Do you like being alone? Spending time alone? To some people, that is a terrible prospect. But to me I'm cool with that. I am pretty much a loner, so much so, I was known as the Lone Ranger when I was in university.
It's not that I am anti-social. I am an introvert and I very much prefer my own company. I used to go to the cafeteria alone, to the library alone and even to the lab (at night) alone.
I had a classmate who liked to tag along. Everywhere I go, she followed. Haiz.... Sometimes to get rid of her, I would tell her I was going to the loo and then I disappear. I'm bad, right?
Now I remember a story. At the lab at night (final year, research for thesis), I would not be totally alone. There were other course mates in the surrounding labs. We had to register our names at the reception downstairs for security reasons. After a few hours, we would visit each other or converge at one of the labs for some chit chat (see, I can be sociable).
One of my classmates, a guy, goes by the name of Zainon. That's usually a girl's name. He is quite manly with a beard and mustache. One day, past midnight, as were were happily chatting away (there were 4 or 5 of us), there was a knock on the door.
"Mana Zainon?" (where is Zainon?) the security guard enquired. Mr Zainon raised his hand and answered to the affirmative. The guard stared hard at him and asked for his identification card. Once verified, he left us.
Apparently, Zainon and Amran (another guy) registered themselves to that same lab. The guard must have been concerned. A guy and a girl spending alone time in the lab late into the night. They must be up to no good. Hah!
Now back to my solo lunches. Last week I had lunch at Superthai. I wanted to sample their set lunches. The first one I tried was the Pork Neck Rice Set (RM18.00, RM16.20 after 10% discount).
The set lunch comes with a small bowl of tom yam and a drink (choice of pandan or lemongrass). The pork neck slices were tasty but were a bit on the dry side. Perhaps due to the lack of fats. But it was fine with me.
The tom yam is kosong (without meat or vegetables) and tasted pretty good.
The next day I went back for the Minced Pork Basil Rice Set (RM15.00, RM13.50 after 10% discount).
It was good but lacked the fragrance of basil. I would have preferred more basil for a stronger aroma. But still, I enjoyed my meal and made like a small kid, mixing my rice and meat like so.
The tom yam came looking like this.
Eeeekksss!!! But I have a strong stomach. It tasted fine in spite of that curdled and murky look. Nope, no stomachache the next day.
I also made like a well behaved kid and finished all my food.
Then I went back again for the Pork Belly Rice Set (RM17.00, RM15.30 after 10% discount). After all, I had the discount voucher and it is good till end of this month.
Mmmm....porky fatty goodness. Oh, I love that greenish condiment in spite of it giving me garlic breath.
I mixed the meat and rice again. So good!
Well, I'll have to say that I loved the 3 set meals. There are 3 more for me to try - Yellow Curry Chicken with Lime Leaf Set, Braised Pork Belly Rice Set and Green Curry Chicken Rice Set. But after having tasted the Green Curry Chicken before, I will skip that.
And now, I will make like the Terminator and say "I'll be back!"