I have a go…

I had a pork burger…

…for breakfast that morning.

In my blogpost the other day, I mentioned that my girl asked the mum to buy her some pork patties and I thought they looked kinda small, good for making sliders if we had some mini dinner rolls so even though we had some burger buns in the house that day, I did not bother to use them as I had the impression that they would be too big.

Then, the other day, my brother-in-law dropped by my house and passed us this loaf of bread…

His missus made some jam using the roselle that she grows at home and she gave us two bottles of that and my brother-in-law went and bought us the bread to eat it with. That was so nice and considerate of him – he probably knows that we hardly ever go out. I don’t know if the one from here is any good or not but I loved the butter bread from this bakery near my house and I used to buy it quite often but now that I am on a low carbs diet, I have not bought any from there for quite a while.

Anyway, I thought I could take a slice and cut it into two and that would be the right size for a mini-sandwich using one of my girl’s pork patties. I did not do that in the end because when I opened the fridge, I saw that there was still one of those buns that my missus bought that day so I decided to just use it and finish it off once and for all.

I cut the bun into two and toasted it in the oven, outside and inside and I buttered both parts generously before adding a slice of smoked cheddar cheese and putting them back in the oven to melt the cheese a bit. In the meantime, I fried the pork patty and once it was done…

…I placed it on the cheese on the bottom half of the bun. Blame it on my insecurity but I just had to cut the patty up to make sure it was perfectly cooked inside. I must say that the bun was not too big nor was the patty too small after all, just right!

I placed two tomato slices…

…on the patty and I fried an egg…

…and that went on top.

I cut the burger into halves so as to show its cross-section…

…and yes, I must say that it looked really good. I sure wouldn’t mind a bit of lettuce though – for the colour, if not for anything else.

Yes, finally, I had a go at my girl’s pork patty, my own pork burger…and yes, I would say it was very nice but personally, I think I prefer bacon.

AROMA BAKERY (2.311151, 111.831515) is located after the Maju Tyre shop at No. 36 (G/F), Taman Damai on the right along Jalan Dewan Suarah and WeLove 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).

Cross the street…

We did not have much left for dinner that day so I told my missus not to cook because that would mean there would be leftovers which we would have to go on eating the following day(s).

I decided to drop by here to tapao the fried kway teow (flat rice noodles), RM10.00 for the three of us, from the chu char (cook & fry) place at the back. We’ve been there a number of times and yes, we did enjoy what we had everytime. It was around 4.00 p.m. and yes, it was open but I wasn’t sure whether they would be cooking or not at that very odd hour in the afternoon. The kampua stall was closed and there wasn’t a single soul around other than a young guy sitting there looking extremely bored. I placed my order and walked across the street to stock up on the Low GI bread that I do enjoy quite a bit. We’ve run out for a while now but I did not feel like going out to buy…anything, for that matter.

When I got to the bakery, I saw that there was one loaf left so I asked for that one and I saw that there were quite a few chia seeds bread (RM6.50 each)…

…available. I used to buy that for my girl to take to her school in the jungle and eat there but since she came back, I don’t remember buying it anymore.

I went and googled and I must say that I was rather impressed by all the health benefits of eating those seeds…

Among others, according to this website, those seeds may reduce blood sugar levels and lower your risk of heart disease. As far as I know, my girl takes those seeds in her drink sometimes.

I tried a slice with butter and peanut butter…

…for breakfast the next morning but it was…just like bread. I must say that some may have a nicer taste and texture, depending on the bakery, but I’m afraid I did not think this was one of them. Personally, I would rather go for the Low GI bread which is nice and 20 sen cheaper, only RM6.30 a loaf.

I toasted a slice to eat with my half-boiled egg with butter added…

According to a reader in Canada who comments on my posts sometimes, instead of soy sauce, they eat it with butter so of course, I wanted to give it a try.

Come to think of it, I do add butter to the egg when I make my egg sandwiches. I will cook the eggs till the white is hard and the yolk is no longer runny but still moist and then I will mash them, adding butter…and cheese too! My mum used to add salt only when she made those sandwiches for us – life was a lot simpler, less complicated then. LOL!!!

I’m afraid it did not sweep me off my feet – I still prefer my half-boiled eggs with soy sauce and pepper…

As they say, old habits die hard!

Yes, I did buy a loaf of the Low GI bread as well that day to keep in the fridge. The two loaves should last quite a while so I would not have to go out and buy anymore for sometime. #staysafe #staywell #stayhome

As for the fried kway teow that day, it was nice but there was so much of it that the three of us were unable to finish it all which, of course, meant that like it or not, we ended up having some leftover to bring forward to the next day.

AH PING CAFE is located in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah, Sibu right across the lane from AROMA BAKERY (2.311151, 111.831515) after the Maju Tyre shop at No. 36 (G/F), Taman Damai along Jalan Dewan Suarah.

