Pick up…

I did drop by here the other day and even though the nice lady boss said that things were starting to pick up again, it did not look all that convincing. Perhaps it was already mid-morning and most of the things were sold out so it appeared to me that they were not getting all those things from their regular suppliers for sale. As a matter of fact, I thought it looked quite pathetic at the time.

Well, I went back there again early yesterday morning around 7 something and yes, I sure felt so delighted that they had most of everything that they used to sell, maybe even more!

Gosh!!! I can imagine how hard it must be to decide which to choose…

…but the instant I saw these…

…I grabbed a pack instantly without any second thought whatsoever.

I don’t know if the old guy is still around or not – at one time, they said that he would just sit there and supervise while the younger ones in his family would do all the work. It did not matter really as their pulut panggang was a cut above the rest, 10 sen more expensive but so much nicer. I cannot remember when it was exactly but I was told eventually that they decided to call it quits – they would not be making anymore.

Imagine my happiness when I saw these and yes, they were still very good. They had the panggang-ed fragrance plus that of the lemak-ness (richness) of the santan (coconut milk) and also, the banana leaf – all the makings of a really very good pulut panggang.

Unfortunately, now that I am on a low-sugar diet, I should avoid pulut (glutinous rice) as it is over-starchy and has a high hidden sugar content and it does not help one bit that unlike the ladies in the house (who would eat it just like that), I must have it with condensed milk or kaya (coconut jam) or sugar. Never mind! I promise I will not buy it again, just this once to buang gian (appease the craving).

As a matter of fact, many of these Malay kuihs are sweet so I should avoid most of them like these coated-with-sugar-and-desiccated-coconut basong

…for instance and these putu mayam (right)…

…which is eaten with a sprinkling of desiccated coconut and sugar on top. The kuih Melaka or ondeh-ondeh (left) should be fine as they are filled with gula Melaka and I read somewhere that this palm sugar is all right for people with a problem with the level of their blood sugar.

I’ve never seen these…

…before – they look like ondeh ondeh except that they are not ball-shaped and the gula Melaka is given separately, not inside. My guess is you dip the kuih in the syrup to eat but no, I did not buy any that morning. Perhaps I’ll give it try if I see it again.

Their bingka labu (pumpkin cake)…

…is very nice and you get 3 pieces for a ringgit, so cheap. Unfortunately, they are sweet so I will have to give them a miss – please, lead me not into temptation but these roti jala

…should be fine, eaten with the nice curry gravy provided and these kuih renjes too…

The skin is similar to the kuih jala, made from some bland/tasteless egg batter, and in the case of these, you will find some curried long beans and other vegetables wrapped inside.

Believe it or not, these are just about half of the selections available. I can’t possibly take a snapshot of each and everyone of them as there is still another section with all the stuff that they cooked themselves.

Other than the curry puffs that I bought on my previous visit, they had these fried noodles – the mee, bihun and kway teow

…and also their very nice mee jawa

…and their chicken rice and their ayam madu (honey chicken)…

…and last but not least, there was their nasi lemak kukus (steamed coconut rice) with a choice of chicken or beef rendang, daging masak hitam or fried chicken (RM6.00 a pack)…

I bought two packs of the chicken rendang and one with the fried chicken for our lunch.

Of course, the rice was not up to my level of lemak-ness but I did feel that it had an edge over the one round the corner that I had a few days before. The sambal was very spicy and very nice and the rendang

…was really very good. I shall try the beef and also the daging masak hitam next time.

Finally, there were these packs of nasi lemak

…if one is thus inclined, wrapped in brown paper or packed in plastic bags. These probably are those home-cooked ones from some people in the kampung, sent here for sale.

Looking at all the yummy stuff all lined up for everyone to pick and choose, I must say that indeed, happy days are here again!!! LOL!!!

KOPI KOPI Café & Kitchen is located at the blocks of shops, at the back facing Bandong Walk (2.313869, 111.825808) and the main road.

Author: suituapui

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

15 thoughts on “Pick up…”

  1. WOW! So many choices!

    Yes, and I do know most of what they sell here as I’ve been a customer for a good many years, long before the pandemic. These places get most of the things they sell homemade from people living in the vicinity so, like going out some place to eat, one would need to know which the nice ones are. Will have to go back again for more, miss them much…now that they are back in action, full swing!

