How you want it…

I had the Foochow fried noodles, wet (with gravy)…

…for the first time at Stall No. 13…

here that day and the gravy was not dark-coloured.

I did blog about it a long long time ago that at some places, the sauce/gravy, probably because of the absence of dark soy sauce, will be in a lighter shade like this. Otherwise, it will be dark like this…

Some people prefer the braised or what we call the “moon” version in which case the noodles will be fried first and then, the gravy/sauce will be cooked. Once ready, the noodles are thrown back in to simmer for a while – some will insist that this way, the taste will go into the noodles, making them nicer and others will tell you that the noodles will be softer, not as firm. Of course, precision and perfect timing is essential here (like cooking pasta and getting it al dente) because if overdone, the noodles will be over-soft or soggy, not so nice anymore.

In the past, I would prefer the dark or the moon version and ever so often, I would ask for freshly-cut chili in dark soy sauce to eat together with the noodles. I would have to do without that these days as upon my doctor’s advice, I must reduce my intake of salt (and sugar) so I am fine with the gravy/sauce being light coloured. After all, once you toss everything together well, you will reveal the dark noodles…

…and that will darken the gravy/sauce a bit. More importantly, the noodles must be fried really well so that you will get to enjoy the lovely wok hei fragrance. Yes, I did enjoy the special I had that day, RM7.00 only with a whole lot of added ingredients, all those shrimps and fish cake slices and yes, I loved how generous the guy was with the green vegetables.

I can’t say I shall be back soon for this because parking around here is a pain as well. I was lucky that morning because I saw a lady getting into her car (probably having finished her marketing) so I waited behind her vehicle for her to vacate the space…right across the road from the food garden. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have this kind of luck every day. LOL!!!

KHOO PENG LOONG FOOD GARDEN (2.286751, 111.827785)…

…is located along Jalan Khoo Peng Loong, commonly known around here as Pulau Babi, facing the former express boats wharf where the one I took from Kanowit in the late 70’s and early 80’s would berth.

Love it…

I dropped by here the other morning even though I wouldn’t say I liked the place a lot. It used to be so very crowded and one would encounter some difficulty in parking one’s car around the place.

Much to my delight, I spotted a vacant space right beside the building so I grabbed it right away and in no time at all, I was ready to dig in…

I placed my order for the Foochow fried mee special at Stall No. 9, somewhere around the middle of the hawker centre/food court there…

…and it sure did not take very long to be served…

…not at all. I did have the kampua mee and pian sip (meat dumplings) from this very stall once and they were very good too.

Wowwwww!!! Just look at the mountain of ingredients, all the liver, the intestines and the meat! I had the special at another stall here for RM6.00 only in those pre-pandemic days in 2020, No. 3 but I did not enjoy it so much. This one was very much more to my liking…

I asked the young boy how much it was and was pleasantly delighted when he said, “RM7.00!” Ah well!!! With the prices of everything shooting up like nobody’s business these days, an increase of RM1.00 only is nothing – I sure did not mind it one bit as I enjoyed it so much. A special at a regular coffee shop would set one back by at least, RM8.00 or more, a lot more!

I shared one of the photographs on Facebook and right away, a thousand and one suggestions came in as to which one there would be nicer. Somebody said No. 12 and yes, I had that before and it was good. Another one said the first one – the 1st stall is occupied by an old lady selling vegetables. She probably meant that Stall No. 3 that did not impress me much.

I’m not too sure but it seemed that those people are not stationed permanently at one place. Somehow, none looked familiar but I guess it doesn’t matter as long as what they dish out is good (and cheap) and to my liking!

THE SUNGAI ANTU MARKET & HAWKER CENTRE/FOOD COURT (2.320030, 111.830741)…

…is located along Jalan Sg Antu 2, on your right off Jalan Industri as you drive in from Jalan Kpg Nangka.

A good time…

Normally, it would be near impossible to find a place to park the car during their opening hours but I was thinking that perhaps it was a good time to try our luck at this restaurant last Sunday evening at around 5, seeing how dead the town is on Sunday afternoons plus I seemed to notice fewer cars around probably because many had gone back to their longhouses for the Gawai or on a holiday some place.

