Wednesday, April 28, 2010

gifts

Finally this is my last post on my Sibu trip. Phew!

Day before i came back to KL, i receive sms from STP asked me will i be at home in the afternoon he want to drop by my house. I told him, yes i will be at home, and i asked, "don't tell me you buy something for me to bring back KL? I said i got so many things already, don't buy any" He said "no, i just want to bid bye bye to you and the boys".

When he came, he not only said "bye bye" but he brought this for me and the boys......




few very yummylicious chicken pies!!! You can smell the rich butter fragrant ! At first i thought he baked it, after that he told me, he bought it from Aroma Bakery in Sibu, now that Aroma Bakery become very famous after he blog about it and make a big "huha". Everyone is going to "hunt" for that Aroma Bakery, and i give a piece for my mum to try, she is not a pies person, after she tried, she told me it taste so good!! She do go to this Aroma Bakery quite often to buy the famous swiss roll and bread but not the pies. Three days in a row she was there queuing to buy the chicken pies, it's a hot item, and the bakery owner only bake like 20 pies per day? That is how yummy the chicken pies is. I brought it back to KL and i only had it the next day, i reheat it at the toaster and go with coffee, it is so nice!!! YUM!!!! You can read STP's entry here ..

and he bought two set of clothes for my boys, how sweet right? I like what STP said about the reasons he bought this two set of Sarawak souvenir clothes, he want to remind my boys of "their heritage or where their mum originates from." Thanks again STP! Don't worry about the big size of the tee, i think they can wear it by year end, no need to wait till next year chinese new year or another 2-3 years time. hahahhahahha

In fact two of them already choose which one is belong to them, can you guess?








When i met up with STP and Superman, i give them some chinese sausage and some "cake" which made by my mum as gift. I don't know what to buy for them, since my mum was making this "cake" so i thought i can give them some to try, hope they like it. STP post it on his blog, this is the 'cake" that my mum made.....



shan yao 山藥 (picture from STP's blog)

a lot people comment it look good, and wondering what is that. It is something like yam, but this is "shan yao". Here in KL i think we can get it from market but is in white color, but in Sibu, it is purple color, so the cake in purple chunk is the original color, no coloring add. My mum told me this Shan Yao very good, if you google you can read a lot good benefit of taking shan yao, you can read it here too. Let me show you some picture of the shan yao from Sibu

this is how it's look like when u buy from market...


wash off the mud....



peel off the skin, tada.....it's purple color!!

cut it in chunk and can cook it like "yam" cake style.


Hope this can ease the curiosity of the readers who comment in STP blog. :) Those in Sibu, who like to try or taste it, let me know, i will tell you where to get. :)




Monday, April 26, 2010

Food i missed @ Sibu

Reminder : Ok, this is another food post, if you are on diet, then don't scroll down and read, just stop here. :)

Every time when i go back to Sibu, beside than savour my all time favourite kampua, i will also go for some other food i missed. On my first night, after morning Kampua, night time i told my mum i want to go to Bandung to have some noodles and shells. During my school time i love to hang out @ Bandung, you can read from STP's blog, he love Bandung a lot, especially the kuih muih there, but that is for morning, I'm not a morning person, so i go there during night for supper.



this is the tomatoes keow teow, taste quite good, i think this is my first time trying, after i start read STP's blog i notice that, there is a lot food in Sibu which i don't know and some places that i also don't know, sometime good to know some bloggers from your hometown, since i am away, and only go home once a year, at least i get to know where is the new place in Sibu for good food, that is the plus point. On the minus point, they always tempt me with the food that i missed!!



this is fried kampua, i know this!!!! hahahhahahhaha


i like Balitong to cook in this way, which a bit different from here in KL. KL one will be with lots of chilies. Here no one like to eat this and my hub also don't like it. :(

We only paid RM11 for the food above, that is for one person, i am the only person who eat, my mum just company me and my boys are having satay. Cheap?



take a look at the drink's bill, it's more expensive than the food i order. When we ask the owner how they charge the drinks and it come out RM.18.60? They come out with this bill, and when i question why the apple juice is so expensive, and why they don't inform me in advance that if the juice with less ice that will be additional RM1, if they let me know earlier, i don't mind to paid, then come another question, why is the apple juice add honey in it, and we didn't request that! They said all the apples juice is with honey! :( You know my big mug of teh tarik only cost me RM2!!!! Sibu folks, if you all happen to eat at Bandung, please check your drink bill before you paid!!

After read so much about Ruby Restaurant in Sibu @ STP's blog, i told myself i must try the food there.


my favourite - sea cucumber soup. You know in Sibu, most restaurant do have this soup, sea cucumber is quite common in Sibu. My boys love this soup too, something like "shark fin" soup.



Midin or fern, it's a type of vege, i don't think can find it here in KL. It's also a common dish in Sibu town, most restaurant or "tai chow" will have it. Normally it cook with foo chow red wine or with belacan. I still prefer it to cook with foo chow red wine. Yummy!!



cangkuk manis, this is also another common dish in Sibu, only different is, who can cook it better. Sweet, crispy and yummy!!! I had this few days in a row, till i told my mum i had enough. LOL!


taufu with mince meat. This is so so only, maybe the color don't look tempting.


sweet and sour meat for my boys.


cangkuk manis at one of the coffee shop, i order this just to eat for fun. >..<

dessert - something like ice kacang, but we call it "jeng lok", good to have it during hot day!!


this is another food i miss. Kompia!! Sibu famour for K & K = Kampua & Kompia!! LOL
There is few types of kompia, either you can have it with mince meat inside like picture above or kompia in 'wet" type which is with gravy. The gravy i think is something with soya sauce or sauce that use to stew the meat. Some stall they sell kompia inside stuff with fat pork meat and gravy that is another good one.


