I was home for the holidays and ate many yummy things (and some less yummy food). This post is divided by the locations I ate the dishes.
Durian. My family loves durians but I’m a little meh about it. However, this time when I was back, I have kind of fallen in love with its creamy custard texture.
Lamb chop. On the second day when I reached home, I had a craving for lamb chop so I requested my parents to bring me to our regular steak place.
Our seats were right next to the covered drain but we got wafts of drain smell floating around us. :<
The lamb chop was rather disappointing. The portion was large but the meat was so tough I felt like I was a grazing cow. My jaw hurt in the end.
Kota Belud kopitiam
Before my mom and I headed to Kudat, we stopped by a kopitiam in Kota Belud. We lunched with my dad and my parents’ friends and ordered things to share.
Fried bee hoon. A typical fried noodle dish, garnished with roast pork bits.
Pig blood curd yong tau foo. If you’ve not had blood curd (like bean curd but with animal blood), you might feel a bit queasy about it.
It’s actually really tasty. It doesn’t taste of blood. I can’t really describe the taste but it’s firmer than jelly.
Mom and I couldn’t find a nice place for seafood while we were in Kudat. In our car, we went about town.
Finally, we settled at one of the wooden houses at the sea. We happened to sit at the less popular restaurant. Oh well, food is food is food.
Crab. I’ve never had this sort of crab before. The usual crab I eat has a uniform color but this was patterned. Mom said it was a “flower crab”.
The meat wasn’t as firm as the usual crab I eat. But the good thing is that the shell is less tough and I can break off the shell easily to the crab meat.
(This crab was not eaten in Kudat.) Just to show you what the regular crab I eat looks like. I had this at restaurant near my home.
Steamed fish. Oh, how much I love fish steamed with soy sauce and ginger. The sauce goes well with rice.
Roadside fruit stall
On the way to and from Kudat, fruit stalls are scattered by the roadside.
They all sell the same seasonal fruits: BBQ corn, bananas, jackfruit, honey, rambutan.
BBQ corn. It’s interesting how they cook the corn. I usually eat steamed or boiled corn, never one roasted by fire.
However, our cobs of corn weren’t cooked enough.
Honey. Mom bought a bottle of dark honey (“Darker means older honey,” said the seller.) I haven’t tried it but the bottles look so pretty.
Bukit Padang stalls
Cha kway teow. Stir fried flat board noodles. The half-cooked cockles are known to cause mild food poisoning.
Cendol. Shaved ice, coconut milk, gula melaka (palm sugar) syrup, and green cendol. Enough said. It gave me brain freeze when I tried to eat it really fast.
Hokkien noodle. I love this dark sauce thick noodles. And the fried pork fat. Mmmm.
Pearl milk tea. Or also known as “bubble tea” in Singapore. Black chewy tapioca drowned in milk tea.
YOYO’s the best pearl milk tea branch in Southeast Asia, according to me.
Cooling water, or what we call “rhino horn water”. I do not think the drink has actual bits of rhino calcium. But it was selling like hot cakes (if they were liquid and cool) at my parents’ store.
I learned from a customer that they use it to cool down after eating heaty durians.
Swiss roll. I bought this cake because I mistook it for another bakery’s milk cake. There’s custard in between.
Fish soup bee hoon. Sluuuuurp. (OK, I’m not that big a fan of pale fish.)
Pot luck! My mom and her friends had a pot luck on new year eve night. It was dinner after mahjong. Later we went to the beach for our ritual feet washing.