Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rojak @ Sg. Abong

啰喏是马来西亚的特色小吃。你总是能够在马来西亚的各个城市看到属于啰喏的档子。对啰喏的刻板印象是许许多多本地水果配搭上花生碎,鱿鱼,豆腐卜,虾膏等酱料。我个人是没有很爱这种水果啰喏,因为总觉得水果加虾膏酱的味道是有点重有点甜。我是比较喜欢麻坡这一家标榜着素的啰喏.
何谓素啰喏?那就是啰喏里摒除了虾膏的成份。你可能会担心啰喏 若只单凭黑酱油的味道的话,它会否会变淡。那你不妨来尝看看麻坡Sg. Abong 住家式的素啰喏.
Rojak is one of the local delights in Malaysia. You could easily and simply find one Rojak stall in any parts of Malaysia. What’s the typical Rojak you can think of? Fruits with crushed peanuts, cuttlefish, bean curd puffs and shrimp paste? I don’t really like Rojak with fruits, well simply because I think fruits with shrimp paste tasted too sweet and it had a strong scent for me. I preferably like to go for Muar’s vegetarian Rojak.
You might wonder what means by vegetarian Rojak? It simpy means Rojak without shrimp paste. Don’t worry about the rojak without the particular sauce would be tasteless. Just give it a try for this Sg Abong’s Rojak.  
有时候,单看着老板切水果和搅拌rojak的过程也是一门艺术了
想必很多麻坡人都知道这里。而很多人都第一印象是:那不是要等很久?对啦,老板的生意,尤其是在周末下午时段时真的很好。首先,你会看到店外面有着一排沿着水沟而泊的车;再来你会看到34个人围着一个光头老板,耐心地等待外带的啰喏
这里的素啰喏里头有着黄梨(有些人称之为凤梨),黄瓜,豆薯(Google Translate 说的,我个人是叫它Mang Kwang),豆芽,蕹菜,花生碎,油条及豆腐卜。好吧,它还是混搭着一样水果,但是黄梨的酸甜足以调和酱料的甜。哦对了,你可以选择辣或者原味。你若是一个偏爱吃辣的人,那你可以和老板说:加辣。那老板就会在你的啰喏里额外加上小辣椒。我最最喜欢的啰喏组合是全部都要除了黄瓜和茫瓜,对不起,我就是一个对黄瓜say no 的人。别看这一盘好像很单调很无味,但当你吃下去满满淋上酱料的豆芽和蕹菜时,你会觉得很甜;当你吃下黄梨时,你会觉得微酸;当你吃到油条和豆噗时,它们就把刚刚那两种味道调和了。或许黄瓜和茫瓜也有一定的独特口感和味道,但我就不晓得啦,哈哈。
Most of the Muarians are probably aware of this Rojak place, and their first impression would be: oh my god, isn’t it need to wait very long? Yes, you need to be patient for the wait. The business is really good on Weekends’ afternoon and it is clearly shown by the long queue of car parking along the drain and also 3-4 customers surrounding a bald man, patiently waiting for their food.
There’re several items that you could be found from the Rojak, ie: Pineapple, cucumber, yam bean (Google translate called it so, I named it as Mang Kwang), bean sprout, water spinach, crushed peanuts, fried breadstick (aka yaw zha kuay) and also bean curd puffs. This vegetarian Rojak still comes with a single type of fruit: pineapple, but the sweet & sour of it is just nice to cover up the sweetness of the black soy sauce. Oh yes, you can definitely choose to eat it with its original taste or even with the spicy sauce. If you always crave for something spicy, then you could tell the boss : “Add chilli”. He will then add 1-2 chilli padi(S) in your Rojak portion. My favourite rojak combination will be “All in except cucumber and yam bean”, sorry guys, I just don’t like the cucumber taste. Do not have the perception that this Vege Rojak would be tasteless or even not savoury enough for you. Definitely no. When you eat the bean sprout and water spinach with the full amount of sauce, you will feel sweet; this sweetness will eventually covered up by your pineapple. All flavours will nicely balanced off by fried breadstick (aka yaw zha kuay) and bean curd puff. Isn’t that a perfect combination? Perhaps cucumber and yam bean could have brought their unique taste to the Rojak, but that I don’t know. You shall explore it then.
炸菜饼配上辣椒酱
如果你觉得单单吃啰喏很单调,而且你是比较喜欢同时间享受其他食物的话,你可以尝尝那里的炸菜饼或则炒猪肠粉。我是觉得这两者都较普及化,和一般我们吃到的大同小异。坦白说,吃完啰喏后是一定会口渴的,可能是因为吃了花生碎和黑酱油的关系。你有两个饮料的选项:仙草水或红豆冰。这两者都是你耳闻能详的,所以仙草水能稍微止渴,红豆冰能解凉,你选哪个呢?
炎热的午后,微风吹过的下午,如果你想在晚餐前找份小吃解馋,啰喏可以是你其中之一的选项。
If you love to look for varities and would get sick of just Rojak only, then you can order the fried veggie cutlets or fried rice flour rolls (zhu chang fen). Both items are pretty common at Muar and the taste do not deviate much from any other stalls. Nothing special on them. You will definitely thirsty after eating your Rojak and you have two solutions on your hand: Cincau or Ice Kacang. Both are very local and typical. You want Cincau to partially quench the thirst OR Ice Kacang to relieve the heat?
If you look for snacks to eat before dinner during a hot and sunny after, Rojak could be listed on your what-to-eat list then.

Vegetarian Rojak (Sg. Abong)

Closed: Every Wednesday

Operating hours: 11:30am-5:30pm

Contact number: 016-604 5978

Location: Jalan Sg. Abong (Residence) 
              *Opposite electrical tower

GPS Coordinates: 2.058778, 102.5875


Written by: LTL
Photograph by: STT

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