We usually take it slow and easy on Sundays, starting with a simple breakfast at home when we wake up in the morning and at around 10.00 a.m. or so, we would go for the Sunday service at the cathedral in town which usually ends past noon.
That was exactly what we did last Sunday and after the church service, we went to grab a bite to eat. Actually, we were here not too long ago when my friend, Mandy, was in town. I left the ordering to Melissa and she wanted this very nice dish of spare ribs…
…and she also ordered the midin (wild jungle fern) that Mandy has since fallen in love with…
…and the creamy butter prawns that we also had the other day.
In addition to the three, we had this sea cucumber soup…
…which tasted really great even though I could hardly find any sea cucumber inside.
The bill came to RM61.30 altogether, inclusive of rice and drinks for 3 persons, and they waived the 30 sen from the total on their own accord but still, I thought that was a bit too expensive.
In the past, if we did not have any prawns or fresh fish (fish fillet is usually cheaper), the bill would come up to around RM30-40.00 only. Well, we did have prawns that day but they were somewhat small – smaller than my pinky! I wonder if this was because Chinese New Year was just a week away and many people are back in town and business is especially good this time of the year which would explain the escalating prices of virtually everything around here…or is this going to be a permanent feature? Well, if it is the latter, I guess it would be a whole lot better for us to just eat at home as it would definitely be at least a bit, if not a lot, cheaper.
In the afternoon, Melissa would drop by her maternal grandma’s place with her mum and spend some time there. Sometimes, I would cook dinner while at other times, my missus may buy something on the way home. Last Sunday, however, we decided to go out instead and dropped by at this cafe/restaurant round the corner from my house…
I did not really like what I had the first time I was there when they first opened for business. The second time I went, I was put off by those horrendous plastic flowers that they had on the tables but the food was not bad albeit a bit on the high end – the prices, I mean…while the third time I was there, it was to meet some ex-students of mine who were back in town and we just had drinks and some finger foods, that was all.
This time around, I was quite happy that at least they had made an effort to have some decent-looking floral arrangements here and there…
…and even though they were not real flowers, they did not look too bad really…
My daughter was there once with her mum and she enjoyed the spicy egg plant/brinjal spaghetti and initially, she said she would like to have that but once we got there, she had a change of heart and asked for the beef lasagna (RM18.50) instead…
It was pretty good but the portion was kind of huge and she could not manage to finish all of that.
I had the macaroni cheese (RM15.50)…
…which was very nice – very rich and creamy…
…though I could barely feel the teeny-weeny bits of ham, and perhaps mushroom as well, in it.
My missus ordered the sambal fried noodles (RM12.90)…
…which she said was very nice but would prefer it to be a little bit more spicy.
After that pleasantly-delightful dinner, we made our way home and called it a day. So, this is how we usually spend our Sundays. How about you?
42 thoughts on “Lazy Sunday…”
mm yum yum…those spare ribs and prawns
Yummmmm!!!! Didn’t you use to love the sweet and sour fish fillet there? 😉
That’s a lot of dishes! Mac & cheese?! That’s pretty rich in calories, STP. =O
Anyhow, I’m afraid that some restaurants will increase their prices or use a different menu during the CNY season. Or at least some of the restaurants in KL do.
Look who’s counting. KL? They’re all closed during Chinese New Year…except maybe the bigger ones or the hotels. I had to go to the nasi kandar shops or places like McD’s or KFC. Come CNY, KL turns into a ghost town…or maybe, you’re not in KL proper.
But then again, if it’s a once-in-a-blue-moon thing, it’s fine.
It’s already starting to resemble like a ghost town here, with everyone leaving earlier to avoid the deadlock. And yup, I’m in KL – except that I rarely venture out to the downtown.
That’s early. Usually it will happen around the eve…and the days that follow.
interesting, is midin = wild jungle fern = pucuk paku? or is pucuk paku totally different? cos i’ve not heard of midin before. sounds exotic! 😀
You haven’t? You’ve never been to East Malaysia before, Sarawak specifically? Nope, they’re two absolutely different things in appearance, texture and taste even though both are wild jungle ferns. Usually, they do not serve paku at the chu char places or Chinese restaurants here.
can i have some of those creamy butter prawns? Must have tasted really good ya 🙂
Of course, they’re very very good. You did not bother to come over before, now you’re tied down with your baby – guess you will not be coming anytime in the near future.
