Leaving tonight…

My cousins and nephew who were in town were leaving that night so in the morning, they went around town on their own to buy the kompia and the lung ngor, the Foochow version of the kay nerng kor or kuih bahulu…and they loved the Foochow mee sua that they had the day before so they went back to that same coffee shop themselves to have that as well as the kampua noodles and also the pek ting eyok – the eight medicinal herbs which I am not really a fan of…and they loved it!

Just before noon, I went to the hotel and after they had checked out, I took them here for lunch but it was closed so I decided to take them to the sister cafeΒ instead. At least, they could admire the unique architectural design and looking at the certificates hanging on the wall beside the entrance, we could tell that they had won some awards from the architects’ association in the country – pretty impressive, don’t you think?

Well, I ordered what I had on my first visit that I thought was quite nice – their homemade XO sauce fried rice (RM15.00)…

TheArk XO sauce fried rice

The portion was so huge that there was more than enough for the 5 of us and besides, they all had had a fairly heavy breakfast earlier at the coffee shop.

I also liked their Thai-style midin (wild jungle fern) with pork belly (RM18.00)…

TheArk Thai-style midin with pork belly

…and their homemade pork satay (RM15.00 for 7 sticks)…

TheArk pork satay

…so I ordered them again.

Other than those, we also tried their sweet potato leaves with belacan (RM15.00)…

TheArk fried sweet potato leaves

Despite the fact that we could hardly taste the belacan, there was the general consensus that it was very nicely done and we all enjoyed it, perhaps even more than the midin that I liked the first time around.Β Everyone thought that the food was all right…but some of us felt that there was a bit too much msg – only a bit this time around as I had specially instructed that they reduced the amount used when I ordered the food.

After lunch, we stopped by here to pick up the banana cake and also here, to get the mille crepes that they had ordered to take home to Kuching. According to them, they did not think there was any mille crepe in the state capital…and no banana cake that is as nice.

Once everything had been collected, we headed back to my house to while the time away and after a simple dinner of some home-cooked or kampung-style dishes such as my missus’ sweet and sour white pomfret…

Sweet & sour white pomfret

…and steamed cincaluk (fermented shrimps) pork…

Steamed cincaluk pork

…plus my mother-in-law’s sambal udang kering (dried prawns)…

Sambal hay bee

…and also our foster-cousin’s sambal buah emplam

Sambal buah emplam

…and paku (wild fern) fried with dried prawns…

Fried paku with sambal udang kering

…and so on, I sent them to the airport to catch their flight home.

Thanks so much, everybody, for dropping by. It certainly was a welcome break for me and I do love company. Do come again…soon.

Author: suituapui

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

27 thoughts on “Leaving tonight…”

  1. You live to eat or eat to live?

    Live to eat, of course! But that does not mean we over-indulge and overeat – one plate or bowl shared between five persons so everyone can enjoy the taste…and what’s not nice would be put aside…and of course, I only eat what I can afford – which isn’t much…considering my measly pension so at other times, I would be forced to eat to live, like it or not. 😦 You want my bank account number? But on 2nd thoughts, I don’t think I should give it to you…since you’re using a pseudonym plus a fictitious email address… πŸ˜‰

  2. wah… nice post… but not torturing enuf… maybe cos i just had my nasi lemak at 1am… hahaha

    Gosh!!! At such an hour when all good people would be in bed, fast asleep? Hmmmm…..project smallkucing 2 kah? LOL!!!

  3. the XO fried rice certainly looks very big portion..
    then somemore got lap cheong.. good le
    and i like the sambal udang kering…

    Yes, this is the place where I thought they could serve portions a lot smaller and at half the price or less. Can’t possibly go alone as one person can hardly finish one order on his own – like that plate of fried rice. Good for at least 3 people.

  4. Pork satay looks so good! Can’t believe I actually grew up in Sibu not knowing half of the places to dine you’ve mentioned.

    Midin is definitely the dish I miss the most though! Maybe I should try to pioneer some hydroponic trick to grow them here πŸ˜€

    That’s not unusual. We live in Sibu, we eat at home… Even the working population – most of them go home for lunch unlike those in the big towns and cities. The pork satay is nice…just that it does not taste anything like satay – more like roast pork. Ya…you can try cultivating – at the current price of RM10 per kg over the weekend, you may just strike gold.

  5. I like all of those healthy greens at the beginning of your meal. πŸ™‚

    I, for one, would make it a point to order some veg dishes…when available. Otherwise, when I get home, I would eat some bananas. Funny how when small, I had to be forced to eat my veg – now I actually enjoy them… πŸ˜‰

  6. Love all the dishes here, Arthur.. from the fried rice to the last paku picture.. the dried sambal prawns looks so ravishing, one of my favourites, (I seem to have many favourite dishes! lol….)

    That’s why I keep telling you. Make plans to come over whenever you can… Stay at my place, no problem one and you can eat…eat…eat! πŸ˜‰

  7. wow, that fried rice!! really a huge portion, is it for one person only?? now you better tell me frankly, were you actually able to finish the whole portion by yourself during your very first visit?? but i like that generous portion, hahaha~~

    The first time I went, there were two of us. I think we did manage to finish. I remember we had plans to go elsewhere after dinner but after that, we changed our minds – couldn’t possibly eat anything else anymore.

