He’s back…

He’s home for the Chinese New Year festivities, my dear friend and fellow-blogger, Huai Bin

Huai Bin & I

After picking him up at the airport, we stopped by here for the kampua noodles…

Kampua, dark

He ordered this one with dark soy sauce and also a bowl of the “white” or plain one PLUS a bowl of pian sip soup. Needless to say, he misses it all the time while in KL and just could not wait to have his fill – but not after the usual blogger routine of taking the photographs first…


…before he could finally get to sink his teeth into the yummy Sibu Foochow-style noodles…

Let's eat

I only had the plain with pian sip in place of the usual slices of meat…

Pian sip mee

…and look at what Huai Bin brought home for me!

There were two packets of these made-to-order bak kua

From Huai Bin 1

…that he says is simply the best around and of course, I’m saving them for Chinese New Year.

He had ย a post on ย some Indian sweets once and I mentioned then that I had never tried them before and the dear guy went through all the trouble to get me some…

From Huai Bin 2

I tried a bit of those white squares on the left – it’s really nice…with the taste of (condensed) milk and ghee but it’s very sweet. I guess, like chocolates, I would have to keep them in the fridge and eat them a little at a time.

He also said that he saw these at Jalan Petaling…

From Huai Bin 3

…and bought some for me to try. I think they’re made of carrots and other vegetables, sugar-coated and that’s not all! He heard that we can’t get these in Sibu – ngaku or arrowhead chips…

From Huai Bin 4

…so he got me one big tub of that. I don’t know if we can get them here or not as I’m not really into this kind of things but my daughter loves them…and finished almost half in one sitting, believe it or not. I guess we will not be saving them for Chinese New Year then. LOL!!! She says they’re nicer than tapioca or banana chips that she also enjoys.

Thank you so much, Huai Bin – so sweet of you to get me all these and it sure is nice to see you again.

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50 thoughts on “He’s back…”

  1. Mmmmm Kampua black with bian nuk for me please! Better still if it’s mee pok. Getting my fill next week then!

    Yum! Yum! Hope the shops are open… I hear they charge extra around Chinese New Year – lots of people coming back home and eating with a vengeance. LOL!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. only if u shape your hair like HB… Kampua Rocks!

    Yaaaaa!!!!! Should try one of these days… Grandpa rocker! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. My pleasure buddy! Thanks for everything! It’s very kind of you to remember me in NZ! ๐Ÿ˜€

    The sugar dusted chips are just something I saw and bought two of. I chose the veggies, not all were great, so I only got the carrots, bell peppers, lotus root and coconut.

    Yup, that ba kua is the best in town. I haven’t had such good ones in a long time. The others all pale in comparison, the only bad thing is that you have to finish it within 3 days of opening coz they don’t put preservatives. I guess that’s a good thing rather than a bad one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy CNY buddy! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Most welcome, Huai Bin…and thanks again to you too. I like the lotus root ones. Gosh! 3 days!!! Will have to open one at a time then – so big, each packet…can’t possibly finish so quickly. You’ll drop by, come CNY, won’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Do you mind if i ask whether you remember where you bought the sugar coated chips?

      He said he picked those up at Jalan Petaling, KL…

      1. Yup, it’s in Petaling Street – there’s a lady setting up shop there diagonally across from the place where you can get roasted chestnuts.

        She has a very wide selection and offered a couple of them for me to taste but I only liked the carrots, peppers and lotus seed.

        Hope that helps, maybe I’ll write about it!

        Ya…you had a post on the Indian sweets but not these. They’re pretty nice – I love the lotus root best.

      2. will have to go tomorrow. they look interesting! thx…..

        Shouldn’t be a problem. I’m sure they also sell those at places where they sell Chinese New Year edibles – the pickle stalls especially.

      3. No worries! I wrote about where it is in Jalan Petaling – hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Shouldn’t be much of a problem…if one can weave through the crowd. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. No worries mate! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yup, of course I will. Do drop by my place as well, I’ll let off some fireworks for your entertainment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      My ears! My ears! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Huai Bin would make a great son in law! It’s not often you get young man to be so thoughtful and buy stuff like that to give you. A peranakan will always say that it’s pretty easy to see if their daughter has chose a suitable husband or not. Whenever the guy dates the daughter, he would bring her home with a packet of Hokkein mee for the parents.. Lol!
    P/s: I don’t like Indian sweets… don’t like the distinct smell and taste.

    Oh? Is that so? Hmmmm….then I can strike a few off my list already lor… Muahahahaha!!!! Come to think of it, I didn’t either….but there will always be nice things waiting for me to eat every time I dropped by the house. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach mah!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I love the Indian sweets. Only the round orange one had a peculiar smell, dunno what herbs they use…but the rest are all fine – condensed milk and ghee taste…but they’re very sweet so I had to put them in the fridge and eat a little at a time.

  5. I always find Indian sweets look so attractive but they are usually too sugary for my tastes.

    Ya, they are sweet. That’s why I eat them a little at a time – break in half and nibble slowly. Very nice!

  6. The noodles look really good! And you got so many goodies too. I can finish a whole tub of ngaku chips in one sitting hah! hah! I have stopped eating bak kua, somehow I have lost the taste for it. My brother loves it with bread and salad cream. It sounds weird and I haven’t tried it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Not into those chips but my missus and my girl love it! Not cheap though – my missus bought once in Penang. Bak kua is nice in a sandwich, not too sure about the salad cream though. Great for frying rice…and thinly sliced cabbage with egg too.

  7. sanbabtou BBQ pork slice!! now that looks very attractive!! the Indian sweets are also too cute to be eaten!!

    I’m eating all the rest slowly…except the apples. So pretty! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. If that bowl of kampua noodles is right in front of me now, how nice, wkakakakaka….

    If you hop over here, you would definitely have one or more right in front of you. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Ngaku?..I never try before..

    My missus bought once when we were in Penang, can’t remember whether I tried or not – not really into those chips. Very popular among some mummy cum food-bloggers, I noticed.

  10. So nice! Got friend visited and brought you ‘souvenir’.
    That tub, its called ‘nga ku’ in Cantonese, it’s very addictive! That’s why your daughter loves them and can finish them fast!

    Yes, very nice. Always glad to see him, such a sweet guy. Hmmm….I’m not into chips of any kind. Will eat, but not my favourite.

  11. So thoughtful of him to bring you so many goodies.
    Wow…he had 2 bowls of noodles! Understand how much he misses them.
    When I go bek EM…the 1st thg I would eat is also kampua noodle…..or kolok mee! hehe….

    Yes, he’s such a nice guy, really. Will always bring me something whenever he comes home, so sweet of him. Oh? You love kampua & kolo mee too? IMHO, nicer than Hakka or wanton mee anytime.

  12. Ahh I can totally feel his missing for hometown food! I also overindulged like him when I went back to Malaysia last year! hehe.. the ngaku chips are nice! My grandma fries them for CNY all the time. Apparently it’s quite easy to do, so maybe you can try it yourself since Melissa likes it so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ya, come this weekend, Chinese New Year…bet you’ll be missing home even more. Guess there wouldn’t be much there, not even a public holiday.

    We don’t have arrowhead here – missus planted some but not harvested yet. Easy? I saw some mummy-blogger doing it and it was disastrous. Didn’t read carefully so not too sure what went wrong.

  13. LOL first stop.kampua noodle…kompia leh?

    This yr I tarak fry that ngaku. Cant find the ngaku in supermarket…Rm3-5/kg…buy ready made is nicer

    Dunno if he has gone for kompia yet or not – bought the lovely chicken pies & coconut tarts for him the other day. You haven’t tried those – next time, come to Sibu…must try. Very very nice! Mandy loves them too!

    Ya, a lot easier to just buy those nga ku chips, I’m sure.

  14. Have not seen PHB for ages and the CNY is coming soon! Happy CNY!


    He’s usually in KL. You’re there too, right? Shouldn’t be a problem bumping into him. We only get to meet once ina while when he comes back to Sibu.

  15. wah.. looks like half of HB’s luggage space was your gifts!! lol…. anyway.. I certainly would be just like him if I went back to Penang… 3 bowls of food all one go… my mom said I kiasu like i haven’t eaten in ages… kakakakaka….. saving my tummy space now for CNY in Pg!

    Oh, but I was in Penang one Chinese New Year – like KL, I could sleep on the road. Could only eat at the nasi kandar shops or McD’s or KFC. Not a good time to be there…or in KL. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ No lah…he brought a whole lot of things home for the family too… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. I agree with Shereen.. the handsome young man will make someone’s a good son-in-law.. hehehee.. he is so sweet.. bringing you so much sweet stuff.. we should make a trip to Sibu at this time.. lots of goodies to savour.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, hopefully he finds someone as sweet and nice at him soon – he has promised that I would be the resident wedding singer at the reception. Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, yes…come to Sibu. Come, get in touch with the kucings – they are yearning to come again too!

    1. Haha! Yes, it’ll be an honor to have you as a wedding singer. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yeah, Sibu is a fun place to be, I always love my trips back, Reana!

      Yes, yes… So when are you coming again, Claire? Book your ticket, fast!

  17. aijor..u both have the same post today..ahhahahah

    I particular like the Sanbanto packaging with the cute pink piggie. dun throw the packaging..keep for me can ar.ahahahahha

    Ok, hope I will remember. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Actually, mine’s scheduled for tomorrow but I shifted it forward by one day – tak mau kalah! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Arthur, you’ve lost some weight…yes?? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your face is not so round-round like in the NZ photos. I can’t see your new tummy size coz you have cleverly hidden it with your left arm leh ๐Ÿ™‚

    Of course lah!!! Not so many things to eat and no more non-stop eating! Cannot lah…too fat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Good friend and good food – great combination!
    My mum used to fry the arrowhead chips in CNY. She has stopped frying after the arrival of her grandsons. The chips are really good. My brother and I can finish one tub in an hour.