Nice! I’ve missed Ming Mei Shi – their food is actually pretty awesome! 🙂
I like their creamy butter prawns. Delicious stuff!
They’re closed for two days for CNY, will reopen on the 3rd. Maybe we can go there before you leave – hopefully?
Yup, that sounds great! 🙂
I’d love that…very much. 😉
Wild jungle fern yes please!
…and it’s 100% organic! 😉
Me staring at spare ribs first thing in the morning, ah! Good selection of dishes there. I notice that restaurants here tend to jack up their prices during CNY. They try to take advantage of the crowd and that’s the time to make a killing. It is best to stay away from restaurants during festive time unless if you have no choice.
Usually those open on the 1st few days of Chinese New Year would do that. Seems they start when the crowd starts coming home now…
Saw my favourite prawns, kakaka….
Tiny ones, this time around… They must be hoarding the best ones for Chinese New year to sell them at unreasonable jacked-up prices. 😦
yummy yummy yummy!! i love that spare ribs!! looks so delicious i wanna have it now!! 😀
So come on over now…!!!! LOL!!! 😀
This is the time to enjoy .. no need to think of studies and finance anymore, right? Expensive or not, as long as you are happy, wife is happier and Melissa is happiest, what is there to hold you back? LOL…
Yes, yes…of course! Cherish all the happy times we can get to share together, that’s the most important. 🙂
Maybe in another 20 yrs time, I can relax like you.
Not so long lah… By upper primary school, they will get more independent and you can relax a bit already but of course, you may have some more…so it may not be so soon. Hehehehehe!!!!!
Haha yes..haven’t been there for ages
Missing out on a lot – I love the food there, always good…
Guess I’ll drop by when I’m back…hehe…what’s the spare ribs cooked with?
You’re in KL too now? Coming home for Chinese New Year?
Sundays should be like this – doing things at an easy pace, doing things that you like, relax, enjoy & spend it with love ones. Blissful.
It’s no secret things get more expensive when nearing cny, esp seafood. Go to the market four or five weeks before cny, many fishmongers will say no big prawns, no this fish, that fish. A few days before cny, these sought- after items will miraculously appear – at higher prices!
Happens all the time. Terrible, these business people…and everyone’s cursing and swearing at them – how will they ever hope to have a good new year ahead, really? Ya, as they say, Sunday is a day of rest…
The macaroni cheese looks tempting! I used to love anything with cheese on top, but now cut down on it already.. Hehe 😉
Watching your figure, eh? 😉 Poor thing! LOL!!! 😀
At least you have a wonderful sunday every weekend…For me, Sunday is another busy day.have to wake up early,prepare breakfast and early lunch as I have to go for teaching before 10am,then only be back home around 5pm,then get ready dinner….at night watch TV for an hour and that’s call the day off for my Sunday.
I used to have classes on Saturdays and Sundays – so boring, when everyone else was relaxing and enjoying the weekend and very inconvenient when I had friends dropping by to visit on weekends and I would not be free.Thank goodness I do not have to do that anymore.
Tempting me with the fried midin again! Love the butter prawns too. My weekend now is more on cleaning every corner of my house. There are still a lot of things to be done before new year. How I wish that I can have a lazy Sunday.
Well, I guess you do not have a choice since you’re not home all week. When we were working, sometimes we just closed one eye…
Among all, I love your missus’s order and the midin. Usually, I go for the first service mass which starts at 6.45am and ends around 8.15am.
Here, it is in Mandarin and the 8.30’s now in Iban…so we had to wait for the English at 11.00 a.m. or go in the evening at 5.30 p.m.
No problem. Take it as the reference to the dish in which is *is* is perfectly all right. 😉
So good life. Enjoying nice food on regular basis. 🙂
Have to, otherwise where got meaning in life? 😉
wow…the creamy prawns look so delicious……
Usually, my Sunday will be a lazy one too…but last Sunday, I was very very busy. Busy wash this and that preparing for CNY. Wishing you and family a prosperous CNY !
Same to you and yours. We have a lot of time now that we’ve retired…so can do a bit a day – quite relaxed, not like before. 🙂
Sorry for the long spell of silence as I was away for 2 weeks in london. Gosh so many posts of yours to catch up with!
