Tangled web…

Around the time when the school holidays started, a new roadside stall appeared at Bandong here to the left of the entrance to the primary school in the vicinity. Initially, it appeared as if they were only selling nasi lemak…and the people there looked kind of young – like students cashing in on the holidays to make a bit of extra pocket money. I must say that this is really a good thing to do…instead of loitering around in the kampung, smoking and what not or tearing up and down the streets on their motorbikes, helmetless or doing other stupid and useless stuff like that.

However, I did not bother to stop by until I saw that they were also selling roti jala

Bandong roti jala 1

…at only RM2.50.

Inside, you will get quite a lot of the web-like thing that we callย roti jala

Bandong roti jala 2

Actually, jala means net and roti is bread…so it is called roti jala as it looks like a net.

They give a lot of curry gravy with potatoes and chicken with it…

Bandong roti jala 3

I had not had roti jala since I was in Penang earlier in the year so I decided to buy a packet to try…

Bandong roti jala 4

It was indeed really very nice…and rest assured I would stop by to buy ย it again and again before the holidays are over.

True enough, I was back there again a few days later but this time around, I wanted to give their nasi lemak a try. They were selling it at RM3.00 which was a lot more expensive than those RM1.00/RM1.50 packets that I would usually buy. There was an older lady with the young ones that morning, probably the mother of one or more of them, and she asked them to pass her the packet of nasi lemak first. I was somewhat surprised that she started adding some extra beef rendang into the packet before passing itย to me…

New nasi lemak @ Bandong

I smiled at her and thanked her…and then she asked me if I was a teacher at my former school and I said yes but I had retired in 2007. Then I asked her if she was a teacher too and she told me that she was presently the headmistress of some primary school. Good grief! I wonder how she came to know about me! Hmmmm….I really must be careful what I do, how I dress and all that in this little town where everybody seems to know me. Sighhhh!!!!

Author: suituapui

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

42 thoughts on “Tangled web…”

  1. Retired teacher but present Sibu YB, ma..hahaha. When I was there, rasa macam we all ni your entourage..people coming up to you and shake your hands, some smile and nod at you and even while we were in your car, you were not spared!!That’s how famous and popular you are.
    The food look sedap and very senonoh especially the beef rendang.The price also pretty cheap.Tapikan, roti jala very easy to do lar…that is almost our everyday makan here especially when I am super lazy to masak..hehehe. But if you can buy, why not..easier than cooking, right not?

    Yup…and you get one serving only. Once finished, that’s it. If making our own, we can’t make just one or two servings…and when we make a lot, forced to finish so much…sooner or later. This is better. No hassle, no trouble.

    Sigh!!! So hard when so many people know me. At other places, I would go for full body massage and the whole works, ahhhhhh!!!! So nice! Here, I wouldn’t dare… Imagine going to one and then the sweet young thing greets me, “Hello, Sir! How are you?” My ex-student….*pengsan! LOL!!!

    1. Shereen, i agree with you!! When go out dinner or breakfast with Arthur, sure will bump into someone, they will come and said Hi to him, shake him with him, really like a YB! tsk tsk tsk. That is how famous he is!!

      No lah…where got? Sometimes, coffee shop so full and yet I do not know anybody… Just by chance, may bump into people I know.

  2. Eh, where’s everybody.It’s already 11.25am in NZ. Public holiday kah in M’sia?

    Not even 7 a.m. here lah… Public holiday in Selangor yesterday but not in the other states. I guess that fairy is still hanyut on her slow boat to China, still not back yet. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. A headmistress and she’s out there selling nasi lemak. Hope someone in the ministry reads this blog and get them to start paying teachers enough so they don’t have to sell nasi lemak on the side. How was her beef rendang?

    Ok, not the best I’ve had. Ya…headmasters and headmistresses here do not make that much, if they’re holding the post on a non-graduate scale…not like principals in secondary schools…Wink! Wink! ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL!!! With the rising prices of everything, it is good that people can do something in their free time to earn a bit of extra spending money, the hard and honest way…instead of idling their time away.

    P.S. The stall just appeared recently in the vicinity this school holiday. Guess they will not open when it’s time to go back to school… I don’t know of any other place in town selling roti jala…so go and grab some if you’re keen on trying. Btw, the murtabak guy has gone home (Penang mainland) for the holidays…and will only be back in January when school reopens. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. Principals in secondary schools? Don’t tell me you’re referring to our good friend, Mr. Tua Pau Sieng. Will try the roti jala before they close shop.

      Well, let’s just say that he and all the rest like him take home quite a substantial amount every month… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. hahaha, looks like Mr Arthur is a very famous person in Sibu huh?? hehehe, that meaning you must always keep yourself in good conditions, wear decently and speak decently and act decently in public.. cos eyes are stalking on you everywhere you go, wakakakaka~~

    Yalor…cannot be notty here! Must maintain my respectable image. Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Hey, that shows you are a distinguished figure in Sibu.. I think mention Sir Arthur, they know who already… some more, each day go round looking for food and taking pictures… very prominent figure doing that and they might go round investigating who you are… hahaha…

    Ya…for somebody my size, hard not to be prominent, plus…I always dress so shabbily and carry my tattered and torn “Woe lai yea” paper bag – everyone must be wondering who’s this crazy fella who can speak English. LOL!!!

