Made in America…

Philip, my friend currently residing in the US, is back in town…and look at what he brought me…

– Ma Ling luncheon meat products. Oooo…how I loved this when I was growing up – a lot more than the relatively-common Great Wall’s corned beef anytime but eventually, those China-made products started deteriorating in quality. They became mushy and yucky…and did not even taste like meat and I stopped buying and eating them altogether.

He gave me three versions and golly gee, they were made in Canada…

Canadian-made Ma Ling 1

Hmmm…just fancy that! The original China brand but made in America, North America…

Canadian-made Ma Ling 2

That’s interesting! I certainly will cook it soon to see if they’re as good as the luncheon meat that I grew up eating. Slurpssss!!!

And not wanting to be outdone, he also gave me this…

US=made Spam 1

If you remember, my NZ friend gave me a whole lot from New Zealand but this one is made in America – Austin, Minnesota to be exact…

US-made Spam 2

…and Philip said he would like me to try and see if their Spam is better than the Kiwis’.

Now, this was not made in America…

Dodol durian 1

In fact, it was made in Segamat, Johore by Philip’s in-laws – unadulterated durian dodol that is all durian, no flour added…

Durian dodol 2

The missus took that all the way back to the US and Philip took it all the back to Malaysia to Sibu to give it to me. Gee! If he had taken the Europe route and flown eastwards, that dodol would have gone around the world before it got to me. LOL!!! I ate some and it was absolutely heavenly and for someone who never liked the Malacca ones, that is indeed something. I gave some to my mum and she loved it a great deal too…and she asked who made it and where it came from – and I told her that her old friend‘s son gave it to me.

Now, Philip loves fruit cakes and he has always been singing praises of the ones made by Dayang Saleha in Kuching…

Dayang Saleha's fruit cake

…who is more popularly known for her kek lapis (layer cake). It certainly looks good but I’m saving this for Christmas which, as everyone knows, is just around the corner…