Rare…

That afternoon, when my girl and I went walking around that brand new food court in town, she spotted this stall…

Stall

…and told me they had fried carrot cake there. I did not notice that giant radish or what we call pek chai thow/white carrot there on the sign.

Unlike over in the peninsula where it is called koey kah at some places, this is something quite rare here – there may be a stall or two somewhere that we do not know about. So of course, I gotta try that and I asked for it to be packed for me to take home.

It did look like the cake had been pre-fried a bit, probably with a bit of soy sauce, first…

Pre-fried

…and I saw the guy pouring a little bit of oil onto the hot plate to which he added some chopped garlic, pork rinds(crackling)/chicharron and dunno what else…

Fry the ingredients

…to fry for a while before he added the steamed (white) carrot/radish cake…

Add cake

…after which he added the taugeh (bean sprouts) and finally, the egg…

Add taugeh and egg

…and when it was done, he fished everything out and packed it nicely (RM6.00)…

Done

…for me to take home. I would say it was very nice and I did not see him adding any msg which is a bonus point in their favour. I sure would not mind going back for it again.

KIM HOCK PREMIER FOOD COURT (2.301777, 111.843215) is located along Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai (formerly Jalan Pedada) somewhere opposite Wisma Liberty and Wisma Sri Minyak.

Milkshake…

It was blistering hot that mid-afternoon and we were thinking of going for something cold like the ang tao peng (iced red bean) here but when we got there, we saw that it was packed, the people spilling onto the road and being a Sunday afternoon on a long weekend, I guess they would sit there to chat while drinking and eating so nobody would be leaving and vacating their tables all that soon.

In the end, we decided to go and check out this new place…

Kim Hock Premier Food Court

…in town. It opened quite recently but we had not gone there to look around because there were always a lot of cars parked outside, every morning and needless to say, around lunchtime as well so we just kept our distance.

We spotted this stall…

Bintangor Roajak stall

…there and I ordered that (RM6.00)…

Bintangor rojak

…to give it a try. It was nice but the crispy thing in it…

Hard

…was kind of hard so we just left most of it behind.

As for the something cold that we were looking for, we did not see any or maybe we were not looking hard enough – the place is very big and there are a lot of stalls selling all kinds of stuff. In the end, we decided to go for something from this stall…

Christine de Fruits

I had the avocado milkshake and my girl had the mango (RM10.90 each)…

Milkshakes

…which were at best so-so, not that cold and for that kind of price, I would much sooner go for that Mango No. 5 that I had not too long ago – with all that shaved ice in it, I do think it would be more suitable for cooling down on a very hot afternoon plus there was a whole lot more mango…and it was a little bit cheaper.

Well, that’s two down – I doubt we will ever manage to check out all the stalls there because there are simply too many!

KIM HOCK PREMIER FOOD COURT (2.301777, 111.843215) is located along Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai (formerly Jalan Pedada) somewhere opposite Wisma Liberty and Wisma Sri Minyak.

How nice it is…

Last Friday, we went to pick our girl after school to go to the bank to deal with some business there. Once we were done, I insisted on going to some place nice for a really nice lunch so we ended up here at this restaurant that is as nice as its name.

We wanted fish and settled upon snow fish…

Cod

…also known among the people here as Alaska fish or 鱈魚 in Mandarin which is, in fact, cod. My missus said it would be very expensive as one slice at the frozen foods stores would cost over RM20.00 each and we got two slices but as far as I was concerned, I thought it was perfectly all right as we would not be eating it all that often and besides, my girl enjoys it very much, just like how she loves the just-as-expensive salmon.

For our vegetable dish, my girl wanted the fried bitter gourd with egg…

Bitter gourd
*Archive photo*

…but the photo turned out blur as it was not very bright at our table – we did not have much of a choice as there were a lot of people and most of the tables were occupied and we had to take one further inside. Yes, this place is indeed very popular, the favourite of many in town.

We had the ang sio tau hu, their own-made tofu, braised…

Tofu

…too and we asked for the meat to be left out. Usually, there would be some bits of chicken in it.

