It’s Christmas Eve…

Yes, it was Christmas Eve and no, we did not have anything planned. Things kind of simmered down after my cousins and family left town. My niece, the one working in Singapore, who flew in that night on the direct flight here, was still in town and she asked us out for dinner but we said we would be going to church that evening so we all met for lunch here instead.

We went there once and we did check them out at their former location as well but we were not impressed with the food nor the prices, both times! My niece went there a few times with her friends when she was back home and she obviously liked the place a lot.

We had this lychee pork…

…which was very nice and we loved their salted fish pork belly in a claypot…

…a lot! Oopsss!!! Sorry for the blurry pic!

The lemon chicken…

…was nice but came nowhere near our favourite in town here.

This brinjal dish…

…was really good but one is probably not enough – we’d definitely order two at least the next time we drop by here. After all, my girl loves the vegetable a lot. For one thing, I noticed that it was done differently from what we had the previous time we were here – they probably had a new chef at the helm and that was why everything did seem a lot nicer than before.

The mixed vegetable dish…

…was all right. I really liked the blue & white ceramic crockery that they used here and none was chipped unlike at some places around here, those no class at all ones around town…or worse, the ones still using those horrendous gaudily coloured plastic plates that even some cheap coffee shops and chu char restaurants have the good sense to abandon for good!!!

These must be the Hakka yam balls…

…that my regular reader and commentor, Irene, in Kuching was telling me about that day. They tasted like the skin of the or nee (yam puffs) but they did not have any filling inside. I wonder if the Hakka abacus are anything like these – we can’t get those here so I can’t get to try them.

The pineapple fried rice…

…was good even though there were only two prawns in the dish. Well, that was supposed to be an individual serving – they should make it more flexible and allow diners to order bigger servings depending on the number of people there are in the group.

This pork lard crusts & egg rice…

…however, stole the show! It did not look like much but you pour in their special sauce and break the egg yolks and mix everything together thoroughly before you start eating. I did not expect it and was pleasantly surprised that it was so good, nicer than the pineapple fried rice.

Well, the food certainly was a whole lot nicer than what we had here before and the bill for all that we had for the 6 of us came up to around RM229.00 which I guess was pretty reasonable. We would love to come back again, that’s for sure.

In the meantime, another cousin of mine from Kuching came to town and she dropped by my place to see me – that certainly was so sweet and thoughtful of her. She gave me this awesome fruit cake, so very soft and moist and super intoxicating…

…thank you so much, Liz!

That evening, we went to the church that we would frequent every week…

…for the evening service, just like what we did all this while every year…

*Ronnie Morris’ 2013 photograph*

…without fail and yes, we sat at more or less at that same place too! Old habits die hard!

THE BLUE DOOR DINE & WINE (2.291959, 111.819462)…

…is now located at No. 83, Jalan Lau King Howe, right below The Win Hotel, across the road from the Waterfront Residences or the Sibu Twin Towers.

They came…

I think I did mention here and there that I was expecting some folks to come by this way on a visit and yes, they came that day – three cousins (children of my late uncle, my mum’s older brother), one from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and two from Kuching. One of the latter two brought her husband along and her two children, both residing in Perth, Australia now and one of them brought her two children – I was at her wedding some years ago in Penang. Three generations altogether!

I met them upon arrival and they passed to me a whole lot of stuff…

…that they brought all the way. You can see the two bottles of tuak from my uncle and his family in Kuching – his wife, my auntie, makes the best tuak, the ethnic Dayak traditional rice wine. We ran out of ours – no more in the house so I asked the daughter, my cousin, if she could send me one…and they gave me two! Now my missus can cook her kacang ma chicken – it is also very nice with tuak instead of the pek chiew thow (Chinese rice wine) and I can cook my steamed cincaluk tuak chicken as well.

One of the cousins who came gave me her own homemade tempoyak (fermented durian)…

I’ve also run out of that sometime ago. It sure looks like I can also cook some of those delightful dishes that I enjoy so much again now.