True enough, when we got there, there were a few vacant spaces available so of course, I picked one that was closest to it. Unfortunately, the restaurant was fully booked, just that it was too early (it opens for dinner at 5.00 p.m.) – most of the reservations were for 7.00 p.m. so the lady at the reception counter said we could just take any table we liked. There was just another table with 3 persons on the ground floor and it sounded like somebody was having a birthday party upstairs. We ordered what we wanted and waited.

The last time I was here was before the pandemic but I did drop by once to buy their curry puffs when word went round that they were making those to supplement their income during those difficult months. Unfortunately, they were made to order so I was not able to get hold of any but I did manage to buy a few packs of their celebrated local Sibu sio bee (meat dumplings)…

…to heat up and enjoy when we felt like it.

Of course, parking wasn’t all that difficult during the pandemic but we were not keen on eating out plus they were really serious about the restrictions and even laid down their own rules and regulations for diners. I saw on their door that evening a sign that said, “Please do not take off your mask until the food is served!

My girl and I love their checkerboard duck…

…but we did not want to order that as the mum would not touch duck with a 10-foot pole. Instead, we asked for their special pek chio/ikan bawal putih (white pomfret)…

…filleted and deep fried till nice and crispy…

…served with its lovely sweet and sour sauce, another one of their signature dishes that we enjoy a lot.

Yes, it was as good as ever and I was glad that the nice lady taking our orders said that they would cook for 2 persons only. I suppose that was why we got a smaller fish, just right for the 3 of us. At most places, they would just give you a big one even though there would be enough for a table of 10 – you want it, you pay for it!

My girl spotted this special own-made spinach tofu…

…in the menu and she suggested giving it a try. It turned out to be very nice, very much to our liking but we did not know at the time that it would be served on a bed of spinach so we ordered this plate of baby kailan with prawns…

…because we wanted a plate of green vegetables. Here too, midin (wild jungle fern) and cangkok manis were not available over the Gawai season, out of stock.

The total for the food came up to RM118.00 only (exclusive of 6% SST), so much cheaper than what we had here and needless to say, we enjoyed what we had here a whole lot more. I did not expect it to cost much less because that fish costs a bomb around here and they were very generous with the pretty big prawns too – those sure do not come cheap either. Both were really fresh and very much to our satisfaction.

While we were having our dinner, a lot of people came in but were turned away, disappointed as they did not make any reservation and many resorted to buying some dishes home instead. We finished before 7 and the crowd had not come in yet so we left quickly but the car park outside was full already by then and as I was reversing out, I noticed that a car was right behind us, waiting to grab my space, lucky bloke!

New Capitol Restaurant 新首都酒家 (2.288619, 111.830057)…

…is located at No. 46, Lebuh Tanah Mas, off Jalan Kampung Nyabor, in the block of shops opposite the Sarawak House/King’s Trioplex/Premier Hotel at the very far end on the right

Float on…

I was amazed when I read this piece of news in some tabloid (I think it’s from Singapore) the other day – Hong Kong is in danger of permanently losing an iconic landmark (or seamark) — the famed Jumbo Floating Restaurant because I did not realise that it was still around after such a very long time.

Opened in 1976, it used to be one of the highlights for tourists visiting Hong Kong. I was there when I went in the mid-80’s…

I remember we had a lavish meal there but no, I did not take any photographs of what we ate – people in those days did not have the habit of taking snapshots of everything they ate.

One thing I can remember is that after we had finished eating, we were allowed to bring the chopsticks

…home to keep as souvenirs for remembrance. Believe it or not, we have kept ours to this very day, precious antiques…

Located in Aberdeen Harbour…

…the restaurant was featured in several movies including the James Bond flick, “The Man with the Golden Gun” starring Roger Moore, Jackie Chan’s 1985 film “The Protector” and Stephen Chow’s “The God of Cookery“.

The three-story-high restaurant spanning 76 meters (249 feet) has reportedly served over 30 billion customers since its opening day, including royals such as Queen Elizabeth II, Hollywood stars, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tom Cruise and Hong Kong actor, Chow Yun-fat.

Everyone was encouraged to dress up in the Chinese Emperor’s and Empress’ clothes for photographs sitting on the throne and what not but no, we did not go for it. I went and googled to see if I could find photos of people doing that and guess who I saw! My Penang blogger-friend, Isaac…

I think he was there with his missus quite recently in 2010. They did have a photo taken while sitting on the throne but they did not dress up in those ancient Chinese costumes…and yes, he did take some shots of the food he ate – you can click the link to hop over to his blog and have a look!

