Post Sonamu abstinence

I am not going to say as much as I like to believe it, the fairy love affair with my childhood favorite  Nasi dagang has finally come to an end. It was a gastronomic lust with catastrophic consequences. The blame this time is not on the tropical storm or the legendary Keropok Losong but on the main ingredient of nasi dagang itself i.e. the sublime ikan aye, or ikan tongkol  as known by the non-endemic entity to this region, or tuna by the sandwich eating people  in the West. Having a second thought, I should have blame my wife…I mean myself for being so ignorance and blinded by my perversion to this local delicatessen.  It was a hard  reality that hit me like a huge atomic bomb, garnished with zillion of  Moruga Scorpions pepper. It seems this fleshy red meat fish has an optimum enough purine  level (a protein that breaks down into uric acid in our body) to trigger gout in me. It was the most memorable experience of an untold agony as it was also the longest. It had been a while since my last intimate rendezvous with this “rich man’s disease”. 
I would rather actually bath myself in a hot budu sauna rather than starving myself  from nasi dagang.  In Kay El (which is already in a menopause mode) I had no problem at all pacifying my appetite as good and  decent  nasi dagang is very elusive.  In ganukite  it is all a different story. With just a little effort and even  still donning  in a sarong I can just open my door and Nasi dagang is staring on my face right  on my doorsteps.  It is so abundance like indigenous mat rempits terrorizing the trunk road of Kampung Tok Beng and so irresistible like my wife’s bantal busuk.
To make the story line more exaggerate,  I’ve been craving for nasi dagang Ganukite since my hijrah 2 months ago. As fate would have it, the opportunity came for myself  to indulge in this delicacy during a majlis doa selamat a day before Christmas holiday last year. A three days bash and countless sinful indulgence then the first sign of pain started to develop in my left toe. The rest was history… at least until last week. I’ve learned the lesson well and perhaps 40 over years is more than enough for me to put a stop and finally to strip this menu from my diet.
Now something has just hit my mind. I’ve just realized another culprit to my post-hijrah malady is the abundance of street fishmongers along the coastal road of Ganukite. The scenic coastal road of Mengabang Telipot, Pengkalan Maras, Mengabang Telong, Batu Rakit, Tok Jembal etc.,  are very close to where I am residing now.  Those places are  a heaven for fresh sea produces from the South China Sea. Because, life is so sedated and easy in this corner of the planet, every other chance I would make a point to drive slowly and stroll with my luvly jubly wife  along these coastal roads. And because there are so many interesting pit stops of kedai nasi dagang, nasi kerabu, sata, otak-otak and  not to mention stalls that sell fishes, it becomes an obligation to me to stop, have a peek and buy some ikan aye for our  kitchen department. In Ganukite, ikan aye hitam is more sought after that ikan aye kurik.  Because the name itself (hitam)  it is believed to contain more purine than the kurik sister. Yes that is finally my scape goat – the beaches are so beautiful and so alluring so as I forgot my pantang. 
As this is the inaugural entry of 2013 and the first since my hijrah to the Keropoklekor land, it is not too late I think to say a Happy New Year to whoever that stumble upon this blog. It is a good time also to bid  farewell to my beloved Nasi dagang. Wishing all my friends a good life ahead, full of barokah…and watch your diet too!
The sight of this typical but authentic nasi dagang, nicely wrap in banana leaf can cause me to salivate for days. It is not love at first sigh, but this sporadic feeling if left unattended can lead to brain hernia and mental disillusion for years to come. Mengidam tak sudah.
Driving slowly along the coastal road, almost every Friday and Saturday morning for some fresh air is one blissful family activity. On that fateful day, I bought this ikan aye and suddenly my life had a purpose. This fish had no photogenic appeal to me  at first, until some alien-looking creatures poking mysteriously from its mouth.  
 For the first time  and probably never being recorded in any Ganukite Scientific community, I saw a Tuna regurgitated another fishes from its mouth. Probably the Tuna too felt very sick from constant  promises by politicians close to General election.  My mother told me the fishes that regurgitated by that auspicious ikan aye could be an answer to some common illnesses too.  I just couldn’t remember what those illnesses areAfter some meticulous and delicate 2 minute surgery on the  ikang aye by my significant half, the two mysterious creatures turned out to be a medium size anchovy and another small  fish of which I could not make out her identity.   

This nondescript meeting place  for  local  fishmongers and other seafarers along the main scenic coastal road of Pengkalan Maras  is buzzing with activities close to mid day. A place like this is a good place to get fresh produces from the South China Sea. A pakcik with a sarong really blend well with the setting and made the scene.

Sea produces in many forms and varieties make it very hard to choose from. I thought I’d known most of the fishes in Ganukite as they become my staple food for ages. In one of the visits, I ‘ve been introduced to ikan haruan tasik – a fish that resembles ikan tenggiri in the flesh department (I think). When asked, the fishmonger told me that ikan is very popular for asam masak pedas.
Another  fish that add into my vocabulary. Can you notice ikan air bag among the ikangs? 
The trip to traditional fishmongers also excited and fascinated my youngest son. “Hebat mata dia...”  his remark on the beautiful eyes made the  fishmonger makcik smile. His impromptu and genuine remark had  saved me some RM as well 🙂


28 Responses to “Post Sonamu abstinence”

  1. Admittedly, I so thoroughly enjoyed your writing. At first I thought, 'Hmm… panjangnya entry doc ni'. Last2 I read every single word :).Bila teringin I said to myself, 'Sudah2 lah tu, bukan tak pernah makan' dan diikuti dgn Istighfar. That seemed to work quite wonderfully for me 🙂

  2. Syed,My hand was so itchy after leaving this blog idle for quite some times. So please pardon me tuan syed.Your tip seems very practical. I will try it. thanks.

