Back again…

I mentioned here that he was from Penang, somewhere closer the Kedah side…and I heard people calling him “Ustaz” so I guess he must be a religious teacher moonlighting to make a bit of extra pocket money selling murtabak

Bandong murtabak 1

We do not get a lot of people selling murtabak here…or at least, I have not heard of any good not-to-be-missed ones around…the obvious reason being our relatively smaller Malay and Indian population even though there may be a number of places selling roti canai in the town.

However, the guy disappeared towards the end of last year and I did not see him anymore for a long time. I thought he had got a transfer back, so that would mean that we Β would not have any more murtabak anymore around here. But not too long ago, he reappeared…much to my delight!

And this time, you have a choice between chicken and beef.Β Last time, he only had chicken…and I understand that elsewhere in this part of the country, if they tell you daging, they actually add corned beef…as in the case of theΒ roti canais here. In the case of this guy, he uses fresh beef…and both are equally nice.

Bandong murtabak 2

He gives you some blood-red coloured pickled cucumber cut into thin strips (looking something like sliced chilli) and dhall gravy to eat with your murtabak

Bandong murtabak 3

Just the other day, I asked for extra gravy…and he generously gave me a whole lot. Try asking some Chinese fella for extra and see what happens! LOL!!!

Bandong murtabak 4

According to him, his wife is teaching in a school here (not in the town proper), so I guess he will still be around for quite a while doing his little business to earn a decent living. The murtabak is only RM2.00 a piece, so if you want to try some, his stall is by the road side…directly in front of my regular Bandong kuih stall.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

22 thoughts on “Back again…”

  1. I am feeling so hungry I’ve no idea what to eat for breakfast.. so here I come.. Huhuhuhu.. Now.. where to find murtabak in Kuching?? T___T

    No idea…but I heard from Clare they use corned beef in Kuching, not fresh beef like this one here – probably because he’s from West Malaysia. πŸ˜‰

  2. You are so nice you know? You buy their food and you know in details about them. This doesn’t happen much in KL City where ppl are just too busy to buy and eat and won’t bother much about the background of the ppl selling the food!

    Yahor…I certainly seem so kaypoh hor? Instead of just quietly buying and leaving, I would chit-chat, make small talk… Gee! Is that typical of old people or what? Or people in small towns are friendlier than those in the cities?

  3. Coming ramadhan, murtabak will be a best seller πŸ™‚ yum!

    Ya…coming soon! But of late, there are simply too many stalls…and most of them are not nice at all – unlike in the old days, when they had a row of less than 10 and everything tasted good!

  4. murtabak!! so long dint eat dy! but here if at stall one, only selling vege one. no chicken no beef at all! T.T

    Yakah? Well, you can console yourself…at least, it is healthy! Muahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

    1. i wanna try meat one! lol! maybe i shud go hunt for it! who knows somewhere else selling it. yay so happy dat u want me!! mwahaha!!

      ROTFL!!! 10 sen enough to bid in the auction or not? Muahahahaha!!!! Ya, they should have in KK. Just make sure when you ask for the beef one, they do not use corned beef.

  5. suuuuuuuuuuituapui!

    im never a fan of murtabak. gimme a cheese nun and ill lurve you berry muchy haha

    You mean a naan… Eeee…I can imagine a cheesey nun! Hahahahaha!!! πŸ˜€

  6. oh it looks like one of the foods I made this week

    happy weekend

    Oh? You must be a great cook. I wouldn’t know how to make that… πŸ˜‰

  7. No lover of murtabak .. but like their canai telur and anything to do with the word “canai”… :p

    The guy makes canai too…but I think I’ve had better one elsewhere though his is a lot cheaper. A bit too rubbery for my liking. The murtabak is fine…

  8. My favorite! They simply look delicious!

    You have nice murtabak in Miri? I think we have at one or two shops here but I’ve never tried.

    1. I normally eat them in KL. In Miri, I am not sure whether they are good. Taken once but not impressed.

      Never tried elsewhere actually…or maybe I did in KL long, long ago.

  9. It looks so packed with goodness inside. He seems like a really nice guy too.

    Yes, he’s very pleasantly friendly, smiling all the time. That’s the way it should be – service with a smile…unlike the girl in my post tomorrow. Come back and see who she was. πŸ˜‰

  10. Do you believe when wife is pregnant the hubby also have food craving? When I was preg, Mutarbak was one of the food that my hubby have crazy craving on. hahaha..go everywhere look for that.

    Hahahahaha!!!! And you had a son. Let’s see if he will crave for the same thing when you get pregnant again! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  11. I think I wanna moonlight too to buy more provide more for my baby. πŸ™‚

    It is always good to do something extra…and put aside the money for future use e.g. for the children’s education. I wrote English workbooks for secondary school…and did not touch the money – all in the bank, saving for my daughter.

  12. I only eat murtabak during bulan puasa, cuz they sell those in the pasar ramadan. But… not that nice in comparison to those my mum made. Inside no bawang punya, all meat and chicken and potatoes. LOLOL! This one… eat with curry ah? I prefer to eat with the vinegar and pickled onions.

    ps: Cikgu… I think it’s not pickled cucumber. Usually it’s pickled onion in vinegar and sugar… it’s supposed to taste sweet and sour. πŸ˜€

    Ah! The guy has the onions and carrot too, I see…inside his murtabak. Onion, was it? I did not touch it… The last time I did, my fingers got all red and the colour stayed for quite a while. But his was harder – like cucumber. I’ll ask him the next time I drop by.

  13. Murtabak! I love murtabak, sometime i will have murtabak for lunch. Not many stalls sell nice murtabak.

    Before i come to KL, i don’t know what is roti canai and murtabak. After i tried it, i have it for dinner almost every night during my college time, i told my mum so cheap and yummy!! That time i think per piece only cost RM0.40!!

    Gosh! These are RM2 each. This morning I went, no more – had to buy roti canai – RM1.00 each but I ate it hot…unlike the previous time and it was SO very nice! Yum! Yum! I’ll want to buy that again soon… Drool! LOL!!!

  14. devil lah u….murtabak is my fav ler…thou sinful but i love the meat, roti and the gravy … better than roti canai…kekeke

    Yes, in comparison, roti canai is so plain, but nice when hot and eaten with dhall gravy… Yum!

  15. Hrm… wonder why I still perfer roti sardin or roti telur bawang over murtabak. It seems among your commenters, I’m not a murtabak person leh…

    Maybe you do not like the egg? I think that’s the only difference between roti canai and murtabak?

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