Not so fast…

I decided to drop by here (2.319100, 111.832213)…

Fast Cafe

…among the shops opposite the RTM station in Sibu in the Sungai Antu area that day. The last time I was here was in 2013 when my Penang friend and his friend from KL were passing through Sibu on their way to the now-a-cluster-primary-school where he once taught in Dalat and back.

I used to drop by quite frequently a long time ago and I always enjoyed the Malay lady‘s fried noodles

Fast Cafe fried noodles
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…and the rest and also her nasi lemak special…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak
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That morning, I opted for the latter but when it was served (RM5.00)…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak special

…I must say that I was so very disappointed. Where was the egg? Maybe she had forgotten about it? And where were the peanuts and the fried ikan bilis (anchovies)? Don’t tell me she forgot those too?

Other than that, the rice…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak special, the rice

…was not lemak (rich and fragrant with santan/coconut milk) and was somewhat hard and dry. Hmmm…has she lost her touch after all these years?

Thankfully, the masak hitam beef…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak special, masak hitam beef

…was nice and the fried chicken…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak special, fried chicken

…was like what it was, fried chicken. Together with those and also the very nice nasi lemak sambal, and the very nice complimentary clear chicken soup that came with it…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak special, complimentary soup

…I would say that I quite enjoyed my order but I felt kind of sad that it was no longer what it used to be, not as nice any longer, and I sure would have second thoughts about having this should I happen to drop by here again.

My missus had the kampua noodles (RM2.70)…

Fast Cafe kampua mee

…from the Chinese stall in that coffee shop and all she said was that it was nice – she did not elaborate further. I had that here before and I thought it was all right too, nothing to get excited about really.

I don’t know if we will drop by again and if we do, it would not be so fast, that’s for sure – maybe I will want to go back there some fine day and try the fried noodles to see if it is still as good as what I used to enjoy a long time ago.

Lights…

It was some two weeks ago when there was a blackout here in Sibu. It was not very long, less than two hours from around 4.00 to 6.00 p.m. and it was still bright at the time so we could go outside where it was cooler but when that happens in the night, even though there may be the pleasant night breeze outside, one would have to fight with the mosquitoes and whatever that would be lurking in the dark.

Two days later, it happened again early in the night around 7.00 p.m. but that one was quite brief, around half an hour only, thank God!

I have the electricity board’s technical assistance number on speed dial so everytime that happened, I would call them right away. One had to be fast or one would never be able to get through – the line would be engaged and I wouldn’t know if some other people were calling or they just left the receiver off the hook. Tsk! Tsk!

These days, when you call that number, you would get through to their customer service and firstly, the answering machine would tell you to press 1 for English, 2 for Malay…and then if you want to report a blackout, you would need to press a certain number and so on and so forth. Finally, when all that has been done, they will tell you, “Sorry, all our lines are busy. Please hold!” So you would have to wait and wait and wait and listen to some horrible music and I was thinking, perhaps they should play some relevant songs instead like this one, for instance…

If I am not wrong, the people running that service are in Kuching and they would ask and say a lot of things and at the end of it all, they would just tell you that they would inform the people concerned. When? Don’t ask me…but what I can tell you is that if you are calling on your mobile, that would cost you quite a bit. Thankfully, I have free landline calls using the complimentary cordless phone that came with my internet package so go ahead – say what you want, take your time!

Coming back to the blackout, I was thinking of buying a fan that would run on rechargeable battery. I bought this one…

Emergency fan & light
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…some two years ago for my girl to take to her school in the jungle. They have electricity there but are dependent on generators and those would break down sometimes. Thankfully, there had not been any need to use it and one fine day, she told me it was not working anymore. I heard somewhere that these things have to be used regularly or they would just call it quits for no reason whatsoever. Ah well! What can one expect for RM15.00 only and from something made in China some more? For this very reason, I did not want to get one of the same for her or for myself.

I remember seeing a box fan with a fluorescent light by the side at a shop in Selangau that time when my girl first went over to teach in one of the schools in that district…and I was looking and thinking of buying one for her but the mum went nag…nag…nag…so I just walked away and abandoned the whole idea. I was contemplating on going back there to see if they would still be selling it there but in the meantime, I decided to drop by the electrical shop a few doors away when we went here for lunch (we were there early, around one hour before opening time) that day and yes, they had this…

Fan

…tagged at RM145.00 but they were willing to let me have it for RM125.00. I told them I would be getting two and they reduced it further to RM120.00 each.

