Not so fast…

I decided to drop by here (2.319100, 111.832213)…

Fast Cafe

…among the shops opposite the RTM station in Sibu in the Sungai Antu area that day. The last time I was here was in 2013 when my Penang friend and his friend from KL were passing through Sibu on their way to the now-a-cluster-primary-school where he once taught in Dalat and back.

I used to drop by quite frequently a long time ago and I always enjoyed the Malay lady‘s fried noodles

Fast Cafe fried noodles
*Archive photo*

…and the rest and also her nasi lemak special…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak
*Archive photo*

That morning, I opted for the latter but when it was served (RM5.00)…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak special

…I must say that I was so very disappointed. Where was the egg? Maybe she had forgotten about it? And where were the peanuts and the fried ikan bilis (anchovies)? Don’t tell me she forgot those too?

Other than that, the rice…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak special, the rice

…was not lemak (rich and fragrant with santan/coconut milk) and was somewhat hard and dry. Hmmm…has she lost her touch after all these years?

Thankfully, the masak hitam beef…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak special, masak hitam beef

…was nice and the fried chicken…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak special, fried chicken

…was like what it was, fried chicken. Together with those and also the very nice nasi lemak sambal, and the very nice complimentary clear chicken soup that came with it…

Fast Cafe nasi lemak special, complimentary soup

…I would say that I quite enjoyed my order but I felt kind of sad that it was no longer what it used to be, not as nice any longer, and I sure would have second thoughts about having this should I happen to drop by here again.

My missus had the kampua noodles (RM2.70)…

Fast Cafe kampua mee

…from the Chinese stall in that coffee shop and all she said was that it was nice – she did not elaborate further. I had that here before and I thought it was all right too, nothing to get excited about really.

I don’t know if we will drop by again and if we do, it would not be so fast, that’s for sure – maybe I will want to go back there some fine day and try the fried noodles to see if it is still as good as what I used to enjoy a long time ago.

Up early…

I get up very early in the morning, way before the crack of dawn but people say that’s a sign of old age – early to bed, early to rise. Well, say what you want. I remember the verse in English that goes like this, “Early to bed, early to rise…makes a man healthy and wise!” and some people would add in “wealthy” as well, “healthy, wealthy and wise“. LOL!!!

I do not venture out of the house and go anywhere though unless there are things I would need to buy at the central market (I hate going later as it gets so very crowded and noisy and hot) but on Sundays, I would make it a point to go to the petrol station to fill up the tank, never mind even if it is not really running on empty – blame it on my OCD but I would feel more comfortable going on the long drive to send my girl back to her school in the jungle with a full tank.

Usually I would go before 9.00 a.m. I’ve noticed that the Sunday crowd would not make its appearance that early and last Sunday, I decided to drop by here

Friends Kopitian

…to buy the fried or koi and chiew chu koi (tapioca cake)…

Or koi and chiew chu koi
*Archive photo*

…and tapao their mee mamak (RM4.00)…

Friends Kopitian mee mamak
*Archive photo*

…and fried pek koi, dry (RM4.50)…

Friends Kopitian fried pek koi, dry
*Archive photo*

…home for the ladies in the house for breakfast and I did say the other day in this post that I would like to go back there and give the kampua noodles a try.

Oopssss!!! I was so eager to dig in that I forgot to take a photograph before I did that so I had to put everything back together again and this was the best I could do…

Friends Kopitian kampua mee

…and I would say the actual presentation looked a bit better with the sprinkling of fried shallots and spring onion on top. It was all right, pretty much the same as many elsewhere…

Friends Kopitian 2

…though to me, it was not quite as nice as some of the notably better ones that we have in town.

Personally, I would much sooner go for the piansip

Friends Kopitian piansip, dry 1

…which I enjoyed very much more.

This is the dry version…

Friends Kopitian painsip, dry 2

…and yes, it was very nicely done – not oily, not wet and I did enjoy it very much, what with all that meat…

Friends Kopitian piansip dry 3

…in it and its very thin translucent skin. Having said that, I think I liked the soup version that I had previously a lot more.

Well, I came, I saw…and I tried. I probably would drop by again one afternoon one of these days to try their deep fried stuffed kompia next. Hang around, I’ll be back!

That’s why…

I saw this photograph of the Sarawak laksa

Friends' Kopitian Sarawak laksa
*Friends’ Kopitian photo on their Facebook page*

…on their Facebook page and it sure looked good and that was why I decided to drop by the place to give it a try.

