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

hereΒ so that was where we ended up that day.Β 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…

Author: suituapui

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

24 thoughts on “Stay home…”

  1. next time try Ghee tosai…

    Nice eh? They have it but we did not want to try, dunno nice or not so we just ordered the plain. Will ask for that next time.

  2. I just had a very nice chapati with awesome curry, i shall bring you there next time when you are here πŸ˜›

    Can’t remember if I had chapati in Penang but I loved the roti jala at one place behind Gurney Hotel, different from the nyonya ones, nicer!

  3. i like the look of that nasi biryani… looks moist but firm and the vibrant colour could signal a potent flavour! πŸ˜€

    It is nice. We do not have many places selling this in town – just a handful…and this is the only one that’s more Indian. Another mamak place in town, I find it to be more Malay especially the curry but I like that one too, also very nice.

  4. Sometimes,simple home cooked food is the best. My family favourite, omelette with long beans & lap cheong.

    Ahhhhh!!!! That’s a homecooked favourite, true and true.

    1. …and yes, nothing but the truth. If no lap cheong, I add hot dog too. Yum!!!…Yum!!!…

      Yup, ham…bacon…all nice!

  5. Home cooked food is the best, even if it’s just steamed egg, steamed vegetables and steamed fish.. The hubs was saying the other day he wanted to have corned beef.. But I said I don’t know how and what to cook with it.. I was thinking just spread on bread with butter.. Or dump into the rice cooker with rice and chuck in a can of cream of tomato & Carnation evaporated milk (taught by my sis).. Ahhh, now I have an idea after seeing your post.. Maybe fry egg with corned beef with bombay onions.. Thanks for the idea!

    Here! See how I do it – a step by step pictorial guide…lovely with potatoes, not too sure about frying egg with it…

  6. Indeed very cheap! Yeah, surely he gave you discount…so nice of him… And your homecooked food looks good… Gave me an idea on what to add to the eggs next time I cook… πŸ™‚

    Yes, that guy is really very very nice. Always enjoy going there, like VIP treatment one…not like some places, the people like we owe them a million dollars or what! 😦

  7. Could you possibly fit another ingredient in that omelette?! Yum!

    What else do you think would go well with it? I was thinking of adding cincaluk to the egg, beaten…but I was afraid that would clash with the lap cheong.

  8. oh, thosai!! oh, nasi briyani!! nice nice.. maybe i should opt out my two pieces of roti canai and order two pieces of thosai instead.. i’ve always only “remember” roti canai at mamak stall~~ πŸ˜€

    My daughter doesn’t seem to like canai anymore – I guess she had too much of those when she was in Sg Petani. She likes thosai…and doesn’t mind murtabak.

  9. Looks delicious! My daughter (5 years old) just loves thosai & roti canai with curry!

    Wow!!! When I was that age, I would rinse the curry chicken in water before eating – couldn’t take anything spicy. Late bloomer, me! πŸ˜€

  10. Melissa misses your cooking.

    I love briyani. Roti tisu also taste nice.

    The one here? I had that before…nice but I prefer savoury stuff more.

  11. I like home cook food, that’s why I always want to go home have dinner!!! =]

    Good girl! Young people these days, it seems, would rather go for burgers and stuff at those fast food joints or for Japanese, Italian… Many find home-cooked food boring…and many cannot cook too, not like in the old days. 😦

    1. For me my mom home cook food is the best, no matter how expensive those outside are bug still can’t compare with it!!! =]

      Precisely, though I wouldn’t mind eating out once in a while for a change.

  12. RM18? That was really good price. Here in Kuching, the Indian cuisines getting expensive. huhu.

    Try those in West Malaysia. My friends told me that the moment I opened my mouth, they started sharpening their knives already – our spoken Malay is different. My daughter says that even her Malay friends would avoid those nasi kandar shops, too expensive.

  13. You met a really generous restaurant manager. It is hard to meet such kinds of people in the restaurants these days. I bet he is one the reason why its good to eat at that restaurant. πŸ™‚

    The dinner that you cooked is nothing special, yes, but what made it special is that you are the one who cooked it. πŸ™‚

    Yes, good PR, sure many would keep going back there. Ya, with that special ingredient – love, something money can’t buy. πŸ˜‰

  14. Home cooked food no matter how simple tastes so good. Wow, the price you paid for your lunch is a steal! Can’t get that sort of prices over here

    I’ve been fleeced many times before over at your side… RM1.00 for one papadum!!! 😦

  15. RM18.00’s a good price!!
    Oh, what was that about, the disappointing book sale in town?

    That so-called popular one, banner said 90%, but at best 50% only and nothing good, all like those that nobody wanted. Maybe the Chinese section better, dunno. Held at Civic Centre, we thought so grand but actually in the small halls in the basement.

  16. I’d love to try that chicken curry! Looks yumz~

    Lots where you are, all the nasi kandar shops – Indian curry, more or less the same.

  17. Oh! The rice! Yup! Might have to do some more rice soon! Perhaps I will do a Rice and Grain Combo with other flavors πŸ™‚

    With tumeric. That gives it the colour and also contributes to the taste.

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