The group stopped at Sg. Tenggang along the way and bought me this braised duck kolo mee

…that I loved so much! They gave me two packets so I ate one the instant I got home for my very late lunch and the other one for my dinner that night!

They also stopped at Jakar for the celebrated prawn noodles and one of them bought me these…

We can get the Jakar sio bee (meat dumplings) all over Sibu but the packaging is different. My cousin said this one is the real thing, much nicer. I’ve yet to try it though so I don’t really know still at this point in time.

These…

…came from Australia – I think they were from my niece and if I am not wrong, these…

…came from the mum. When there are so many people telling you so many things at one go, I guess it is inevitable that some may bounce off your head like rubber balls. LOL!!!

There is no mistaking, however, as to who this panettone…

…came from. This cousin of mine in Kuching (yes, another one) used to be very much into making sourdough bread before. Yes, she still makes those and other types of bread and yes, she now makes these panettones a lot too, especially for Christmas. From the look of things, they are in very high demand!

And this lovely Christmas card…

…came via poslaju from my cousin in KL. She never fails to send me one every year.

In the meantime, my sister took my girl and the mum to a Christmas gathering that her church prayer group was holding and some old friends of mine were hoping I would be there as well. Unfortunately, I was not feeling up to it that night and decided to sit it out. The wife cooks the best beef stew I’ve ever had, something like the one here and so much better than this one here that my girl said was so very Chinese. A long time ago, she used to cook it if there was any fund-raising food sale at the church and I would buy a whole lot of coupons just to buy and keep and eat slowly.

Well, they remembered it too and insisted that my girl took a bit…

…home for me to enjoy, thank you so much, Annie & Lawrence. That was so kind and thoughtful of the two of you!

And talking about beef stews, my cousin, the one from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah went to get the celebrated asam pedas oxtail at a leading hotel there. My blogger-friend, Monica, went to try it once when she was there and in her own words, “Sour and saucy with a mild warmth from the chili, it’s so luscious and addictive that we can’t resist picking it up and sucking the bones.

Unfortunately, it was not available so he went to get it from somebody who is believed to be the one behind it all at the start but he has ventured out on his own, no longer with the hotel. He did send me the one from the hotel once and it was so so so good – let us see if this one is just as good or not. That would be one of those newspaper-wrapped packages in the first photograph. I certainly will blog about it when I have opened it, heated it up to eat and enjoy. You’ll stick around for that, won’t you?

To end this post of mine, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everybody for everything! You’ve all made me so very happy! Life is so good!

Listen to the music…

This place has been around for quite sometime. If I remember correctly, it had a different name and it only changed to this one quite recently.

I did not bother to go as it got a lot of not-so-encouraging-reviews from my Malay friends. An ex-student of mine went not too long ago so I asked him for his opinion. All he said was that the sambal that came with the ayam penyet was very nice.

Finally, at long last, we decided to drop by the other day as we were at a loss as to where we could go for lunch. Much to my surprise, there was quite a crowd there and the one next door/on the other side was pretty full as well. I sure did not expect that!!!

There was a female wheel chair-bound busker…

…singing, entertaining the crowd with her soothing, sentimental Malay songs. She sure drew a lot of attention when she sang Teresa Teng’s “Yue liang dai biao woe de xin” (The moon represents my heart). Yes, she had a good voice and sang very well but I did not see anybody giving her anything. I walked up and dropped my contribution into the donation box and I was delighted to see a lot of people doing the same after that.

An older lady took over the mike for a while and sang Bob Tutupoly’s “Widuri and she did such a good job at it that I gave her a round of applause. Honestly, there were so many people there but nobody bothered to show any appreciation of the display of talent and the pleasant (free) entertainment. The lady sang another song, the Hetty Koes Endang classic, before she left to do her shopping at the supermarket in the vicinity.

