Take two…

I did mention in my blogpost yesterday that I took two of the steamed paos…

…that day at the stall located at the back of the coffee shop. Well, there were only two left so I did not have much choice.

The skin did not look that good – it did not have those nice creases on top and actually, it was not quite there. I found it kind of hard, not soft and cushiony so I was rather disappointed with it. On the other hand, the filling…

…was very nice. I would say that of all the steamed paos that we have around here, I like the filling in this one the most…

…just that I was wishing the whole time that there had been an egg in it, even if it had been just one eighth of it.

Honestly, I cannot understand why these people making steamed paos are so stingy with the egg especially when it is actually not expensive at all. I cannot remember how much I paid for these, probably RM2.00 each but unless they do something about the skin, never mind the egg, I do not think I will buy them again. However, much to my surprise, my missus had the other one and she liked it a lot! Ah well! Like what I always say, to each his/her own!

After making my purchases at the stall that morning, I stopped by my neighbourhood shop in the next lane and much to my delight, I saw they had midin (wild jungle fern)…

I asked for TWO bags full, RM6.00 each. I did not bother to find out the net weight even though RM6.00 did seem a bit on the high side. The boy did say that they had smaller bags, RM4.70 each but no, I was quite happy with the big ones. I remember vaguely that it was RM4.00 a kilo or something like that a long long time ago – that was what I paid for the paku I bought that day and boy, we sure enjoyed that to the max.

Usually, we would buy these wild jungle ferns at the jungle produce section at the Sibu Central Market but I was always so pissed off by how dishonest those ethnic sellers were. They would tie the ferns in bundles, wrapped in some leaves and sell for RM2.00 each but upon reaching home, when we opened up the bundle, we would find all the withered ones hidden in the middle and those would have to be thrown away. In the end, we would not have very much left. That was why when dealing with those people, it would be best to buy two bundles at a time.

I did mention time and time again that I have not gone to the central market since the outbreak of the pandemic, not when we see news of cases among the sellers or the customers again and again and again. Thankfully, we can get these ferns around here once in a while.

That day, my missus fried one bag with sambal hay bee/udang kering (dried prawns)…

…and one can see quite obviously from the photograph how fresh and “fat” (fertile) they were and yes, they were really very crunchy, so very nice, indeed…unlike the miserable shrivelled, semi-withered ones from those people selling the jungle produce at the market, may God forgive them!

ZHEN SAN MEI CAFE (2.312704, 111.847134) is located in the block of shops to the right of Delta Mall along Jalan Pedada, now Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, beside Dynapower, the shop selling all the electrical appliances and what not while SWEE HUNG (2.316161, 111.840441) is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – next to a hair salon at the extreme end and on the other end, to the left is the Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and Mini-supermarket.

Author: suituapui

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

9 thoughts on “Take two…”

  1. Midin/paku are both my family’s favourite. Best fried with sambal hay bee or just stir fry with garlic and add a bit of wine, absolutely out of this world. They are not cheap these days. Over here, RM4 for a very small bundle. Usually I need to buy 2 bundles for one meal for 4 of us.

    1. Value for money. I would rather eat these than those expensive imported ones. 100% organic, not sprayed with all kinds of chemicals to make sure they do not spoil while being transported…and that does not include those used while planting them.

      My missus cooked the 2nd bag with garlic and ginger and traditional Foochow red wine, so very nice too!

  2. I love those big steamed paos and I agree with you that the makers are stingy with the egg. You get justa small sliver of it. Might as well don’t put! I have never had midin and I reckon it is similar to paku? Even that I hardly have a chance to eat.

    1. No, it’s crunchier, sweeter than paku…but if no midin, paku will do too. Beggars can’t be choosers.

      That is the problem! Give a bit of egg, say better don’t give and when they don’t give, grumble away…so stingy, even a bit of egg they can’t give. Heads I win, tails you lose. LOL!!!

    1. It seems it is not available there. Supposed to grow in abundance in secondary forests. Perhaps it has become extinct in the face of all that development. As far as I know, we export it from Kuching to Singapore – dunno if we send it anywhere else.

    1. These wild jungle ferns are 100% organic. No pesticides, no chemical fertilisers. Not frequently found at my neighbourhood shops though – once I see any, I would buy them right away, no second thought!

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