A Picnic at Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir

On the 11th October 2009, we had a wonderful picnic with dad’s old friends from his university days at the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (click here to see their blog).Their special guest was Uncle Osman from Khartoum, Sudan who was on a two weeks trip to Malaysia with his wife, Aunty Yaman and daughter, Sister Arwa. The picnic was held at the Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir, a beautiful lake park which was newly opened to the public two months ago.

We arrived there at 8:00 a.m. It was still early so mum allowed my siblings and I to run to the nearby playground. I spent a long time on the swing (which I love best). I made a huge improvement on the ‘monkey-bars’. Now I could amazingly swing to the fourth bar without falling down the moment I reached out to grab the second bar. I also had a nice chat with Sister Arwa.

After an hour or two at the playground, mum sent Uncle Moslim’s daughter, Hadibah, to inform me that it is time to eat. And through that quick conversation, I knew I had made a new friend. After calling for my brother and sisters, we raced back to the picnic area. Over there I saw Pak Cik Borhan, Uncle Megat, Uncle Moslim, Uncle Raof, Uncle Fauzan and some of those whose names I don’t know. I also met Arif again (refer to ‘Going To Melaka’) who introduced me to his sister Hafsah.

The food was great. Mum cooked (what she called) ‘Italian Styled Pasta’ and Uncle Borhan brought ‘Nasi Lemak’ bought from ‘On The Run’ (which happens to be my favourite). There were also some Malaysian special layered cakes but after a heap plate of pasta and a pack of ‘Nasi Lemak’, I was just too full to eat anything else.

After we were done, I quietly rushed back to the playground to play with my new friends; Uncle Moslims kids, Hadibah (14), Aliah (12) and Ibrahim and Uncle Fauzan’s kids, Arif (9) and Sakinah (5). You couldn’t imagine how packed the small playground was with 10 of us plus a lot more of other kids.

Then, our parents called us back and we snapped photos as a remembrance of our lovely gathering. We all had a great time and I hope that we could meet again some other time.

Eating Out: In Kuala Terengganu

Two weeks in Kuala Terengganu was really enjoyable. I visited a lot of interesting places and met lots of wonderful people. I also had the chances to sample a lot of Terengganu foods.

Pak Chik Changgeh mentioned about a restaurant in Rusila named Kedai Lempeng that serves ‘ttupak sutong’ everyday (Please refer to ‘TTupak Sutong’). We went there on the first day they started their business after their Eid break. I like the place and the owners are very friendly and polite. We tried their ‘ikang and sutong celuk ttepong’ (please refer to Cicoh – part 2), ‘ttupak sutong’ (please refer to ‘Ttupak Sutong’) ‘lepeng nyor’ (lempeng), ‘rojok ceranang’ (a type of Terengganu salad), ‘rojok kateh’ and ‘keropok lekor’.

The fish and squid were fresh and tasty; and so were their ‘ikang singgang’ and ‘budu’ (please refer to ‘ikang Singgang’). The ‘rojok kateh’ was also tasty  but the ‘ttupak sutong’ was rather “cero“. The ‘kuoh’ or the curry soup of the ‘ttupak sutong’ was not thick enough (too watery) and did not have either that wonderful flavour nor the lovely aroma of a tasty ‘ttupak sutong’. Anyway the ‘air nira’ and the young coconut drink which were both mixed with ice-cream were really tasty. And so were the lempeng or “coconut pancake” as my siblings called them. Actually that was the first time I tried the ‘lepeng nyor’!

The next day I ate ‘lempeng’ at another stall close to the Primula Hotel known as ‘Keda Atak Nipoh’ (Nipah Roof Stall). We prefered their ‘lempeng’ compared to the ones served at Kedai Lempeng. The people who run this stall were very nice and friendly. They also sell delicious Terengganu style ‘nasi lemak’.

Another place that sells delicious ‘nasi lemak’ was a stall in Jalan Kampung Kolam which was run by Mak Cik Ani and her husband. Mak Cik Ani used to work for Alam Akademik, a bookstore  that belongs to my grandmother. Mak Cik Ani’s ‘nasi minyak’ was delicious too.