This was truly unprecedented and I really enjoyed myself so much. That sure brought a lot of pleasant memories of those wonderful days when I used to frequent pubs and music lounges to have a drink and listen to the live music at those places.

Oopssss!!! To get back to our lunch that day, my girl decided to try their Sarawak laksa, biasa (RM8.00)…

…which was very vaguely like what it should be. I guess one look of the colour would tell you that. They have a lot of so-called specials on their menu including one Sarawak laksa Pattaya where it is served in a bowl lined with a thin piece of omelette. There are others with extra prawns and clams (lala) – the extra sweetness may help enhance the taste, I wouldn’t know.

I wanted to try their belacan bihun – I did not like the one I had at one place in Kuching but I really enjoyed one at another place so I thought I would give the one here a try. However, when I opened their menu, I saw that they had ikan keli (catish)…

…so of course, I asked for the pecel lele/nasi keli penyet (RM15.00)…

…instead. The sambals that came with it were so very nice – I must say that I really enjoyed what I had that day – I am quite sure it wasn’t because of the nice music in the background.

My missus had the nasi ayam geprek (RM14.00)…

Initially, she did not know what that was and wanted something else but I encouraged her to give this Indonesian dish a try. That sure was a lot of sambal on the chicken and they also give another one in a saucer by the side…

My missus said it was nice and yes, she did like her order as well.

The two ladies had their teh tarek ais (RM4.00 a glass)…

…while I just had the complimentary soup that came with my order since I am on a low/no-sugar diet.

This place opens throughout the whole day starting at 7.00 a.m. until 10.00 p.m. The girl whom I asked noticed the surprise on my face and she quickly added that they worked on shifts here, not the same people the whole day through. Yes, I must say the service was very cordial and very efficient and when I wanted to pay for my bill – customers are supposed to do that at the cashier’s counter themselves, I told the girl that I was not that mobile (pointing at my walking stick) and the sweet girl happily did everything for me.

The ladies went browsing around at the supermarket while I sat there waiting for them, enjoying the music. She did play some English songs – John Denver’s “Leaving on a jet plane” and Lady Gaga’s “Always remember us this way”, just to name two. I wonder if she will be there every day – if she is, I sure would not mind dropping by a lot more frequently.

MAT LAKSA (2.308351, 111.820696)…

…is located at No. 67 & 69, Jalan Kuda 2, Kampung Nangka, right across from Cabe Ijo in the next block, both facing the main entrance of Bisonte Grocer & Deli.

Standing on my own two feet…

I used to drop by quite frequently when my girl was helping out at the centre, teaching the kids with special needs but we have not been there since their fund-raising food fair in 2015.

I did read about their more recent developments and yes, that included a very big and impressive building in addition to the old/original one that has been around since a long time ago. If I am not wrong, this was made possible by our own local philanthropists, and I vaguely remember that our Sarawak government did chip in to help as well. Perhaps that is why there is this dedication in that building, a tribute to the late Adenan Satem, the Chief Minister of Sarawak before the present one…

To the right hand side of the building, Block B…

…on the ground floor is the café/servery…

From what I gathered, they train those special individuals here…

…so they can learn some skills like cooking and making drinks, for instance, that may enable them to stand on their own two feet.

The coffee is VERY nice, so I’ve been told and yes, I did see a glass being served to one of the tables…

It was BLACK and the froth on top was so very thick. Unfortunately I am off coffee these days so I did not order a glass to try. The rojak looked very good too.

I was looking at some leaflets on the counter to see what would be available here – there did not seem to be a lot. I just saw things like half boiled eggs and toast, a chicken burger and some drinks. The lady gave me a list of suggestions in Mandarin and I just picked the char chu mee

…the Foochow-style noodle soup, not that I am particularly fond of it but I thought I would just order something to help them out a bit.

Somehow or other, I missed the sign…

…that they had hanging there or I would probably order the mee mamak or nasi lemak from their special menu.

