My friend’s hubby met us upon arrival at the domestic airport terminal in Auckland that day when we flew in from Wellington. It was so nice of him to take the whole week off so that he and his family could spend all their time with us, taking us here, there and everywhere in and around the city and bring us to eat…eat…and eat…nothing but the best in town.

My friend thought that we might be missing the stuff back home and could do with a little break from all the western food that we had all this while in Wellington so she cooked her very specialย nyonya mee siam for us…

Mee siam

Oooooo!!! It was so very nice and I certainly was delighted that I could get to sit back and relax and enjoy it without having to go through all that hassle.

There were these very nice roti jala as well…

Roti jala

…that went so very well with her authentic nyonya chicken curry…


She also made some Hokkaido cupcakes…

Hokkaido cupcakes

…which were really good, way nicer than those I bought from the bakeries back home, and I loved her red velvet cupcake a lot too…

Red velvet 1

It was not dry inside and was superb with the cream…

Red velvet 2

We also hadย this pavlova

Pavlova 1

– something that I had tasted before but I did not like it as it was way too sweet for my liking but even though my friend insisted that it was not all that successful and had not turned out the way it should, I quite liked this one as it was not that sweet…

Pavlova 2

Still, being rather impartial to sweet stuff, I would rather go for the savoury stuff like my friend’s out-of-this-world curry puffs but that will be in a ย later post – we did not have that as part of the welcoming lunch.

We were served this special kiwi classic drink to wash all that down…

L & P

…and if you think that was it for the day, think again! There was more to come but that would be in the next post!

Stick around, folks!!!

Author: suituapui

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

52 thoughts on “Welcome…”

  1. mee siam with all the snow flakes does not do justice… roti jala looks good… and the killer is actually the kari kai? my tummy growling again at 0015… hmmph… bet all these beat Sibu ones eh? hahaha… hey, saw the red velvet cupcake in one of Chef Wan’s show. supposed to be made popular by Sex and the City… more photo more photos phuleeesssss…

    All nice…but I thought the prawns in Auckland leave a lot to be desired – the ones in the mee siam were hard/rubbery and not sweet, the prawn tempura we had at a Japanese restaurant there was bland, absolutely tasteless – so if you go over to NZ, skip the prawns. The scampi and the crayfish were very very good though – but those will be in another post…maybe end of January. So much to blog about! Muahahahahahaha!!!!! That’s the 2nd red velvet that I have ever had! Loved the one in Kuching too – never tried the one in Sibu (same one actually – made in Kuching, sold at their outlet here). RM12.50 for a tiny slice… Wait for you to come to Sibu then you can treat me to that, can? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. ceh… wanna treat you here, u so very expensive one… prawn was over cooked? yes, crayfish was good, as good as i remembered them…

      Nope, memang the prawns there like that. We enjoyed the scampi though, and needless to say, the crayfish as well… Yum! Yum! Dunno when can get to eat those again… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      1. kolesterol tinggi… tak boleh makan! hahaha…

        Sour grapes. Since when you ever worry about kolesterol tinggi? Tsk! Tsk!

    2. Somehow, despite being surrounded by water, Oz and and NZ’s prawns are not as sweet and succulent like the ones we get in M’sia. Some even have a peculiar smell. Maybe they’re farm-raised prawns.

      Dunno. No smell…just tasteless…and the ones in the mee siam were a bit hard, kind of rubbery. Would probably be nicer to use scampi, shell removed. No problem with the sotong though – very nice…and the mussels there, not like ours here – no strong smell even though ours imported from New Zealand. Don’t like mussels here but enjoyed eating them there.

      1. Her curry looks very, very good! The sauce is very pekat, just the way i like it.

        The nyonya curry as opposed to the Malay ones. When I cooked like that in the UK, my Malay friends asked why my curry like that…and when they cooked theirs, so watery (and oily), they told me that was what curry should be like. Hmmmm…I think I would stick to my own style of curry.

