Good Deal, Great Meal

I think this restaurant needs no introduction for Selayang folks. It has always been packed for as long as I remember. In the receipt, it was stated Shun Jie Seafood Restaurant, but the signboard shows Hoi Yuen. So, I was not sure of the real name of this restaurant. This is the same restaurant that I have blogged about good vegetarian meals and prawn mee in the mornings.

I have yet to try ordering dishes. So, this CNY, I took the opportunity to have a meal there.

I didn’t know what to order and what’s good, so I asked the waitress to give us some recommendations. She recommended the following:-

Kong Lam Har (RM82)

Steamed Patin fish (RM44.50)

Gwei Fei Tofu (RM11)

Sambal prawn French beans (RM13)

When she suggested “Kong Lam Har”, I was apprehensive because it’s going to cost a bomb! I asked for the price for 100g. When she said RM8, I was further surprised! Casa Venicia is selling 100g at RM25!! I quickly snapped up the offer and instead of eating half prawn per person, we ended having one whole big prawn to ourselves! I asked for 3 big prawns and it’s 1 kg already! Casa Venicia’s prawns are better but then, I think this is quite alright for my taste (also, the waitresses here are far, far more friendly!). My other two friends felt that the prawn was a bit hard and elastic. Hahaha!!!

As for the fish, I think they have other selection of fish too. But being CNY, we rather stick to a safe (cheap!) choice, which is the patin. It came up to RM44.50 for 850g. Takeshi complained that patin was too fatty. But I like patin fish. Fatty is good what. Ada Omega 3! Haha! We saw a lot of tables serving assam tilapia. Perhaps, that is the shop’s specialty? Perhaps, I shall try that in my next visit.

Their specialty tofu is a winner! It has slices of abalone on top of egg tofu, covered in thick oyster sauce and generous chunky garlic!

The French beans in sambal prawn is also delicious! The prawns are finely chopped and the French beans are not overly cooked to maintain its crunchiness. Sambal is not too hot either so, I guess it’s good for people who cannot take too spicy food.

Overall, it was a damn good meal. For RM156.50 for 3 during CNY where prices of goods soared like crazy, I think it’s a fairly good deal as well. Good deal, great meal!

Hoi Yuen/Shun Jie Seafood Restaurant
No. 1, Jalan SJ 1,
Taman Selayang Jaya
68100 Batu Caves, Selangor

Closed on Thursdays.
*The seafood is only served at night. This restaurant serves equally good noodles for breakfast and lunch.

Keeping It Real

I have been spending my last days of the Ox Lunar year and beginning of the Tiger Lunar year in Port Weld or Kuala Sepetang, Taiping. Nothing beats going back to hometown for Chinese New Year celebration.

As the new year was drawing near, there were many last minute preparation. Including last minute hair cut! My third aunt has been in the hair styling and dressing business for over 50 years. Apart from being a hair dresser, she’s also a matchmaker and make-up artist. She is quite well known in this small kampong, Kuala Sepetang.

Antique curlers!

I had the chance to listen to stories by my aunt of her customers, mostly elderly ladies. She told me, two days before the 30th night (last day of the Ox Year in Chinese calendar), she went to the other side of the river to help 4 old aunties in their 80s and 90s to do their hair as some of the elderly ladies could not walk, what more to take a boat to the hair salon for a hairdo. So, she took the initiative to offer her service on house calls. In fact, she has been doing this for the past few years!

It’s funny to hear that, these elderly ladies keep telling my aunt not to die before they do, as they all need to look good for Chinese new year for their grandchildren and great grandchildren. It’s sad that modern salons do not take in elderly people and some even fend them off or tell them that their salons are closed whenever the elderly approach them for a hair cut.

My aunt who is in her 60s laughed so hard whenever these elderly ladies told her not to die before them. So, my aunt said, she would come to do their hair every year till she couldn’t even walk herself and she would crawl to their house to do their hair too! Haha!! It’s so damn funny! I hope these ladies are still there next year as I intend to go with my aunt and take their pictures.

