Take it slow…

My jasmine tree is dying, a branch at a time so I had no choice but to saw away those branches that had died. I would cut away the little twigs and pack them in a big bag and put it outside for the rubbish collectors to cart away. I am not like many selfish people around here – they would just leave them to dry, leaves, grass, anything and everything and on a hot day, they would burn it all, polluting the whole neighbourhood with thick, smelly smoke.

However, that day, I had some huge branches so I sawed them into shorter lengths and tied them together in a bundle like what I did with the branches from my rambutan tree. Sadly, when I woke up that morning, I spotted the bundle placed nicely by the side of the road. The rubbish collectors had refused to dispose of it for me. Ah well, it did not matter as I had another heavier bundle with all the very much bigger branches that I had intended to take and throw away myself so I just had to get rid of both the bundles together, no problem at all.

Usually, I would take them to those so-called ‘refuse bin centres” where they would have some very huge bins and I would throw everything there for the people concerned to take away to some landfill rubbish disposal dump and one place that I often go to is Rejang Park – as far as I know, they have four of those bins there, two beside the wet market and two more on the other side beside the parking area.

Well, since I was there that morning and I did not have anything planned, I decided to take a slow walk around the place. I spotted this little corner shop…

Corner shop, Rejang Park

…still going strong. They have char kway teow and whatever noodles, fried on a hot plate and these tee peang

Tee peang, Rejang Park

…which my cousin from Kuching had before and she said they were very nice but if you do not go early, they will all be sold out.

I bought some to try and yes, they were quite nice, ALMOST as nice as the handsome boy’s at the pasar malam (night market). These were smaller though, maybe by half, but a lot cheaper, 4 for RM1.00 as opposed to 3 for RM2.00 at the handsome boy’s stall and of course, here, you will not have any eye candy to feast your eyes on while waiting for your order. Hehehehehe!!!

I also dropped by here…

Leong Leong Cafe, Rejang Park

…the favourite of many. I often see a lot of people there, mid-afternoon, enjoying their cooling local iced desserts…

Leong Leong Cafe menu

…which I did try before but I was not all that impressed, not just once but twice. I prefer the ones here but those there are very much more expensive, by as much as RM1.00! The kopi-o-peng/iced black coffee (RM1.50) here was all right but no, it did not sweep me off my feet.

I heard the noodles from this stall there…

Leong Leong Cafe noodles stall

…were very nice and I did try the fried ones once but I did not get to sample their kampua mee then. That was why, that morning, I ordered their pian sip (meat dumplings) soup – small (RM2.00)…

Leong Leong Cafe, pian sip soup 1

…which turned out to be really big, more or less the same size as the regular servings elsewhere.

It was all right, the dumplings were fine and the soup had a hint of our traditional Foochow red wine…

Leong Leong Cafe pian sip soup 2

…but it was kind of diluted – I would like it more if it had been stronger on the meat bone stock.

The kampua mee (RM2.80)…

Leong Leong Cafe kampua mee 1

…was good, nicer than a lot of places around town but I did not think it…

Leong Leong Cafe kampua mee 2

…was anything exceptional, not something that would get me out of my way to come and enjoy though I would not mind having it again should I happen to be in the vicinity.

After I had had my fill, I strolled over to the wet market and I saw some very big seawater prawns selling for RM40.00 a kilo – I don’t know if the price has dropped or what but I used to see those that big at the central market going for RM45.00. Yes, I did buy a kilo even though I did not have any plans at that point in time as to how I would cook them. Of course, after buying them, I had to go straight home and get down to the chore of deveining them.

LEONG LEONG CAFE 亮亮茶餐室 (2.306688, 111.837028) is located at No. 42, Jalan Teruntum, among the Rejang Park shops, to the left (the inner side, not facing the main road) of the since-closed-down cinema complex.