Roadside…

This stall by the side of the road at Bandong here in Sibu…

Bandong roadside food stall 1

…has been around for many years now since I first blogged about it in January, 2009 and to this very day, ever so often, when we did not feel like cooking, we would just go and tapao the food from there. In fact, when my blogger-friends came over from the peninsula over two years ago, I invited them to my house for dinner and I did buy some of the stuff from here – yes, they’re that good. That night, they had their masak hitam beef, the umai (the Melanau raw fish delicacy), their ayam belada and the sambal terung.

The food here is home-cooked – they cook it at their house right behind those shops at the back and at around 10.30 to 11.00 every morning (except weekends), they would bring everything out and start selling. I particularly love how they cover everything nicely unlike some places that I’ve seen in many parts of the country with a multitude of flies hovering all over the place and the food like Japanese war planes.

They’ve extended the stall a bit now so there are a few more choices than before and they even have a stall by the side selling barbecued chicken wings, fish and others and at times, you may even get some pa’is – fish or shrimps wrapped in banana leaf and cooked over some hot burning charcoal…

Bandong roadside food stall 2

Actually, the son is the one running this panggang stall – you can see him in the first photograph helping his father (a fat guy, though he seems to have slimmed down a lot now, wearing a cowboy hat) in his section of the business. The meat and seafood dishes here are consistently good – you have a choice of their very nice masak hitam beef, their chicken dishes be it curry, masak merah, belada, korma or kicap berempah…or you may prefer the fish – nicely marinated and deep fried or asam curry and I think they do have prawns too (though I am not sure if this is available every day)and even salted eggs!

I am not too fond of their vegetables though but sometimes, I may buy some that they cook masak lemak (with santan/coconut milk) like this nangka muda (young jackfruit)…

Nangka muda masak lemak

…that I got from there the other day for only RM2.00. It was all right that day – not quite lemak enough for me but the pineapple sambal (RM3.00)…

Pineapple sambal

…was really very good and so was their bubur pedas

Bubur pedas

…that they were selling that day at RM3.00 a tub.

That was all we had for lunch and dinner that day, total damage RM8.00 only and we still had quite a lot of the pineapple sambal left so we kept that for the subsequent days – it really went so very well with rice! No, we did not go 100% vegetarian that day – there was a lot of leftover rice in the fridge so I fried some cincaluk (fermented shrimps) fried rice with ikan bilis (dried anchovies) and egg in it as well and I also pounded some sambal belacan (dried prawn paste) to complement everything that we had…

Our lunch

Yes, we do have simple meals sometimes…and the best part, of course, was the fact that it was cheap as well!

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19 thoughts on “Roadside…

  1. Bubur Pedas sounds good to me! :D

    My missus and daughter love it a lot but I am not really fond of the smell of some leaves/herbs and spices that they have in it. Will eat…but will not cook that myself or go out of my way to buy.

  2. I would love to eat the pineapple sambal. With just that, I could eat many bowls of plain rice with a hard boiled egg.

    What are the ingredients inside the bubur pedas? Is there rice inside since it is called bubur?

    Your post gave me an idea. Since I don’t cook at all, maybe I should hunt down all the Malay roadside stalls around my area for this type of tasty and affordable food.

    Yes, the pineapple sambal was good. My daughter loves it too.

    I’m not sure what is in bubur pedas – my mum used to cook it but I never bothered to watch and find out how. I know they sell something in a packet – that’s the main ingredient to cook it, probably a mixture of the herbs and spices…and no, there’s no rice – glass noodles, bean curd stick, long beans, cabbage….and everything else plus santan/coconut milk. They also call green bean soup bubur…and there’s no rice in that.

    I wonder where exactly you are but frankly, I’m not too fond of the Malay stalls at some parts of the peninsula – they never cover the food…and goodness, the flies!!!!

    • Thank you for the details on bubur pedas. I reside in the Sri Petaling area, KL. Like what you said, I have the same impression about flies and uncovered food too so I have never been to any stalls. Maybe if I start looking, I may find an exception.

