She wants it…

It’s the 1st of June today which means it’s the Gawai Dayak Festival and here’s wishing everyone…

Selamat Hari Gawai

For the uninitiated, the Gawai Dayak or Harvest Festival is celebrated by the ethnic races here in Sarawak, one of the two Malaysian states (the other being Sabah) located to the east across the South China Sea from the mainland, in the northern part of Borneo island. If you are interested in finding out more, you can click and watch this very nice video on that very special occasion…

This festival coincides with the school holidays every year and when my girl came home on Friday afternoon, she said that the traffic on our Pan-Borneo truck road was very heavy and needless to say, it would be worse in the following two days preceding the festival when everyone would be rushing home to their longhouses and of course, the boats along the majestic Rejang River would be packed to the brim, ferrying everybody back home to the ones along the river and its many tributaries to celebrate this auspicious occasion.

We do not have any specific plans for the 2-week holidays which, I am sure, would go by very fast but on Saturday, my girl said that she wanted what her mum had the week before – the pili-pili grilled chicken rice (RM9.00)…

Pili-pili grilled chicken rice

…so of course, we made our way there so she could get what she was craving for. It seems that she prefers this as she has never been fond of anything with raisins in it so she never particularly likes the nasi minyak/kunyit/kuning that we would cook sometimes as we would always have raisins in that…

Ghee rice
*Archive photo*

She loved the chicken and the dips a lot – she said they went so absolutely well with the meat and also the rice.

She is a fan of fritters (or anything deep-fried for that matter) so I ordered what we had the other day (6 for RM1.00)…

Cucur bubuk

…and shared them among the three of us and yes, she enjoyed them very much.

The ayam penyet rice from the nasi lemak stall was still not available so I ordered this nasi bryani Pakistan (RM8.00)…

Nasi bryani Pakistan

…from the stall next to it. It was quite nice and that is about all I can say about it, even with the whatever dip…

Nasi bryani Pakistan dip

…that came with it.

My missus ordered the mee goreng basah or fried noodles with sauce (RM4.00)…

Mee goreng basah

…from that same stall but she did not say anything about it. I guess it is pretty obvious from the look of it that it isn’t anything to shout about.

I ordered this ang tao peng or iced red bean dessert (RM3.00)…

Ang tao peng

…from the drink/tumpik/cucur stall (No. 10) and it was very nice! They were so very generous with the evaporated milk so it was really very rich and creamy and there was a whole lot of gula Melaka (palm sugar) too so I had to stir it a bit to melt the ice or it would be a little too sweet for me.

I would have loved it more if they had used the small red beans instead of these bigger ones…

Red beans

…but they were not too bad as well.

So that was our lunch that day, Saturday…to start off our eating spree in the weeks to come.

Moving away from that, I just want to add here that the wife of an ex-student of mine dropped by my house, Friday afternoon. She was helping a friend to sell these…

For a good cause

…and of course, I did not mind chipping in for a worthy cause. Actually, my girl was helping out voluntarily at that centre before she got her posting to her present school, teaching the special kids there without asking for payment of any kind but since she did not get a place in one of the schools in town, she was forced to stop as it would not be possible for her to go there every afternoon to do what she can. This food fair will be on a Saturday so that means my girl will be home and can go along with us and of course, we will be delighted to drop by to see what they may have in store.

It certainly was very sweet and thoughtful of my ex-student’s wife to bring along these…

Homemade soap

…bars of soap to give to me – she makes them herself using all-natural ingredients, none of those chemicals, and according to her, she would be selling them at the fair too. I’ll give them a try and who knows, I may want to buy some more from her when the time comes.

So those of you who are from around here or will be in town on that date in question, do drop by and do your bit to help. As they always say, what goes around comes around…