Saturday, September 19, 2009

19th September 2009, Saturday – Aidilfitri is a time of celebration. A celebration of our success fasting in the month of Ramadan. During Aidilfitri celebration, food is one of the top of the list items….Simply because you must have foods to serve your guests.

The following is the list of famous food that I usually find on the menu of the houses I had visited in the previous years:

• Soto (soup plus noodle) (*Available at my wife’s grandparent almost every year)
• Sate & ketupat
• Sate goreng
• Kek tapak kuda (a horse-shoe shape cake filled with Nutella)
• Kacang senyum a.k.a pistachio nut
• Gajus a.k.a cashew nut with serunding

Where is the baulu, ardam, cincin, madu kasirat, selurut, …..? How about kek lapis and biscuits? “macam kurang demand” (less people eat these).

And...during this year International Halal Products Expo 2009, Royal Brunei Catering does produce and promote Syawal Mooncake. I think this year Chinese Moon Festival is in Syawal. I am looking forward to see the moon cakes are served during this Syawal.

Let’s see what are on the menu this year…..and what are the people favourites.

I am wondering if somebody will serve burger (ready-made or homemade) during this coming festival especially during their Jamuan Aidilfitri (which is commonly known Hari Raya Open House).

I prefer what people called “Hari Raya Open House” as “Jamuan Aidilfitri” or “Jamuan Raya” because the house is already “opened” to “anyone” during this Syawal (especially in the first week of Syawal). Moreover, you have to invite your families and friends during so-called “Hari Raya Open House”.

Jamuan Aidilfitri is a special time allocated to families and friends to come and have some foods. In other words, this is the time that you are available at home and available to treat your families and friends with your special Aidilfitri menu.

(Photo: Abdul Rashid Haji Tahir. Taken on 17th September 2009, Thursday)

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