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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Author: suituapui

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

11 thoughts on “Temporary…”

  1. The food looks ok. I guess since it has been so long that Melissa has been gluten-free and it is not celiac, once in a while a little bit of soy sauce is ok when the wheat used in the soy sauce shouldn’t be much unlike say in a wheat bread. I watched movie 1 but haven’t watched this 2nd movie yet. Movie 1 was entertaining.

    I’ve seen some friends’ posts on Facebook – they seem to think both are good, Melissa likes this one more.

    That’s what the mum keeps saying – it’s fermented some more, should be all right or at least, there will not be effects as serious as what she went through before.

  2. I’m waiting for Pirates of Carribean, end of this month.

    So many improvement in Bandong lately.

    I have not seen any of the earlier ones but I think my girl did – she used to like Orlando Bloom.

    Yes, that Dr Annuar is doing a terrific job for the people in the kampung – the MUC stalls, opposite your former primary school, are very nice now but I have never been as it is always packed, so crowded. The Taman Harmoni near the town used to be dark and deserted – now it has been very nicely done, full every night – so many people. They are so lucky to have him – my constituency…tidur aje lah till the next election comes around. 😦

  3. What you have for dinner was great. I like the midin & grilled fish. Is this fish the same as what we call or pek(black white) in Hockkien?

    Maybe, I’m no good with names of fish but it did look white on one side and black on the other – one side more meat, the other side not so. Very nice, this fish – no fishy smell.

  4. I like the sambal on the fish! Hardly ever go to the movies, these days.

    Very nice, the sambal. Would love to go back again. I guess movie tickets there are just as expensive and in AUD – after conversion, that would be so so expensive. Here, it is over RM10.00. Those were the days when we only had to pay 50 cents for the seats in front, right below the screen. 😀

    1. I think $17 now. Remember the 50 cent days well!!!

      Good grief!!! Even without conversion, it is more expensive than here…but I guess your cineplexes are nicer. Ours…it’s the only one we’ve got. 😦

  5. Food looks good, especially the green veggie.
    I watched the F8 and Shock Wave last month.

    Oh? You do go to the movies quite regularly? Not me, only to accompany my girl to watch movies that she would like to see.

  6. ooo, i’m quite kebelakangan, i haven’t watched this movie yet … in fact, the last time i was in a multiplex was in december 2015 … i end up watching movies when they’re released for home entertainment months later 🙂

    I know people download from the internet – much cheaper that way, I guess.

  7. That’s so sweet, to go to the movies together. My parents are not keen to go to the cinema. They said it is too loud but actually I know they are just thinking it is a waste of our money. I am still determined to drag them to the cinema one of these days. We almost succeeded last time but my father backs out at the very last minute >_<

    Yes, I do think it is way too expensive but it is ok, since we do not go often and my girl does need these little breaks from her daily routine in her school in the jungle.

  8. I miss coconuts like those still with the green shell and fresh, here they are all imported from the islands and the green part is removed. Plus they are expensive

    We do get those too, only a bit of skin and the shell. Commercially produced, not as fresh, I think.

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