Back in town…

My friend, Jimmy, was back in town…


…on another working trip, coming in on the early morning flight arriving before 7. He enjoyed the dim sum at this place on his previous trip so we headed there for another round of what they had.

Unfortunately, we were a little bit too early so most of the things were not out yet so we decided to go for another round of these…


…that we quite liked the first time around.

These mushroom balls were pretty good too…


…while these are actually some kind of lor bak or what we call ngor hiang here…


…but they had one whole salted egg yolk in the middle…


I did not think these…


…were anything special as they came across to me as simply some fried fish balls with mayonnaise and a bit of seaweed and meat floss on top and these fried dumplings had fish paste instead instead of the minced meat filling that one would usually find elsewhere…


I think I enjoyed what we had the first time around more and to me, when anything had meat filling, it would be more or less the same as something with the same…and likewise, with the fish stuff that they had.

These steamed pork ribs were great though…


…much nicer than any that I had had elsewhere.

But whatever they had, even though they might be somewhat similar, everything tasted great with the two types of sambal


– one with finely pounded udang kering (dried prawns) and the other with dried bubuk (tiny shrimps), both of which were absolutely awesome and the best part was they had those ready in bottles at every table and one would be able to help oneself to whatever amount one would want.Β All in all, it was a nice, though extremely heavy, breakfast and after all that, we just had to skip lunch that day as we just could not possibly take in anything anymore.

And just look at what my good friend brought for me – these delightful almond pretzels…


…and my favourite meat pastries and curry puffs from Chong Chon at Kai Joo Lane in Kuching…


I have loved the meat pastry or sio pao from so long ago, ever since I was staying in Kuching in the mid-70’s and this shop is still going strong. Β As a matter of fact, if you do not order before hand, chances are you will not be able to get hold of any and will have to leave disappointed. After all these years, the short crust pastry still has that rich buttery fragrance and is as flaky as before and even though the filling still tastes the same…


– just as good, it no longer has those visible bits of red-coloured char siew (barbecued meat) that it it used to have way back then.

The curry puffs are great too…


…but I can distinctly feel the difference – it was nicer before but still it is way better (and cheaper) than what I had here.

Thank you, Jimmy. All those would certainly satisfy my craving so I guess I would not be yearning for them…at least for a while. Hehehehehe!!!!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

19 thoughts on “Back in town…”

  1. Mushroom Balls… interesting… basically yes to any types of fish balls, i can just eat fish balls for a meal πŸ˜€

    The opposite of my friend, Jimmy. He’s not really into fish balls.

  2. Very “torturing” to come by at 7..45am… kept swallowing and swallowing.. our dim sum here are different… and the ones you had are so ravishing!

    Yes, this particular place is very different from all the rest here and everywhere. Must bring you here to try when you come to town again! πŸ˜‰

  3. hehehehe, “we were a little bit too early so most of the things were not out”,, now that says the early bird may not catch the worm, as the worms have not woke up yet~~ πŸ˜€

    Yes, gone are the days when everyone would be hard at work already at the break of dawn…as long as there was money to be earned.

  4. Oh, another round of fabulous dim sum. Steamed pork ribs looks great. You are spoilt by Jimmy with those sio pao & curry puffs. “Bun bun chiak, ya”

    I wouldn’t mind having those steamed ribs again, they were really good – never really a fan of those at other places.

  5. all that for just the two of you? A dim sum feast indeed. πŸ™‚ Yum yum

    Didn’t help one bit that my friend, Jimmy, jaga badan. Guess who ate most of that… 😦

  6. Arthur, do check out Kuching Siew Pau at Rubber Road (behind a grocery store called Hak Seng Huat) the next time you are in Kuching. The curry puffs, siew paus and yam puffs here are made by the Phong sisters, siblings of the proprietor at the Kai Joo Lane shop. Theirs are just as good, if not better.

    Thanks for the info. Will certainly check this place out first chance I get.

  7. That’s a great shirt. Lots of food wow
    That did look like a lot of mayo for those little things
    Glad u had a nice time with a friend

    Ya, always great to have good friends around, good food & good company. Not a fan of mayo, even though they did add some extra ingredients of their own, it is still mayo to me.


    I love that t-shirt. There’s a joke that goes something like: Good friends will bail you out of jail, great friends will be next to you in the cell saying “Man, wasn’t that an awesome night?”. This reminds me of that joke.

    Hmmm…I hope you did not have the pleasure. πŸ˜‰

  9. Good friends don’t let you do stupid things… alone, haha true true.
    So what stupid things you have done together? :p

    You wanna know? πŸ˜‰

  10. I love steam pork ribs and chicken feet for dim sum…not a fan of the balls though.

    No chicken feet for me, thank you very much! πŸ˜€

  11. This’s a bit out of topic, but I was just wondering what camera you’re using that get to shoot at the food so well?

    Same old digicam that I’ve been using for years. Photos look good in natural light.

  12. That s a lot of meat pastries & curry puff from your friend. But they look good…can satisfy your cravings for a few weeks, if kept in the fridge?

    Yes, that was what I did…but they’re all gone now. 😦

  13. I have not come across baked curry puffs like the ones you show in this post. Should taste like siew bao pastry with curry potatoes fillings I imagine.

    The pastry is very much nicer, lovely buttery fragrance.

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