You get what you give…

As I said in this previous post, “As one gives, thus will one receive,” and that day, I gave my friend, Ivan, some of the celebrated kek lapis (layer cakes) from Sarawak. Little did I know then that my friends, Simon & Helen, in Kuching (whose daughter’s wedding I attended quite recently) would come to Sibu on a brief visit and guess what they brought me…

Helen's kek lapis 1

If you remember, I did mention then that Helen made this very impressive and majestic wedding cake herself…

Helen's wedding cake
*recycled pic*

…specially for her daughter on her very auspicious day and actually, sheΒ used to run a cake shop in the city many years ago until the family migrated to Christchurch, New Zealand where the children furthered their studies up to tertiary level. They have all moved back to Kuching now and Helen is still a household name to be reckoned with especially for her kek lapis…and I must say that I was so flattered that she went through the trouble of making one and bringing it all the way to Sibu specially for me…

Helen's kek lapis 2

Of course, I could not wait to enjoy her labour of love…

Helen's kek lapis 3

…as I too have heard lots of compliments from my relatives and friends in Kuching about how nice it is.

I tried a slice…

Helen's kek lapis 4

…and another and another….and I had to stop myself before I finished the whole cake in one sitting. LOL!!!

It really was so sweet and thoughtful of you two, Helen and Simon – thank you so very very much indeed.

Author: suituapui

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

41 thoughts on “You get what you give…”

  1. I love kuih lapis too. I am going to eat a lot (besides kolo mee, pian sip, laksa, nyonya dumpling etc etc) when I go to Kuching after Sibu this year end holidays. Drool…..

    You can try the kek lapis at my regular kuih stall at Bandong here in Sibu – they say theirs are nicer, not mass-produced…and fridge-chilled as no preservatives, can’t keep as long as the Kuching roadside ones.

  2. That looks amazing! I am now fantasizing about food from back home and especially the Kek Lapis as I am eating a salad LOL. I will be back in Kuching sometime next year and I will come visit you! We can talk about my father and the Avengers!

    Next year? I should be around… Looking forward to that!

  3. Wow……Arthur, you lucky man! That’s really true labour of love. I made once and that’s it….haha. Need to build up lots of courage to make again. I think it’s easier to buy πŸ˜€

    My missus used to make…LONG ago but her layers were thicker…and in subsequent years, she made – same recipe…no layers…all mixed into one. LOL!!! Tasted good too though….πŸ˜€

  4. To make the kek lapis and then have to transport it all the way to Sibu… you are a very lucky man indeed.

    I am, I know I am. Truly blessed, praise the Lord.

  5. wow i love this layer cake! =DD
    and yes, what you get is what you give.
    if you dont get anything yet, means you didnt give enough yet. =D

    Yes, yes. So are you getting anything yet? Hehehehehehe!!!!

  6. My kids love layer cake too but too bad they don’t sell nice ones here in Ipoh… 😦 No, I am not hinting.. hahahaa… homemade ones are always the best… but this type of cake really need lots of effort to do… Yes, Blessed are those who give… πŸ™‚

    Ya, can’t send, anyway…or else I certainly would. The ones here are fridge-chilled, no preservatives…and poslaju will not handle frozen stuff. You’ll have to come here again and I will buy lots for you. That nice Malay lady gives VERY good discounts to me these days… Wink! Wink!

    1. Just tonight Wild Boar mentioned that he wanted to go Sibu for the kampua noodles… I was happy when I heard that.. let’s hope he will go next year! πŸ™‚

      Tonight? He’s in Ipoh again? And he’s been to Sibu once only? Tsk! Tsk! Next year? That’s still a long way to go… 😦

  7. The kek lapis is very impressive. That cake requires hard labour and loads of patience. That’s why I never baked it πŸ™‚ I wish I could taste Helen’s kek lapis. It must have been extraordinary for you to keep eating it non-stop πŸ™‚

    It is very nice…but must control. Savour bit by bit, enjoy slowly… πŸ˜‰

  8. vv nice kek lapis! If only i am still your neighbour! hahaha!

    Unfortunately that was years and years ago… Sure would bagi, a few slices on a saucer…. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  9. one of the best kek lapis i have ever had, was the one handmade by my ex-lecturer back in Bint-ulu, cheesy something. it was tooo good! and i never look at kek lapis the same again. it had set a high benchmark!

    Nothing beats our own homemade ones, extra & special ingredients…but it is tedious and time-consuming…and the layers may not be so nice. 😦

  10. home made kuih lapis sure sedap. LOL…me also only get to eat home made kek lapis once a year when a friend’s sis make it

    I don’t get to eat home-made anymore…since my missus stopped making. 😦

  11. Very impressive kek lapis. The layer, very thin and neatly done layer. The ones I buy usually not that thin. Needs patience to bake, layer by layer. I wish I can have a bite of it. Yummy!!!…

    She’s in Kuching. You can always call and order…but they say not around festival time – too many orders for her to cope.

