We met up at Old Town Kopitiam at QV, and ordered some delicious Malaysian food. Everyone ordered drinks, and since the advertised sugar cane drink that we all wanted was not available, we had some delicious Malt Shakes and Three Colour Drink. My three colour drink was layers of coffee with varying amounts of milk. It was very nice, but quite sweet. Everyone else got the malt shake which was milo milk with milo sprinkled on top. I ordered a Mee Rebus, which was very good. Everyone else also liked their meals of Curry Chicken, Mee Goreng, Laksas and even a dessert Roti.
Once we were all full, we kicked our second stomachs into gear and got into all the snacks. We tried a variety of cuttlefish, from flattened, to strips, to sugared, to chilli and they were mostly....BAD. I couldn't believe our luck. I had bought some cuttlefish that I usually eat but left them at home. So a last minute stop by the Asian grocery store in QV resulted in lots of rather bad cuttlefish. There was probably only one pack that was ok and had some flavour. I-Hua's sugar cuttlefish didn't really do it for me, although I-Hua really loved the sugar one. But the worst cuttlefish was also the most anticipated. I-Hua's "satay stick" cuttlefish was so foul that I had to spit it back out.
The Ken Ken cuttlefish needs special mention because on the packet it says it's the "Chewing Gum of the Orientals", how hilarious but true at the same time. I constantly chew on cuttlefish until my jaws ache.
Next it was onto the dried mango tasting. Some of the "mangoes" weren't really mangoes, but instead dried fruit or pickled mango. All of the other dried fruit were sickly sweet and no good. The pickled mango that I love from Box Hill was not with us, instead, we got some rather flavourless pickled mangoes. Finally, the saving grace of the whole day was Agnes' Costco bought Philippine Brand dried mangoes. They are the bee's knee, so addictively delicious. I've since bought three 850g packets from Costco and I'm still addicted to it.
Despite our awful luck with the cuttlefish and dried mangoes, it was still great to catch up with everyone. Next time, I think we need to taste test something a bit safer like chocolates. Maybe cuttlefish dipped in chocolate?