While I was waiting…

In my previous post, I mentioned that I was here that morning to wait for Jimmy who was driving back from Bintulu to Serian/Kuching. There is a supermarket here with a departmental store as well and a number of shops in the main building and then there are fast food restaurants, a bakery and more shops in the adjoining block on the left and a big food court at the back.

While I was waiting, I went roaming around the open area in front where there were people selling all kinds of stuff – fruits, vegetables and jungle produce such as midin (wild fern), local kuihs (cakes) and so on. I saw somebody selling dabai, our local black olives…

Dabai 1

…all still attached to the stems. That would mean that they had just been freshly harvested/plucked…and they would all be from the same tree. When you buy dabai from the market, they will usually let you try the good ones but in the basket, you would find them mixed with some not-so-good ones – some long, some short, some oval, some round…and the taste of each would be distinctively different.

The best thing was that the man was asking for RM16 a kilo only…

Dabai 2

I have heard of people paying up to RM30.00 at the market and remember, I bought those red ones at RM35.00 a kilo?Β I did not buy a lot though – just half a kilo in case they were not so good but I lived to regret that. When I got home, I prepared some by soaking in warm water till they had softened and then I tossed them in soy sauce and sugar…

Dabai 3

I had them with my dinner and they were really very good – so yellow, so lemak (rich). Sigh!!! I should have bought more!Β Anyway, let’s move on.

I don’t think anybody would remember that I lost my watch in November, 2009 – the one I got free from Reader’s Digest – in Sungai Petani and I bought a new one while I was there. The battery called it a day when Yee Ling and Mandy were in town earlier this year and I got a new one put in. Unfortunately, the watch stopped again a few days later and I had to send it back to the shop. The repairs took around a week and the people there told me that it was difficult to fix because of its rectangular shape. It would be much easier if it had been round. Then, when I was in Kuching recently, the watch stopped again! It came back alive though after some shaking and winding…but I do not know how long it will behave.

Well, that morning, before Jimmy arrived, I looked at the watches at one of the stalls there and I really loved the design of this one…

Classy and stylish

…so I bought it without any second thought. I used to buy a lot of these watches – a few at a time and used one a day. Some may last a year, some two years and there is no point in changing the battery when it runs out as it would probably cost more than the watch. I’m keeping it as a spare in case that very-much-more-expensive watch starts throwing tantrums again…and let’s see how long this one will last.

From what I gathered, the dabais came out in abundance that weekend and one would see a lot at the market in town, selling for something between RM12.00 and RM15.00 depending on the quality. Now, that, at least, is more reasonable – something that I wouldn’t mind paying…provided it is really very good.

Author: suituapui

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

38 thoughts on “While I was waiting…”

  1. Wow! I’ve never seen dabai with the stems attached before!

    It always comes in the seed form like your second photo.

    I miss dabai a lot – haven’t eaten them in a while, it’s very creamy and has that elusive “umami” taste that floods your mouth, I’m salivating now and I can’t find this here. Heh.

    Yup, that’s how we eat it too – blanched and with a bit of soy sauce and sugar, although my dad is not big on sugar, he’ll just eat it with a bit of soy sauce. I like it with lots of sugar. πŸ˜€

    A C* watch for RM 25 is a pretty good deal. It looks nice!

    You too! Shhhhhhhh!!!! It is actually less than that! Muahahahahaha!!!! Too bad I am not going to KL around this time or I can always bring you some. Come – long weekend, Hari Raya Haji (26th Oct)…hop on home for a couple of days. πŸ˜‰

    1. Haha! That’s an awesome bargain! I didn’t know the price coz you didn’t write it, I got it from Twilight Man above.

      It’s even cheaper than RM 25? I won’t mind having one of those around.

      I’ll be in Singapore during that time, my dad too. I’ll come back some other weekend buddy!

      It’ll be fun. πŸ™‚

      Ahhhh!!! Say hi to your mum, send my good wishes, hope she’s coping well…and hello to your dad & your sis & family too.

      Ya…the thing is I like the design of the watch a lot, very nice – even if it’s not “branded” and has some horribly cheesey name, I would have bought it. The previous ones that I had lasted for way over a year, some two even. They were around RM10 at the start (when those Nigerians were all around town selling them), then RM15…and I bought this one for RM20. The metallic coating would go off after sometime though especially since I sweat a lot so no point keeping it once the battery runs out.

  2. Oooooo….I love dabai, better than olive actually. Eaten with the soy sauce n sugar, it’s heaven on earth! Yes, I agree with you that Sibu has a lot to offer n it was such an eye opener to kampung ppl like me.. hehehe. Love the Pasar Besar Sibu, the very friendly ppl ( even the PosLaju staff ), extra helpful n very accommodating….or was it because the Sibu YB was with us??? Nice watch by the way n nobody will know it’s fake unless you tell them, right?