or you can have something fresh from oven with original taste like picture below. When it fresh from oven, it is yummy and soft! YUM!!!


this is where the kompia "baked" from, they use charcoal and they stick the "kompia" on the wall and baked.
someone said this picture look like a mouth with full of teeth, what do you think? :)



this is the Jason Bakery @ Rejang Park, my mum said his kompia is the best in town? If i am not wrong, there is one TV show did interview them before.


this is another soup that i like "zhou chai", i think i blog this before, if you want to see how it look like, you can read it here, which i asked my mum to bring over for me. :)

this is the shell i mention before where i bought it from the Sibu Central Market. This is how it look like after it cook. Add some water, ginger and foo chow red wine.


use the tooth pick to pick the meat up and eat it. YUM!

Ok, that is all the food i had during my one week stay in Sibu. :) Hope you all enjoy it also.

never too old for the cute stuff!

This is my first time participate the blog giveaway and i win something for the first time!!

Sasha buzzed me one day, and told me about the giveaway, as she know i like cute stuff. Very easy to participate, i just need to leave a comment and link it up i will get a chance to win. Wait no more, i quickly leave a comment and link LvBeii in my blogroll. I don't give much hope of getting it, and when browse through Beii's blog, i just love her creativeness and her patient on the hand made stuff, which I don't have patient on that. She is another young and talented mummy!


One week later, i got an e mail from Beii ( mum-to-be soon), telling me i am one of the lucky winner and she will sent the gift to me soon, i really cannot believe. I supposed to receive the gift beginning of this month, but due to my trip back to Sibu, so i told her, sent it to me after i came back from my trip.


Last week, i got my gift!! It's so lovely and cute! I cannot stop myself and start putting the two cute kitten ear on my hair and act "cute" in the office! Here is my gift.......


a cute pencil case, teddy bear pin, owl and mushroom key chain, a yellow house hair band, leaf with flower hair pin, two cute tapes and a pair of kitten ear hair clips!





This is all hand made, and it made with love!! If you're like me, like something cute, quick hop over to her blog and have a look.
Thanks again for the lovely gift, Beii!
*this is not a paid post*

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A day @ Sibu Central Market

*yes, still sibu trip post, i also don't know when i can finish it lei?*


One thing i like to do when i am going back is to "shop" at the market, there is a lot things to see, from the food to the vege, tidbits, fish, chicken, meat and etc. I remember when i am young, i like to follow my grandmother to the market, i still remember i see how people kill the bats and sell it, it looks funny but pity also. That time the market really is those "wet market" and big. I forgot when they upgrade the market to a better one and more clean.

This time i brought my boys to tour at the Sibu Central Market. Over here in KL, sometime i bring them to the morning market also but is those small one. They find it so interesting, they see fishes, colorful and big to small fishes, any kind of fish, some are still live and swim in the water, they see "live" chicken, crabs, shell. When they saw the big fish was swimming in the big pail, they got too excited, like those "kampung boy" never see fish before, screaming and laugh excited, on the other hand, Cruz told my mum "smelly smelly". :S

picture taken from the 3rd floor, this session is selling vege and some herbs and some dry items. This is only part of it, there is other session like selling dried seafood items like anchovies, dried prawns & etc. Then there will be meat session and also fish session.




this is how they sell the "live" chicken!! Interesting?? My sons find it interesting, they keep asking my mum to buy the chicken home! hahahhahahah . When i see this, i like "wah" so long i never come accross people selling chicken like this, i remember when i follow my grandmother to market to buy chicken they will tie the chicken like this and i will hold the string!



this is the fish session...so so many types of fishes!!






Crabs, this is smaller crabs. My boys excited so see so many crabs around, from small, medium to big!


this is one of the shell , i love this. So so long i never had this, my mum bought some and cook for me, i don't think can find it here in KL.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Grandpa 80's birthday celebration

This is the main reason why every year i will go back around this time, just want to celebrate birthday for my grandfather. Last year, i was not going back, they are here in March, so i celebrate his birthday here in KL one month earlier. Two years ago, when i went back, i also celebrated his birthday in Sibu.

Every year we had simple celebration just among our own family member, but this year we had it a bit more “grand”, since this is his 80’s birthday. We invited his brothers and sister those are in Sibu to join us for the dinner. It also happen that one of the big shot in Sibu passed away one day before, so the uncle that in Kl also back to Sibu to attend the funeral and we invited him to the birthday dinner too. End up we are having three tables for that night.

Now let me share what we had for that night.


before dinner start, the 4th generation took picture with great grandpa first.


my boys and my brother's son - Anson


first dish - cold and hot combination


close up of the food....


Cruz pretending biting the display prawn


shark fin


Empurau fish!! The most expensive fish?



this is my portion...after this fish, i am so so full already!


the pigeon or spring chicken...


Fearles said "thumbs up!"


salted egg prawns, yummy! I only had one! too full.


when they serve this foo chow style fried mee, i cannot take anymore, i only had a spoon of it.


last...this is the dessert for our table (because mostly are kids including me? hahahhaha)
I still got space for the dessert. Yummy!!!! Ice kacang with assorted fruits and even honey star!


mash mash mash, start digging in!!


the birthday "boy" :)


a family picture, sorry for the blur picture, the person who took the picture got shaky hand. lol!


grandpa and his brothers, sister and sister in law


my mum and my two uncles

I had a good time enjoy the food and also catch up with some uncles which i have not see them for some time.