I haven’t had lor mee like the ones that I knew long ago – not too gooey or starchy, just the right amount of fermented beans and not too strong with the five-spice powder but this one comes pretty close…

TOTOCafe lor mee

I had it at the Toto Cafe, next to e-Cafe – one of the two coffee shops right behind Delta Mall at RM3.50 a bowl. But looking at what the other people were having, it appeared that the mee sua was the main attraction – almost everyone else was having that and I could see that the meat had been marinated well with the red wine. Hmmm….I think I will go back there again one of these days for that.

Well, Chinese New Year is getting closer and closer… How are your preparations coming up? My missus has been busy – buying this and that, cleaning and she has started baking the cakes and the cookies…

Bunga dahlia 1

…last Saturday. These are the traditional cookies that we will have every year – we call them kuih dahlia after the flower…

Bunga dahlia 2

I think she has made her specialty, the ngor hiang (meat rolls) too…or what is called lor bak in places like Penang and had them steamed and stored in the freezer. When the time comes, she would just have to take them out and deep fry them, cut and serve…

Ngor hiang
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    1. Kenot, kenot… u cannot eat cookies, too sweet for you, not healthy…later u kena diabetes, den how? Kenot, kenot.

      Chris or me? Me, no hope already lah… Every year, missus made so many plus the ones whe bought from the shops some more – no one coming…guess who ate them all up!!! Sayang to throw away, so wasteful… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      1. Not you la… I know ur tummy and body durable wan. I was referring to Chris la… hahahaha… he mana boleh makan sweet stuff or oily and berlemak stuf wan? Not healthy, he sakit perutlah later. His perut not like ours, veli delicate punya! Hahahahahaahahahahahaah!

        Memang! When you’re too careful with your food, you can’t take things you’re not accustomed and immune to. I was never allergic…but I had not eaten crabs for a long long time – too expensive, can’t afford…and that night when I ate, I started itching all over. Had to drink lots of water to flush it all away…

  1. oh, we called this lam mee over here, lor mee is a little different.. haven’t had that for quite some time too, hmmm, a good suggestion for tomorrow’s lunch, haha~~ wow, are you helping your missus?? seems like she’s got lots of things to do for CNY..

    She enjoys it. I keep telling her not to bother – just get a few things from the shops…nobody’s coming anyway but she just will not listen. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. Let her be la…she enjoys it wud… I pulak terbalik… the hubby keeps wanting to drag me to go shopping for new bajus and stuff for CNY, i pulak malas… no angin… aiyo… sien wan la shopping during festive season… so many people… bloody long troublesome… dono why he so excited and so suka shopping during festive season… duduk rumah drink tea lagi syok la… kaki pun tak sakit!

      You must have been a man in your previous life – exactly like me. I hate shopping, so boring and like peace and quiet…. Crowded noisy places (and people too) give me a headache.

      1. Cannot tahan la… the crowd gets on my nerves and very leceh to go and queue up la…buat penat sajalah… I rather go on those week days when people are working than go shopping during peak period or festive season. No sale nvm, as long as I dun hv to endure the crowd and the terribly long queue!

        I see a queue at the counter, I would just leave the stuff and go away… They want my money, they should think about providing better service…and not make people suffer! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      2. Same gang as you. don’t like crowded and noisy places

        Has it got anything to do with us being old? Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. If your missus enjoy doing it, then don’t discourage her. I know you are helping her to eat, hahahaha.

      That’s the terrible part. Once the festival has come and gone and we hava A LOT leftover…guess who has to sapu habis? And I shouldn’t be eating all that sweet stuff, no need to tell me – I know…but it’s a sin to waste… So sayang if throw all away. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. Oh the ngor hiang looks heavenly!! Thanks for reminding me to ask my mom coz I have yet to see her make some herself as a CNY ritual. Could she have forgotten? It’s a must especially when relatives sometimes dropby and wanna have a meal.

    My missus makes very nice ones – praises from all round… Can’t get anything like hers in the restaurants, nowhere close…

  3. Ohh… I dun call that kuih dahlia, but kuih semprit. Traditional cookies, and my mum inherited my late grandmother’s acuan. Looks very pelik wan… like one tube of tin!

    Semprit sounds like the sound you make when you ceret…. Muahahahahahaha!!!! Yup, the chuan is short, cylindrical – push the dough in and the flower comes out through the star opening…

    1. Cis… so obscene kah! i never thought of that. =.= But that is what my late grandma calls it… because when u press the dough out of the acuan, it will make that sound. LOL!

      We call dahlia as it’s supposed to look like the flower…

  4. what I have done so far for CNY? prepare ang paos! hahaha, first timer here ๐Ÿ˜›

    So soon? Wah!!! You’re so eager to give away your money kah? There’s still this weekend to do that… Wouldn’t take that long but then perhaps, you’ve got lots of money to give…unlike me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. First time have to give double… one from u, one from ur wife. LOL! Come, we meet up den u can kasi my anak 2 angpows. LOL!

