Friday July 27, 2012
Servicemen dish out specialities at camp
By RUBEN SARIO
KOTA KINABALU: City folk in search of buka puasa dishes from Kelantan, Johor, Penang and other parts of the peninsula will usually head to the Lok Kawi Ramadan bazaar near here.
Lok Kawi, located some 15km south of the city, is home to the army's Fifth Infantry Brigade, and come every fasting month, the servicemen and their families, who are from all over the country, offer specialities unique to their respective states.
A walk through the Ramadan bazaar located within the military base takes visitors past stalls selling specialities like nasi kerabu, nasi dagang, kuih lompat tikam, kuih akok and the season's favourite bubur lambuk.
Among those operating stalls at the Ramadan bazaar were L/Kpl Aiman Abdullah from Johor and 5th Brigade Signalman Azwan Kassim of Perak, who were offering their burger kampung.
Aiman and Azwan said their creation was a healthier option as it was packed with more vegetables namely carrots, cabbage, cucumber and tomatoes.
“Kampung folk like to eat vegetables and that is why we call ours burger kampung,” said Aiman, who along with Azwan, is at the Ramadan bazaar after work.
The Lok Kawi Ramadan bazaar is also an opportunity for ex-servicemen like Johar Ariffin (pic) to earn some money ahead of Hari Raya.
Johar, who sells grilled lamb chops, said the popularity of the meat is partly due to his special marinade that includes the aromatic herb oregano.