cny petaling street

I was out here the night before I was supposed to fly back to get some last minute Chinese New Year goodies for Sibu. It was a real pain-in-the-ass to lug them all back coz most of them had to be carry ons so it’s a good thing I had this huge bag from buying CNY clothes that I chucked everything in. Heh.

Petaling Street was quite festive – lights were strung out and there were heaps of people out and about.

waxed meat

Waxed meat is a popular item.

I was told that you can’t get proper ngaku (arrowhead chips) in Sibu so I bought a couple of tubs. I heard that this place has some of the best ones around. It’s RM 13 per container, I don’t eat them but my sister says that my brother-in-law can eat one tub, no problems. They were trying to get some back from Singapore too.

ngaku

I also bumped into this intriguing shop selling candied vegetables. I was looking at them and the lady was kind enough to offer me lots of samples. I didn’t quite like any of the others except for carrot, peppers, lotus root and coconut so that’s the only four (4) types I got.

candied vegetables

You can mix and match – it’s RM 15 for 200 grams (I think that was the price, can’t really remember) so I bought two small tubs back.

sanbanto

I also went to Sanbanto to grab a few packs of ba kua (pork jerky). They have two types – sliced pork meat (RM 50) and minced pork meat (RM 48). It depends on what you prefer.

sanbanto bakua

I’ve tasted them and was quite impressed – there are no preservatives so you have to eat them within 3 days once it’s open. However, each piece of ba kua is individually wrapped and there’s 500 grams of porky goodness in there.

I don’t usually like ba kua but this was made in-house and tasted so much better than the mass produced ones that I thought it’ll make a good gift.

petaling street cny

Next up! Fireworks and firecrackers for CNY! w00t! :D

From: Ba Kua comments [sixthseal.com]

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But teddybwear
[blogspot.com], it looks like this! I couldn’t even bear to open the
paper bag wider coz it was INFESTED with ants. It was so all over the
ba kua it looked like the ba kua has somehow doubled in size! Some of
them even tried to crawl up my arm before I chucked it into the bin.

P/S – Please read veritas’s report below. He tool 4 hours to write
it (not including the pictures) and many hours of actual field work.

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This is the first time I’ve ever seen ba kua (rou kang) in
Melbourne! It’s at a small store at the south entrance of Springvale
Shopping Center. Guess how much a slice costs? A$2.50! Personally, I
haven’t seen ba kua going for RM5 in Malaysia so that sounds steep to
me. It’s pretty good though.

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