Not likely…

I mentioned in my previous post that I am currently looking for new places to go for lunch or dinner to replace the one that called it quits on June the 1st that day.

Well, the food at this place is very cheap and nice but it is not likely that we would be dropping by here all that often as parking can be such a pain. I have no intention of parking my car a mile away and walking all the way here nor am I all that keen on parking at the multi-storey car park right across the road and climbing up and down the stairs.

The other day, however, by some stroke of good luck, as we were driving past, I spotted a vacant parking space right in front of the outlet of that Colonel Sanders’ franchise in the middle of the block so of course, I grabbed it right away and in no time at all, we were at the coffee shop placing our orders for our food.

It was 11 something, almost lunch time and although there was quite a crowd, surprisingly, there was no problem getting a table. Probably many have gone back to the longhouses for the Gawai or some place out of town on a holiday. We were informed that they had run out of midin (wild jungle fern) and cangkok manis so we asked for their kangkong (water spinach) fried with belacan (dried prawn paste)…

…instead. It was very nice just that I found the sauce a little bit too salty but it went great with the rice.

By the way, much to our surprise, we were given a plate of chicken rice each and the best part was it was pretty nice, very much nicer than what we can get at some chicken rice shops and stalls here.

We loved the sio bak/siewyoke (roast pork)…

…that we ordered and the ang sio tauhu (braised tofu)…

…was good too.

I forgot to snap a photograph of the salted vegetable tofu soup before we each took a share of it…

…but that was nice as well, as good as what we would usually order here.

The best part was when I asked for the bill. The total came up to only RM40.50 for the four dishes (inclusive of the chicken rice) for the three of us. It was so cheap and so nice that I sure would not have any second thought about coming here to eat again…provided I can find a parking space not too far away, of course!

WANG SENG FOOD CENTRE (2.290256, 111.828019)…

…is located along Jalan Wong Nai Siong right behind the Sibu Central Post Office.

Where do we go now…

I was shocked when I heard that one of our favourite chu-char restaurants in town would close on the 1st of June because those recent times when I went there, there were quite a lot of customers so I did not think they were doing too badly despite the pandemic. A friend told me that they had difficulty recruiting workers which, of course, was quite obvious because for sometime now, all the family members had to be roped in to help the boss run the show.

Gosh!!! That would mean one less restaurant that we can go to whenever we feel like having something nice outside. That was why I decided that we should look for some alternatives, other places that we hardly ever went to but the food was very nice too.

We did drive past this place…

…a few days earlier at around 5 something, before 6 and we saw a lot of people there. My girl remembered going there for steamboat a long long time ago when she was little, with her late grandparents, her aunt (my sister) and Uncle Lim and the late Uncle Jimmy those happy times when they would be in town and staying at my house around the end of the year.

I am not all that fond of going there as there are no proper places to park the car – you just park anywhere you like on the grass by the side of the road…

…and on wet days, it can get quite muddy and messy. As a matter of fact, the last time I went there was in 2015!

Well, the other evening, we decided to go out for dinner and since we were real early, 5 something in the evening, I decided to stop by here to see if it was still as good as before seeing that there were a lot more people going for it these days. To my horror, when we got there, the place was packed with customers spilling onto the road. There were a few empty tables but those were reserved. I managed to persuade the lady boss to let us sit at one of them, promising to leave as soon as we finished and in the end, she relented.

I requested for one of their signature dishes, the sweet and sticky spare ribs, coated with sesame seeds…

…and yes, it was indeed really very nice! My friend in Perth, Australia says they call it Peking spare ribs there.

I loved the fried kway teow with see ham (cockles) here, another one of their signature dishes, so I ordered that only to be told by the lady boss that they no longer add the cockles to the dish…

It turned out to be rather disappointing – for one thing, it looked kinda pale and my girl said it could do with a lot more wok hei fragrance, nowhere near the very nice one that we have here.

The lady suggested their hot plate tofu…

…which turned out to be deep fried Japanese egg tofu…

…buried under a whole lot of fried shallots and garlic slices and chopped spring onion. I guess this must be one of their most popular dishes as I noticed every table having that as well. Personally, it did not sweep me off my feet – I prefer how they do it elsewhere with thick egg sauce, covered with minced meat and salted fish.

