From Russia with love…

These came from Russia with love…

From Ryan

…or one of them, at least – the red box of creamy wafers with Russian words that are Greek to me. The packet of choco minis is German-made.

They were given to me by an ex-student, Ryan, who is currently home from Russia for the summer holidays. We met for tea the other day together with Julia, the ex-student with whom I had lunch not very long ago.

Julia brought me this lovely carrot cake that she made herself…

Julia's carrot cake

…and I said it was exactly like her – gorgeous, sweet and nice.

She also gave me this loaf of homemade bread that her mum made…

Julia's mum's homemade bread

– cinnamon with raisins. My missus loved it and thought it was very nice with the fragrance of cinnamon. On my part, I am not really a bread person but I was o.k. with it.

Ryan said he wanted burgers so we went to this place

SG Grill menu

…where they make their own patties. I certainly wouldn’t want to go any place where they use the frozen ones – if that is the case, I might as well stop by some roadside stalls or make my own at home.

Unfortunately, we sat inside where it was a bit too dark and the photographs came out all yellow because of the light. I had this drink – the Beach Boy (RM6.50), they call it…

SG Beach Boy

…which reminded me of that sensational singing group from the U.S. in the 60s.

Ryan had the special double cheese beef burger (RM16.90), of course…

SG double cheese beef burger

…but I think I would prefer Julia’s beef burger (RM14.90)…

SG beef burger

…which seemed to have an extra-thick patty and came topped with an egg. I love eggs!

I spotted this on the menu – baked macaroni and cheese (RM13.90)…

SG baked macaroni and cheese

…and decided to give it a try because my daughter would love that. We used to go to another “garden” where she would enjoy eating that but unfortunately, for reasons known only to them, it is no longer on their menu.

It was really nice – perhaps, the first mouthful might take a little time to sink it because of the strong flavours of the herbs used but from the second mouthful onwards, it seemed to get better and better. I would bring my daughter here to eat when she comes home from New Zealand…but we probably would have to share as the portion was rather large for one person to handle.

Well, the food was good and the company was great. Thanks, Ryan and Julia, for taking this old man out to tea…and for all the stuff that you both gave me.

Author: suituapui

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

31 thoughts on “From Russia with love…”

  1. I wonder if your wife actually has to cook for you at all since you are eating out with this and that person every other day!…lucky you!
    Carrot cake looked yum…and very senonoh. Those burgers pun nampak sedap…but how to fit ones mouth…so thick ( the double cheeseburger ) ?

    It depends. If it’s lunch, still have to eat dinner mah. If it’s dinner, still have to eat lunch mah…and this was tea mah… Muahahahahaha!!!! Yup, the cake was good….almost finished in one sitting, saved a slice for my missus – see, I’m so nice! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The burgers are child’s play compared to those I’ve seen in some blogs or on tv… We can go there when you’re here – young people love this kind of food…and I mean,your son, not you! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. I wonder how bulat Cikgu will be after he teman you go makan makan, Shereen…. =.=

      Will change my name to Chingtuapui (VERY fat) soon…. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. My most respect to you, always wonder how did u manage to get along so well with your students. You were like old friends, comrades, while most teachers and students fail to hv this kind of close bonding, and some were like nemesis. Salute yet envy!

    Hey, great burger though, the one Ryan had!

    I don’t know… Maybe they do enjoy my company and that’s why they would get in touch with me and ask me out everytime they’re back in town but I do enjoy their company – young people…always happy, vibrant, full of life. Perhaps it’s from the years as a teacher when I mingled with people their age all the time….or I have a daughter their age – so I know everything that interests them…even though I would still pronounce Kate Perry’s name as Kate and not Katie despite my daughter telling me that before. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Ya…the burgers at this place are great. You’ll never want to eat those at McD’s or BK ever again….

  3. Now is my turn to envy you and get jealous!! i should become a teacher last time..but then i might not have students coming to visit me and taking me out for tea… hmmptt! You are the blessed one.. your students really appreciate what you have done … *salute*
    The carrot cake really look gorgeous! Can ask her to give me some to try too? aiksss…. tak malunya… hahahaa…

    Too bad, the carrot cake’s all gone…and she’s leaving in a couple of days. Probably wouldn’t be seeing her anymore till summer next year – so no more carrot cakes till then. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, indeed…I’m so blessed with so many nice friends – young and old. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. So you’ve got a Russian mafia connection now huh? So dangerous! haha.
    You need to toast the cinnamon bread and then smear butter on it… and for you, probably need some sprinkled sugar on top. Then it’d taste ‘just right’!
    Mac n Cheese, I want to make that next time I get back to NZ. I know a good recipe. Yum!

    LOL!!! Ya…I’ve connections all over the globe so you can run, but you can’t hide! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Ya…I tried that with the bread – spread kaya (coconut jam) too and it was…ok. I only like bread when there’s ham or bacon…corned beef or cold meats…..and cheese. Yum!!!

    Hmmmm…looking forward to seeing your work of art! I think you made a char siew one not too long ago, didn’t you?

