On our way back home…

I did mention in an earlier post that my girl was home last week for three nights as she had to attend a course here in Sibu. Because of that, we had to send her back to her school very early on Thursday morning and once we had dropped her off, we made our own way back home again.

We stopped by Selangau Bazaar…

SK Sepiring to Selangau

…along the way. It may look pretty close on the map, about two inches, but in actual fact, it will take at least 20-30 minutes by car, depending on how fast one drives.

That morning, we decided to stop by here…

Hua Kee Cafe, Selangau

…for brunch – right across the road from the Shell petrol station…

Shell station, Selangau

…in the bazaar, a few doors away from the Selangau District Education Office.

I ordered this bowl of pian sip (meat dumplings) soup…

Hua Kee Cafe pian sip soup

…from a stall there to share but I did not quite like it as it had a sprinkling of sesame oil and vinegar. My missus enjoyed it though as she loves those things in the soup…or at times, she would add our Foochow red wine, a whole lot of it. I would prefer the soup unadulterated.

She had the Foochow fried noodles, regular (RM3.50)…

Hua Kee Cafe Foochow fried noodles

…and as I went walking around the shop, I saw three ladies sharing a big plate of fried noodles, dry and they had a few of those big freshwater prawns in the dish.

I asked the lady boss if I could have that with my order too so this was what I got in the end (RM15.00)…

Hua Kee Cafe Foochow fried nooldes, with prawn 1

…one prawn, fairly big, sliced into two…

Hua Kee Foochow fried noodles, with prawn 2

The noodles tasted all right, none of the much coveted wok hei fragrance, but the prawn was really good, very fresh and succulent and sweet. No worries! I gave one half of it to my missus so she could enjoy it too – see, I am a very sweet and considerate guy, am I not? Hehehehehe!!!!

Considering that the regular was only RM3.50 a plate, that crustacean actually cost over RM10.00 EACH! I wonder how much those ladies had to pay for theirs but at that price, you would definitely not see me ordering that ever again. Once bitten, twice shy!

As we were leaving, I saw some ikan kembong masin long (salted fish) at the grocery shop next door and they looked nice and fresh. I had not had it for a long time so I bought two, just RM1.00 each and fried them for dinner…

Fried ikan kembong masin long

…garnished with sliced chili and served with a squeeze of calamansi lime. Needless to say, I had to refrain from going for a second plate of rice that night.

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Author: suituapui

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

10 thoughts on “On our way back home…”

  1. Your wife sure knows that you are a sweet and considerate guy else why would she marry you if it is otherwise, right? MYR10 to MYR12 for that big prawn is to be expected. The ikan kembong masin is masin or not? If it is, sure need more than 1 bowl of rice!

    Hehehehehe! I rest my case.

    As for the ikan masin, like all salted fish that I buy, I will soak in water for a while and then rinse off the saltiness…and then pat it dry before frying.

  2. I have always loved rice!

    I dunno but it seems there are some people cutting down on it or leaving it out comnpletely, low carbs diet and what not…but I will go on as usual, not so much and no second helping – moderation is the key.

  3. The Foochow fried noodles your missus had looks as good as yours. I love the ikan masin and it can really whet up ones’ appetite. Yummsss…

    They are the same except that there was a prawn in mine. I bet the gravy tasted exactly the same too, must have cooked it altogether with the prawn. Yes, salted fish will make one want to eat more but at our age, we would have to go slow on those. Once in a long while would be all right.

  4. Eat and be merry, Arthur! Pamper ourselves with expensive food at times, how often can we indulge into these food… we may be very young at heart but we cannot deny that time is indeed moving on very fast… LOL… so as I said, enjoy food to the fullest!!

    Yes, enjoy…but have to live within my means – will need to stretch my measly pension as much as possible and spend wisely. As the English proverb goes, a fool and his money are soon parted.

  5. Sometimes I’m glad that I’m allergic to prawns – save a lot of money!

    Allergic to crabs, clams, lobsters, all of those too? I’m not allergic and I do enjoy eating them but I seldom buy as well, not that affordable – would rather spend my money on things that are cheaper.

    Can’t imagine people spending hundreds of ringgit to go and eat lobsters at places here. Just saw people sharing on Facebook, RM128.00 for a bowl of Sarawak laksa with one big lobster – not that they are all that nice, our freshwater prawns are nicer…and cheaper and I wouldn’t fork out all that money to eat those even. I guess some people are very rich, have all the money to flaunt.

  6. Prawns, such a luxury item. Sigh…. Oohhh…it’s been a while since I had salted fish. Can’t blame you for wanting an extra plate of rice!

    I love salted fish, the long variety especially. Would surely buy if I see some very nice fresh ones – at times, too long already, kind of mushy, falling apart…but I do not go to the market much these days so I do not get to see…and so I do not get to buy. Good for me, in a way.

  7. tsk tsk tsk, very sweet of you for sharing that half with Mrs Wee but a little overly lemak for me

    Lemak, sedap! Tak kan lah sudah kahwin and terus, the romance goes out of the window, right? 😀 😀 😀

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