The way it was…

I think I did mention in passing in my replies to some comments on my previous posts that my girl was not coming home last weekend as they had their school sports and also some PTA function right up till Saturday night so the mum and I had to drive to her school on Sunday bringing fresh supplies of what she would like to eat this week and other stuff. I told her to sleep late and have a good rest and we would buy lunch and get there at around noon.

I drove by here hoping to buy their very nice roast meat, among my favourites in town, but even though it was already past 8.00 a.m. at the time, it appeared that they had not started business for the day so I went to the other place right around the corner. This one used to be my favourite – I particularly loved the rice but the last time we had that, it was so very disappointing and when I shared the post on Facebook, everyone was in agreement and expressed the exact same sentiments. However, when we were there very recently for the very nice beef noodles, there were others having the chicken rice…and I could actually smell the very nice fragrance so I said to myself that they probably had pulled up their socks and what they dished out would be very much nicer, just like the way it was. I never got round to trying though so I thought I would buy that (RM4.50, chicken thigh/drumstick)…

Chopsticks chicken rice & egg

…and we could have that for our lunch. Indeed, it was really very nice, as nice as I could remember it to be before. I would not know what went into the cooking of the rice…

Chopsticks chicken rice

…but I could detect a very nice scent of garlic – what I do know is they would use ginger and whatever else to cook it but this certainly puts this one a cut above most, if not all of the rest around here. If this is what it is like now, I certainly would love to go back again for more and you may have noticed in the first photograph that, as always, I could not resist asking for the stewed egg (RM1.00) which I enjoy a lot.

I also bought some siew yoke (roast pork) that my girl loves a lot (RM10.00)…

Chopsticks siew yoke

…to share and while I was waiting for them to pack everything for me to take away, I saw their char siew (BBQ pork) that looked pretty good so I asked for that as well (RM10.00)…

Chopsticks char siew 1

It was very nice but it was not exactly like char siew as we know it. This was not sweet and there was that lovely fragrance of five-spice powder…

Chopsticks char siew 2

So off we went on our way to our girl’s school and even though we got there a little early at around 11.00, she was already up and about and doing her work – getting ready all the reports and what not before the school closes for the long end-of-year holidays at the end of this week.

We had our lunch together and sat and chatted about the things that had transpired over the past few days and it was way past noon, before 1.00 p.m. when the mum and I left the school and made our way back home.

Author: suituapui

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18 thoughts on “The way it was…”

  1. looks pretty appetiting to me. The rice looks fragant, soft fluffy. Yum πŸ™‚

    Yes, very nicely done. The rice is really very good. The chicken and the roast meat, ok…maybe a couple of others here are better but their rice is not so nice and fragrant. Love the one here!

  2. Mmmmm…..roast pork, chicken and rice! I am getting hungry! I love all these things. πŸ™‚

    You should be able to get these there too? Those Hong Kong or Singaporean restaurants there.

  3. Oh yes, garlic and ginger sure do add a delicious fragrance and taste. They’re great bases for just about anything savoury. πŸ˜‰

    Not sure what else goes into it – I think I saw on tv, they had lemon grass and pandan too. Sure a lot more than what meets the eye, this chicken rice – looks so plain but so much goes into it. I guess that is why some are a cut above the others, not everyone can cook great chicken rice and definitely not the same anywhere and everywhere

  4. It is good that they do something and improve their food. Or they could feel the pinch by losing out.

    I just had a very nice char siew and roasted meat on Sunday!! Will blog about it soon.

    I think the last time I had any in Kuching was at the Hong Kong Noodle House.

    There was a man from a house along Rubber Road a long time ago, 70’s – at around 3 in the afternoon, he would push his cart (with a green canvas roof) to the Open Air Market area and park it by the roadside – the shops/Cathay Cinema side, not the Electra House side. Ooooo…his was simply the best! I loved his char siew liver with a bit of pork fat inside, so so so nice. I think I did see the cart there still on one of my previous visits to Kuching – dunno if he’s still doing it or the younger ones in the family. You can ask your hubby to go and check it out since he works around that area.

    1. I know that guy pushing the cart. No more. I understand they have a small shop in Main Bazaar selling the meats. I love its ar ka pau!! Liver and char siew tied together.

      Oh? Gotta look out for it the next time I hop over to Kuching. Name reminds me of Ar ka su, behind Harbour View…their roast suckling pig! Yum yummmmmm!!!!!

  5. Love all the food in this post – stewed egg, siew yok, all my favourite πŸ˜›
    Yup, school holidays coming soon, last day of school this Friday, kid having class party on Friday πŸ™‚

    Yes, I sure am looking forward to it – can spend more time with my girl, can go out or cook things that we love to eat.

  6. I loves everything u all had… But i will prefer roasted pork to char siew… hehe…

    Same as my girl – I don’t think she had any of the char siew, just the roast pork.

  7. I like the chicken rice with stewed egg, char siew & if the roasted pork is not that fatty, I might like it. Long holidays are coming, have a great time with your loved ones.

    My girl would not touch the char siew – I used to order that, not the roast pork but since she likes that, not the char siew, no choice lah! Papa always follow what anak wants. If a lot of fat, the mum would peel off and eat only the lean meat.

  8. I used to like Chicken Rice a lot… when i was still in Secondary school… i had to eat 2-3 plates of them and i was weighing at 108kg that time. Dark age that i do not wish to remember.

    Wowwwwww!!!!!! I was a heavyweight in my school days but I was never over 100 kg – only till very much later in life, near retirement. You’re sure it was the chicken rice, not your sedentary lifestyle, bookworm…study…study…study…or you were hooked on computer games? Here, obese kids, the blame would be on those fast food joints…and kampua.

  9. The char siew looks like the one I see on kampua noodles, it has red coloring, no?

    No, the one on kampua noodles is boiled, not barbecued. Boiled and coloured red – some redder than others. But for char siew, isn’t that char siew sauce that’s red in colour? Is that colouring? If it is, then I’m off char siew from now on. After all, my girl is not into that.

  10. tak pe tak pe…year end liao…one more week of school then next week holiday liao…Hip hip hooray!!

    LOL…looks like parents more happy than kids when it comes to school holiday ya…

    Mana one more week? TWO days!!! Yaaaaaa!!!!

  11. Arthur, Melissa is so blessed to have you and your wife as her parents. Likewise, you are equally blessed to have her as your daughter. Such strong bond the three of you have. I love it.

    One of my niece grows up with my parents in Malacca while her own parents are working in KL. When she was in National Service, my parents drove over an hour every weekend just to visit her and bring her food.

    It warms my heart to see dotting parents or grandparents like this.

    My girl was in NS too – curi our way to get her into a camp right here in our town…so we could send her food (pass through the fence) regularly…and on Sundays, smuggled her home from church to eat puas-puas. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  12. I love char siew and roast pork, especially those with a bit of fats, but not easy to find nice ones in my neighbourhood

    You can’t? I would think they’re everywhere there, some with authentic Hong Kong chefs some more? This place, the original chef came from Johore and at the time, it was called Johore Chicken Rice.

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