We’re in charge…

The other day, after enjoying my fish soup kway teow here, I decided to walk over to my favourite fish & seafood stall at the end of that block of shops to say hello to the very nice Mdm. Lau there. I did not drop by for quite sometime as I had not been so mobile lately.

Unfortunately, she was not around! She had left her young boy helpers in charge and according to them, she was at home making up for lost time because her daughter had come home from Singapore and they had not seen each other for over two years, all throughout the horrible pandemic.

I bought some of those little fishes, quite a lot of bak chik and there were two kembong left and I took those for RM12.00 altogether and I decided to buy one whole ikan senangin, not a very big one for RM20.00. I could not remember what fish the latter was until I checked my post here – it turned out to be the very nice ngor hu or the threadfin.

One of the boys asked if I would like to steam or deep fry it and since I was not too sure, he just cut it up into slices for deep frying. He said he could do it differently depending on what I would want to do with it, like what he did to the ikan siakap (barramundi)…

…that I bought from him once.

Oh? So he was the one! Mdm. Lau has a few helpers, young Malay or Melanau boys, all very nice and friendly, very trustworthy and able to work independently so I do not really remember all of them. I asked him if there was any siakap that morning but he said that they did, just a few but he would not sell them to me as they were two days old, not freshly delivered from Batang Ai that day. Now, isn’t that nice? I am pretty sure others will just sell it to me quietly and run laughing all the way to the bank!

It was then that I saw the ikan terubok (chee khak/toli shad)…

It was so fat and looked so fresh and nice plus it had been a while since we last ate one.

However, one of the boys kept repeating the price, “RM60.00 a kilo! RM60.00 a kilo!” Obviously, he was trying to discourage me from buying, not because it was not good – he did admit it was very nice but because it was so expensive.

I had just bumped into my girl’s coursemate on Facebook – they were together in Sg Petani, Kedah and in Wellington, New Zealand and they had just moved her to Daro in the Rejang Delta. I gathered from Mdm. Lau that she gets their ikan terubok from there but my girl’s coursemate said they were not in season at this point in time, very difficult to come by. I sure was lucky and of course, I insisted on buying one for RM48.00 (less than 1 kg) and taking it home happily!

It is not difficult to get hold of the salted ones…

…and the salted roe (eggs)…

…here. Folks from West Malaysia would buy these by the boxes to take home everytime they fly over to Kuching to spend their holidays.

I do enjoy eating those too but to me, nothing beats eating the fresh ones, rubbed with a bit of salt and wrapped in aluminum foil and baked…

…in our Tatung pot…

We tried baking it in the oven but it was not as nice.

These days, we would line the foil with daun kunyit (turmeric leaves) for the added fragrance…

It is simply out of this world, so very sweet, so very fragrant, so so delicious – a whole lot nicer than cooking the fish any other way!

The fish & seafood stall…

…is located to the right of CCL FRESH MINI MARKET against the wall at that end of the block to the right of the Grand Wonderful Hotel (2.309601, 111.845163) along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai.

Just as good…

I have not been to this kuih stall at Rejang Park for a long time, probably not since the outbreak of the pandemic. As a matter of fact, I did not even know whether they were open for business around that time.

The problem is parking by the roadside right in front of the stall is virtually impossible and one would have to park on the other side of the shops at the commercial centre and walk all the way. I sure would think twice about venturing out and doing that when the pandemic was at its height.

Well, it so happened that my missus went shopping at the shops in the vicinity that day and she stopped by the stall to pick up a few things for tea that afternoon. Yes, she did buy a pack of their chai kueh

I wouldn’t say that the ones here are the best in town but they are pretty good, just as good as some of the nicer ones that I have bought elsewhere. I sure would want to buy if I happen to be around there.

She also bought their or koi (deep fried yam cake)…

…that used to be the best in town. Then, the quality dropped and it became very soft and wobbly, obviously the result of not enough yam and too much flour so I never bought the ones from there ever again.

I guess my missus did not know that as I used to be the one going out to buy these things in the hot afternoon so she bought quite a lot home. I gave it a try…

…and much to my delight, it was very good. I could feel the mashed yam inside and no, it was not all flour, not wobbly at all. The slices are much smaller now but the problem was my missus just grabbed all that she wanted and paid for the whole lot at one go and she did not know the price of each item that she bought.

I guess she does not know either that a lot of the kuihs there are homemade by folks staying in that housing estate, left there at the stall for sale and generally, I would say that most of them aren’t that great, not worth the calories.

