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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Beggar Chicken And Laksa At Sungai Itek, Gopeng

I AM BACK....

Yes, back in IPOH for a couple of weeks already.  Lots of happenings and my posts are no more in sequence.  Fast track forward.... and now...

Planned the night before that there would be a foodie trip to Gopeng.  Friend came over at 10am, she is a very punctual person... and off we went to pick up another love-to-eat friend on the way.  Reached Gopeng Gaharu Tea Plantation but our intention is not that place but the road leading up the hill.  Using Waze, my friend managed to find this little home away from home on top of the hill, driving through the narrow roads up and have to squeeze to the edge at some parts to give way to oncoming cars.  Thank God I am not the driver, I do not know how to estimate these narrow roads especially those leading upwards...  I would have endanger my friends if I did!

So is it worth making the trip up here in Sg. Itek for food???  Since this is our first time, I would say Yes... and again I will come, provided it is not raining and I am not the one driving.  LOL...

Back to the place, we did not know what to expect actually.... we thought it would be like an open air restaurant with lots of tables and chairs.  But no, it is actually a village house, isolated from town and the place is manned by an elderly lady and daughter.  This lady was formerly a rubber tapper but she hurt her legs in an accident many years ago and since then, she earned her living cooking her few dishes to whoever comes by.  Famous for her "beggar chicken" cooked by wooden sticks etc. etc.. it is "safer"to book the food one day in advance.

But since we did not know what to expect, we went there early before lunch...
Road leading to the house on top of the hill.... 
This appeared before our eyes when we turned into the front gate.... 
Parked out car and we began to explore.... 
Saw this lady doing some cutting here....
She made them herself and they are condiments for her homemade Laksa!
She and the daughter are the cooks... with one helper... 
And they started to prepare the dishes after we made our small orders...
While they cook, we walked around.... like these chickens.... 
Big area and this path leads to the restroom which is far from the kitchen....
And these woods are for.... 
Beggar Chicken.... why beggar?
Cos no utensils involved... just wrapped with Paper???
That is why it is called Beggar Chicken... 
She took one up and unwrapped it... 
The "curious onlookers"
Half the chicken is served on the plate... RM35
Village chicken.. skinny yet tough... 
Their homemade Hakka Beancurd and Fried Wanton... 
And of course eaten with the Laksa!  RM6 per bowl... 
And this is the shed where we have our Brunch... 
Something different from the places we used to go to for food... 
So... are we coming back again?
Well, we might... perhaps one fine day again... 
This time we must order in advance...
Sugar Cane Chicken!
Sounds good eh?? 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Real Italian Lunch At Espanol

ITALIAN FOR ONCE...

One fine afternoon our Boss took us for lunch, this time it was Italian food at Espanol Italian Restaurant at East Sacramento.  This is my first time to this place and first time drinking cocktails too while having our big portions of lunch set. 

Espanol Italian is a homey institution featuring traditional Italian dishes and drinking cocktails in an old-fashioned dining room.  We ordered a lunch set, it is 4-course family style lunch served with a bowl of soup, salad, followed by a main meal and ends with either coffee, ice tea and ice cream.
It was a Tuesday when we went there for our lunch...
Upon entering.... 
Started off with pasta and tomato soup.... 
Big servings... I managed to finish it all though... 

Hot sour dough bread servings is endless... 
Salami salad...
I could finish only half... share, share please..... 
Our main meal is Turkey with stuffings... mashed potatoes and cranberries jam.... 
Turkey special on Tuesdays.... 
And spaghetti with meat balls.... 
And Spumoni for desserts!
Our Italian Lunch at Espanol...
A real Italian treat....
We went home feeling tipsy after the red wine....
Not our fault, Boss...
No work for the rest of the afternoon... 
Siesta time!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Looking Green At Lowes

HOME FOR THE GREENS...

I am no green finger but I think I have been to nurseries here in Sacramento more than in my own hometown, Ipoh.  Since we have lots to plant and grow here in this fertile state, the only store which supplies everything about gardening and home, Lowe's is the place to go.  Lowe's for pro-s... but I am no pro... I just go there to take pictures!  LOL... And of course, to admire the plants and to know more about the home improvement appliances.  There are so much stuff which I do not know about for our own homes.  I wish I could buy and carry some home but it is just impossible.  So... the only thing I could do is to visit the store every now and then, and of course, to help carry around pushing the trolley and loading them into the van.  LOL...

After all the poses, it is time to carry our few hundreds bucks of stuff home...
That is the "heavy part!" 
LOL...