We’re so good together…

I used to enjoy eating Quaker oats, boiled till nice and mushy and sweetened with condensed milk. Eventually, they came out with the instant version where we just need to add hot water, no need for any boiling for a prolonged period of time.

I don’t know when or why I stopped eating it but I always enjoyed those rich and creamy oats cookies/biscuits from Jacobs and anyway, it is not easy to get hold of condensed milk here these days – what they are selling everywhere are sweetened creamers made from palm oil, not cow’s milk.

It so happened that I read somewhere that if I take three tablespoons of oats every day for a month, it will help lower my cholesterol. Remembering how I used to enjoy eating that, I made my way to one of the neighbourhood shops to buy a pack. Yes, they have Quaker but the instant ones and I think I saw somewhere that those aren’t as great.

In the end, I settled for a pack of these organic rolled oats…

…which I have to boil for quite sometime before they become mushy and soggy enough to be eaten.

Of course, I cannot add any condensed milk as I am supposed to stay away from dairy products as well. Needless to say, they are not very palatable, bland and quite a chore to eat and at times, I added a little bit of honey or our low GI gula apong (nipah sugar) but even so, after a while, I, more or less, gave up.

I told my sister about it and she went and ordered this huge pack of dried cranberries…

…for me. It’s from the same people who came out with these sambals that my dear friend, Mandy, sent me sometime ago. I am not supposed to eat those because like raisins, they are soaked in sugar syrup before drying so the sugar content is very high – I can’t eat raisins either!

However, my sister said that cranberries are good for the kidneys so I can mix a bit with my oats for the sweetness and also the delightful taste of the cranberries would make it a lot easier for me to eat the oats.

I tried cooking just a bit with the three tablespoons of oats…

…in low fat milk (it is all right for me to drink that)…

…till it is mushy and soggy…

…and it turned out to be rather nice – I love the taste of the cranberries and there is a hint of sweetness in the oats that makes it a lot easier to eat.

My sister said that I can eat it on alternate days, no need to eat it every day if I am worried about the sugar and incidentally, perhaps I can buy a can of sweetened creamer to add to the oats sometimes – after all, it is not a dairy product so except for the sweetness, it should be fine for me…once in a while. What do you all think?

James…

I did blog about this char siew sauce

…before, more than once, perhaps because we have been using it ever since the first time we tried it and it turned out to be very much to our liking. Yes, we did try Lee Kum Kee and/or some brand from Cosway but no, they were not as nice.

Well, the other day, my missus took two slabs of meat, the tenderloin and marinated them in the sauce the whole day. Come evening time, just before dinner, she grilled them in the oven till they were nicely done…

She cut them up into slices…

…and served…

Yes, we sure enjoyed that and the next morning, since there was a bit left, I cooked a plate of The Kitchen Food – Sibu Instant Kampua – 厨艺食品, dark soy sauce and served that with a few slices of the char siew on top…

…like how they would do it outside.

That sure looked good, don’t you think so? You can grab a packet of the char siew sauce to try if you have yet to do so. It should be available at all leading supermarkets and grocery stores.

I knew a girl…

I knew a girl, Mingchu was her name
I was in Form 6 and she was in Form 4
Then she moved to Hong Kong
Last I heard, she was still there, happily married with kids
THE END.


LOL!!! I just thought I would start today’s blogpost with a little story about someone that I used to know because there is this made-in-Sibu product by that same name. My sister gave me a pack of the mee bo (mee pok) so I wasted no time at all in cooking myself a plate…

…to try, with some roast duck by the side.

My sister has been singing its praises for a long while now and I have been searching for it…

…high and low but to no avail. No, you cannot find it at the leading supermarkets and major grocery stores – perhaps, they have no intention of competing with their celebrated competitor in this same field that is being sold most everywhere all over town.

I like how they highlight Sibu, Sarawak in the packaging and looking at the information at the back…

…it looks like they are manufacturing their products for export to some place in Victoria, Australia.

Inside, there are 5 individual packets of mee pok

…and two sachets…

…in each of them, one with the oil and the other with the light soy sauce – I suppose you will get the dark one if you opt for that instead.

Incidentally, this is VEGETARIAN so true-blue Sibu Foochows will frown upon the fact that there is no lard in the ingredients, something that they will insist upon when it comes to kampua mee in order to meet their approval. Apparently, they do have those with the coveted stuff and my sister did give me a pack of that as well but I’ve yet to give it a try. Anyway, if you go to those Malay shops and stalls to enjoy their HALAL kampua mee (that is getting more and more popular by the day and some are quite nice, really), this is what you will get – lard-free kampua mee.

Empty the contents of the sachets into a plate…

…boil the noodles till soft, drain well and toss them thoroughly with the oil and the sauce…

…prior to serving. I had some leftover roast duck from the previous night’s dinner so I served that by the side and I did sprinkle a bit of chopped spring onion over the noodles.

