On our way back from Kuala Terengganu yesterday, we stopped at Zainun Nasi Ayam Satu for a brunch. Zainun Nasi Ayam Satu is a small restaurant in Kemaman that serves delicious chicken rice. Mum tried their rojak buah and rojak ayam which mum said were very tasty.
After out brunch, we visited our dearest Aunty Moon and Uncle Kamil whose house is less than 200m from the restaurant. Their beautiful bungalow was featured in Jan 2009 issue of ‘Anjung Seri’ – a popular magazine in Malaysia.
Aunty Moon’s house is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Entering the cosy living room, I saw Uncle Kamil’s collection of Shell’s model cars. From the living room we could see a long corridor that leads us to the other part of the house. On one side of the corridor there is a huge indoor fish pond with a small bridge that takes us to the dining room.
Aunty Moon handed us some bread to feed the fishes. My little blogging brother Ahmad Ali was really excited and squeled with delight whenever a fish rose to the surface to take a bite of the tiny pieces of bread that he threw into the pond. I guess the smallest fish is perhaps less than a centimetre long while the biggest might be longer than one foot long.
Aunty Moon and Uncle Kamil gave each of us a copy of Reader’s Digest book from the Select Editions Series. Each book is a compilation of four novels. I had just finished reading ‘The Broker’ by John Grisham. The other three novels in my book are Sam’s Letter To Jennifer by James Patterson, Blood Memory by Greg Iles and Mosaic by Soheir Khashoggi. What makes the books so special to all of us are the beautiful, loving words written by Aunty Moon in the each of the books to each of us.
It was raining heavily when we left the house and we giggled while running in the rain towards dad’s car. Aunty Moon wanted us to use her umbrellas but of course it is more fun to ‘play’ in the rain – after all it is not something we can do everyday!
Traveling back to Kuala Lumpur after our Eid holidays in Kuala Terengganu last year, we made a stop in Kemaman to visit our dearest Aunty Moon.
They own a beautiful and charming house with a huge fish pond inside the house. My wonderful Aunty Moon served us delicious chicken rice (nasi ayam) and rojak petis for lunch which she brought from a restaurant just a stone throw away from her house. Since then, we always drop by at the restaurant on our way to Kuala Terengganu or to KL if we happen to be there at around lunch time.
There is nothing special neither about the outlook nor the interior of this small restaurant. Moreover it is situated far away from the main road which connects Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. Anyway their chicken rice and rojak petis are really delicious and worth the journey away from the main road.
The ‘Zainun Nasi Ayam Satu’ restaurant is located in Kampung Mak Cili in Kemaman. Among others it serves chicken rice, chicken porridge, rojak petis, rojak ayam and laksa. So far we’ve only tried their delicious chicken rice and rojak petis. Generous in the serving of both rice and chicken, their chicken rice is tastier than those served at those very popular chicken rice restaurants in Kuala Lumpur; and at a fraction of the price too! Even the rice itself is well flavoured and tasty.
Their service is also very good and their staffs are really nice and friendly especially the gentleman whom I think is closely related to the owner. So now we do not have to face the headache of wondering where to stop for lunch on our way to Kuala Terengganu or Kuala Lumpur anymore. Our thanks to Aunty Moon and Uncle Kamil for solving this problem; especially now that we have to travel home to Kuala Terengganu more often.
Starting my own blog taught me lots of new things. For instance during our journey back to Kuala Terengganu, I was more alert to the surroundings – taking notes and photos for my blog. Normally I would just sleep, watching the VCDs or lost in my own world.
There are lots of beautiful old traditional houses by the main road in Kemaman. I took photos of them wondering how much longer they would be standing there. I guess one day those houses will be replaced by modern shop houses or other buildings considering their strategic locations. I can’t blame their owners for destroying our heritage for the old houses are of no commercial value compared to the modern buildings.
We passed some beautiful rivers and scenic beaches. Born and grew up in Kuala Lumpur, far away from the beach my siblings and I are always excited to see beaches. How I wish that we can stop by at those beautiful beaches…
‘Amlr’ mentioned about a Pasar Ramadhan in Geliga where one can buy ‘ttupak sutong’ (please refer to ‘Ttupak Sutong’). Passing Geliga, I tried to look for the location but failed to locate the Pasar Ramadhan. Maybe it is not located near the main roads to Kuala Terengganu or maybe we were there too early as we passed Geliga at about 1p.m.
Reaching the Petronas Complex, my little 5 years old blogging brother, Ahmad Ali excitedly searched for the fire at the refinery complex. He just love counting them and searching for the biggest fire. He too was searching for things to write in his blog (which he posted on 27th Sept, entittled ‘Things I saw on the way to Terengganu’). He kept telling us that he wish to own a real camera or a real phone with a camera so that he can take lots of photos of the things he likes by himself.
I passed the ‘Keda Lepeng’ in Rusila – another place that sells ‘ttupak sutong’ according to ‘changgeh’ (please refer to ‘Ttupak Sutong – 1st comment). And yes, I can see the words ‘ttupak sutong’ written big and clear on their banner. The place looked empty. I guess they are still closed as most restaurants starts operating their business late in the afternoon during Ramadhan.
Breaking fast (iftar) in Kuala Terengganu is exciting. I waited for the sound of the ‘bedil’ (please refer to ‘Special Ramadhan Treats from Terengganu’) to mark the time for iftar. And finally I ate the delicious ‘ttupak pulok‘ with ‘samba daging’/serunding daging’ or beef floss for iftar today. How I missed the delicious ‘ttupak pulok’ (as I wrote in ‘Ttupak Pulok‘). Mum enjoyed her ‘ttupak pulok’ with ‘ayang golek’. And talking about ‘ayang golek’ reminds me of the old fashioned ‘ayang golek’ on sugar cane sticks (as mentioned by ‘Pok Cik Luckganu’ in ‘Special Ramadhan Treats from Terengganu’). How I wish I can try them…
Note: Where do they fire the bedil? I’ll be writing about it in my next post, Insya Allah.