This summer everyone is out enjoying the pleasures this tropical paradise has to offer, and some may be on excitement-rich adventures in the lands overseas. However I decided to do some courses in the summer semester this year. But that doesn’t stop me from enjoying myself once in a while.
For some reason I find hang-outs planned at the last minute always turn out better than I’d expect. The same could be said for my little leisure time last Friday with one of my good friends, Chantal. We would have loved if our other good friend, Kaveeta, could have joined us but we considered that the last minute arrangement could have inconvenienced her a little. Kaveeta, if you’re reading this, I promise we will make it up to you. 🙂
My classes on Friday are three hours apart. So just for this week I needed to kill time on campus because my mother couldn’t pick me up and bring me back due to my brother’s exam schedule. Chantal and I decided to meet up at a Chinese Restaurant which is located very near to campus. We agreed to meet up for 10 a.m and catch up over some delicious food. What we did not know at the time of the planning, was that the restaurant opened at 10:30 a.m!!!
My first class finished at 10 and I did not want to keep Chantal waiting so I power-walked to the place. I did not know that she had checked the restaurant’s opening hours from a copy of their menu she’d kept at home and forwarded the message to me via SMS. I was too busy speeding down the backstreet, trying not to get run over in the process.
Anyway, when we met up – after about 15 minutes of waiting with sage-like patience – it had still been too early, so we decided to go get a Vanilla Bean Chiller at Rituals back at campus. We shared one since we needed to keep room for the food we were going to get afterward.
Brace yourself! “Funny Moment” Ahead!!
A funny/embarrassing thing happened on our way to campus though. Now, Chantal is not a student of my university (she attends a different one), so in order to avoid being questioned by the guards at the main entrance, we decided to use the side entrance instead. To get to this side entrance, we had to walk down one of the side streets. We goofed around, talking nonsense as we walked. To the side of the road we noticed a bright purple, dirty, bristle-like object. It was small but it did not take to long to identify that it had been piece of a broken broom. I pointed to it and exclaimed, “Look! A broom!” very childishly as though I had made an enormous discovery. Like I said….we were goofing around.
Suddenly, this middle-aged lady came out from behind the shrub near the broken broom…with the remnants of the broom (including the long wooden handle). I can’t remember if Chantal’s wide-eyed gaze met with mine. All I can recall is the embarrassment that took over us and caused us to laugh at ourselves. The embarrassment doubled when we realized that the woman must have thought we were laughing at her! I felt so horrible. We stormed down the street until we were certain she was far away. Sighs… We are two very silly children. If I could go back in time and avoid that situation, I would.
The Restaurant and Food…
The name of the Chinese restaurant is Wing Hua Chinese Restaurant. It’s about five to ten minutes away from the university (depending on how fast you walk, of course). We decided to have something we had never eaten before, but were only limited to vegan dishes since I was fasting. I don’t know why we always end up eating at that place when I’m fasting…
We ordered 1/4 portion of Hong Kong Fried Potatoes, 1/4 portion of Tofu with Vegetables and 1/4 of Singapore Noodles. This was different from what we usually order – Fried Rice with vegetables, Tofu/Chicken. The Singapore noodles came with curry. This was my first time having noodles with curry.
I will be honest – I did not like it one bit. Firstly, the noodles were cooked in oil and it seemed that they made a gravy out of the curry to add to the noodles. The oil from the noodles plus the oil from the gravy made the entire dish awfully oily. It’s sad to say those noodles were also…bland. I had to add Soy Sauce to it for it to taste well enough for me stomach it.
On the other hand, we really enjoyed the fried potato. I felt like I would have just been content having that alone. Maybe because of the noodles we did not manage to finish our meal. I think the waitress must have figured we hadn’t eaten any of it since there was not much of a difference in the amount of food on the plates when she brought it to us. Let’s have a comparison, shall we…
See? Barely touched.
Maybe if we had ordered rice instead of the noodles, I might have eaten more.
Next time I think I’ll make a video review instead, since there were lots of funny moments in between everything. We ate like pigs, but it wasn’t too embarrassing because the area we chose to dine was comfortably secluded by ornamental bamboo trees.
I must say, the interior decor was pretty neat and appealing to the eyes with lots of gorgeous Asian ornaments. I wish I had taken a few more pictures of the restaurant’s interior, but unfortunately I didn’t want the other customers to feel evaded in any way.
The staff service was pretty friendly too. The waitress who took our orders seemed to remember us because she seemed to know we wanted everything to be strictly vegan.
If you’re a university/college student wanting to have lunch with your clique, this place will certainly be appealing to your budget. The entire meal came up to $110.00 which is pretty good for the amount of food we got. To top it off, we split the bill between the two of us ($55 per person).
In the end we decided to box away the rest of the food to take home for our families to try…