In the still of the night…

It was pretty late already that night…

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…after the lavish dinner in the house but my friend insisted that what we had would be hardly enough for us to last the whole night through and dragged us to this place…


If I’m not mistaken, this was their outlet somewhere in Howick and this was their logo prominently displayed on the ceiling…

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…and I was told that it would stay open till late – maybe 2 or 3.00 a.m. The patronage was largely Asian…

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…and business was obviously very good…

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Even at that late hour, we had to wait a bit before we were able to get a table.

My friend said that the wanton hor was very nice but we ended up ordering the fried rice instead…

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…and as you can see from the menu…

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…it certainly did not come cheap. Unlike when I was in Auckland in 2005, things varied around NZ$8.00 then but the servings were so huge – enough for at least 2-3 persons but it did not seem to be the case anymore. Thankfully, the fried rice was very nice and I enjoyed it very much – which is something that I usually would not say about the fried rice that I have had around here.

Other than that, we had these very nice chicken wings…

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…and what they called the prawn twister…

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…and these fritters as well – tempara, I think they were called…

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Everybody had their bubble teas and what not but I was never interested in those things. Instead, this item on the menu caught my eye…

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…and I could not resist ordering that to give it a try…

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Hmmm…I would say it was disappointing, nowhere nearΒ what we have hereΒ – at RM2.20 a bowl some more…but to be fair, I thought it was a whole lot nicer than what I had here…and it was not cheap there either even though it was right here in our own country! Tsk! Tsk!

After having had our fill, we headed back to the house for a good night’s sleep…or was it morning already by then? LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

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

30 thoughts on “In the still of the night…”

  1. Oh my goodness, after that sumptuous dinner at home, come out and makan some more?! Looks like quiet nice snacks to nibble. Fried rice is one of my weakness, can’t say no to it. By the way, the top photo looks a bit scary. You are right, I watch too many horror movies πŸ™‚

    Hahahahaha!!!!! Don’t let your imagination run wild now! πŸ˜€

  2. Looks like there are many late owls oso… πŸ˜‰
    That prawn twister looks cute. And tempara looks like our keropok lekor.
    Chicken wings indeed looks good!

    …and most of them Asians! LOL!!! The others are probably in the pubs doing you know what… πŸ˜‰

  3. I think this is cater for malaysian..
    Malaysian will sit down and chit chat with friends…

    Malaysians? Didn’t look like there were any other than us. Hongkees, perhaps…or those from mainland.

    1. This cafe is owned by a young Chinese ( could be Hongkee, Taiwanese or even Mainland Chinese ) couple and their main chef is a guy from Malaysia hence the few Malaysian dishes. If this cafe was to cater for Malaysians, it surely would have gone out of business a long time ago. Firstly, Malaysians can be quite stingy, often buying 1 drink with several straws to share amongst themselves. Secondly, Malaysians would rather cook at home especially when there are many Asian supermarkets selling instant meals.They live very frugally here so that they may boast when they go back to Malaysia how much money they are making. It saddens me to write this but it is very true.

      Well, the Malaysian guy certainly needs some tips on how to make good ang tao peng…

      1. sibu’s ATP is one of the better ones…i agree.

        Of course!!! Sibu what, don’t play-play! πŸ˜‰

  4. It’s always nice to be able to have ‘home-country’ food when travelling. I remember when we were in Queenstown, we were so hard-up for Chinese food and was so glad to find a Chinese restaurant.

    Not me! I wasn’t craving for it at all – would have all the time in the world to eat that when home…and I always believe that if one wants to eat one’s own food, then might as well just stay home.

    We went only because Shereen said it was one of those places that would still be open that late in the night – you should know what it is like there. Wellington, Saturday or Sunday – 5 p.m. the shops close…the city centre already like a ghost town…except maybe where the pubs and night spots are like Courtney Place.

  5. That’s certainly a heavy supper especially after a sumptuous dinner earlier. The prawn twister is cute. Got a lot of prawns inside?

    Not that I noticed…but it was nice. My daughter loved them and anything deep-fried.

  6. Fried rice and prawn twister looks good. What a nice supper.

    Except for the red beans, everything else was pretty good…though not the prices. Ouch!!!

  7. ooo, a very sinful late-night snack! i wonder what was for breakfast a few hours later, heheh πŸ˜€

    Come back and see – that will be in the next post. πŸ˜‰ I think we had something light…in preparation for the extra heavy lunch to come!

  8. This Momotea is just like one of the chains in our country. Anyway the red bean ice looks not bad.

    Better than the Taiwanese desserts…but nothing near my favourite ang tao peng here!