The people running the kampua noodles and chap fan (mixed rice) stall have called it quits and right now, this young and handsome guy…

Friends' Kopitian kampua guy

…has taken over and among the things on his menu is Sarawak laksa, RM4.00 for the regular and RM6.00 for the special. Unfortunately, he was out of prawns that morning so I decided not to have it then – another day, perhaps.

I did order a bowl of his pian sip, soup (RM2.50)…

Friends' Kopitian pian sip, soup

…to try and it was very good. I loved the soup and the dumplings had quite a bit of the minced meat filling inside plus it was very nicely seasoned so it had a taste that was not quite the same as the ones elsewhere. Other than that, it was cheaper than most places by 30 sen where this same thing is going for RM2.80, sometimes more and the kampua noodles here is also going for that same price, RM2.50 a bowl. I did not order it that day and since I liked the pian sip, I sure would want to go back there one of these days to give that a try.

They are still selling the Chinese kuehs like the people running that stall before and these fried or koi (yam cakes)…

Friends' Kopitian fried yam cake

…were going for 5 pieces for RM2.00, the same as the fried tapioca cakes by the side. The latter sure seemed a lot more popular – there were only a few pieces left.

From what we gathered, these were home made and left there for sale – they did not make them themselves. I did wish though that they had covered everything…

Friends' Kopitian ham chim beng and so on

…probably with cling film/wrap or some plastic sheet if they do not intend to buy those containers with covers or perhaps they could do what they do at some of the Malay kueh stalls here – put a few pieces in a little plastic bag, ready to go like, for instance, in the case of the or koi, they could have 5 in each selling for RM2.00…

Friends' Kopitian nasi lemak and so on

…I did notice that they have done it with some of the items available and that way, at least, one can be 100% sure that the flies would not be able to get to them before somebody buys them and takes them home…

Friends' Kopitian steamed egg cake

I don’t know if the rest of the stuff is any good or not though – we did not buy any to try, just the or koi and the tapioca cake and they were both to our liking.

That morning, my missus had the Foochow noodles, soup…

Friends' Kopitian Foochow noodles, soup

…and she said it was good and I had the Foochow fried noodles…

Friends' Kopitian Foochow firede noodles

…that I had had before and enjoyed a lot.

Well, we would be back again, that’s for sure, perhaps for the kampua noodles or the Sarawak laksa or something else. We’ll see!

Maybe next time…

I was here (2.318561,111.832075)…

Kampong Nyabor Kopitiam 1

a very long time ago, way back in 2009, located opposite the RTM building here in the Sungai Antu vicinity…

RTM Sibu

…and I did not like what I had. I remember that I did go back again soon after that for the Teochew porridge – if I did blog about it then, I cannot seem to find the post now but I think that was quite all right, like porridge – nothing more, nothing less, and I have not gone back there since.

Obviously they have their own following, their faithful loyal supporters, as all the time we were there, there were people coming and going. The place…

Kampong Nyabor Kopitiam 2

…looked pretty much the same as when I was here last, the faded photographs…

Kampong Nyabor Kopitiam 3

…most probably, were the same ones that they had up on the walls since they first opened for business here.

Well, what made me decide to stop by that morning was a friend had their ayam penyet the night before and shared the photograph on Facebook and he said it was good. Unfortunately, when we got there, we were told that it was not available and would not be available till after 11 or so, around lunchtime. I saw in the menu that it was priced at RM8.00, the same as the not-so-very-nice one here and 50 sen cheaper than the one here that my missus enjoyed a lot. The one here, RM7.00 only – unless he has increased the price since, was very nice except that it came with the same sambal as the nasi lemak so that was kind of disappointing…and it was very much cheaper and nicer here, so far our favourite in town, unless they too have jacked up the prices.

Anyway, since we could not get to try that, I opted for their so-called nasi lemak deluxe instead and this was what I got (RM6.50)…

Kampong Nyabor Kopitiam nasi lemak

– no hard-boiled egg and one fried egg instead and one miserable piece of fried chicken, breast…

Fried chicken, breast

The rice was dry and hard, not lemak at all and the sambal was very salty though it was all right when eaten mixed with the rice. I did detect a little bit of salted fish somewhere while I was eating but it was nowhere to be seen…and what was worse, the kacang (peanuts) had gone limp, masuk angin (lau hong in Hokkien).

