(within Restoran Ramai)
20100 Kuala Terengganu
(Coordinates: 5° 19' 53.50", 103° 8'
Meeting Abang Buyong and eating his 1Nasi
Padang often evokes memories of days gone by, and at times it will move me to
tears. Each time I come here time stands still, and I am transported back to
the days when my hair (when I still had it) was long and my jeans tattered.
rice, a miniature banquet of meats, fish, vegetables, and spicy sambal
(fiery-spicy condiment) eaten with plain white rice
|my time tunnel|
|it actually says "Istemewa"|
The aroma of his Nasi Padang dishes soothes
my soul; I leave after every meal feeling lighter. Alright then, enough with
the melodramatics and let’s get down to the business of eating.
|the aroma from these dishes...|
|... have magical qualities|
|come and try it for yourselves|
This time around Abang Buyong was nowhere
to be found as he was shorthanded and it was all hands on deck in his kitchen. Brendan
as usual had the Chicken Curry (Minang style) with his white rice; Cat opted
for the Fried Ikan Keli (Catfish) with her white rice while I had the Chilied
Ikan Kembung (Rastrelliger Mackerel, is that right?) with my white rice.
|Brendan's chicken curry with white rice|
|Cat's catfish (pun intended) with white rice|
|My mackerel with white rice|
|let's dig in!|
The verdict? Most Nasi Padang fare that we’ve
had were the fiery spicy variety, and this is where Abang Buyong comes up
trumps since his version is more soothing and mellow, a little easier on the mouth
and in the belly. Besides, along with a round of Coca Cola for Cat and Brendan and
Tamarind juice for sore-throated moi the total came to light-on-the wallet
RM25.00, well within the domain of the everyday food for the everyday person
(or in my case food to soothe the soul).
|looking good Abang Buyong!|
If you’re ever in Kuala Terengganu looking
for some Nasi Padang cuisine then head on over to Jalan Banggol and give Abang
Buyong a holler. And oh, we managed to catch up with him before we left the
restaurant. He looks jolly as ever, and pleased that we came to see him again.
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