Silly…

My girl had something to send to the department’s office in Selangau so I went to the POSLAJU office near my house to do it for her. I do recall sending stuff there before and as far as I know, they did get everything in the end, no problem at all.

However, that morning, the young man at the counter told me that it would be outside their delivery area and they would redirect the mail to the General Post Office in town and the people from the office in Selangau would have to come all the way to Sibu to go there to collect. I don’t know if that was what had been happening all this while and this time around, it was addressed specifically to an officer at the office and the guy said that she would be contacted by phone and asked to collect the mail personally – somebody else from the office would not be able to get it for her.

I told him that would be so silly as if she had to come to town to get it, she could just go straight to my house and I could hand it to her, no need to pay them all that money for doing nothing. Over the years, driving to and fro between my house and my girl’s school in the jungle, I did see the POSLAJU van a few times but I did not know where it was heading, Bintulu perhaps…and as far as the van was concerned, it certainly was LAJU (fast) though I would not say the same about their service and their delivery.

Anyway, the wife of an officer at the Selangau office, an ex-student of mine, is my girl’s colleague so I asked my girl to ask her if she could pass the letter to pass to him to take to work and pass to the officer concerned…and of course, that was not a problem at all so things worked out o.k. in the end.

Well, it so happened that the other day, I decided to drop by this bakery…

Yat Bakery

…in town in the area of shops behind the medical centre where my mum used to be warded everytime she was unwell. My dad loved the buns…

Yat Bakery buns

…the ones with the pandan lotus paste filling…

Pandan lotus paste filling

…while I prefer the pek tau sar (white/mung bean paste) but these two were not easily available, always sold out.

That day, there wasn’t any of the latter left but there were two packets of the pandan lotus, RM2.20 each (probably RM2.00 only in the past), so I just grabbed them both. There were others like the red bean paste, the peanut and the butter but I was not interested in those.

In the meantime, I thought I would just buy their swiss roll for the aforementioned ex-student’s wife to show a bit of appreciation for her/their help. I remember we used to buy them before and they were very nice, RM6.80 each (maybe it was RM6.00 before) but they certainly were a lot bigger than the rest. I got her the vanilla and I decided to try the strawberry…

Yat Bakery swiss roll, strawberry

…which turned out really nice – so soft, very nice subtle fragrance of strawberry, definitely much nicer than the strawberry cakes that we bought before from the more upscale bakeries in town as far as the texture and taste went except that it did not have any fresh strawberries inside. I think should anybody’s birthday come around, I shall go here to order the cake…or I’d stick faithfully to Marcus’ – his cakes are, of course, second to none.

A friend on Facebook saw the above photograph of the swiss roll when I shared it on my timeline and he commented that their coconut roll bun was very good too – I think I did see that that day but I was never into that. Perhaps I’ll grab one to try the next time I drop by there.

YAT BAKERY (2.293035, 111.835887) is located along Lorong Chew Siik Hiong 1A, directly opposite Uncle Dom, at the other end of the block of shops where Sushi Tie is in the commercial centre behind the Rejang Medical Centre.

Author: suituapui

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

10 thoughts on “Silly…”

  1. Swiss roll definitely for me, as I have a sweet tooth, as for the flavours, I like matcha swiss roll and coffee swiss roll, slurps!

    I think they have matcha but I am not into anything green tea, no coffee…there’s pandan, chocolate and vanilla as well.

  2. The strawberry Swiss rolls looks good. Whereas for buns, my favourite would be butter milk and coconut buns.

    They have butter milk, a lot of bakeries here have that but come to think of it, I have not seen coconut filling for a long time now, very old school, that one.

  3. I agree that it is so silly for Pos Laju to accept payment for a service that it is not going to render. you are smart to think of an alternate solution fast and did not pay for the pos laju non-service.

    They should just say it is outside their jurisdiction, let customers work things out themselves.

  4. Selangau looks to be quite a fair bit further than Sibu, that indeed was silly.

    An hour’s drive when the road was good but not now, with the construction of the Pain-Borneo Highway, one and a half, at least. Some private courier service companies do cover that bazaar – if I had known, I could easily go to one instead.

  5. Indeed very silly. They no longer sending to Selangau?? Why??

    The swiss roll looked yummy. I just had one yesterday. The nornal swiss roll with cheese on top, from Taka.

    Taka has nice cakes, I know but Mita’s butter cake is known far and wide. Not cheap though, over RM10 for a small loaf.

    I guess with the horrendous road conditions, they do not want to make their way there…or not enough mail to make the trip worthwhile?

  6. I love pandan kaya pau… i can eat them anytime of the day. I don’t really fancy strawberry cakes though but they do look nice ;D

    That was lotus paste but yes, with the pandan added, it did taste a bit like kaya.

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