    3. All the smaller size prawns and I mean ALL, come from either Thailand, Vietnam or China.All the years that I have lived here, I’ve not come across any prawns that come from the local water although I know for a fact there are some but just not for sale in NZ. I have about 2kg of jumbo size blue tailed prawns from Oz and apparently they are the best of all the prawn variety ( if you look at the prawn chart.. lol! and according to your kampung fella) and were bought specially for you but for this mee Siam dish, how la to put those giants inside.. will look so out of place ler.. Hehehe. Too bad you didn’t get to try those prawns though as I can guarantee you that they are very succulent, got a nice bite and very tasty, kalah malaysian ones.Tu lah, siapa suruh stay here for 6 days only! Oh, by the way, what you had was not crayfish but lobster tail.

      Jumbo prawns? Blue-tailed? Best of the best? Those, the ones you put back in the freezer? Hmmmm…..looks like I will have to go to Auckland again then, still so many things yet to eat! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Next time, stay 6 weeks…habis you, have to layan me for so long!!! Sure pengsan! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. The homemade Hokkaido cupcakes looks great! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve missed eating Pavlova too, I’ve bought store branded ones in the past and ate it without garnishing – it’s still good. Heh.

    A great spread indeed! Happy holidays buddy!

    Everything was good! Had pavlova once, so very sweet – loved this one but still, wouldn’t be craving for more. Don’t really fancy such sugary stuff but I sure am glad the Fieldens included that in the welcoming lunch – after all, it’s NZ’s national dessert (though the Ozzies may not agree). This is just the beginning, mind you! Lots and lots of great food to come…! Hang on!

    1. The pavlova was created and perfected by the kiwis but stolen by the Aussies ( one only has to look at their penal colony past!).

      Disclaimer: Statement’s not mine! Muahahahahaha!!!!!

      1. Ummm…Shereen, I do want to makan your mee siam, chicken curry, onde onde….soooo, I will gwai gwai and agree with you about the pavlova, wahahaaa!! What won’t I do just to eat your onde onde!!

        You like those small, soft and rubbery round balls…squeeze and they squirt one? Hehehehehe!!!!

      2. It’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!!!

        I’m sure it is. Like we here and our neighbouring country claiming that bak kut the is their original dish…or is it chicken rice?

      3. Wakakaka…. Naughty! Naughty!* shakes head*

        Wink! Wink! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Better make sure somebody’s not wearing those Sri Lanka pinnies when she comes… Muahahahaha!!!!! Oops!!! That’s from the discussion on Facebook, spill over here liao! ๐Ÿ˜€

      4. Someone’s mind is so bent now, just one week in Auckland…and habis, that mind! I said “onde onde”‘ not “Onnie Onnie”, tsk, and you think of squishy things. Tsk!

        Who? Is it you she’s talking about, Shereen? Not me, I’m sure… Hehehehehe!!!!!

    2. Will do! It’s good to see all these NZ posts, very nostalgic.

      Keep them coming buddy! ๐Ÿ˜€

      No worries! Lots more to come…. In fact, I’m thinking of having two posts a day as this is going to drag for a long time…and evryone may get bored after a while.

  3. Wow all the yummy food they prepared! And that guy in uniform with apron on very sexy ha ha . So Shereen when are you cooking for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You too? You love guys in uniform too? Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Go over to Auckland…and tell me when you’re going – I would want to go too… Just spare me the crumbs that fall from the table, I’d be happy enough already. Wink! Wink! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Gert,
      You probably will hv to cook for me.. Lol! Anyway, Arthur will be in heaven having 3 ladies cooking for him ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yalor…let me know when you’re going, Gert! No worries, I will still contract…cleaning up the doggies’ poo and pee. Might as well make myself useful while outside…enjoying the cool and fresh Auckland air. Wink! Wink! Hehehehehe!!!!

      1. Lembu punya susu, sapi dapat nama!

        That reminds me of…”Ooi lembu! Pass me the susu!” LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. hahhahahha..this i have to agree with Gertrude. I want to say man that can cook in kitchen, somemore with apron, tsk tsk tsk look so sexy!

      Oh dear!!! That photo is so distracting! Should not have included it. Tsk! Tsk!

      1. For a moment, I thought he is fit to be a celebrity chef too.ahhahaha

        Oh no! Not you too! Shereen!!!! Your hunky hubby is stealing the show!!!!