It is made in China too but these days, what isn’t? For one thing, you will only use it in the event of a blackout, sitting right in front of the 12-inch fan…

12-inch

…enjoying the wind while waiting for power to be restored and if it is in the night, there are these LED lights as well…

Lights

…so you would not be sitting in the dark and I do think it would be quite safe since it will not be running on electricity, just the battery in it. For one thing, it is very quiet unlike the aforementioned cheap one – I used that when there was a blackout before my girl took it to her school and I wanted to have a nap but the noise was so loud that it kept me awake the whole time. I guess when something is THAT cheap, one has no cause for complaint.

Of course, this one needs recharging as well! According to the manual, full recharging the first time would take some 12-15 hours and even if you do not use it, you would need to recharge for around 8 hours every 3 months. When it is recharging, the red light…

Charging

…will come on and according to the people at the shop, it will go off when fully recharged. So far we have not waited that long to see it happen. LOL!!!

Well, if anyone is interested in getting one…

Fan, in box

…as well, you can drop by the electrical shop at Laichee Lane here (2.290842, 111.829440) to see if they have any more stock. I hear blackouts are a lot more frequent in Kuching and Miri and a lot worse in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah…and thank God for small mercies, it isn’t so bad here but still, it pays to be prepared. In Malay, there is a saying, “Sediakan payung sebelum hujan!” (Get ready the umbrella before it rains!)

Up early…

I get up very early in the morning, way before the crack of dawn but people say that’s a sign of old age – early to bed, early to rise. Well, say what you want. I remember the verse in English that goes like this, “Early to bed, early to rise…makes a man healthy and wise!” and some people would add in “wealthy” as well, “healthy, wealthy and wise“. LOL!!!

I do not venture out of the house and go anywhere though unless there are things I would need to buy at the central market (I hate going later as it gets so very crowded and noisy and hot) but on Sundays, I would make it a point to go to the petrol station to fill up the tank, never mind even if it is not really running on empty – blame it on my OCD but I would feel more comfortable going on the long drive to send my girl back to her school in the jungle with a full tank.

Usually I would go before 9.00 a.m. I’ve noticed that the Sunday crowd would not make its appearance that early and last Sunday, I decided to drop by here

Friends Kopitian

…to buy the fried or koi and chiew chu koi (tapioca cake)…

Or koi and chiew chu koi
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…and tapao their mee mamak (RM4.00)…

Friends Kopitian mee mamak
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…and fried pek koi, dry (RM4.50)…

Friends Kopitian fried pek koi, dry
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…home for the ladies in the house for breakfast and I did say the other day in this post that I would like to go back there and give the kampua noodles a try.

Oopssss!!! I was so eager to dig in that I forgot to take a photograph before I did that so I had to put everything back together again and this was the best I could do…

Friends Kopitian kampua mee

…and I would say the actual presentation looked a bit better with the sprinkling of fried shallots and spring onion on top. It was all right, pretty much the same as many elsewhere…

Friends Kopitian 2

…though to me, it was not quite as nice as some of the notably better ones that we have in town.

Personally, I would much sooner go for the piansip

Friends Kopitian piansip, dry 1

…which I enjoyed very much more.

This is the dry version…

Friends Kopitian painsip, dry 2

…and yes, it was very nicely done – not oily, not wet and I did enjoy it very much, what with all that meat…

Friends Kopitian piansip dry 3

…in it and its very thin translucent skin. Having said that, I think I liked the soup version that I had previously a lot more.

Well, I came, I saw…and I tried. I probably would drop by again one afternoon one of these days to try their deep fried stuffed kompia next. Hang around, I’ll be back!

Few and far between…

I overheard a visitor asking one of the distinguished quests at one function at a hotel in town if there were any mamak makan shops here in Sibu and the guy replied that there was none and added that there were no Indians in Sibu. That, of course, was grossly incorrect! Indeed, we may not have that many Indians around here but no, we do have a couple of mamak or Indian-owned shops in town, one that was right across the road from the hotel and another one not too far away.

If I am not wrong, they are all West Malaysians who have settled down here and so far, I only know of one that has an authentic Indian chef from North India, and a very handsome one at that, so anytime and everytime my girl wants something Indian, that would be the one that we would head to, no less.