Good 4 u…

I went back to the bakery to grab another loaf of the Low GI bread and this time around, I saw this one with cranberries and walnuts…

…and of course, I wanted that!

I’ve known about the health benefits of cranberries for a long time now and everytime I saw packets of the dried ones being sold at the supermarket, I certainly would grab one to enjoy…like eating raisins. You can read all about those benefits here and according to this website, they actually lower blood sugar but do take note of the warnings in the article regarding canned cranberries and also cranberry juice.

Owing to the sweetness of the cranberries plus the walnuts, it is nice to eat it on its own like how folks around here love those butter scotch bread from Gardenia.

However, I decided to have it differently the next morning for my big western breakfast…

I toasted a slice of the bread…

…and applied butter to it generously and served it with a slice of cheese plus a fried egg on top. In addition to that, I fried two slices of bacon till nice and crispy and one sausage and I pan-grilled a tomato cut into halves…

…to go with the aforementioned. I prefer tomato raw, not a fan of it cooked but I love it grilled this way.

I sure enjoyed the breakfast, a bit too heavy for me these days as I no longer eat that much, not as indulgent as before – I guess once in a long while is fine. As for the bread, it was good but at RM10.20 for a slightly smaller loaf, I think I would just stick to the regular ones with all the seeds, sesame, pumpkin and what have you as those are nice too and are much cheaper, only RM6.30 a loaf.

AROMA BAKERY (2.311151, 111.831515) is located at No. 36 (G/F), Taman Damai along Jalan Dewan Suarah, the second shop in the block on your right as you enter from Jalan Melur, after the Maju Tyre shop.

G.I. blues…

No, this has got nothing to do with Elvis Presley’s compulsory national service stint in the US Army a long time ago – he even made a movie about it. The G.I. that I am talking about here refers to the glycemic index in foods, bread particularly.

According to this website, low-glycemic foods are slower to raise a person’s blood sugar levels than foods with moderate or high scores on the glycemic index and review studies suggest that a low-glycemic diet may help reduce blood pressure in healthy adults.

Well, in my blogpost not too long ago, somebody named Tom posted a comment and this was what he said: In order to prevent blood sugar spikes, you could consume Low GI breads in Aroma Bakery available every Monday, Wednesday & Saturday – they have two types of Low GI bread, just plain Low GI bread and the other type is with nuts etc (fewer pieces and more expensive).

Yes, I’ve heard of the Low GI bread but it was always sold out – I did not know the days then so Tom’s comment sure helped and I managed to get myself a loaf…

…the other day when I was driving past.

Once again, there was a vacant parking space right in front of the bakery…

…and there was nobody around, other than the boss himself.

This must be the plain type…

…that’s supposedly cheaper but I did notice quite a bit of seeds/grains in it.

The first time I had bread like this was way back in 1980 when I went to Australia and New Zealand for the first time. It had a whole lot of seeds/grain and nuts and they kept telling me it was very healthy. Unfortunately, I took one bite and my first response was, “Makanan kuda!” (food for horses). I never wanted to eat anything like that since until recently when I went into wholemeal bread. Quite a number of bakeries are making those these days, RM4.00 a loaf, which is a bit more expensive than plain sandwich bread, RM3.00 or RM3.20 a loaf. This Low GI one is around double the price – RM6.30 a loaf and if you opt for the one with cranberries and walnuts, that is a whooping RM10.20 a loaf.

I took it home and sat down to give it a try right away with butter and peanut butter…

…and much to my delight, I actually thought it was really very nice. My girl seems to enjoy it too and is having a slice or two, toasted and eaten with cheese, every day. She never touched the plain sandwich nor the wholemeal bread before unless we make something with them, egg sandwiches or French toast perhaps.

Never mind that it is a whole lot more expensive than normal bread – we are not really into bread and do not buy it to eat all that often but in view of the fact that my girl likes it and this is better for health, I certainly would want to buy this from now on if and when it is available. After all, like what I’ve been telling people, what is the use of money these days when there is no place to spend it and nowhere to go and we are stuck at home all the time?

Tom also said: This bakery also has sourdough bread every Tuesday only. Sourdough bread doesn’t cause a rise in blood sugar fast. I think somebody did mention it once that they have sourdough bread here but I’ve never bothered to go and check it out. Well, seeing that I just bought the above on Monday and that would take a few days for us to finish, I wouldn’t want to go the following day to buy the sourdough bread. Perhaps I would do that on Tuesday next week and blog about it. We’ll see!

AROMA BAKERY (2.311151, 111.831515) is located at No. 36 (G/F), Taman Damai along Jalan Dewan Suarah, the second shop in the block on your right as you enter from Jalan Melur, after the Maju Tyre shop.

