Not today…

My cousin in Melbourne, Australia said she would be sending me some stuff through a friend who would be coming back to Sibu for the Ching Ming Festival last week. Well, her friend contacted me and I went to pick her and her hubby up at the hotel at 8.00 a.m. to go for breakfast with some of her classmates – same year as me, all of them, except that they were all in our sister school next door. Mine was a boys’ school, you see.

They agreed to meet here but no, it was not a good day as three of the six stalls were closed – probably they had chosen to go to the cemetery that morning, I wouldn’t know. There were only the kampua noodle stall, a roti canai stall and the bak kut teh stall open and nobody wanted the latter so we all ordered something from the other two. The place was very busy so of course, they were desperately trying to cope with the crowd. I suppose that was why never mind what we ordered – with or without chili, dry or soup, the regular kampua mee or the flat ones…we all got a bowl of this…

Chopsticks kampua

– take it or leave it!

My friend’s hubby also ordered two bowls of pian sip soup for us to share and we got these…

Chopsticks pian sip

I tried the kampua noodles here before because somebody told me it was very nice but I did not quite agree. This time around, however, I thought it was quite good, thank God for small mercies!

One of the ladies ordered these mini steamed pao‘s…

Chopsticks mini-buns

…each about the size of a golf ball, with char siew filling…

Char siew filling

I had one and I would say they were quite o.k. but of course, they came nowhere near the very much bigger and nicer ones here.

Our friend also ordered their bak chang (meat dumplings)…

Chopsticks bak chang

…and though they were nice, as far as the taste went, anyone dropping by here on a brief visit need not bother about the ones here as the meat inside would be hardly visible, if at all.

The roti canai stall was enjoying brisk business and we shared the roti telur

Chopsticks roti telur

…which was all right – the one at another coffee shop in Sungai Merah, served with curry gravy, would be much nicer, I think.

We spent around two hours there, chatting and catching up with one another…and it was around 10.00 a.m. when I sent the two back to the hotel. Gosh!!! The traffic jam was absolutely horrendous – it sure looked like virtually everybody came home for the long Easter weekend, for Ching Ming and whatever else. I tried a longer route, avoiding the town centre and it turned out that it was not much better so it did take quite a while before I managed to drop them off at a corner, a short walking distance to the hotel entrance.

Thank you so much, Gina & Henry, and Veronica too, for the breakfast treat…and also to the two for helping to bring all the goodies from my cousin all the way from Down Under. Well, if anyone is curious as to what my cousin sent – come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you all about it! LOL!!!

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Author: suituapui

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

18 thoughts on “Not today…”

  1. Lucky still have 3 stalls open else have to go eat elsewhere. The mini paus look so cute! Yes, will be here tomorrow to read about what your cousin sent you. Suspense only now.

    Like what they do on tv dramas – keep you suspense so you will keep coming back for more. πŸ˜€

  2. 2 hours chat and by the time you left was 10am. Hahahahahha. That wont happen with me. I don’t leave my bed before 10am πŸ˜›

    By the way, the place is so packed and busy it is surprising you can still chat for 2 hours without being ‘rushed’ to leave the place. Some owners do that on busy days 😦

    I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that or seen anything of the sort happening here. This is a big place, lots of tables and seats so there were lots of people coming and going – plenty available or I would feel bad and want to go off myself instead of hogging the place and depriving others like when at some of those very crowded smaller shops. You’re so lucky – can sleep so late. 5 a.m. I would be up…and I would cook breakfast, so good one. Hint! Hint! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  3. So nice that there are many different things here. πŸ™‚

    6 stalls on one side…and a big chicken rice stall, the anchor tenant, on the other, big place – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

  4. At least 3 of the stalls were still opened.. I like the piansip and char siew paus.. Can never have enough piansip.. I would order 2 bowls – one dry and one soup..

    That day, no choice. You would just have to eat what they served, dry or soup – business too good.

  5. Food sounds alright but at least you guys have a great long chat.

    Happy weekend.

    You too, have a great weekend with your loved ones. The kampua was good and the pian sip was not bad too. The rest were ok, not the best in town.

  6. Count yourself lucky got 3 stalls opening and at least you have something to fill up the tummy. Kampua and pian sip for me anytime.

    Indeed. No complaints about the place, just the jam. It was terrible that weekend! Lucky thing I did not have to head into town.

  7. The char siew pau needs more filling

    More than enough – not too fond of the filling and come to think of it, not too fond of the skin either. Edible, taste all right…just nothing great. 😦

  8. The pau looks rather dry from the pic 😦

    Not dry, ok…but not the best around, quality of skin (didn’t like the look of the exterior, not smooth) and also taste of filling. Will eat if there’s any – will not go out of my way to go and buy and will not get anyone to go and eat either.

  9. Let me guess, more Tim Tams? πŸ˜€

    That char siew filling looks… red. Not the type that I fancy. I prefer my char siew filling to be more… brown. KL style.

    Thank goodness, no Tim Tams! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Yup…the filling in the ones that I like very much and blogged about a while ago – those would be just nice, not this one here. At best, I would just say it’s…ok.

  10. Never mind that the kampua did not come as specified, it’s still kampua hee..hee.. Important thing is that you managed to catch up with your friends.

    Yes, and it was pretty good, the kampua. Sure had a great time getting together with my friends.

  11. aiyak…the take it or leave it attitude leave bad impression liao.

    Yea last week many stalls not open coz went for Cheng Ming

    Too many people, we did not want to complain…otherwise they would take it back and we would have to wait for a long long time (plus it was my friend’s hubby, from Australia, who went to order – all the years overseas, maybe they did not hear him right or dunno what he said to them). And kampua RM2.50 – 2.80, want to make a fuss kah? Must understand, not always like this – that time of year…so give and take. Either eat it or go elsewhere and it might be worse.

  12. a horrendous traffic jam? heheh, that sounds like daily life here in kl! (unfortunately!) πŸ˜€

    Yes, an everyday thing over at your side. Here, terrible twice a year – Chinese New Year and Ching Ming, when everybody comes home. Other times, like long weekends, we may get a bit too.

  13. Now I think the situation is back to normal, Ipoh is not jammed anymore… *I hope*… so you are receiving more goodies again? Alright, will come by tomorrow to see what your pressies are!!

    Make sure you do! Hardly see you around these days, not as regular as office hours…pre-retirement days. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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