This is how you roll the curlers

I have a story for this particular aunty who came on the 12th February. My aunt said, she’s the mid wife for my late grandmother when she (my grandma) was giving birth to my late uncle (who died in kidney transplant surgery in India). Imagine both my uncle and grandma had passed on and this nice little old lady is going strong till her 90s. She’s slightly deaf. After we served her a cup of kopi O and as she complained of aches in her butt whenever she sits on a plastic chair, my aunt let her sit on a cushioned chair this time. She didn’t complain this time round.

Hair sprays, gel, foam, combs, brush, for hair styling

While waiting for her hair to curl up, a deaf and mute guy who washes my aunt’s house every year came for a hair cut. My aunt said, when he was washing her house the day before, she was rather busy so she didn’t have time to cut his hair. She told him to come the next day. On how to communicate “come tomorrow” in deaf and mute language, my aunt asked him to go home to sleep by clasping both her hands together and put them to her cheek, closed her eyes and pretend to sleep, then roll her fingers to next. He understood and came the next day. My third aunt is a genius!

My third aunt only charges RM20 for perming hair for the elderly! On why didn’t she charge more since it’s Chinese new year like everybody else, she reasoned that these clients have been with her the past 50 years. Some of them have been with her since they were in their 20s till they are in their 70s and 80s now! I am humbled by her stories and learn that there are people who weigh kindred spirits and compassion more importantly than inflation and money in this small little village called Kuala Sepetang. Buddha says, “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” I saw all three in my third aunt.

I am glad I could spend more time with my aunts this Chinese new year holiday.

Happy Birthday!

Well, if you count from the first day I blogged in blogspot, it would be 6th year today. How time flies! Blog is a good way to communicate and build network with people – sharing good things in life, hope to inspire others and be inspired. I guess it has been a rather pleasant blogging journey, well, at least for me.

When we were little, we wished that there were more candles on the cake so that we could get the thrills whenever we blow each of them out. Once you past 30 years old, that’s it lah. You wish people will forget your birthday. Or hoping that it would be just another ordinary day passing by without you having to think about it.  Hahaha!

To those who said, “Come on! Age is just a number!” My reply, “Yeah right!” There is no one day going by without feeling slight pains here and there, the aching back when springing out from bed (for me, I never spring.. I begrudgingly get out from bed every morning.. haha!), or the grinding feelings on the knees when climbing the stairs. Oh my! I am aging! Ok! Enough of negative talking!

Since my blog birthday coincides with my birthday as well, here, I present to you pictures of the lovely cakes my very thoughtful friends baked or bought for me.  It’s good to feel so loved. I thank my lucky stars for having such wonderful people around me and pray that good wishes and blessings will always be upon them! And of course, not forgetting the equally wonderful people – readers like you!

Banana choc cake covered with yummy chocolate ganache. May baked this! Thanks!

Colorful Jelly Cake which is exceptionally delicious especially when a cute waiter brought it out and sang, Happy Birthday in his husky, melodious voice! Hahahaha!!! Menggatal lah tu!

Super, SUPER delicious Suchan’s tiramisu – with a male model’s hand LOL!

Gong xi fa cai, again!

CNY and Bday Makan-Makan

Gong Xi Fa Cai for Tiger Year 2010!

Since my birthday and Chinese New Year coincide on the same day this year, my friends decided to throw me parties a week in advance! It’s always very thoughtful of them! Thank you very much!

“Sing Long” Yee Sang from Jusco, RM19.88. If you notice, no “fish”. You have to add on yourself. Haha!

Over the lunches and dinners, we had yee sang as well. I was told that yee sang is only being eaten in Malaysia. I’ve always thought yee sang originated from Hong Kong! A quick check on the internet revealed otherwise. My friends were not totally right either. In fact, I read from the Wikipedia that, yee sang was actually eaten by fisherman in Guongzhou, to celebrate their catch on the seventh day of the Chinese New Year, also known as “Renri” – “Human Day”. Hahahaa! Direct translation sucks! This delicacy existed since the Song Dynasty! Then, in the 1960, a Singapore chef in Lai Wah restaurant formulated a new recipe for the yee sang that we enjoy today. For more info, you may click here.

Well, I think this blog has been deprived of food pictures lately, so, here are some of the stuffs that my friends cooked over the weekend. So, salivate away! Haha!