Don’t go there…

The other morning, my good friend/ex-classmate, Robert and his wife, Angela, stopped by my house to pass me these…

He knows that I love them very much and he thinks these are really very nice so he would like me to try.

According to him, they were made by a lady who would only make a few packs a day and leave them for sale at the central market in town. I don’t know where he got them from as the market is currently closed after some COVID-19 cases were discovered there sometime ago.

Well, one look at them…

…told me that the skin was so very thin and so translucent, almost transparent so they must be very good.

The shape reminded me of the ones I bought a couple of times at a bakery here

…but I have not gone there for a very long time. For one thing, it is in the town centre and I seldom venture there – I prefer to stick around places around my neighbourhood only and other than that, I saw the name a number of times in the daily list of places that COVID-19 positive cases had been to – to me, those venues are best avoided. I sure would not want to go there. Anyway, word has it that they are no longer available there anymore.

I tried the ones that Robert gave me…

…and I felt that the two were quite different. I could feel the difference in the skin, no prize for guessing which was nicer. As for the filling, this tasted like what one would find in those chai pao (steamed vegetable dumpling) – the filling in the ones from the bakery was more meaty. Whatever it is, I would say that I enjoyed them both – both are nice.

Thank you so much, Robert and Angela, for the thought and for buying me these…and sending them all the way to my house to give to me. Much obliged, indeed!

Ten years after…

I don’t know when they started making these lovely chicken pies…

…but I first stumbled upon it in 2010, around ten years ago, and it was, without the shadow of a doubt, love at first bite! I liked it so much and wasted no time at all in blogging about it.

Well, the other day, I was in the vicinity and as I was driving past, I noticed that there was a vacant parking space right in front of the bakery. I stopped right away, parked my car and went towards the shop. Like many of the shops around here, they have blocked the entrance and would not allow customers to go in. You still have to go through the required SOP though – check your temperature, scan your MySejahtera or jot down your details in a notebook (and sanitise your hands) after which, you tell them what you want and they will get for you and you pay them the money for your loot and leave.

Obviously, because of the pandemic, they are not making as many things as on normal days. There were some cakes and buns in the glass display cabinet, visible from the front of the shop. Their counter in the middle of the shop was empty except for a few trays of the chicken pies and no, they did not have those coconut tarts…

…that I like a lot but it did not matter as those are sweet and right now, I’m cutting down on my sugar intake so those would have to be avoided.

I asked for the number of pies that I wanted, paid for them and left. As far as I can remember, way back in 2010, they were RM2.80 each and there were peas in the filling plus a layer of meat floss on top right below the pie cover and the pie had a slight mound on top because of the amount of filling. No, it is quite flat these days so evidently, the filling now is less. It still tastes really great though but there are no more peas, no meat floss, just some bits of carrot with the chunks of chicken and potatoes…

…in the lovely creamy sauce and the price has been consistently going up and up year after year – at this point in time, it is going for RM4.50 each, up from RM4.20 when I bought it in May last year!!!

The shortcrust pastry is still as good as before and all things considered, I do think it…

…is worth buying to enjoy once in a while.

We had a few of them for breakfast the next morning and the ladies were grumbling that they were no longer as good as before and insisted that those West Malaysian-made Australian ones…

…were very much nicer. Well, those are good too (the chicken ones – we do not like their black pepper) but they are around double the price at over RM14.00 for a pack of two, over RM7.00 each.

I guess as long as we can jolly well afford it, we shall go on buying them, either one, to enjoy, depending on where we are and whichever is convenient. After all, at a time like this, there isn’t much we can spend our money on and there is no way we can go anywhere, no travelling to any place in the foreseeable future and it is good to pamper and console ourselves sometimes.

AROMA BAKERY (2.311151, 111.831515) is located at No. 36 (G/F), Taman Damai along Jalan Dewan Suarah, the second shop in the block on your right as you enter from Jalan Melur, after the Maju Tyre shop.

Just a little bit salty…

That day, my in-laws dropped by my house and passed to us a bag of steamed paos…

There were the ones with meat (RM2.20, up by 10 sen now)…

…that had a bit of egg inside and also, the vegetable ones (RM0.60)…

The skin was really good and both tasted really great but were a tad too salty. I would have loved them a lot more if they had cut down a bit on the salt and the msg.

My missus did not ask where they got them from but eventually, she did manage to find out for me. They turned out to be the Hua Kiew Road ones from here that I did buy to try more than once before just that I do not recall theirs being so salty. Perhaps we caught them on a bad day.

Incidentally, they do not open their shop till noon or later and at times, you will see the door ajar, just open a bit at the bottom like it is not open for business. Just go to the back of the shop right behind the block – that is what they tell me. You can buy your buns from them there.

