The bees…

I’ve told you about the birds…and the cats…and now, let me tell you about the bees!

Well, that day, my girl wanted the beef noodles

beef noodles

…again so we dropped by here

Chopsticks beef noodle stall

…for that. Oh dear! It looked like they had taken down the sign for the jiaozi (meat dumplings) that were not to our liking. I hope it was because they were, in fact, not selling well and not because of what I had said.

That day, both my girl and the mum had the beef noodles and yes, they sure enjoyed their orders to the max. I decided to go for the duck rice that comprised this plate of roast duck…

Chopsticks roast duck

…and the chicken rice…

Chopsticks chicken rice

…instead and of course, I also asked for one stewed egg…

Chopsticks stewed egg

…to go with it. Everything was good but I did feel the rice was nicer that day when I bought some for lunch at my girl’s school – it had a very much stronger and nicer garlic fragrance then. Looking at the way things were, I would wish they had much better quality control so what I would eat one day would be exactly or almost the same, should I eat that same thing again at a later date.

Now, going back to the bees, it is a favourite pastime of a lot of people here. From what I’ve been told, you can buy a swarm of bees, inclusive of the birdhouse-like hives, to keep for the honey. I am not too sure but my guess is somebody in the vicinity is into that so that day, the bees came fluttering around, much to the discomfort of everybody who, like us, had gone there for lunch. These are the so-called bite or stingless bees, quite harmless, but still they were quite a nuisance as they would be flying all over in front of everybody’s faces and we were quite irritated by the fact that we had to keep waving at them to get them to go away. That sure took away some of the enjoyment and if they are there again the next time we drop by, I sure would choose to go some place else instead…and eat in peace.

After we had had our lunch, we decided to stroll to the mall a stone’s throw away. The Christmas decorations were up already…

Delta Mall, Sibu Christmas decor

– nothing very elaborate but I guess something is better than nothing and I did think the gingerbread houses…

Gingerbread houses from Tom's Too

…from here were quite nice.

On another day, we stopped by this coffee shop right round the corner in the same commercial area for lunch. No, we did not go for the very nice roast stuff at one of the stalls there but instead, we decided that we would order a few dishes from the chu-char (cook-fry) place at the back. They were the same people here a long time ago and we did drop by quite often like for instance, here or here. The last I saw them, they were here and at this point in time, they are here. From what I have observed, since they moved here, business has been really brisk and that coffee shop is always busy, with a whole lot of people any time of day.

We had their sweet and sour spare ribs…

Mei Le sweet and sour spare ribs

…and their salad sotongΒ (squid/calamari)…

Mei Le Salad sotong

…(anything served with mayo here, they would call salad). Good grief! They certainly were very generous with the mayonnaise, as you can see. I wish they had served that separately in a bowl so we could just dip as and when we felt like it.

We had our usual cangkuk manis fried with egg…

Mei Le cangkuk manis with egg

…and this tofu dish…

Mei Le tofu

…as well.

I kept reiterating that we would not want a lot of each dish, enough for two and yet what came out in the end was a bit too much for the three of us to finish, so much so that we had to tapao quite a lot home…and we had that for dinner that same day. Now, the best part was that the bill came up to only RM36.60 for the food, inclusive of three plates of rice and that sure was a welcome surprise. This is relatively cheap compared to most, if not all, of the other places in town…and considering the fact that like all this while over the years even at their previous locations, what they dish out is really quite nice, no wonder it is always so crowded.

Well, one thing’s for sure, if the bees are going to take up permanent residence at that other coffee shop round the corner, I definitely would opt to eat here instead. We did not see any of those pesky insects here!

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Author: suituapui

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

17 thoughts on “The bees…”

  1. Stingless bees? Would you consider keeping/rearing them for honey since they are popular over in Sibu? I have not seen anyone keeping bees around my area.

