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!
|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 :)|
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 :)
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.
Kalau tuna is the culprit, tukar lauk ayam... tak ngam ek?
Tu lah Nizam, buat masa ni pelan-pelan pilih makan. Ayam makan juga sikit, ikan (selain tuna) pun makan juga.
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Terimakasih menjengok di sini. Insyaallah ada masa datang lagi :)
Beautiful pictures indeed. They look so fresh!
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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
So fresh you still can smell the salty sea water on their body.
Ini kes so near but yet so far lah ni Ayoh Wang. Nok buat guane stabok ame...
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 :)
In Ganu kite, without Aye there won't be any nasi dagang. Just like "lagu dan irama"
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...
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.
yummeehhh nasi dagang..!!
I 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!
Dah tak boleh makan lagi nasi dagang ni...saya pun ingat kena cakap macam mulan cakap juga lah..yumeeeeeh nasi dagang...!
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.
Don't deprive...replace tuna w something more 'edible'....ayam or labu or potato...:)
Salam. Good idea. In a time of deprivation and desperation, one can be very creative indeed.
Moga sahabat sihat hendaknya dengan izin~Nya...aamiin
Nasi 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...:)
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..:)
Huisshkk! Besar2nya ikan.. Tu ke ikan utk buat lauk ns dagang Dr? ..dan sgt fresh :)
Ikan aye @ ikan tongkol.
Ikan aye @ ikan tongkol.
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Kalau ambo gi Ganu...jangan bagi ambo makang ikan aye..
Ambo dok berahi..
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