The Taliban song…

I call him Janggut by virtue of his long beard but the very nice and friendly boss of Sri Pelita calls him Taliban.

I used to enjoy his nasi lemak when he was running a stall here and I would have enjoyed his nasi ayam penyet too if he had not used the same nasi lemak sambal for that. After a while, he closed down his stall but I did bump into him a few times having his breakfast or lunch at Guna’s place. I did hear that he operates a stall at night at the Dewan MUC but so far, I have not gone there to check it out.

Every Ramadan, without fail, he would have a stall…

Taliban stall

at the Bandong (Walk) Ramadan Bazaar but no, he would not be selling his nasi lemak nor his nasi ayam penyet.

I did not buy his rojak nor his cucur sambal

Cucur sambal

…but I did grab a couple of bags of his laksa Penang (RM4.00 each)…

Laksa Penang

…to try.

I heated it up and had it for breakfast the following morning and I must say that I enjoyed it very much…

Laksa Penang, served

…and for someone who is not really into laksa Penang, that sure is saying a lot. A squeeze of that chunk of lemon that came with it made it taste even nicer, just that I would not mind paying a bit more for some visible bits of fish in the broth.

Actually, what I had in mind when I went there that day was his sambal kacang ikan bilis (peanut and dried anchovies)…

Sambal kacang ikan bilis

…that I do enjoy very much. I have had good ones elsewhere but mostly, the ingredients would be kind of limp, not nice and crispy so those would not be nice, not at all. Janggut’s pretty good – very very tasty, bursting with flavours and a bit spicy too so I bought quite a lot to keep…

In a tub

…and eat slowly with my rice – it sure helps to whet one’s appetite on days where there isn’t anything all that nice to eat in the house.

I’ve bought his kacang kuda

Kacang kuda

…before, RM2.00 a cup and yes, his would be extra fragrant because of the curry leaves added and so very nice and soft – that sure saves me a whole lot of trouble trying to cook it myself and waiting for hours for the chick peas to soften and the skin to fall off. I did buy quite a lot of that too that day as my girl enjoys it as well.

Well, if anyone is into these same things, Janggut’s stall (2.313955, 111.825111) is the first one along Jalan Jasmin, off Jalan Bandong, somewhere in front of SK Perbandaran Sibu No. 3, more or less facing the entrance of the Dewan MUC…and if you are having a problem trying to find a place to park your car when you go to the bazaar, you may be able to find a good spot here and it really isn’t very far to walk to where all the action is.