Stay home…

We went to the mid-morning service in the cathedral on Sunday. Since Melissa is on a one-week mid-semester break, we did not have to go to the usual one that we would go to at sunset on Saturday nights so we could drive her back to her school the following day.

It was way past noon when it ended – time for lunch! I did not plan on going to any place fancy and Melissa was keen on the idea of having something light and agreed on going for some thosai

Sri Pelita thosai

here so that was where we ended up that day. It seems that normally, for lunch on Sundays, they would only serve nasi bryani or nasi campur (mixed rice) but since I asked for it, the nice boss was kind enough to get his guy to make it for us. It was very nice but normally, we would ask for the paper thin version which we would prefer but it completely slipped my mind as we had not had that for quite a long time.

I was afraid that it might not be enough for me so I asked for the nasi bryani as well…

Sri Pelita nasi bryani

…with chicken curry…

Sri Pelita chicken curry

Incidentally, for the uninitiated, the curries here would be more towards the Indian or mamak style and not quite like the Malay or nyonya ones. Melissa says she enjoys those very much and loved going for them that time when she was in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

My missus had their nasi campur and they gave her some of their sambal belacan to go with it. If I remember correctly, the boss did mention once that they would only give the sambal when somebody orders their fried fish but he would always give us some whenever we drop by regardless of what we order. My missus enjoyed it so much and kept saying that it was very nice so I went to ask the boss if he could sell me some of it. Gosh!!! The next thing I knew, he went to get some and gave it to me…

Sri Pelita sambal belacan

…on the house! Of course my missus was delighted with his generous gesture!

I did not ask for the prices of each individual item but the total for everything came up to RM18.00. Hmmmm…if I take away RM5.00 for our drinks – two kopi-o-pengs and one teh ais, that would leave RM13.00 for one nasi bryani, one nasi campur and two thosais. I’m pretty sure that guy must have given me a special discount…again! That’s really very cheap, you reckon?

I was planning on going out for dinner that evening since Melissa was around. In my mind, I was quite sure that she would love to spend the short holiday going out to eat all the things she loves. However, she said that she would prefer to stay home for dinner instead. She was out with her mum all afternoon to that very disappointing book sale in town and I wouldn’t know where else so guess who had to do the cooking…

Homecooked dinner

It wasn’t anything special – I just fried some corned beef with thinly sliced Bombay onions. There weren’t any potatoes in the house so I did not add any this time around. For the vegetable dish, it was omelette with thinly-sliced long beans and a bit of lap cheong (Chinese sausage), thinly sliced too, for some added flavour…all in under 30 minutes.

Of course, she enjoyed that…and it certainly looked like we would be staying home a lot more over the following few days to enjoy whatever we might decide to cook instead of eating out. It’s no big deal really since I do enjoy cooking and when people like and appreciate what you dish out, it certainly makes it even more worthwhile…