Not so bad after all…

I know a lot of people love going to Taiwan and they praise the street food to the skies and of course, the bubble tea and dessert joints right here in our own country are always packed to the brim. Even in this little town,  there are so many of them around – it has slowed down a bit by now but at one time, you would see them popping up all over like mushrooms after the rain. I am not sure whether those are franchises originating from that island republic or some enterprising local people jumping on the band wagon and setting up their own along those same lines to cash in on the craze.

This…

I love yoo

…at the mega mall where we had the gelato that day is one of them and obviously, it is doing pretty well as it has been around for many years now, probably two or three, at least – as long as the mall has been opened for business.

I have never stepped into the place myself though and I am not even sure if it is one and the same or two separate entities. My girl went once and had the chicken chop from the stall on the left and she was not exactly thrilled by it so after that, she was not all that keen on dropping by there again. That afternoon, however, I insisted on taking a look at the fried stuff stall on the right – the “I Love Yoo!!!” to see what they had.

They had just finished frying the ham chim peng (Chinese five-spice doughnut) and were placing them in the glass case beside the yew tiao or yew cha koi (crullers) and whatever that was in between…

Yew tiao ham chim peng

We were not interested in those though but the balls caught our eyes…

Others

…and we decided to buy both flavours to try – sweet potato and yam.

I remember I had something like these when I visited the Cameron Highlands a long time ago and I enjoyed them very much…and if I am not wrong, they make those using sweet potatoes. These, however, were different – it looked like they used mostly sweet potatoes (or yam)…

Yam and sweet potato balls

…and very little flour unlike the Malay counterpart and I must say they were very very nice – not cheap, 5 for over RM3.00…but nice! I certainly wouldn’t mind buying more of those to eat should I happen to drop by the mall again but then again, when the time comes, I may decide to try some of the other things they are selling there instead. I wonder if their curry puffs are any better than the others that I had had…and whether their butterfly bun is anything like our ma ngee or horse’s ears. I think I would want to check those out as well and maybe, some of the rest too.

Incidentally, moving away from the post proper, I am sure everybody knows what this plant…

MIL's tongue

…is called – the mother-in-law’s tongue! That’s not very flattering, I would say and thankfully, my mother-in-law is very nice and not at all as sharp-tongued, not at all. Anyway, I saw my neighbour planting a few pots of this and I was wondering if he was doing that to keep away the many stray cats in our neighbourhood. They leave their fur, their paw marks, urine, claw scratches on our cars…and the worst thing is that ever so often, I would find headless bodies of rats or birds in my garden – they are deadly predators, those felines! I googled and found out that this plant is, in fact, poisonous to dogs and cats so if you have these in our house as pets, you should make sure you do not plant any of this or if you already have any, perhaps you should get rid of them or give them away. Anybody wants to give me theirs?

P.S.:
Somebody just commented – unfortunately, I have no way of verifying the identity – no blog, no website, no Facebook account so I am afraid I am reluctant to let the comment go through moderation. Anyway, he said, “Cekodok is actually banana. Its [SIC] like deep fried banana bread, not sweet potatoes,” and indeed, when I googled, that is very true – I got all the banana balls. My apologies – that was what my friends over there told me those sweet potato balls were called – we did not have such things here so I did not have the slightest clue what the name was. I have already amended that in the above post nonetheless, even though this cooking blog has it down as “cekodok ubi”. Thank you, whoever you are, for the correction.  

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Author: suituapui

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

19 thoughts on “Not so bad after all…”

  1. grand sugar is the Taiwan eatery? I see the youtiao franchise outlet is in sibu too. I eat there before for the youtiao and soya milk only.

    I heard that if one drinks the drink made from that plant the person will lose the voice temporarily.

    You’re asking me? I wouldn’t know! All I know that both share the same premises, in the same shop lot – I do not even know if they’re one and the same. You have it over there too?

    Gee! Who would go and make drinks using the plant?

    1. We have youtiao franchise here but I have never seen Grand Sugar here before and I don’t think youtiao is a Taiwan eatery because I have not seen Ham Chim Peang in Taiwan.

      Hahahaha, someone who does not want to hear the mother in law nag all day? ;p

      Grand Sugar is probably the other one to the left that sells fried chicken and all those stuff…and probably, not a Taiwan franchise then – just our own Malaysian wannabee…

      Thankfully, my MIL doesn’t. Phewwwww!!!!

      1. Their link at http://www.iloveyoo.com.my/en/#/I-LOVE-YOO!-02-01/ never mention Taiwan at all so I don’t think this youtiao outlet is a Taiwan food chain as the food they sell are all found sold in normal roadside deepfried stalls in KL a long time ago unlike this Shihlin Taiwan Snack

        http://www.shihlinsnacks.com.tw/my/index-my.htm

        that sells Taiwan street food such as sticky gooey oysters very thin mee suah and super flat deep fried boneless chicken thigh meat amongst other food.

