Just one day…

Melissa’s friend, from here, did the same degree as her and is now teaching in a school in the lower reaches of the Rejang River and was in town that day so we went to pick her up at her sister’s house to bring her over to our place so the girls could spend some time to catch up with each other.

On the way, we stopped by here for breakfast and Melissa wanted the zhao chai bihun (RM5.00)…

ZCBH

– the rice vermicelli with preserved vegetables and here, they use fresh fish for the soup, bay ka or tenggiri (mackerel) no less and not the imported frozen fish fillet, usually Dory, that is used at most places around here but does not seem to be very popular among many true fish lovers.

Everyone else had the pan mien that I liked very much (RM4.00)…

PM

…with its very delightful sambal

PM sambal

…and yes, this time around, they had the fried ikan bilis (dried anchovies)…

PM ikan bilis

Melissa did not really like what she ordered – it wasn’t exactly like what it should be, devoid of the red wine and all that…so no prize for guessing who had that in the end! I thought it wasn’t to bad. Nice, pleasantly sourish and the fish was good but yes, it was not exactly like the zhao chai hung ngang that we are more used to.

After dropping them off at the house, I headed to the airport to pick my friend, Ajil, from Penang who was in transit to his former school when he was teaching here in Sarawak and coincidentally, it’s one of the neighbouring schools near the one where Melissa’s friend is currently attached to.

We stopped by a supermarket here as he had to buy some drinking/mineral water and instant noodles and stuff as he would be going to a place that is somewhat isolated and dependent on the rain for water and some generator for electricity. It so happened that he saw a Sugar Bun outlet round the corner and right away, he wanted to stop by and grab some of the things that he had grown to love so much in the two years that he was here.

He got me one of the new burgers on the menu – the double beef banjo which I took home and gave Melissa to eat and she said it was really very good – the patty was nice and juicy unlike the ones at those franchise places that we find around here. Ajil also brought along some belacan (dried prawn paste) and the very much coveted jeruk (pickles) all the way from Penang for me…

From Ajil

Thanks a lot, Ajil – you shouldn’t have troubled yourself to do that and yes, welcome back!

Well, later that afternoon, before we sent Melissa’s friend back to her sister’s house, we dropped by here for tea and some of their delightful desserts. I would not be sharing the photographs of what we had here (though I did do that on Facebook) as I’ve done that many times before – the chocolate lava cake, the tiramisu mille crepe, the crème brûlée and so on but this was something my missus had and I had not featured it before – the chocolate banana Oreo smoothie…

CBOS

After that, we dropped Melissa’s friend off and headed back home – all this in just one day.