Monday August 27, 2012
Rush for pigeon briyani rice
By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH
MUAR: Hundreds of villagers in Kampung Tengah near here rushed to a roadside stall in the village after they heard some groups were distributing nasi briyani burung merpati or pigeon briyani rice.
Many came early and waited for about one hour before the packs of rice were distributed by Maharani assemblyman Dr Mohamad Taslim.
Group leader Azman Kassim said he and several friends teamed up to cook nasi briyani gam but with pigeon, instead of beef or chicken.
“However, we do have some mutton with some of the packs as not everyone would want to eat pigeon meat.
“We cooked two big pots of nasi briyani gam and informed the villagers who wanted to taste pigeon meat to come,” he said at the stall recently.
Azman, 56 and a retired soldier, said the village was unique as it had many Umno and PAS supporters but they would join hands to do any gotong-royong work in the village.
He said the group ask Maharani assemblyman Dr Mohamad Taslim to help distribute the packs to the men and a Muar PAS woman leader Norhayati Bachok to the women folks.
Meanwhile, Dr Mohamad said it was rare for the Malays to eat pigeon and he was surprised to see many came and queued up to collect the packs of rice.
“However, some asked for packs with mutton as they have never eaten pigeon meat,” he added.