My friend, Ken, no…not the Penang one, but my ex-classmate now living in Australia, was home last weekend for Ching Ming and also our school’s alumni’s annual reunion dinner.

I picked him up at his hotel the moment he arrived and he said that he wanted a “truly Sibu lunch”. Huh? What on earth would that be? Kampua and kompia? When I asked him, he told me that he was thinking along the lines of something like dianpanngu. Eyewwwwww!!!! No, thank you…and definitely not so soon, not when I just had that a few days earlier.

In the end, I took him here and I guess anything that is truly Sibu would have to be quintessentially Foochow so I ordered the cangkuk manis fried with egg…

Ruby's manicai with egg

…and the tauhu tier

Roby tauhu tier

– our Foochow-style tofu soup. He loved it so much and kept saying it was good! I just had one little bowl and he finished all the rest. LOL!!! For one thing, I did not think this was how it should be done. Theirs is something like sharks’ fins soup…minus the fins and with tofu and canned oysters added instead. Their sea cucumber would be something similar – minus the fins but with bits of sea cucumber in place of those. It was very nice, no question about that…just that it wasn’t like how we would usually have it at home.

When it comes to preparing midin (wild jungle fern), the Foochows would just blanch them and toss them in lard and the traditional Foochow red wine and ginger or fry them with those same ingredients. They do serve their kangkong like this too but personally, I can’t say that I’m a fan so since Ken did not mind, we had the ferns fried with belacan (dried prawn paste) instead…

Ruby midin belacan

For the meat dish, the boss suggested sweet and sour pork ribs and we decided we would not mind that…

Ruby sweet & sour pork

They do it very well here but compared with the one at that other place the other day, I still think they do it much better there.

Well, it came as no surprise that Ken enjoyed the lunch thoroughly and that nice guy insisted on picking up the tab. I found out from him that the bill came up to RM44, inclusive of rice and drinks, around AUD$14.00. I guess that would be cheap for him – probably just enough for a decent meal of one Down Under but to me, I thought that was kind of on the high side. Normally, I would pay around the same for three persons – me, my missus and Melissa…but we usually order servings for two only. I guess that was what Ken and I had – servings for two and hence, the near identical total on the bill. I wonder if they do have servings for one or not.

And look at what my thoughtful friend brought me all the way from Ozzieland…

From Ken

He said that Australia = Tim Tam = Australia and that was why he got that specially for me. That was indeed so very nice of him .  My! My! He actually thought we could not get them here. Hehehehehehe!!!! It sure looked like I would have to take him to that supermarket in town with the imported stuff from all over and watch his jaw drop! LOL!!! Anyway, as they say, it’s the thought that counts, Ken – thank you so much…and thanks for the lunch too.

HERE ARE THE ANSWERS to the quiz in yesterday’s post. The vegetables are:
1   Cangkuk manis or mani cai or lakia cai
2   Tapioca or ubi kayu/chiew chu AND pumpkin or labu/pu
3   Bitter gourd or kho kua or peria
4   (Sweet) corn or jagung
5   Chai hua/chai sim or sawi
6   Ensabi or sawi Sarawak – note the jagged edge of the leaves
…and the first all-correct entry came from Chris Anthony. Congratulations!!! Do send me your mailing address via my inbox on Facebook and I’ll send a prize down your way soonest…and to the rest, good try – watch out for the next time I’ll have a quiz of sorts like this one in my blog. Cheers!

Author: suituapui

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

25 thoughts on “Ken…”

  1. Ai yo…you show the delicious and my favourite cangkuk manis again ! And, some more got the foochow soup. Die la….really need to go yong Peng Already! The foochow soup is damn good when you put a little vinegar in it.

    Yes, great with a bit of black vinegar! Go, go…go to Yong Peng and blog about it. Never been there. I wonder how Foochow it is, same as Sibu or not.

  2. hahaa
    next time i go back dianpiangu please.

    Ekkkk!!!! Not you too! Ah well, I can always do what I did once – I stayed in the car, no parking space, while my cousin from Kuching went and ate. 😀

  3. Like I said the other day, you are blessed all year round with goodies from friends, relatives, far & near. Today I will give the food a pass and instead go for the chocolate. My sweet tooth for chocolate instead of ice cream. Yumz!!!

