Getting used to it…

The other day, Monday, my girl had something on in school so I had to go and get her in the afternoon when she was done with whatever was going on. On the way, I decided to stop by my favourite kuih stall at Rejang Park to pick up a few things for our afternoon tea once we got home.

I bought their chai kueh

…or what they call mangkuang kuih in Kota Tinggi, so I’ve been told. I guess this is safe for me to eat as if I am not wrong, it is made from rice flour and there are only vegetables inside, no meat at all.

These are not the best in town…

…but they are pretty good. I would rank them among the top few that we have around here. They used to be RM1.00 each but I had to pay RM6.00 for a pack of 5 – obviously, it has gone up to RM1.20 each. Even with the hike in the price, there were only 2 packets left, take it or leave it!

My missus did not buy the ang koo kuih when she stopped by here in June so I just had to grab a pack. I took the yellow ones…

– I think those were the ones with the skin made from pumpkin, hence the colour. I simply could not resist buying some to buang gian (appease the craving) even though I know jolly well that I should not be eating those. Thankfully, the ones they make here are not very sweet, the mung bean filling and I just had ONE, that’s all!

Yes, the price had gone up too – they’re RM6.50 a pack, RM1.30 each. Long ago, they were RM1.00 each. They did say something about the red ones going for RM6.00 only a pack, RM1.20 each. I wonder why those are cheaper.

I noticed that the ladies in the house enjoyed the or koi (deep fried yam cake) that day so I asked for 5 pieces of the small ones for them. These were the bigger ones…

…that my missus bought that day. I don’t know how much she paid for them but the ones I bought, half the size, were 70 sen each.

I guess at a time like this with the prices of virtually everything going up, we have no choice but to just learn to get used to it…and hope and pray that it will not get much worse than this.

Incidentally, if it is any consolation, my pineapple (the kelapa sawit variety)…

…in my garden is growing so very well. At this point in time, it is so big and heavy that the plant is unable to support it so it is actually leaning towards one side. I guess it is not ripe yet so I shall have to wait a while before the time comes for me to harvest it.

LIM TIONG KHAY Chinese kueh stall (2.306707, 111.836471)…

…is located beside the Chinese medical store among the shops at Rejang Park in the block facing Jalan Teruntum to the left of what was formerly the Zenith Mint Cinema.

Author: suituapui

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12 thoughts on “Getting used to it…”

  1. Ha ha… that’s indeed our mangkuang kuih. Can’t be wrong one. 😉
    Got shredded sengkuang, carrot inside.
    Dried shrimps are used sparingly inside. Ha!

    Oh you need to find rolled oats, just plain ones. Quaker should have this variety.
    The instant oats that you mentioned are not as good as the simple ones.
    Oh if you need to cut down dairy products, you can try skimmed milk with no fat.
    But it’s very horrible, like drinking longkang water.

    Yes, I am 100% sure that soon hock is freshwater fish. Unlike, siakap which can be farmed in fresh water or caught from the sea.

    1. No, no dried shrimp anymore these days…or not that I can detect. Getting a bit too expensive to use, I guess.

      Ok, will look out for the oats the next time I go shopping. I enjoyed Quaker instant though…with condensed milk

  2. > I’m not into such European destinations, more into those with the huge, very grand and majestic, historical buildings

    Forgot about this earlier. Matera is actually very beautiful and historical. It’s famous for its cave dwellings. Have you seen the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die? The car chasing scene was taken in Matera.

    1. I see. I’m not into such continental places nor James Bond movies. Have not watched any since I fell asleep during “Live and let die” in Penang (Roger Moore). Like I always say, to each his own! One man’s meat is another man’s poison!

  3. Yes, I have very nice ang koo kuih and chai kuih at a kuih stall near my place. Chai kuih is RM1.10/pc now an increase of 20sen/pc. Used to be 90sen/pc. Ang koo kuih is RM3.50/pack (a pack of 4). Skin is soft and thin and mung beans fillings are not overly sweet. Both are to my liking. Wow, your pineapple is so big. How long does it takes to grow this big? Heng Huat Ong… 😊😊

    Looks like these Chinese kuihs are cheaper in Kuching and I bet there are a lot of people making very nice ones, more competition, not like in Sibu, Foochow town. We grew up never buying and eating ang koo kuih, so small, the skin so thick and hard, not elastic and the filling was a very thin line, barely visible and usually it was kacang, not mung bean.
    Any chance we got, we would go to that shop in Padungan via the back lane somewhere around Kapit Hotel. Gosh! The walls were black from all that steaming day in, day out but the ang koo kuh was THE best!!!

    I planted the pineapple in June two years ago, 2020 – they told me it would take two years and true enough, the fruit appeared after two years.
    Would have to wait another month or two, I think, for it to ripen.

    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2020/06/16/pineapple/

  4. Wow! Your pineapple is indeed very impressive. Do blog about it once you have harvested the fruit. I love pineapples!

    Counting the days! My ex-student who sells fruits in Kuching says this sawit variety is the No. 1 quality when it comes to pineapples. We buy it all the time, lots at the shops here!

  5. The angku kueh looks so good! I love those looking like that… full of fillings and the skin is nipis… over here, one is selling at 1.90! Ipoh is no more cheap… hahaha…

    RM1.90!!! *faints* I think the Lulu ones at the malls in KL aren’t much cheaper, RM3.50 for two small ones, if I remember correctly!!!

  6. I love chai kueh. The ones in our regular coffee shop is so so only. Not sure if there is a hike in price. For a bowl of noodles, there is about an increase of 50 cents to RM1 per bowl. The yellow kuih looks yummy with so much filling. For sweeter pineapple, don’t harvest too early. Congratulations. The pineapple looks big.

    Ok, thanks for the tip. I shall try to keep it as long as I can, let it ripen while still on the plant.
    The yellow kuih is ang koo kuih, the skin made with pumpkin so it is yellow in colour, not red.
    I do know of two other places where the chai kuih is very nice but they did not seem all that regular
    – sometimes I make my way there but there is none available. Quite a nuisance, actually…if like that.

  7. Is this really how we call it in Johore only?
    How come everyone says chai kuih instead of mangguang kuih?
    No, I am not so sure if I’m truly Johorean anymore. Ha!
    But when I google mangguang kuih, they do pop out like the ones you shown here.

    1. As far as I know, in the past, only we people here called it mangkuang. It is called sengkuang everywhere else in the peninsula.That was why when I said mangkuang, nobody over there knew what I was talking about. So surprised that you folks in Kota Tinggi also call it mangkuang like we people in Sarawak!

      We all call it chai kuih though, dunno how the name came about. A friend of mine called it lizard’s belly as it looks like the underside of a lizard’s belly when we look through the translucent skin at the filling inside.

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