    1. did we go for your fav joint re ATP?

      Sure you did! Many times. Thomson Corner, but not sure whether you had the ang tao peng or not, maybe just the colourful ABC.

  9. wow….late supper and those food….awww especially those finger licking good wings looks delicious πŸ™‚ mostly asian food eh πŸ™‚ Glad that you had a wonderful hols in NZ besides attending Melissa ‘s convo πŸ™‚

    I’m glad too – it certainly was worth going all the way there – best holiday I’ve ever had.

  10. And I thought that I will see a witch flying near the moon at your first photo. πŸ˜‰

    Hahahaha!!!! No, she left her broom at Hobbiton! Oops!!!! Somebody’s going to kill me for this! Muahahahaha!!!!!! πŸ˜€

    1. I’m going to bring along lots of cili padi when I come and visit you… hehehe * sinister cackle*

      *runs and hides* Muahahahahaha!!!!!!

  11. In NZ, that’s most probably the best Chinese food they can get :/
    My friend in Finland was complaining that there’s no Chinese food there… pity her!

    Huh??? What on earth are you taking about? There are so many Chinese restaurants there, chefs from Hongkong, Shanghai or everywhere in China…anytime more authentic than the some that we have here – can’t be better than that – the only thing is you must have the money. It sure does not come cheap, that’s for sure. They have it all there – Malaysian food too – all you need to do is to fork out the money.

    If it’s cheap that your friend wants, they have smaller Chinese takeaways….and Japanese ones too, all over the cities – no problem at all – much cheaper by their standard…but if we convert, it would be better to buy the raw ingredients at the supermart and cook our own.

    1. Thank you for answering that superbly, Arthur. Saved me the trouble. NZ is not so kampung as many ppl think. Now, I truly understand and commiserate how you feel where Sibu is concerned!

      It’s understandable about Sibu but we do have our “attractions” and nice things that they cannot find where they are – never mind how advanced or sophisticated they may be there…so we can actually consider Sibu nice in its own little ways.

    2. The Chinese are EVERYWHERE in this world. As long as there is land and opportunities to be had, they will be there. It is impossible to conceive no Chinese food is available if Chinese are present.

      Since time immemorial.

      1. I concur! Name me a country without chinatown!

        I was surprised to read of Chinese people running laundry shops in Mexico in John Steinbeck’s The Pearl…and that’s such an old book – studied that when I was in school and that was a long, long time ago.

  12. Wow..late supper look very good!!! Especially that fried rice and chicken wings!! Yummy!

    It was good, better than at some places here – that’s for sure…except for the ang tao peng.

  13. thats moon shot was kinda creepy but in a cool way
    it makes me feel like to transform into a werewolf or something haha

    Another one who has been watching way too many horror movies… LOL!!!

  14. that dessert sure looks appealing but then if its disappointing they must be doing something about that

    They certainly need to do that – nowhere near what we have…but I suppose they can always sell it like that as their own concoction and some people may actually like it like that – they never say it is Malaysian iced red bean so it is perfectly ok.

  15. I agree with Shereen. NZ is just not as popular as Australia, that’s why people think of NZ as some “kampung” area.

    Smack dead in the night? Wow, this shop must be a new one. I’m happy that a little of the nightlife is embraced there…

    There is nightlife, just that we’re not into that kind of scene. Dunno in Howick but definitely in the CBD at places like Ponsonby where the pubs and clubs line the streets…just take you pick!

  16. Hmm, things changed these days, food also priced up already~

    Looks like really good business!

    Yup, very busy…so packed even at that late hour in the night.

  17. Oh my goodness!!! Midnight feast!!! I LIKE… I LOVE! With a full tummy, it is easier to get to sleep, as I am told.. but for me, it is the opposite.. too full cannot sleep but will spend the time to surf while waiting… By the way, the fried rice certainly looks good! Something familiar to yours?? πŸ™‚

    Not the same as mine but it was nice. I can’t sleep when hungry – can sleep when full…but if too full, I will have nightmares. The supper that night was not too heavy so it was all right. πŸ˜‰

  18. Goodness, gracious, fried rice in the still of the night? lol, you guys can really eat, huh…
    Btw, I like the first photo posted here…so surreal..

    Ya…I ate…ate…and ate till I was bursting in the seams. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  19. wow… this must be one of those rare shops that opens… I heard most shops closes super early in NZ. Wondering if this place is run by Malaysian looking at its menu…

    The chef’s Malaysian, c=according to Shereen…

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