Monday, August 29, 2011
Selamat Hari Raya Adilfitri
Celebrating Raya is not complete without some lemang (glutinous rice cooked in a bamboo tube), ketupat (compressed rice) and rendang. It is one of the best things I love about living in multiracial Malaysia since we get to enjoy the different culture's traditions.
Makeshift lemang and ketupat stalls are mushrooming around town along highways. The PJ residents can head towards the stretch on Taman Tun Dr Ismail on the way to 1 Utama. These stalls now start out after the petrol station until the shoulder to the turn off to the Taman Tun Dr Ismail town centre. Even Kg Sg Penchala has some makeshift stalls.
It is easy to spot these stalls...just follow the smoke. There'll be fires billowing everywhere make from wood and coconut husks to boil ketupat and grill the lemang.
The KL residents can head towards Keramat and Kampung Baru areas where loads of stalls sell a variety of these Raya goodies. My personal favourite is the Lemang Asli Warisan place deep in the heart of Keramat AU5. This tucked away stall trades out from a house and usually regulars only know how to visit here.
Pair off your lemang with a killer rendang (my favourite is still Perak's rendang tok) or serunding daging and it'll be a heavenly combination. A personal favourite is also the ketupat palas, that is wrapped with softer palm leaves versus the harder coconut leaf casing.
Selamat Hari Raya Adilfitri everyone. Maaf Zahir dan Batin. Enjoy the holidays. For more pictures, see my Flickr set.
Hopefully it puts you in the mood for the festivities including the open houses filled with lots of good food.