HONG CHENG BREAD HOUSE (2.291838, 111.838213) is located among the block of shops to the right of the junction of Jalan Tong San and Lorong Langsat if you are coming via the latter from the roundabout at Jalan Pedada near Rejang Medical Centre.

I cannot remember…

The other day, my missus came home from her once-a-week outing to stock up on food and supplies in the house and she bought these…

…for my girl to give to her friend for Hari Raya.

I love the sarong/batik designs…

…but I’m not fond of the fact that they’re plastic even though it is of much better quality, not like those single-use ones that are often used for takeaways. I asked her how much they cost each but she said she could not remember. She said they were over RM10.00 each, just that she was not sure how much she paid for them exactly.

If you want the complete set, there are four colours altogether but I guess it will take your friend a very long time to finish all that Kit Kat especially when he or she is not holding an open house and has to eat it all himself or herself. If only, they had given a choice of flavours – I wouldn’t mind having some matcha ones besides the regular chocolate.

Never mind, as they say it’s the thought that counts. This would be nice for something to munch while watching TV or something or one can take it to the office to share with one’s friends. At a time like this, I guess most folks would not be in the mood to celebrate.

Seeds…

My sister loves the steamed paos from this shop but she says that she will have to go early. They will be sold out by around 9.30 a.m.

These days, she goes there to buy these…

…special chu nu miang, the celebrated kompia‘s sidekick, with a very generous topping of sesame seeds. However, these are available from 9.30 a.m. onwards only.

The best thing about it is that the special addition is at no extra charge – they also sell them at 3 for RM1.00, the same price as the plain ones, often a bit smaller and at times, not all that round, at the regular kompia shops.

I am not fond of going to that rather congested part of the town centre as parking can be such a pain. You can drive round and round for hours and still will not find a vacant space. I did hear, however, that with the rising number of COVID-19 cases here in Sibu and the town centre is one of the high risk zones, it may be a bit easier as in general, people are staying home more and are quite reluctant to venture out anywhere. So will I be heading that way anytime soon? I’m afraid the answer is no – I’d stick steadfastly to that recommended #staysafe #staywell #stayhome practice.

As a matter of fact, I don’t mind paying a lot more for these…

…from that Sibu franchise. They are available at that neighbourhood shop round the corner that I frequent at a whopping 6 for RM3.60 – 60 sen each, around DOUBLE the price. They used to sell them at 4 for RM2.00, 50 sen each but what hasn’t gone up in price these days (Incidentally, salted egg is now RM1.10 each, up from RM1.00 formerly.)?

They are more or less the same size…

…a little rounder and a bit thicker perhaps and personally, I find the cushiony texture softer and nicer and I prefer the taste too.

Well, at the end of the day, I would rather go to the next lane to grab those more expensive ones than to venture into the high risk zone in the town centre where there is the possibility that I may not be able to find a place to park the car that easily plus parking is NOT free.

I’ve also heard about the ones here but I think theirs would appeal more to the young and trendy. They look a bit too sweet for old folks like me and besides, the cluster in that part of town (the Malay kampung) is currently still active, best avoided. Maybe I’ll drop by if/when things get better.

Huong Hiong Confectionary 芳香(詩巫)餅家 is located off Jalan Bengkel, beside Victoria Inn on one side and the circular building (the SEDC Medan Niaga Tanahmas) that houses all the Malay stalls on the other, to the right of the New Capital Restaurant.

Think of me…

I had just had my lunch that day and had gone upstairs to have a nap when I heard a car at our gate. I was already horizontal so I did not bother to get up and see.

I checked my Messenger via Facebook and saw a message from Daisy, an ex-student of mine. She said that she was at the bakery in my neighbourhood when she thought of me so she picked up something for me for Chinese New Year from her, her hubby, also my ex-student and their son, Ian…and their mum, a retired teacher like me – she gave me the mint and oregano that are growing so well in my garden.

When I got up later, I went and had a look…

Louis Bakery

It sure looked like the people at the bakery had started stocking up on cakes and cookies for sale for Chinese New Year…

New Year 2021

Daisy had bought me a prune layer cake…

Prune layer cake

I have seen those pop-up ads on Facebook advertising the ones from Lavender in KL. My good friend, Mandy, bought me one once, without the prunes, and it was very nice.

I cut two thin slices from both ends and divided them into smaller slices so all of us in the house could try…

Louis Bakery kek lapis prune

Yes, it was very good – moist, not dry and hard and best of all, not sweet. We all loved it but I’m keeping the rest till Chinese New Year. At least, we’ll have cake, pineapple tarts, keropok and acar, come Chinese New Year.

Thank you so so so much, Daisy, and all in the family. That was so very sweet of you! May God bless you all abundantly in this coming Year of the Ox!

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.