Joy to the world…

Joy to the world, the Lord is come…

Christmas nativity scene

STP & family would like to take this opportunity to extend their season’s greetings and wish all family and friends a Blessed and Holy Christmas.

STP & family X'mas

May God give us a rainbow for every storm, a blessing for each trial, a sweet song for every sigh and an answer to every prayer.

Christmas teddy bear & presents

And to all non-Christians, here’s wishing you all happy holidays!

P.S. :

Behold! Praise the Lord! A Christmas miracle! Things are certainly getting better with my internet access and I can get most of the usual functions done. It certainly looks like suituapui’s blog is not going to come to an untimely end after all! LOL!!!

We are family…

Initially, it was a one-shoplot coffee shop behind the Sibu Polyclinic and then it moved to the Delta Commercial Centre at the corner of Jalan Pedada and Jalan Gambir. The food was nice and the prices were reasonable, so my family and I would eat there quite often and we would tapao food from there for lunch or dinner quite regularly. Then it moved again and now it is at the Jaya Li Hua area near the Sibu Bus Station. I am referring to the Sweet Family Seafood Restaurant…

Sibu's Sweet Family Restaurant

It is much bigger now, 2 – 3 shoplots and enjoys brisk business at any time of day. Be careful though because there is a step down as you leave the shop and somehow, they used the same tiles for the first row on the pavement as those in the shop proper. When we were there the other day, I saw at least two people tripping as they did not realise that they were stepping onto a lower level. I think Kpenyu went there once with a prominent Sibu lawyer and it was also the case with the latter. Luckily the man did not fall flat on his face, otherwise the restaurant owner would have a legal suit in his hands.

Other than that blemish, the food is still as nice as before though and the service is efficient and fast. We had this plate of sweet and sour ribs…

SF's sweet and sour ribs

…and sizzling venison on a hot plate…

SF's sizzling hot plate venison

…together with this vegetable dish – baby kailan fried with belacan (dried prawn paste) and the tofu dish in the background…

SF's baby kailan and tofu

…and we had this huge bowl of sea cucumber soup as well…

SF's sea cucumber soup

You can see the big chunks of sea cucumber in it, unlike at some other places and all that, inclusive of rice and drinks for 6 persons, came up to RM68.00.

So what do you all think? Expensive or would you regard that as reasonable?

Trouble…

O…o…I’m in trouble! I can’t seem to access my hotmail account…

STP's hotmail problem

…and I can’t do anything about it. You see, somebody – probably one of my students – registered for me long, long ago when I was almost completely computer-illiterate, so I do not know what fictitious information he used at the time. Now I am not able to check and change my password or do anything at all. I do hope it’s hotmail that is having a problem and things will go back to normal after a while.

In the meantime, I will not be able to chat with anybody on MSN and I cannot sign into Facebook either…

STP's Facebook problem

But that did not stop me from having a good and hearty breakfast. I had roti pratha with tuna curry, two half-boiled eggs (with the white hard but the yolk still runny – exactly the way I like it!) and thick, black coffee…

STP's roti pratha breakfast

After all, as they say, it is the most important meal of the day. So, what did you all have for breakfast? Hope all of you have a nice and less eventful day…unlike mine! LOL!!!

Eat at home (1)…

The other night…

Sibu by night

…we went to Ruby for dinner. There were 4 of us and we had sweet and sour pork, braised tofu on a hot plate, deep-fried breaded fish fillet with mayonnaise and bitter gourd fried with salted eggs. The bill came up to over RM40, inclusive of rice and drinks. No doubt the servings were quite generous but I still thought that was a bit too expensive. Previously a meal like that would cost around RM30 only.

Actually, sometime ago, we went there for lunch – 5 of us and we had butter scotch fish fillet, sotong (calamari) fried with dried chillies (which wasn’t nice), Japanese tofu with Thai sauce (which was edible, nothing great), Thai-style midin and sea cucumber soup for over RM50 including rice and drinks. Good grief! With that money, I would be able to cook something a lot nicer!

For instance, I bought two whole leg of chicken (drumstick) for around RM12.00 and steamed them to collect the stock to cook chicken rice and then like what I did the previous time,  I rubbed soy sauce and honey on the skin and roasted the meat…

STP's roasted honey chicken

…and there was enough for 6 people, compared to the plate for 3 that we had the other day. Unfortunately, it failed miserably on presentation as I was not very good at chopping it up for serving! LOL!!! I had a few strings of long beans in the fridge so I cooked them with eggs…

STP's fried longbean omelette

…and there were a bit of cabbage and fish balls too, so I cooked some clear soup with that and garnished it with a bit of fried shallots…

STP's cabbage fish ball clear soup

There was enough for the 6 of us and I do not think that would cost more than RM20.00. Considering that, therefore, I would certainly think it would make more sen(se) to just eat at home until such a time when they decide it is high time to reduce their prices. After all, the price of petrol had gone down AGAIN yesterday!

