Friday July 27, 2012
Porridge lady still going strong
By NICHOLAS CHENG
KUALA LUMPUR: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in the month of Ramadan is a hive of activity with vendors and salesmen flashing the latest gadgets and gimmicks to attract business.
Amid the hustle and bustle, a tiny woman pulls her two carts loaded with food.
Aminah Aneng, 59, has been running her business along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman for 22 years, selling a variety of porridges, sambal and meat out of her carts.
“I had a store in Keramat during the 1980s but hard times forced me to close, so I went mobile,” said the single mother of four.
Aminah said she sells different types of porridges like bubur lambuk, bubur kacang, bubur jagung and bubur pengat for RM5. Her signature egg, fish or prawn sambal, on the other hand, goes for RM7.
She claims to serve over 150 people and sells all her food by sunset.
During Ramadan, Aminah sells double the number of food packages over other months.
Despite her grown children begging her to stop hawking as they worry for her health and safety, Aminah said she would continue to sell as long as she can.
“This isn't really for business any more. I'm doing this because I like it,” said Aminah.