Plan ahead…

Everyone who has been following my blog regularly would know jolly well that every Friday, I would drive to my girl’s school in the jungle to bring her home for the weekend. Once she is through for the day, we would make our way back right away.

Sometimes we would stop on the way for lunch but by the time we reach town at around 2.00 p.m., many places have already closed for the day. Some coffee shop stalls here close even earlier, around or before noon and I know for a fact that some will open in the evening at around 6.00 p.m. for dinner. That is why most of the time, we would head straight home for a very late lunch.

In order that we would have food waiting for us at home, we have to plan ahead. One option is to buy food a day earlier and keep it in the fridge and we can heat it up once we get home. I will have to see what dishes will still be nice upon reheating and what my girl likes. For instance, she loves the ikan keli (catfish)…

Payung ikan keli

from here, cooked with lots of ginger, serai (lemon grass), chili, soy sauce, black beans and whatever else and that was what I bought for her the other day and we had that for lunch together with their very nice tempoyak/cooked durian…

Payung tempoyak

…which I also bought for us to enjoy as well.

For one thing, we abstain from meat (fish and seafood and egg are fine) on Fridays especially now during the season of Lent which started on Ash Wednesday last week so that would cut down on the number of things that I can buy.

Another alternative would be to cook some dishes a day ahead like what my missus did that day when she fried some cangkuk manis

Home-cooked cangkuk manis

…and cooked this very nice asam sotong

Home-cooked sotong

As in the case of buying food from outside, we would have to consider whether what we cook would still be nice the next day after we have reheated them. If we want deep fried fish for instance, it would be best for me to wake up early on Friday morning to defrost the fish, gut and clean it and steam or deep fry before we leave the house at around 8.00 a.m. Of course, if there is anything that needs pounding, I may have to do it the day before. I am sure the neighbours would not be all that pleased to be jolted out of their sweet dreams by all that noise.

I would say eating at home sure beats eating out but we do opt for the latter once in a  while for a change.

PAYUNG CAFÉ (2.284049, 111.833014) is located at No.20F, Lanang Road, Sibu, Malaysia, back to back with the multi-storey car park of the Kingwood Hotel which faces the majestic Rejang River.