No, not much…

We’re coming to the end of the two-week mid-year school holidays and if you ask me what we’ve done, I’ll probably just say no, not much, just the usual stuff.

We went back here again one morning to buy the roti canai and the murtabak ayam (chicken) for my mum and while we were there, I had a second go at the very nice thosai masala (RM3.50)…

Curry House thosai masala

…while my girl wanted the thosai kosong (RM2.00)…

Curry House thosai kosong

The mum had the thosai bawang (RM2.70), 70 sen more than the plain one but there was nothing much inside, just some bits of chopped Bombay onion and everyone agreed that the thosai masala that I had was the best.

I also dropped by the Malay kueh stall at the kampung (Kampung Hilir) one morning when the ladies wanted to go to the supermarket there and I was delighted that they had the much coveted Kate panggang for sale…

Kate panggang

…However, though they were priced the same, at RM1.10 sen each, they had shrunk so much – each of them used to be around a foot long but now they were barely half the length and could fit nicely in a saucer! They tasted all right but some were quite disappointing. I think they panggang-ed it too long till the pulut (glutinous rice) on one side was kind of hard and not all that palatable. If that is their standard these days, I sure will think twice before I buy anymore of their panggang.

I enjoy eating these too – the sambal pulut (50 sen each)…

Sambal pulut

…but they used to be wrapped in banana leaves. Well, it did not really matter that they are not as I thought the ones I bought that day were quite good.

I went to our central market that morning, Sunday. I have not gone for a long long time, not since before Chap Goh Meh early in the year, I think. One reason is that I would be busy in the morning doing my gardening till past 9.00 a.m. and after that, we would make our way to my parents’ house to spend the rest of the morning there with them till it was time for brunch/lunch.

It was not a good idea going on a Sunday as I could not find a place to park anywhere near the market so I had to leave my car in a distance and walk all the way there. Walking there was fine but when I had to walk back with all my purchases, I must say I did not enjoy that.

Well, I had to go there as I wanted to buy some of those giant freshwater udang galah or tua thow hay (big-headed prawns), RM50.00 a kilo this size and I saw some huge sotong (squid) about the size of my arm, going for RM23.00 a kilo and since my girl loves squid, I had to buy that too. My missus cooked this asam seafood dish…

Asam seafood

…that day and if I calculate, I think that would be around RM30.00 for the prawns and the sotong used. Well, we do not eat this every day so I guess it is perfectly all right to indulge a bit and pamper ourselves sometimes.

You can imagine my delight when I saw that buah emplam was in season – there were a lot of stalls at the jungle produce section selling it and of course, I wasted no time in buying a kilo (RM10.00) to make the sambal

Buah emplam sambal

…to go with rice during our meals. It sure was good and I had to control myself not to go for a second plate of rice every meal. Yum yummmm!!!

So what have you all been up to lately? Anything interesting to share?

CURRY HOUSE (2.304051, 111.848937) is located on the right along Lorong Pahlawan 7B/3, the lane heading straight towards the Sibu Bus Terminal while the KAMPUNG HILIR MALAY KUEH STALL (2.306518, 111.818691) is located to the right of the SEDC Hawker Centre, opposite the MDS Supermarket at Simpang Tiga – the confluence of Jalan Kampung Hilir, Jalan Kampung Nangka, Jalan Awang Ramli Amit and Jalan Bunga Normah 4.