I’m going bananas…

No worries! I’m not about to go bonkers just yet, just that when I was in KL, Bananaz and his missus, Mango, dropped by to say hello and they took me to tea here…

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Actually, I had gone there that very morning itself, our 5th day in the peninsula, for breakfast with my missus and Melissa…

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I had the nasi lemak set (RM4.50 with a cup of coffee)…

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…which might appear cheap but there was so little in the packet and tastewise, it did not come anywhere near my favourite right here in Sibu.

My missus had the mee siam set (RM4.50 with a cup of coffee)…

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I guess I do not have to say anything at all – it certainly is pretty obvious how good that is just judging from its appearance. Ok…ok…to be fair, it tasted all right but I would much sooner have my own which, needless to say, would be heaps nicer.

I ordered this for my daughter by mistake – the mee siam with chicken rendang (RM9.80)…

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The mee siam was exactly like the one in the packets but the chicken tasted pretty good – except that we were given one huge chunk of breast so that was quite a chore to chew.

Actually, Melissa wanted this – their nyonya-style roti jala with chicken curry (RM9.80)…

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…which was very good indeed. We all loved it a lot even though the curry tasted kind of different – more like masak lemak but with a much thicker gravy. It was certainly a welcome change indeed from the usual, I would say.

I must say that the coffee was great and other than that, I really liked the stools at this place…

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– very uniquely colourful and different from any elsewhere.

Then, in the afternoon when Bananaz and Mango suggested coming to this place again, I did not mind as I enjoyed the coffee and I had yet to try their nyonya kuihs…

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I would say all of them were good except the pink/red one on the extreme left – the sago pearls coated with coconut. It was sweet and had a strong smell of some kind of essence that was not to my liking.

This one, wrapped in banana leaves…

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…was actually a steamed nyonya delight made from bananas or at least, that was my guess based on what it tasted like to me. It was not bad, not bad at all but I prefer the other one, also wrapped in banana leaves…

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…with coconut plus gula melaka (palm sugar) inside…

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To me, the cucur udang (prawn fritters)…

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…were nothing great – no taste of prawn, much less find any in the fritters and on the whole, I thought they were quite bland and dipping it in the chili sauce provided did not really help much. I’m sure we can find much better ones at a lot of other places.

Well, it so happened that my missus and Melissa chanced to walk past at the time and Bananaz asked them to join us. Mango went and ordered these onde-onde

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…which were pretty much the same as the generally-good ones here, there and everywhere and these kueh lenggang as we call them here or what they call kueh ketayap over the other side…

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I did not try it but I guess it wasn’t all that great as by the time we decided to make a move, there was one left and nobody wanted to eat it.

My missus and Melissa shared the cendol

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…which, unfortunately, was not the best we have had.

I did not bring anything from home for Bananaz and missus (*face palm*) as he just had some eye surgery done and is presently still coping with the problems and the recovery so I did not expect he would come and see me when I was in town…and not only did he do that but he also brought along this for me – the famous Bentong ginger powder…

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…which, I gather, has a lot of health benefits. I have not tried it yet so I cannot comment on it but I sure love the quotation on the tag attached:

Sharing comes from the heart and brings warmth with it.”

That’s so beautifully-said and sure rings true, don’t you think?

Thank you so much, Bananaz & Mango, for the lovely gift and the delightful tea. It sure was nice to see you two again…