I don’t know if my appetite has been affected by my not-so-good health these days and many things do not come across to me as very nice, including the cangkok manis fried with egg…

…that we had that evening. Perhaps the vegetable was too old so it was a bit hard and not very sweet and other than that, it was too salty for our liking.

It dawned on me later that the next day was the Dragon Boat or the Chang Festival and that probably explained why there were so many people there – many prefer to celebrate a day earlier these days to avoid the crowd.

The bill for the four dishes for the three of us came up to only RM45.00 which I thought was inexpensive compared to what we would have to fork out elsewhere. However, seeing how we were not exactly thrilled by what we had, other than the spare ribs, we probably will not be heading back there again all that soon.

YING SIANG CORNER (2.305035, 111.839888) is located at No. 1A, Lorong Merdeka 15 at its junction with Jalan Teruntum, Rejang Park.

No class…

My girl would not want to drop by here because she said that everytime we went, I would always end up getting very angry over this and that. I got quite pissed off by their chipped crockery, their poached egg that was raw and only the yolk was left yet they served it like that, how the staff could not converse in English even though it was a western restaurant and so on and so forth and yet they try to project themselves as a high class joint, a place for fine dining, serving the most exclusive expensive cuts of beef.

Well, after all this time, curiosity got the better of me and we did go over last Sunday evening to see if things had changed for the better. All this time, whenever we passed by, we would see the crowd inside and also all the cars outside so we decided to go early before dinnertime, at 5.00 p.m. thinking that there would be fewer people around.

Unfortunately, the place was packed. There were only a couple of tables available but service was good, very prompt and it was not noisy or rowdy until a couple of guys came and the whole time they were there, they talked as if they were delivering a speech to everyone in the room. Why on earth would people talk so loudly, really? It would only take a couple of the likes of these to ruin the nice ambiance of the place. No class at all!

Going back to talk about the service, they had so many young boys and girls on their waiting staff. One approached our table the instant we sat down and he would key in our orders in his smartphone. Hmmm…impressive! Very high tech! He was quite comfortable speaking in English, no problem at all.

Despite the crowd, the food came VERY fast, starting with this plate of Ceasar salad (RM26.00)…

…that we ordered. We were very impressed by how generous they were with the poached chicken (which was a little bit warm when they served it – I had expected it to be cold like everything else in the plate). Unfortunately, when we started eating, I was horrified as to how salty the dressing-coated lettuce was – perhaps if we had shredded the chicken and mashed the egg to mix with the veg, it would help a bit but no, we had no intention of doing that ourselves.

My girl said her spaghetti carbonara grana padano (RM38.00)…

…was good but aside from the extra creamy pasta, there was nothing much else other than that thin slice of bacon for that kind of money. She said that the serving was bigger than what she had before so she was not able to finish all of it…and I had to do that for her, not that I enjoyed the richness all that much.

The mum went through the Asian section of their menu – she does that all the time as she is not really into the western stuff and she ordered this claypot seafood pasta (RM26.00)…

…which I would say was inexpensive considering that there were all those prawns, mussels, clams, cuttlefish and so on…compared to the pasta my girl had. My missus said it tasted something like our char chu mee (the Foochow fry & cook noodles soup) and was very nice – she enjoyed it very much!

By the time the pizza prosciutto e funghi (RM38.00)…

…came, we were already very full so we just had a slice each (and yes, it was VERY good!) and had the rest packed away in a pizza box for us to take home. That was done in a jiffy, no problem at all.

For dessert, I asked for the panna cotta (RM12.00)…

…and I sure wasn’t pleasantly surprised to see that it was served with matcha (green tea) sauce. If it was stated in the menu, I did not notice it and since I am no fan of matcha, I did not really enjoy it. It was a bit bitter but the saving grace was that it was not sweet which was good for me now that I am on a low sugar diet.

We had their complimentary bottled water and the total came up to RM148.40 (inclusive of the 6% SST).

All in all, I must say that the waiting staff members are a whole lot better than the ones we encountered before but there were so many of them. Perhaps they should be stationed at strategic points so they can pay a lot more attention to the diners, instead of just leaving them to their own devices to loiter around here and there.

