On the street where you live (3)…

Well, actually we never lived here but many of our Melanau relatives did and some of them still do. This is Jalan Kampong Nangka (Jackfruit Village Road) and my maternal grandma’s house was not along the main road but at a lane running parallel to this road.

Gundot and Sam were in town and Gundot’s mum wanted her to buy some sagu’ or sago pellets. My mum had sent her some from this stall before and she was praising it to the skies, so we decided to drop by…

Kampong Nangka stall

They sell a lot of things here such as these kuih jala

Kuih jala

…and kuih Cina

Kuih Cina

…that my mother likes, among an array of Malay/Melanau ethnic delights. I wonder whether these are salted fish or just simply dried fish…

Dried fish

…but I know these are ikan salai or smoked fish…

Ikan salai (smoked fish)

I do enjoy eating them for tea with freshly-pounded chilli plus a squeeze of calamansi lime or even withΒ tempoyak (fermented durian) orΒ cincaluk (fermented shrimps), so I bought two packets, each containing a different type of fish. I thought I would give them a try to see which one was better.

They also sell our local Mukah keropok (prawn crackers) including those that are already fried like these giant ones at RM1.20 a packet…

Mukah giant keropok

If you go for dinner at a certain restaurant here, they will serve you four pieces in a basket as appetizer but do not think for a moment that they are complimentary. No, you will find it in your bill later at RM2.00 for the special treat, which means that you are charged 50 sen a piece. Here, they’re 40 sen each but these are very much bigger. I wouldn’t know whether they’re nicer or not as I did not buy any.

Well, we certainly had a good time at the stall chatting with the folks running it about people we knew…and the good old days.

Author: suituapui

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30 thoughts on “On the street where you live (3)…”

  1. LOL… when I was growing up… there’s such thing too… Pekan Rabu in Alor Star. πŸ˜›

    Usually they just have a makeshift stall with a counter and a roof… I like this one as it has a shed and everything looks so neat and clean. In the old days, there would be such wooden sheds where somebody would be selling sweets, san cha, assam boi, ice cream….”poon kiew” or bubble balloons – every child’s favourite! LOL!!!

  2. In my kampung. There is no such thing. πŸ˜€

    I guess you do not live in an authentic ethnic kampong…but compared to those I’ve seen over your side, I think we have more of these roadside stalls and shops here and they’re neater and cleaner. Here, more like those I saw at the rest areas along the highways.

  3. Yes…in my kampung there’s still a shop like that…in fact, right in front of my house…

    Hahahahaha!!! You’re trying to be funny, I’m sure! That’s the one!!! – right in front of lebu’ Lalong… πŸ˜€

  4. I would fall for those ‘kuih cina’, it looks so delicious and reminds me of Walker short bread! Yummylicious….

    What for breakfast Arthur? I’m going to have some of these ( http://www.gourmetsharing.com/v.aspx?p=4615f16b-fcd6-4a77-b01e-0a338debf37c) and a cup of its kopi ‘gao’ tomorrow morning!;) Going to Sepang Gold Coast.

    A happy and relaxing weekend to you!

    The kuih cina is definitely nothing like shortbread. I do not eat them myself but my mum loves them – often has that for tea. It looks very coarse to me…like kind of sandy. I’ve seen somebody’s post on the Sepang Gold Coast – what a name! Not so much into beaches, I would prefer to cool mountain air and the serene surroundings… Anyway, have fun!!! πŸ™‚

  5. wah..authentic snacks..esp the last one….i remember eating those during my young young days.. got red border line .. hahahhaa…. how about the kueh cina.. that looks different..what is the filling inside? feel like trying now! lol…

    No filling… It’s just a biscuit – if I’m not mistaken, it’s made of coconut, sago flour and stuff, I wouldn’t know really…as it’s not something that I like.

  6. i know all those stuffs oso! xD by the way, i never try the tempoyak, dunno y my mom say not nice, my dad say nice and end up ask me no need eat. LOL

    Maybe she doesn’t want you to take those fermented things… Not so good really, like those salted, pickled and preserved stuff. But I do not take these very often so it is not so bad. πŸ˜‰

  7. I find the keropok too dry like the ones cooked in microwave oven.

    Oh? Didn’t even know can cook keropok in microwave… But of course, I’ve this suspicion of microwave ovens – always shy away from using them.

  8. oh..I love the kuih Jala n Kuih cina..where is this stall?

    Along Kampong Nangka…across the road from the Dris’ house… Gundot’s mum praises the sagu’ to the skies…

  9. Gundot – if the keropok is cooked in microwave oven it will have a vv strong prawn smell..I tried once i think it taste terrible…better deep fried.

    I wouldn’t even try… πŸ˜€

  10. The proprietor of the shop just passed by on his motorbike to get his supplies.

    Omigawd…I read your comment wrongly…and had a shock! Phew!!! Thank goodness it wasn’t what I had perceived the first time! Touch wood!

