Quiet celebration…

The other day, Thursday, the 13th of January, was my sister’s birthday so of course, we had our longevity noodles, the mee sua

…in the traditional Foochow red wine and ginger chicken soup. She got this very nice free range kampung chicken so it was kind of skinny and small but no worries! There was more than enough to go round = there were not that many of us.

Usually, in the past, she would celebrate her birthday at some place outside and she would also invite some of her friends. With all the SOPs and physical distancing, a maximum of 5 per table, one metre apart and what not, we told her to go ahead – we would not mind sitting this one out but she said she did not plan on doing that. She said that she would just tapao a few dishes and bring them over to our house for a simple and quiet celebration.

I went out and bought this fresh mango sponge (RM48.00)…

…for her from this bakery near my house so we could have the usual birthday wish and cutting of the cake accompanied by the singing of the Happy Birthday song.

For the food, my sister went to this restaurant where she celebrated her birthday in 2020 and bought this awesome crab platter…

Gosh!!! It had been so very long since the last time we had this crustacean and boy, we really enjoyed ourselves to the max.

My girl did mention to her aunt that she would prefer sotong (squid)…

…to prawns so there was this fried squid dish with mayonnaise that looked somewhat pale but it tasted great.

We already had mee sua that morning so she opted for their Foochow fried noodles…

…for a change and yes, they did it pretty well too.

The aforementioned birthday cake turned out really good…

…with the fresh mango cubes and the fragrance of mango in the sponge and the fresh mango cream. I loved it a lot but I had to confine myself to just two slices to avoid an overdose of sugar.

I also took out these lovely kek lapis slices…

…that I bought from this bakery here. Obviously, these are samples of the variety of layer cakes that they have for sale for Chinese New Year. There were (going clockwise from the left) prune, yam, matcha/red bean, san cha (haw flakes), vanilla (the traditional Indonesian kek lapis) and in the middle, the expresso cheese.

I did not tell my sis that we would be having these cakes so she came bringing along these…

from here that she got from her helper.

I can’t remember the last time we had the double chocolate mille crepe…

– usually, we would go for the rum & raisin or the tiramisu but my girl loves chocolate and she insisted on having that instead of all the other cakes and yes, she enjoyed it immensely! We did not try the other one – my girl said that it probably was their salted caramel cheese.

There you have it! Our simple and quiet celebration of my sister’s birthday and needless to say, it was no less meaningful and we sure had a great dinner together and enjoyed all the cakes as well.

MJ HU SEAFOOD RESTAURANT(2.291971, 111.834740) is located along Lorong Mahsuri 2, the second shop on the left after Kuching Cafe, opposite Bateras Supermarket and C&C GALLERY (2.311247, 111.846177) is located at No.24, Lot 62, Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai among the shops in Pusat Pedada at the extreme end of the block of shops to the right of Delta Mall, back entrance while LOUIS BAKERY LW.Pattisserie (2.316411, 111.839847) is located along Jalan Ruby in the same block of shops as Kim Tak Co., right next to Ah Kau Cafe at the end of the block to the left and NICA+ or NICA PLUS (2.296883,111.825859) as it is called, is located on the ground floor of the block of shops to the right of the Old Sing Kwong Supermarket (Kin Orient Plaza) along Jalan Tun Abang Hj Openg, directly below the KIMCHEE KOREAN BAR.BQ restaurant on the first floor.

Author: suituapui

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

8 thoughts on “Quiet celebration…”

  1. I like having simple celebration at the comfort of our own home. Though the crab looks good and appetising, I still stand firm in my decision that I like prawns more than crabs. Eating crabs is a real hassle especially when dine out but at home maybe it is OK.

    Yes, but we enjoy it so much. All this while, staying home, I was thinking of going out to tapao home to eat, missing it so much but I did not want to go out at night – dunno any place here selling crabs in the daytime. We sure enjoyed eating it so so so much, dunno when we can get to do it again!

  2. The traditional longevity noodle (mee sua) looks so good. That was a wonderful dinner to celebrate your sister’s birthday. Wow! Love the crabs. I miss having these crabs. All the cakes looks so good. I would find it hard to resist the sugar overload.

    No choice, must keep my sugar level under control. I cannot imagine those people having to inject insulin regularly.
    Yes, I missed eating crabs a lot too – been so long since we had it.

  3. Yummm! The food looks amazing! I’d love to try the mee sua.

    Happy Saturday, STP!

    Yes, our Sibu Foochow mee sua sure is different than the ones over at your side including those at Sitiawan. Of course I will say ours is a lot nicer. LOL!!!
    You too, have a lovely weekend.

  4. We call mee sua “mian xian” in my little kampung.
    We usually have it in pork broth, which I really like.

    Mmm I am going to love the mango cake!
    I miss mango sticky rice too! And pulut hitam.

    We do have kek lapis in my kampung, but we only have the regular flavour.
    Not as colourful as Sarawak version.

    >Every place you feature seems rather deserted unlike the towns and cities here
    Ha ha… Maybe it’s winter so not many tourists. But Harrogate is a big town.

    1. Oooo…I love mango sticky rice and pulut hitam too. Can’t get them here unless we make our own. So sad.
      Yes, actually mee sua can go with anything including my Bovril mee sua, just that traditionally, the Foochows will eat with selected (the more nutritious) chicken soup and their red wine plus lots of ginger.

  5. Actually, I feel more comfortable celebrating at home anyway.

    Yes, much nicer, that at-home kind of feeling just that it may mean a lot of work. Used to enjoy it a lot when we were younger.

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