Girls just wanna have fun…

My daughter is on her 2-week Easter break right now but unfortunately, it’s coming to an end and she and her friends will have to go back to class next week. She did not go anywhere even though I kept telling her to but she did do a lot of things with her friends and had quite a bit of fun…and ate some nice stuff too – like the things they had at this yum char or what we call dim sum outing…

Yum Char in Wellington 1

…with some of her coursemates.

Yum Char in Wellington 2

The char siew pao certainly looked better than what we have here…

Wellington char siew pao

…and the yam puffs seemed pretty good too…

Wellington yam puffs

Melissa has always been a fan of these fried pork dumplings or shui jiao

Wellington shui jiao

…and Portuguese egg tarts…

Wellington Portuguese egg tarts

…and I must say that the chee cheong fan certainly seemed a whole lot better than what we can get here…

Wellington chee cheong fan

All in all, they paid NZ$13.50 each which is not cheap by our standard. Well, nothing is cheap there but what would be most important is that the food is good and they have a great time…

Girls havin' fun in Wellington

I would always tell Melissa to go out and pamper herself sometimes and not study and struggle with assignments and examinations all the time, indulge a bit…eat all the nice things that they have over there for it would not be long now before she will be coming home for good and who knows when she will ever pass that way again…

On top…

Not too long ago, I had a post on Kate’s pulut panggang and everyone started talking about the ones with sambal filling inside. I’m not really into those, as from my point of view, whether it is nice or not would depend on the filling and not whether the pulut (glutinous rice) is lemak (rich in santan or coconut milk) enough or whether it has the panggang (wood-cooked) fragrance or not…in which case, it will be, more or less, something like these…

Sambal pulut 1

…except that the sambal is on top and not inside…

Sambal pulut 2

These are available at a number of places in town but I usually buy them at the coffee shop at the back of the Sibu Medical Centre here, selling at RM1.20 for a packet of two…

Sambal pulut 3

As far as I can remember, they have always been good but these days, they are extra nice because the sambal is extra pedas (chilli hot) probably from the use of cili padi (bird’s eye chilli). Somehow, these days, the chilli that we buy at the market are extra huge but not hot at all. Even the sellers will tell you that they’re only good for decoration or for colour. I don’t know why this is so – probably the result of the excessive use of fertilizers.

And since we’re on the topic of teatime snacks, I bought these curry puffs the other day…

Loke Ming Yuen curry puffs 1

They were big and cost RM1.50 each but unfortunately, the filling was made up of mostly potatoes…

Loke Ming Yuen curry puff 2

…with hardly any curry taste at all. In fact, I thought that it tasted kind of funny and was a bit sweet and I certainly did not enjoy it at all. That is why I am not going to mention where I had bought them from…and if you see anything that looks like it, don’t bother buying any. You might as well go and buy these as even though, they may not exactly be great, at 80 sen each now, they’re a lot cheaper and despite the absence of meat, the filling has that curry taste…and is a lot nicer.

So, what are you going to have for tea today? Care to share?

Happiness…

This post would certainly get Annie-Q drooling and craving and longing to come back to Sibu. LOL!!!

Well, actually, I stumbled by this place quite unintentionally. You see, I had gone to that part of town as I heard that they are selling kampua noodles here – I had dinner there on more than one occasion and the food was great…but when I went there that morning, it was closed. They do not open on on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month, it seems. Looking around, I spotted this shop in the block across the road…

Happiness Corner 1

I am not sure whether it is new but I certainly did not notice it before. Well, I saw both the man and the Indon maid eating the kampua noodles and I reckoned it must be pretty good to want and eat it themselves…

Happiness Corner 2

…so I decided to order the kampua noodles…

Happiness Corner kampua

…and the pork liver soup…

Happiness Corner liver soup

I thought the noodles did not look very appealling when it was served but when I tried it, I found that it was really very good. Not soft and soggy, not too oily and no overdose of msg – it was just right! The soup was nice too – just the right amount of red wine…and there was so much liver inside that I could not finish all of it. I did drink the soup down to the very last drop though.

I’m not too sure how much it all cost but I gave RM10 and got a 5-ringgit note and some loose change back, so I guess it must be around RM4.50 for the two.

Well, that certainly was a satisfying breakfast and I wouldn’t mind dropping by again should I happen to be around that area anytime in future.

I’ve got mine…

You’ve got yours, I’ve got mine…and if you’re wondering what I’m talking about, you may remember that on my recent trip to Penang, there was all this hoo-haa especially among my cousins from Kuching over the beh teh sor or heong peah and tambun biscuits but one cousin in Melbourne, Australia said that she would prefer our Sarawak’s own phong peah (80 sen each) anytime…

Phong peah 1

The filling is soft and sweet, a bit like what one can find in heong peah except that it is not so sticky and gooey…

Phong peah 2

I do not mind these but I’m not a fan as it does not have the fragrant crusty, flaky skin like the heong peah…and I seem to scent in  the filling a very strong almond taste – those bottled ones that one dilutes with water and drink as an ailment  for sore throats.