    1. I know she is in Kuching but how to contact her, hehehe!!!…

      I PM you on Facebook…the hubby’s phone number… πŸ˜‰

  12. I too can see that the kuih lapis looks very nice. Neat and moist of cos!!
    You finished the whole cake alone? Please don’t… πŸ˜€

    No, I did not. My missus ate too, of course…. LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

  13. Arthur, I couldn’t agree more that “As one gives, thus will one receive”. It always happens.
    Her kek lapis is so awesome. I can finish it all by myself too.

    Cannot lah! Don’t get this all the time…must eat slowly and truly enjoy slice by slice. Slurpssss!!!!!

  14. wow, she did that amazing and majestic wedding cake all by herself?? she is indeed amazing!!!

    Indeed!!! I wonder if she will make one for my daughter when her time comes. Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  15. awww, the kek lapis looks so good!! but most probably I won’t be able to finish the whole cake in one sitting, i think perhaps half the cake for me!! wakakaka~~ πŸ˜€

    Of course, I did not…must eat slowly…drag a bit…so can enjoy for a longer period of time. Hehehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  16. Love Sarawak kek lapis. I used to bring them over to pass to my Japanese friends. Had those cake couriered to me from Kuching. xD

    Those would be the non-refrigerated ones – I always saw West Malaysians at the hotels buying by the boxes home. We would avoid those for fear of the amount of preservatives used – those would last a long time. We buy the fridge-chilled ones, may spoil quite quickly…

  17. ooo, kek lapis one of the favorites for my family in malacca too. i have fond memories of my aunt buying one, and my grandmother contentedly munching on it in the living room πŸ˜€

    I can bring some over for you if I go over to KL again – pray that Vincent Tan will be kind to me this weekend. Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰ Or better still, you can come over…

  18. I wonder how her daughter keeps so slim when her mother is such a great baker? Initially I thought the wedding cake was a fake for display purpose but you revealed that it’s edible O.o

    And now she baked the infamous kek lapis?? Oh, I’m drooling~~

    Not all edible, some parts only…other parts are dummies. Ya…Drool! Drool!!! Yummmm!!!!!! πŸ˜€

  19. I am not really a kek lapis person, but i like those with haw flakes in the centre, like how they do kek lapis, layer by layer, that is yummy.

    But this one that your friend bake, it look good and moist. It is nice to go with coffee…

    Definitely! Ya…I like the san-char ones too – kek masam manis, they call it. They have those san-char kek lapis at the Bandong stall…

  20. I love kueh lapis for its spices but I wished it was less sweet. Kinda unique to give kueh lapis too…

    Special mah, own-made…one’s pride and joy…and not sweet and very dry, unlike the commercially-produced ones. I like! Actually kek lapis from Sarawak make ideal gifts for friends in the peninsula…and salted ikan terubok…or the eggs. Many would love to recieve those.

  21. That’s a gorgeous wedding cake! I love kek lapis too but the ones I can find are awfully sweet. Sweeter than sugar.

    Right, before I forget, Justlife doesn’t have midin. So, I guess if people want to eat it, they really have to do some searching and digging here and there.

    K. Not easy to bring from here, it seems. My friend bought some and took them home…but all spoilt by the time she reached KL. 😦 Ya…the commercially-produced ones are always too sweet…and very dry.

  22. I think I missed that, Helen made that huge cake?? Serious?? *hats off*

    I want that kek lapis, mind to send some over? Kekeke πŸ˜›

    Fridge-chilled…poslaju will not accept. You will have to come over if you want. Hehehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  23. Awww…that is so sweet of them. πŸ™‚ And the words on the box says it all. The cake is “especially for you”.

    Yes, I’m so blessed with such sweet and wonderful friends… πŸ™‚

  24. So yummy- and so professional-looking – both the kueh lapis and the wedding cake. Helen sure is one very talented lady.

    STP, I see a lot of *recycled pic* on your blog. I was wondering is that necessary? My thinking is, so what if it’s been used. It’s the blogger’s prerogative and choice. Just curious.

    Just in case people say they have seen the pic before mah. Maybe, I should link it to the previous post so those who have not read it can click the link and go to read. I know judging from their comments, many new readers do not bother to scroll and see things that I’ve featured before…so they may get their feet in their mouths and make an exhibition of their ignorance or so to speak.

  25. Btw, congrats again on being Top Dog (read Commenter) on SK’s. Good job!

    Just to show that with determination and perseverance, anything is possible – something kinda lacking in the younger generation today, always expecting things to come so easy…but can’t blame them. Blame the people who have spoilt them rotten and made them so.

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