It was a Tuesday, the 3rd day of business. After closing shop at 3pm, we went home for a quick shower and then headed to Open Air Market to collect our order.
Friday, June 30, 2023
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Well, it started just after CNY, when hubby and I had a good talk on our current family financial status and economy crisis. It wasn't that good. Hubby's job isn't going anywhere, a lot of pressure and he will be stuck in Sri Aman for time being. And with only one income, hubby can't support the family financially without concern of any sort. So after much talk, we decided to try something different. Something to change our status and also a better opportunity for advancement. A business venture.
Everything felt like it was an answer to our prayer (thanks God for the right timing) as we found a shop right away. In my area, few minutes drive. The old coffee shop moved away and we found a good deal, and the rest was hard work and persistence!!
Attended online food handling courses, dealing with contractors and relevant authority, I learnt a lot along the way. Long days and nights of works in the shop by contractors and many days of scouting and shopping for necessary equipments and stuff. Thanks to my mil for helping out as she used to operate a hospital canteen for more than 20 years.
After few months of planning and preparing (March till June), we opened up our coffee shop on 18 June!! Of course we got people to choose good date and time for the opening. More or less, a good date and time to hang up the coffee shop signboard. Jia Hao Cafe is the name. Literally means "good family".
As for us, we are in charge of drink, and breakfast (toasts, sandwiches and steamed baos). So that is a handful for us, but we are slowly get used to it.
It has been a week since our opening. Latest update, Sarawak laksa stall will operate next week and there is an interested party taking up our economy rice stall. I will blog more on the food when I have time!!
Location: Papillon Street Mall (shop is below Level Up Fitness MJC, facing Courtyard Sanctuary Apartment)
Sunday, June 18, 2023
It was last Sunday. A busy weekend for us as final preparation for my coffee shop venture. Yes!! I am going into f&b and for the past 2 months and so I have been doing the planning, preparation and setting up. Trust me, it isn't easy but a learning curve for me as I do most of the stuff by myself. Of course my man helps me in whatever he could. Thanks to him for supporting me in doing this business.
Last Sunday, we went to the local hypermarket to buy stuff, non perishable for the shop. Everyone took part in shopping, unloading and filling up at the shop that day.
Since we were at Emart, we walked over to Tasty Delight for lunch. We tasted the Teochew oyster omelette in our previous visit so we had that. RM15 for this delectable omelette.
Thursday, June 15, 2023
Everyone knows durian, the king of fruits. But do you know that its flowers are also edible?? Yes, they can be eaten and they are really taste good!!
Surprisingly only in Sarawak, we eat durian flowers (liu lian hua). It is unheard of to consume durian flowers in other states in Malaysia. Maybe in other countries in Asia, people do consume the flowers but in Sarawak, we treat it as a local delicacy. And like durian fruit, when the season comes, you will see people picking and collecting the flowers at the roadside. Usually you can find it sold by the natives in pasar tani but now the durian flowers in Kuching has been commercialised with people selling on the social media. I was one of those who bought the durian flowers from Facebook. I rarely buy stuff through social media but the craving for durian flowers kicked in last week when few people promoting and selling it online.
This lady that I contacted grows durian tree in her backyard in Stapok area. Since it was on the way when dropped my boy to school, I decided to collect and buy from her. RM7 for 500g. That was reasonable. It has been ages since I tasted it!! I did bought and cooked it back in 2019. I have been eating durian flowers stir fried with belacan and dried prawns, never tasted other recipe. That is how my mum cooked so I just follow suit. You can check out my stir fried durian flowers recipe.
Monday, June 12, 2023
It used to be Nanyang Food Court but it has changed name (and maybe ownership) not long ago. Cleaner and tidier with better setting. Tasty Delight as the food court is called, directly opposite to Emart Hypermarket Batu Kawa.
Hubby and I dropped Jan to her friend's house for Gawai open house on 1 June in Malihah Matang. We didn't felt like going home, so we stopped by at Supersave store which was next to Tasty Delight. After we were done with our shopping, we dropped by next door for an early dinner as hubby was hungry then.
A Thai food stall that was in front of the food court attracted us and we decided to give it a try.
They also selling chee cheong fun but it wasn't available that day. We ordered pineapple fried rice and tom yum soup from a girl which we believed wasn't local due to her accent. She spoke Mandarin but not that fluently.
Saturday, June 10, 2023
It was 1st day of Gawai. Super hot day.
Hubby and I went to Pines Square to shop at Eco-Shop, which was a block away from Siang Man Lou. After we were done with our shopping, we walked over to Siang Man Lou for lunch.
We seated right in front of the laksa stall. So I automatically ordered a bowl of Sarawak laksa (RM8) for myself while hubby went for steamed chicken rice (RM8) which was next to the laksa stall. My man was too hungry that I didn't have time to take his food photo.
We ordered the normal egg with lettuce crepe for RM6. Not something that I fancy though.
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Saturday, June 3, 2023
My Jay in particular liked the kolo mee (RM6) served by the kolo mee stall. He tasted the kampua from the kampua stall but he didn't enjoyed it much.