Smiles…

It is such joy buying things from anyone who is so nice and friendly, all smiles…

Friendly, all smiles

…no matter how busy he or she may be and even more so when he or she is courteous enough to exchange a bit of small talk while one waits. This is something that those in the service industry and the ones in the food business should realise and learn.

Nothing puts me off than seeing those who choose to stay aloof, behaving Β like theirs is the best in the world and they are not in any way obliged to be nice. Eating at such places, no matter how nice the food may be, one would not be comfortable or at ease especially some snooty individuals who make us feel like we owe it to them to eat their food and pay through our nose for it! The worst, of course, would be those temperamental ones who would snap at you should you dare to utter a word – I would not bother to patronise such places, that’s for sure, and would much rather settle for something less elsewhere. Never mind how good you are, I would not die from not eating your food and what I cannot understand is how people would go and queue (in the hot sun even) and wait and despite the verbal abuse they have received, they will still want to go back for more. Gee!!! I do think that is really foolish…and paying to be insulted some more is really the last straw. No, but no, thank you!

Anyway, back to this lady at the Bandong Ramadhan Bazaar here, she was so sweet and cordial that even though I had to wait quite long while she wrapped each individual order in brown paper one by one and her business was indeed very good, it did not matter at all, not even a bit. I dropped by her stall…

Eko Konner

…located beside the gate to the surau there, at around 4 something that day but she had run out of the ayam sambal already by then. That was why, I was only able to buy her ayam berempah (chicken with herbs and spices)…

Nasi kuning ayam berempah

…and her ayam rendang

Nasi kuning ayam rendang

…both of which cost RM5.00 only each for a whole lot of her very nice nasi kuning (yellow rice), two big chunks of chicken, the really yummy sambal tempeh

Sambal tempeh

…and I even asked for extra servings of her very spicy sambal cili and she willingly obliged, looking somewhat impressed. As we know, not everyone is into anything that is extra hot and spicy.

Both my missus and I enjoyed what I bought – she liked her rendang more but I preferred my berempah which I thought was so very fragrant…and tasted so good with the sambal tempeh and the extra hot sambal cili…and on top of that, they were so reasonably priced. I heard there was chicken rice at another stall going for RM7.00 and of course, I did not bother to go and give it a try!!!

Well, the good news is that after the Raya Festival, she will be running her business at one of the shops in that same commercial area – if I’m not mistaken, it will be called Rafidah Cafe or something. That, of course, means that I will not have to wait till next year before I can get to eat this again and when people are so nice and the food is so good, I sure would not mind dropping by there for more time and time again…

P.S.:
My sincere apologies to all those who have commented earlier on my regular midnight post today – I have had it removed.

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Author: suituapui

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

23 thoughts on “Smiles…”

  1. Very affordable i must say… by the way, did you accidentally update another blog post? I was reading something about Kolo Mee that you had with your friend- Phillip.

    See the post-script – I had it removed. Somebody was not amused and took it as an insult and even asked me if I wanted to join Huai Bin’s deceased mum. I did explain in my reply to the comments especially the one that did mention a race/dialect that the fault was probably due to a poor typist who could not read someone’s handwriting – nothing to do with any race or anything. Maybe he did not read it all and took it very personally. Ah well! As they say! Haters will hate.

  2. ya lor…just now i click on the midnight post coz it appeared on my dashboard but it said “opps”. Apasal delete?

    nice to have peniaga that is ramah .

    See my reply to Ken above. I blog for the joy of it and I would want to feel happy about it…and I do hope everyone who drops by will feel the same about it. If anything offends anybody in any way, it is definitely not what is intended.

  3. Both looks good. Reasonable price. With nice & friendly service, sure it makes people come back for more.

    Exactly. The way things are going on in the world at large and in our country specifically, we do need more of such nice people, I would say.

  4. Ah, so that explains why your post link on my news feed was not valid. It’s fine, no harm done. πŸ™‚ It has happened to me a couple of time. Love your photos. πŸ™‚

    You too? But you just shared video clips and posters all the time, hardly say anything that may be misunderstood or taken in the wrong way? Sigh!!! I guess it takes all kinds to make the world – can’t really tell what somebody will think and how they will react. 😦

    1. I think you misunderstood my comment, my cherished friend. πŸ™‚ I said that your post link was a non-functional one, probably the one you removed. And when I mentioned that it has happened to me a few times, what I meant was that sometimes I make my posts in advance and schedule them to appear at an appointed time, right? But sometimes I forget to tell Blogger the date so it appears before I want it to. LOL! My error.

      Oh, I see! You did not get nasty comments like me, good for you!

  5. I think of all the Malay-styled chicken, I like ayam berempah the most. It’s the spices (especially lemongrass) that is in the mix that make it so good and the ones from my neighbourhood, they throw in sliced onions for even more flavour!
    http://eatwhateatwhere.blogspot.com/2014/10/nasi-kukus-kasturi-pandan-indah.html
    Oh dear, I don’t know why you get such haters. If they’re a hater, they should just stop reading your blog instead of leaving nasty comments!

    I don’t understand why – they just don’t have to click to come and read – or they could have just stated it as a matter of fact that they do not find it amusing, no need to curse me like that, said I want to join someone who had already passed away. No way will I let such vicious comments get past moderation – sure reflects the mentality of the individual concerned and I can do very well without the likes of those around, good riddance.

    Yes, the ayam berempah is very nice – I’ve had it three times already so far!

  6. I like to see those smiling faces while I was buying stuffs from them, seriously if you’re paying the money to them, why they should they give you a mad face, wasn’t that you did something wrong to them right?