    It’s the trend here. Heard of a lot of people doing it, not for me. So far, I have only seen one house with the hives all over the garden. They said the honey is a little on the bitter side.

  2. i do like the christmas deco … it has all the essential element (a tree) and the fun element (a smiling snowman!) πŸ˜€

    Come, come. You can put your face through the hole and I can snap your picture. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  3. That’s a lot of food! The beef noodles look yummy. I didn’t know you could find stingless bees. I’ve often thought I’d like to have a hive for honey. πŸ™‚

    RM300 for a batch of bees including the hives…and if for some reason, all the bees fly away, they would replace them, give you a new batch. That’s what I heard. Used to go for RM1K but I guess there are more people selling now so the price has gone down. Yes, we love the beef noodles here.

  4. That’s a very good deal for the food, looks good & big portion. Yes, I agree the mayonise should be served separately instead of pouring all over the sotong. Even with the flies flying around, I find it a nuisance, what more to say about the bees. Grrrrrr…..no peace at all.

    Yes, I cannot stand flies too – I would not go back again to such places where there are flies. Just about shows that the place is not all that clean. Indeed, they should serve the mayo separately and let people dip if they want. The cream would spoil the crispiness of the fried sotong also if not eaten quickly.

  5. Wow that’s a lot of food for RM36! I spot my favourite sweet and sour pork! But no thank you to the ‘salad’ drenched in mayo!! πŸ™‚

    Not really a fan of mayo either – don’t mind if they use it to make some special dressing of their own but not straight from the bottle. Ya…all that for a little over AUD10.00 – that’s a steal, eh? πŸ˜‰

  6. Our WA native bees are also stingless, like yours. Not so the regular imported ones, which seem to be more common. I like the look of the duck with the sauce on it.

    The duck was good but I wished they had de-boned it like at that other place that I like.

  7. I loves the Christmas decorations, so nice…

    Simple, nothing much but nice. At least very much better than our neighbouring country – cannot celebrate Christmas so nothing there.

  8. Haven’t you been eating a lot lately?

    Not more than usual, but eating out more, yes, as my girl is home for the school holidays so I’m taking her around to enjoy all the stuff in town that she loves a lot…since we are not going anywhere. Papa sayang mah! Sure your papa’s the same too. πŸ˜‰

  9. wait up…..leave some for me leh…. guai guai stay home wait for PosLAYU ok. Dont go anywhere ah

    Never mind, can go to the office to collect, very near – kentut at my house, there can hear. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Over 2 kg, I hope, BIG BIG one!!! πŸ˜‰

  10. I know the bees you are talking about.

    I like the gingerbread houses!!

    You’re keeping those for the honey too? πŸ˜‰

    Yes, nice gingerbread houses, not big though.

  11. Bees! I am terrified of them. Had a bad experience when I was in primary school. I was stung and it was very painful 😦 I am intrigued that people actually rear bees over there.

    The current trend, for the honey – great healthy stuff, perhaps?

    I was stung by a bee too when I was small and the sting went into my bloodstream and I started to swell up like Michelin Man, had to rush to a doctor for an injection to get the swelling to subside.

  12. Indeed they are very generous with the mayo… yes, I prefer them to be served separately… the dishes are definitely worth the price.. should keep coming here again and again.. πŸ™‚

    Looks like all of us are on the same wavelength. Even at some western restaurants these days – they use the mayo to make zig zag lines all over the dish, their idea of a nice presentation – it does not look nice even, such a mess. Definitely not to my liking.

  13. I finally managed to try this place! πŸ™‚

    My dad tried it before too so he had something else but I went for this. It was good. I particularly liked how springy the noodles are – can feel the texture vividly when you bite into the noodles. That’s the best part. Portions are slightly small though, it wasn’t enough for me.

    Small? Wow! You’re a big eater! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ The one at YummyKafe is very very good too but maybe, that one’s not for you – the serving is even smaller – you’ll have to order two bowls. πŸ˜‰

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