Brunch B Sides (Self & Matt Mahaffey)

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One good thing about patronising shophouse restaurants and cafes is the fact that almost all have a second storey unit where air-conditioning and some privacy are available. We were looking for a place to have brunch before I head off to work and the rest of the family continue with their outing and found ourselves at Kandahar Street … yet again. For unknown reasons, this particular area seems to be attracting us these days.

We were at Rumah Makan Minang and upon seeing a crowd in front of the place, headed upstairs to see an unoccupied floor. There was definitely variety in terms of the type of dishes they offered and we wasted no time ordering our favourite ones. Frankly, I was more attracted to the urap (cooked mix vegetables with hot and spicy grated coconut) I saw a few of their staff preparing nearby. Really love that stuff and I can just eat that with rice alone.

The rest of the food was alright, though some tasted a wee bit saltish. Their tempeh goreng definitely needs improvement. Tempeh goreng that are not crunchy enough are not worth eating. Anyway, this place is surely better than Warung Nasi Pariaman, whose queue is bewildering for the crap that they churn out. Standard rule of thumb … if there are a lot of Chinese queueing in front of a Malay eatery, more than likely Malays themselves won’t like the food. Not enough spice. Not enough oomphhh.

The topic of conversation at the table was about how places like Warung Nasi Pariaman are doing brisk business yet serving mediocre food. An interesting information brought out was that some people claimed to have seen a djinn sitting on top of one famous nasi lemak stall in Changi (pelaris?) and how perhaps supernatural forces are lending a hand to these places; siphoning customers away from neighbouring stalls that ironically serve better food. For the record, I’ve never seen a djinn waiting at Warung Nasi Pariaman though I did see an Ah Pek there who looked like one.

There’s no denying that every eatery use some form of ‘attraction’ to help business. Some through religious means and others spiritually. I think I can live with the fact that I ate at a place where a djinn was sitting on top of the showcase, provided he didn’t let go a big one. What I can’t stomach would be eating at one where the owner’s underwear was used as an extra ingredient to enhance the taste of the food.


~ by blackcadillac73 on March 8, 2008.

2 Responses to “Brunch B Sides (Self & Matt Mahaffey)”

  1. There was a nasi ayam stall at Hill Street which used cleavage as a pelaris. Customers mostly turned to djins when they patronised the stall. 😉

  2. That pelaris works 100%, though places like Hooters can’t seem to differentiate between mountains and airport runways.

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