She bought some mang ngee (horse’s ears) but it was horrible. Their ang koo kuih

…is very nice but she did not buy any. Maybe it was because these are sweet and I am supposed to be on a low sugar diet.

My daughter loved their chai peah

…too but no, she did not buy those either.

Well, now that I know they are back in action full swing and since I am not too fond of what I can get from the stall in the next lane from my house, I will be making my way here like before whenever I feel like having some nice kuihs for tea.

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.

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.

Best so far…

I would say this is the best bak pao (steamed meat bun) so far…

…or to me, at least unless there are other nicer ones around here that I have not got to try yet.

I dropped by the the Chinese pancake or ban chang kuih (慢煎糕)/apam balik stall…

…in the next lane from my house the other day and I noticed that the guy was selling these steamed paos. He said that they were from the people at the coffee shop at the end/corner a few doors from where he would be in the morning…

…so of course, I did not hesitate to buy some to try.

I bought two of the meat ones, the bak pao (RM2.50 each)…

…the ones with the red dot and two of the char siew ones (also RM2.50 each)…

…the ones with the two orange dots. According to the guy, there is no egg in the latter (the char siew), just the former (the bak pao).

I loved how the buns would rise to the occasion when I heated them up and took them out piping hot from the steamer. The skin became very soft and very fluffy, so very nice. I tried the bak pao and was delighted to see how generous they were with the egg inside, a quarter wedge (see above photograph), don’t play-play! LOL!!! Of course I was disappointed that they had used minced meat for the filling but that was short-lived as it tasted really very nice.

Should I feel like eating steamed paos again, you can jolly well guess which one I would go and buy, no second thoughts! Not only are they nicer than all the rest that I have tried, or to me, at least, they are cheaper than many of them too!!!

My missus tried the char siew

…and she loved it! She sang praises of the skin and she liked the filling inside as well. Of course I had to try it myself but I would not say it tasted like the usual char siew pao (the ones at all those dim sum places) filling – it had a taste of its own but there can be no denying that it was nice. Too bad there wasn’t any egg inside!

Actually, I went to the stall that afternoon to buy the chai peah

…our favourite in town but I was a tad disappointed. They were still selling at 5 for RM2.00, thank God for small mercies, but I had this feeling that they had scrimped on the ingredients so I did not feel they were as yummy as they used to be.

I also bought the ban chiang kuih even though I am not really crazy about those – my missus enjoys eating them! They were 70 sen each a long time ago, 80 sen the last time I bought any and that day, I was shocked when the guy said they were RM1.00 each!!! What was worse was there seemed to be so little crushed peanut and margarine (not butter, don’t dream!) inside. Honestly, I don’t mind people jacking up the prices of anything and everything but I cannot tolerate how some will shortchange their customers like this – I sure will not bother to go over and buy any ever again!

Incidentally, I think I’ve seen some bottles of homemade soya bean milk for sale at the stall. My doctor said that I need to increase my protein intake so drinking this would be one way I can do that. I used to make my own too but now that I am on a low sugar diet, I will stick faithfully to this brand…

This multi-grain one tastes like green bean (let tao) soup. I like their regular soya bean too and will buy any of the two, whichever is available. They seem to sell really very well – sold out as soon as there is stock on the shelves and I would have to wait for a long long time before they are replenished with new arrivals.

The Chinese pancake or ban chang kuih (慢煎糕)/apam balik stall is located on the five-foot way in front of the TCM clinic between Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and Mini-supermarket and Swee Hung (2.316161, 111.840441) along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – next to a hair salon at the extreme end.

With my own eyes…

I dropped by that place in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah (Civic Centre) here in Sibu to see with my own eyes how they made the yew char koi that my sister was talking about when she gave us a few to sample that day.

They were very nice and friendly people, a couple and a younger lady, probably the daughter or somebody and they did not mind it at all when I asked them a lot of questions nor did they bat an eyelid when I took so many photographs from left, right and centre.

This is the dough for the yew char koi

…and the lady used this contraption to cut it into strips…

…five at one go. This is something new to me – I’ve never seen anybody using that before.

They probably needed a wider plank to use as their work surface because it did not cut right through the edges so the lady had to cut them one by one with a dough cutter…

I do not know what she brushed on the strips…

– I did not ask, probably water or oil and after doing that, she placed the strips of dough, one on top of another…

…before she made a dent right through the middle, lengthwise, using a chopstick…

Having done all that, she took the strips one by one and I saw that she stretched the limp and rubbery dough first…

…before dropping them into the hot oil. All this time, I assumed that the 3-inch dough would rise to the occasion by itself in the hot oil to become a foot long! LOL!!!

