When life is good again…

These are hard times. Many have not had any income for the last three months, many have been retrenched or have had their salaries cut but personally, I do feel there are ways by which one may earn a little bit to make one’s ends meet until the time comes when life is good again…hopefully!

There was this muscle-packed fitness instructor who went and worked for a vegetable seller and this flight steward from Sibu who used his time to make those lovely Sarawak ethnic traditional costumes for Barbie & Ken dolls and I saw on Facebook an Indian guy who set up a stall by the roadside to sell nasi lemak and there was also one guy who lost his job and went into Grab food delivery and of course, there are that Indian girl and her hubby, now Youtube celebrities and everything is going so well for them.

I am quite sure there are things one can do if one wants to do it instead of depending on charity, lining up all day in the sun and the rain for the government’s meagre handout. I pay the guy who comes once a month to cut my grass and sweep it all up RM50 each time and an extra RM50 on special occasions like Hari Raya or Christmas or Chinese New Year. There are many things to do in my garden and how much I will pay will depend on how hard the job is and how long it will take…if anyone is interested.

We are not being confined that much anymore these days but no, things are not getting any better, definitely nothing like those days before COVID-19. Business at the restaurants and coffee shops is obviously very quiet and very slow and if you remember, I did mention the other day that the people here have resorted to making steamed meat paos and sio bee (meat dumplings) and there is another restaurant where they are making curry puffs for sale to supplement their income.

Likewise, those at one of our favourite restaurants in town have set up a kampua noodles stall…

A-PLUS kampua mee stall

…in front of their shop with the boss doing all the cooking, the wife taking care of the drinks and the children doing the serving. My good friend/ex-classmate, Robert, shared a photo of the kampua mee pok he had here and the very next day, his cousin, meowsai_foodie on Instagram, shared his photographs on Facebook so I wasted no time at all in dropping by to check things out.

The kampua mee (RM3.00)…

A-PLUS kampua mee

…was so very good, bursting with the fragrances of the fried shallots and fried garlic and the guy sure was very generous with those. He uses his special kampua noodles, different from all the rest as extra eggs are used in the making to make it more Q-Q (firmer). not unlike their own handmade noodles here.

Another plus point in this guy’s favour is how he uses real char siew (roasted/barbecued meat/pork) unlike most of the other places where they will give you boiled pork coloured red…and at one time, there was a ban on the artificial colouring used.

I also asked for the pian sip (meat dumplings) and fish balls soup (RM3.00)…

A-PLUS pian sip & fish balls soup

– if you ask for the special, you will get both the mee and the soup for RM6.00. Yes, it was very nice – the pian sip was great but I thought there was too much pepper in the fish balls and I am not exactly fond of that. The next time I have this, I shall ask for just the pian sip.

You can also order some fried noodle dishes and the boss will cook it for you. I had their Foochow fried noodles once but I did not like how the gravy was clear and even though it was nice, it wasn’t something I would want to order again. However, as I was leaving that morning, I saw him frying some mee in the hot wok and it looked really good – I asked him and he said it was the moon version. Now, I sure would want to try that the next time I come here. He also told me they are serving zhao chai hung ngang and that Foochow delight with ikan patin fish head. Well, I am neither crazy about the fish nor the dish so I’d probably opt for something else instead.

Incidentally, this kampua mee stall opens from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. only, off days on Tuesdays, because from 10.30 a.m. onwards, they have economy fast food with 17 dishes to choose from in their buffet spread. We were here for that once and even though at that time, they did not have so many choices, we thought it was very nice and we sure enjoyed what we had. I guess they are going out full swing to attract more of the crowd on their lunchtime break to come here.

They open in the evening for dinner at 5.00 p.m., the boss said and I told him I was here a couple of times to tapao some food home but they were still closed and he said the workers will come at 5 and they will have to eat first before they open the doors and start work. I guess the early bird does not always catch the worm.

A-PLUS FOOD CENTRE/RESTAURANT (2.293355, 111.823653) is located among the shops along Jalan Kampung Datu, behind the block of shops (where Fresh & Pay Supermarket is) near the traffic lights at its junction with Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg and Jalan Kampung Nyabor.

Author: suituapui

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

11 thoughts on “When life is good again…”

  1. The pian sip and fish balls soup looks really good. Is the fish balls QQ too? Looks like it. Plus point for not using the plastic plates and bowls. I have one of these bowls, very big one given to me by my late MIL.

    Yes, very QQ and very nice, bay kar no less…just that they added too much pepper so it’s not really to my liking. Would have loved it otherwise.

    Those chicken bowls are very common, see it everywhere. I’m more into the blue and white ones, the fish is easily available.

  2. Some people are just very initiative on their own but nothing wrong to queue for handouts since it is available. Good to know you enjoyed the kampua Mee. Fish balls with too much pepper will only suit some cos many don’t like too much pepper.

    I’m one of them, not really into pepper all that much even though Sarawak is a major producer of the spice.

    I’m not eligible for the handout – my missus and my pensions added together just over the RM4K line. I wouldn’t want to go through all that hassle to get it though – I guess many do not have much of a choice.

    1. I think now working for the government also no more pensions cos they put all into epf or other private investment schemes. Correct or wrong? For Melissa generation of teachers, no more pensions like your time. I think having a pension is good when you do a great expenses management. I guess many living from hand to mouth without a pension need to queue for the handouts. Good that government is giving out handouts because otherwise they will starve.

      Dunno now but when my girl joined the service, she could opt for pension or epf and she chose pension…but knowing how those people in the offices work, when it came out, she was placed in the epf scheme. I told her no need to change – epf, can resign anytime. Pension, if you resign halfway, you get nothing…so you will get tied down for years and years till you are old – like me with my miserable salary.

      As far as I know, they do not get a lot for the handouts, RM250 dunno for how long. I heard some stood in line all day at the bank to withdraw…RM50 and dunno how long that was supposed to last. The way we spend, it wouldn’t last one day! Count our blessings!!!

  3. Like the look of the fish balls but I don’t fancy too much pepper in the soup.

    Soup was o.k. The pepper was in the fish balls – you will taste it when you bite into them not when you drink the soup.

  4. I’m glad you enjoyed your kampua mee. Things are looking like they are back to almost normal over here with many people everywhere.

    Not here. Very sad to see. I dropped by that restaurant selling curry puffs today – only two tables, one table 2-3 customers only. Before COVID-19, you do not go early, full house – you have to go elsewhere. So many places here, one day, if lucky, one or two tables only but so far here, I have not seen any that has closed down.

  5. Your kampua mee looks good for sure. 😀

    Some are able to turn things around while quite a lot could not do so. Still, Malaysia is considered not too bad in our handling of the pandemic situation. Just look at USA.

    So far I have not seen any here that has called it a day, maybe not yet…still struggling to survive and they sure aren’t making a lot.

  6. I told my sis who had her pay cut starting july to count her blessing that she still holds her job.

    Indeed. Look on the bright side, many are not so lucky.

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