        Probably a local franchise then – doing very well too, outlets all over.

  2. Lol. The plant is as sharp as a MIL’s tongue!! My mum has a huge pot of this.

    Never try this Taiwan cafe before. Always passed by when went to the megamall. The big yue tiaw and fried snack did not tempt me enough. Lol.

    Yes, all these years we just walked past, finally gave it a try – no regrets. Not bad, nice balls. Will try some of their other things next time.

  3. Wow, I didn’t know mother-in-law’s tongues are poisonous to cats and dogs! Still, my dog has survived to the ripe old age of 14.5 without harm. He has generally left all our plants alone, though.

    Yes, those animals never bother those plants. I only know that dogs will look for some grass to eat when they are sick – there’s a wealth of medicinal stuff, a natural pharmacy out there!

  4. ooo, there are branches of I Love Yoo in KL … i think i tried once, but it wasn’t compelling enough to try again … i do like crullers though, especially when freshly bought from a street stall! 🙂

    We can’t get any good ones at the stalls – none that is like what I used to enjoy when I was younger, eat with condensed milk or kaya. Dunno what got lost along the way – what we have now are simply not the same. Many Malay stalls frying and selling too, theirs even worse! Nice, yes…and they give curry gravy to go with theirs…but the texture, the taste everything…no, not the same. I wonder if the ones here are any better – will try one day.

  5. Never know that MIL tongues are poisionous to cats & dogs. I doubt whether the cats & dogs are afraid of it. Love the curry puffs & sesame balls, looks like it.

    Not a fan of sesame balls – we have a lot of those everywhere…but I would want to try their curry puffs one day, see any good or not.

  6. I didn’t like the sweet potato balls as much as you did….actually yours do look a lot less starchy than the ones I had from the same franchise.
    http://eatwhateatwhere.blogspot.com/2014/11/i-love-yoo-jusco-maluri.html
    For me, everything they sell, I can get better versions from any roadside stall, so I never returned.

    We can’t get any here, so that was a treat. Not that I would be going back so soon for more, not at those prices…but I would like to try some of the other things they have there.

  7. Arthur, I love the yam and the sweet potato too.. besides the “horse shoe” … so much sesame seeds.. best!

    You’ve tried? In Ipoh or in KL? I would want to try the horse shoe the next time I drop by this place.

  8. We have the same franchise here. But I was left disappointed. The dough fritters left an unpleasant feel in my mouth, oily and slightly powdery …. not going back more in my case

    That’s always the problem with all these franchises, even the international ones – they’re not all the same. Like in Sg Petani, at the Central Square Pizza Hut outlet, the pizzas were ok but everything else was awful and the one at Village Mall was all right. Here too, the one in the town is ok but another one on the other side of town, quite far away, is way below par.

  9. Oh, wow. ‘Mother-in-law’ plant. =O

    I know that shop; used to be one of my favorite haunts before university. Not sure about the quality now, though.

    Oh? The outlet that you used to frequent would be a good one then? My girl is alss into all such deep-fried things.

  10. We have 2 pots of the MIL tongue but our dog & cats are never bothered about them. I have seen our dog eat grass if he’s unwell…

    Yes, natural healing! They do that all the time when they are sick.

  11. All these frying balls make me drool as well. I love those with yam, sweet potatoes or pumpkin very much. I must check this outlet out when I happen to find one nearby.

    Ya, pumpkin would be nice too! Too bad they do not have that – we are more into sweet potatoes & pumpkin but the yam ones were nice too. They have I love yoo everywhere, it seems – just saw friend’s status on Facebook – they have it in Brunei too!

  12. Oh ya, those Taiwanese desserts are all over the place. there are two near my office but I have not tried. Ooo…I love ham ching peng! Loved it ever since I was a kid. And those balls do look good and surely taste good since very little flour is used. That plant, I have one too. It is still small and I think they look nicer when they are small.I don’t quite fancy the taller ones.

    I never bothered about these Taiwan franchise places, first time…and was not disappointed. All these years, I just walked past. Will want to try some of the rest the next time I drop by that mall.

  13. My mom’s a fan of that “I love yoo”, she likes the soya bean milk with fried cruller combination. Sorry for a lit slow in commenting, just injured my right eye, could not stay in front of computer for long

    Going to try the taufu fa and the cruller. Go see ENT specialist, don’t play-play. Eye sight is so important! Take care.

  14. well as for me, if im there i would definitely try to taste atleast even one from those bread as i am really a bread addict guy! 🙂 Also, me being foreign there, give me a food and i would try eating them. I hope that i could come there and meet you in person! 🙂

    Come, come! Always welcome. It is very very different here – very Chinese town but more Christian…quite unlike places in the mainland…you’ll love it, I’m sure.

  15. Now they have a branch in Sibu, good. I love their soya bean, and i will order yew char koi and go with it. Their porridge very smooth too. Butterfly bun, yes the KL version ma ngee.

    Ok, will surely try those the next time I drop by the mall.

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