    1. Stp, I read it the first time like you did!…LOL!

      *Pengsan!!! My blood ran cold…and I just talked to him the other day. This Nut!!! Phrased it in such a way as to cause an “optical illusion”…Hahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

      1. Tsk tsk tsk… else u can join my salah baca club lah! LOL…

        This one no joke… Can be really embarrassing!!! Imagine when I drop by again and behold, the man appears right in front of me!!! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  11. Oh! So right opp. ‘Laloong’s” place will be quite easy to find. If I had known then, could have bought the sagu to go with ‘chey gey’ n kuih cina and jala n I see lots of yummy kuihs kuihs in the pics. Is the shop open everyday?…oooh…n the smoked fish, wow,was so yummy with pounded chilli,…dinosaur yrs ago when I had that….

    I guess it is open every day…though not too sure about Sundays. Gosh…for someone who’s been away for so many years, you do miss a lot more than many who have lived here all their lives. Most of the time, we’re not really bothered to go in search of such things…

  12. I used to buy when I went to KT but not anymore as the traders seems to have excess sugar. Everything was so sweet. Most end up in tong sampah

    Don’t think there was anything that was sweet – looking at the things at the stall that day. Most of the stuff would be salty, I think. Well…no more sugar these days, so no worries! Everything will soon be…not sweet enough! πŸ˜€

    1. true…bought Taufu Fa yesterday. Ask for less sugar coz wanna give my son to eat. Come back home an taste..yikes…the syrup was not sweet at all.

      Just have to get used to it. Take less and eventually your taste buds will adapt to it. I’ve reduced my intake of sugar…and now if something is too sweet, I get sticky and uncomfortable in the throat. The same with msg…been cutting down the use or doing away with it all together, these days I would feel the crystals in my mouth…even after a plate of kampua!

  13. Ooh, I love stalls like these. Just browsing through the selections is delightful !

    Ya…me too! Just look around and ask what everything is…and maybe buy an item or two to try! You’re in Manchester already, I suppose. Hope you’re settling down well there. Take care… πŸ™‚

  14. i miss that kuih cina!! πŸ˜€ I used to eat it everyday when I was a kid

    You did? I can’t remember having tried it. I just thought I would not like it and never bothered to touch… Maybe I should give it a try one of these days… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  15. Nangka…that is also how we call jackfruit in our country. Other variation would be langka.

    Those dried fish look yummy but I like dried squida better then dried fish. I remember buying some of dried fish (which we call as danggit) when I visited Cebu (another island here in the Philippines)

    Ah…another word that is the same in our languages! I will be touching a bit on that in a post sometime next week… Ya, I saw one of your posts the other day – the things sold, the scenario…quite similar to what we have here. Hah!!! You have Cebu there…and I live in Sibu, same pronunciation! πŸ˜‰

    1. Haha…yeah. Same pronounciation. Now I wonder the meaning of that word Cebu and Sibu.

      Might have the same meaning.

      Dunno. If I’m not mistaken, Sibu is derived from the name of a fruit – Sibau….but that has not been confirmed.

  16. actually i quite like kuih cina, if done right. The sago and coconut combination is so harum.

    Ya…I guess right – sago and coconut. Can buy for you when I go over to Kuching – durable, unbreakable…no problem at all carrying those! πŸ˜€

  17. I haven’t tasted kuih jala for quite sometime.. normally people would buy it for me.. *hint hint.. lol.. I’m glad I’m gonna go back soon.. πŸ˜€ but not to sibu

    Too bad… Can’t send kuih jala by post…you’ll have it all in bits like chocolate rice by the time you get it. LOL!!! Let me know if you know of anyone going over to Kuching while you are there. You still have my number?

  18. oh i love that… in Phil… we have what we called “tiangge” it is like a bazaar where you can find and buy everything…handicrafts and sweet delicacies most of the time….
    we love to go there because items are much cheaper
    i am still intrigue with this Kerapok…so these are crackers right???
    smoked and dried fish is a perfect breakfast…. match it with fried rice.. oh so lovely…

    This is just a little shop in the village. I know the bazaar that you mean – we have one in Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) – the Filipino market. I love going there – lots of things to see and buy… Oh? You like smoked fish too? Well, I have baked fish and fried rice in the posts coming up…and you get special mention in one of them. Now doesn’t that make you real curious? Hahahahaha!!!!! Yup…keropok are crackers – fish or prawn or cuttlefish – I had a post on it here: https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/cracklin-rosie/

  19. STP got second job? Is that you inside the shop? ha ha ha!

    Hahahahaha!!! You’re very observant! And he perspires plus-plus too…like me! πŸ˜€

  20. sagun is my preferred sagu and coconut combo….hehehe! But kuih cina will do also. 1 packet only please, thanks, as no one else eats it.

    Sagon… My Bandong kuih stall sells it sometimes. That day, they had – looked real good but I didn’t buy as I’m not into it. See…next few days whether there’s any when I drop by. Liz is coming this weekend – see if she wants to carry…. Maybe buy for her mum too!

  21. I wonder how does this kuih cina tastes like? tastes like chinese? hehe

    Now, now…what do Chinese taste like? Enlighten me! Hahahahaha!!!

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