    Yalor!!! If I use the real thing, people will also say it’s fake – no way I can afford one, right? Yes, dabai is one of the few fruits that I like and would want to eat – but it must be top quality, really really lemak…or I would not think it is worth the calories…nor the money! Our market – I saw smallkucing’s bird’s eye view of that famous market in Kelantan, always see on postcards & Astro and Visit Malaysia commercials that one – well, I think the view from the top of our Sibu one is nicer. That one nicer in pictures & promos only…the real thing, not so.

      1. Lol!!!… Yoong might be a flatterer but you likeeeeee!!!

        Hehehehehe!!!! Don’t get nice & sweet compliments often mah! Only insults, one after another… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  3. This buah dabai is very interesting. So is it eaten with a meal or can you eat it just as it is? When I first saw the photo I was really wondering what it was.I I thought it was some funny looking plastic thing πŸ™‚ You collect watches? I only have two, one for everyday and another for casual.

    Nope…I don’t collect them. Only have one that I use daily but since it is causing some problems, I thought I could do with a spare…on standby. We eat dabai with our meals usually…but you can always eat it like that.

  4. I didnt know what is Dabai but each time when i read yr blog, i will learn smthg new! ;D i wonder hw dabai taste like..is it same like olives? hm…if yes i dont think i will like it…xp

    That’s the reason why those who came to Sibu loved it here – so many things they don’t find or see elsewhere…and the food’s so nice and cheap and the company is great! Hehehehehe!!!! I would say the flesh (yellow part) of the dabai is something like avocado, very rich (lemak)…but then again, a lot of people don’t like avocado, I know.

  5. Hmmm…..never really tried these dabai before, wonder how it tasted. Hehehe……fake C* watch, looks good….cannot tell the difference. πŸ˜›

    Use it for a while and it will be easy to tell – it will lose its shine and colour…and will not be so nice anymore. Come, come to Sibu! You can try these dabais and lots of other things you’ve never seen or heard of before.

  6. local black olives again?? i thot you have blogged about this before, some more use the same photos, hahaha!! you have forgotten to put “*recycled pics*“?? :p

    Nope…this one’s new photo, not recycled…and that day, I was talking about the red ones – something we had not seen before.

  7. wah, so rich buy C* watches.. and then change new watches when the battery died.. orang kaya lah.. i thot those battery are just like RM10 each?? so how much did you spent for that CK watch?? hahaha, RM10.90 slightly more expensive than the battery?? πŸ˜€

    Cheap…but not that cheap…especially for poor old pensioners – they’re the only ones I can afford. 😦

  8. Ooh, I’ve never seen how that olive grows. I’ve only recently tried them about a year ago in KL for the first time. Nice pic.

    It’s a very very big tree! My maternal grandma had fruit gardens and we used to fest on those…as well as other fruits like durians. They’re all gone now… 😦

  9. i wonder how that taste hmmm at first i thought its grape or something,
    that watch is sure is lovely

    Rich, creamy…like or maybe, a bit nicer than avocado. Ya, I love the design of the watch – very nice indeed.

  10. I never taken these olives before… expensive but as you said, buy little bit to enjoy, it is ok.. πŸ™‚
    So you bought a C* watch…must be expensive too! C***** K****..don’t play play…

    Don’t laugh! Can’t afford decent watches mah, poor old pensioner. Ummm…my birthday’s coming in December and Christmas too! Hint! Hint! Muahahahahahaha!!!! Too bad when you came to Sibu dabai was not in season. A lot now, usually around end of the year. You can go for dabai buffet FOC at the market – just stop and every stall and try the samples, and in the end, no need to buy! Muahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  11. 1st time seeing Dabai still attached to the stem. Not a fan of dabai but it does look rich and creamy. RM16 is a good deal.

    Have to get the really good ones – thin skin, yellow flesh and very very lemak – otherwise, not worth the calories…nor the money, not cheap! In the 70s, many Kuching people did not know how to eat…did not even know how to prepare when relatives sent them from Sibu – went and boiled!!! These days, Kuching infested by Sibu people (Foochows) – Foochow food everywhere and I hear you can buy dabai there anytime when in season – sent from Sibu…can get better prices there or in Miri.

  12. Dabai sure look interesting. Must try it if I ever get the chance to come across them someday. πŸ™‚

    You’d probably have to come over here – only available around Central Sarawak. Those in Kuching, Miri..they get from here.

  13. Eat with rice = dabai sushi. Eh, with you looking like a Big Brother / Tycoon, matters not whether the watches are fake or real leh πŸ˜‰

    Well, they have avocado sushi, so why not? Hmmm…true, true!!! πŸ˜‰

  14. Oh dear grandpa got heart pain seeing his billionaire grandson walking the aisle asking “coffee tea or me?” eh…haha

    Wrong blog… Don’t stray from SK’s. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  15. Saw one article if this airline were to cut down on just one olive in their inflight meals they would saved ton$ of monie$, how true..?

