Who’ll stop the rain…

I got up early in the morning, around six, thinking that I could walk around and look for something nice to eat but it was raining!

I had that Anthony Bourdain’s favourite Sarawak laksa place in mind, located to the left of that hotel…

Rain in the morning

…straight ahead – so near yet so far! I did enjoy that special Kuching delight there and I liked the kolo mee and the popiah (spring rolls) too but that was so very long ago, long before I retired. That was why I was keen on going back there for those and they say the loti kiap or roti kahwin (toast sandwich) is very good too.

In the end, I just had to go to the coffee shop right beside the hotel where I was staying

Coffee shop

…for my morning coffee…

Coffee and kuihs

…and I saw these nyonya kuihs there and I decided to give them a try. Unfortunately, they were not nice at all – maybe very slightly better than what we can get here in Sibu but no, don’t ever bother eating those. They’re such a waste of calories, really!

The Nescafe-O (black) that I had wasn’t much better either – at home, I would just put one tablespoon of the instant coffee powder in a mug, pour hot boiling water into it and drink and it was good enough for me to start off the day. I really wonder why they can’t even get that right – maybe they just use one teaspoon…and I’ve had their own-brewed coffee before and let’s just say that I would never want to order that again.

They had some choices for breakfast such as the fried noodles that I had…

Fried noodles

…which was all right, though not anything that I would want to go back there for. I was early and later, they came out with some fried rice, fried chicken and eggs. I would not mind having the latter two with my noodles – perhaps, those would help make what I was having a little more appetising.

For one thing, I only had to pay RM5.60 for everything and I thought that was not very expensive and quite a consolation for a not-so-enjoyable breakfast.

I went out for brunch a little later that morning but that would be in a later post and that afternoon, a cousin of mine managed to get hold of this out-of-this-world homemade serimuka

Homemade serimuka 1

…for everyone to enjoy and needless to say, I had my fair share of it. That sure made up for all that disappointment early that morning.

They do have some very nice ones here and there in Kuching but if I were to give a perfect score of a 10 for this one…

Homemade serimuka 2

all those good ones around would pale in comparison and probably manage, at best, just a 6 – it’s THAT good…and I really must say a very very big thank you to my cousin for going through all the trouble and out of her way to get that for me/us to enjoy. I had so much and enjoyed myself so so much that I really wouldn’t mind if I do not get to eat serimuka again for a long long time to come. Betul-betul makan puas-puas (Really ate to one’s full satisfaction)! *insert happy smiley here*

Author: suituapui

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

16 thoughts on “Who’ll stop the rain…”

  1. Oh wow! That huge Kuih Seri Muka really looks good. I love kuih seri muka but it is difficult to get good ones these days. So lucky you to get to eat such perfect ones.

    Now, you true-blue nyonya from Malacca, make sure you can make one this good. I would expect nothing less from you the next time I go over to KL. Hehehehehehe!!!

  2. One tablespoon of instant coffee in a cup! Is it not bittle? How many sugars do you take?

    Pity about the kuih in the morning. That serimuka is hugh. All the better to stuff one’s face☺️.

    I have not had coffee brewed in an espresso stove for about a year. I hope I have not lost the touch. I hope to try Sibu’s coffee at some point.

    Pity about the nonya kuih in the morning. That serimuka is hugh. All the better to stuff one’s face☺️

    Since I am back in London, I have not wasted my intake of empty calories in ice cream of adequate quality. That goes for coffee etc. My home made avocado ice cream is so much nicer than store bought ice cream and I do not have to dig deep into my wallet.

    Bitter, you mean? No. On mornings when I do not have a good night’s sleep, I would have it scooped. No, no sugar. I’ve stopped taking sugar with my coffee for a long time now but I do take sugar when I drink it at the coffee shops…or I’ll just drink water like at dinners in restaurants.

    Hmmmm…you’ve been watching reruns of “Four weddings and a funeral”? Hugh? Muahahahahahaha!!!! And you said it twice.

    Oooo…avocado, I like but I hardly ever eat. Over £1 each and some are not even good. The ones from Australia are ok and are almost £2 each.

    1. Quite a few typos in my post. A stressful day😰

      I do admire your ability to drink rocket fuel.

