My friend…

My friend, Ivan, was flying off somewhere the day we arrived in the peninsula and only came back late that night/the next morning. After a good rest, he came over to the hotel to take us out to dinner…

With Ivan & Art

His Thai-Filipino friend/colleague, whose name was coincidentally the same as mine, was able to join us that evening as well.

He wanted to take us some place by the lake in Putrajaya for some Malay food but we were not that keen and chose to go back to this place in Dengkil instead. I was there twice before and I really enjoyed the food a lot – this was my 3rd visit…and we did not hesitate to order the paku (wild jungle fern)…

Dengkil - paku

…that we had and enjoyed so very much the last time around. I thought it was nicer on that previous occasion or perhaps, after so many weeks in New Zealand, it really tasted like heaven at the time.

The pork ribs were very good…

Dengkil - pork ribs

…but I guess we can get these elsewhere, even here in Sibu.

I don’t know what they call this dish of prawns…

Dengkil - prawns

…but they were so very yummy and went absolutely well with the dip that came with it.  Melissa loved it a lot and had the lion’s share of those crustaceans.

But my favourite was this homemade tofu

Dengkil - tofu

It was really good especially with the minced meat topping and the sauce.

We certainly enjoyed the dinner and of course, the company as well – thank you so much, Ivan. The bill came up to around RM100 inclusive of drinks…and drats!!! The lady boss refused to accept my money – the ringgit notes from Sarawak not laku in the peninsula, it seems. Tsk! Tsk!

Well, I guess congratulations are in order, Ivan, though a bit belated, on your promotion. He’s now flying to countries further away now and that very sweet and thoughtful young chap did not forget to pick up some goodies for me here, there and everywhere…

From Ivan

He gave me these Australian cookies – very fragrant, not too sweet…and a fridge magnet from Taiwan…and SPAM from Korea. Initially, I thought this was made in Korea and could not wait to go home and try but checking the information on the tin, it was actually made in the US. I guess it would be the same as all the SPAM that I have had before then. Other than these, he also got me “something” from duty-free…and if I’m not mistaken, this Korean souvenir came from him too…

Korean souvenir

…or was it from Mandy? Gosh!!! There were so many people giving me things that I am having a tough time trying to remember exactly what came from who. Old man like that lah! LOL!!!

Anyway, thank you so much, Ivan, for the lovely dinner and for all the gifts. It sure feels warm and fuzzy to know that I’ve such nice and caring friends like you…