Yes, it was very nice – quite plain and simple, not so complicated but I liked it! If I am not wrong, they will give you some fried shallots if you buy their kampua mee – I saw the photographs on their Facebook page and incidentally, if anyone is interested, the products are available via Lazada or Shopee. My sister said that she got her packs from Doremart here in Sibu and one can get it at Kim Hock and maybe Farley too.

I’ve had it all…

My brother in Auckland, New Zealand sent me this photograph…

…and asked me if I’ve tried it before.

Of course, I have!!! I’ve tried all the different varieties including the ones in this mee pok range. My missus bought this dark soy sauce one

…and my cousin in Kuching was singing praises of the spicy vinegar one so we also tried that…

…and yes, we did enjoy it too.

My brother said that somebody in Auckland, New Zealand is importing these instant kampua mee and selling them at only NZD10.50 a pack, which is very reasonable (without conversion) considering that they are some RM8 or 9.00 a pack here. This means that they can now enjoy it at home without being slaughtered at the shops there. I hear the prices of all (Asian/Malaysian) noodle dishes there are fixed at NZD17.90 a plate/bowl.

I am not going to feature ALL the different varieties produced by The Kitchen Food instant Sibu kampua that I have blogged about before here but I would want to mention that when they first embarked on their humble beginning in 2013, a thousand and one imitation brands appeared on the market. Everyone was so anxious to jump on the bandwagon but of course, most of them fell by the wayside along the way very soon. Today, only a sprinkling are left while this particular brand is still going strong and is very well-marketed. You can find their products at most leading supermarkets not only in Sibu but in towns and cities throughout the country and overseas!

My brother also mentioned that the importer also brought in some Kuching/Sarawak laksa and initially, I thought he was talking about the one from this same company

…which is very nice but theirs has ramen, not bihun.

However, eventually, my brother said that it came in some red and blue packs and I knew straight away that those would be the ones from that company in Kuching and yes, that one has bihun

…and is pretty decent, worth buying and enjoying.

But when it comes to Sarawak/Kuching laksa, my favourite these days would be this particular brand

…but it does not come cheap, over RM29.90 for a box of 6 packets earlier in the year, dunno now.

I did hear of some people here who are not so fond of the sago vermicelli though so they would rather go for another brand. We do not mind it one bit and for one thing, when we cook it, the house would be filled with the awesome fragrance of the laksa broth/soup that can easily put many of those in the coffee shops in town here to shame.

I don’t know if they have this brand in New Zealand or not but at least, the other two are good as well and now that they can get the much coveted instant kampua mee there, folks can buy their own to cook and enjoy in the comfort of their own home without being fleeced alive like those 25.97 million New Zealand sheep there!!! LOL!!!

THE KITCHEN FOOD shop (2.304994, 111.847404)…

…home of the original, the one & only Sibu instant kampua, is located in the Sibu Bus Terminal area at Lorong 7A, Jalan Pahlawan, right next to the UOB Bank there.

All of it all…

My doctor said I should increase my intake of protein, something about all of it leaking into the blood stream or the urine or whatever but unfortunately, I have to stay away from red meat and dairy products. I was eating a lot of fish until the mere smell of it would make me feel sick instantly!

Eat eggs, he said, but eat the white only. WHAT? But I love the yolks…especially if they are soft and runny. Besides, if I eat just the white, what is going to happen to the yolks? Do we just throw them away? Isn’t that such a waste? Well, since I am not ready to do that, I would just limit my intake of eggs to say, around two a week…

According to this website, “…the problem with the yolk is its high phosphorus …but if you don’t have a phosphorous issue, you can use the yolk and this is for people who want to include some type of animal protein in their diet. The good thing about eggs is it doesn’t raise the blood sugar at all so it could be a good substitute for people that have or good food for people that have diabetic kidney disease.

Actually, my phosphorous and potassium levels are all right, no problem with them but of course, that does not mean that I can go ahead and eat all the egg yolks I want. Everything in moderation, that’s what’s best.

I like eggs in any form but these days, I will usually have them half boiled/half-cooked. I will bring some water to a boil in a saucepan and turn off the heat before putting in the eggs, straight from the fridge and leave them in the water for around 7-8 minutes. That way, the white will be cooked and the yolk is still soft and runny…

…both of them…

I don’t mind leaving them in the hot water a little bit longer so both the yolk and the white are a bit harder but the former must still be soft though a little less runny. The white would be a bit like the texture in hard boiled eggs by then.

I try to cut down on the soy sauce these days but I think I am o.k. with the amount of pepper that I add…

Once I’ve mixed everything together…

…I would just slurp it all down. I do enjoy eating eggs like this.

