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Monday, 30 November 2015

LUNCH GATHERING AT RESTORAN BIG ORIENTAL.

Sunday is a rest day for most people but for eateries, it was business as usual. There was a lunch gathering of about 12 to 15 people including children as well.
We are going through the monsoon season and we have rain almost everyday.
We were expecting a friend who was travelling almost 240 km up from the south to join in the lunch gathering.
The lunch gathering was held at Restoran Big Oriental at Persiaran Greenhill, Ipoh.
It is near to the Ipoh Tower Regency Hotel, a high rise building which can be seen on the left of this picture.
The highlight of this lunch gathering was this big fish.
If I am not mistaken, this is a kind of fresh river barb.
I was told that it is called 'Mok Ah Lan' fish in Cantonese.
This fish was about 3 to 4 kg and its approx. RM100+ per kg.
The host has selected the cook of this stall from Restoran Big Oriental to prepared the fish and other dishes for the lunch gathering.
The menu is written in Chinese are on display.
Cooking is done in the back kitchen.
The first dish to be served was the Deep Fried Salted Egg Brinjal or Deep Fried Eggplant with Salted Egg Batter. It was crispy on the outside, soft and smooth on the inside. It was very tasty and a highly recommended dish.
Another savoury dish - Deep Fried Pork Rib with sticky sauce.
It tasted something like sweet sour pork rib.
Oops! Someone just lifted off a piece of pork rib!
The nice fragrance of pork rib caused the impatience. Lol!
Plain Steamed Fish with soy sauce.
Only a piece of the mid portion was used for this dish.
Can you see the transparent flaky scales which were not removed?
These scales are edible. It tasted something like soft cartilage.
Another portion from the fish head was used to cook Steamed Fish with Ginger Paste. The fish was best eaten while it was still hot.
Flat rice noodle cooked with thick sauce (Wat Tan Hor).
Ingredients - prawns, pork slices, egg, green veggie, fish cake slices, etc.
I got someone to stir the noodle to show like the noodle looks like. 
Dry Stir Fried Rice Vermicelli with generous amount of ingredients and plenty of bean sprouts.
That's the photo of the cook who prepared the fish and the other dishes. I couldn't get a clearer picture because of the reflection on the glass.
These savoury glutinous rice dumplings at the counter are worth trying
@ RM5.20 per dumpling.

Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done.

Let there be sorrow and sincere grief.

Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.

Then when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord,

He will lift you up, encourage and help you.

(James 4:9-10, TLB)

54 comments:

  1. Gorgeous shots of the skies, and great food, Nancy! :) Take care of yourself.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a fantastic new week!

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  2. That is a big fish! They did not serve the whole fish for your party? Have a good week ahead!

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    1. Hi Mun, the fish was too big for us all. Only 2 big portion were served and the amount was more than enough! Have a happy new week!

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  3. wow...nice fish :) first time hearing of this fish...and the edible scales ,that is amazing !

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    1. Hi Elin, yes its my first time hearing about this fish and tasting it too. Have a good new week!

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  4. wow what a huge fish what is the species?

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. I heard that it is a kind of fresh river fish. I think it is some type of barb fish. No one could tell me the name of fish in English.

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  5. Gorgeous food. And wow! The fresh fish looked big.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. Yes, the fresh fish is big. Have a happy new week!

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  6. What a nice lunch gathering. All the food suits my tastebud. Wow, the big fish, looks so fresh & good for steaming, must be super sweet. Drooling!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Irene. As usual the fish has to be eaten while it is still hot/warm. It is tasted sweet. Have a beautiful week!

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  7. Nancy, the food looks good. I am sure it was delicious and all of you enjoyed the meal to the max!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. We enjoyed the meal very much. Have a great week!

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  8. wah .....food galore. I didnt know the skin can eat too.

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    1. Thank you, Small Kucing. I too didn't know the scales could be eaten. I tried and it is just like soft cartilage and I ate. Have a happy week!

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  9. Before i read the post, i thought the Deep Fried Salted Egg Brinjal is Deep Fried Tofu, kaka...

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    1. Ha ha! Sharon, we all also thought it was Deep Fried Tofu and someone thought it was Deep Fried Fish until someone told us it was Deep Fried Brinjal. Lol! Have a blessed week!

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  10. Wow, now that was one huge fish. So many lovely dishes.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. I didn't get to see the fish. By the time I arrived, the fish was already cut. Have a beautiful week!

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  11. Everything looks so delicious. You are making me very hungry and I should be going to sleep not eating, lol.

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    1. Thank you, Joyful. Lol! I hope I didn't make you dream of food! Have a wonderful week!

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  12. Um peixe fantástico e boas comidas.
    Um abraço e boa semana.

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Have a beautiful week!

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  13. That's a lot of people to gather at the restaurant. The food looks good and I think it's a nice way to spend some time together. I hope you get some sunshine soon.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you, Julia. In between the rain, we do get some sunshine. Have a wonderful week!

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  14. 240 km is a long way to go for lunch...but the food looks worth the effort!

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    1. Hi EG, that was what I thought so too. And after lunch, travel back again! Have a happy week!

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  15. Wow ! A big fish! All the dishes looked so yummy-licious! I'm sure you had a wonderful gathering as well as enjoyable meal ^-^!

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Yes, we all did. Have a wonderful week!

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  17. I want some of everything. The food looks so very good.

    Have a terrific day Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Have a fabulous week!

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    1. Thank you, Ladyfi. Have a wonderful week!

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  19. that sure is one moody sky!!!! anything fried, DELISH, all the food looks very yummy!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Have a beautiful week!

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  20. Yum to the deep fried pork rib. Your post is making me realize I skipped lunch!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. I am trying to skip lunch too because I have been putting on weight. Lol! Have a great week!

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  21. We're having some fabulous skies lately aren't we.

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    1. Yes, we do have fabulous skies during the monsoon season. Have a fabulous week!

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    1. Hi William, A sign of heavy downpour in the next few hours. Have a bright, happy week!

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  23. Hi Nancy, Your sky shots are incredible. Looks like an angry sky as if rain was coming.
    Your food shots are incredible too. Everything looks so good. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings, xo

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    1. Thank you, Celestina Marie. Oh yes, the sky is going to pour down heavily. Have a blessed week!

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  24. Oh, I feel sorry for you going through the monsoon...I have always read of them. But I get sort of gloomy after just two or three days of dark, rainy weather.

    Also, that verse you used sure does make one think!

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    1. Thank you, Rose. We are fortunate that we are on high grounds. For those in low grounds, there is fear of floods especially during the monsoon season. Have a beautiful week!

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  25. Wow, 200+ km for the lunch, it must be delicious!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Tanya
    www.StripesNVibes.com
    BlogLovin

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    1. Hi Tanya, lol! since he is willing to travel all the way to join us for the lunch, we all have to make sure we are there as well. Lol! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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  26. Wow... definitely worth going and trying out the dishes!!

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    1. Yes, Claire. Next trip we can all go there to try out the dishes there. I love the deep fried eggplant. Have a blessed Tuesday!

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  27. Oo I stayed at Tower Regency before. And passed it a few times last weekend too. But didn't know got good food nearby. :(

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    1. You can keep it for your next trip to Ipoh. Serves good breakfast and lunch too. Have a fabulous day!

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