  3. Kalau tuna is the culprit, tukar lauk ayam… tak ngam ek?

  4. Nizam,Tu lah Nizam, buat masa ni pelan-pelan pilih makan. Ayam makan juga sikit, ikan (selain tuna) pun makan juga.

  5. salam kenal & follow sini

  6. Kamsiah,Terimakasih menjengok di sini. Insyaallah ada masa datang lagi 🙂

  7. Beautiful pictures indeed. They look so fresh!

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  9. Argh the authentic nasi dagang.. memang mengidam tak sudah kau sengaja tak beli dan makan…I loved that part where the tuna felt very sick from constant promises by politicians close to general election.. a splendid and an awesome observation

  10. Faisal Admar,So fresh you still can smell the salty sea water on their body.Wan Sharif,Ini kes so near but yet so far lah ni Ayoh Wang. Nok buat guane stabok ame…

  11. Wow! So this Ikan Aye I bet will be part of the Nasi Dagang ingredient? The smaller fish came out from the big fish is pretty scary 🙂

  12. Faisal Admar,In Ganu kite, without Aye there won't be any nasi dagang. Just like "lagu dan irama"

  13. Salam Doc,For those of us who have felt the pain of gout (the rich man's illness), memang takyah cakap lah sakit dia camne…As if by coincidence, my latest blood test came in yesterday… and that nasty uric acid is still in the danger level. Aduh…So you've permanently moved to turtle-land? Can enjoy the fresh seafood everyday…

  14. Salam olstock,This time around the pain and the length of misery was quite unprecedented. It is quite irony as well, fresh sea food in abundance but I have to be choosy in my diet.I think we have to celebrate our gout club brotherhood. My blodd test showed the UA was just above the threshold level. I am about to start my diet on allopurinol soon. Just cherish our life sir!So indeed the kerokoklekor land welcome me with something very unexpected after all.

  15. yummeehhh nasi dagang..!!

  16. Assalam DrSamI was just wondering whether the purine level of that very lazat chiken of the sea is associated with the pollution level of the sea itself.Since you are already back in your very own ganukite, constantly being mesmerized now by the lovely waves of the China Sea and blissfully surrounded by the scenic Mengabangs, Pengkalans, Batus and Toks, I believe, life is just beautiful. Life might be more beautiful if you could still retain some of the sweet memories of menapaused Kay El, including may be, the lovely chirping birds and the serenading sound of the bamboo leaves within the FRIM garden…. Oh, yes, by now you might want to really bertaubat from taking those "tong calls" (kata ustaz, yang merosakkan kita itu walau asalnya halal boleh jadi haram) and bid farewell to that (alahai sedapnya!) nasi dagang. Surely you are not a dagang or berdagang anymore that you still need to to associate yourself with nasi dagang…. or nasib dagang. Have a great day, DrSam!

  17. mulan,Dah tak boleh makan lagi nasi dagang ni…saya pun ingat kena cakap macam mulan cakap juga lah..yumeeeeeh nasi dagang…!Temuk,Waalaikumussalam Temuk. Ha…ha…your comment really ease the pain on my toe. Your hypotheses sounds very convincing and need further scientific exploration to prove it. But is may have some credential in it, as I am writing this the beaches of the Gongs, Ketapang, Mengabangs, Batus, Toks dan seangkatan dengannya is laced and smeared with dark oily pollutant of unknown origin. Mmmm….I think taubat is a bit harsh for me. Perhaps insaf is more appropriate (susah betul nak terima hakikat ni ye 🙂 I wish there is still some hope at the end of the tunnel. But as you said, pain is nothing when I can spent my time mesmerized by the charm of the sea. Thanks again Temuk for your lovely two-cents.

  18. Salam doc, Don't deprive…replace tuna w something more 'edible'….ayam or labu or potato…:)

  19. makcikkantin,Salam. Good idea. In a time of deprivation and desperation, one can be very creative indeed.

  20. Assalamualaikum sahabat..Moga sahabat sihat hendaknya dengan izin~Nya…aamiinNasi dagang memang kegemaran saya cumanya kat sini susah nak jumpa orang menjualnya. Dan ikan tongkol pun saya gemar. Bila ke pasar jer, mesti beli tapi tetap menjaga tak makan setiap hari…:)

  21. Abd Razak,Waalaikumussalam sahabat,Insyaalah semoga kita semua sentiasa diberi keafiatan semoga dengan keafiatan itu lebih mendorong kita menjadi insan yang lebih abid. Amin.Kalau nak rasa yang original kena datang ke tempat asalnya sahabat..:)

  22. Huisshkk! Besar2nya ikan.. Tu ke ikan utk buat lauk ns dagang Dr? ..dan sgt fresh 🙂

  23. TnyIkan aye @ ikan tongkol.

  24. TnyIkan aye @ ikan tongkol.

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  26. Kalau ambo gi Ganu…jangan bagi ambo makang ikan aye….Ambo dok berahi…..hooooohohohoho..

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