    We have a few around, thankfully not many. I guess we should do our parts as well – smile, say thank you, speak nicely and politely…and hopefully, people will reciprocate. Will certainly make the world a nicer place to live in.

  7. i do agree that smiles and warmth – genuine smiles and genuine warmth – make a world of a difference at any F&B outlet … glad you found some here! πŸ™‚

    Yes, sure makes one feel good…and will surely make one want to come back for more.

  8. Yes, good pleasant service makes a difference. I must say the aussies are very good at this and some of the Asian outlets here can be quite bad. You’d think they’d learn from their own transactions when they are customers.

    Yes, seems that they are all very nice in western countries – like when I was in the UK, everybody was so polite, so courteous…the bus or taxi drivers, the people at the shops and departmental stores, the restaurants. Same thing in NZ, except on my most recent trip at shops in Auckland where they engage the migrant workers – so different from my previous visits. Maybe they’re so used to their ways so they do not feel it at all.

  9. PS. Sorry to hear you’ve had a bad reaction to your now-deleted post. Your blog is one of the most enjoyable that I read and I appreciate the daily updates. Keep it up.

    Thank you so much. Your comment is indeed most encouraging – people like you sure make me want to go on and on.

  10. The nasi looks so good.. Yep I would go for the ayam berempah and rendang too.. I read your comments below.. Errr.. It’s your blog, your like, why care about them? For me, I’ll just remove the comment, no need remove the whole post.. I’m still interested in the mee babi hati πŸ™‚

    Of course, I would not let the comment go through moderation so no way that fella’s comments would show up anywhere in my blog. I checked his Facebook page – couldn’t really tell who it was, not a new account, was already around 2011 and mostly set to private, not much info I could get from there.

    I’ve rewritten that post – left out the things that I think some people find offensive…and no, no mention of the mee babi hati anymore – unfortunately.

  11. Me too, I cannot tolerate rude people and will not buy anything from them. The ayam berempah and ayam rendang looks good. I also love sambal tempeh. I will go for extras of those. Very nice of the lady to oblige you with extra sambal cili. It’s little little things like this that make a whole lot of difference.

    Yes, like when we went to my favourite cafe that day – we did not even have to ask but I noticed that we were given four big chunks of chicken instead of the usual three and a special salad on the house. These gestures will surely keep people going back for more. Post on that coming up soon.

  12. Ooh miss Malay food indeed! Can’t get nasi kuning or even ayam rempah here. I used to always buy nasi lemak kukus with ayam rempah from near my place when I was still living in KL. This post reminds me of that lady indeed!

    Sweet memories eh? You should be able to get it at the Malaysian Malay restaurants or the nyonya ones – some use pulut/glutinous rice which is nice too. Or you can try cooking your own – we do that, dunno if it is exactly the same or not but this is very nice too. Goes so well with curry and those things:
    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2008/11/30/yellow/

  13. first time drop by your blog even though I always see your names at other ppl’s comment column
    your photos look nice and make me drooling
    have a wonderful weekend
    keep in touch
    hope you pay a visit to my blog too
    MY-Emily

    Welcome! Welcome! Thanks for dropping and for commenting. Will link you in my blogroll. Do come again. Cheers!!!

  14. Now you have an option of good food in the future. Her dishes look good.

    P.s. sorry about your previous post. Hope nothing serious or someone find its offensive.

    Yes, we do enjoy it all, will go back for more. Nope, somebody said something nasty, most likely an ex-student as he addressed Huai Bin’s late mum as Puan **** and not Mrs. ***.

  15. Yes, so nice to meet friendly vendors like that. Most of the ones in KL at the Pasar ramadans are very nice and always smiling when we snap photos too πŸ™‚

    Yes, the characteristics of being gentle and polite and nice are part of their culture and what make them who they are. Too bad, like all good things in the past – these seem to be dying out. The times, they are a-changing.

  16. I left a comment on your deleted post and no matter how hard I think, I don’t think there was anything in your post that could offend anyone. Hhhmmm, why would that person be offended by what you wrote? You just wrote about food and your friend who is back from USA. So weird.

    Smiles work wonders. There is this lady who sells breakfasts food on a small table outside the lrt station and she always smile and greet me good morning when I walk past every morning although I don’t buy anything from her. So one day I bought something from her.

    I prefer ayam berempah and ayam rendang to ayam sambal. I find ayam rendang has lots of spices (rempah) too so what is the difference between ayam rendang and ayam berempah? One dry and one wet? RM5 is a decent price since it comes with nasi kuning too.

    I was poking fun at the spelling of the words on the menu, that was all – maybe he felt I was making fun of a certain dialect here and took offence. I did not say anything of the sort and though somebody did suggest it in her comment, I said no, it was more a case of a poor typist (dunno English, just blind typing letter by letter – like the ones at the printer where I had my school magazine done) and not very legible handwriting. My guess would be an ex-student that I had UN-friended AND blocked on Facebook, coming back with a vengeance. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    The rendang had gravy – it wasn’t like rendang as I know it, dry thick gravy…so even though it was nice, I did not like how the gravy would drown the rice and the taste. That was why I preferred the berempah, all the fragrant ingredients without affecting the rice like that.

    1. Oh, I just read the deleted post which is in my inbox because I subscribed to your blog and nothing in there can be offensive. Oh well, just can’t understand some people.

      Exactly!!! Just a mention of the mis-spellings on the menu, all in good fun. Somebody did mention a dialect in her comment and I did say that was not the case – more a case of a poor typist and bad handwriting. I guess some people are over-sensitive…or they do not read everything and just draw their own conclusions. So sickening!!!

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