Monday, December 8, 2008

NASI MINYAK STORY...

The Eid celebration went very well.. Its good to get to meet people whom I've not seen for quite some time... The food preparation was a little tiresome, yet felt so much gratified that the guests were enjoying the food very much. My Spaghetti Bolognese was a 'hot-pick' at the table. The 'udang masak merah' on the other plate, was my latest invention of the shrimp recipe...paired with the nasi minyak...wow! it was a 'perfect-match'!
This raya, there were no rendang or ketupat or lontong as usual...I told my mother...let's get out of the usual menu...and let the guest enjoy our nasi minyak puri, udang masak merah, ayam goreng berempah, dalca daging, spaghetti bolognese and the acar this time...well not bad at all, we successfully filled up their tummies!
The nasi minyak menu actually has a story behind it!... It starts like this; I was born in Melaka...where both my mak and arwah abah originated from!... I grew up entirely in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur... Of course as a typical daughter who would like to see both of my parents happy with me and my sister (there are only my kak long and me!)both of us really worked hard to succeed in schools and in life! I considered kak long and me are our parents best achievement in their life! They have patiently and endearingly grew us up until we become what we are today...only ALLAH knows how I feel inside with an endless 'thankfulness' from me to them.
To cut short, both kak long and myself tracked some successful paths on the way up...on which has led the 'nasi minyak' influence to my family! Both of us went to ITM, both of us continued our studies overseas...both of us Alhamdulillah married to two wonderful and nice gentlemen, my brother-in-law is from Puchong and my hubby is from Paka, Terengganu...
Mentioning Terengganu....this is where the 'nasi minyak' story starts... living in Terengganu initially was quite a surprise for me...however, considering myself as the true 'survivor', I went along tremendously well in a place and town that I've never thought of before.
Nasi minyak to a Kuala Lumpur girl like me was only a dish served at special occassions like kenduri khawin, kenduri doa selamat, and yes of course during kenduri khawin la... In Terengganu, nasi minyak is served as a breakfast, lunch and even for dinner...everyday!...again let me highlight...nasi minyak to a 'Terengganuian' is just like an everyday, all the time menu...
You can get 'nasi minyak' with gulai ayam or gulai daging with acar timun in almost all morning breakfast stalls in Terengganu...some also sell it late afternoon till midnight...and let me tell you...the Terengganu nasi minyak is so darn nice!
My husband for example is really a 'hard-core' Terengganuian...I remembered once during our early marriage, I prepared some french-toasts for breakfast on one weekend morning, assuming that I will not feel that much guilty of not preparing him some light and healthy breakfast... he did enjoyed my french toast with a couple of cups of coffee that early morning... Later in the mid-morning...he went out to get a newspaper...along with the newspaper he brought home 2 bungkus of nasi minyak...his only excuse (I supposed)...that he felt he had wasted the car fuel just to get a newspaper that morning and that he went to the regular nasi minyak stall at Dungun and bought 2 bungkus...so he came back feeling so much satisfied that he had consumed the car fuel wisely!...ye ke bang? You lapar tu! Oh dear!
That was just an incident out of many that i've experienced with the 'nasi minyak' story..untill after a few years later...I am so much used to it...and began to learn to prepare myself...Alhamdulillah I am a fast-learner at food! So nasi minyak is like the 'biasa' menu for me now...
When we balik raya to KL alternately...every year, I will surely cooked nasi minyak as the main menu...why? because I know...my hubby will surely 'kelaparang!(hungry)' if we only served ketupat or lemang, rendang or lontong only during raya!...
So this time of Aidiladha, even though my hubby is not with us this time...I thought mak will not be so keen to prepare such heavy dishes (the nasi minyak and lauk pauk)...still she insisted me to prepare it jugak this time...sebab awal lagi dia ada kata...kalau adik(my 'local' nickname) balik nak suruh masak nasi minyak..."haswadi tak ada mak...kita masak la apa-apa.." says me. "Tak apala...masak je nasi minyak tu"...okay mak...kita masak nasi minyak raya ni ye...kesian lak haswadi tak dapat makan nasi minyak raya kita kali ni...."

1 comments:

.fatin nabila. said...

agree, agree!
trg mmg kaya dgn heavy foods esp for breakfast..
nasi minyak hari² boleh makan kt sini, if balik kg, tunggu org kawen je la..`