Keep me company…

Many people, students especially, seemed to have a problem and would use “accompany” instead of  “keep (someone) company”…and regardless of how I tried to explain, they would keep on making the same mistake again. Sigh!!!

Well, the first day in KL on our recent visit, I accompanied Melissa to Mid Valley as she wanted to meet some friends of hers there. The mum tagged along, of course as she would have the opportunity to do some shopping at the mall. Normally, I would give the place a miss as it was always so crowded and going and leaving would be such a hassle owing to the massive traffic jam all around the place.

When we got there, we stopped for breakfast here…

sbread @ Mid Valley

My missus and daughter had the Penang assam laksa

sbread's Penang assam laksa

…which they did not like as being more like the real thing, both of them were quite put off by the strong fragrance/stench of the herbs/leaves used.

I was somewhat disappointed when they served the mee siam that I ordered…

sbread's mee siam

It was not the mee siam that I used to have and loved in Singapore in the early 70s…but I changed my mind at first bite. I don’t know how they cooked it but it was absolutely delicious tasting something like tom yam plus herbs and spices added. I must try to cook something like this at home one of these days.

I also had one of the nyonya kuehs that they were selling…

Nyonya kueh @ sbread

It was good but at RM2.50 for that little piece, I would think twice about going for the other types of kuehs that they had to offer at the place.

I did not intend to do any shopping so I just loitered around the place on my own. I sent messages to some people but all were too busy to come and keep me company…except Bananaz. He was at a meeting when he got the message but he came over as soon as he could get away. Many have sung praises of this place…

little penang @ Mid Valley

…so I suggested that we could sit there and eat and chat.

Bananaz had the Penang curry mee…

little penang's curry mee

…which looked all right but he did not seem too excited about it so I guessed he could get much better (and cheaper) curry mee elsewhere.

I had the Penang har mee (prawn noodles)…

little penang's har mee

…which was good but not something that I would go back for.

Wile we were there, Philip happened to pass by and we invited him to join us. Bananaz could not recall who he was until it dawned on him that THIS was the Guitar Man! LOL!!!

Philip ordered this lor bak to share…

little penang's lor bak

…and it was all right – how much can one expect from chicken? I think my missus’ ngor hiang is a whole lot nicer.

He had their cendol

little penang's cendol

…that he had had the day before at this same place while I gave their pulut hitam (black glutinous rice) a try…

little penang's pulut hitam

We sat there and chatted for some time and then, Philip had to leave as he had some things to do…so he left. But before he did so, he quietly went and settled the bill. Philip!!! I should have known you would do something like that. Thanks a lot – that certainly was so nice of you but you shouldn’t have.

Bananaz stayed till around 5 something when I got news from Annie-Q that she was on the way to pick us up and take us out for dinner…so we went to sit at the Secret Recipe outlet at that place for drinks before she came. I think it was around 6 when she arrived and off we went – not a moment too soon, I would say, out of that crowded place.

Thanks, Bananaz, for taking the whole afternoon off to keep me company. It was great seeing you again…