  5. cute creamy wafers, imported stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

    all the food seems pretty heavy on the stomach. Double cheese burger, fat beef patties. and macaroni and cheese! Whoa

    Never mind! Gotta eat while I still can…unlike in your case – gotta be careful what you eat so you can live to a ripe old age – like me. Hehehehehe!!!!!

  6. They’re so sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ And whilst the burgers look gorgeous ( eggs, oh eggs on thick fresh patties !!! ) , the baked macaroni and cheese sounds positively divine !!

    Yes, they certainly are….and oooo….everything was definitely great! Drool! Drool! LOL!!!

  7. Ahem!…receiving goodies again from your ex-students. So sweet and thoughtful of them. Arthur, you really left a great impact on them.

    You are leading me into temptation…look at those burgers with the thick and juicy patties…Looks like to die for and what more to say the cheese on them…and gosh!!!!…the carrot cake….looks great. Enjoy yourself and have a great weekend.

    Well, I guess there are some nice ones who think I’m nice. Hehehehehehe!!!! Ya…very very nice. Any place with such yummy own-made burgers in Kuching?

  8. oh that’s very nice.. and i love those burgers and cakes!! double cheese, thick patties, melting cheese and that very special “wallet egg”!! hahahaha~~ ๐Ÿ˜€

    LOL!! I thought they call it “nuipao” (egg purse) and in Chinese cooking, it’s poached eggs in soups. Tried googling but all I got was coin purse eggs which are more or less our sunny side up or telur mata kerbau.

  9. The burgers are so affordable…… for this kind of ingredient and size, really worth the money paid.

    And the best part – no plus plus. I had burgers at BK @ KLIA, not so nice…and prices more of less the same (but that’s KLIA!) and with the plus plus, it was really too pricey. This is so much better and nicer.

  10. yummy yummy.. ๐Ÿ™‚ u went to Russia..?

    No, Doc…Ryan’s studying there, back in Sibu right now on his summer vacation – one more year and he’ll join forces with you. Don’t bully him, ya? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. not really a fan of carrot cakes. i prefer banana cakes. ๐Ÿ˜€

    mac and cheese is my comfort food! and it’s raining now, that makes me crave for it even more! :X

    I love both – but must depend on the cakes…and the quality ingredients used. Most commercially made ones are not nice…especially banana cakes. I hear they buy cheap near-rotten bananas to make… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  12. So sweet. Your former students all love you so much! My students will run far far away when they see me on the street! ๐Ÿ˜›

    I like the pic of the carrot cake. It looks gorgeous and I bet it tastes better!

    Wah! You’re that kind of fierce teacher kah? So scary one… LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Oooo…the carrot cake was out of this world! Yummmmm!!!!

  13. See I told ya about your occupational hazard of 40 X # of years X # of meals no wonder yo have grown leaps and bounds both in physique and wallet.

    Of 30 years lah…and no money in it lah! After so many years, wallet kosong… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  14. Secret Garden Grill! I missed this out when i am back. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Didn’t do my homework properly.

    Both burgers look so yummy! Now i am hungry by looking at this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hahahahaha!!! Now you will have to come back again soon…and eat some more! I’m sure you’ll love Payung too… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. I agree… the burger is pure torture… haihh… this Cikgu ah, the food pictures, macam real oni! TSK!!!

      So terrible kah? I was quite disappointed with the photos as we were sitting inside – lighting no so good. Hehehehehe!!! Good! Good! At least good enough to torture some people… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Agreed with Alice, 1st class educators like yourself are rare these days. I never fail to pay my respects to the good ol teachers whenever I meet them in town. A real dedicated lot!

    Love that carrot cake. Shall stop by Secret Recipe tonite! hehe

    Yes, yes, you should. Many teachers try so hard but are often not shown any appreciation or recognition by the authorities – and you know who always get the credit – the ass-kissers…so at least, if they get that from their students, it can be so consoling indeed.

    I’ve heard the ones at SR are pretty good…but here, there’s another place that they say is better – but more expensive. I haven’t tried both.

  16. Kakakaka… the joy of being a teacher. I oso very syok during this raya season. Baru get one tub of homemade cookies from my student. Not a fan of sweet stuff, but love it when the kids are so thoughtful. I wonder when they’re going to invite me for open house. *rubs hands with glee*

    I hardly have any Malay students but I already have one invitation – from the roti canai man. Hehehehehe!! On the 3rd day of Raya – he said he will prepare special dishes. ๐Ÿ™‚ And on the 1st day, an ex-student is getting married and he has invited me…so I will be going to church and to the wedding reception. Yum! Yum!

  17. You are such a popular teacher, looking at all your ex students who remember you. Your words of wisdom would be etched in their heads forever. Well done!
    Sadly I have many teachers who left hurtful words being etched into my head till this day. Good ones are so few like you. Sometimes I don’t blame them as I came from a notorious party animals boys school in Penang. LOL

    You’re from SXI? I was teaching in a boys’ school too, also a La Salle school – Sacred Heart – they can be really hard to control but I was fine with them – they were all like angels in my presence… Size does matter! Hehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. The double cheese beef burger looks so yummy and sinful!

    Wah, seems like you have friends all over the world ๐Ÿ™‚ Very thoughtful of your ex-students.

    Yes, I’m so thankful for that. The burger’s great – definitely better than those at the fast food joints.

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