Ya…I saw it on Facebook. So nice…but it’s still pretty cold there, I reckon. Welcome back!
Creamy butter prawn is the bomb!
I absolutely love anything with butter cream…my weakness
This is very nice! I love it a lot!
Lazy sunday, both meal eat out, so nice!!
Ah! Ming Mei Shi, this round didn’t go there, but went to Siong Lok Yong twice. It is my grandpa very good friend, and the boss’s daughter is my gradparent’s god daughter.
AH! Sea cucumber soup, midin, yummy!!! Now my hub love midin too, the other day he tried for the first time, he said nice, but of course he had it with belacan not red wine. kekekekek
I am quite surprise to see Tom’s Too still “survive” 😛
I’m not sure but they may be related to the owners of the mall…so perhaps, they have special arrangements regarding the rent. Whenever I went, there would be business but I wouldn’t say they are doing that well. Hah!!! Very soon you will be the odd one out – the only one who does not eat belacan. 😀 I used to go to Siong Loke Yong quite regularly long ago…and even got them to cater for buffets at home…or I would stop by to tapao food but I do not go that often these days.
midin looks very nice and green, my type of dish.
It is! Nice and green…and organic. They grow wild!
Ohhhh love macaroni cheese..lovely nice food for the family. On a Sunday life is as usual passing by some churches & mosque on our way to buffet ekonomi rice brunch @RM3.80 and back to cave do some blogging then kopi & biscuits @ 3pm, then watch TV and life goes on like that loh.
Now that’s what I call a truly lazy Sunday. How nice!
Wah the midin and butter prawns sure look good… usually those places that serve “sea cucumber soup”, they would slice it very very thinly like the mushroom…
They’ve some huge chunks at some places here – I guess they take pride in that…like how people compare the prices of the not-to-be-mentioned stuff. 😉
foods were the finest but for me
macaronni cheese stood out the most
They do it pretty well here…
well i must say those artificial flower decor was kinda cute
and it was a clever and convenient to do so
I would prefer fresh ones though…even if it is just one flower in a tall thin vase.
“It was pretty good but the portion was kind of huge and she could not manage to finish all of that.”
Looks like I know who finished the remaining portion of the lasagna. 😉
Every Sunday I just go to Holy Mass, which is around 11 AM. I don’t take breakfast because I fast before go to the church. I then go to some restaurant to eat lunch. I then go back to my room and surf the Internet and then cook dinner, eat, Internet again and then sleep.
Pretty boring, huh?
Nice! Not many have the luxury of such a relaxing weekend. Ya…from young, we were taught to fast but only one hour ahead of the service – dunno whether that’s the general ruling or something we practised among ourselves. Our Mass in English is at 11 too. I prefer it earlier, say around 9…but not too early. Hmmmm….you know me so well!!! Hahahahahahaha!!!! Yes, I finished off what was left of the lasagna… 😉
The rule on fasting actually depends on the bishop that head your diocese. So, if the bishop says its one hour then 1 hour fasting would be fine. Not eating breakfast, in my case, is a personal preference.
Yes STP. I know you, but not so well. I just know you on what I read on your blog and on Facebook. 🙂
LOL!!! I guess everyone who reads my blog knows me pretty well. What you see is what you get! 😉
I love macaroni cheese! Its my kind of comfort happy food. Love them served with crispy bacon bits on the top 😀
I wish they had bacon too… 😦
Ah haven managed to have midin yet!!
My Sundays are usually spent growing mushrooms at home (figuratively speaking =P) other than attending mass, but last Sunday saw me going grocery shopping with mom and dad after mass, which happens only once in a few blue moonsies 😉
So lucky, having the luxury to idle the time away… 😉
i shouldn’t be though haha, my bad..
No worries. As they say, Sunday is a day of rest – not many get to enjoy the luxury, unfortunately. Happily, for me now, every day is a Sunday. Hehehehehe!!!!
Ah haven managed to have midin yet!!
Coming this way soon? Lots here, so very nice! Hehehehehe!!!! 😉
am in sibu already!! was busy spring-cleaning away last few days, fuhhhh
Finished? Then you can hop over and do my house as well. Muahahahahahaha!!!!!
What a wonderful way to spend the week end: good friends and delicious food!!
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