Earlier I said, my new place is within walking distance to a large food court.
Well, that much is true, however I have now come to realize walking is not a viable option. I discovered that the road towards the food court is guarded by a few stray dogs. And, you know… I don’t do dogs. I’m afraid of dogs.
I have a hate-hate relationship with dogs. It doesn’t help when dogs would bark at me at sight, sometimes even giving chase. And stop telling me I should pay them no heed or they just wanna play or to stand my ground or shit like that. I tell you those don’t work for me. I have tried all those ways, many times over the years, they are useless.
Those methods are not applicable to me. When stray dogs see me, they rarely ignore me. They always chase me down with murderous barks. So for me, it is either whack them with my umbrella and hurt them, or… just not get within sight of them. I can choose to either be sinister towards them, of be afraid of them. Which one would you rather me be?
So… no walking to the food court. It’s fine I guess. I’ll just have to drive the short distance whenever I want to.
Good news though, one of the shops within my flat compound is a Malay eatery, a masakan ala Thai (Thai style cooking) Malay eatery. Even better news, it is located just in front of my designated parking lot.
I have since patronized this place 3 times over the past week or so, when I have yet to properly set my kitchen up.
This place is hardly famous, the only business they do is residents’ business. Nor is the food super great, there are Malay eateries that serve more delicious food, a dime a dozen out there. The thing though, these Malay eateries, they always cook their food fresh. No re-heated crap. In fact, the wok is set up at the shop front so I get to see the cook in action.
And, food cooked fresh, regardless of popularity island-wide, is already good enough for me. Good enough + super conveniently located within my line of sight every time I park my car = the best.
I love ayam kunyit by the way. My mates, they don’t seem to like this though. Back when we used to have dinner gathering at Malay eateries, we never ordered this dish. I was disappointed somewhat, but hey, majority wins, right? Anyway, now that I access Malay food for dinner easily and regularly, I expect to stuff my face silly with this lovely dish of dry (I suspect this is why my mates dislike it) and spicy chicken dish.
Oh, by the way… wanna know how much this dinner costs? Here, let me break it down for you…
Rice: RM0.50, Ayam kunyit: RM4.00, Kailan ikan masin: RM3.50… Total: RM8.00
I could probably get by with just 1 dish with rice, or with a fried rice dish. And I would probably do that in the future. A lot.
This is where savings come in. When I was at the old place, when I had to dine out, it was usually at places where a meal would cost upwards of RM15. So I guess dinner will be a way for me to offset the increase in my monthly rental/internet commitments.