      Good avocados are hard to get. Sometimes the exterior look alright but when it is cut open, it can only be fit for the bin. Waitrose’s avocado are usually sound because of the packaging.

      That is the problem here! Get so pissed off and they do not come cheap…and that is why I refrain from buying. Here, only the Australian ones are fit for consumption.

      LOL!!! Slips of the fingers, it happens to the best of us. Many a time, I would have to log in again on my PC to edit the errors I made – would spot them when browsing on my handphone.

  3. Wow! That is a lot of seri muka bought by your cousin.

    Hmm. That laksa place in Ban Hock? Hard to find parking and table. Dont know why everyone loves the laksa there. To me, it is alright; not that addictive till I want to go back there. I dont remember when was the last time I were there…..

    That is what everybody tells me – not so nice anymore. Maybe it was good, the best, a long long time ago but not anymore. A lot of nice things aren’t as good as before – Noodle Descendents kolo mee, Ah Mui beef noodles, Kai Joo Lane sio pao…still good but they were wayyyyyyy better in the early days. Maybe the old folks have retired or passed on or what.

    I guess when you order these things from home, it will have to be one whole tray or nothing at all. Lots of people, so no problem finishing off all that…and I had a lot! 😉

  4. I’m glad your cousin came through with a delicious snack for you. I’ve found it is often difficult to find a good meal when traveling.

    Yes, especially when you do not know anybody around and you do not really know where to go. Happens to people coming to our town and they say everything here is not nice.

  5. Ahhh… what a pleasant scene to find no cars on the street, i don’t think i can ever see that again in Penang

    That was around 6 in the morning – we do get light earlier here…and it was raining, many would still be in bed and many would be at where the schools are, sending their kids. Schools start at 7 here.

  6. Has been a long time since I last had it. To me, the laksa is so so only but many people are praising high to the sky. Parking & getting a table is a real headache. Seri muka looks great. Is this from Irene Goh?

    Irene, the nyonya chang/popiah lady? Nooooooo!!! My cousins gave me her chang that day, not nice anymore…far from before when she was at Chong Choon, Padungan and also when my cousin brought some to Sibu for me sometime ago. The nyonya kueh also so-so only, my missus liked but I only liked her chiew-chu koi (tapioca cake), very very nice – like the ones my mum used to make. I think this one the name is also Irene, not sure.

  7. I love seri muka. Especially the pulut part when it is a bit salty and lemak. hihi. Your portion can save a year of seri muka fasting. Lol.

    No point having any others after this as any will not be as nice, will not derive this same satisfaction and will end up disappointed.

  8. Seri muka! Remember the kakigori (Japanese shaved ice desserts) I wrote about recently – the founders say they want to do a seri muka-flavoured kakigori next! 😉

    I wonder what it will be like, probably something along the same lines as cendol or ice kacang…though I would not say I am all excited. Like nasi lemak cake – eeee…..I shudder at the thought of it!

  9. You can send some of the rain here to Montreal, Canada, we haven’t gotten much at all this summer. 🙂

    Not much here either – it just wasn’t my lucky day. 😦

  10. OMG! One whole tray of kueh talam! Those look so good. I can have many pieces hee..hee…

    Serimuka, kueh salat. You would do the same eh? Can’t blame me for feasting on it, it’s not every day that I can come across any this good – all the time, it has been more of one disappointment after another, not nice.

  11. Beside nine layer cake, serimuka is one of my favourite kueh…

    Where’s THE best in Singapore? Bengawan Solo?

  12. I love that serimuka!! There’s a stall here in Taiping, the uncle sells all sorts of kuih, everyday also pack with customers one, if weekend or public holidays lagi lah long queue~~

    I would love to try – I wonder how good his is. Had some kuih talam in Ipoh once, not bad but way below the level of this one…and I bought some in Penang once – threw them all away after one bite on the way back to the hotel. I guess I did not know where the good ones are, surely they can’t be all that bad – like the ones we have here.

  13. Aiyer… that seri muka wud be perfect with my hot black coffee now and it’s raining and dark outside. oh man… *hungry*

    Yes, it’s raining here too, nice and cool and I’m having a mug of hot stovetop-brewed local coffee…but no serimuka either. 😦

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