  4. You said that you’ve gone sooo fat after one week at Shereen’s..I can see why, and it’s worth it!! Just that chicken curry to go with the mee siam, I’m already in paradise, sigh ๐Ÿ™‚ Eh, no photo of the chef de cuisine in her sexy uniform next to her sexy MIBP? (…man in black pinny)?

    She has banned all her photos, both here or on Facebook. I thought she looked very nice and pretty in them though – maybe she prefers it that way so her wish is my command. Pinny, short for pinafore, used here to refer to the apron, I guess…and I saw one like this in the shops – NZ$59.90, don’t play play!!! *faints!!!*

    1. Yes, yes, I know all about pinnies…sounds more fun than apron. Did you not get one for yourself? ๐Ÿ˜‰ One that says “Man at Work”!

      I would have loved one that I saw – “Dad, the man…..something, something….the legend!” But at NZ$59.90. never mind. I can live without it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    2. SG in pinny is only reserved for the chef de cuisine eh?

      Dunno…. Actually, I did not know that word before – only the other word that sounds the same and spells almost the same. Hehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Yalah! Exclusive, mah! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Actually, good to wear…just that I malas. I think I need to wear one when eating too – Shereen was horrified to see my t-shirt when I arrived in Auckland – macam2 colour ada – horribilis, terribilis! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      2. Not forgetting when you had spaghetti too! Until sleeves pun you can tapao!.. Muahahaha.

        Makes me seem so cute, so lovable, so adorable…like big fat baby, don’t you think? Hehehehehe!!!!!

  5. My favorite is the first picture, I love food that’s colorful… it has to taste great too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Judging by your posts, the food tasted great also, so that makes it even better. Great people and good food, who could as for anything more?

    It’s so nice that you were well cared for while you were away, and I’m not surprised, you’re such a caring person yourself… so it’s nice to see your surrounded by like-minded people.

    You sound like myself, I don’t like things overly sweet… I’m more a savory lady, my 9yo daughter has the ‘sweet tooth’. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Blessings to you and your family in the upcoming year!

    Same to you, Opal and you loved ones. I always believe that though most undeserving, I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such loving and caring people and for that, I am forever thankful and grateful. Yes, great food, great company and throw in all the wonderfully enjoyable tours to all the lovely places – it really was a wonderful vacation for me and my family. Best holiday ever!

  6. Wow! Wow! Wow! What a fantastic spread! My goodness, don’t tell me there’s some more food for you after all that ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wait! Wait! Seeing is believing!!! This was lunch plus afternoon tea. There is still dinner…LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Oh!!..so much awesome & impressive food. Really a great treat to welcome VVIP from Sibu. Love the nyonya curry & mee siam. 2 Thumbs Up, Shereen & family!!!!….

    Yes, they deserve a lot more than mere thumbs up! Really went out of their way to make our stay there the best I have had ever anywhere! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. OMG! Look at the roti jala!! *drools*

    And the masterchef is quite good looking ho? *blush*

    Chup! Chup!!! Hold it, right there! He’s taken! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ But yes, he’s tall and handsome…and he’s such a sweet and very nice man! Wish I could find one like that too…. Hey! Not for me lah, for my girl! Muahahahaha!!!! (She’ll kill me if she sees this! Hehehehehe!!!!)

  9. wow, amazing cook!! seems like there is nothing that she can’t cook huh?? look at the mee siam, look at the roti jala, look at the curry chicken, look at the hokkaido cakes, look at the red velvet cupcakes.. and oh, the pavlova!!

    She’s a great cook, no doubt about that. Nyonya mah, everything must be done to perfection one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. i wonder why King Kampuarthur the Food Mayor of Sibu didn’t show his materchef skills also?? perhaps make everyone a bowl of delicious kampua noodles, i am sure all will be delighted.. :p

      They’ve all come all the way from NZ to Sibu and they’ve tasted kampua and loved it to bits…so they jolly well know what it is like. No need to cook for them and I’m sure Shereen can do it herself if she wants – very simple, very easy…and yet very nice. Plus they will come to Sibu again once they get the chance…which is a lot more than what I can say about some people – so much nearer and yet so far! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  10. Oh gosh… all the foodie displayed above looks so … so…. how to describe it.. a word that covers everything nice? Superb??? Fantastic?? oh…whatever… I am sure you all will understand… all the food above suits me…REAL FINE! hahahaa…. as if I am the invited one.. hahaha….