That day, she wanted the butter chicken curry…

Cafe Ind butter chicken curry bryani

…with a special request for the bryani rice instead of the pilau rice and yes, it was consistently good and my girl enjoyed it to the max.

The mum stuck faithfully to the kalio ayam

Cafe Ind kalio ayam
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…that she would always go for everytime we drop by here, and without fail, with her usual request for the curry…

Cafe Ind kalio ayam curry

…to be extra spicy.

We were early, at least an hour or so before opening time, and the Indonesian chef was out when we got there so her assistant had to cook our orders for us. By the time the former came back with the boss of the cafe, everything was more or less done and the boss was aghast that I had ordered the mee jawa

Cafe Ind mee jawa 1

…but I thought it was nice – different, very different from those that one would find at the Malay shops around town including my favourite here but I enjoyed it especially with a squeeze of the calamansi lime provided.

I read somewhere that mee Bandung did not originate from Bandung, Indonesia and actually started in Muar, Johore but I don’t recall seeing or hearing anything along this same line about mee Jawa – whether it is originally Javanese or Indonesian but I’ve read somewhere that it is served with a tomato-based sauce and this one that I had here had just that which made it a little different from the local ones which, among other things, would not be so strong on the tomato and would have sweet potatoes in the kuah (gravy).

I wanted the mee bakso too (noodles served in beef ball soup) but the girl said that I might not be able to finish all of that as there would be noodles too in the mee jawa

Cafe Ind mee jawa 2

…so I settled for just the soup…

Cafe Ind bakso soup

…instead.

Yes, I loved the freshly-made beef meatballs unlike the frozen ones that they would use elsewhere or at least, that was what I thought they were, here or here and I enjoyed the light clear soup as well but I would not think it would be enough to go with noodles – that would need a much thicker and richer broth.

Our bill came up to over RM60.00 but the boss collected RM50.00 only from me as he was somewhat apologetic that I had ordered the mee jawa plus we had to make do with what the assistant, not the chief Indonesian chef, dished out…which, in my opinion, was no big deal really as what we had were, to us, pretty good and we sure enjoyed the delightful lunch that day.

That’s the reason…

I remember the last time when we dropped by here, some three or fours months ago, it was because the weather was unbearably hot and we were looking for some place that was air-conditioned and a lot cooler and more comfortable. Well, it was for that same reason that we dropped by again that day last week. It has not been raining for quite a while now, the temperatures have been steadily rising and there is this constant threat of the horrendous haze rearing its ugly head again.

They have some new items on their menu including this…

Noodle House French thick toast

…but at RM8.00 for two thick slices of toast generously coated with what looks like honey, I would much sooner go for this instead…

Noodle House steamed kaya bread

…for only RM5.00.

This is new too – their cendol smoothie (RM7.00 excluding GST)…

Noodle House cendol smoothie

…and yes, I thought that would be nice to cool me down a bit so I had one. Unfortunately, I would say that at best, it was all right – quite nice but I would not say it was something that would get me running back for more nor would I say it would be something I would think about ordering again should I happen to drop by here again.

My missus had the wanton QQ noodle soup (RM6.50 excluding GST)…

Noodle House wanton QQ noodle soup

…and of course, she requested for their very nice chili dip to go with it and she did enjoy it, no complaint.

I had their laksa before and no, it was not anything like Sarawak or Kuching laksa and no, they never claim that it is the one and the same thing, their Noodle House laksa (RM8.80)…

Noodle House laksa

I decided to have that as I did not get try the one here a few days prior to this and yes, it had not changed at all – it still wasn’t anything like Sarawak or Kuching laksa and yes, it was nice in its own way. If I were to give an idea as to what it was like, I would say that it was more like curry mee, not like our laksa as we know it.

My girl wanted their salt & pepper calamari (RM8.20 excluding GST)…

Noodle House salt & pepper calamari

She loves sotong (squid) and of course, she always enjoys this – everywhere and anywhere. I had one and the mum had one and she finished the rest, except for 3 pieces, all by herself…and I was wondering how on earth would she be able to finish her sizzling chicken chop with creamy mushroom sauce (RM18.80 excluding GST)…

Noodle House sizzling chicken chop

…after eating all that and true enough, she only managed half of the meat and half of the wedges but she did eat up the corn on the cob and the snap peas by the side. She said that the chicken was rather salty and yes, I would agree with her on that – it was all right if eaten together with a bit of the potato wedges but both of us were already too full to eat it like that, so we just had to leave what was left behind.