    1. No wonder la.. really distinguished figure, Man! Do you know.. normally rich towkays esp from chinese origin, they normally wear shabbily when they go out.. not to attract attention ma! So I guess you are one of them too!

      No lah! You should see the Sibu ones – Rolex watch, HUGE gold chain, HUGE jade ring…Mercedes Benz and they talk very loudly in public and laugh very loudly too – in a peculiar kind of way. I’m not like that…for the simple reason that I’m not rich. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. No rich person would admit he or she is rich.

        But they do drop hints that they’re loaded – real pompous and showy!

  6. Wah, headmistress of a primary school also have to cari side income…very good. Looks like you’re more popular in Sibu than you think you are! Guess the folks can’t miss a big guy who’s always roaming around town searching for good food, snapping photos along the way…..don’t be surprised the folks recognise you rather than their ADUN or MP representative! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Come to think of it, I do not even know what my ADUN looks like. Never saw him, election time even… If meeting him face to face, I wouldn’t even know… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. STP is femes!!!

    I like the fact that she is a headmistress yet humbly selling nasi lemak by the road side. You don’t see THAT over here.

    Yes, it’s good to teach the kids to stand on their own two feet. First week weeks, did not see the mum…only lately. I guess she must be on leave so can help at the stall. I remember how I used to tie rambutans and sit by the roadside, selling them for 10 sen a bunch…

  8. STP : celebrity in the making ๐Ÿ™‚
    It is good that these young students starts to be
    entrepreneur at this young age. Headmistress is
    helping the children and guide them with business
    is a very good way to fill the holiday productively ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yup, ditto my reply to submerryn’s comment… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. roti jalaaaaaa, wow, i miss that sooooo much.
    i would go and search for that stall.
    is it near some malay stalls selling kuih muih?
    and around what time should i go to get both roti jala and nasi lemak? late evening or noon?
    both look delicious =)

    Missing SP, are you? Nope, it opes only in the morning. If you go around 7 or 8, it should be there – on the pavement of the Bandong shops, opposite the primary school. They are no longer beside the primary school gate. Btw, nice seeing you around… Do drop by often. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Wow wow..now you’re Sibu celebrity, everyone know you, so famous and get special treatment! Good!

    I think i did mention before, i never try roti jala till i join my current co, most of them are malay, and one of my colik made very nice roti jala. Every year “makan session” she will made roti jala + curry. Sedap!!

    Aha! At last something Malay that you may enjoy… LOL!!! Can’t promise you – dunno whether they will still be selling when school has reopened…so dunno whether can buy for you or not the next time you come back to Sibu…

  11. The forever famous & popular figure in Sibu. Mr. Arthur. Gosh!!!…everybody seems to know you too well….from the young to the old. Salute you!!!!

    Ooppsss…that is called roti jala kah? Have eaten before but doesn’t know its name. There is another type called kueh jala, and I love it so much.

    The kueh jala…some people call serang semut – the ethnic people have that during festivals like Gawai. My mum loves to eat that, not me… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  12. Haha, now you know how celebrities felt when they were being recognized everywhere:p
    There is just no privacy and no more, ‘hey, let’s just wear whatever I want or do whatever I wanna do’!
    Don’t worry about it too much, I’m sure with your reputation, you will just be loved for whoever you are ๐Ÿ˜€ (there’s always a good reason behind popularity, and yours is definitely in a good way ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hopefully, hopefully… LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Imagine me digging my nose for “gold” in the car…and everybody driving past knows me and I do not even know. Aiyor….so shy lah like that! Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. You must be a famous teacher during your time huh? Even after retired, people still can recognise you! lol! Hard to find roti jala in Kuching, but you can get it during Ramadhan bazaar.

    No lah… I used to conduct English courses for teachers and students and I did have a few for primary school teachers – maybe she attended one of them, not too sure. Oh? So not just in Sibu – also hard to get in Kuching? Here, this one is the first and only place that I know of…unless we make our own at home.

  14. Hmmm…I am not afraid of getting lost in Sibu. Just mention your name and they can lead me to your house..LOL!!

    I’m not sure now but before, you can send me something with just my name and it would get to me…and last time, poslaju addressed to the school, in the afternoon, they would send to my house as they knew I would not be in school. LOL!!! Small town like that lah… Everybody knows everybody.

    1. Ooooo…like my grandpa…he live in a small kampung in perlis…and when u wanna send him stg…just write his name and posman will kno who he is.

      The beauty of living in a small town or village. In cities, neighbour’s name also dunno… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      1. Hahahha….you are right!! I dont even know my neighbour’s name. I know that’s bad cos I am not a sociable person, but that doesnt mean I dont greet them whenever I see them. LOL!!

        Or you’re more a private person… Some people are – no problem with that. At times, it does mean…a lot less trouble or problems.

  15. Omg! Roti jala and gulai…my fav…my mum used to make this for teatime and i can makan really alot at one sitting.

    Drool! Drool! But not today…you ceret already… Just eat plain porridge.