The noodles I ordered were only RM5.00 a bowl and yes, I quite liked the taste even though it wasn’t exactly like the old school authentic ones around town. There was no meat though, just tofu puffs, carrot and green vegetables (sawi) plus one poached egg…

Service was good – everyone was so cordial and polite and I do feel that it is a great place to hang out for people like those retirees who are always at one food court in town, once a week and they would sit there for hours chit-chatting and catching up with one another’s lives. Parking is not a problem here and it is free and I am pretty sure they can sit here as long as they like. Opening hours are from 7.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. excluding weekends – yes, unfortunately, they do not open on Saturdays and Sundays.

As I was walking around, I saw these Christmas trees made from empty cough syrup bottles…

I think there are lights in some, if not all of the bottles…

– I bet that would look really nice when they turn them on at night.

I saw a lot of those special individuals all over the place doing odd jobs such as cleaning the windows, sweeping and so on and there was a HUGE crowd at the children’s clinic that morning. It made me feel sad somewhat as it dawned on me there and then that there are so many less fortunate people in the world.

As I was leaving, I spotted these fried wantons…

…on the counter, RM4.00 for a bag of 5. I grabbed a few to take home for our lunch and dinner and yes, they were VERY nice. Perhaps they should put it on their menu whereby they will fry a few at a time when there are orders – served piping hot from the wok, they would be even nicer, I’m sure.

Honestly, we have so much to be thankful for and we should do our bit, however small, to help those in need. In the case of these special individuals, I am sure they would appreciate it very much if we could, at least, try to drop by here for a bite to eat once in a while.

AGAPE CENTRE (2.272976, 111.851193)…

…is located at No. 16, Jalan Alan, a short distance from its junction with Jalan Stadium where the Bukit Lima swimming pool is.

Familiar names…

Way back in 2012, 10 years ago, some friends of mine were running a cafe by this same name here but it did not last very long. Eventually, they got a Thai lady to come in to take over in 2013 – I did manage to go a few times before for whatever reason, they closed it down.

This place, however, had a different name. I used to drop by very often because I loved the kampua mee there – I would say it was my favourite in town. I think the last time I was there was probably in 2019 and of course, after that year, the pandemic broke out. I had no idea what transpired but eventually, it took on a new name – I was told that the kampua mee people had moved to some place in another part of town and somebody else had taken over the shop here. I don’t know if it is in any way connected to that aforementioned café and Thai restaurant or they just happened to be using the same name.

When my cousin from Bintulu came over to Sibu that day, she and her hubby’s family members did drop by there for brunch and she was telling us that what they had there were nice, very much to their liking. Of course, since then, we were waiting for an opportunity to go there ourselves and check things out.

It so happened that my sister took my girl and the mum there for breakfast the other day and my girl had their Sarawak laksa

*photo taken by my girl using her smartphone*

I wouldn’t say I was impressed because it looked over-lemak (rich with santan/coconut milk). Those true-blue Sarawak laksa connoisseurs in Kuching would definitely frown on it as they are of the opinion that unlike curry, it should not be so lemak. Other than that, they probably did not sieve the broth well enough – those specks were most likely bits of the spices from the sambal.

Well, as they say, never judge a book by its cover and according to my girl, it was nicer than the one here that we like a lot. That is my current favourite Sarawak laksa in town at this point in time and if this one here is nicer than that one, it must be very very nice. I gotta go and try it one of these days!

My missus had their kampua mee

*photo taken by my girl using her smartphone*

…and she said it was good while my sister had their own-made fish balls with tang hoon ( glass noodles)…

*photo taken by my girl using her smartphone*

…and yes, she liked it too.