Including GST, plus charges for the drinks that we had, the total came up to RM64.45 and I would be lying if I say that I did not feel the pinch especially considering that my missus and I just had noodles…but it sure was a welcome change and a lovely break for my girl home from her school in the jungle and for that very reason, we may drop by again, but not that soon perhaps.

Quite sometime…

It has been quite sometime since we last were here, early in the year around Chinese New Year, for my nephew’s wedding reception and his grandma, my mother-in-law who just passed away last week, was still around then.

Well, I was here again the other night with my in-laws and some relatives who had come all the way for the funeral and my niece, the one currently working in Singapore, wanted this…

Sheraton mixed vegetables yam basket

I am never really into these Chinese mixed vegetable dishes but according to her, she likes the yam basket.

Our next-of-kin, who lived in Miri before but have moved to KL for some six years or so now, wanted the midin

Sheraton midin

– something they can’t get all that easily there, but though it was nice, it was so light on the belacan (dried prawn paste) that we could hardly taste it.

The Foochow fried noodles…

Sheraton Foochow fried noodles

…that we had was quite good despite the lack of ingredients other than those bits of green vegetables. At places such as this, which is not our regular kind of coffee shop, I would have expected more like what we had here or here.

Of course, we had to have their signature dishes – their so-called Peking duck…

Sheraton Peking duck
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…served wrapped with these…

Wrappers and condiments

…in the very thin egg wrappers…

It's a wrap

…and we also had their fish head curry…

Sheraton fish head curry

…which was so very well done that night (Probably it’s the Chinese 7th Month and we were the only table that night so they had all the time to give their full concentration and do it really very well!) and everybody enjoyed it to the max though it might have been a little too spicy for some to handle, not me! I loved it!

As always, dinner here is never cheap, very nice…but not cheap and the total came up to around RM340.00 even though we did not have all that many dishes but that was inclusive of rice and drinks for some 15 of us altogether…and yes, they did have a table big enough to squeeze all of us in.

All in…

For RM350.00, less than SGD or AUD120.00, you can get this package deal at this restaurant

Golden Happiness Restaurant

…at Jalan Chengal here in Sibu (2.285006, 111.834170) for 10 persons…0r 12, if you can manage to squeeze in two more into one table

There is this Four Seasons platter…

Golden Happiness Four Seasons

…for starters, only four – not as many as what one would usually get at the restaurants here for their regular dinner packages but these were good enough. I loved particularly the fish roll wrapped in bean curd skin and deep fried, served with its special red sauce – very nice!

At this unbelievable price, you cannot expect to get the not-be-named soup and any of those exclusive expensive soups but this one…

Golden Happiness egg & meatball chicken soup

…I would say, is very much nicer than any of those gooey, all-corn-starch thick and sticky soups. This is a bowl of very clear and refreshing soup with lightly-fried golden hardboiled eggs, slices of chicken, some Chinese cabbage and these very very nice meatballs…

Golden Happiness meatballs

I don’t know how nice they are actually as my girl loved it so much that I gave her mine – there was just enough to go round, one each.

This stewed chicken…

Golden Happiness stewed chicken

…is literally served in a wooden barrel ( or on the outside, at least) and is very very good too. I would put in a special request for fresh baby corn though…or they can just leave that out all together – I really am not a fan of those canned ones.

The steamed fish…

Golden Happiness steamed fish

…Teochew-style is very nice too but no, at that price, you can’t jolly well expect to get white pomfret (pek chio/bawal putih)or any of the worth-its-weight-in-gold fish. Somebody said this was the “golden pomfret” (kim chio), not as fine and smooth as the white variety and the taste is not as strong as the black ones (or chio/bawal hitam), probably something in between the two. I think my missus has bought this from the market before and we’ve had it at home, most probably deep fried or as a sweet and sour fish dish.

And talking about sweet and sour, there is also this pork dish…

Golden Happiness sweet and sour pork

…sweet and sour, no less.