  16. Ha ha ha…that lady surely surprised you eh? Maybe she is one of the anonymous readers of your blog. That is she knows that you like additional beef toppings. ^_^

    Dunno. Who knows? That’s a possibility.

  17. Oooo roti jala, I miss it lots! My mom used to order 1kg every CNY from a malay lady who takes orders and makes tonnes of them from her home.
    Indeed you are so easily recognizable as a bubbly teacher since many folks would have appeciated your contribution in educating them or their children. ^^
    +Ant+

    Shy! Shy! No lah…big people a lot easier to recognise…and not many people as big as me. ๐Ÿ˜€ Ah!!! You like roti jala too, eh? Yahor…that would be great – serving this at CNY open houses. Can cook the curry myself. Usually I serve with bread…or rice.

  18. Delicious and makes me hungry ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hi! Thanks for liking my post and thanks for dropping by to comment. A warm welcome to you and do drop by again. I’ll link you in my blogroll. Ya, it certainly is nice…and not expensive, that’s the beauty of it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. just as u said..be careful even when u r digging ur nose..haha..

    LOL!!! Very hard like this… Must wear mask when I go out – dress up like ninja. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. WOW! So many people know you in Sibu. Yes, you better not wear those Naughty Big Dog T-shirts out of your house… hehe. I don’t want to be responsible for spoiling your reputation lah. But the one on Big Dog Daddy is okay right? I tried many Roti jala here in KL but I must say I am not so crazy about it.

    It’s just roti with a twist. The curry is what makes a difference. Yup…must see where I wear those t-shirts too. Can wear them when I go to KL. Actually I’ve worn the beer one (that night I went to Putrajaya)…but the illustration is at the back so I did not have a photo taken of me wearing it…

  21. Nice! I discovered something interesting in JB – roti tampal – basically roti canai with a very soft egg on top. The egg yolk and some of the egg whites spill over. I’ve seen people order it in KL but it’s so common in JB that I ordered one and totally enjoyed it.

    HAHAHA indeed, the price of fame. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hah!!! I’m sure you have you share of that? Wink! Wink! Hmmm…a twist to the roti telur, I see? Wouldn’t mind giving it a try… ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Very popular guy so be careful no naughty naughty haha. Love roti jala too anything got curry ma favorite..~;).

    Yes, must kwai-kwai one… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ You can get them easily in Penang leh and KL too, I’m sure…not like us here.

  23. This seems to be a different variation of the roti jala I had a long time ago. I think I had the Iban version which is more like a snack eaten on its own. Ever since then, I’ve been looking for roti jala all over Sibu! That’s it, I’ll have to make my way down to this store in Bandung ASAP.

    Yup…that’s the kuih jala, as they call it…or what the Malays call sarang semut. There’s a stall along Kampung Nangka that sells this but I’m not a fan of that. Would rather go for this roti jala with curry anytime. Ya, do hop overt and get some to try… Bon appetit! LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. I’ve seen on youtube how to make that roti! I’m quite amazed! It looks so pretty! hehehe!

    Yes, if you have the mold, you would be able to make it…after some practice. The batter is something like plain crepe batter.

  25. Oh My! You are super funny! There is not a single blog that I read that drew tears to my eyes after laughing so hard! BTW, I was a Sibu girl some 40 years ago. When I was in primary school, I was told that teachers are not allowed to have 2nd job.

    They’re still not allowed…but I think if they want to give private tuition, they can apply for approval and can do a maximum of 6 hours a week. Of course, everybody knows that some do 6 hours a day! Tsk! Tsk! You were living in Sibu? I wonder where you are now…and btw, thanks for dropping by. Do come again.

  26. STP, there is a tall at taman harmoni that sells roti jala for breakfast. i went there a few times and they are the only stalls that open in the morning.i recently passed the place as it is near the court and noticed that there are still people going there in the morning. The stall must still be there i guess. so maybe you can give it a try. cheers stp!

    Oh? There are stalls open in the morning. Hmmm… would love to go and check it out. Thanks for the info… ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Dato’ STP – even your name translates to Sibu’s Ter-Popular! Wakakakaka!

    oooh i missed roti jala! the last time i had was back in lower 6th form! shucks!

    Aiyor…shy lah! Where got ter-popular! But I must say you are very creative… Never occurred to me at all. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Hmmm…I guess you were in Lower 6 not very long ago, you’re still so young… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. come to think of it, you are really creative with your post title.. roti jala does look like a tangled web ๐Ÿ™‚ ..

    Once I start eating roti jala, i always find myself taking more and more >< .. nom nom nom

    There! Tua pui in the making… Muahahahaha!!!! No lah…I use song titles – no net, so use web lor…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. I love roti jala with (good) curry chicken but it is hard to get them around my area. The last I had was at some buffet spread and that was only decent.

    the curry did that comes with this one is good…or good enough, no complaints. After all, it’s only RM2.50… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. oooh i love a good roti jala too. RM2.50 is not too expensive.

    Yup, nice and reasonably priced…but not open for two days already. I wonder why. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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