I would much sooner go for the very much nicer ones here, so far, my favourite in town, RM4.00 for the standard, RM6.00 with one fried chicken wing…or chicken curry and RM7.00 if you go for the masak hitam beef unless they too have jacked up the prices since the last time I was there. Whatever it is, I wouldn’t mind paying more for something that is a whole lot nicer and is value for money. Well, if some people are not too comfortable eating at that serves-no-pork place, even Janggut‘s is a whole lot nicer and his is even cheaper – only RM5.00 with one chicken wing…and there was no complimentary soup, nice or otherwise, with this one.

My missus had the nasi campur

Kampong Nyabor Kopitiam nasi campur

…and she said it was all right but the total for that came up to a whooping RM5.50. Maybe the sotong (squid)…

Sotong

…was expensive but I would rather go here instead – it did not seem that expensive there plus the much wider selections sure looked a whole lot nicer than what they had here.

No, we did not get to try their ayam penyet in the end that day. Maybe next time, you asked? Ummm…not likely! Based on what we had that morning, I think we would just give it a miss and try some place else instead.

This is what they told me…

I was here (2.291904, 111.834897)…

Kuching Cafe

…for the kolo mee a long time ago but my friend/ex-classmate, Robert, told me that they had moved to another place not too far away and asked me to drop by and try but I have yet to do that. I did notice that this one was closed for a while and just a few days later, it reopened and has been going full swing since then. I don’t know if it is the same people as before but they still have those western dishes

Western

…that they used to sell starting at 3.00 p.m. and I did ask the guy at the back who dishes out all the fried stuff – the fried mee and what not, and he said it would be available from around noon onwards now.

Well, when my Kuching cousins came to town, they went here for the dianpianngu and they were disappointed as they were using the frozen fish balls and they did say something about the soup too, I can’t remember what now. I had the original one in town once and I did not like it so I never went back there again. I would think the people in Sibu will have to pull up there socks as from what many have told me, with the influx of the Foochows to Kuching, there are a few places in the city that sell very nice dianpianngu. What a shame it would be if one can’t find any good one here anymore, this Sibu Foochow delight since time immemorial!

Then, there was Robert’s cousin, my friend on Facebook, who always shares a lot of photographs of all the nice things that he goes around eating…and I saw that they have dianpianngu at this shop (RM4.00)…

Kuching Cafe dianpianngu 1

…and that was why I decided to drop by to check it out.

My missus ordered the kolo mee (RM3.50)…

Kuching Cafe kolo mee

…and asked for chili sauce to be added. I don’t know if that was why it was so very red or that would be its usual colour and when I asked her, she said it was all right and added that it tasted just like kampua noodles. I guess this would be another one of those that we have around town then – looks the same, but not quite the same.

As usual, I ordered a glass of kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) and I got this…

Kuching Cafe kopi peng

…but I just let it be. Sometimes one has to take things as they come, no need to sweat the small stuff.

I overheard the lady at the noodles stall talking to a guy at another table, grumbling about how expensive things have become these days – a packet of sambal laksa is over RM10.00 now, and coffee powder is RM20.00 a kilo, the one she gets from here. Hmmmm….I got the RM35.00 a kilo one from here for the popiah lunch that I had at my house – I’ve tried the RM45.00 a kilo one from Brazil but I did not like it as to me, it was not all that great, none of the much coveted coffee fragrance plus it was way too expensive.

I must say, though, that the coffee I had here was good, albeit the milk substitute – no, they do not have condensed milk around here anymore and they are using what is called sweetened creamer and it is all palm oil.

Going back to the dianpianngu

Kuching Cafe dianpianngu 2

…it was actually very nice except that they too were using those frozen fish balls as well. What I particularly liked about it was that the soup had the meng ngee (dried cuttlefish)…

Meng ngee

…fragrance and sweetness and that sure pushed it up a head above the rest. These dried ones are very expensive these days and the last I saw any in a bowl of dianpianngu, they were using the fresh cuttlefish and no, those would not be the same, far from it!

I was thinking that perhaps they could give customers an option – to pay more for a bowl with their own freshly-made fish balls, bay kar (tenggiri/mackerel) no less, or settle for the frozen supermarket ones at RM4.00 a bowl. I sure would not mind forking out a bit more for the former.

