Happy to meet you…

In my previous post, I mentioned that I got to meet two new friends, both of them doctors from the peninsula and one of them has been posted to a town here while the other came for a short visit. Well, we agreed to go out for dinner that very evening and so there we were – the two ladies, Ryan, my missus and I.

Of course I had to order the usual – their fried midin (jungle fern) with belacan (dried prawn paste), the cangkuk manis fried with egg, the pandan (screwpine leaf) chicken and the sea cucumber soup. I did not quite like the belacan used in the first dish – I guess they did not manage to get a good batch this time so the smell was a bit too strong or heavy and was not as nice as usual.

I did not want to order the butterscotch prawns anymore as I thought we could have pork instead for a change…

Butterscotch pork

It was good – very nice but I think I still prefer prawns. Maybe the next time I drop by the place, I’ll try it with fish instead and see if that is any good.

They were out of local tofu so they used those Japanese egg ones instead…

Sizzling Japanese tofu

…for this sizzling dish with the minced pork and chopped shitake sauce poured over the bean curd. Everyone thought that was good but I wish we could say the same about the Foochow-style fried noodles. It was all right, not bad really except that it was not exactly the same and they added too much pepper to it.

All in all, the bill came up to over RM82.00 for 5 persons, inclusive of rice and drinks and they rounded it up to just RM80.00 unlike at one place that I frequent in town where they would do nothing of the sort even if it is just a matter of a miserable 10 sen! Tsk! Tsk! If it isn’t for the nice food and everything else, I would have stopped going there altogether.

Well, that night, one of the ladies

Doing what everyone does

…insisted on picking up the tab so I just let her even though I did feel that I should be the one paying as I got my missus to come along and I also asked Ryan to join  us as well. Well, never mind! The next time you come to town, my new-found friend, just give me a tinkle and we’ll go out jalan-jalan cari makan again and this time, it will be on me. Deal?