Don’t change…

My girl wanted to drop by here for lunch that day because when we were here a fortnite earlier, it was on a Friday, our no-meat day, so she was not able to order her favourite here, their sizzling beef on a hot plate…

Of course, I did not have a problem with that and off we went!

Yes, it was very good, as nice as ever and to everyone’s liking and for our vegetable dish, we had the butter baby kai lan (Chinese broccoli)…

…which was good too.

There were a few other dishes that we used to order but I thought of trying something different for a change so I asked the young boy taking our orders (the lady boss’ son) if they had any “lok bak“. Unfortunately, he was monolingual and did not know what I was talking about – he did not know what “rusa” or “venison” is and unfortunately, I don’t know what it is in Mandarin so I asked him to call his mum who is conversant in Hokkien but unfortunately, they did not have the meat.

Eventually, I settled for “beef tendon in a claypot” on the menu and this…

…was what we got.

Well, it wasn’t in a claypot – the lady boss said it would be in one, a small one and no, the serving was definitely not small. It would not have mattered much if it had tasted great but no, I was not impressed, not at all. The sauce in the sizzling hot plate beef was heaps nicer!

Other than the taste, I was quite put off by what I could (or could not) find inside! There was hardly any beef tendon at all and just a few paper thin slices of beef. Instead, there were a whole lot of oyster mushroom and fried tofu, cut into thin long strips. Honestly, sometimes, it is better to stick to what’s familiar, things that we know are nice. This is one dish I would never order again.

The bill came up to RM63.00 for the three dishes, not cheap but of course, beef is not cheap and perhaps, that was a sign of the things to come, the rising prices. We just have to expect the pinch when we eat out these days.

After lunch, my missus wanted to go and buy some roast meats for dinner. There is a very popular stall at a coffee shop down the road – if I am not wrong, that is the older brother of the one in our neighbourhood that I frequent quite a lot so I suggested trying the ones here…for a change.

We were here once in 2020 but it did not sweep us off our feet so we never went back again. In the meantime, my good friend/ex-classmate, Robert, said their roast duck (sold out when we went that day) was the best in town so I told my good friend, Annie, when she came home for Ching Ming that day but she said it was salty and not to their liking. Ah well! I guess I would just have to try it myself.

My missus paid RM30.00 for this much…

…and yes, the roast duck was very good, not salty, tender and nice. The char siew was all right, nothing to make it stand out above the rest and the siew yoke (roast pork) would have been very nice but the crackling was so very salty that we had no choice but to give it our thumbs down! All things considered, I think I’d rather go to the stall here that I really liked a lot or I’d just stick to my regular stall – everything there is pretty good and being right round the corner from my house, it is a whole lot convenient to go there and buy.

NICE HOUSE RESTAURANT (2.29201,111.82739)…

…is located in the vicinity of the Tunku Osman shops, opposite Rejang Bookstore.

It’s Friday…

Ever since I bought the beautiful ikan terubok (chee khak/toli shad) that day, I had been looking forward to Friday, our no-meat day when we would cook that to enjoy.

It looked so fresh and fleshy too and I was quite sure it was going to be good but the boy told me there was no roe (egg) in it. It did not matter though as we are not really into those but somehow, I have the feeling that if there are eggs in the fish, it is more lemak (fat/rich).

My missus trimmed the tail and the fins…

…to get it ready to be panggang-ed (grilled/baked) in our Tatung pot. We decided not to line the foil with daun kunyit (turmeric leaves) this time around so we just rubbed it with a bit of salt and wrapped it up before putting it in the pot.

A Kelabit teacher-friend of mine saw my photograph on Facebook and commented that he never gutted the fish that he would cook over an open fire to eat. Yes, that is one thing my late mum taught us – to never clean the fish as it would not be so sweet and nice if we did that. She loved to eat the black stuff inside, something a bit bitter but I think that is an acquired taste. I tried it before and no, I did not think I would want to eat it again so everytime we cooked the fish, we would just throw it away.

It sure looked so good when it was done…

Just look at all the juices that had seeped out of the fish, an indication as to how lemak (fat/rich) it was. I love drowning my rice with the juices and eating them together! Omega 3 plus plus!!! Absolutely yummy!!!

To eat the fish, the scales had to be painstakingly removed…

…completely so we would not have deal with them all over the fish, here there and everywhere as that chore might affect our enjoyment to some extent.

A lot of people commented that they would not buy the fish because there are a lot of bones. Bones? What bones?

Of course, there are some BIG ones that are easily removed, not as many and not so hard to spot and get rid of as in the upriver empurau (wang poo liao) and its “cousins”. Those fish may be very sweet, so very smooth, so very fine…but the task of picking out the bones and getting rid of them is so time-consuming and it takes away much of the enjoyment of eating those super expensive fish! Another thing is if the fish have been caught and kept frozen for a long time, they will sell them to you at those ridiculous prices but sadly, they are no longer as sweet, not really nice anymore.

Anyway, back to the ikan terubok, I don’t know if those were from a different source – some say there are those from Bangladesh (cheap and used mainly to make those salted ikan terubok) but there used to be another variety where the top half of the fish was full of tiny bones like those in the ikan lumek. We would eat and leave that top part behind. Much to my delight, those that we get these days do not have those tiny bones so we can enjoy it from one end to the other.

Of course, at RM60.00 a kilo, RM48.00 for the one that I bought that day, I would not be buying it all that often. Once in a while will be fine especially with the rising prices of everything these days – one would need to be a bit prudent in one’s spending now, don’t you think?

That day, we had these long beans fried with sambal hay bee (dried prawns)…

…for our vegetable dish and this Chinese-style (oyster) mushroom and egg drop soup…

– my girl loved it! She said it was like sharks’ fins soup.

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.

Afternoon…

The food stalls at the coffee shops here open early in the morning, some at the break of dawn and most will stay open right through lunchtime. Generally, they all close in the afternoon and reopen come evening time so what they are selling will be available if anyone is keen on having something for supper.

I know this very popular kampua mee stall used to open right through the afternoon, except on their off day, Tuesday and would close at around 9.00 p.m. However, I did drop by there twice already recently and on both days, they were closed. I am not sure whether they open at night or not because I do not venture out in the dark.

This, of course, means that in the afternoon, you will not be able to find anything to eat at all the 10 or so coffee shops at the commercial centre in that area unless you go to our Sarawak’s own fast food franchise or the Taiwanese chicken franchise or Colonel Sanders’ in the mall. I guess it is pretty much the same elsewhere all over town.

Well, the other day, I tried my luck at the food court round the corner and yes, I did manage to get to eat a bowl of pian sip (meat dumplings)…

…to tide me over till dinner time.

The place was quite deserted – there was an Iban employee manning the drinks stall and doing the chores such as mopping the floor and so on, two not-so-young ladies at a table chatting away and a group of 4 or 5 guys loitering around at another table. All the food stalls were closed – there were not many left, 3 only, after most of them closed down or moved elsewhere during the pandemic – but much to my relief, this one, the kampua mee stall…

…was open.

When my order came, I was rather surprised when the lady told me that the pian sip was RM4.00 a bowl. So far, I only heard that this was the price at the aforementioned kampua mee stall while generally, it is RM3.50 only or less elsewhere.

The pian sip

…was all right, a little bland from the lack of light soy sauce and msg, which was a good thing.

Unlike wantons, the dumpling skin was very thin and smooth…

…not thick and chewy and I did enjoy it – this is a noodle dish so the focus is on the skin and there is just a slight trace of minced meat in each of them, not much.

No, I did not complain. I just paid quietly and counted my blessing, thankful that there is a place open anytime I feel like having a bite to eat in the afternoon. While I was eating, a guy in office clothes came, probably after finishing his work for the day, and he had a bowl of kampua mee. Maybe that is why most of the stalls choose to close in the afternoon – they do not get that much business so there is no point employing helpers at the minimum wage of RM1,500 a month since obviously, they are not going to make enough money to recoup that extra expense.

GRAND WONDERFUL FOOD COURT (2.309601, 111.845163)…

…is located along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, on your right. You can also go in via Jalan Pipit from Jalan Pahlawan – go straight ahead till you get to it on your left.

57…

After our lunch here that day, my girl said that she would like to walk over to the fruit shop in the next block with her mum for a while while I waited for them in the car.

There are a lot of these shops nowadays selling fresh local fruits as well as those imported ones and of course, you are given the choice of buying them whole or peeled and cut into chunks or slices and if I am not wrong, they also prepare gift baskets of fruits that you can give to family and friends.

My girl bought this tofu fa (RM7.00)…

…that my sister did buy for us to try once.

Yes, it was very nice, very soft and smooth…

…but I think it is pre-sweetened.

If I am not wrong, those that I have bought before elsewhere were sugar-free and they would pour some sweet syrup all over it. I guess that way, I would be able to pour away the syrup and enjoy the tofu fa almost sugar-free. I can’t do that with this one…

My girl also bought their coconut jelly (RM6.00)…

…that came in layers…

…of very soft and smooth santan (coconut milk) pudding…

…and coconut water agar-agar (jelly)…

Yes, I thought this was very nicely done too – I sure enjoyed both of them except that the prices were a little bit steep, definitely not something we would go for all that frequently on a very regular basis.

I sure would love to try their strawberry yogurt cake one of these days, if it is available. They have the photographs on their Facebook page and it looks really good!!! Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, the 3rd Sunday in June. Hint!…Hint!!! LOL!!!

57 FRUIT STALL (2.294084, 111.826097) is located at No. 57, Jalan Tunku Osman, two doors to the right of this coffee shop…

…at the extreme left end of that block of shops, with the Canneles Boulangeria & Patisserie in between the two.

Local…

They opened this place…

…quite recently but I did not bother going over to check it out even though it’s not far from my house. After all, they have branches all over town and before the pandemic, I used to go to a couple of them to get my imported Australian and New Zealand beef and lamb. Why! I was so impressed when I dropped by Seremban (Negeri Sembilan) in 2012 and saw that they had a branch…

…there as well.

I was browsing through their Facebook page one fine day when I saw a comment by a Facebook friend of mine. “Like in New Zealand!” he said and my curiosity was instantly aroused. I decided I would hop over soon just to look around and that was what I did the other day.

Yes, it’s a really huge place with all kinds of things for sale but I was more into stuff that I had not seen before. I noticed a lot of sugar-free, no added sugar …

…and unsweetened stuff…

…on the shelves.

They may have them at some other supermarkets in town – I hear those that stock up on imported stuff have quite a collection too these days, just that I have not gone round to see but I certainly would want to try that pistachio milk – I love pistachios and right now, I am getting quite sick and tired of the V-soy soya bean and multi-grain milk and my low fat fresh milk that I am drinking regularly because my doctor said that I would need the protein.

I also saw a lot of stuff not available elsewhere like this particular brand of luncheon meat…

…(I wonder if it’s any good) or these canned sardines…

…and yes, they certainly had a whole lot of ham…

…sausages and other processed meat to pick and choose and even pizzas…

That would be so convenient – just pop it in the oven and one can have a pizza to enjoy in no time at all.

They have the grass-fed beef and lamb…

…that I always buy these days, a whole lot nicer than all the rest and a whole lot of imported stuff…

…that I had not seen anywhere else around here.

There are a whole lot of local stuff as well and among all the different types of fish, barramundi and so on, I was impressed by this ikan terubok (toli shad)

…in the fish section. This is very difficult to get at the market and stalls and they have a whole lot of them here!

Why! They even have these button mushrooms…

…that are so difficult to get elsewhere and my goodness, I was amazed to see the bottles of whiskey and fine wine all lined up on the shelves. Frankly, I have not seen that many before, not even at those duty-free shops at the international airports. My attention was drawn to this bottle of kahlua coffee liquer…

I used to enjoy that so much with vanilla ice cream…

here but of course, I cannot indulge in that anymore now that I am on a low/no sugar diet. Sobsss!!!

I must say that I was baffled by the word local in the name of the place, seeing how they have so much imported stuff. In fact, I was not that keen on dropping by to see what they had because of that word – no point doing that when they only sell local stuff, available at most other places elsewhere.

My missus did buy some of the baked stuff…

…from that section and what caught my attention was the English used. There was no indication as to who supplied all that they were selling and honestly, I couldn’t make head or tail of what they meant…and goodness gracious me! If you change just one letter from the main caption, that would bring about a completely different meaning! *face palm*

Having seen what it was like, I would say that I was VERY impressed – it certainly was a nice place to go and walk around, looking at all the things on display but I do think that they have much bigger places than this in New Zealand. The only similarity that I noticed was how EXTREMELY cold it was inside – I just could not wait to get out of there before I froze to death to go and sit in the car to wait for my girl and the mum. It was like winter in New Zealand, I commented when the ladies finally were through!

Float on…

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

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

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

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

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

Located in Aberdeen Harbour…

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

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

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

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

Where do we go now…

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

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

We did drive past this place…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The lady suggested their hot plate tofu…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 5th…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

…not meat dumplings.

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

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

There were two, tied with string…

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

…to enjoy and appease my craving!

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

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

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

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

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

Crowded places…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, we sure enjoyed the sotong

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

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