Alycia will be sitting for the SPM Trials in less than two weeks. Her high school teachers are providing additional online classes on Saturdays and Sundays to complete the syllabus. Thus, the poor girl has not been able to join us for lunch for two consecutive Sundays. And the littlest brat is at the stage where she doesn’t like to follow us adults anywhere, except to the book store or to the nearby outdoor kopitiam to dig into her favorite fish paste noodles. It’s a pain to drag her out of the house to have lunch or dinner with us these days. I actually bribed her to get her to follow us out for lunch. I remember Alycia went through a similar phase at her age. Cass is now at the age where I see a lot of familiar hair-pulling scenarios that I had with Alycia and Sherilyn when they were at the hell-raising in-between age of transforming from a little girl into a teenager.
Thankfully Cass is my last and hopefully I don’t have to deal with anymore terrible phases from the 3 girls anymore! I remember their Terrible Twos, Terrible Threes and Terrible Tweens very vividly. Hopefully it’s now Terrific Teens all the way!
We had lunch at The Museum @ The Starling Mall to savour good old Ipoh food. It’s our first time visiting this mall but hubs had been here several times.
Ipoh Hakka noodles, crackling siew yoke and chargrilled char siew, Wanton noodles and Yuet Koong Hor aka “moonlight-style noodles”.
Teochew style porridge with fried fish head.
After lunch at Museum, we segued into Kam Kee Cafe 1967, a reputable Hong Kong F&B brand to get takeaway for Alycia, a fan of ‘cha chaan teng’ grub. Kam Kee Cafe channels the charm of a ‘cha chaan teng’ experience in a collaboration between a family of Malaysians and Kam Kee Cafe, Hong Kong.
This venue in The Starling mall is the first overseas outpost of Kam Kee Cafe, whose branches span Wan Chai to Tsuen Wan – Kam Kee is the legacy of a Teochew native who came to Hong Kong in the 1950s and started a food shop a decade later, during that era’s birth of Western-influenced, working-class cafes that serve affordable fare, from toasts to tarts. fried noodles to baked rice.
For takeaway, we got this Cheese Baked Spaghetti Bolognese with minced meat @ RM18.80 for Alycia, a portion of fried rice for our dinner and two Polo buns for the girls’ recess the next day.
We also ordered a Polo bun with spam meat, cheese and egg and shared it among the 5 of us, where each of us (who were already quite stuffed) had a small wedge to try.
When you dine at a Hong Kong ‘cha chaan teng’, you just have to order their ‘lai cha’ aka milk tea. I love the milky and flavorful evaporated milk that’s used in their milk tea.
The mil shared this almond tea with egg white with me and OMG, it is SO creamy, full of almond aroma and delicious! I requested for less sugar and this beverage hit all the right notes! One sip and I was sent to tong sui heaven 😋
This might be considered fast food, but it’s delightfully fulfilling here – from the choice of ingredients to the care in cooking. Now that we are all grounded in Malaysia with restrictions on traveling overseas, dining at Kam Kee Cafe brings you a slice of Hong Kong at prices that are affordable without having to fly to Hong Kong.
After lunch, we went groceries shopping at Jaya Grocer with Cass badgering me to hurry up so that she could have some time at Popular bookstore where there’s a clearance sale. Our bookworm is the happiest whenever she’s at a place surrounded by books (not academic ones unfortunately).
She found The Complete Stories of The Wizard of Oz Volume 2 selling at only RM29.90 for a really thick book and her mood instantly changed from one of sulky to beaming with joy when she saw all her favorite novels on sale 😅
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