Old times’ sake…

After our dinner here that night, Michael suggested going to visit an old friend from our time, my ex-classmate, Ing Kok, his ex-schoolmate – Michael was in the science stream, the class next door and of course, I did not have a problem with that.

We sat and chatted till late and as we were leaving, Ing Kok suggested getting together for old times’ sake with a few of the others here for lunch the day after the following day. However, other than Michael and I, there were just Joseph and his wife and a couple, related to Ing Kok in some way – probably they were not able to get any of the others to come.

Ing Kok brought along one freshwater upriver fish, the ikan semah, supposedly the next best thing to the ikan empurau or the wang poo liao/忘不了 (unforgettable) though personally, I prefer this one…and he got the chef to prepare it in two different ways, steamed…

Ikan semah, steamed

…and grilled…

Ikan semah, grilled

…and needless to say, it was really good either way.

There was also this very nice sea cucumber soup…

Sea cucumber soup

…with lots of the coveted stuff, huge chunks and strips of it!

For our vegetable dish, we had the Green Dragon vegetable (青龙菜) or the royale chives…

Royale chives

…and we also had this, one of their signature dishes – the chess/chequer board duck…

Chessboard duck

I loved this fried tofu topped with seaweed and garnished with enoki

Seaweed tofu

…and whatever else – I certainly would want to order this again the next time I drop by here.

That was indeed a sumptuous lunch treat, thank you so much, Ing Kok and nothing beats getting together and bonding with old acquaintances and celebrating that special friendship that has endured all those years since 1969.

New Capital Restaurant 新首都酒家 (2.288619, 111.830057) is located at No. 46, Lebuh Tanah Mas, off Jalan Kampung Nyabor, in the block of shops opposite the Sarawak House/King’s Trioplex/Premier Hotel at the very far end on the right.

Author: suituapui

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

5 thoughts on “Old times’ sake…”

  1. The fish must be very big, to be able to be cooked two ways and have enough for everyone in each way. What a nice get together, friends since 1969 means you all have known each other for more than half a century.

    We had our 50th anniversary reunion last year, got to meet so many whom we never met after leaving school. It was so nice!

    Yes, the fish was very big. Cost a bomb, I’m sure.

  2. Love all the dishes. Nice gathering followed with sumptuous lunch. Guess the fish ikan semah cost a bomb too.

    I’m pretty sure it did. Scared to ask, might get a heart attack! LOL!!!

  3. The fish must be very fresh and nice so that both fresh or grilled tasted good.

    I hope to have friends that known for 50 years like you in future which can stand the test of time. My longest friendship so far is for 30 years.

    You’re still young. We go back longer than 50 years, but we finished high school/Form 5 50 years ago.

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