Breakfast, undeniably, is the most important meal time of the day. I guess, Malaysians are the luckiest people on earth because we are spoiled with varieties to choose from. We have roti canai, washed down with a thick, frothy glass of teh tarik, or nasi lemak, with extra sambal and a cup of dark, black coffee, steamed buns with numerous, yummy fillings, congee, tosei, chappati and not to forget, the humble bread and butter and a cup of tea. Malaysians, whose famous “How are you?” gesture which has simply been replaced with “Have you eaten?”, will definitely assure the growth of the already existing, very long list of wonderful, mouth-watering dishes. Even my lecturers during my varsity years agreed that Malaysians’ favourite pastime is makan.
Mentioning breakfast meals, they differ from one place to another. Nasi lemak and roti canai, being the most sought after breakfast dishes are common to all. However, the dish which I’ve decided to feature in this entry is commonly served for breakfast in the southern state of Johor. Just like satay, which many of us prefer to have during lunch or dinner. As for me, the dish called lontong is usually served during the the celebration of Eid-ul Fitr or Eid-ul Adha. Even my Mak, who is a Johorean herself, doesn’t serve this dish for breakfast. Perhaps, surrounded by Mallaccans, who are very loyal to their nasi lemak, has stopped her from doing so.
Lontong is actually slices of compressed, boiled rice in yellow vegetable gravy and topped with spicy sambal. I was ‘introduced’ to lontong as a breakfast dish by my mother-in-law. She purchases the dish from a stall on the first floor above the wet market in Section 14, PJ and according to her, the lady selling the lontong has been in business for a very long time. Judging from the long queue every time I go to purchase my share of the yummy creation, I can guarantee that first timers would come back for more. The same thing happened (and will continue to happen) to yours truly. Enjoy the photos and who knows, you might want to have it for breakfast, for a change. As for me, this lontong is certainly a valid reason to continue to be a loyal customer of the wet market in Section 14, PJ.
MY LONTONG WITH SAMBAL SOTONG AND BOILED EGG
A CLOSE UP VIEW AND YES, THE NASI LEMAK SOLD MY THE YOUNG MECHANIC ACROSS THE MARKET IN THE REAR VIEW – THE KIDS’ ALL TIME FAVOURITE