The one I love…

Last Sunday, we had spaghetti aglio olio…

…for lunch.

I think I did mention in an earlier post that I prefer our local noodles to these Italian pasta. The texture is different and regardless of whatever name, shape or size, it has its own taste or for that matter, the lack of it and it is heavily dependent on the sauces/gravy added but more often than not, they have to be cooked from scratch – the bottled ones aren’t anything to shout about.

I had spaghetti bolognese…

…at a number of places here but the sauce came across to me like something straight from a bottle of ketchup and was not anything I would get excited about. I only like the freshly-made bolognese sauce at Payung Café here with fresh tomatoes and Italian herbs, beef…

…or mushroom…

I am not into those creamy ones either, be it carbonara…

…or alfredo…

…or whatever but I do enjoy it with squid ink…

…with the lovely “smell of the sea”, my girl calls it.

All thing considered, when eating out, if I had to order pasta for myself, I would go for the aglio olio…

I do enjoy that, those that I’ve had here, there and everywhere.

I tried the Bovril spaghetti…

here and I quite liked it but I would very much prefer that with our local noodles…

here plus the latter was a whole lot cheaper, being located in a coffee shop.

Anyway, back to the spaghetti aglio olio that we had that day, my missus cooked it with lots of garlic and the leftover New Zealand mussels…

from the other day with lots of cherry tomatoes and the sweet basil that she planted in our garden.

Yes, I sure enjoyed that…

…very much.

PAYUNG CAFÉ (2.284049, 111.833014) is located at No.20F, Lanang Road, Sibu, Malaysia, back to back with the multi-storey car park of the Kingwood Hotel which faces the majestic Rejang River.

Author: suituapui

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

20 thoughts on “The one I love…”

  1. My children would love all the above but unfortunately not me…. 😊😊..though they all look so good. Am I out-dated? I would very much prefer our own kolo mee.

    1. Same here, we old school dinosaurs. Even though I do enjoy some here and there, I do not think it is anything to get excited about – will go for it sometimes for a change…or when we drop by a western cafe and there’s nothing else that I fancy. No fish, prawn will do! LOL!!!

    1. Yes, it was very nice. She will cook aglio olio from scratch. Bolognese or those creamy ones, she will just use what comes in a bottle but we do not have those often since we are not into those, except for my girl.

  2. My man like beef Bolognese. The kids prefer aglio olio or garlicky sauce while I don’t mind carbonara. Each has their own preference. I rarely cook from scratch, prefer the bottled or canned ones, as faster and convenient when I am in rush or busy.

    1. Like I always say, to each his own.

      My girl likes aglio olio & my missus too but my girl may go for the others once in a while for a change, my missus, no – she cannot tahan the creamy ones, not her favourite.

      Except for aglio olio, the rest we just used what comes in a bottle. Like you said, more convenient…or I will buy from Payung, their own-made bolognese sauce, so very nice!

    1. Oh? Is that some kind of fusion thing, your own creation? My missus would love that! That is one reason why she is not into these pastas so much – she loves everything extra hot and spicy!

  3. I prefer aglio olio too and I dislike those pasta sauces served at the restaurants. Creamy pasta is out for me especially the ones sprinkled with parmesan cheese >.<

    1. Great minds think alike! Looks like we are in the same boat! There is good quality parmesan, very nice…not those bottled ones that they shake and sprinkle over their pasta and everything. Those have a smell that puts me off!

  4. Oh my Italian friends from uni taught me how to make the real aglio e olio.
    It’s very simple, just olive oil and garlic. Garnished with lots of parmesan.

    They even invited me to visit them (they were from the same town) during term break, which I did stay with one of them. We visited so many places in the North and Central Italy.

    1. Yes, very simple and easy to cook. Just olive oil and garlic…and parmesan. The sad thing is we are out of parmesan and we can’t get that at the neighbourhood shops, just cheddar and cream cheese. Not venturing to all those other places at a time like this #staysafe #staywell.

      Lucky you, got to go to Italy and stayed with Italians. Best to go to places where we know the people there.

  5. I have learn how to enjoy spaghetti and oglio alio but not carbonara… still cannot accept the creamy cheezy sauce yet… anyway, all looks good to me…

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