Saturday, March 24, 2007

Nasi Minyak - Kuantan

I was travelling from Kuantan to Gambang, one early morning . Hungry and lack of sleep I was determined to begin the day with something nice to taste. After leaving Kuantan town and drove on for about 10 minutes, just before we reached the East Coast Highway.... I turned off. Saw this little shop here with lots of people eating. Many people means good food. So we decided to pull over and investigate.

So we went into the shop, and it sold only Nasi Minyak. According to Gretchen's Cookbook , Nasi Minyak is Malaysia's Festive Rice... never knew that, neither have I tasted Nasi Minyak before. Oh well, been to a few Kenduris, but I don't believe I have tried Nasi Minyak in a shop before. The stall was clean, no flies around the food, I signalled my colleague, lets try this.

So when we ordered I had curry chicken to put on my Nasi Minyak. Obviously the other choices are Beef Rendang, Fried Chicken and also Mutton if I remembered correctly. The rice was abit unsual , as it had acar timun like briyani gam, but the rice was different. Instead of the usual heavily spiced rice , you have plain rice with red colored rice ( sweetened abit ). And to top it up, it had Mata Kerbau.

Cheap, RM3.50 for that plate and I also ordered my Kopi Campuran Radix for Rm2. I definitely hope to come back here again to try out some of the other dishes they serve there. Its nice, and I wonder why Nasi Minyak has gotten the stigma that it is specially done only for festivities, weddings, etc.

That restaurant has something going for them, and I hope they decide to open a branch here in KL, I am sure they will become a big hit over here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Pakej Gerenti Lulus

Following the previous post regarding super driving schools that offer Pakej Gerenti Lulus, here is a story i found on the internet.

Edisi KL: Lulus asal beri JPJ duit kopi

KUALA LUMPUR: “Biasanya kalau kita bagi ‘duit kopi’ kepada pegawai Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ), semua calon yang menduduki ujian (memandu) akan lulus,” kata seorang petugas wanita sebuah sekolah memandu di sini, semalam.

Petugas terbabit yang berumur lingkungan 30-an mengulas pemberian ‘lesen gerenti lulus’ L (latihan) kepada calon sekolah memandu walaupun gagal dalam ujian dijalankan JPJ.

Bagaimanapun, menurutnya, lesen gerenti lulus L kebanyakannya hanya diberikan kepada sekolah memandu besar yang sudah punya nama dan mempunyai hubungan lebih akrab dengan segelintir pegawai JPJ.

“Kegiatan menawarkan lesen L ekspres ini bertujuan menarik minat orang ramai untuk belajar memandu di sekolah yang menawarkan khidmat itu berikutan persaingan yang tinggi di kalangan pengusaha sekolah memandu.

“Bagaimanapun, lesen L ekspres itu hanya ditawarkan kepada pemegang lesen ‘P’ atau lesen penuh yang pernah memiliki lesen L sebelum membuat permohonan bagi lesen tambahan,” katanya.

Persaingan merebut pelanggan antara sekolah memandu itu juga menyebabkan ada pengusaha mendakwa sekolah memandu tertentu turut menawarkan lesen gerenti lulus iaitu calon yang dijamin mendapat lesen walaupun gagal ketika ujian dikendalikan JPJ.

Untuk mendapat kepastian berkaitan kewujudan penyelewengan lesen lesen gerenti lulus L dan lesen penuh, wartawan Harian Metro membuat pembongkaran selepas menyamar sebagai calon memandu yang terdesak mendapatkan lesen.

Dua daripada kawasan yang menjadi tumpuan pembongkaran aktiviti sekolah memandu itu di sekitar Brickfields dan Ampang yang juga cawangan kepada sekolah memandu popular.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Driving Academy - Learn to Drive in the Real World !!

It was one Friday night, after BC class in Uptown, we crossed the road to our cars before we decided what we wanted to eat. Then as we crossed the road, something caught our eye !! One Red SLK (small little kancil) was parked in the middle of the road, blocking traffic and all.

One can only assume that this car belonged to a driving instructor, who teaches people how to drive, and of course they also teach undang undang jalan raya, and to teach their students to abide by traffic laws, right ?

So, that car belonged to Metro Driving Academy !!!! I hope none of my friends learnt how to drive from this school. Even if so, I am sure your lesen is Kopi O punya...