He’s home for a little while…

One of ex-students, Xavier, is back from the UK, currently home for his summer holidays and we managed to meet for tea one afternoon.

We went to this hotel‘s cafe and he wanted the laksa (RM10.00)…

Garden laksa

He liked it very much except that the serving was too huge for him to finish it all up. I tried a bit and thought that it was o.k. but definitely not like laksa as I would know it…and it wasn’t anything like curry laksa as well. Well, to be fair, they actually name it after the hotel on the menu so they may insist it’s their own original recipe and is not supposed to be like any others elsewhere.

They’re certainly very generous with the calamansi lime though…


Most places would just give you one.

I decided to give their fried mee suaΒ (RM10.00)…

Garden fried mee sua 1

…a try. It tasted good – not the best that I have had in town, but good enough. However, it was really too oily and I found it hard to really appreciate it. I wouldn’t think it was something I would want to order again.

Garden fried mee sua 2

And look at what Xavier got me all the way from London!

Chocolates from the UK…

Chocs from London

…and an official London Olympics 2012 mug…

Official London Olympics 2012 mug


Thanks so much, Xavier, for the gifts – so sweet and thoughtful of you. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get together again sometime before you go back to “the land full of rainy skies and gales“. LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

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

30 thoughts on “He’s home for a little while…”

  1. wah….got gift from Landerrnnn eh STP? im so jealous you got the mug huhuhu the laks there is not that bad. actually the food there are good n cheaper compare to other places. i still like going there. see u soon STP. Cheers!

    Hehehehehe!!!! Jeles eh? You have the All Blacks World Cup Rugby official t-shirt and I have one too…and now, I have the London 2012 mug, you haven’t! LOL!!! πŸ˜€ I don’t know but the last few times I’ve been there, the food did not seem so good unlike before. I wonder if they have changed the chef or what. I guess the western is still ok – their fish & chips, mixed grill and stuff…still nice and cheaper than elsewhere but their local delights, I haven;t had any that I would say that it was good and I would recommend to people as something they must go and try… All in all, I think I would much sooner go elsewhere. 😦

    1. i think they changed the chef. but someone told me it depends on which chef is on duty. there are 2 or 3 chefs and they work by shifts. if one is lucky then the better chef will be the one cooking hehehehe
      i will get the olympic mug…maybe its on sale in KL….huhuhu cheers!

      Oh dear! That’s terrible… Going to dine and having to depend on one’s luck. 😦 Good luck, hope you’ll get the mug too! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  2. Wah so nice got a special Olympic mug….
    So now I guess it will become your official kopi o mug….

    Nope! Into the display cabinet it goes…among my memorabilia and souvenirs. πŸ˜‰

  3. I like fried mee sua! I guess its oily because they have to deep fry the mee sua first to soften it. Last time I had it was years ago. Imported chocolates are the best. Are you keeping for your daughter? πŸ™‚

    I usually would do that but sometimes, the chocolates in the fridge would disappear gradually… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    That’s what they used to do, so I was told – deep fry the mee sua first…but I don’t think people do that anymore as it would get so oily…and nobody enjoys that. I’ve tried frying it once, minus the deep frying, of course…and it turned out all right. Not great though – would have to work in it to improve. Maybe I can try again one of these days…and blog about it. πŸ˜‰

  4. The Olympic 2012 mug is so nice. You are one lucky man!
    I always buy chocolate for family whenever I went for overseas trip, but getting lesser nowadays as mum said there are too many of them in the fridge and she start giving them away. haha

    I don’t buy chocolates anymore for a long time now – all are gifts from relatives and friends…and I do give them away sometimes. Can’t possible eat so much… No doubt they say dark choc is good for health but I thin the sugar level is simply too high. Old people like me should not eat too much.

  5. I don’t actually like white chocolates but white chocolate with any dried berries/ fruits I love ( nah, big hint for you.. Hahaha ).
    Actually, the fried mee sua don’t look bad at all… selak rencah baru nampak the mee sua!

    I love white choc more than dark ones. Hmmm…you want Made-in-Malaysia chocolates kah? Muahahahahahaha!!!!!! Ya…I thought the mee sua looked very nice, great expectations…but was so very disappointed in the end. The taste was ok but it was way too oily and halfway through, I felt like throwing up already.

  6. whoa imported chocolates straight from the source. Lucky you!!

    why they give so many lime.. later too sour how? πŸ˜›

    I certainly am, eh? πŸ˜‰ Some people like it extra sour…like tom yam. As for me, I would seldom add – just squeeze to dilute the belacan only.

  7. I like the MUG!! looks so handsome like its owner, kekeke.. so that must make you drink more water, hahaha..

    …or coffee. Well, it is a coffee mug after all, not a water glass. LOL!!!

  8. that “tasted good – not the best that I have had in town, but good enough” fried mee sua looks good!! but at RM10?? quite expensive..