We also had our ‘nasi minyak’ at a very popular ‘nasi minyak’ and ‘roti canai’ stall opposite the Sekolah Kebangsaan Ladang. When we reached there, the stall was almost full but we managed to get our seats. We waited for ages but nobody came to take our order and when we called the staff, she just looked at us rudely and ignored us!

The worst part of their bad service was there were customers who just came in could get their ‘nasi minyak’ almost at once while others had to wait for ages to order their breakfast! Infact another customer who was seated next to us just walked out of the place after telling us that he was already tired of waiting for his ‘nasi minyak’. At last we got our ‘nasi minyak’; but the ‘roti canai’ never came. Another customer said that being so popular, the  stall owner do not care if their customers walked out or gave up on them ‘cos more will come for their ‘nasi minyak’ and ‘roti canai’. And that reminds me of the rude lady at the sales counter of the very popular keropok lekor place in Bukit Tok Beng! (please refer to ‘Two Weeks in Kuala Terengganu’)

Bubur Lambuk Kampung Baru

Bubur lambuk is a special kind of Malay porridge prepared especially for iftar/ futur (the break of fast) during the fasting month of Ramadhan. In Malaysia we have various versions of bubur lambuk which tastes differently from one another.

Yesterday we had  ‘bubur lambuk Kg Baru’ for iftar. My siblings and I really love the bubur lambuk. It is light but filling and also very, very tasty. The most famous bubur lambuk in KL (and one of the tastiest) are the ones prepared by the Kampung Baru Mosque known as ‘Bubur Lambuk Kambung Baru’.

Bubur Lambuk Kak Sham

You will not miss it – Bubur Lambuk Aunty Sham – just across the main gate of Masjid Kg Baru and a clear bunting!

What makes bubur lambuk Kampung Baru so delicious? I guess it must be the aromatic spices used in preparing this delicious porridge, it’s special recipe and also the expertise of the cooks. Somehow it is real hard to enjoy the original bubur lambuk that was given away by the Kampung Baru Mosque every Ramadhan; for the queue is always very, very long. I heard that people came from all over KL for the bubur lambuk. I had tried it and it was very, very delicious!

Auntie Sham

Smiling Aunty Sham

Nowadays there are lots of stalls selling bubur lambuk around the mosque but I think the tastiest is ‘Bubur Lambuk Kak Sham” in Jalan Raja Alang. We got to know the wonderful Aunty Sham years ago . At that time she ran her nasi lemak business next to Kampung Baru Medical Centre. Aunty Sham and her brothers used to be a part of the team that prepares the bubur lambuk at the Kampung Baru Mosque. Hence her bubur lambuk is as good as the original bubur lambuk Kampung Baru. So, one can enjoy the ‘real’ bubur lambuk Kampung Baru without having to queue for the ones given away by the mosque.

The aroma brewing ...

The aroma brewing ……

Imagine enjoying a hot bowl of the delicious bubur lambuk with it’s mouth watering aroma for iftar… When I was eight, I once had to break my fast at about 2 pm for the aroma of the bubur lambuk in the car makes me too hungry. Since then, I never follow dad to Kampung Baru to buy the bubur lambuk until I was much older. Even now the mouth watering aroma still can make me hungry!

... pots and pots of bubur lambuk ... [about 200 of RM2.00-pack per pot!!!]

… pots and pots of bubur lambuk … about 200 of RM2.00-pack per pot!!!

It must be Aunty Sham’s secret recipe that makes her bubur lambuk a hit among bubur lambuk lovers. I’ve tried others but they were not as tasty as the ones prepared by Aunty Sham. No wonder she cooks pots and pots (huge pots) of bubur lambuk everyday…  Since bubur lambuk is only sold during the fasting month , I always look forward to enjoy this delicious dish every Ramadhan.

Since bubur lambuk is only sold during the month of Ramadhan; Aunty Sham  would be selling her very delicious ‘Nasi Lemak Kak Sham’ for breakfast in Jalan Raja Uda during other time of the year. We have to reach her stall early in the morning to buy her nasi lemak because like her bubur lambuk, her nasi lemak would be sold out very fast!

UPDATE (Ramadhan 2012): Please click here for the latest post with a guide to Aunty Sham’s bubur lambuk stall