  8. Oh…..looking at those food pics…..My stomach feel hungry..

    Quick! Quick! Go out and eat! Food is never a problem in Sibu… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  9. I miss Midin!!!!!!
    I usually buy mee suah and kampua noodle back to KL. I don’t really fancy lung ngor. But HB does. πŸ˜‰

    I’m not too crazy about it either. Will eat when there’s any in the house – my missus will buy but I would not go and buy myself. I guess you’re from Sibu or somewhere around these parts and you come home regularly?

    1. Nope…My HB is from Sarikei…though its quite near to Sibu..but usually when balik oso will sort of stay in Sarikei nia… =_=

      I see. Very near. Now that there’s a bridge, it’s easy to commute. Some will come and attend dinner banquets in Sibu and drive back later in the night, no problem at all.

  10. All the dishes looks soooooooooooo good.That homemade pork satay so expensive. Love your missus sweet & sour fish and the sambal udang kering. I can feel the sweet & sour taste of the sauce now. Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ya…I must say that her sweet & sour fish is a lot nicer than any that we can get anywhere in town. πŸ˜‰

  11. Aiyooh… drop by your blog can be very torturing cos you practically torture us with delicious food on every posting. But anyway thanks for your recommendation, really appreciate it.

    Everything look so delicious. Lucky just had my lunch, so I feast with my eyes πŸ™‚
    The fried rice is exceptionally delicious. Don’t mind having some even tho my tummy is full. hahaha

    Have a nice day.

    Come on over! You’ll love it here. Lots of good stuff to savour and enjoy… You have a nice day too! πŸ˜‰

  12. *sigh*, this is the place that i didn’t get to try last year and this year, drive pass but never go in, i cannot remember what is nice. But my mum remember!! She told me, you said the XO fried rice is good! hahahhahahha.

    Oh, their satay, midin and potatoes leaves look very good!! But you said the pork satay not taste like satay, from the picture it look good.

    Ah! Sweet and sour fish, we nearly cook the same, but end up we just fried the fish w/o any sauce.

    LOL!!! White pomfret, my missus will usually steam or fry and cook sweet and sour. I prefer black though – it has a stronger taste and I feel it is nicer for sweet and sour. The pork satay is like roast pork – something a little bit like char siew. Nice too but it is nothing like satay as we know it. Wah!!! Your mum remembers? She reads my blog kah? Alamak!!! I must make sure that I say all the nice things about her then… Muahahahahaha!!!!

  13. Oh ya, my mum is your silent reader and after read she will tell me, whether she know the place or not or ask me where exact the place is..hahahhahahhaha

    Oh dear!!! Well, at least, there is somebody interested in what I blog about. Hahahahaha!!!!

  14. All the food look so shiok… so hungry now.It’s almost 8 pm and no dinner yet. Too busy to cook today and too tired to eat. Bad move checking out your post today.. Lol!

    Aiyor…and no more Mee Daddy. If here, no problem – can just drive out – there will always be things to eat. I guess you do have 24-hr McD or KFC there? Beggars can’t be choosers… πŸ˜‰

    1. Tak Boleh tahan I see the sambal mangga/ mempelam and the sambal udang kering… Cis!!

      Drool! Drool! Imagine the belacan so wangi, the cili pedas…and the buah emplam…ooooo…so sour, so syiok, feel like cramp at the side of face beneath the ears or not? LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  15. Oh! I thought that you are the one who is leaving…to go to other country as a tourist. πŸ˜›

    Hah!!! You just read the title and jumped into that conclusion eh? No, I’m not going anywhere atm…

  16. So you got visitors! I bet you really enjoyed the time with them sharing stories over delicious food!

    Yes, indeed. Lots of laughter too and that’s the best part. As they say, laughter is the best medicine. πŸ˜‰

  17. Mmmm, yum yum pork satay……add a little of pork fat part….taste real good with the kacang sauce.

    That was one reason why I have this grudge against it – call it by that name and no satay peanut sauce. Tsk! Tsk! They should rename it pork kebabs and it wouldn’t be so bad. 😦

  18. my buah empelam still in the fridge. Havent done anything yet. too tired. Maybe this weekend will try to make the sambal buah emplam. Aiyo…so yummy la….now i am famished. The boy just ate two packs of chicken rice…ate my share too 😦

    Oh dear! That poor kid must be so hungry…. Ya, growing children must eat more. Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜€

  19. Mmmm, I’d love to taste the sweet and sour white pomfret – even just having the sauce with my rice will be bliss! And the sambal udang kering, I say!!

    For sweet and sour, I prefer black…and for simply frying too. White is a bit mild…or bland. Good for steaming.

  20. Every photo here, whether the food taste good or not is a torture to me right now. I don’t know why I am still here. Haiyah!!!

    I guess you miss home…and you miss the food especially. Like when I went to the UK, we were fighting over the cold sandwiches on board the flight…and we loved the food so much when we got there. After a while, we avoided the uni cafeteria – couldn’t stand the smell. Everything seemed to smell and taste the same…and on our flight back, nobody bothered to request for the cold sandwiches anymore…and we fought over the miserable inflight nasi lemak. I remember I was the odd one out – they ran out of it and I did not get any. Sobssss!!!!!!

  21. i love pomfrets…they are such a comforting dish to me. serve it sweet and sour or plain steamed..or fry them with some sliced ginger and soy sauce…yummy. they all remind me so much of my late granny who absolutely loves pomfret as much as i do.

    Black would be more versatile. White’s good for steaming…and maybe for fish porridge or soups.

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