    Hotel restaurant mah… With all the prawns, in the coffee shops, I think at least around RM5-6.00…but unfortunately, it was way too oily…and would not even be worth that amount! 😦

  9. You are such an adorable teacher….you have so much respect from your ex-students… all seem to be doing very well… your efforts paid off!
    About the food, the meesua is very pricey.. RM10 for one plate? πŸ™‚

    See reply to [SK]. Want a bit of class, have to pay of course lah… If go kopitiam, then cheap lah. πŸ˜‰ I think if go Ruby, RM10.00 enough for at least 3 people…and a whole lot nicer too!!!

  10. fuiyo… London u… now can speak England slang after drink tea from that cup. RM10 for mee sua… fuiyo… Pavilion KL food court price.

    Hotel mah…mesti ada class sikit! Mau class, mesti bayar… LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

  11. I remember d lyrics of dat song u used in one of the Teaching English courses..;)

    The Last Farewell by Roger Whitaker – very sweet and soothing song: “…for you are beautiful and I have loved you dearly, more dearly than the spoken can tell..”

  12. wow…some more gifts. Imported choc some more leh. Canot keep long. faster eat. usually have very short expiry date one

    All kept in the fridge, not so bad…and I will check on the expiry dates regularly too… πŸ™‚

  13. I want that mug! It is a keep. :p

    Yaaaaa!!!! It’s mine! It’s mine! And I have Prince William & Kate Middleton’s wedding commemorative coin too… Hehehehehehe!!!!

  14. Wow, gifts keeping pouring in for you. Nice mug. Never try fried mee sua. Thought mee sua is supposed to be in soup only. Oh ya, love the laksa & sambal.

    When are you going to come to Sibu? So near, yet so far… You don’t know what you’re missing. Everyone who came to Sibu loved the fried mee sua so much. If I’m not mistaken, you can get it in Kuching too – nice or not, I wouldn’t know…

  15. Where do you keep all the gifts you keep getting?! You must be running out of space. Food gifts are fine, easier to “keep”. πŸ™‚

    They’re almost all food gifts, very seldom much else…so no problem keeping them at all. You know where they will all end up. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  16. I like Fried Mee Sua but the Laksa there sure looks different! πŸ™‚

    Maybe I ll get lucky one day to try out the Laksa over there… its looked less creamy but more spices, right?

    Definitely not the same as curry laksa – a world of difference but this one’s definitely not the yardstick to measure – it does not even look like it even though it tasted all right. I think I can do a much better job at cooking Sarawak laksa than this…

  17. I just don’t get how people can fry mee suah. Preparing it the soup version ody is such a hassle for me, frying it will be like suicide to me!

    The soup version? Good grief!!! Nothing can be easier to cook than that…or maybe, the mee sua your side is different. I had it once – RM12.00 a bowl (and it was at a miserable coffee shop at Jalan Alor) and it was so horrible I could not finish even half of it. You can have a look at it in this post: https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/uptown-girl/ Eyewwwwww……..

    You can cook Sibu Foochow style: https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/tell-me-again/
    and it is absolutely delicious! Simply out of this world! Hop over here and you can taste it for yourself.

  18. Hi, wah ….. again got gift ….. you sure one lucky gentleman. Praise the Lord, you are blessed.
    The mee suah look delicious, yum yum… now hungry already……..tea break time. Wish I can have the chocolate, hahaha…

    Have a great week ahead.

    I tried the chocolate. Ummmm…typical English chocolate – VERY sweet!!!! Have to control to one a week, I think…to avoid sugar overload. πŸ˜‰

  19. The food looks not bad……Very nice mug….

    The food? Not really, so-so…but the mug? Yes, very exclusive. I don’t think many around here would have one of those.

  20. Very nice mug, I like. UK chocs are yummy, I like their Walnut Whip (Nestle).

    Sweet, very very sweet, the ones in the bag. I’m not really into chocolates but I think I’ve had nicer ones – just can’t remember which.

  21. It’s lovely that you are in constant contact with your ex students. You must be their fave teacher in school too!

    Not really. I think much depends on their home background – how well they’ve been taught and brought up, whether the parents have inculcated in them the values of gratitude and appreciation… I’ve had so many students over the years – I wonder if these few that bother to keep in touch make up even 1% or them or not. No big deal though – we give…and we do not expect anything in return other than God’s blessings each passing day of our lives.

  22. How nice that one of your students visited you. Even better that you could spend time together while sharing a meal. Several of my aunts are teachers, they have many former students come visiting them too. I guess that says a lot about the type of teachers you all are! πŸ™‚

    Only a handful of them. Some may drop by when they’re home for the festivals like Chinese New Year, a handful may invite me to their weddings…but the rest – at best, they’ll just acknowledge me when we get to meet on the road or some place – the hello, how are you and goodbye thing – nothing more than that…and there are a sprinkling, unfortunately, who would just pretend they have never seen me before in their lives. It takes all kinds to make the world, I guess…

  23. The mug is lovely! I like πŸ™‚ So thoughtful of Xavier.

    Yes, and going through all the trouble of bringing it all the way back here some more. πŸ™‚

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