Of course, after hearing all the rave reviews, I could not wait to go there myself and I did that the very next day. My missus had what they call the wanton kampua mee in their menu or what we would refer to as pian sip mee (RM4.30)…

…and once again, she said it was nice. I also ordered the wanton (pian sip) soup (RM4.00)…

…and I would say the exact same thing about it – that it was nice. Period. It was not anything spectacular – there are others all over town that are just as nice but no, you would not see me running back for more. In fact, the next time I drop by here and I want to order a soup to share, I would pick something else from their menu.

I asked for their kolo mee (RM5.50)…

…which looked very good but initially, I was put off by how it was so very sweet, probably due to the red char siew sauce added. Thankfully, they gave the standard condiment that will accompany any kolo mee in Kuching, the pickled sliced chili in vinegar…

…and I poured that all over the noodles in the bowl and mixed them well. There was a lovely hint of a lightly sourish taste after that and I did enjoy it very much. I wouldn’t mind having that again sometime.

ENJOY CAFE (2.304195, 111.848163)…

…is located at Lorong Pahlawan 7B/3, on your left as you turn into the lane to go straight to the Sibu Bus Terminal.

Wooden house…

If you happen to be in the neighbourhood, you probably would be pleasantly surprised to see one wooden house…

…that stands out predominantly from all the rest, the usual near identical concrete houses (more often than not constructed following one building plan) that you would usually get to see in the vicinity in a housing area.

There is a fish pond at the back…

…and here and there, with lotus lilies and lots of fish…

*Sister’s photo on Instagram*

…and there are designated areas with seats and tables…

…for groups to gather and socialise…

*Sister’s photo on Instagram*

…separate from the main dining area downstairs…

…where the buffet spread would be laid out…

…in an exotic environment with the beautiful and unique ethnic decor…

Look! There is even a meat chopping block being used as a table! Gee!!! How innovative and creative can some people be!

There is the upper floor as well but in my present condition, I am not as agile and mobile as before so I did not venture up the wooden staircase to have a look. Those who went up were full of praises of the beautifully and elaborately decorated seating area…

*Sister’s photo on Instagram*

Seeing is believing and believe you me, this is just the tip of the iceberg…

*Sister’s photo on Instagram*

The decor sure took their breath away…

*Sister’s photo on Instagram*

…but of course, everyone chose to sit downstairs…

*Sister’s photo on Instagram*

…where the food was! LOL!!!

This used to be a nursery. The last time I was here, it was like a jungle with all kinds of plants and trees and the wooden house was used as the living quarters for the migrant workers. The proprietor was in the landscaping business and there were a lot of people who would buy the plants like the ones here…or here, for instance. I didn’t ask but it sure looked like the plants are for sale – there are so many, a lot of identical ones, all over.

Unfortunately, there will be a bit of a problem with the parking of vehicles, otherwise with the exquisite ambiance all around, it would be an ideal place for a home dining venture or to host an exclusive private function like this one, for example. Well, if you are an ardent follower of my blog, one look around the place and you would be able to tell who the owner is, I’m sure. It is absolutely stunning, don’t you think? If there are prizes for these things, I bet it will sweep them all.

Well, it so happened that the mother was celebrating her 103rd birthday and my friend was hosting a garden party to celebrate with the whole family and some friends of his and his family members. My family and I, including my sister, were given the honour to grace the event with our presence so do stick around, I’ll be talking a bit more about it in my next blogpost.

Better than most…

My sister dropped by my place one day to give us some frozen paos (steamed buns) from West Malaysia. She certainly sounded real enthusiastic and was full of praises for them.

There were these small char siew paos…

…which I steamed and ate while they were still nice and hot…

…and yes, I thought they were really great, better than most that we can get around here!

It is quite obvious from the photograph how nice the char siew filling was…

…even though I did feel at the time that I wouldn’t mind if it had been a bit less salty. The ladies in the house did not complain so I guess it was just me and my tastebuds that seem to be going somewhat haywire these days.