    Well, if you come to Sibu, you will be most warmly welcomed too – never mind if the food is not as nice…it’s the thought that counts. Hehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Ahem…I believe the game is ‘Simon says…’ not ‘Simple Simon says…’
      I was so keen to get everything ready, no time to even change baju after work!

      No worries, Simon. Look! All the ladies are going weak at their knees… They love men in uniform – hmmmm…too bad teachers don’t have! Sulk! Sulk! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Ya…that’s right! Just “Simon”! Hah!!!! You’re not that clever after all, Bananaz! Simple Simon was the one who went to town…and the one who met a pie man. Used to sing that when Melissa was small – so long ago, almost forgotten now.

      1. All are korek la. Agree with true macho Simon the game is Simon Says and the song name is also ‘Simon Says’ however the lyrics in the chorus is ‘Simple Simon Says’ haha. The other ‘Simple Simon’ met a pieman going to the fair is another Simon and the other one more Simon Templar is the Saint. Cikgu Bananaz still cleberrrrr hahaha.

        Clap…clap…clap…! You missed out Simon Peter…and Simon & Garfunkel and… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      2. Cikgu need you to remark paper very important for Bananaz to get a pass coz very desperate to get Permanent Head Damage degree hehe.

        Never mind, can always resit… ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. wah I love the curry and the mee siam..
    combine it and I could have 3 bowls… lol..
    you make me hungry now…

    Well, I think I had three…and a lot of everything else. Everything was so nice! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. The food prepared by Shereen looked so lovely & delicious! And how thoughtful of her to cook these local food for you all.
    Pavlova? I’m afraid I’ve never tried before.. Not so keen on sweet stuff. But it looked lovely.

    Yes, I loved everything – all nice…but me being so kampung one, I loved the roti jala and the curry best…and the mee siam too! Slurpssssss!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. can i skip those noodle dish and go straight to the desserts?

    You’ve a sweet tooth? Me, not really… Used to when younger but I guess I’ve grown old and out of it already.

  14. that red velvet cupcake and that strawberry cakes looks really yummy

    The strawberry one’s a pavlova, more a meringue…not a cake – NZ national dish, some would tell you.

  15. WOW!! Look at the food, like buffet! Love the colour of the mee siam, and the roti jala look cute! Ah! Shereen sure know you missed curry, after having western food whole week in Wellington.
    Drool, all the nice and yummy food!

    Actually did not have much in Wellington, everything’s too expensive…so we cooked our own simple meals in the apartment. This was a real feast…and you can imagine how much I expanded in the course of the week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Yor.. Nyonya mee siam! My mom used to make that but these days I rarely get that from her leh! Must give her a call ASAP ๐Ÿ˜›

    I love roti jala too!

    Very tedious, lots of work. I love eating…but when I think of the work involved, I would think twice about eating. So happy, got to eat…minus all the preparation. Hehehehehe!!!!!

  17. Lemon and Paeroa… That’s what started it all…first with Southern Comfort…then Jack Daniels..Jim Beem….you get…..”Drinking 101.”
    It was either L&P or Freshup then………new packaging though.

    Oh? Didn’t know what L & P stands for – now I know.

  18. Looks like a high tea buffet. Love the red velvet cupcakes. I never try pavlova before. Will make this as my 2013 wish…haha

    Hope you wish will come true… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not too sure if you can get it here or not though.

  19. Simon and Shereen are such a awesome friends, they hosted you and your family so well. I am drooling at the food. The food looks so perfect and the presentation is so classy. You really had a wonderful stay in NZ.

    This is just the beginning. There will be a whole lot more -so much more that you will not believe your eyes, I tell you. Yes, they’re all such wonderful people really. We certainly had a great time in NZ, in Auckland especially.

  20. Definitely a nice break from all the Western food. Lucky you!

    Ya, it was nice to get the chance to try Shereen’s own home-cooking though I would not say I was missing our own Asian stuff. Go all the way, would want to try their kind of food – the authentic ones, the real thing.

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