I hear this…

Golden Happiness bayam

…is very popular in Singapore – bayam served with deep-fried century eggs and lots of whole cloves of garlic. I have never had this before and I must say I do enjoy the bayam though I can’t say I am a fan of century eggs deep fried.

Lastly, just to make sure that you will not go home hungry, there is this plate of fried rice…

Golden Happiness fired rice

…followed by a huge plate of fresh fruits – that day, we had watermelon, honey dew, pomelo and so on.

So what do you think, all in – 8 dishes, including the fruits, for RM350.00?

See for myself…

After our failed attempt to get to try the ayam penyet here and the so-so one that we had here, I decided to try the one here that my missus was praising to the skies.

I love the culturally-inclined photos on the wall, this one of our local ethnic lady weaving a mat like the ones they are sitting on or a basket…

Weaving

…and in the background, you can see the  loom that they use to weave the pua kumbu

Pua kumbu in the making

– the traditional ethnic blanket.

I really must say that their kopi-o-peng

Kopi-o-peng

…is among my favourites here. They do it really well unlike many that I have had at a lot of places around town.

As for the ayam penyet (RM8.50)…

Warung BM ayam penyet

I thought it looked better that time when my missus had it but when I checked, yes, they did have the kunyit (turmeric)…

Warung BM ayam penyet, chicken

…and what not that they would have used to marinate the meat.

Yes, it tasted good but no, I would not say that it swept me off my feet. I would prefer the cabbage and the long beans…

Warung BM ayam penyet, ulam

…lightly boiled – the cucumber is perfectly ok for me, raw and they certainly were very generous with the sambal

Warung BM ayam penyet, sambal

…but the one that came with my girl’s order…

Chicken rice sambal

…which is something like what they would give at any chicken rice stall or shop was just as nice or perhaps even nicer.

She had their smoked chicken (drumstick) rice (RM5.00)…

Warung BM smoked drumstick chicken rice

…that I had the first time I dropped by here and yes, I did enjoy it a lot then though I thought I could do with a little bit more of the chicken. Personally, I like the chicken in this one more than what I was served in my ayam penyet platter and instead of the plain white rice in that one, they had chicken rice for this one…and on top of it all, this one is a lot cheaper so between the two, I would prefer it more.

At this point in time, it looks like when it comes to ayam penyet, my favourite is still the one at Bandong (which was very much cheaper then, dunno now) and the one we had here was very good too but we have not gone for either of them for a long long time now. Perhaps one of these days, we’ll go back and check them out again and I can see for myself if they are still as good…

I choose…

Of course, there is no panggang like Kate’s panggang and by the way, that is the name we call it in our family after the lady who used to go round on a bicycle selling them. Don’t go round the kueh stalls in the kampungs asking for Kate’s panggang – they would not know what on earth you’re talking about. They call it by the name of the person making them, a Haji something but somehow or other, I just can’t seem to remember it even though those sellers have told me more than once.

The old man had retired, the younger ones in the family are making them now but unfortunately, they do not make them on a regular basis so you would have to be very lucky to stumble upon any for sale. They are going for RM1.10 each, the rest are priced at RM1.00 only so chances are if you come across any priced as such, those would be the ones to grab. The last time I managed to get some, it was at this kueh stall at the end of Kpg. Hilir beside the SEDC hawker stalls, opposite the MDS Supermarket at Simpang Tiga here…and that was quite a long time ago, still as nice as ever but they somehow looked thinner and shorter.

Now why am I bringing this up, you may ask? Well, when my Kuching cousins were in town, that afternoon when they dropped by my house for the popiah lunch, I saw that they had with them two leftover panggangs in a plastic bag and they looked so green and clean. “Eyewwwwww!!!” I exclaimed, “Those can’t possibly be nice!” The ones in Kuching are like these that I came across in Bintulu…

Bintulu sambal panggang
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They have sambal inside and yes, they do taste nice if the sambal inside is nice but once I had some from Kuching with a whole lot of sambal and very little pulut (glutinous rice) so that was some sort of an overkill. Not nice. You just can’t go overboard with these things, really.

Those do not need much panggang-ing as there is the sambal to give it its taste to go with the pulut but our pulut panggangs here are not the same. Yes, lately, we do have the ones with sambal as well but true-blue panggang eaters will not settle for anything less than the real thing – the kosong (no filling) ones…and when buying, one must know how to tell the good ones from those mediocre or not-so-good ones sold all over.

