It will rain…

It did rain…very heavily the morning of the day Ivan was leaving. Nevertheless, I braved the storm and went to the market as I wanted to buy those giant freshwater “tua thow” (big headed) prawns or what we call udang galah in Malay to cook for lunch. That way, Ivan would get to enjoy a lot more before going home. If you were to go and eat it outside, they would probably give you two or three only, cut into halves to give you the illusion that you are being served a lot but in actual fact, you’re not.

This was the simple lunch we had at home that day…

Home-cooked lunch

My missus cooked the prawns with garlic and sesame oil…

Udang galah

This way, one would be able to savour the original  freshness and the sweetness of the prawns without it being drowned out by all the seasoning and garnishing such as soy sauce, serai (lemon grass), kunyit (tumeric) and what not that one would use when cooking them in other ways.

I also got some midin (wild jungle fern) and she fried it with sambal udang kering (dried prawns)…

Midin with udang kering

She also cooked some tofu soup, Foochow-style…

Foochow-style tofu soup

…and I got a bit of our Sarawak masak hitam beef…

Masak hitam beef

…and our local version of the Indian rojak

Kassim-style Indian rojak

…from my regular kampung stalls at Bandung for Ivan to try.

He certainly enjoyed everything a great deal, especially the prawns – in fact, he took a photo of what we had that afternoon and uploaded it onto his wall on Facebook right away.

In keeping with the tradition that when someone gives you something, you will have to give a little something back in return instead of letting him or her go off empty-handed, I went and bought him some kek lapis Sarawak (Sarawak layer cakes) for him to take back to KL. Unfortunately, they were all wrapped in cling film so they would not come across very clearly in the photographs to do them any justice but this is the steamed Horlicks honey cake

Kek lapis Sarawak 1

…that I personally like a lot, and this is the cheddar cheese layer cake…

Kek lapis Sarawak 2

…and they call this one, the serikaya

Kek lapis Sarawak 3

Later that afternoon. we stopped by here again and Ivan had the kampua noodles and the ang tao peng while I just had the latter…and it so happened that an ex-student of mine was there too and he quietly went to the cashier’s counter and paid for us to give me a treat. That certainly was so sweet and thoughtful of him.

Well, after that, all too soon, it was time for Ivan to leave and I sent him to the airport to catch the 7.00 p.m. flight out. I guess I can safely say that he had a great time here – he said that it felt like home and he enjoyed going to all the nice places and he absolutely loved the awesome food a lot. Well, our door is always open, Ivan…and you will always be warmly welcomed here – and the same goes to anyone who cares to drop by.

P.S.:
What goes around comes around…and on the very same day, my brother-in-law who just came back from his holiday in K.L. brought me these that my niece sent through him…

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Gosh!!! And I still have my cans of luncheon meat and ham in the pantry! I guess everyone will agree with me that it is indeed true that as one gives, thus will one receive…