By Dania Errissya Ismaili
KUCHING: A total of 400 packs of bubur lambuk (savoury porridge) were distributed to the public by members of the Community Aid Club Serapi Hotel, Jalan Kulas here in conjunction with the month of Ramadan.
The ‘Ihya Ramadan’ programme will continue to serve the public despite the conditional movement control order (CMCO) and everyone throughout the city is invited to get their hands on the mouth-watering delicacy for free.
Club president Mahidi Bohan said the programme will take place until the end of Ramadan.
“We started this programme with only 200 packs of porridge on the fourth day of fasting. However, the request was very high so we increased the number to 400 packs a day.
“In terms of distribution, it will be conducted in front of the hotel from 4pm every day on a drive-thru basis to avoid mass gathering,” Mahidi said.
On the preparation, Executive Chef Fardzren Azizuddin said he began preparing the ingredients in the afternoon and required approximately four hours to complete the cooking process.
“The secret of the toothsomeness of the porridge is its preparation using various spices parched in their own method with fresh ingredients then cooked together in a pot before being sprinkled with sliced soup leaves and fried onions,” he said.
It usually has a variety of ingredients such as rice, beef, coconut milk and selected vegetables and spices.
This dish has become popular among Malaysians due to the efforts involved in making the porridge, with its creamy and rich texture.
“This delicacy symbolises the true spirit of Ramadan, which is the spirit of giving,” Fardzren added.