For instance, when we had finished the Ceasar salad, nobody came to take away the plate that I had placed by the side of the table and by the time the pizza arrived, I wouldn’t mind getting a new plate to replace the one covered with the creamy dressing from the salad and the carbonara sauce from my girl’s pasta. I had to go through the chore of getting their attention to get them to come to our table to do that.

Well, we may drop by again and all the time I was there, I was thinking that it would be good to dine al fresco – they have all the tables and chairs outside but nobody sat there. For one thing, I am not fond of the air-conditioning and I sure would love to take advantage of the natural daylight outside for more flattering snapshots of the food served.

CAFFEINE CAFE (2.302620, 111.842988) is located on the ground floor of Wisma Liberty, Block 3, Lorong Dr Wong Soon Kai 7, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai (formerly Jalan Pedada) – on your left, past the Jalan Ulu Oya Road (Sacred Heart School) traffic lights if you are coming from town.

The 5th…

It’s the 3rd of June today, the 5th Day of the 5th Month in the Chinese Lunar Year, the day of the Double Fifth or the Duanwu or Dragon Boat Festival (端午節), fondly known as the Chang or Dumpling Festival. The Chinese eat zongzi or chang on this special day because they are considered a symbol of luck, as the pronunciation of zong is very similar to the pronunciation of zhong (中). This character has a positive connotation, used in words such as 中奖 (winning a prize).

I found this piece of information from this website rather interesting. During the early hot days of summer, people would easily fall ill and epidemics spread. This made the month seem evil, so people in ancient times regarded it as an important time to prevent diseases and keep evil spirits away. Therefore, the Dragon Boat Festival was originally regarded as a traditional medical and health festival. It is traditionally a festival for people to ceremonially come against diseases and poisonous insects. As the coronavirus pandemic continues across the world, this year’s Dragon Boat Festival has a renewed focus on health.

Well, every year, since time immemorial, my very dear friend, Richard, would make his own homemade nyonya chang and he would always give me some. This was last year, 2021 and this was in 2020 and in 2019 and yes, he does it without fail year after year after year. My mum used to make them but these days, unless Richard makes and gives us some or we manage to get some from Kuching…or Singapore, we would not get to enjoy this special Peranakan version of the meat dumpling.

Earlier this year, however, I received word from Richard informing me that he would not be making any as his mum said they would give this year a skip owing to the outbreak of the swine fever that day. I was thinking that perhaps I could just go and buy one or two from the neighbourhood shops or from here to eat so as to uphold and preserve the tradition, our heritage.

Before I got down to doing that, my sister gave me some very nice ang tao chang (red bean dumplings)…

…that she got from her cleaner. They were very nice, no alkaline water (kee) so they were white…

…not yellow or orange and not jelly like as in kee chang (碱水粽/枧水粽). I thought they tasted like basong, the Malay pulut/glutinous rice delight that I like a lot…

I decided to save them for the actual day of the festival so I just stuffed all of them in the fridge – I guess it would not matter one bit if it was red bean…

…not meat dumplings.

Much to my surprise, the other day, however, Richard appeared out of the blue at my gate with these, his nyonya dumplings…

…for 2022! He said that his mum had a change of heart and gave the green light so he made some and went round distributing to family and friends.

There were two, tied with string…

Richard said that those were chicken and of course, I could not resist taking those out the very next morning to steam and heat them up…

…to enjoy and appease my craving!

Yes, as always, never mind whether it was chicken or pork…

…it was so so so good with the fragrance and taste of the ketumbar (coriander) plus the slight sweetness of the other ingredients in the generally savoury filling.

I had to resist the temptation to heat up some more to eat and thankfully, I was able to control myself so I do have some today that I can heat up and enjoy…

…to observe this age-old traditional Chinese practice during this time of year.

I hope you all have some at hand, never mind if you made them yourselves or bought them from somewhere or some good friend gave them to you. Thank you so much, Richard, for the ones that I shall be enjoying today…and to all of us celebrating this auspicious occasion, a very Happy & Blessed Duanwu or Dragon Boat Festival! May all of us be abundantly blessed with good health and good fortune!

Not ready yet…

That day, after the ladies were done with their church event, I went to pick them up. It was still early and they had not had their breakfast so even though I already had mine, I took them here for the Sarawak laksa. We did stop by a month ago but it was full – not a single table was available so we went some place else.

