Calculate…

It has been quite sometime since we last dropped by here and in the meantime, they have opened two more outlets in the town centre, one at this corner of Blacksmith Road…

Corner of Blacksmith Road
*Archive photo*

…and the other was here, taking over from the one formerly there but for reasons unknown, I heard the latter has since called it a day. Of course, I have been to neither of the two as parking in the town centre can be such a pain and the other day, we dropped by the original shop for brunch.

This was what my missus had…

Missus' picks, nasi campur

– two veg and the curry beef…

Curry beef

…while I also had the sambal terung (brinjal) as well as the sambal egg plus one half of a salted egg…

Sambal egg & salted egg

…and when I helped myself to this…

Masak hitam beef liver

…I thought it was masak hitam beef but it turned out to be liver, 3 meat and 1 veg. No, it wasn’t very nice as the liver was very hard despite their slicing it so very thinly and even if it had been beef, it wouldn’t have been that great either as it was salty and too strong on the soy sauce. I do know of other places in town where the masak hitam is a whole lot nicer.

When it comes to beef liver, or chicken, for that matter, at the Malay food shops and stalls, I like it cooked this way…

beef liver rendang

– as a rendang. I had that when we dropped by here on another day and yes, there is a world of difference and I enjoyed it a whole lot more. I had that plus the asam (tamarind) fish…

Asam fish

…the paku (wild jungle fern) with young sweet corn and the sambal kedondong (ambarella)…

Sambal kedondong

…that I enjoyed so much the last time we were here, two meat and two veg…

My picks, nasi campur

My missus had her usual two veg and one meat and she chose the sotong (squid)…

Sotong

…and the paku and the kedondong that I had. The total here came up to RM13.00 for the two of us, a little bit of difference compared to what we had at the aforementioned place – RM11.00 altogether.

Except for the masak hitam beef liver that was not to my liking, everything else was good and my missus did enjoy her picks at both places, no complaints.

At the latter, I asked the boy how much the rice was out of the total of RM16.00 inclusive of drinks and he came and started calculating away using his electronic calculator for a long while and he could not give me a figure. I asked him how much the drinks were and he said RM3.00 for two kopi-o-peng and of course, common sense would tell anybody that the balance of RM13.00 would be for the food.

Looking at the itemised charges on their menu on the wall, I got RM6.50 for mine and RM4.30 for my missus and therefore, the total would be RM10.80 only…so I asked if they charged for the rice and he said yes, RM1.30 per serving (and no discount even though we asked for half of the regular only)…so the total would come up to RM13.40, a difference of 40 sen. Ah well!!! What they do not know wouldn’t hurt them – as they say, ignorance is bliss!

LIZA ISLAMIC CAFE (2.327044,111.83921) is located at the traffic lights junction at the end of Sungai Merah bazaar, opposite the primary school and church and MIA CAFE & RESTAURANT (2.308507, 111.820287) is located among the shops at Jalan Bunga Normah 4, Simpang Tiga, Sibu, facing inwards overlooking the houses along Jalan Kuda, off Jalan Kampung Nangka.

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Author: suituapui

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

13 thoughts on “Calculate…”

  1. All the dishes look tasty though from the photos we can’t tell whether they are too salty or not. It is like that here too – add portion they will up the price but ask for less the price remains the same, no reduction. I suspect they just agak agak calculate the total price.

    Young people these days, so appliance-dependent. Even with a calculator, they can’t manage – may even get the total wrong. Have to watch out – charge less, never mind. Sometimes, one may get charged more.

  2. Beef or chicken liver, no-no to me. I do not mind the squid. Hehe.

    Now you made me craving for nasi campur. It could be pricey, so I hardly go to one nowadays.

    I don’t mind going to the cheaper places here. Food is so nice. The Chinese ones, not nice is one thing – one look, no appetite already…always so oily and lots of msg.

  3. Put on the spot my math skills seem to disappear. I’m actually very good at math, but it’s the anxiety that comes with being putting put on the spot that make my ability to think clearly go out the window.

    Same here, was hopeless at the subject and could barely pass. Probably psychological, some kind of mental block. We had Mental Arithmatic in primary school and failure to give the correct answer would mean writing it out 100 times – I probably wrote millions!!! But I do seem to be getting better with age, can manage simple calculations mentally very quickly…unlike those poking away on their calculators.

  4. Masak hitam or rendang for me anytime but not masak merah. Your choices of food are great but too much for me to handle.

    You can be like my missus, just one meat and two veg…or better still, all veg. Even cheaper! Masak merah is just tomato sauce with all the ingredients and some spices, nothing all that special.

  5. I love brinjal or eggplants, so they are called too.. cook them quite often over here in CA… curry, stewed, braised, steamed… anything also can!

    My girl enjoys it. My favourite is at another place, tomorrow’s post. I would definitely tapao some home everytime, so very nice.

  6. I’m suddenly craving for sambal terung, a dish that I absolutely love but have not had for a while!

    It’s everywhere at all the Malay shops and stalls here but of course, some are just so-so, some are a whole lot nicer. Like everything else, one must know where to go.

  7. i’d choose the liver if i knew it was liver … pity that it was tough though! maybe beef liver generally turns out tough in local cooking …

    I prefer beef liver to the mushy chicken one but this one that day was hard and I did not quite like how they cooked it. Maybe they use the not-so-good frozen ones.

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