahahaha… long live sambal belacan! Hahahaha! Eh? Ya… I’m a nyonya… diluted one and useless though…I can only churn nasty food out of my kitchen… just ask Cikgu. ROFLOL… I am very famous for horrible cooking. Hahahaha… oh well… famous is famous… nonid to care whether in a good or bad way. LMAO!

      Too bad you’re not in Sibu – the food at this stall is so very nice…and unbelievably cheap! Hope they’re not reading this and decide to jack up the prices! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  4. Drooling early in the morning. Your post reminded me of the stall selling kuih there… Heading there later to get hold of the different kuih and snacks for breakfast…

    Ah! It’s holiday time eh? Dunno if the roti canai guy is there – his canai and murtabak -best lah! How can Nur Islamic compare – nowhere near! And the dhall kuah is thick and rich…yum!!! May hop over for some later… Hehehehehe!!!

  5. “Cut down spending, fight inflation!”ROTFLMAO.. so obama-ish XD.. too bad i am allergic to seafood *darn*

    Oh? You think I have the makings of the President of the US of A? Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. The world would be a yummier place to live in if you’re the US president, that’s for sure. Make food, not war! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Precisely! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. i think i need to open a stall near you, and with good price too, and you would come daily and promote my stall in your blog. hahahahahah
    luckily i have my breakfast, if not chamzz lor
    my mum said kenot eat belacan bcoz dirty. >.>
    dirty in wat way i oso dunno. haha

    Chinese say, dirty eat dirty fat… Don’t even eat kangkong fried with belacan? Aiyor….you dunno what you’re missing!

  7. You have such a smart and brilliant idea. I also bought dishes home often and ate with my own cooked brown rice. I could have 3 dishes for RM8.00 in KL. We also don’t cook as there’s only 2 of us but your dishes look appetizing and nicer than what I bought from the chap fan shop.

    Trouble with the chap fan here, not really nice…and the couple of good ones here would not allow customers to tapoa only the food – must go with their rice, dunno why…and the Chinese ones are usually not as nice and heavily-laden with msg. That’s why I do not bother going to those…unless I’m not cooking rice myself and it’s more convenient.

  8. RM5 for that bowl of sambal prawns are very good price. Sambal cucumber is something rare over here.

    I’m sure you cannot get so much for that price there. Chinese chap fan shop…one spoon of any form of meat already kira RM1.00… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Oh? Maybe sambal timun’s too easy to make? Or perhaps it may go bad? I would put in the fridge the moment I get home and when time to eat,m just take out and eat – ok…very nice also when served cold.

  9. Wow!….another good post……THUMBS UP AGAIN, STP…for posting up all the scrumptious food

    Well!…well!…obviously,..nowadays, what goes up, will never ……never……never…..come down.

    Exactly, cooking for only 2 persons is a difficult job to do. Would sometimes prefer to buy 2-3 varities home (just enough for the 2 of us) to eat with our cooked beras wangi.

    Did try the squid in soy sauce once,……yucks!…..not nice. The squid is tough and rubbery. Guess I won’t go for that again, not till i taste a good one.

    Huhuhu!….love the prawns, pineapple with ikan salai and sambal timun…glorious and delicious…

    Hah!!! Enjoy while it lasts – no food in tomorrow’s post so don’t be too disappointed. LOL!!! Yup…I also thought the squid would be nicer if cooked the same way as the prawns. Being quite tasteless, it would be good to have a whole lot of ingredients to give it the much needed boost…

  10. so long never had any squids in soy sauce! should ask mom to stop fried those squids and cook in this way! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    I love those fried in batter…eat with mayo! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hmmm…must go and buy those one of these days. Hehehehehe!

  11. that’s why i don’t cook, it’s not practical to cook for one and besides…i don’t have my own kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

    Indeed. But eating out all the time, expensive and not healthy and at times, can be inconvenient. What to do? Sometimes, no choice…like students in hostels where there’s no kitchen and cooking is not allowed

  12. slurp at ur sambal timun! i have not had that for ages! goodness.. drooling dy..

    The best part…only RM2! Where to find anything so cheap these days. Go restaurant or chu-char, one small plate of fried veg at least over RM5!

  13. I agree with you, cooking sometimes takes too much effort and time and it’s not cheap! But one thing for sure, it’s healthier.. Why you like high cholesterol dishes?? Prawns, squids, ๐Ÿ˜› Try to eat more white meat.. hehe

    Never mind! 60 next year…might as well just eat anything I want – whatever harm, already done. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ But actually, as long as you do not eat it every day, it is o.k. See…when was the last time I had a post on prawns and squids? The instant mee prawns – stolen from here one lah… Hehehehehe!!!! We eat fish more…and chicken. But I must admit that I eat eggs a bit too often. Sigh!!! Must learn to cut down… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Own cooking…also depends on what and how you cook. If cooking like they do outside – also not healthy. Same principle applies – everything in moderation…not all the time…and it will not be so bad.

  14. Hmmmm…ok..today’s food, i am not drooling at it. hahahahah..

    I am not into pineapple, belacan and shrimp. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Hah! True blue Sibu Foochow…not into belacan and stuff. But I thought you do go to nyonya restaurants? Must remember not to go to one with you… Hehehehehe!!!!

  15. I can’t find these kind of prices in Miri… especially malay foods in Miri are super expensive! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Here too…if you go to the shops. We are lucky we have this stall…and one other stall nearby but that one, not as cheap and not so nice so I seldom go there.

  16. hahaha~~
    You’ve been advertising for them for so long & they’ve never really bothered to give you a platinum lifetime membership card or exclusive discounts.
    You must be really depressed…

    No, in small towns and simple food stalls, we do not need such pretentious privileges with ulterior motives – they only encourage you to spend more…more…and more. I will just drop buy to buy a few items…and there is always the extra fish…or an extra piece of meat or an extra scoop of whatever veg that I want – and a nice word and a smile, a sincere think you and an exclusive show of respect by addressing me as cikgu (dunno how they know – I never told them!) – those are priceless…those little things that mean a lot more than the impersonal plastic cards that everybody else has.

  17. The food looks delicious! I’m curious about the taste of the pineapple with smoked fish!

    Very nice! A few days ago, I bought local sour brinjal – they cooked that with the smoked fish also – very nice too! Loved it!

  18. hi STP, sorry for not coming by last few days.. it was so difficult to get a line in Singapore..hahaha… i only managed to get online when i went to the Library in BoonLay, but of course, I blamed it on myself la.. no time actually…
    Ok, back to this post.. for RM5 on the shrimps, it is really a Best Buy la! I wouldnt want to cook and buy that for Rm5 only! hahaha…

    You’re still in Singapore? Wah! Really enjoy life… Good! Good! Ya…that plate of shrimps…at least RM8-10 if eaten at “cheap” Chinese chu-char places.

  19. yes sometimes eating out at those nearby restaurants is cheaper than cooking at home plus valid reason to be lazy too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    But eating out is very unhealthy – should not do it too often…and it depends on where you go. Some places can be mighty expensive…

  20. yeah it makes more sense to buy when there is only 2 people eating. Cos if you start cooking, you have not include the price of energy and time!

  21. Yeah. Cut the spending. We need to SAVE UP.

    The economy will not get better in the coming years so we need to fend off for ourselves.

    Hey, can you pass the squid? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Here it is! Come and get it! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. i think imported food will definitely go up, in view of the current crisis. sigh… we’re better off eating ulam and gulais !

    Definitely! And so much the better too! I certainly prefer our own local delicacies. Love ulam! Yum! Yum!

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