But we do have very good tau sar peah (70 sen each) here…

Tau sar peah 1

…with a choice between or tau sar (black bean paste) filling and pek tau sar (white bean paste)…

Tau sar peah 2

I bought a packet of mini tau sar peah at Air Itam in Penang once because I thought they looked so cute but as far as the taste went, I would just say that I would never buy them again. These that we have here are definitely a lot nicer…

Almost…

Somebody told me once that the Kuching kolo mee around this area was nice so I went to this cafe at the Delta Commercial Centre here…

Toto Cafe Sibu

…with my daughter but it was so bad that both of us could not finish it.

Later, I found out that it was the coffee shop next door, not this one, so I went there to try and I had this…

e-Cafe's Kuching kolo mee
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It was nice but it was more like Sibu kampua noodles dressed up to look like Kuching kolo mee.

But the other day, I dropped by that Toto Cafe again. My missus would buy the fried stuff from the section at the back occasionally and they were pretty good. However, when I got there, I thought I did not feel like anything fried so I decided to take my chance one more time and ordered the Kuching kolo mee (RM3.00)…

Toto's kolo mee 1

This time around, it certainly looked good and it even had that red colour of Kuching kolo mee if you opt for the char siew oil…

Toto's kolo mee 2

It tasted really good too but it was not exactly like the real thing, ALMOST but not exactly. I think the texture of the noodles is different – these were a bit too soft and not as khiew (firm) as the ones in Kuching and it did not quite taste like those at some of my favourite places around there either.

To be fair, if you simply drop by any place in Kuching, you may get pretty good kolo mee but when eaten together with the best ones around…

Kuching Oriental Park kolo mee
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…they may not be the same either and will certainly pale in comparison. Likewise, those so-called Sarawak mee in parts of KL and around there may look like the real thing but they do not taste the same. I’ve had some that are very nice like this one at Damansara Uptown…

Sarawak dry mee

…which actually came across somewhat like Sibu kampua mee but there are others like this so-called “Cat City kolo mee” at Asia Cafe…

Cat City kolo mee
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…that tasted quite horrible. At least, this one that I had at the Toto Cafe here was ALMOST like the real thing and most importantly, it was nice. I liked it!

When love and hate collide…

I wouldn’t say that I hate cempedak – let’s just say that I do not like eating the fruit. I find it so hard to chew and when I try to swallow, it is kind of choking. I love boiling the seeds though and eating them even though at times, I don’t like the feeling of the gum of the fruit stuck to the upper gum in my mouth.

On the other hand, I would not say that I love eating nangka (jackfruit) but between the two, I would very much prefer this. Still, I would probably just have one or two seeds and that would be it.

The other day, however, I came across the hybrid of the two – cempedak and nangka

Nangka-cempedak hybrid 1

…and I loved it!

It had the crunchiness of nangka so I did not have to suffer the chewing and the choking of eating cempedak…and the taste had a little bit of both – very nice!

Nangka-cempedak hybrid 2

Unfortunately, the seed looked kind of funny…so I guess boiling and eating them like what I would do with cempedak seeds would be out of the question.

Nangka-cempedak hybrid 3

I hear they are very popular in the peninsula – sold as deep fried fritters. I’m not really a fan of cucur (fritters) cempedak…so probably I would not be a fan of these as well.

All in all, personally, what I love the most is the young cempedak or nangka masak lemak – cooked in santan (coconut milk), that is…

cempedak muda masak lemak
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…but I’m sure many of you would have your own different opinions.

I wanna know…

This is the bigger version of the mihun  (rice vermicilli) or what we call tua tiaw bee hoon

Delta's lakia hung ngang 1

…and what I wanna know is whether this is what people call laksa and you can find it in a bowl of Penang assam laksa.

Penang Air Itam assam laksa
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The Foochows call it hung ngang and it is usually eaten in a ginger and Foochow red wine-based soup of preserved vegetables and chicken or fish or whatever – what they call zhao chai hung ngang

Zhao chai hung ngang
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My daughter loves it and she would even cook her own sometimes when she’s home but I’m not that crazy about it. That was why the other day, I ordered that but fried lakia (Dayak/native) style instead…

Delta's lakia hung ngang 2

And that is another thing that I wanna know – which is why they call it lakia. Normally, people will order lakia mee (noodles) and the only difference I can notice is that they add chillies to it…

Delta Cafe's lakia mee
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If I remember correctly, they used to sell lakia mee at my school canteen and theirs would have a bit of belacan (dried prawn paste) but I’m not sure whether they have that elsewhere in the coffee shops outside.

Anyway, back to the lakia hung ngang that I had, I must say that it was pretty good. You can drop by that Delta Seafood Cafe & Restaurant (GPS coordinate: 2.307942,111.825264) to give it a try…