I’ve never seen this being done before – they fried the yew char koi in the vigorously boiling hot oil first after which they moved them to the not-so-hot oil next to it…

…to simmer until they became a very nice golden colour.

Finally, they removed the yew char koi from the oil and placed them on a rack to cool and to let the excess oil drip onto the tray below…

I bought a few (RM1.20 each) to take home and enjoy that day and while I was there, I also saw them making something else, something that I had never seen before.

This was the dough that they used to make them…

…covered with a whole lot of sesame seeds and some brown stuff – I think that was cinnamon powder. I could taste it when I ate it.

The lady cut it into strips and stretching each strip a bit, she made a loop out of each of them and tied the ends together in a knot before dropping them into the hot oil…

…to cook.

They looked a little bit like pretzels (RM1.00 each)…

…but no, they certainly were not pretzels.

I shared the photograph on Facebook and somebody said that at all those places in the peninsula where they fry yew char koi or what they call yew tiao there, they would definitely have this too but not here in Sibu or not that I know of. I went and googled and found out from this website that they are called horseshoe fritters or ox-tongue pastry. Elsewhere, they call them ma kiok (马脚) or horse’s hoofs.

They tasted like our ma ngee (horse’s ears/butterfly fritters) but they were not so sweet, only slightly so and with the hint of the cinnamon in them, I would say that they were a cross between those and ham chim beng. Talking about ham chim beng, I saw some very nice ones at the stall and the deep fried or koi (yam cake) looked really good too. I certainly would want to buy those to try the next time I stop by.

Incidentally, it looked like the coffee shop/restaurant had called it a day. There was this stall in front, a lot of things inside the shop but no tables and chairs for customers to sit and eat and the kitchen at the back is now a shop in its own right with its own entrance at the side, occupied by some people selling freshly slaughtered chickens.

KIM CHUO FOOD CENTRE (2.310950, 111.830541) is located among the area of shops in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah, Sibu and the Civic Centre market beside the Sarawak Energy/SESCO customer care office (to the right), opposite the ShareTea outlet there.

Not the same anymore…

These…

…are Chinese crullers or what we call yew char koi but some people call them yew tiao (油条) while the Malays call them cakoi.

I had the opportunity to watch them frying these at the pavement outside their shop at Market Road a long time ago and I was amazed to see the short three-inch strip of dough, pressed down the middle lengthwise with a thin piece of wood or whatever to make a dent, rising to the occasion the instant it was thrown into the hot oil. It expanded till at least 12 inches long and it could be torn into two along that aforementioned dent…

For a very long time now, we could not get any good ones here in Sibu. If there are any, they are not the same anymore and I would not bother buying, not at all.

Yes, we have a lot of Malay stalls selling these cakoi but no, theirs are not the same at all, very dense and doughy, not cushiony soft, not even a little bit crusty on the outside and filled with air holes…

…like the ones we grew up eating and enjoying.

I came across an old couple making and selling theirs outside a coffee shop in the vicinity of the Permai shops and tamu (native jungle produce market) but that was in 2019, before the pandemic. I don’t know if they are still there or not. For one thing, the old man did not use the cutter to make a dent in the strip of dough. Instead, he placed two strips together and dropped them into the hot oil to fry. Despite the difference, it tasted great, almost like the ones in our growing up years and yes, I did buy from them a few times.

I have not been to those part of the woods since so I do not know if the old couple are still around making their yew char koi for sale or not. In the meantime, my sister was delighted to stumble upon these very good ones at this coffee shop…

Photo from Google Maps

…next to the Sarawak Energy/SESCO customer care office among the shops in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah here.

I had the kampua mee there…

…once and I thought it was very nice but some people grumbled that the serving was kind of small. Yes, I remember there was a stall on the pavement in front of the shops selling all kinds of kuihs.

My sister said that they sell or koi (deep fried steamed yam cake), ham chim beng (Chinese cinnamon rolls) and so on but they only sell yew char koi, fried on the spot on Saturdays and Sundays. She gave us two to try and yes, everyone agreed that they were good, just like those before. I certainly would want to go over there one of these days to buy some more and perhaps, I may pick a few of whatever else they have for sale to try.

KIM CHUO FOOD CENTRE (2.310950, 111.830541) is located among the area of shops in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah, Sibu and the Civic Centre market beside the Sarawak Energy/SESCO customer care office (to the right), opposite the ShareTea outlet there.

We love it…

I met Victor’s parents when I dropped by here one morning.

