Move closer…

Gosh!!! I’ve been back for well over 1½ weeks and I’m not even halfway through my 8N/9D trip to the peninsula. I think I will need to have longer posts so as not to drag this for too long and bore everyone to death. Anyway, on our 4th day there, since everything that had got to do with Melissa’s convocation was over and done, we decided to move closer to KL proper instead of staying all cooped up in the airport hotel in the middle of nowhere…and since my friend, Ivan, would only be flying off to Melbourne that night and was free that day, he was able to help us move.

On the way, we stopped for brunch and as it was conveniently located along the way, we went to this restaurant yet once again. I had their fried kway teow with a raw egg on my first visit

MRKT

…and I liked it very much so I ordered that for my missus and Melissa to try. I think they call it Moon River here but I remember it being named Moonlight Serenade some place else.

We also had this new noodle dish…

Noodles

…that we wanted to try the other night but they were out of some ingredients at the time and we had to go without it. I would think that the fried pan mien that I had when I was there for the first time with Ivan was much nicer.

Ivan ordered this fried vegetable dish…

FV

…which turned out to be a bit too salty. Usually, I would prefer to eat this type of vegetable raw.

Now, before I proceed further, I must extend a very big thank you to Ivan for everything. You’ve been a great help really and I really do appreciate all that you did for us…and thanks also once again for the dinner and the gifts.

Well, as soon as we had checked in into the hotel at Mid Valley in KL, my missus and Melissa went off on their own on a shopping spree and I did not get to see them again till late that night. I did pop out for a while though to get these nyonya delights for my afternoon tea…

Nyonya delights

…from one of those carts/stalls on the lower ground floor of the mega mall. The serimuka was good while the angkoo was all right, not bad at all. I did not like the steamed yam cake which was kind of mushy and not firm enough – I think they had a bit too much flour and not enough yam in it…and I thought the fried (white) carrot cake wasn’t anything to shout about either. They did not come cheap though – each item would cost between RM2-2.50 but since I cannot find anything half as good in Sibu, I would have gone there again and bought some more despite the prices…if there had not been so many other things to enjoy at the place.

Later in the evening, I dropped by this Irish place for a bite…

O'Brien's

…and I would say that the Americano coffee (RM7.00) was good…

coffee

I ordered their new-on-the-menu smoked turkey ciabatta (RM12.90) but they were out of that particular kind of bread and asked if I would mind their using the shambo bread instead…

STC

Of course, I did not mind at all – no harm trying since I had not had that before…and I was wondering why it was shaped like Mickey Mouse’s ears…except that there were three, not two. Perhaps that was supposed to be the shamrock, the national emblem of Ireland.

I enjoyed it very much and I loved how thick that slice of turkey ham was…

STC2

…unlike the paper-thin ones we would find in some buns or sandwiches at some bakeries.

After having had my fill, I walked around the area close by to look around and this particular stall caught my attention…

RA stall

Eeeee…the young chap called me “uncle“! I wish he had addressed me as “sir” or like what they usually do, as “boss” instead. Ah well! I guess I should count my blessings and be happy that at least, he did not call me “atuk” (grandpa) as in the name of the stall. Hehehehehehe!!!!!

I couldn’t resist buying the lemang to try…

RA lemang

…so I would be able to make a comparison with the ones I had in Sibu. For one thing, it was less expensive here and I would say that it was pretty well-done too – more or less the same, I think.

The beef rendang in the pot looked very oily…

RA - BR

…and thankfully, the boy made sure that he left most of it behind in what he scooped out for me…

RA - BR & L

…to be eaten together with the lemang. Oooooo…that tasted really good! A bit spicy, but the lemang-rendang combination was absolutely yummy!!!

They had serunding (meat floss) too at the stall and the boy let me try the beef…

serunding

…and it was really good but very very spicy! I did not buy any though – it did cross my mind that I could buy some home but by the time we were about to leave, we did not have any luggage space left and were on the verge of having to pay for excess baggage. Tsk! Tsk!