Wild thing…

I bet most of you do not know this hit by the Troggs in the 60’s that goes, “Wild thing!…You make my heart sing!” Well, it certainly would if the wild thing in question is…wild boar!!! It is very difficult to get any these days as the animal is protected and by right, only the ethnic population in the interior are permitted to hunt them for food and not for commercial purposes. Thus, I was overjoyed when a friend of mind gave me me some…

Wild boar 1

It may be available in some of the eating outlets around but they will bury the meat with lots of ginger and lemon grass, so much so that you can hardly detect the taste of the meat. You need to remove the hair but usually, I would just slice off the skin (with the hair) and get rid of it before cutting the meat into big chunks…

Wild boar 2

…and putting it in a pot to cook it slowly over a low fire. I did not bother to go through all that trouble and instead, I just dumped everything into the slow cooker…

Wild boar 3

You have to wait until the juices and the oils have come out of the meat…

Wild boar 4

…by which time the whole house will be filled with the fragrance of the meat, that is if the wild boar is old and fat enough. You can tell whether it is old or not by the length of its hair and how dark it is, and the animal is usually fatter during the fruit season. Boil some water and pour it in to make the soup, and add salt and msg according to taste. That’s it! It’s so easy…and you will have this sweet and extremely tasty wild boar meat soup to enjoy to your heart’s content…

Wild boar meat soup

I had it with this super hot chilli sauce that I bought from the ngui chap shop in KK…and it was simply out of this world! To go with that, I fried this dish of nenas masak kunyit (pineapples cooked with tumeric) with freshwater prawns.

STP's pineapple with freshwater prawns

Now, don’t you wish you were around for dinner? ROTFLMAO!!!

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Let there be light…


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

I went to your wedding…

Yesterday evening…

Evening in Sibu

I went to the wedding reception of my neighbour’s second son at the Empress Ballroom, Kingwood Hotel here.

Kingwood dinner 1
The “hot dish” of miscellaneous items was followed by the ultra-nutritious black chicken soup with fish maw and dried scallops…

Kingwood dinner 2a

…in place of the sharks’ fins soup…

Kingwood dinner 2b

…and then there was roast duck stuffed with glutinous rice…

Kingwood dinner 3

…and steamed white pomfret (ikan bawal putih)…
Kingwood dinner 4

…plus braised sea cucumber with broccoli..
Kingwood dinner 5
…and scallops – stir fired and deep fried…

Kingwood dinner 6

…with fruits and dessert…

Kingwood dinner 7

The food was good and the company was great. Congratulations to the newly-weds, Ting Chuan and Siew Ling…

The newly-weds

May the two of you be blessed with a lifetime of bliss, blues skies and everything nice!

UPDATE:
It seems that they had a lunch reception as well on the same day at the Sheraton Restaurant here. Gee! Two receptions!!!…Huai Bin went to that one, so you can click this link to see his post on it.

I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…

Actually I was having second thoughts about putting this up as the award-winning professional photographer cum blogger rubberseeds has had a post on it already (after spending 3 HOURS there!)…and my dismal snapshots would more than pale in comparison but what the heck! After all, mine is not a photo blog and we do not focus on the same things. All of you can click the link to have a look at his and you will see what I mean. LOL!!!

Well, I had been telling everybody that I would go and then write a post on it, so on Friday last week, I did just that. I think you all know already by now that I usually abstain from meat (…or at least, I try!) on Fridays, so I went hunting for fish at the Ramadhan Bazaar in Sibu…

Sibu Ramadhan Bazaar

It is located across the road from the Central Town Square…and you can see the towering Wisma Sanyan in the background. I went looking for some ikan bakar (grilled fish) and spotted these…

Sibu Ramadhan stall - pais and others

I bought the pais udang but it was a disappointment as they used sea shrimps/prawns. I was expecting luit – those shrimps that we used to catch in the streams when we were kids or at least the pinky finger-sized freshwater prawns (udang galah). Tastewise, it was ok…which was more than what I could say about the otak-otak ikan (left) and the botok ikan tenggiri (mackerel)…

