A Year in Review

Old Rex Cucur

Old Rex Cucur

Christmas has passed. 2011 is at an end. This is the last dish review for the year. This will be the 32nd dish review here on thetum.my. A lot of things have been learnt. I hope that over the last 32 dish reviews, my writing has improved. I believe that my food photography has improved over the past year although you, the readers, can’t really tell as the shots are usually not in chronological order. But just for the fun of it, here are all the 32 dishes.

Lots of things had happened during the year, from wonderful things like wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton to the sad, like the passing of Amy Winehouse and Steve Jobs. I don’t think I can truly do justice in summarizing 2011, so I will let 2 videos to do the job for me.

 

The year end is also the time for self reflection, contemplation and a bit of soul-searching thrown in, or in the management consultant language, it is performance review time. It doesn’t matter whether you are a minion working in the castle ditch or a high ranking baron, you will be judged, whether it is through the latest in HR metrics like KPIs, 360 appraisals and Six Sigma or just through the plain old memory of your boss. Since the outcome of the performance review is linked to how much bonus (if any) is given out, it can be a really stressful time.

This is all par for the course, for sales people though. Most have monthly or quarterly sales targets and of course the equally stressful sales meetings. Well it is stressful when you haven’t achieved the target and it is no surprise that you can cut the tension with a knife in most sales meetings. My dad, being a manager for a couple of decades, has a good way to reduce a tension in a meeting, don’t hold it in the office.

To get clearer, honest answers from his sales team, he held the meetings in a kopitiam over breakfast.  This relaxes the team enough for a more productive meeting. For a good few years, he held them behind the Rex Cinema, where they had a ‘food court’. They had very nice laksa, mee jawa and also the best cucur in town. While the Rex Cinema is long gone, the cucur is going on strong but obviously in a different location. The new place is aptly named Old Rex Cucur and is located off Jalan Rubber.


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There is still a laksa and a mee jawa in this place, the laksa is not the same one as the original behind Rex Cinema and I am not sure about the mee jawa (it is nice though). But the star remains the cucur. For those uninitiated, cucurs are fritters, deep fried batter covered food.

The most famous one here is the cucur udang or prawn fritters. Served with chili sauce and some scattered peanuts, the cucur is a nice as something extra for breakfast or as a dish for afternoon tea.  The cucur here has a nice crispiness to it. There is a good balance between the amount of batter and the prawns in it. You don’t get a mouth full of deep fried flour only but neither does it become deep fried prawns.

Other than the prawn fritters, there are a multitude of things to choose from, ranging from the traditional like sweet potatoes and tofu to the modern like cheese filled sausages and crouton covered octopus balls.  I prefer the traditional stuff more but the sausages are too tempting for me to say no to. The sausages like the rest of the dish aren’t exactly healthy for you.  Easting this daily will probably clogged your arteries faster than the crashing of Greece’s economy.

But like most things bad for you, it is very enjoyable, comfort food like. Maybe we should be having this while looking back at the year and looking forward to a better year in 2012. Happy New Year!


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