When I am back in Malaysia, the one thing I try do is spend as much time as I can with my mum. And the last time I was home for winter break, I went out with mum so so often and of course when I am out with mum I will tend to voice out all of my food cravings or new restaurants I would like to try. Because my mum is just awesome like that! She goes with me to wherever I want to! :D
First stop was back to my hometown, Raub for a short day visit. Whenever we are back in Raub, the one thing we never fail to do is eat @ Restaurant Ah Fatt. This place is practically our family's go to restaurant in Raub.
The one place that has housed sooo many of my cousin's weddings, birthdays, CNY meals and casual lunches or dinners. The one restaurant in town that serves homely meals with a very reasonable price. Or maybe it is because I have grown up with this place, whenever we eat somewhere else it always tends to taste different and as tho nothing in Raub taste quite on par with Ah Fatt's food :D
Lunch was my cousin sister's treat. But it still counts as food with mum because mum was there! If not these pictures will never see the light of day!
I hardly go back to Raub anymore. But the one thing I will always miss is the food. And the places with memories I grew up with when I was a kid. Because when I was a kid I spent most of my childhood in Raub as my mum needs to work and so, every school holidays, I spend it in Raub.
Memories of the crazy amount of scars I have on my knees, my body from "heroic" cycling fun, of our crazy fun childhood growing up playing "masak masak" at the back lanes with old pots and whatever leaves we could find. We even found a rock that if you smash on it hard enough, you'll get powdery residue that is identical to Milo powder. Memories of my late aunty. The one thing Raub brings me back to is the times I had with my late aunt. In her office, her house and of her smile :)
Second, dim sum time!
If you can't already tell who did all the ordering, I did :D Everything were my favs. And we also had a plate of Yin Yong (wat tan hor/kong foo chow/combination egg noodles). A little bit too much for three pax :D But it's okay! I whacked up most of it HEHEHE
Third stop, Japanese lunch! With mum and grandma :)
I was always under the impression that Zen in Pyramid is way too expensive than what it should be. But after being here for the second time, I must say that they aren't that expensive actually. And pretty much on par with the other slightly (just ever so slightly) up there in price and quality Japanese restaurant around in KL.
We used to always go to Sushi Zanmai because it was cheap and good. But now, it is cheap but not good anymore. The standard and quality have dropped so much! I would go to Zen any day if it was a choice between them both.
Up next, high tea with the aunties @ Starhill Gallery's Tea Salon. It was fancy and very "atas" feeling :) Drinking tea or coffee surrounded by all these branded boutiques? That's atas to me. I have yet to try TWG which is pretty much similar if not more expensive because I just can't justify paying so much for tea when I am even a cheap tea drinker haha!
But this outing was with mum's school friends so it's alright :)
Next up, ramen! OMG I love ramen!! And no ramen in Melbourne ever compares to the ones in Malaysia! I haven't tried them in Japan or maybe I have but I don't remember so can't compare. But the ones in Malaysia is just so much better than the ones here! I am talking about proper ramen places and not those that you get in typical Japanese restaurants in Malaysia because those will always never be as good.
One day, me and mum decided to join my cousin sis and her daughter/my niece for a movie session. We watched The Fault in Our Stars and it was mehhhhhhh.... Just because I read the book before watching the show, it was just somehow not as good. To begin with, I didn't think the book was really awesome anyways. This was the one book that I read before watching the show and now I do understand how other people feel whenever they read a book and it's converted into a movie. The movie tends to always skip so much things!
So now, I am a little worried because my all time favourite book, Where Rainbows End/Love, Rosie is out in the movies now. And I don't want them to butcher the book! But I just HAVE to go watch because it is after all my most favourite book EVER!
Ok back to the food we had. Went to Dome because frankly, I just love their Mushroom Soup because it is one of the best around town!
Mum always takes me to my outings with my paternal grandparents. And everytime I am back home, I try my bestest to see as much of my paternal grandfather as possible. But most of the time I rarely do eventho I know how much he looks forward to seeing me. But I do try to make up for it everytime I see him tho.. The main thing and the most important thing is that he is healthy. All that I could ask for actually..
Next up on the agenda is a meetup with mum's friend's daughter which is a little girl who grew up in Canada and is in Malaysia for her summer holidays with her grandparents. Mum kept mentioning that this little girl reminded her of me when I was young and that she promised to take her out for a meal. And so we did, along with her aunt who brought her to Publika which was where lunch was at, Edo Ichi.
Last food outing was a Sunday lunch @ Jarrod and Rawlins in AmpWalk, Ampang.
I guess that's all the food expeditions I have had with mum when I was home the last time. Soon, I'll be home again :D
I can't wait to be back again to the warmth of my family ♥