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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Lunch With Long Time Friends At Makan Nyonya Cafe, Ipoh.

Out of the blue, I received a whatsapp message from a long time friend. She wanted to know when I will be free to meet up for lunch with another long time friend. We have know each other for over 41 years and we were once housemates and working in the same place. Those were the good old days.

After making a few phone calls, we fixed our lunch on a Wednesday. I suggested Makan Nyonya Cafe because both my friends have not been there before. I have been there once for breakfast and I wanted to return to try the "blue rice".
 This is what I came for - the blue rice nasi lemak with chicken rendang. They use natural colouring from the blue pea flowers to colour the rice.
 The 3 of us ordered the same thing. No sharing! Lol!
 From left: hard boiled egg, cucumber slices, fried peanuts, sambal (top), blue rice (centre), and chicken rendang. All these served on a banana leaf plate.
We wanted "bo bo cha cha" (assorted sweet drink) but it was not to be.
That day, they had sweet potato boiled in palm sugar.
 This is nice but a bit sweet for me, so I added some warm water.
After polishing off the nasi lemak, we ordered 2 types of savoury desserts.
 2 pieces of Nyonya Otak-Otak
My friends found it very spicy so they shared one.
I had one whole otak-otak to myself! Yums!
 We ordered 2 pieces of Nyonya glutinous rice with dried shrimp filling wrapped with banana leaf.
 I am already missing these glutinous rice!
 We were seated next to these shelves.
 Framed painting on the wall
 An antique meat safe or kitchen safe.
 A pretty antique porcelain container.
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After lunch, we went to the nearby Tesco Extra to see if we have anything to buy.
 I have heard about Ponni rice from a friend. I bought a 1 kg packet to try.
The grain of Ponni rice is very small. Ponni rice has many health benefits. It has high fiber and good for diabetic patients.
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One of our friends has not tasted this Cendol, so we too joined the queue!
 The weather was not very hot but we still need an umbrella to cover our pretty heads.
While my friends were queuing up, I was busy taking snapshots. But the moment I held the bowl of delicious cendol in my hand, I totally forgot about taking photos.


And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement

that addresses you as a father addresses his son?

It says, "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline,

and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,

because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,

and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son."

(Hebrews 12:5-6, New International Version-NIV)

54 comments:

  1. Food in Malaysia looks so delicious and inviting Nancy. We don't have those here...so I just have to dream about it:)

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    1. Thank you, Annie! We are proud of the many varieties of food in Malaysia and we are really blessed!

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  2. I loved the antique meat safe, a beautiful piece. As always a delight to visit and see the wide variety of food you have available. It always looks so appetising, I would love to try some of it. Have a good day.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas! Have a good day too!

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  3. Wahhhh.. Nancy.. Big stomach!! I love all the variety of food you ordered!

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  4. Nancy you always make me so hungry! You eat so well! Lucky you! Have a lovley week!

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    1. Yes, lucky me but not so lucky as I am putting on weight!

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  5. Hola Nancy, que bonito lugar. La comida es muy apetecible y que gran cantidad de alimentos. Me encanta ver el arroz azul, es curioso lo de darle color con la flor del guisante. Muchas gracias. Besos.

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    1. Thank you, dear! The blue flower is also used for making tea!

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  6. the cendol must be delicious for the long queue! The nyonya food looks good - I will have a small bite of everything.

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  7. Wow! That is a real makan date. Love the blue rice nasi lemak.

    The otak-otak is a nice dessert as well as the tong sui.

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    1. Meeting and food must go hand in hand!

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  8. So yummy! I would love to try some of those glutinous rice.

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    1. I want to go back again for the glutinous rice!

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  9. Great post and thank you for sharing.

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  10. The blue nasi lemak is too good to be shared, desserts too hee..hee..

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    1. Lol! Must enjoy to the last spoonful!

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  11. wow you knew each other for more than 40 years that is so cool dear Nancy
    meeting old friends brings youth and olden days back again :)

    loved the food blue rice are unfamiliar here but great that colour is natural one

    loved the unique sweet drink with potato? how nice it looks
    pot is so pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Baili! We are really good gold friends!

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/01/fun-with-textures-in-photoshop.html

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  13. I like the rendang chicken and otak otak.

    I also like the decor of this cafe, the shelves and painting look so nice!

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  14. What a lovely lunch. I would have enjoyed that very much.

    Have a fabulous day, Nancy. ♥

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  15. Meat safe is a new one to me, but I like it.

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    1. Those days we don't have fridge, this is the place where we kept our food.

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  16. ...Nancy, such a wonderful collection of treasures. Blue rice, now that's new to me! Thanks for sharing, take care.

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  17. This place has a lot of blue decorations. too. The little pot is adorable! I have not heard of this Ponni rice...a different strain? How does it taste? I do not think we have it here.

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    1. Thank you, Ginny! I have cooked the Ponni rice yet.

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  18. The food looks superb. Like the decorations also. Have a good week Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane! Have a good week too!

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  19. Sounds really interesting! Thanks for the post)

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  20. The blue rice looks almost too pretty to eat!

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  21. It's always nice to catch up with old friends. The blue rice looks tasty as does all the food.

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    1. We try to meet as often as we can. Have a great day!

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  22. I cannot resist otah as I like to eat otah...

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  23. That filling is really overflowing from the pulut!

    Heh so no pics of the cendol.

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