Vegetable penne pasta with sausages and garden salad

Fresh Yee Sang from Sek Yuen, 1 mai for RM40

Nam Yue fried chicken

Guilin mee hoon with minced pork & mushrooms

Pita bread with chopped ham and cheddar cheese

Gong xi fa cai, fellow readers and friends! May you be blessed 10,000 folds this Chinese New Year with immaculate health, abundant love and endless prosperity!

How Stupid Can One Get?

Not too long ago, we read with disgust that there are bomohs, soothsayers, etc out there to cheat and lie hapless elderly people of their life savings. A few years ago, my relative was one of the victims.

As usual, this distant aunt of mine went to the wet market one unfortunate morning. She was approached by three ladies in the market, telling her that her son is in trouble. If she didn’t do what they say, the son would die. Somehow, this aunt is very well known for being rather shrewd and stingy, we were surprised that she fell victim to their lies. She took the three ladies home and started to ransack her own house for jewelry and cash. Her son – the one that supposed to die, was at home when the mom came back with the ladies. He tried his best to ask what happened but his mom kept pushing him away. It was as if she was possessed. He yelled and screamed and tried to stop his mom but to no avail.

After making away with RM30,000, the three ladies left her house. Then only, the aunt suddenly woke up and realized she has been duped. But it was too late. They went to lodge a police report but as usual lah, what can they do? Not even offering comforting words. The best part is, some 2 weeks later, one of the ladies came back to look for my aunt but this time, the black magic/ voo doo/ santau didn’t work. The stupid woman was almost beaten to death. When they handed her over to the police, the police said, they did not have any evidence to lock her up and let her go! HOW FUCKING STUPID AND IDIOTIC!!!!

Yesterday, I was having dinner with my friends when I was told of some stories of being lied and cheated. A friend’s friend is single and in her 30s. She got to know a Caucasian man via internet and romance was “hot” online. The man promised her everything – the sun, the moon, the stars. He even said, he would come visit her soon. On the day he was supposed to arrive, he went missing in action and unreachable for days. Then, he called to say that he had fallen very ill. To compensate for his absence, he said he had delivered a present to her.

As usual lah, the package got stuck some place and needed money for clearance. If you are talking about RM100, then fine lah. This one is RM20,000!!! What fuck clearance can cost so much money?? Probably the “present” also not worth that much! Against all protests and advices from rational friends, this stupid woman quietly took a loan from the bank to pay for the “clearance”. Yes, you guess it right. The man and the money magically disappeared in thin air. Till today, she is still financing the RM20,000 she gotten from the bank to pay for her stupidity. If you ask me, she memang asked for it! Loh lei jin!

Another story was about a divorcee in her 40s. Same thing happened. The Briton promised to see her but he never turned up. She is all ready to quit her job, pack her bags and move to England. Seriously, if a man is very much in love with you, nothing will stop him from coming to see you! With cheap air tickets nowadays, he can practically fly to see you every month! Nothing can stop him! Oprah said it best – If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn’t want you, nothing can make him stay. Stop making excuses for a man and his behaviour. Allow your intuition (or spirit) to save you from heartache. Stop trying to change yourself for a relationship that’s not meant to be.

Well, not all men are out there to cheat you. There is this friend who got to know a Briton from the internet. Within three months, the man actually flew to Kuala Lumpur to see her. Knowing that their relationship is still new, he didn’t force her to quit her job to move with him to England. He gave her time to think things over and came to visit her again in Kuala Lumpur six months later. The relationship has been blossoming well. He knew that my friend is afraid of the cold weather, he bought her air tickets to fly to England this coming summer!

Well, if you ask me, how do I know for sure that this man is not after her money? Well, she’s relatively broke every month and lives from one pay check to another, in heavy debts with the credit cards which the man eventually helped her to clear and he even bank in money for her to use every month! And, really.. she’s not even drop dead gorgeous. Hahahahah!!! So bad! I really hope things would turn out to be good for her.😀

So women! If you feel unsure of your “relationship”, please get advice from your rational friends. Seriously, when you are in love, you would be  too blinded by emotions and passion to make any sound decisions. (Sometimes, I could never understand “what passion?” since everything is ONLINE! The only passion you get is probably with your fingers. LOL!).

Please! Listen to your friends! Even if the truth really hurts.