Sorry for the lack of updates. These past few weeks have been really exhausting for me.
We spent the first week of Raya at hubby’s kampung in Alor Setar this year. The journey to Alor Setar was smooth – took only about 4.5 hours. But balik KL was the total opposite. We were on the road for 11 hours, can you imagine? I think that’s the longest car journey I’ve ever experienced! But the girls weren’t cranky, thank God. They were super hyper for the first few hours (which is totally normal) and later slept throughout the rest of the journey. But other than the bad traffic, we actually enjoyed our little trip up North! Sambil beraya, sambil pergi jalan-jalan cari makan.
Of course my husband is the most excited one, and it’s mainly because of the food. He has a list of his “must makan food” when in Kedah. Nasi lemak Royale, mee Abu, nasi tomato Pak Ein, Jo cendul pulut, pasemboq, apa entah lagi. But the top of his list is nasi lemak Ali.
He had been raving about nasi lemak Ali even before we were married, telling me how out-of-this world that nasi lemak is, how there’s always a loooong queue and something about the kuah that makes it different than any other nasi lemak, blablabla. I just rolled my eyes. Haha. I mean, how different can kuah nasi lemak be? It’s either sambal sotong, sambal telur, sambal ikan bilis, sambal kerang or even rendang.
The first time he brought me to eat nasi lemak Ali was 5 years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child. I didn’t admit this but I was a little excited to finally get to taste this “famous” nasi lemak.
I remember how puzzled I was when the nasi lemak arrived. The rice was yellow like nasi minyak, with some sort of kuah kari… macam kuah nasi kandar. Didn’t look like nasi lemak at all.
“Dudeeee this is not nasi lemakkk!”.
“Yes it is. This is how nasi lemak in Kedah looks like. Cuba try”.
“But there’s no sambal”.
I did. I didn’t quite like it at that time and didn’t get why it’s called nasi lemak (I still don’t get it till now). The rice is not even cooked with santan!
But now I’m starting to like it. Even tho there’s no sambal, the gravy is spicy. I actually ate 5 bungus nasi lemak Ali/Royale sepanjang di Alor Setar recently, believe it or not! 😛
The only thing I haven’t eaten this Raya is lemang. God I miss my late grandma’s homemade lemang.
Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying your Raya with your loved ones (and your favorite Raya food)! Lepas Raya, kita diet ok! 😀