I saw that they had lor mee (RM5.00)…

Kuching Cafe lor mee 1

…here too and it had been a long time since I had one like those I used to enjoy a long time ago so I decided to order a bowl to try…but no, it wasn’t anything like lor mee as I know it to be but with the chili dip…

Chili dip

…that came with it (even though it looks more or less like bottled chili sauce in the photo), I would say that it…

Kuching Cafe lor mee 2

…was very nice. I had most of the dianpianngu so I was already quite full when this was served. That was why I only managed to finish around half of it but I did eat up all that came with the noodles – the whole egg, slices of char siew and some minced meat and the kangkong…and yes, I would not mind dropping by to have this again should I happen to be in the vicinity but now that I know better, I would not be expecting something tasting like the lor mee I had eaten and loved before.

They also sell Sarawak laksa here and I would love to try the fried noodles and stuff from the chu-char guy at the back to see if they are any good. That would have to wait till the next time we’re around that area then.

Different but the same…

Well, they’re both beef noodles but they’re very different from each other.

This one (RM6.00)…

Happiness Cafe beef noodles 1

…is from here. If you remember, in an earlier post, I mentioned that we wanted to drop by here for this but it was so packed that the people were literally spilling onto the road.

We did manage to do just that last week and as we had not been here for a while now, we sure were glad that the stall was still there, still going strong. Instead of our not-so-yellow noodles, they have their own handmade ones…

Happiness Cafe handmade noodles

…and yes, we enjoyed that and also the broth and everything!

People say that is the Taiwan-style, the one with the very much darker soup as opposed to the clearer one in the type that I grew up eating. Well, we did drop by here last Sunday for that (RM10.00)…

Ah Sian kampua kosong

…and I had the kampua kosong (no meat) plus the soup, their special…

Ah Sian beef soup special

…which of course came in a bigger bowl and other than the meat, there were the tendons and the tripe as well.

No, we did not have it like this before – what we had would be the version with the cooked/boiled not-so-yellow noodles served in the much clearer soup…

Ah Sian beef noodles soup
*Archive photo*

…and it was not until that time when my girl was still very small that I had it served this way – the beef soup in a bowl and the plain kampua noodles in a plate. This lady served it that way at her stall, then at Chopsticks – it was in the town centre beside the HSBC building…and I would go with my girl for that quite regularly. To this day, she still remembers her and how she would like her soup with just the beef and nothing else, not even the spring onions and what not.

Whichever way it is served, I would say that I love them all – to me, they’re all nice…but of course, the deciding factor as to which one we would go for more frequently would be…the price.

Next door…

That day when we went here for the KL Hokkien mee, we walked past this shop…

Kafe Ikhwan

…right next door. My missus said that the nasi lemak looked good and I thought she had a glimpse at what the people there were eating so a few days later, we went back there with the intention of giving it a try.

Unfortunately, they were all sold out. It turned out that they were pre-packed packets of nasi lemak and my missus saw one basketful of it and she said they seemed very generous with the sambal. I asked if they were wrapped in plastic and that was why the sambal was visible but she said they used paper. However, she could not remember how she could get to see. She does seem to be getting rather forgetful lately, old age, I guess…and pretty often, she can’t remember this and that even if it was only a day or two before. I guess I would have to go some other day to see for myself.

They did not have a lot of selections for their nasi campur (mixed rice)…

Nasi campur

…plus the options did not look all that enticing unlike what they have here so I did not feel like having that. It did seem very popular though as we saw a lot of people dropping by to pick what they want…

Help yourself

…and take away for their lunch, perhaps. I was glad to see that they were using those paper cardboard boxes for the purpose, not those not-environment-friendly polystyrene food containers.

I don’t know if the prices have gone up elsewhere as well or not but the roti canai here…

Roti canai menu

…seemed a bit more expensive. Yes, I’ve had the kosong (plain) for RM1.40 here but I do recall having it for RM1.00 or to the most, RM1.20 elsewhere. I did not feel like having any that morning and the nasi ayam penyet

Images

…looked really good in the photograph so I settled for that instead and my missus followed suit.

What we got in the end (RM8.00)…

Nasi ayam penyet 1

…was a far cry from its pictorial representation, unfortunately but the complimentary soup was very nice – no, they did not give us their sup tulang (bone soup) like what they would usually do at most Malay food stalls but instead, we were served this very tasty salted vegetable chicken soup, way nicer than the very diluted, terribly watered-down ones one would get at the Chinese chicken rice shops.

The chicken was literally penyet (clobbered)…

Nasi ayam penyet 2

…and it was good and we would have enjoyed it more if the chili dip had been spicy. Just one or two cili padi in it could have been enough, I think.

On the whole, it was quite nice though I would not say it was anything to get us rushing back for more…and my missus would much sooner fork out the extra 50sen for the one that she seemed to enjoy a lot more here.