Then, there is this piece of information from another website, “However, in this context, even the earlier beliefs that the egg yolks are bad for kidney patients has been refuted to a great extent which means that the food item happens to be safe for the one and all…” and this website seems to contradict what all the rest are saying. Eat your egg yolks,” the heading says, “it’s the egg whites that can kill you! Heads you win, tails I lose.

I guess whatever it is, we should eat everything sparingly, not too much of anything, never mind what the people say and how good they are for you…and PRAY very very hard every day!

Not all the time…

The other day, I stopped by the bank to get some cash from the ATM there and as I was walking back to the car, I felt the urge to go to the washroom. That was why I dropped by the outlet of our Sarawak’s own fast food franchise in that same block of shops at the other end.

While I was there, I decided to have fish burger (RM9.30 exclusive of the 6% SST)…

…to tide me over till lunch.

I did hear that they have jacked up the price from RM8.00 something before (up from RM7.00 something before that) and that was enough to change my mind about dropping by for this a few times in the afternoon when all the coffee shops were closed and there was nothing I could have for tea. You can see they have changed the menu on top at the back…

…to include the new prices but personally, I felt that the old one was more attractive and pleasant to the eye.

My order…

…came pretty fast in an environment-friendly paper bag and inside, there was the New Zealand Hoki fish fillet with a few slices of cucumber and some coleslaw served in a hot dog bun…

Service was top notch, very efficient and very pleasant too – the girls kept calling me “uncle” and they even asked me if I wanted some sauce with my order. I said I did not mind some tomato ketchup and one of them quickly went and got that for me…

As far as I know, at all the other fast food franchises, either you go and get your own or you will not get any at all and if they give out the sauces in little sachets, you will have to keep begging for them before they grudgingly give you one.

Yes, it had been quite a while and I enjoyed eating that…

…but I guess at that price, you would not find me eating it all the time. When I was through, I picked up everything on my table, the wrapper, the serviette and what not, to throw them away and one of the girls came quickly to take them from me to do just that.

I also bought this fish and chips (fries) set (RM12.10, excluding the 6% SST)…

…that came with a bit of mayonnaise and some coleslaw…

…for my girl for her lunch that day. I know she enjoys all these things from these fast food franchises and it sure would be a pleasant surprise for her to get this out of the blue to enjoy!

I checked my old post and much to my surprise, it was RM12.90 before. Wonders will never cease!!! This is the first time I’ve seen the price of something going down! I don’t know when I’ll be dropping by again for some of the things they have on their menu that I do enjoy…but I am pretty sure it will not be all that soon.

SUGAR BUN@PEDADA, the Delta Mall outlet (2.310929, 111.846391)…

…is located at No. 10 & 11, Ground Floor, Pusat Pedada, facing Jalan Pedada, now Jalan Datuk Wong Soon Kai, in the block of shops on the left of ASTRO Sibu, the first shop in the block on the right.

Cast the net…

We call this Malay teatime delight, roti jala

Jala is a kind of fishing net that they use when they go fishing. It involves a special skill with which one can cast or throw the net and it will open nicely in a circle while dropping into the water to trap all the fish.

I had it before at Nyonya Colours at The Gardens Mall in KL…

…and also at a mamak nasi kandar shop in Penang…

…as well as a coffee shop here in Sibu…

Other than those, time and time again, I would buy the ones from my favourite Malay kuih stall at Bandong…

…and I did manage to buy it…

…from this roadside stall

…once during the month of Ramadan recently. Of course, it does not look like that anymore – the red canopy has long been replaced by that red wooden hut given to these people by the state government for them to run their roadside businesses.

I happened to drive past two or three times in the morning and I saw them selling some things but I did not stop to go and have a look until the other day. I was delighted to see the roti jala

…from this lady…

– selling for RM4.00, together with the curry gravy and a couple of pieces of chicken and potatoes…

I also bought these fritters (RM2.00)…

…as well. They were cucur ikan pusu (what we call ikan bilis in Sarawak Malay) and yes, they were very nice. Unfortunately, there was only one pack left so I could not buy more. My girl enjoys these cucurs from the Malay stalls.

They were also selling burgers but I did not buy those. After all, I am off red meat so I can’t jolly well be eating those. According to the girl, they are open every day except on Saturdays and Sundays and they have a different variety of things for sale every day so their customers will not be bored, seeing the same stuff day in and day out.

This Malay food stall (2.308672, 111.822740)

…is located at 20, Jalan Ria at its t-junction with Jalan Kampung Datu Baru.

Should I…

I enjoy eating fruits a lot more than what I have for my meals in my low salt/low sugar/low carbs/no red meat diet but the problem is not all fruits are good for me. That is why I have to go online to read up on all kinds of fruits, what I should eat a lot of and what I should stay away from.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, they say…but avocados, bananas, oranges and so on are not for the likes of me, it seems. Thankfully, papayas…

…are good!

