With or without…

When it comes to instant noodles, I am not particular about the brand. As long as they are nice enough and do not cost an arm or a leg, I am fine with them.

The ladies in the house, the mum especially, seem to be more particular – they love many of the Korean ones so they would keep buying their favourites and there are a few others from Singapore too. As for the local ones, they like The Kitchen Food – Sibu Instant Kampua – 厨艺食品, the dark soy sauce ones which aren’t exactly my favourite – I may help myself if I see any lying around in the house but I am not fond of the dark soy sauce taste and that applies to the ones sold at the stalls and shops outside.

We always have a pack in the house – my missus will see to that, the dark soy sauce ones that she likes, of course but the other day, she came home with two packs, one her favourite and the other, the original (If you know Mandarin, do click the link to watch the Youtube video!)…

I do not know why she bought the latter…

Maybe she was thinking that I might be craving for it since I had not had any for so long, not since January, I think, the ones outside but actually, I am fine – with or without our Sibu Foochow kampua noodles.

For one thing, these do not come cheap – RM8.60 a pack with five individually-packed packets inside, each of them with two sachets, one with the shallot oil (lard) and the other with the light or dark soy sauce. That would work out to RM1.72 a packet so I guess we can console ourselves over the fact that it is cheaper than what we would have to fork out for a plate outside, kosong (no meat). Personally, I am fine with the other made-in-Sibu brand even though technically, it is not kampua mee plus it is more expensive than most of the other brands of instant noodles. Still, it is only around half the price of this one, also for a pack of five.

Anyway, since my missus had a pack in the pantry, I opened it that day and cooked myself a plate…

…tossed in my missus’ blended chili and garlic dip and served with the char siew I bought and garnished with some chopped spring onions from my garden.

I remember in my growing up years, we so loved the own-made noodles from this stall in the lane beside The Chartered Bank and at one time, at the side of the Rex Cinema, at the back. The old guy tossed the noodles in his own blended chili, seeds and all and boy, that was so good but no, I did not think what I had that morning came close. Probably it just was not the right combination.

Moving on from the noodles, on another morning, there was some leftover rice in the fridge so I fried it, throwing in anything and everything that I could find in the fridge and freezer. There was a sausage, two slices of bacon, two imitation crab sticks and some prawns…

…and yes, I did add an egg as well.

I thought it was nice but unfortunately, it did not tickle the fancy of the ladies in the house so I had to eat it all by myself. They would much sooner go for their Korean noodles or the instant kampua, the dark soy sauce variety. Sighhh!!!