Opposite side…

Tomorrow is a public holiday here, Sarawak’s Independence Day, so my girl will be coming home earlier for the weekend. I guess many will be coming back as well seeing that tomorrow, the Borneo Cultural Festival 2016 will begin and some of the SUKMA 2016 events will be held here – Sarawak is the host this time around. I hear the hotels in the town centre are fully booked so I would expect massive jams over the next few days.

Well, if any of you are thinking of dropping by here…

Delta Seafood & Cafe

…for the old lady’s kampua mee, I have not very good news for you. She has decided to call it a day once again and will not be selling the noodles at that coffee shop any longer.

As a matter of fact, that section of the coffee shop and restaurant has closed down…

Closed

What I heard was that the landlord wanted to raise the rent so everybody shifted to the opposite side…

Opposite

That Sunday, we wanted to drop by here for the beef noodles but it was so very crowded, the people were literally spilling onto the road so we decided to come here instead. Unfortunately, the chu char place at the back of the shop was closed – I was told that they do not open on Sunday mornings so we had no choice but to order from the kampua stall…

Delta Seafood & Cafe kampua stall

…in front. Somebody told me that one of the ladies was working for the old lady formerly, helping her out at her stall and now that the latter has retired, she has taken over doing what she used to do and selling the same things, more or less.

I ordered one big bowl of the meatball soup (RM5.20)…

Delta Seafood & Cafe meatball soup 1

…to share…and that got me wondering about the price. They could have reduced the number of meatballs and charged RM5.00 instead and that might help a bit in giving the impression that it was not all that pricey.

No, it was not as thick and rich, the bone stock used for the soup, as the old lady’s. However, I would say it was nice and they did give us some of our traditional Foochow red wine to add to it. That sure helped enhance the taste…

Delta Seafood & Cafe meatball soup 2

…a lot and yes, we did enjoy it though my vote would go to what we had here before.

Yes, we had the kampua mee

Delta Seafood & Cafe kampua mee 1

…too but no, it was not quite the same as the old lady’s.

It had the same stewed/braised meat topping instead of the boiled red-coloured char siew wannabe that one would find at a lot of places elsewhere around town and it had that very nice fragrance of lard and fried shallots. For one thing, it was lighter as far as the amount of msg used went and we liked that but I hear that it did not go down too well with many of the old lady’s loyal supporters. However, I did feel that the noodles were a little over-boiled/cooked and were softer, not as firm. All in all, I would say it was all right…

Delta Seafood & Cafe kampua mee 2

– just that to me, the old lady’s has a slight edge over it.

I wouldn’t mind dropping by again for these should I happen to be around the neighbourhood but that morning, I was quite put off by the fact that even though there wasn’t really a crowd, we had to wait for a mighty long time despite the fact that there were three ladies and one young boy helping out as well. Maybe she was a newbie at this thing so she was not all that good at it yet – hopefully, in time, she will be better and her customers would not need to wait…like forever, to be served!

The other end…

I think I’ve said this before – how I hate people telling others about something nice that they’ve eaten and they do not give the specific details or information so that they can go and try and enjoy too. Often, I would see people sharing a photograph of something that looks rather nice on Facebook and when somebody asks where they have eaten that, they would just give the name of the road or worse, the area. I just cannot understand why they bother sharing the photograph in the first place.

This was exactly what happened when I went looking for one and ended up at the wrong place. Somebody told somebody about what she ate somewhere that was very nice and that somebody told me about it and all the related information regarding the people and what not…but when it came to the coffee shop concerned, she just said she was told that it was in the block of shops at the other side of the Sibu Bus Terminal…

Sibu Bus Terminal

Yes, I do know that block of shops but there are at least 8 coffee shops altogether, or 7, as there is one that occupies two shoplots and I really do not see any difficulty at all in remembering and telling people the name of the shop…

Ak Kia Kopitiam 1

Ak Kia or duckling, in Hokkien but don’t ask me why it is thus named as I really do not know.

This time around, I did not have a problem as the nice guy at the wrong shop that I went to told me specifically which one it was – the one at the other end…

Ak Kia Kopitiam 2

…just around 100 metres from this hotel…

Li Hua Hotel II

– the very first shop in the block, if you are coming from that direction.