I got this from one website…

…so you can all go and click the link and read all about it.

These days, I only buy this variety…

The fruit is not big, smaller than a rugby ball and round in shape, not long and oval.

Inside, it is more like yellow in colour, not the usual red or orange and other than the fact that it is very sweet, it is not strong on that papaya smell that can be a bit over-powering in some papayas. At one time, everyone went crazy over the small round ones – just cut it open and eat with a spoon! I never liked those because I got somewhat put off by the smell.

Another thing about me when I eat papayas is after I have got rid of the seeds, I shall have to cut away the rough part inside where the seeds stick to the fruit so in the end, I have something like this…

– completely smooth and no seeds.

I can’t remember if I read something about that part that I cut and throw away but I hear the seeds are good for health!!! The aforementioned website has this to say about papaya seeds:
Papaya seeds are also named as “traditional healers treat”. As we are aware, kidneys are responsible for removing waste and impure substances from the body. These unwanted materials include metabolic waste, toxins, excess water, infection, drugs, etc. Once they suffer from a disease, they tend to lose this function leading to multiple medical conditions. Papaya seeds in this case help to heal the damage caused and prevent further complications. Papaya seeds easily remove the toxins produced in the metabolism of the whole body and excreted in the urine. An alkaloid named Caprine is present in the papaya seeds that help in detoxifying the body.

Unfortunately, I have tried eating the seeds but they are so bitter and quite impossible to eat. Some people told me not to chew – just swallow, they say but no, I think I’d just stick to the fruit proper and enjoy it…

…as it is. Having said that, hopefully, my condition will improve otherwise I would have no choice but to go and eat the seeds and pray that they will work as claimed.

Shocking…

I remember once upon a time, not that long ago, roti canai was only RM1.00 a piece. Of course the prices have gone up over the years but I found it somewhat shocking that it…

…is now RM2.00 a piece here!

This was only RM1.20 a piece here and the roti telur (with egg) was just RM2.00…

…and that was in 2019, not that long ago.

The other day, I was fuming mad when I was charged RM3.00 for the roti telur here

…soon after the initial shock I had at another place where I had to fork out RM2.70 for a piece

Of course I never went back to those two places again.

Well, it so happened that I felt like having roti canai one morning but the ladies here have called it quits – they are no longer making them. Eventually, I decided to check out this place…

…where I once had the roti telur but some young boys were running the stall at the time in 2015…

…and also this one at Bandong…

Now, there is an old man here, making the roti at the back and a young guy manning the counter in front.

I also asked for the roti telur which was a whooping RM4.00 a piece…

…and the boy asked if I wanted it kahwin (married), sandwiched, that is and I replied, “Sukati” which is Sarawak Malay slang for suka hati (as you wish).

My orders came with this very nice dhal dip…

…but in all honestly, I cannot say that I did not feel the pinch – RM6.00 altogether for what I had.

Yes, what I had was all right, nice enough but no, it was not THAT nice and for that kind of money, I can go for some other things a whole lot nicer elsewhere so if you’re thinking that they will not see me back there again, you are absolutely right!

The SEDC food stalls (MEDAN NIAGA SIMPANG TIGA)…

…is located facing the MDS Mart (2.306563, 111.819176) at the junction where Jalan Awang Ramli Amit, Jalan Kpg Hilir and Jalan Kpg Nangka meet.

For your eyes only…

Yes, I can only see and drool. I can’t eat because I am off red meat so beef…

…is definitely out!

These so-called Salisbury steaks beef patties…

…are our favourite and yes, their beef balls are jolly good too. In fact, we just had that for our Christmas dinner 10 years ago in 2012. Unfortunately, it is not that readily available over here, I dunno why.

For one thing, they certainly do not mince their words about the beef they use to make their products…

…and yes, they are definitely nicer than many of those obscure brands that I would not bother to buy.

There is no need to defrost the patties…

They can be taken out of the freezer and pan-fried to perfection straight away…

…before putting them in your burgers or wraps.

These days, we have these lovely wraps from Australia…

…so of course, my girl will not settle for less…

…and you will not get to see her going for those Mission ones that are sold at every supermarket in town here anymore these days.

The other morning, after toasting a piece of the wraps lightly in a non-stick pan, she placed some cheese and some cherry tomatoes (from our garden) on one half of the wrap…

…before putting in the pre-grilled beef patties…

After that, she added another layer of cheese and cherry tomatoes before squeezing some kewpie dressing all over the filling…

Last but not least, she folded the wrap and placed it in the oven to toast it some more and also to heat it up so she could enjoy it while it was still nice and warm.

I did ask her for a teeny-weeny bit to sample and see what it was like and yes, I would say it was very nice. Unfortunately, it is, as what the title of this blogpost says, for my eyes only. Sobsssss!!!