    1. So glad they are still selling to your community! I love seeing the shops and surroundings near you!

      Yes, glad they survived the horrendous pandemic. Hopefully, things will get better and better from now on.

  2. So many choices… I think I will end up buying a lot!! Looks so good especially in my place here now… hahaha…

    Muahahahahaha!!! One thing’s for sure, you’ll never find these prices over there – 3 for RM1.00, RM2 for a pack, can you imagine those in USD? The nasi lemak kukus set is only RM6.00, around USD1.50!!! My cousins in Australia do not have a choice – they learn how to make their own so they can get to enjoy our local delights.

  3. Spoilt for choices. Indeed hard to make decision and everything seems nice to the eyes. If for me, I will go for the ones I am craving first and others the next round. Happy times for you are here again.

    Yes, I felt like I wanted to buy everything…but it is a bit easier for me now – just leave out the sweet ones, a lot of Malay kuihs are very sweet, stick faithfully to my low-sugar diet and I will not have that many left. LOL!!!

  4. Wow all those glutinous rice! Yum! Yeah happy days are here. today we are no longer required to wear masks. Although we still have 1k+ cases in nsw.

    Yes, I cannot understand why they seem to be quite relaxed, also in the UK and the US even though there are still a lot of cases. I’ve read in the news about the 3rd wave in the UK, things are getting quite bad there.
    We’re ok here now – less than 10 cases every day, some days, 1 or 2 only but I will still put on my masks when I go out and observe physical distancing, avoid crowded places- it looks like the worst is over but I’m not going to throw caution to the wind. Still have to be careful, no matter what. Dunno if those people are playing with the figures or not, yunno…politics!

  5. I will too have hard time picking things up with that amount of selection

    Yes, mind-boggling especially when you know everything is nice and you would want to buy them all. LOL!!!

  6. Yeah there are really lots of choices, to begin with. I will be spoiled for options too. Perhaps I will buy each for everyone.

    I will usually buy what somebody in the house loves and enjoys – they may not be all that keen on my favourites but with so many choices available, I guess I shall have to limit myself to a few at a time. Will be going back there again soon, that’s for sure!

  7. Many selection at the stall. I would be spoiled with choices. Haha. When it comes to Malay stall, I usually go for the fried noodle and nasi lemak. Not so much on Kueh, as you said, some could be sweet. I am not so into sweet stuff. Prefer savoury taste for me.

    I am sure you DO know that there are many Malay kuihs that are savoury. In my post, you have the roti jala eaten with curry gravy and the kuih renjes with its curried vegetable filling. Then, there are the bergedils (an Indonesian original, potato croquettes), the vadais (originally Indian) and there are the curry puffs…all the different kinds of savoury cucurs, deep fried popiahs and some selll pre-cooked roti canai too…so many of them! The pulut panggang is savoury too! Having said that, like all Chinese and nyonya kuihs, you need to know where the good ones are – some are simply not worth the calories…like the nyonya kuihs at the Chinese stalls here in Sibu.

  8. Oh wow! So many goodies to choose from and I’d say you need to visit a few times to try everything. I would definitely overbuy should I be there hee..hee..

    Thankfully, I have very good self control. I only bought the pulut panggang and the nasi lemak for our lunch that day – the rest will have to wait till the next time I drop by there. Hmmm…is that a woman thing? I am quite sure my missus, if she drops by, will buy enough to feed an army! LOL!!!

  9. Wah! I will be buying the pulut panggang, roti jala with curry and the nasi lemak. Anything spicy will open my eyes. Lol!

    LOL!!! I sure will be dropping by again soon. Let us see what I will buy next time – not anything sweet, that’s for sure.

  10. I miss Malay kuih so much.
    We have one stall selling pisang goreng, karipap and popiah in my little kampung.
    I love them all there.

    I suppose you can get them at the Malaysian restaurants there in the UK but of course, they do not come cheap, I’m sure. My cousins in Australia had to learn to make their own to appease their cravings…and they are actually very good at it!

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