      Hah!!! All this while in KL, never bothered to meet…met in person also did not greet and get to know…now, hear got ang pao, terus want to be friends dah! You already kahwin, how come you never gave to my daughter…or to this old man leh?

      1. =.=iii i segan greet him la…now if ajak jumpa will drag my kawan oso ma… liddat no segan segan. LOL. Oo… i memang tarak kasi angpows to adult punya… hahahaha…only kasi to budak kecik under 12 yo during CNY…Mwhahahaha! I consider very baik liao leh… tu, my hubby’s friends… nama aje dah kahwin… angpow to my anak oso they tak kasi leh, so many years liao…tak paham… they are typical Chinese wan leh… pray to ancestors and whatnot wan leh… dun play play.

        Those people, no adat one… I also gave to old people, especially those that I know are not so well-to-do one. Gesture to show respect only lah – my ang pao also very small one. Where got money to give so much? Hmmmm…Isaac’s a very nice and friendly guy – I find many Penang guys are like that…right down to the way they speak. My daughter, when they met, also commented that he’s very nice…

      2. Cleffairy, i would love to meet up with you! why segan segan >< ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ..

        Yalor… Doesn’t he look so nice and decent? Not like one of those playboy-type…or not-to-be-trusted crooks… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. FIrst time, have to prepare the ang paos early.. is it a must to prepare 2 angpaos each? ><

      No lah! No such thing…one from mr & mrs – two already become one mah! But if generous and seeing that you get tonnes of money from your blogging – maybe can give two to immediate parents and brothers and sisters – that’s all.

      1. isaac, last time it’s the tradision la to give “double”. But nowadays no need to do that.

        Wah!!! Thank goodness we did not have that here…but I would give one to my daughter and the mum would give another…and I would give one to my MIL…and my missus would give one too, I think. The rest all one…from me! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      2. You kaya raya, so the rest all from you. Come, give me some. Thanks, hehehe

        Can…can…but following traditional practices, you must come to my house pai nien…and then only will I give ang pao to you. So when are you coming? Hehehehehehehe!!!!

      3. I also want angpow, come, give me one too. Kong Hei Fatt Choy!

        Come! Follow tradition – come to my house pai nien…and then I will give you an ang pao! LOL!!!

  5. Old people… I only give angpows to them during bday or when invited for their anniversaries and whatnot lor… macam biasa lah. Budak besar, tarak ask den nv give lor… lol…those budak besar I know oso all my friends wan, same age or older than me. They never ask from me… i think sked I ask when they are getting married gua, since still taking angpows. LOL! =.=

    I segan wanna tegur him wan lah… usually when nampak him I’m lepak-ing alone, waiting for anak to habis class and stuff…hahaha… I never tegur strangers or people from online when I’m unchaperone wan, unless they are ladies. Feel pelik and feel shy too…=.=

    Make friends online first… Takkanlah out of the blue, you go up to somebody and say that you read his/her blog… I wouldn’t do that either – never mind how famous he or she is.

  6. The lor mee that I used to like is the one at Sg Merah, cooked by that man who used to cook the nice kampua opposite SHS. His was also not starchy nor gooey but I found his lor mee had somewhat deteriorated in quality ever since his wife was not around helping him. So never ate his lor mee anymore. But the one in your picture looks exactly like his wor. Same guy? ;p

    Oh yeh, have been baking a few things (cakes & biscuits not included. Not my forte :p ) few nights to be brought back home ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’ve been baking? When are you coming home? I’m always home afternoon…and night…*hands wide open!!! LOL!!! Ya…I like that lady’s lor mee too and her laksa and kampua…but I had it once at the Sg Merah stall when the hubby was running it – not nice. No more I think, closed down already – some other people running that stall now and their stuff doesn’t look very appetising. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. The lor mi looks sedap but no how come no prawns? I luv pineapple tarts and had finished baking this & kuih kacang weeks ago….gave away to my mom and friend and now left 1/2 container for myself…hahaha!

    My mom will also be preparing lor bak, jiu hu char and other festive dishes…can’t wait lor

    Hey! How come you did not send me any? Got poslaju what? Wink! Wink! ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL!!!! Never had lor mee here that had prawns – guess ours are different.

  8. I have packed the bags and getting ready to travel over to the down south..eheheheh.

    CNY in Johore? Spending with the outlaws? How nice… No need to do anything, shake legs and eat and sleep… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. im lazy to bake all sorts of CNY cookies by myself, but my family has already stocked up plenty of delicacies to usher in the year of dragon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Latest: Baba and Nyonya Authenticity

    My missus loves doing all that, not me. I would rather run off somewhere, stay in hotel…enjoying the peace and quiet, eat and sleep like what we used to do when my daughter was small. She was scared of the noise of firecrackers and would cry and end up very jittery…and in Sibu, they play from morning till night non-stop. Really irritating!!!

  10. I am not preparing for the Chinese New Year. My family had only one New Year celebration and that is last January 1. The Filipino-Chinese in Binondo, however, are now very busy preparing for the Chinese New Year. They already decorated the whole Chinatown. I also heard some music being played by the dragon dancers. Even our president declared that the Chinese New Year be a National Holiday.

    You’re true-blue Filipino, I guess…not of Chinese descent. Ya…like places overseas, they would have to go to Chinatown if they want to feel the mood of the festival each year. Elsewhere would be like any other day…

  11. Oh dear, those meat rolls are so tempting! Please do show me the recipe? or how to make it please? @ฯ‰@ it’s kinda sad i haven’t have that for years as i could never make it back to Sibu on Chinese New Year. Instead my school will be having final year exam almost every time on CNY season.

    You need to buy the tofu skin. For the filling, you mix minced meat (pork or chicken) with minced prawns and finely chopped Bombay onions (and spring onions if you want) – add a bit of ngor hiang hoon (five spice powder) and salt and msg according to taste – wrap in the skin and steam till cooked. To serve, deep fry in oil till golden brown, slice and serve. The difference between them and the commercially produced ones would be they may add flour – not so much meat used…and no prawns so usually not nice.

  12. I am not into baking, mostly bought. Buy in moderate only. Kuih dahlia and ngor hiang looks heavenly. Your missus loves cooking and baking, that is why you are well-fed, hehehe.

    Humph!!! I could have been slimmer…and more handsome…and sexier…and…. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. lor mee? We call it “lam mee” here, i don’t really like.

    Wow…Lucy so rajin, can she is in chinese new year mood, baking and cooking, nice nice.

    We don’t really celebrate, since no one at home, just we at home, everyone fly off for holidays. So no need to prepare anything at home. hahhahah Easy.

    Next year, must plan…come back to Sibu for Chinese New Year. Your boys will have an experience they will never forget. But must book early – otherwise, VERY expensive and even so, very hard to get tickets… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  14. errr actually i have done zilch seimou!

    i’m going back this friday, and i am sure mami will leave me some chores! *groans*

    That’s what children are for… LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a safe and pleasant journey home…

  15. Those biscuits look really pretty. Brings back really lovely childhood memories too.

    P/S: I am not having any luck SMS-ing Julia (unlike her not to reply my Xmas or New Year wishes) and she doesn’t seem to have been active at all on FB. Perhaps I should give her a surprise phonecall.

    You’re using her Oz number? Probably it’s not active…and I gather from her that she does not have internet connection at her house. I bizcard her Sibu number to you later.

  16. Me this year pa also tarak make except the arrow head chips. Got so many cookies and goodies from neighbour and friends. People like Alice Law also gave tonne of cookies. This year I jimat lo. No need to buy hahahaha

    So lucky! I have not got a crumb even…much less to say, biscuits but I have those stuff given to me when I went to KL the other day… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Lucy’s cookies look so pretty. I am sure they taste as good as they look. One of my mum’s good friend had a store in Pudu that sells Lam Mien, is it th same as Lor Mien? I remember the Lor Mien in KL is not dark color like that. Usually we eat them with black vinegar. Wow, Lucy makes ngoh hiang too? I LOVE ngoh hiang and I learned how to make them from my best friend Peng (the one who is coming to Sibu with me). The recipe was passed down to her from her late mum. It is really good too:D

    If only you’re all coming around this time… Then you can get to eat all these and more. Making cakes all day today…so many!!!

  18. Hmm what have I done? Does cleaning house count? But I do that every week! How about changing bed sheets? Do that every few weeks too haha.. does that mean I didn’t do anything?? ๐Ÿ˜›

    Open House at your own place…or going back to in-laws? I guess city folks will buy all the cakes and cookies and whatever, so there isn’t much to do really. Just go home when the time comes… ๐Ÿ˜‰ My missus insists on doing everything herself – says hers nicer than what we can buy outside…so let her lah! As long as I don’t have to do anything…other than eat. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  19. Sorry Bananaz sees nice ‘stars’ haha. Oh how I missed the loh mee at Penang Goddess of Mercy Temple..

    I dunno where Eugene took me for Hailam lor mee in Penang – different and also very nice. Slurpssss!!!!!

  20. does Toto cafe sell Toto lottery tickets? hehe… maybe having a meal at Toto cafe will bring good luck. lol

    Nahhh!!! Been there twice this week and di not win a single sen. Tsk! Tsk!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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