Yes, the person in question did say that the coffee was very nice and yes, indeed it was, the kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) that I had…

Ak Kia Kopitiam kampua kopi-o-peng

There is a kampua mee stall in the front portion of the shop…

Ak Kia Kopitiam kampua mee stall

…but we did not order anything from there as we went there for the sole purpose of trying what the person was praising to the skies, the KL Hokkien mee (RM5.50)…

AK Kia Kopitiam KL Hokkien mee 1

For the uninitiated, there is a difference between KL Hokkien mee and Singapore Hokkien fried mee and the Penang one which is actually the Penang prawn noodles or har mee like the one here that I particularly enjoy.

Like most, if not all, coffee shops in our town, they give you the spoons and chopsticks dipped in hot boiling water, the one here in a stainless steel canister, but unlike elsewhere, here, they gave us the sliced fresh chili and a bottle of the dark soy sauce for us to add ourselves…

Chili and soy sauce

The mee was the big, firmer one that one would find in KL Hokkien mee over in the peninsula , not the regular not-so-yellow noodles that we have here and yes, there were the crusts from the melted pork fat…or pork rind…

Pork rind

…and there were some tiny shrimps in it too…

Shrimps

…other than the meat and the cabbage.

So what did I think of it? Well, I must say it…

Ak Kia Kopitiam KL Hokkien mee 2

…was nicer than what I had here (cooked by some guy from Penang) or here though I did think it could do with a little stronger wok hei fragrance and maybe a little bit more garlic…and perhaps they could simmer it a little bit more to reduce the amount of gravy/sauce and make it thicker.

I would agree with my missus when she said that it was very nice but at the end of the day, she would still enjoy our own Foochow fried noodles a lot more…which, incidentally, is comparatively cheaper.

Same old place…

We went around town just about every morning last week for brunch but generally, we just dropped by the same old places for whatever my girl would fancy, things she had eaten before and enjoyed very much like the mee mamak (RM4.00)…

Friends Kopitian mee mamak

here.

I had my usual kopi-o-peng

Friends Kopitian kopi-o-peng

…which looked really good, froth and all but I thought it was just ok, I’ve had better at a few other places around town.

I did not like the ang tao cendol with sian chao (grass jelly) the last time and this time around, I decided to give it another try – just the ang tao (red bean) with a special request for extra santan (coconut milk)…

Friends Kopitian ang tao peng 1

…and yes, it was very good, cukup lemak (rich enough) and the green pandan juice…

Friends Kopitian ang tao peng 2

…sure helped enhance the taste a lot more. However, it fell short on one thing – the sugar syrup. I would have given it full marks if they had used gula Melaka (palm sugar) instead and that too would bring the taste to a whole new level, of that I am very sure.

Going back to the kopi-o-peng, this is one place that I feel has pretty good ones and yes, we did go back there again that day so my girl could get to enjoy the prawn noodles…

Bus Terminal Food Court Penang prawn noodles

mee and bihun mixed, the way they do it over in the peninsula.

Of course, like on the previous occasions, I asked for the fried wanton to be served separately…

Bus Terminal Food Court fried wantons

…not immersed in the soup, and I did ask for extra to go with my kway teow th’ng

Bus Terminal Food Court kway teow th'ng

…that I had that day and enjoyed very much.

This was another place that we went to but no, we did not go for the popiah (spring rolls) as it was not on a Saturday or Sunday – she only opens on weekends. My girl enjoyed the sambal bihun

Jiali sambal bihun 1

…there and wanted to have that again and yes, I still think it was tang hoon (glass noodles)…

Jiali sambal bihun 2

…and not bihun (rice vermicelli) and yes, it was very nice.

My missus wanted to try some black vinegar noodles or whatever and got this…

Jiali lakia mee

…eventually. She asked the boy what that was and he replied, “Lakia mee (Dayak noodles)!”, our local version of the mee memak which is fried noodles, dry, with chili…and at some places, they have belacan (dried prawn paste) in it as well. I don’t know what got lost in translation but it was all right – the lakia mee was pretty good too.

I did not feel like having noodles that day so I had this (RM7.50)…

Jiali rice and braised meat & egg

– (chicken) rice with braised duck and pork and egg. It was all right, not bad, but I felt it was kind of watered down…

Jiali Briased meat and egg platter

I would prefer it darker and stronger and the duck was a little bit tough so let’s just say that it wasn’t anything I would be dying to have again.

The week-long Hari Raya holidays for all schools here ended on Sunday and we had to send my girl back to hers in the jungle before classes resumed on Monday. It’s no matter though – time flies and it’s Friday again! She’ll be home again today, this afternoon. Yipeeee!!!