    Still in the fridge… Come, come! Help yourself. 😀

  4. Another cangkok manis with egg, actually I really wana try and see how it taste like.. Ooohh, the taufu-kang, my favourite !! So you guys ate it with black vinegar? I had midin with belacan yesterday too for lunch..
    Yummzz, I love Tim Tam too, I can finish the whole packet here, one packet has about 8 sticks, can easily wallop all in a minute! Somebody suggested to me if I have leftover cream cheese, I mix the cream cheese with crushed pieces of Tim Tam, and roll into balls, yet to try it though..

    Cream cheese? Hmmmm…will grab come from the shop then, let my girl try. I don’t eat such things…or rather, I will eat but not a fan so I would just leave it all for my girl to enjoy. Hmmmm…maybe I should blog about frying cangkuk manis, Foochow-style one of these days.

  5. i like this meal too… a lot of leafy veggies, which i enjoy. the cangkuk manis and the midin both remind me of spinach and kangkung respectively, which are among my favourite veggies 😀

    These are the favourites here. No plan to hop over sometime? You can give them a try when you’re here? 😉

  6. I once tried the tauhu tier in Klang over here. Didn’t know it is a Foochow dish. Liked it but can hardly find in KL area.

    Congrats to Chris! Your friend certainly knows her plants very well 👍. I didn’t bother to try guessing..would have got ‘telur’ score! 😁

    Did it have canned oysters in the soup? I wonder what it tastes like. Sure would love to try.

    1. Nope. No oysters. Some stuff that look like shark fin…to make it starchy. Actually can’t recall the taste bcoz it has been quite long ago 😦

      Ah!!! I see. Then it’s not the same. The Foochow version must have canned oysters, the most essential ingredient.

  7. oh my!! the toufu soup looks so delicious.. would be so nice to have a bowl and then wrap it up with a row of that Cadbury chocolates!! haha~~ 😀

    In the fridge atm, unopened, untouched. You want? Come and get it… 😉

  8. My first thought also the Ken from Penang.

    So many Ken’s around. I think that’s not his English name though…

  9. congratulations to the winner of yesterday’s quiz! he must know his vegetables a lot!
    🙂 ..

    I always love a good and nice sweet and sour pork dish, doesn’t matter if it’s pork meat or ribs :D.. Yummmm.

    She, Isaac…it’s a she. You like? Come, come on over – I’ll take you for the best in town! Long weekend, next week…oooopsss!!! Not over there, just here in Sarawak. Hehehehehe!!!! 😉

  10. I smell choooocolateee… (lines from Frozen). Hehe. Congrats to the winner!

    …and like the sign at Famous Amos, Sg Wang long ago, said – FREE SMELLS! 😀

  11. I like the above dishes! Esp. midin and foochow tauhu soup 😉
    Congrats Chris Anthony for the correct answers!

    Good eh? You’ve been here and you’ve had had the taste of these awesome dishes. Too bad not (easily) available over there.

  12. Truly Sibu lunch? hahahhaha..yes, that is what i will want to have every time when i go back. A must, midin, cangguk manis, sea cucumber soup. Tauhu tier, i prefer it in clear soup version, don’t really like this starchy type, i would prefer my sea cucumber soup anytime.

    Other must have is “chau chi cha” soup, pek tiing yeok duck, foochow chicken red wine soup, ang chow duck. hahahahhaha…list never ending.

    Hahahahaha!!!! Looks like when you come back, you would want to eat EVERYTHING!!! That’s Sibu for you, all the best – they’re all here in this little town. 😉

  13. Very nice lunch! Oops…looks like I am not much of a botanist 🙂

    Yes, it was good. Bet you can name all those important greens, everyone. Just not into our local ones.

  14. Yeah, that’s definitely a Sibu lunch! 😀

    I’ll love to have that right now. Haha! Especially the cangkuk manis and sweet sour pork.

    Hah!!! When in Rome, do as the Romans do. 😀 I’d never go for what we have back home when I go travelling – or maybe just to try and compare. East, west, home’s is best, of course. 😉

  15. Hmmm so I got 2 answers right. LOL.

    Tim Tam!!! Nice with a glass of cold milk!

    I’m ok with Tim Tam. Kinda expensive here so I never buy unless it is on special offer, near the expiry date already.

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