A Malaysian Blog about Food, Family and Friends – by Lyrical Lemongrass
With Chinese New Year coming up, we were stuffing ourselves silly with cookies. What better excuse to eat like gluttons than during the festive season? Incidentally, and this is totally unrelated to the topic for today, is it just me or do you guys also feel like the CNY atmosphere isn’t the same as before? I was at Midvalley today and last Saturday, and it just felt like something was missing. None of my neighbours have put up any CNY decorations (heck, mine are still stored in boxes from last year!) and the malls don’t seem as packed as in previous years. The only thing that didn’t change was our appetites.
Anyway, after eating a healthy dose of rich chinese food that didn’t do anything for the waistline, we knew that it was time for a change. Something simple. Somewhere accessible. Easy parking, preferably. Ecstatic Eeyore suggested eating rojak, and we thought it was a brilliant idea.
Tucked away behind the Agung’s palace at Jalan Bellamy is a stall selling mamak rojak. To the uninitiated, rojak by definition is a mixed salad. Mamak rojak contains fried fritters, cucumbers, sengkuang (turnip), hard boiled eggs and sliced cuttlefish. A spicy peanut sauce is then poured over the rojak. This dish is crunchy, savoury and sweet and is a meal by itself.
The stall is called Rojak Bellamy and is situated near the Alice Smith school. It is about 100m away from the famous ikan bakar (grilled fish) place, so you can’t miss it. “Follow the yellow brick road” comes to mind, except that this road isn’t yellow or made of bricks, nor does it lead to Oz!
The rojak that is served here has a wonderful peanut sauce that is rich, creamy and smooth. My only complaint would be that it ought to be a little more spicy. Then again, perhaps it is my fault that I didn’t request for more chilli. I also loved the taste of the cuttlefish (a generous portion, I must add) which blended in so well with the rest of the flavours that I was literally slurping up every last drop of the sauce. Pretty Pui and Bouncing Barbie will add that that’s nothing new as I am always drinking up any kind of liquid given to me. Hmmm. That didn’t come out right. Banish those evil thoughts now, y’all!
This place also serves mamak mee and mee rojak which are both apparently quite good too.
A normal portion of the rojak costs RM3.50.
Food, for me, is a means to an end and not an end in itself.
Food, for me, represents the love of family, the fellowship of friends, and the community and communality it brings.