It was already 8.30 a.m. and the place was open but the Iban workers said they were not ready yet, not till 9.00 a.m. That was why we left and went to this coffee shop round the corner.

My girl had their Taiwanese-style beef noodles (RM8.00)…

…that I had a few times before and yes, I would say it is all right, not too bad and of course, it is A LOT cheaper than the currently very popular ones in town since you do not get so much meat in the bowl.

My missus remembered that she used to enjoy the Foochow fried noodles from a stall at the old/original section (the one on the left) of this coffee shop so she went and ordered that. There was quite a crowd there that morning so it took quite a while but I must say that it (RM5.00)…

…was worth the wait. I could detect the wok hei fragrance the instant the young guy placed the plate on the table and yes, my missus said it was as good as before.

I also ordered this chai thow koi/koay khak/Chinese fried carrot cake (RM6.50)…

…to share.

This is one of the very few places in town where you can get to enjoy this but I thought it looked nicer before…

No, ours do not have taugeh (bean sprouts) – a friend over in the peninsula asked me that when I shared the snapshot on Facebook. There are bits of chai poh (dried/preserved turnip) in the egg though…

We certainly had a pleasantly delightful breakfast there that morning. I did notice that they had some dim sum delights and some nyonya kuihs as well but we would have to come back another day to give those a try.

KEDAI KOPI SIBU/SIBU CAFE (2.295345, 111.839757) is located at Pusat Tanahwang, the area of shops opposite Sacred Heart Secondary School along Jalan Oya. You turn left into the lane right after the SHELL petrol station and go straight ahead. It is in the last block along that lane, on your right.

Crowded places…

I have not gone back to the Sibu Central Market even though I did see as I was driving past that they have removed those tapes that they had all over the place to prevent people from going into the market anytime anywhere they like. Customers could only go in through a few designated points after being screened thoroughly by the security guards on duty there.

For one thing, I shall have to park my car a mile away and walk all the way there and when I have bought a lot of things, the walk back to the car would be absolutely killing!

These days, I go to the wet market in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah (Civic Centre) here. I used to avoid the place too as it was always crowded and I had the impression that parking would be near impossible there. However, I’ve found out that I can just drive into the area – there will always be people who have finished their marketing and shopping and are leaving and I can easily grab their space as soon as they vacate it.

I may not get to buy everything I want that easily here, compared to the central market, but I did manage to buy some giant freshwater prawns…

…once. I saw some more when I dropped by the other day but I did not bother to buy any. What I used to buy for RM45.00 a kilo (big but no crabsticks) are now RM60.00 a kilo and the big ones with long crabstick claws are RM75.00 a kilo. I guess I shall only buy when there is a festival or some special occasion round the corner.

I managed to buy some very nice crabs here too, RM65.00 a kilo only…

…and we enjoyed them to the max. I have only seen them selling those a couple of times since but no, I did not buy anymore either.

So far, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon some ikan buris, my favourite freshwater river fish…

…once only. All the times that I’ve gone back there, I’ve never seen any, not even once. It may be easier to get to buy these things at the central market but no, I’m keeping my distance.

Another thing that is good around here is there are so many coffee shops all around so each time I go, I can get to sample something at one of them. Believe you me, I’ve been to many and there are still some more to go! LOL!!!

Anyway, going back to things that I got to buy there recently, I paid RM5.00 for this bag of midin (wild jungle fern)…

…RM13.00 a kilo. My missus fried it with sambal udang kering (dried prawns)…

…and yes, it was so so so good! That sure made up for the disappointment…

…that we had here not too long ago! You certainly would not see me ordering that should we happen to drop by that restaurant again.

That same morning when I stumbled upon the midin, I saw some fairly large sotong (squid). The ones at my favourite fish &seafood stall are usually too small, such a chore to clean and to prepare so I never bother to buy those from there. My missus says that if they are too big, they are not nice either, too chewy and rubbery.

The instant my girl saw the sotong, she asked the mum to cook some sambal

…and nasi lemak for our meals that very Friday, our no-meat day.

Yes, we sure enjoyed the sotong

– my girl loved it! I don’t know why but strangely enough, for reasons unknown, she is not so into prawns and would go for squids instead any time any day.

I guess I shall keep on going to the wet market and shops in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah here and with a little bit of luck, I may stumble upon something nice once in a while.