      Ahhhhh!!! Sri Petaling. Lots of eating places there, went once for dim sum. No wonder you do not cook. :D

      • Hehehe, good morning STP, your comment you mentioned is here. :) Yes lots of good food here so that’s why I am lazy to cook my own food but yet to find a pineapple sambal.

        Should be able to get that at the Malay stalls. Dunno there but pineapples are easily available here all year round so we can get the sambal most of the time.

  3. Simplicity is the best. Simple & somemore homecooked. All looks great and I personally felt that the pineapple suits my taste….swallowing my salivia.

    They do it very well again. Went again yesterday, no bubur pedas but I bought the pineapple sambal again…and the terung sambal as well. Hey! You’re up real early today? It’s the weekend!!! Enjoy!!!

    • Arthur, I am early everyday, not only today. Just that I seldom comment that early. Wanting to go for morning walk at 5.00am. every morning. You too, have a great weekend and enjoy your food marathon.

      Wahhh!!! So good. I am so so so lazy…to exercise. Blush! Blush! :D

  4. First time I hear bubur pedas.. Everything looks good.. I like sambal terung.. Yeah when we don’t know what to eat or what to cook, just tapau lauk and we cook/fry our own rice.. Good idea..

    I just googled. Seems it’s Indonesian – from the Sambas area and it has become very popular in Sarawak…
    http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/07/29/bubur-pedas-a-ramadan-treat/
    Th best part about buying stuff here is that it is nice and yet so cheap. I once had nasi bryani at a shop here…and I thought the paku with ikan bilis and belacan looked good so I ordered RM1.00. I got a teaspoonful! Tsk! Tsk!

  5. Sometimes I also tapau dishes from outside when I dont feel like cooking. ;)

    Yes, hygiene and cleanliness are important. You know sometimes those petty sellers do not care.

    Ramadhan is coming. So can go food hunting in Ramadhan bazaar.

    I’m the opposite. Ramadhan, I don’t usually go (though my missus will). Don;t like the crowd and the heat…and dunno which stalls are good. Some of them can’t cook, also want to set up a stall.

    • Used to enjoy browsing around from one stall to another but as I grow older (lol!), myinterest fade. Most stalls are selling almost same things. Haha. Like you, the crowd and heat irk me too.

      Yes. Everyone wants to cash in even though they can’t cook. I bought some stuff once, all ended up being thrown away. Not even edible. Simply too many these days. In the old days, only one row with a few stalls…near the High Court/ Land & Survey junction – anything we bought was very nice. These days, so many bazaars…and stalls here, there and everywhere. :(

  6. Everything looks so good and at RM8.00 for the amount of food you bought, that is a steal! Ramadan is just around the corner and there will be more good food and kuih on sale at the Ramadan bazaars. That is something to look forward to!

    Like what I said in my reply to roseliew, I don’t usually go to the Ramadhan stalls – so hot, so crowded and dunno which stalls are nice. I’d just end up buying from these same stalls – they will be open for business at these bazaars as well.

  7. Nowadays I take less meat and more vegetables… the meal above suits me fine… mostly vegetable dishes and they are so appetizing especially the pineapple sambal!

    Oh dear! I just remembered. Ramadhan is here and this stall will not be open for lunch – no more tapao-ing. It will only operate as one of the stalls at the Ramadhan Bazaar in this area – open mid-afternoon…and after Raya, they will usually be closed for a month. Tsk! Tsk!

  8. Their food looks good! I always think roadside food can be very yummy and presentable, hehe!!

    It’s the same as everything else, I guess. Must know where to go for the cheapest and the best.

  9. I miss my kampung… :'(

    Come, come. Balik kampung for raya… Will check out the Ramadhan bazaar one of these days – but every day so hot, headache, don’t feel like going out.

  10. Hmmmmm…i will prefer that panggang stall food more, but of course i don’t mind to have beef masak hitam, ayam berempah or kicap and terung sambal.

    Just stay away from the vegetables, nothing great, I would say…except for anything in sambal or masak lemak.

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