Armed with a reliable GPS, a bottle of wine and chocolate cheesecake; Kassy, Katie and I made a road trip down to Celebration, home of the legendary Mickey Mouse.
Suzi had contacted me about a month back after having discovered me from a google search for a Malaysian fried rice vermicelli recipe. She's sweet; generous; bubbly and so VEry~ Malaysian. Born and raised in Sarawak; Suzi now lives with her family here in the US. She misses a lot of her favorite local delicacies and have been testing Malaysian recipes from American ingredients in her lovely kitchen at home. Perfected a few yummy dishes along the way I bet! Just look at her treasure trove of Asian sauces and noodles! I spent a couple of minutes oogling away in Suzi's dry pantry. *giggle*
She had specially invited another Malaysian friend of hers, from Penang who happened to be a Professional top notch chef here in Orlando. He came by with his family to help toss up an excellent Char Keow Teoy (fried rice noodles)!Not to be outdone; Suzi whipped up an array of noodle condiments; stringy rice vermicelli and a spicy red hot pot of delicious Laksa broth. All piled up and drench in a fragrant squeeze of fresh lime; dinner was sensational! Katie; having never experienced Malaysian food, was all excited and very much impressed with our cuisine and culture. The crowd Oo-ed and Ah-ed at her adventurous personality and eagerness to try new foods.We were so happy to have been invited to join these 2 lovely families for such a heavenly spread of Malaysian foods. Three of us were having the time of our lives.
It's been awhile since I've walked into a kitchen filled with the smell of belacan and coconut milk... it was a nice and comforting feeling. I've been thinking lots about home and Australia recently..
It's amazing how much I wish I were in the future; where teleporters existed and distance between continents were irrelevant. I think lots about those dear to me; and the many silly ways I lived my University life... the people I've met..the experiences I've had...the tiny cracks in the city that have been special to me and all my favourite foods in my favourite restaurant hideouts... *sigh*....
"Snap out of it!"
Live in the present.. dream of the future!
The past? Well; ...it was sweet :)