Firstly, the banana leaves must be badly burnt and black…

Pulut panggang 1

– that would be an indication that it has been well-panggang-ed over a hot charcoal fire. That is essential to give it that smoked fragrance without which the panggang will be nothing more than salted pulut wrapped in banana leaf, nothing to get excited about.

You can also take one and smell it. My missus finds that disgusting and would grumble that the sellers would not be happy about me doing that. Well, if I cannot detect the much-coveted panggang-ed fragrance at all, I would just put it back – no point wasting my time and money…and calories.

Then when you open one up, it should be nice and oily…

Pulut panggang 2

…not dry and clean. In Kate’s ones, you may detect some traces of the santan (coconut milk) which would go to show how lemak it is. Now that is another thing in panggang that separates the boys from the men. It must be lemak enough and that is what makes Kate’s stand out way above the rest – those are extra lemak and of course, extra nice! I sure would not mind forking out that extra 10 sen just for that!

If you look at the pulut, you may detect a slight tint of gold…

Pulut panggang 3

That must be very slight and not brown, the result of over-panggang-ing, in which case the pulut would be hard and not all that palatable at all. In the case of this one, you can see that the tint is only on the outside…

Pulut panggang 4

…very superficial so it is perfectly all right and may be considered as having been very nicely done actually.

Many would prefer to eat this pulut panggang on its own and enjoy its slightly salty and very lemak taste plus the panggang-ed fragrance but with my sweet tooth, I would rather have it with kaya (coconut jam)…

Pulut panggang 5

…or condensed milk or to the very least, sugar.

I bought this one at RM1.00 each and I found that it was pretty good – no, not as nice as Kate’s but good enough. After all, as they say, beggars can’t be choosers.

That’s why…

I saw this photograph of the Sarawak laksa

Friends' Kopitian Sarawak laksa
*Friends’ Kopitian photo on their Facebook page*

…on their Facebook page and it sure looked good and that was why I decided to drop by the place to give it a try.

The people running the kampua noodles and chap fan (mixed rice) stall have called it quits and right now, this young and handsome guy…

Friends' Kopitian kampua guy

…has taken over and among the things on his menu is Sarawak laksa, RM4.00 for the regular and RM6.00 for the special. Unfortunately, he was out of prawns that morning so I decided not to have it then – another day, perhaps.

I did order a bowl of his pian sip, soup (RM2.50)…

Friends' Kopitian pian sip, soup

…to try and it was very good. I loved the soup and the dumplings had quite a bit of the minced meat filling inside plus it was very nicely seasoned so it had a taste that was not quite the same as the ones elsewhere. Other than that, it was cheaper than most places by 30 sen where this same thing is going for RM2.80, sometimes more and the kampua noodles here is also going for that same price, RM2.50 a bowl. I did not order it that day and since I liked the pian sip, I sure would want to go back there one of these days to give that a try.

They are still selling the Chinese kuehs like the people running that stall before and these fried or koi (yam cakes)…

Friends' Kopitian fried yam cake

…were going for 5 pieces for RM2.00, the same as the fried tapioca cakes by the side. The latter sure seemed a lot more popular – there were only a few pieces left.

From what we gathered, these were home made and left there for sale – they did not make them themselves. I did wish though that they had covered everything…

Friends' Kopitian ham chim beng and so on

…probably with cling film/wrap or some plastic sheet if they do not intend to buy those containers with covers or perhaps they could do what they do at some of the Malay kueh stalls here – put a few pieces in a little plastic bag, ready to go like, for instance, in the case of the or koi, they could have 5 in each selling for RM2.00…

Friends' Kopitian nasi lemak and so on

…I did notice that they have done it with some of the items available and that way, at least, one can be 100% sure that the flies would not be able to get to them before somebody buys them and takes them home…

Friends' Kopitian steamed egg cake

I don’t know if the rest of the stuff is any good or not though – we did not buy any to try, just the or koi and the tapioca cake and they were both to our liking.

That morning, my missus had the Foochow noodles, soup…

Friends' Kopitian Foochow noodles, soup

…and she said it was good and I had the Foochow fried noodles…

Friends' Kopitian Foochow firede noodles

…that I had had before and enjoyed a lot.

Well, we would be back again, that’s for sure, perhaps for the kampua noodles or the Sarawak laksa or something else. We’ll see!