My girl wanted the salad prawns…

Prawns

…which was just deep fried prawns with mayonnaise but it was nice and she loved it.

No, it was not cheap, our lunch that day but that was because of the two pieces of cod. That dish was, in total, RM56.00!!! The other dishes were pretty usual as far as their prices went and all in all, I paid RM96.00 for the four dishes plus the rice and the drinks.

NICE HOUSE RESTAURANT (2.29201,111.82739) is located in the vicinity of the Tunku Osman shops, opposite Rejang Bookstore.

Happy enough…

Well, it’s that time of the year when I see the shops and supermarkets flooded with mooncakes, mostly from the peninsula but sadly, they are not all that affordable, the cheapest being AT LEAST around RM15.00 EACH going up to over RM20.00 and beyond…and those are the cheap ones!!!

When my parents and my mother-in-law were still around, I would go and pick one of those popular celebrated brands packed in their very nice special boxes or tins for them to enjoy. No, I would not buy any for myself. At best, maybe I would just grab a few of the local made ones, not very nice but at least, I got to observe and preserve the tradition.

These days, however, there are people making their own at home for sale and it sure looks like they are getting very good at it. I got these…

Mooncakes

…from the shop near my house, only RM6.00 each, but the problem was though I am quite conversant in Mandarin, when it comes to the writing, I am buta huruf – I do not know how to read it. That was why I had to depend on the boss there to tell me what each one was – there were pandan, coffee, matcha (green tea), the one with a lot of nuts and what not inside and so on and so forth.

In the end, I settled for the pek tao sar/mung bean…

Mung bean

…and what I guessed from the sound of what the guy was saying in Mandarin, hazelnut…

Hazelnut

Both were very good but I probably picked the wrong pack from the stack. I must have got all confused because there were so many flavours. What I thought was hazelnut came across to me like pandan with a hint of matcha (green tea), not too strong or I would not have enjoyed it…and it was a little less sweet than the former.

I am sure the self-proclaimed true blue die hard mooncake connoisseurs would be up in arms declaring in horror that the skin was way too thick. It seems that one criteria by which they would judge mooncakes would be how thin the skin is, the thinner the better.

I went back a few days later and this time, I made sure I got the hazelnut, or at least, that was what I thought it was…

Hazelnut

It was more expensive, RM10.00 each and inside, the filling was a shade of black…

Hazelnut, filling

Obviously, it was not hazelnut but hēi zhīma (黑芝麻) – black sesame which actually sounds a bit like hazelnut in Mandarin. LOL!!! It tasted really great and the guy did say it was not as sweet as the rest and that was quite true, I must say. It was sweet but not that sweet and nice…and one can see from the second photograph that the skin was not thick but for RM4.00 more, I think I’d settle for the cheaper ones.

Well, I, for one, love the skin. I do enjoy the pastry with the filling and it helps in some small way to balance the sweetness. If they want the skin to be paper thin, almost not noticeable, they might as well just buy the filling and eat it like that, don’t you think? Yes, I am happy enough with these that I bought, no need to pay through my nose to buy those ultra-expensive ones and burn a big hole in my pocket.

They do have red bean paste too but my missus insists she has some kind of allergy and cannot eat it – it makes her giddy so I would never buy anything with that filling, be it buns or steamed paos. I certainly would go back and buy the aforementioned mooncakes to stock up for when the festival comes around just in case there will be no more left by then…but no, I would not be buying to eat between now and then – whatever it is, they are sweet, best to just nibble a bit each time.

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. Kim Tak Co. and Ah Kau Cafe are located in the other block on the left.

Familiar…

Yes, I am very familiar with this place…

SMC back

…at the back of one of the medical centres here.

I know, for sure, that the coffee shop…

Fu Xiang Cafe

…at the back, not visible from the main road, would be open at the break of dawn because during those occasions when my late mum was admitted here and I had to stay there at night to keep her company, I would come down even when it was still dark for breakfast…and yes, I was right!

There were quite a lot of people there already when I arrived – filial sons and daughters bringing their mums and dads downstairs for breakfast. They now have a nursing home upstairs.