    Ooi!!! You’re still in the wrong blog…! LOL!!!

  16. Cool watch me likey too, got any going anti-clockwise kah?

    I’m sure it does…if you turn it that way. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  17. Got one ex-colleague when to Komtar to lepak saw some people lining up and out of curiosity MAS was conducting interviews. Just for fun joined enrolled and got the job. Went for training and was with them for some years.

    Hmmmm…some people have all the luck in the world! Hey! Wrong blog lah…go back to SK’s.

  18. i remember having that with salt! some said with soy sauce but i thought salt is enough to bring out the taste!

    We do eat with salt too or dip in fish gravy or fermented fish sauce (air budu)…or toss in soy sauce and sugar. Up to one’s like or dislike.

  19. Something tells me got something not right..Oops sorry got mixed up with comments from SK blog about your high class waiter job..better not blog with only one eye can easily make mistakes.

    Exactly what I was thinking.. Obviously, you’re sesat… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  20. ooo, i’m not sure i’ve ever tried dabai before. looks awesomely juicy! will try to look for them πŸ˜€

    Don’t think you can get in KL, unless somebody sends to you. Quite hard to send too as they must not be wrapped up – will end up “cooked”. Must eat same day too – or it will trun wrinkled and the skin gets hard and not palatable. It’s not juicy – the texture of the yellow flesh is something like avocado – creamy, rich…

  21. Do Dabais have any health benefits ? Please enlighten me here, STP. Woots! C* watch, nice.

    Dunno… I guess if it’s in the same family as the olive, the lemak (fat/oil) is good. Certainly helps with the bowel movement though – great in the morning, everything just slides out, well-lubricated. Muahahahahaha!!!!!

  22. Dabai!!! Hope by the time my mum come ( another 3 weeks plus) , dabai still in season!! I want dabai, already told my mum to look see look see. *drool*

    Oh..first time i see dabai still attached with the stems, it must be very very fresh and it look very interesting too.

    Wahhhhh!!!! So many people have not seen dabai on the stems. I had…but I guess it is because my maternal grandma had fruit gardens (somewhere across the river from Sg Antu, last time no road…had to use sampan to cross the river) so we would go there and harvest and send to the market to sell – of course, we, the young ones, went on some kind of a picnic – just to play and eat. Hehehehehehe!!!!!

  23. Interesting fruit… never taste it before..
    your place really got a lot of authentic fruits….
    Your C* looks nice & elegant.. if I were you I will get the R***X.. kakakaka
    I think price is more or less the same right?

    The R***X models that they have at the stall all did not look nice – very conventional, old-fashioned. I like this one for the design…and anyway, don’t push it! If I use this one, people may think it is genuine but if I use a R***X, everyone will know for sure that it is fake.

    I guess so – this is just one – many more that are not available in the peninsula – fruits or vegetables or whatever….

  24. That dabai picture scared me – The stems without the olive look like many many eyes with yellow pupils staring at me X_X

    Is dabai really that tasty? I don’t really like olives, dates, kurma or those alike.

    I don’t like olives – those preserved ones that they put in cocktails…but I love dates – both human and fruit. Muahahahahahaha!!!!!

    I guess you will not like dabai – like everything else, not everyone will like what others like. Period.

  25. Nice watch! Eee… i still don’t have the liking for dabais.

    I love the design. Dunno the ones rubberseed bought you, how good…and dunno when he bought and passed to you. There are very nice ones and best eaten the same day they are plucked. I don’t know of anyone from around here who does not like the fruit…but those in the other towns like Kuching where the fruit is not available, have to send from Sibu – many do not like it either. I guess it’s a matter of personal taste.

  26. i never learn the value of wearing a watch until now that i’m here and i can’t bring my mobile phone while working. my watch has to have the actual numbers written so i could read time fast…i’m so used to digital time that’s why πŸ™‚

    I guess like everything else, it all gets getting used to…and which one may prefer. I’m used to wearing a watch whether I need it to tell the time or not…and it can be digital – I would be fine with that as well.

  27. i really must try the dabai la when go Kuching. Hope the time i go it is in season la. Duno what it taste like. From your post makes me wanna taste it

    Kuching, don’t have lah! They get from here…and would be a lot more expensive. When are you going? The season usually does not last very long… esdabeliukay has not mentioned to me any date so far…???

  28. If they sell dabais with the stems, the latter would add to the weight making less fruits for your money then. I suppose the tradeoff is the fruits are fresher. Your eating them with sauce and sugar is interesting. Must try them this way sometime.

    No, they pluck them off the stems first before weighing. It would be heavier for them to carry the whole lot for sale, that’s for sure, but I guess it is solid proof the the buyers that the buyers are very fresh and all from one tree.

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