When his dad saw me, he quickly came over to tell me that the fried noodles…

…were very good, showing me the packs that he had picked to take home and enjoy. Yes, I know, I said and indeed, I used to buy home myself too but come to think of it, I have not done so for quite sometime now, no thanks to the pandemic. I think I’ll do that on my next visit.

I loved their cucur (fritters)…

…too and I used to stop by just to buy those but for reasons unknown, they seem to have stopped making those. I heard that this lady’s ayam masak merah and nasi tomato were so good that my friend came to buy every day one Ramadan but unfortunately, when I went over myself, they were always sold out!

The chicken rendang

…is very good too, Victor’s father added and of course, I told him that I did try that the other day and yes, it was very good.

This time around, I wanted to buy their beef rendang, I told him but unfortunately, it was not available that morning. In the end, I just bought the chicken rendang again for my missus and for myself, I picked the daging masak hitam

…to try. The ladies in the house are not into this dish, dunno why.

One bone that I would have to pick about it was how very little there was! Of course, the reason is obvious – beef is so very expensive but I did tell the lady that they can just increase the price. Like what I’ve said so many times before, after all, what has not increased in prices these days? Just add a ringgit or two or more but do not scrimp on the quality or the quantity – usually, some people may complain for a while but after some time, they will get used to it and will go on buying and eating, never mind the increase in price.

Other than that, I would not say that the daging masak hitam was the best I’ve had in town. It was a bit on the salty side, probably because of too much kicap (dark soy sauce) and a bit too strong on the aromatics, those spices that they add to the dish. I would stick to the chicken rendang next time.

I got the chicken rice with ayam madu (honey chicken)…

…for my girl. She loved the chicken and the soup that came with it and she enjoyed the chili dip but she did not seem to enjoy the rice all that much. Needless to say, she prefers her mum’s a whole lot more.

That morning, I bought the roti jala (RM2.00)…

…for breakfast/tea and yes, we loved it! We particularly enjoyed the curry gravy dip that came with it – I sure would want to buy this again next time.

I could not remember how much these cucur bubuk (dried krill fritters)…

…were and frankly, I did not get my expectations up high when I bought them as I was not impressed by how they looked. Much to my surprise, my girl loved them and gave the green light should I feel like buying some more next time. Alongside these, there were the cucur cekodok (banana) – I wonder if they were any good.

Yes, give and take a bit here and a bit there, the bottom line is we do love a lot of the things that they sell here. Rest assured that I shall be going back there again…and again!

KOPI KOPI Café & Kitchen is located at the blocks of shops, at the back facing Bandong Walk (2.313869, 111.825808) and the main road.

Two more!…

The other day, I went back to the Chinese pancake or ban chang kuih (慢煎粿)/apam balik stall in the next lane round the corner from my house because there were two more things I had yet to try.

The guy was very busy making those pancakes – he said that some guy placed an order for 20 and he told him to come and get them at around 3 but he was there already at 2.30 and was waiting in the car. Well, it did not matter one bit to me as I did not intend to buy any. I am of the opinion that at 80 sen a piece, no meat, margarine not butter and just a bit of crushed peanut in the pancake, it is kind of pricey.

On my previous visit, I was intrigued by the sight of the black ang ku kuih (red tortoise cake), 70 sen a piece…

…and I did say then that I would buy those the next time around to try. I had seen yellow/orange (sweet potato/pumpkin) and purple (yam) ones before but not these black ones (even though they looked kind of green in the photograph). I went and googled and I saw something about such black ones being made using black sesame but my missus said they used some kind of grass for the purpose.

Perhaps it is what they use to make the black grass jelly (仙草/xiān cǎo), I wouldn’t know but I was quite positive that I could detect a hint of something herbal as I was eating it…

Inside, it was pretty much the same as all the rest, the same mung bean filling…

Another thing that I wanted to try was this deep-fried kompia stuffed with meat filling (80 sen a piece)…

…but they turned out to be quite disappointing. They felt like they were not fried enough…

…so they were kind of rubbery, not nice and crusty like the expensive but so much nicer ones here…or those here that used to be 90 sen a piece, dunno now plus I did not think the filling was all that great – everyone agreed that it was a little too salty.

Of course, I had to buy their chai peah (5 for RM2.00)…

Of all the things sold at this stall, this is our favourite but for reasons unknown, it was not salty at all that day. Perhaps the people making forgot to add the salt but it was perfectly all right – we ate them with my missus’ own-made chili dip and yes, it was so good!!! I suppose I shall keep on going back to the stall for this, not so much for the rest of the stuff they have to offer there.

