Let me show you my dinner on a random weekday, a couple weeks ago…
I was planning to have duck rice at a food court somewhere near my place, but it was not open, so I went to Subaidah just around the corner. For those of you who do not know, Subaidah is a relatively famous mamak nasi kandar place with quite a few branches in Penang.
I was really feeling like some curry mutton, and I really was eyeing that tray of delicious meat intently. The attendant asked: “Boss, nak try Briyani? (Boss, wanna try Briyani?)”
When he said briyani, I thought it was just the rice. Like, you know how they sometimes do nasi tomato or nasi dalca. And I thought, why not?
So I said: “OK.” and waited for him to get the rice. I was really drooling over the mutton at that point of time.
But then he said to me: “OK boss, duduk dulu, duduk dulu. (OK boss, have a seat first, have a seat first.)”
Huh? Doesn’t he want me to order some dishes to go with the rice? What… what is going on here?
Utterly confused, I really went to duduk dulu… within moments, my briyani was served…
Turns out their briyani comes as a full set meal, complete with hard boiled egg and yogurt salad and curry gravy.
Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t think I have ever had briyani in a mamak establishment before. Is briyani by default, a set meal rather than just… “special of the day” rice? Have I just assumed way off the mark since I’m an idiot?
That chicken was… wow it was great! Tender and juicy and flavorful and (insert all sorts of wonderful words here).
The whole thing costed RM 10. I thought it was a pretty good price. 🙄