Macaroni…

My girl enjoys pasta a lot more than any of our local noodle dishes. We used to drop by here as she loved their macaroni cheese and my missus and I liked their beef noodles a lot.

It was not a very nice place then – they did not bother to maintain it nicely and after 9 every night, they had Filipino bands performing so when you dropped by the next morning, there would be that stale stench of the previous night’s beer and cigarette smoke…but the food was VERY nice and inexpensive. That was why we kept going back but eventually, they closed down the place for renovations.

It was very nice after that and we could not wait to go back there again when it reopened. Much to our disappointment, they had taken their macaroni cheese off their menu and the very nice and friendly waiter told us not to order their beef noodles – the old chef had left, he said. As a matter of fact, the last time we were there, we felt that the food was so bad that we never went back again…ever!!!

Believe it or not, we have not come across any place serving macaroni cheese since so everytime, my girl wanted to eat that, she would have to cook her own…

Yes, she does cook her own pasta from scratch but time and time again, she would just go for those instant packs…

…the way we would go for our instant noodles.

Of course, these would pale in comparison and when we were in New Zealand many many years ago, she was shocked to hear that her cousins there actually liked these more than what the mum cooked for us – she, of course, felt otherwise.

We can get this brand…

…very easily here – their range of instant pasta packs, their yet-to-be-cooked pastas and all their bottled pasta sauces but I never bothered to find out their place of origin.

Hmmmm…it sure looks like only the name is Italian – these are actually products of Australia and New Zealand…

Well, my girl cooked a packet for dinner that day and unfortunately, we were out of parmesan cheese so she just added some cream cheese that we had in the fridge and it turned out real creamy…

She enjoyed it, of course, and she did let me try a bit but at best, I would say it was nice just that personally, I am not thus inclined like her and I would much sooner go for our Sibu kampua mee or Foochow fried noodles or any of the rest instead.