Temporary…

My girl sounded keen on going for a movie that was showing here that day – she went for the first one sometime ago with her friends but they have since moved to Kuching so I asked her if she wanted to go but she said no. Not one to give up so easily, I persisted and eventually, she relented. So there we were at the trioplex for the 4.30 p.m. show…and yes, it was nice and we did enjoy it and no, it was not all shoot, punch, slash and burn and all those stuff that would draw the crowd to the movies here. My girl, who insisted on paying for the tickets, was delighted that we actually liked it – she did not think that it was the kind of movie that would appeal to us and according to her, this one was nicer than the first. Probably that was why she was reluctant to go initially.

There was an emotional touch to it, mainly the part where the hero was looking for his father and he did find him eventually but he did not turn out to be who he expected him to be…and I loved this line towards the end, “Sometimes, the thing you’ve been looking for your whole life is right there beside you all along,” and there were things that I was familiar with – like the SONY Walkman…

…for instance, and when I caught a glimpse at the album cover of “Tea for the Tillerman“, I was probably the only one in the hall who knew right away that there was going to be a Cats Stevens’ song…and true enough, “Father and son” was one of the many familiar tunes in the soundtrack.

It was already almost 7.00 p.m. when the movie ended, too late to go home and cook dinner, so we dropped by here…

Halal Chinese restaurant at Bandong

…at Bandong on the way back. This coffee shop is supposed to be here and they have put up a nice new sign even so I do not know what arrangement the parties concerned have between them and whether these occupants would be here permanently but I guess it would only be temporary. Right now, there are massive renovations going on in the vicinity and these guys have a shop somewhere in the middle of the main blocks of shops opposite so they have to move here for the time being. They probably would shift back when everything is completed.

For our drinks, we had fresh coconut (RM3.50)…

Bandong fresh coconut

…and there was a satay stall in front, an ikan bakar (grilled fish/seafood) stall by the side and an umai (raw fish, traditional Melanau style) stall inside plus there was a lot of cooking going on in the kitchen at the back and that was only to be expected judging from the crowd sitting in front of the shop in the open and I did see a lot of people from the tables all along the Bandong Walk proper coming over to order this and that from here.

This grilled sambal sotong/squid (RM10.00)…

Bandong sambal sotong bakar

…was served first…but we were not given any cutlery nor were we served the rice yet. My patience was beginning to wear rather thin and I saw plates of midin (wild jungle fern) fried with belacan (dried prawn paste) being served to the other tables and I was quite positive that one of them was ours. Thankfully, our order (RM8.00)…

Bandong fried midin with belacan

…came soon enough and by then, we had been served our rice and given our forks and spoons and everything was all right after that.

We also had this plate of kerang masak kicap/cockles in soy sauce (RM10.00)…

Bandong kerang masak kicap 1

…and even though I specifically stated loud and clear that we did not want anything with soy sauce and wheat flour, all the instructions fell on deaf ears…obviously. I kept telling my girl not to eat that but she could not resist – she loves cockles – and helped herself to a  few…

Bandong kerang masak kicap 2

– thankfully, there were no side effects or none that she cared to mention to me.

We also had the grilled ikan sebelah muka/one-sided faced fish (RM20.00)…

Bandong ikan bakar

…or what we call in Hokkien, nor bin hu (two-faced fish) and yes, both this fish and the aforementioned sotong were really very good. The sambal was great and with the squeeze of the calamansi lime by the side, it sure brought the taste to a whole new level.

Considering how very nice and inexpensive the food was, we sure would want to come back again soon…but the next time around, perhaps we should make it a little earlier and hopefully, there would not be so many people around then.

THIS RESTAURANT (2.313918, 111.825898) is located at the corner of the block of shops in the vicinity of Bandong Walk, Jalan Bandong, right beside the 1Malaysia Clinic there.

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