Sibu Ramadhan stall - otak2 and others

The otak-otak did not taste like what I knew otak-otak to be…and the other one with the mackerel had too much daun serai (lemon grass leaves) so I did not quite enjoy it. There was this stall selling satay and stuff…

Sibu Ramadhan stall - satay and stuff

…but I did not get anything from there. Neither did I buy the roti jala at this stall…

Sibu Ramadhan stall - roti jala

It seemed that instead of giving you the curry gravy for you to dip the roti jala, they used it to wrap the filling (like popiah) which did not look very alluring – mostly potatoes, peas and carrots! And then I spotted this ikan bakar (grilled fish) stall…

Sibu Ramadhan stall - ikan bakar 1

Unfortunately there wasn’t any choice – just stingray (ikan parek) so I asked for one that cost RM10 which was much bigger than the one I had in Penang for RM12. But what I did not like was they buried the fish in sambal while grilling…

Sibu Ramadhan stall - ikan bakar 2

…so the flavour of the fish was virtually drowned by the strong taste of the spices and stuff…

Sibu Ramadhan stall - ikan bakar 3

…probably to disguise the fact that the fish was not that fresh, especially when compared with the one I had in Penang. So, it appears like I will have to go again one of these days considering that I was not at all satisfied, and I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…

For mama…

Most people would remember September 11 as the day when that horrendous event took place and shook the whole world, but actually, my mother’s birthday falls on that date too. She had suffered from some medical ailments and was in and out of the medical centre a couple of times. Thankfully, she is now physically healthy except that having been confined to the bed for so long, she is now unable to walk.

Thus, there would not be any point buying her clothes, jewellery or even giving her an ang pao…so in the end, I decided to get her this fruit basket…

Birthday fruit basket

I cooked chicken soup in the morning so that we could have mee sua (Foochow longevity noodles) and for dinner, we ordered a few dishes from the restaurant in order that we could have a special dinner together with her at home, such as this dish of stewed pork…

Ruby's stewed pork

…that was supposed to go with these man tao (steamed buns)…

Man tao (steamed buns)

…and fried snowfish…

Fried snowfish

…plus two other vegetable dishes. I also decided to fry some mihun with corned beef, so I got the ingredients ready…

Fried corned beef mihun ingredients

– chopped garlic, sliced Bombay onions, cabbage cut into thin strips, corned beef and mihun – soaked in hot water to soften. I fried the onions in a bit of oil and put in the corned beef and after a while, I removed that from the wok. Then I fried the garlic in some oil till it turned golden brown before I put in the mihun and stirred the garlic and oil into it. After doing that, I put in the pre-fried corned beef and onions and added chicken stock granules (instead of salt and msg)…and mixed thoroughly. When the mihun was just about ready, I put in the cabbage and mixed it well with the mihun. Then, I sprinkled chopped spring onions over it and it was ready…

Fried corned beef mihun

I would have added some eggs but my mother seems to have developed an allergy to them, causing her to itch and I did not add chillies as well as the rest of the family would not be thus inclined.

But I would think that for someone my mother’s age – after having devoted her entire life to her family – it was not what expensive presents we would give her or what delicious food we had for dinner that would matter most to her, but to have everybody by her side on her very auspicious day. We love you, mummy…and I hope you had had a Happy Birthday. May God shower His Blessings upon you throughout the coming year!

On my own…

I arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on Friday and the next morning, prior to the seminar I was expected to conduct starting at 8.30, I decided to go for breakfast on my own. I went to this shop – I think Fook Heng’s the name…

KK Fook Heng coffee shop

I had eaten there a couple of times before and I liked the roast duck noodles very much. This was the stall that seemed to enjoy brisk business all these years…

KK roast duck noodles stall

The coffee shop next door looked newer and cleaner and had a similar stall but there were very few customers unlike this one which was very crowded…even at 7 in the morning. I was served what I ordered in a jiffy…

KK roast duck noodles

For RM7, I got a plate of roast duck, drumstick no less…and a plate of konlou noodles. Well, konlou mee is definitely not like Sibu kampua mee or Kuching kolo mee. It is more like the wanton mee (which I do not really like except for the slices of char siew that come with it) in West Malaysia except that it is more substantial and it is not swimming in some black sauce.

