Sunday, March 23, 2008

Seri Malaysia at Hastings and Nanaimo

Another lazy Sunday for the family… but Nenek is around; so we decided to rent a car and drive around Vancouver for some sight seeing. We are also curious about a restaurant called Seri Malaysia. The restaurant's web site describes the food as Malaysian cuisine heavily influenced by the cooking style and techniques from Mersing! They have mee goreng Mersing and nasi goreng Mersing in the menu. Since Nenek and Mommy are from Mersing… we definitely need to drop by and checkout the place.

Papa on the driver's seat, Mommy next to him, and the kids and Nenek at the backseat, all with our seatbelts on. The restaurant is a bit far. It is about 35 to 45 minutes by car. If we take the bus then it will be 3 buses… and maybe 1 hour and 30 minutes one way.

So we arrived and ordered one chicken biryani, one beef biryani, gado-gado, mee rebus, and satay (about ten sticks – two per person). The food is awesome especially the biryani and gado-gado. Papa and Mommy think that it is probably the most authentic Malaysian dish so far compared to other Malaysian restaurants we have been to in the US.

Finished Eating at Seri Malaysia

We also met the owner/chef, En. Jamal, who is actually from Mersing. Most of his family members are still in Mersing, and Nenek knows most of them. No surprise there since Mersing is such a small town. He gave us a complimentary bubur pulut hitam. More food for us… We will definitely visit Seri Malaysia again.

After lunch, we took a stroll around the area. We stopped by a couple Asian stores, and bought some groceries, which are a lot cheaper than where we live. One of the stores sells live seafood. The kids were very excited to see live seafood, mostly live crab and fish. Take a look.

Live Seafood at Asian Market

And that’s our first trip out to Hastings and Nanaimo.

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