Another plus point about these paos is the fact that they are rather cheap! A pack of 6 is only RM14.20 so that would work out to around RM2.30 only. I think that was what I paid for the ones here, the last time I bought some, cheaper than the ones here, but the way things are going, they probably have gone up in price some more. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised, not at all. Needless to say, no prize for guessing which I would go and buy, should I feel like buying some char siew pao to enjoy.

My sister also gave us these big paos…

…RM16.70 for a pack of 4, around RM4.18 each. Ouch!!! Yes, they are not cheap but they are HUGE and goodness, there was so much meat inside.

I encountered a bit of a problem with those though. They came packed in plastic with no instructions whatsoever so I was not sure whether I had to defrost them first before heating them up or not. In the end, I just steamed them for a very long time till I felt they were good and ready…

The smaller char siew ones turned out perfect but when I cut open one of the big ones, I found that it was still as hard as a rock inside! It was still frozen, ICE!!!

I put it back into the steamer to steam some more and it was probably due to the over steaming that the skin became soft and soggy and mushy and when I picked it up again with a pair of tongs, it just fell apart…

I was so heart-broken. I loved the big pao from a coffee shop along Bukit Bintang in KL before they decided to “upgrade” the street and turned it into something not unlike some place in Bangkok, Thailand with all the massage palours left, right and centre! I remember enjoying it so much (I think it was chicken but it was very nice!), with the fat oozing out and streaking down my hand so I was hoping this would be something like that as well.

I shall not say anything more about the skin that was completely ruined but the filling was very nice – no, it wasn’t like anything that I had eaten before. The taste was quite different but it was nice and was virtually ALL meat and yes, there was a bit of egg inside. My missus had the other one and no, that one did not suffer the same fate under my destructive hands and turned out all right – she said it was very nice and yes, she did enjoy it!

FRO7EN (2.297068, 111.825717)

*Photo from their Facebook page*

…is located in the block of shops, somewhere in the middle, to the right of Kin Orient Plaza (the old Sing Kwong) with NicaPlus at the end of the block on the left.

She knows now…

My missus used to send her car to a mechanic in this part of town for servicing and repairs but I don’t think she ever went and looked around the place. I bet she did not even know there is a hawker centre and a market there (but the latter is almost non-existent as there is just one stall selling vegetables and what not).

I’ve been here a few times myself and yes, on the whole, I do enjoy what I had even though I am not that fond of the crowd here. There are always so many people around and parking is a pain even if you are willing to park quite a distance away.

Well, that morning, I wanted to take my missus there to let her see and experience the place and after going round three or four times, I managed to grab one vacant place right in front. How nice!!!

I saw Nancy’s post(s) on the wanton soup that she had and all this while, I had been waiting for the chance to go for it myself. Somehow or other, I never got round to doing that until that morning. I quickly placed an order for a bowl…

…from Stall No. 9 to buang gian (appease the carving).

Thankfully, it was very nice…

…and both my wife and I enjoyed it.

I also asked for their kampua mee

…which my missus also liked – very original/authentic kampua like the ones in the good ol’ days, she said.

Of course we did not finish the whole lot. In fact, both of us just had a bit…

…and had the rest packed for us to take home. I did not ask how much each of them cost but the total for the two came up to RM7.50, probably RM4.00 for one and RM3.50 for the other.

And if you’re wondering, the reason why we did not finish the kampua mee was because I also ordered their Foochow fried noodles, the moon version (RM5.00 a plate)…

…one of each one of us.

Unfortunately, I was of the opinion that it was nicer all those times when I came here myself and ordered that…

…including that time when I asked for the special…

Maybe the extra ingredients added brought the taste to a whole new level – it was so good then!

My missus also had this bowl of cendol

…but no, she did not think it was anything to shout about.

On the whole, we had a delightful outing and the brunch was good enough but we may think twice about coming here again if it is going to be that difficult all the time to find a place close by to park the car.

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.