Then, on Sunday morning, I decided to look for something different for a change so I had a walk around the vicinity of Asia City where the hotel where I was staying was located and I chanced upon this coffee shop…

KK 88 Food Centre

There were quite a number of customers and of course, I used that as the yardstick that the food should be pretty good. There was a Penang char kway teow stall, another one selling ngui chap (beef noodles) and one selling lor mee, fish porridge and so on. But one particular stall appeared to be the most popular and it was selling Sarawak laksa, Kuching kolo mee…and I opted for the seafood kolo mee for RM5…

KK seafood kolo mee

The noodles were not like kolo mee…but pretty close to what Sibu kampua mee would taste like except that the texture of the noodles was somewhat different, but it was nice enough. The soup was fantastic though! It was so very sweet from the seafood ingredients, not msg, and I finished it to the very last drop!

I checked out of the hotel before noon and left for the brand new Kota Kinabalu International Airport…

Kota Kinabalu International Airport

As I approached the airport, the first sight of it took my breath away! It was really impressive with its space-age architecture and it was really very massive. I was too lazy to walk out into the hot sun to take photographs so I just snapped the banner to give everybody an idea what it looked like. Inside, however, it was a different story altogether…

KK International Airport check-in

The check-in area was quite deserted…and the departure lounge inside wasn’t any better…

KK International Airport departure

And if you are going anywhere via the new airport, do eat first! I did not have my lunch as I thought I could have a bite at one of the food outlets there…but there were just McDonald’s on one end and the not very delightful Asian Delights on the other. I had this plate of chicken curry rice…

KK International Airport chicken curry rice

That cost RM12.90+ and they took SO long to come out with the dish that I was wondering if they had to run after the chicken to slaughter it and pluck the feathers first! Grrrrr…!!! Obviously they had not heard of A1 instant curry mix…and it was not even half as nice! There were a few people who came but took to their heels once they saw the prices!

Well, this is my last post on my trip to Kota Kinabalu…so after this, it will be back to my regular day-to-day posts! You’ll stick around, won’t you?

Left outside alone…

I was left out of it all as I was tied up with the seminar the whole day last Satuday and I did not want to join them on Sunday in case I missed the flight. So, because I was not there, I do not really know where exactly Kpenyu, Gundot and the rest went to and in what choronological order.

But I was pretty sure that after they arrived around midnight on Friday, the first thing in the morning the very next day, they went to this place in Menggatal…

KK Menggatal ngau chap

…where they had this ngau chap (beef) special…

KK Menggatal ngau chap special

…and this beef kway teow…

KK Menggatal beef kway teow

It did not look like they had lunch that day. Probably everyone was saving tummy space for the Supertanker birthday dinner. The next morning, again I do not know where they went but it certainly does not look very inviting…

KK cooking something special

…even though it certainly is very popular…

KK dunno where

…so perhaps this…

KK special pork soup noodles

…or this…

KK special pig's innards soup

…must be very delicious, considering that so many people are willing to endure the not very comfortable nor conducive dining environment to eat there. If I’m not mistaken, it is not very near either. Perhaps it was there that they got to see these scenic bird’s eye views of Kota Kinabalu city…

KK hillview

KK seaview

…or maybe it was where they had lunch on Sunday, with fish noodles…

KK fish noodles

I had that in Sandakan where the noodles were actually made of fish so it tasted like fish cakes that had been cut into thin strips. They also had fish curry…

KK fish curry

…and steamed fish…KK steamed fish

Gee! You can actually see the freshness of the fish! Well, it appears like we do not do much else other than eat…eat…and eat, doesn’t it? For one thing, it certainly explains our shape and size… ROTFLMAO!!!