    You like? I’m ok with them, not really crazy about such stuff. I don’t usually snack in between meals.

  20. So kind of Huai Bin to bring you all those goodies. I can see that he really miss the Sibu Kampua. First stop already have 2 plates of kampua and 1 bowl of pian sip, or sharing them out with you.

    Yes, so kind, indeed. You can get he will be having a lot more of that before he goes back to KL after the New Year.

  21. yay, the balik kampung cheer has begun! and nice ‘gift exchange’ that you guys had. my family loves the ngaku arrowhead chips, so i’m looking forward to munching on it next week when i see them ๐Ÿ˜€

    Can get them in KL, but not here, it seems. Ya…best part of Chinese New Year – going home!

  22. Typical Sibuan are like that? Once flight touched down, first thing must eat kampua! hahahahhahahha..this is what i usually do, won’t have any meal in flight, save my tummy for my kampua. AH! Now i am drooling at that dark kampua!! Rasa Sayang, next round i should go there for breakfast!

    So sweet of Huai Bin, getting those indian sweet for you. The apple look so nice. I saw a lot last year on my trip to India, but i didn’t buy anything, i know i might not like the taste but they all look so beautiful.

    AH! Now i know Sibu don’t have Nga Ku – arrowhead, next time i know what to bring back. I am not a fan of it, but my hub was, he can finish few tubs! tsk tsk tsk.

    Ya, you did not go there this time around…and many of the nice places as well. Don’t miss them the next time you come back. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ya…he’s a very nice guy, really…went through the trouble to get me all that stuff. Ummmm….no, thank you! No ngaku for me, please…but my daughter would love it – same as your hubby. Usually, guys are not really into such things? Maybe I’m wrong…but I, for one, am not into all these fried chips. The Indian sweets are very nice – just very sweet.

  23. You went picking him up from the airport instead of his family, stopping by to have his beloved Kampua noodles, before sending him to his home. You are indeed one good friend. So, you deserved those lovely gifts, like bak kwa, candies and cookies.

    Ya, his parents not at home in Sibu at the time…and it’s nothing really. Any friend coming back, just let me know and it will be my pleasure to go and pick him or her up at the airport. I do that very often. That’s what friends are for.

  24. PHB heard there’s no arrowhead in Sibu? I thought it’s easily available in supermarket? Hmm…

    Dunno, never looked…since I’m not into these things.

  25. well then that dishes he ordered were pretty
    interesting, the sauce seemed so perfect and
    that big chunk of chicken
    wait is it chicken?

    Nope, it was pork…

  26. is that some sort of apple?
    i think i would love those haha well there’s no
    sweet thing i don’t love haha

    this blogger routine i could feel it too haha

    Nope, they’re sweet – Indian sweets and they’re very nice – just too sweet so can’t eat a lot at one time.

  27. Oh, wow, so much food! Noodles, they are my favorite! =D

    Is the bak kua like the processed meat sold by Bee Cheng Hiang?

    Dunno, haven’t tried…but I don;t think so. Not a fan of Bee Cheng Hiang – not bad but I feel the msg content is higher than the other popular Malaysian brands.

  28. hmm..tat noodle looks very much like normal maggi texture..i tot kampua is suppose to be flat, no?

    Nope. That’s mee pok – we can opt for that flat one, kampua style. They also have that.

  29. Oh? That’s the best bak gua? I have bookmarked that photo. Hopefully they do sell bak hu too!

    No idea, Huai Bin only got me the pork slices…but I’ve a packet of bak hu too! Now who gave me that – probably Annie, the other day. So many people giving me things, so hard for this forgetful old man to keep track. Hehehehehe!

    1. Yup, to my taste-buds anyway! Haha! I’ve eaten quite a lot of ba kua and I like this place best – no preservatives.

      They only have two kinds though – Sanbanto only sells pork. There’s sliced pork and minced pork ba kua, no bak hu unfortunately, Constance! ๐Ÿ˜ก

      Yet to try… Hard to resist but I would not want to open the sealed pack and leave it open till Chinese New Year comes around. Never mind, it’s only a couple of days away. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. So cute the babi packaging! Those arrowheads chips are delicious but I’ll never, ever try frying them myself. So much work!!

    Very tedious, eh? My missus insisted on planting. Hmmmm…can’t wait for her to harvest and start frying… Hehehehehehe!!!!

  31. I know that blogger routine of taking photos before eating. I do that all of the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Such a sweet fellow. He brought a lot of foods to you.

    Yes, it’s certainly so very sweet of him.

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