Incidentally, if I am not wrong, it’s the Dongzhi or Winter Solstice Festival today so do enjoy your tang yuan (汤圆) – tang Soup is soup and yuan Yuan is round and that implies reunion, full satisfaction. In the old days, the poor farmers couldn’t afford meat so they had these balls instead. Eating them during this auspicious festival is a required custom. All the children are told that people can add one year to their age after eating tang yuan.

We are not fond of the ones, usually colourful, in sweet syrup – we prefer those coated with crushed peanut and sugar…

…and yes, we will make these, without fail, every year to preserve the tradition, the customary practice – our heritage.

To all of you celebrating, a very Happy Dongzhi or Winter Solstice Festival – do enjoy eating your tang yuan!

Pick up…

I did drop by here the other day and even though the nice lady boss said that things were starting to pick up again, it did not look all that convincing. Perhaps it was already mid-morning and most of the things were sold out so it appeared to me that they were not getting all those things from their regular suppliers for sale. As a matter of fact, I thought it looked quite pathetic at the time.

Well, I went back there again early yesterday morning around 7 something and yes, I sure felt so delighted that they had most of everything that they used to sell, maybe even more!

Gosh!!! I can imagine how hard it must be to decide which to choose…

…but the instant I saw these…

…I grabbed a pack instantly without any second thought whatsoever.

I don’t know if the old guy is still around or not – at one time, they said that he would just sit there and supervise while the younger ones in his family would do all the work. It did not matter really as their pulut panggang was a cut above the rest, 10 sen more expensive but so much nicer. I cannot remember when it was exactly but I was told eventually that they decided to call it quits – they would not be making anymore.

Imagine my happiness when I saw these and yes, they were still very good. They had the panggang-ed fragrance plus that of the lemak-ness (richness) of the santan (coconut milk) and also, the banana leaf – all the makings of a really very good pulut panggang.

Unfortunately, now that I am on a low-sugar diet, I should avoid pulut (glutinous rice) as it is over-starchy and has a high hidden sugar content and it does not help one bit that unlike the ladies in the house (who would eat it just like that), I must have it with condensed milk or kaya (coconut jam) or sugar. Never mind! I promise I will not buy it again, just this once to buang gian (appease the craving).

As a matter of fact, many of these Malay kuihs are sweet so I should avoid most of them like these coated-with-sugar-and-desiccated-coconut basong

…for instance and these putu mayam (right)…

…which is eaten with a sprinkling of desiccated coconut and sugar on top. The kuih Melaka or ondeh-ondeh (left) should be fine as they are filled with gula Melaka and I read somewhere that this palm sugar is all right for people with a problem with the level of their blood sugar.

I’ve never seen these…

…before – they look like ondeh ondeh except that they are not ball-shaped and the gula Melaka is given separately, not inside. My guess is you dip the kuih in the syrup to eat but no, I did not buy any that morning. Perhaps I’ll give it try if I see it again.

Their bingka labu (pumpkin cake)…

…is very nice and you get 3 pieces for a ringgit, so cheap. Unfortunately, they are sweet so I will have to give them a miss – please, lead me not into temptation but these roti jala

…should be fine, eaten with the nice curry gravy provided and these kuih renjes too…

The skin is similar to the kuih jala, made from some bland/tasteless egg batter, and in the case of these, you will find some curried long beans and other vegetables wrapped inside.

Believe it or not, these are just about half of the selections available. I can’t possibly take a snapshot of each and everyone of them as there is still another section with all the stuff that they cooked themselves.

Other than the curry puffs that I bought on my previous visit, they had these fried noodles – the mee, bihun and kway teow

…and also their very nice mee jawa

…and their chicken rice and their ayam madu (honey chicken)…

…and last but not least, there was their nasi lemak kukus (steamed coconut rice) with a choice of chicken or beef rendang, daging masak hitam or fried chicken (RM6.00 a pack)…

I bought two packs of the chicken rendang and one with the fried chicken for our lunch.

Of course, the rice was not up to my level of lemak-ness but I did feel that it had an edge over the one round the corner that I had a few days before. The sambal was very spicy and very nice and the rendang

…was really very good. I shall try the beef and also the daging masak hitam next time.

Finally, there were these packs of nasi lemak

…if one is thus inclined, wrapped in brown paper or packed in plastic bags. These probably are those home-cooked ones from some people in the kampung, sent here for sale.

Looking at all the yummy stuff all lined up for everyone to pick and choose, I must say that indeed, happy days are here again!!! LOL!!!

KOPI KOPI Café & Kitchen is located at the blocks of shops, at the back facing Bandong Walk (2.313869, 111.825808) and the main road.