I take my elderly parents out to lunch once a week during the weekdays and a day on the weekend. I say lunch but it’s usually an entire day of activities for them. It’s about creating memories and moments for them.
Both mum and dad are open to any cuisine but because of their Singaporean heritage they tend to lean more to Asian (mostly Singaporean/Malaysian and Cantonese cuisine). My mum likes her spices and loves her chilli! Dad love his chilli too but not as much as mum. His taste buds have changed since living in the nursing home eating more bland meals, whereas my mum…well that’s a completely different story. She can’t seem to get enough chilli, the hotter (spicier) the better!
I purchased a ridiculously hot chilli sauce a while back. It’s rated 12/10 and was labelled (please excuse the language here) “S*%T the Bed! So you can imagine how hot it would have been. I only sampled a fraction and that was more than what I needed to get my eyes watering and kill my taste buds. I brought the bottle with me on one of our lunch outings (not this one) but it had absolutely no effect on my mum at all! She pretty much coated her entire dumpling in the sauce and all you could see was a red dumpling dripping with sauce.
She said with her Singaporean/broken English (otherwise known as Singlish) accent “it’s ok but it’s not very hot is it lah?!” as if I was going to agree *sigh*
Believe me it’s crazy HOT! So unless you’re accustomed to extremely hot and spicy foods I suggest you maybe give it a miss.
Such Good Fortune
It had been a while since we dined here for lunch. I’ve often gotten take aways for my mum and the lady behind the counter knows what my mum likes and has with each order. Mum’s favourite is roast pork and rice and lately my dad has made frequent requests for mai fun soup. So at the moment I’m on a quest to find some good mai fun soup (if you have any suggestions in Perth please let me know).
A lovely suprise hello
Today, a lady who, coincidentally went to school with my sister and was taught by my dad came over to say hi. It really made my parents day. My dad is a retired teacher and every so often when we’re out eating either one or a few people pop over to our table to respectfully say hello to both mum and dad. They are all of dad’s past students who are now mostly grandparents themselves and it always puts a smile on my parents faces.
My siblings and I often say that even after all these years my dad’s ex students still take time out to greet my parents and that that is a testament to their character, kindness, generousity and humility they showed to the students and their families at the time. It’s very humbling to be around my parents. I consider myself blessed that I still have them in my life.
A Vignette of My Day Out with My Parents
- Lunch at Good Fortune Roast Duck House
- Coastal Drive around Scarborough, Trigg and Hillary
- A pop in to the Asian grocer to get mum and dad’s treats
- Right next door to the grocers is a shop that makes one of the most delicious banh mi (Vietnamese Meat Roll) and other homemade yummies (like fish cake, I bought two containers) plus fresh sugar cane drink with a squeeze of kumquat.
- Then to finish the day with a podiatry appointment for both mum and dad. My mum fell asleep. I think she thinks it’s a day spa!! 😉
Full tummies, scenic drives, treats for home and the car ride, then ending the day with a seniors foot spa! Hmmm I’d say a good day all up!