Anything new…

In my blogpost the other day, I mentioned that I dropped by a supermarket that I had not been to for a while to see if they had anything new that might tickle my fancy.

I saw this nasi lemak (coconut rice)…

CP nasi lemak 1

…from a company based in Seremban and of course, I had to grab one to take home an try.

It was supposed to be heated up in a microwave oven but we had one before, just that it had called it a day and after reading all those not very flattering things online about the electrical appliance, we decided that we would do without a new one.

In the end, I opened up the pack…

CP nasi lemak 2

…and moved everything into a bowl and had it steamed. I sure would not want to steam it in its original plastic container.

It was quite nice – the rice had that lovely pandan fragrance and a light hint of ginger and it was lemak (rich with santan/coconut milk) but no, it was not lemak enough for me. The sambal was nice and spicy but it did not quite taste like the usual nasi lemak sambal and though there are other options like one with sambal eggs and another with rendang, there was nothing much else in this one other than that thick slab of omelette and a bit of fried ikan bilis/pusu (dried anchovies)…and for RM4.99 each. I would much sooner go for these…

YTA Bandong Walk nasi lemak

– my favourite in town at Bandong Walk here…

YTA photo Bandong Walk nasi lemak stall

…at RM4.50 only with a choice of sambal kerang (cockles, canned) or sotong (squid) or fried chicken or RM3.50 only with the regular nasi lemak sambal. So far I have not had any luck with the petai (stink beans) as they never seemed to have that everytime I dropped by.

My friend, home from Perth, dropped by there when he was home that day and he sent me the above photographs and he wholeheartedly agreed to my comment that the nasi lemak there was “simply the best“.

Anyway, back to my shopping spree, I also spotted this (RM5.10)…

CP aglio olio spaghetti

…and of course, I had to grab one to let my girl heat up in her school in the jungle and try. They also have bolognese but with chicken, not beef, so I decided not to go for it.

These came from the same company but upon closer scrutiny, I found that they were made in Thailand…

CP wantons

My girl would love those dumplings usually so I thought she would enjoy these. The whole shrimp caption on the label does sound promising…but I almost had a heart attack when I saw the prices on the screen at the cashier’s counter – RM9.90 for the tom yam one and RM10.90 for the other one. I asked the cashier and he too agreed that it was extraordinarily expensive and he asked if I would like to cancel the purchase. I decided I would just go ahead and buy…just this once – don’t say I did not try – but no matter how nice they may be, I do not think I will be buying them again.

Frankly, I really hate this barcode thing – I’d much sooner prefer the old school price tags where you can see how much a thing costs right away. They may have labels by the side but at times, those can be quite mind-boggling and at times, not all that easy to read and figure out or they can be misleading even (the label may be for something else that was there before)…and they may have the barcode reader at some obscure corner but it would be quite  a hassle to bring everything there to read…if that thing works! Tsk! Tsk!

There were other things that did attract my interest, not the usual stuff found at most/all supermarkets but I thought that would be enough for the time being. I can always come back again some other time.

The MDS MART is located at Simpang Tiga at the end of Jalan Kampung Hilir/Jalan Awang Ramli Amit (formerly Race Course Road),  facing the food stalls at the SEDC HAWKER CENTRE (2.306488, 111.818695) and the NASI LEMAK BANDONG WALK stall (2.313869, 111.825808) is located at Bandong Walk, Jalan Bandong somewhere in front of the block of shops where Mastura Delite and the 1Malaysia clinic are.