By the way, if you’re interested, I have this variation of the common Chinese steamed custard pork. I only had minced meat in the fridge, so I used that. I added two tablespoons of cincaluk (fermented shrimps), a tablespoon of Foochow red wine (optional), a teaspoon of msg and 4-6 slices of ginger. After breaking an egg into that, I mixed everything thoroughly and steamed it…

STP's steamed cincaluk minced pork

I had some fried shallots handy so I used a bit of that for garnishing. Was it nice? You’ll have to ask my friend, Jimmy. He had two plates of rice…for the first time ever!!! Why don’t you give it a try? I am sure you will not be disappointed! LOL!!!

Hot stuff (2)…

I cooked curry fish head for lunch yesterday…

STP's curry fish head

…using the A1 Mountain Globe brand instant curry mix (seafood). It was spicier, tastier and had a much more presentable colour than what Pollie gave me from Bintulu.

It was drizzling here in the morning so I did not feel like going out marketing so that is why I did not have the usual ingredients like ladies’ fingers, pineapples, brinjals, tomatoes, bean curd sticks and tauhu pok (fried bean curd cubes) but it still tasted very nice and we finished it all in one sitting.

For the vegetable dish, I cooked this…

STP's fried paku with sambal hay bee

…plate of paku (wild jungle fern) with baby corn fried with hay bee (dried prawns) sambal and we finished all that as well. There were 6 of us – me, my daughter, my old lady…and 3 of my friends. Since there was nothing left by the end of the meal, I could assume that either it was very delicious…or they were very hungry! LOL!!

And talking about instant mixes, the other day, I bought a packet of Seri Murni sayur masak lemak (vegetables cooked in santan/coconut milk) @ RM2.80 a packet and this was what I ended up with…

STP's sayur masak lemak

It tasted very nice but looked kind of pale, so I added a teaspoon or two of serbuk kunyit (tumeric powder) to give it a better colour. It wasn’t hot enough too, so I added some cili padi for that extra kick!

Incidentally, those of you who love kay-leng-nga rojak/pasembur or Rojak Udin (formerly Rojak Kassim), now the guy has a stall by the roadside along Jalan Kpg Datu in the evening (left hand side if you are coming from town or Jalan Masjid) waiting with ready-packed packets of RM3.00 each. He will just scoop the gravy into a separate plastic bag for you once you’ve placed your order. For one thing, you will not have to drive to the cafe in the centre of town and can thus avoid the congestion along the narrow Sibu streets where inconsiderate and recalcitrant motorists park their huge vehicles illegally by the roadside right in front of the (coffee) shops.

You can empty everything onto a plate yourself once you get home and pour the sauce over that…

Sibu's Rojak Udin

The photo was taken at night in flourescent light and that accounts for the pale colour. It certainly looks better than that actually. Of course, you will not get that much potatoes. My daughter loves them, so we boiled some and added the extra ourselves. I would have added some hard-boiled eggs too…but there was already too much for us to finish. Another time perhaps…

Yesterday…

…I went to the airport again. Gosh! I must have gone to and fro more than a dozen times these past few weeks. Well, my friend Jimmy is back in town and while waiting for his flight to land, I browsed around a diamond jewellery booth that was having a sale, and I ended up buying this…

STP's Christmas present

…so this is what the old lady’s getting for Christmas. Shhh!!! Don’t tell her yet! She’ll have to wait till Christmas! LOL!!! Now, on the way back from the airport, Jimmy and I and also my daughter stopped at the Mei Le Cafe at Pedada Commercial Centre here for lunch. We had this plate of roast chicken and roast duck (RM10.00)… 

Sibu's Mei Le Cafe roast chicken and duck

All the pork stuff – the char siew, BBQ pork ribs, roast pork belly/three-layer pork and so on – were not ready, so we could not have any of that. I also ordered this bowl of tom yam soup (RM4.50) which was very very nice…

Sibu's Mei Le Cafe tom yam soup

And since we did not have any for lunch, I decided to cook some roast pork for dinner…

STP's roast pork

…but we had a late dinner – 8.00 p.m. as we had to go to the airport AGAIN to pick the old lady coming back from Miri on a weekend working trip, arriving at 7.15. I wonder if she bought a nice Christmas pressie there for this old man??? Hehehehehehehehe!!!

Grown up Christmas list…

Christmas presents

Which is your favourite Christmas song? There are a few that I like but this year, my favourite has got to be this one by Michael Buble (Words & music by David Forster and Linda Thompson). The lyrics go like this:

Do you remember me?
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies
Well, I’m all grown-up now
Can you still help somehow?
I’m not a child, but my heart still can dream

So here’s my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself, but for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
That right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list

What is this illusion called the innocence of youth?
Maybe only in that blind belief can we ever find the truth

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
That right would always win
And love would never end

This is my grown-up Christmas list
This is my only lifelong wish
This is my grown-up Christmas list

Don’t you think that should be everyone’s Christmas wish in this world of ours so pathetically torn apart by hate, strife and wars? Do click the link and listen to it. I’m sure you’re gonna like it too… Joy to the world, love and peace to all men!

Merry Christmas