New location…

In my blogpost yesterday, I mentioned that I walked over to this coffee shop in the next block to the left and I was appalled to see that there were so very few customers, maybe two tables only to the most, unlike that previous time when I dropped by when they were enjoying brisk business despite the pandemic.

I guess the problem started when the beef noodles…

…stall moved to their own shop here and their crowd of loyal followers made their way there as well.

Eventually, the lady selling the very nice Penang har mee (prawn noodles)…

…that I ate that day also moved to a coffee shop across the road from here…

…along Jalan Sena. My ex-student sent me a photograph of the coffee shop but I have not gone over to have a look yet.

A Malay lady has taken her place but it did not look like she had any business at all – I wonder how long she would last at this rate and for reasons unknown, the kampua mee stall was closed, not something usual on a Thursday – they usually take the day off on Monday or Tuesday every week.

In the meantime, this coffee shop…

…that used to be in the next lane from my house has moved here…

…to what was formerly the Football Cafe along Jalan Cherry, Lorong 10. A long time ago, my ex-student used to run his Art tuition class at the unit on the extreme left on the 1st floor and I used to send my girl there. Now he is a very successful gynaecologist in Bintulu, making tonnes of money.

I don’t know what happened at the old place – probably there were some rental issues but even though this new place is quite near my house, I am in no hurry to go over, not at all. The kampua mee

…and the pian sip

…were good but there are others elsewhere just as good or perhaps even nicer.

I loved the Foochow fried mee special, the moon version…

…and the tomato kway teow

…and my girl loved the fried pek koi

…from the chu-char (cook and fry) people but I am not fond of the guy’s peculiar sense of humour. I don’t know if he was being hurtful or what but the things he said were far from being funny – I saw the expressions on the customers’ faces change as he hurled his insults at them and I did hear people saying that they would never go back there again!

Word has it that business at the new place is as brisk as before so I guess the loss of some of his customers has not affected them that much, if at all.

You’ll be ok…

I’ve been eating a lot of apples. Just as the age old maxim goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” I read somewhere that they are good for me so I would always keep a constant supply in the house to eat, usually after meals.

Well, it so happened that I ran out of the fruit that day so I hopped over to our neighbourhood fruit & sundry shop in the next lane to buy some. I usually grab the ones from New Zealand, 5 for RM13.00.

When I was there that day, I saw these packs of nasi lemak

…selling at RM5.00 each. Of course, I wasted no time at all in buying a pack to take home and try.

I have not had any for a while now, not since this one here and one reason why I’ve been avoiding it is they will usually give a drumstick with it and that is red meat – out of bounds for me, I’m afraid. Some will give a chicken wing and if I am not wrong, the drummette is white meat but the middle part, the wingette is red. Others will give a bit of daging masak hitam or beef or chicken rendang, all best avoided as far as I am concerned.

The sambal was very nice…

…and though the rice was not as lemak (rich with coconut milk) as I would have loved it to be, it was not dry and hard like a lot of nasi lemak all over town.

There were the peanuts and the fried ikan bilis (dried anchovies) by the side…

…and yes, the standard nasi lemak condiment, the hard boiled egg, got my nod of approval. That is what they should give with this national dish, not one whole fried egg though some people may prefer that instead. I wish they had taken the trouble to remove the insides of the ikan bilis though!

There were two slices of cucumber and some deep fried batter-coated chicken strips…

Much to my delight, they had used chicken breast so that was perfectly ok for me, white meat, not red.

I did not ask but I had the feeling that this was sourced from that same Malay lady who was selling her nasi lemak in plastic bags (RM2.00) before…and wrapped in brown paper (RM1.00) before that because they all seemed to taste quite similar but for RM5.00, there are a lot of other things that I can go for for that kind of money so I can’t say I’d be rushing back there for more of this all that soon. Once in a while should be fine!

SWEE HUNG (2.316161, 111.840441) is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – next to a hair salon at the extreme end…and on the other end, to the left is the Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and Mini-supermarket.