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By Nurul Syazwani Aziz
KANGAR, April 15 -- After several attempts with various rice porridge recipes Abdul Karim Mat Rejab, 73, finally came up with bubur lambuk KOMPAS, a dish specially crafted to suit local taste buds.
Pak Karim, as he is fondly known among locals here said, he began experimenting to get the perfect rice porridge blend since 1990.
"It's not easy to come up with the correct measurement of ingredients to produce a really delicious babur lambuk dish. Before this I have tried using ikan parang, chicken and shrimps as the main ingredients but they were not popular among the people here," he told Bernama when met at PAS Complex, here today.
The military retiree said he finally stumbled upon the perfect and tasty bubur lambuk recipe when he started adding in a mixture of beef and beef bones as the main ingredients.
He said the other ingredients that are needed for the special dish are red onions, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, kurma spice mix, star anise, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, cumin, pandan leaves and condensed milk.
"Alhamdulillah, bubur lambuk KOMPAS is now popular among residents here," said the Perlis PAS deputy commissioner adding that the porridge would usually be packed at 1pm to be distributed after zohor prayers at about 2pm.
“Bubur lambuk has always been special to me because my mother used to prepare rice porridge for us every Ramadan.
"Those days in the 1950s, there was no bubur lambuk in Perlis. We only had the normal rice porridge cooked with fresh prawns and black pepper," he said.
The father of five added that as he was so fond of rice porridge, he started trying various recipes to create one with a delectable taste and is well-accepted.
"Every day we prepare two pots of bubur lambuk KOMPAS to be distributed free to 900 residents around Kangar and the nearby areas," he said.