These ladies used to be there before, that time so very long ago, but there is a new guy there now. I tried his kampua mee (RM3.00)…

Fu Xiang Cafe kampua mee

…and yes, it was very good. The complimentary soup was good too and so was the kopi-o (RM1.30).

Actually, I went there that morning because I was thinking of buying these…

Sambal pulut

…but unfortunately, they were not available. I do not know whether they no longer sell it or I was way too early, I did not ask. I ended up buying the pulut panggang, RM1 each and a variety of the kao teng koi (9-layer cake), 40 sen each a piece and yes, all were pretty good. I sure would not mind dropping by there again to grab more from time to time.

FU XIANG CAFE (2.301083, 111.832589) is located at the back of the KPJ Sibu Specialist Medical Centre at No 52A-G, Brooke Drive at its junction with Oya Road.

Meet up…

An ex-student of mine, Wilfred, presently residing in JB and working in Singapore, got in touch with me via Facebook to ask if I was free and would like to meet up somewhere. Of course, I was and would love to and did not hesitate to accept the invitation right away. I had not seen him since that time when I was invited to his class reunion way back in 2014.

I think he did call me on the phone too, a number different from the one I had in my phone list, so I just deleted the call. These days, with all those scams and what not, I would not accept any “No name” calls that I receive. One just can’t be too careful when it comes to these things.

I picked this place here as it is not in the town centre, ample parking and it is free some more and the food is great and Wilfred suggested 10.30 a.m. which was past their peak hours when people would go for breakfast or for 10 o’ clock morning tea. We did go there once after church on a Sunday and waited like forever for our orders – that was why I never did want to go back there again.

Wilfred had the chao chai hung ngang

A One chao chai hung ngang

…and he insisted that I tried a bit of the soup. It was very good! I think we had that here before, or at least, it was my missus who ordered that and I bet she loved it – it was very sour, just the way she likes it!

I had something earlier that morning so I just had the pian sip (meat dumplings), dry…

A One pian sip. dry

…and yes, it was very good too just that I thought there were so few of the dumplings. Good thing I was not hungry or else that sure would not be enough for me. LOL!!!

We sat and chatted and we adjourned to the coffee place next door – that’s probably new and I did not even know it was there – to continue with our catching up. I sure am glad to hear that everyone of them, my ex-students, is doing really well but a couple fell sick and had passed away, may they rest in peace.

Wilfred got me these…

Tesco teas from Wilfred

…and right now, I’ve been drinking the peppermint which is very nice, more minty than the mint that I am growing in my garden. Thank you so much, Wilfred – it sure was nice to see you again. Do keep in touch, we’ll get together again sometime…somewhere. God bless!

A One Cafe (2.297428, 111.824346) is located along Jalan Tun Abg Hj Openg opposite the Kin Orient Plaza (aka old Sing Kwong) in the second block of shops. Coffee Court & Bateras Food Court are located in the first block nearer to the main road.

Ice cream…

The last time I was at this shopping mall, this…

McD's ice cream stall

…was just a little booth underneath the escalator going up to the first floor. Now, it is located at this stall to the left, formerly occupied by one of the local franchises but I can’t remember the name now – I do recall them selling corn kernels in a cup…and the stall was coloured green.

No, I wasn’t there for this…

Cempedak McFLURRY

…I have seen people talking about it on Facebook but no, thank you. I do not even like the fruit so do not expect me to go for the ice cream.

No, these…

McDip

…did not tickle my fancy either. Actually, I went there because my girl said that she had the cendol ice cream…

Cendol varieties

…a while ago and she said it was very nice. In fact, she insisted it was even nicer than the celebrated gula apong ais krim which I rather enjoy myself.

That was why when we were at the mall that day, after we had had our dinner, I stopped by to buy one…

Cendol cone

…to try. Yes, it was nice but I would say both are nice but this one is a little cheaper – I think that was only RM2.50 a cone.

This McDONALD’s ice cream stall is located at Wisma Sanyan (2.290647, 111.825687), ground floor, along Jalan Sanyan, formerly Causeway.