Come and go…

In Chinese (Hokkien) we say, “Oo lai oo khi,” which may be literally translated as got come, got go, something along the same line as the give and take philosophy in life.

Well, last Saturday, after the nasi Arab lunch, we went to the supermarket round the corner to browse around and I picked up some stuff that I thought would be nice for my girl’s colleague for the Gawai Festival coming up next week – the one who would give her a lift back to town every Friday unless there are matters arising and we would have to go and pick her instead which isn’t very often so that would save us a lot of trouble and cut our travelling/my driving by half, more or less.

No, she does not charge anything but my girl would chip in when they stop at a petrol station to fill up the tank and she would give her a little something (ang pao) periodically. That was why I thought it would be nice to give her something for the forthcoming auspicious occasion that she will be celebrating to express our gratitude and appreciation for her help all these years.

True to what they say, “As you give, thus shall you receive,” and that evening just before I went for the sunset service in church, I received word from my friend, Mary, asking me to drop by her restaurant the next morning as she and her crew would like to give me this steamed kampung chicken…

Steamed kampung chicken from Flavours Thai Kitchen

…for no apparent reason, just out of the goodness and generosity of her/their hearts. Isn’t that so very sweet of them?

When I went there that morning, Sunday, I decided to tapao my girl’s favourite, their pad Thai

Flavours Thai Kitchen pad Thai

…home and those were what we had for brunch that morning before we made our way to my girl’s school in the jungle for just one more week before the two-week mid-year holidays starting right after tomorrow, Friday.

We made our way home ourselves, my missus and I and after dinner that night, I got a surprise call from my dear friend, Richard. Why, it’s that time of year again and in no time at all, he was at my house to give me some of his awesomely yummy out-of-this-world simply-the-best own-made nyonya chang (meat dumplings)…

Richard's nyonya chang

…like what he will do year after year, without fail.

I googled to check and I found out that this year, the Dragon Boat or Chang Festival, also known as the Duanwu Festival will fall on the 30th of May,  Tuesday next week.

I had just had dinner but no, I could not possibly wait another day and that was why I immediately took one, unwrapped it…

Richard's nyonya chang, unwrapped

…and ate.

Boy!!! This Richard keeps getting better and better each year and this year, it was exceptionally good – none that I’ve bought in Kuching or Malacca nor those from Singapore would come anywhere close and look at all that meat in it…

Richard's nyonya chang, so much meat
*Sorry for the slightly blurry pic – the challenge of night photography with the insufficient lighting*

Thank you so so so much, Richard, and also to you, Mary & everybody at Flavours, both truly unexpected but most welcome indeed and I do believe these were special blessings for the insignificantly small gesture on my part to get a little something for my girl’s colleague for the Gawai Festival – what goes around comes around, got come, got go!

FLAVOURS THAI KITCHEN is located on the ground floor of the ORCHID HOTEL, along Brooke Drive at its junction with Jalan Tunku Osman. You can use its main entrance at the back of the hotel building (facing Brooke Drive) or go through the lobby past the reception desk if you are using its hotel entrance.

Author: suituapui

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13 thoughts on “Come and go…”

  1. How nice, Arthur! And chicken…yum! I am actually making a salad and a broiled chicken leg for my supper this evening. 🙂

    Bon appetit!

  2. Like I always say….you are truly blessed. The bak chang looks really awesome, full of fillings. Yummssss!!!!

    It’s so so so good, this year’s especially, I absolutely love it! Yes, I am, praise the Lord.

  3. I like the look of those crunchy bean sprouts in the Pad Thai.

    Raw, they give that for garnishing – we mix it all together and eat, more in the pad Thai itself, cooked.

  4. It’s not easy to find a good Nyonya Chang here, sometimes we do get good home-made ones, randomly at those wet markets

    Here, it is hard even to get good Hokkien changs, no nyonya chang available in Sibu.

  5. Good changs can be hard to find, especially here.

    No need to say there, even here. At least, in Singapore, they can go to Katong to get the nyonya ones – I prefer those. Can get really good ones in Kuching too.

  6. My mum in law just made 2 big tupperware of dumplings yesterday, everyday also same tradition, hehe! But I haven’t taste them yet 😉

    Lucky you! My mother-in-law was the one who used to make and she would give us a lot too but she grew old, passed away last year. My missus is trying and yes, hers tastes good too, like the mum’s…and this year, at least, they are triangular – a vest improvement. Hehehehehe!!!

  7. Wow!! So much steamed chicken and bak chang!! I was just thinking about chang when went to market this morning. Weighing to buy or not to buy. Heard price is RM3.50 but will increase in next few days to RM4 due to the festival. Alas. In the end, I decided not to buy. Don’t know the chang is nice or not. Can do without it anyway. ^^

    I bought one yesterday, RM3.20…not nice, can’t get nice ones here. In Kuching, there are places with very nice nyonya chang and these here:
    not nyonya, are very nice too – opposite Heritage. I wouldn’t bother making if I could just go and buy such nice ones here, all disappointing…and expensive!

  8. The dumpling is very tempting…

    So very good this year that I’m not sharing. Eating them all by myself! Hehehehe!!!

  9. So blessed, Arthur… nice food, good friends… the steamed chicken looks good.. dip them in blended ginger and cilipadi…yumssss!

    You take cili padi? Wowwww!!!! Now, that’s progress!!!😀

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