I went out for a drive early the other morning. I do that every day to recharge the car battery.
In the past, I would just start the car and leave it running for 10-15 minutes but no, after a while, the battery just went kaput. The workshop guy told me I should not do that and I should drive around so that is exactly what I’ve been doing since.
I stopped by this bakery…
…in the commercial area round the corner from my house because my girl seemed to enjoy the buns that her ex-coursemate bought in Sarikei that day and gave to us. The other bakery opposite and the one beside the fast food franchise at the back were both still closed – it was that early in the morning.
I am not all that keen on dropping by these places as they did appear in the daily lists of places where there were people tested positive before but I have not seen them mentioned again lately. Anyway, it was so early in the morning – there was only one girl there at work, sorting out the newly-arrived buns that morning and placing them on the shelves, nicely labelled.
I saw a tray of assorted buns from the previous day that they were selling at discounted prices. Unfortunately, they were not tagged or labelled so I did not know what buns those were…and the girl was so busy that I did not feel nice asking her.
In the end, I just picked two of these…
…the only two in the tray.
I think they are usually called butterfly fritters but the Foochow version here is called ma ngee (horse’s ears) and of course, they are called by all sorts of names. In the past, prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, people would wait for these to come out of the kitchen, usually after 1.00 p.m. in the afternoon. The instant they appeared, they would all be snapped up, gone in no time at all.
They would be coated with a sprinkling of sugar but being a day old, obviously, that had melted completely. Other than that, everything was fine…
…and we enjoyed it so much especially when we had not had it for a while now.
They used to sell these home-made ones…
…in the afternoon at the fruit & vegetable sundry shop in the next lane from my house and of course, I would hop over to buy quite regularly. These were more authentic but the aforementioned ones from the bakery are just as nice, if not nicer even though they may not be as old-school as these.
I also bought two loaves of bread, one with walnut and cranberries and a plaited one with blueberry jam that looked a bit like the one from Sarikei that we liked a lot, minus the raisins. Both tasted great! Unfortunately, I did not ask for the breakdown of the prices so I do not know how much those ma ngee were after discount. They used to cost RM1.00 each, dunno now. Altogether, I paid RM9.90 for all my purchases that morning.
WeCare Bakery, Pedada outlet (2.311098, 111.846125) is located at the corner shoplot, back to back with the Sugar Bun outlet in that area to the left of Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada (now Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai).