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The Famous Goreng Pisang (Fried Banana) of Janda Baik

Note: Video of Kedai Goreng Pisang Simpang Tiga, click on FOJB Videos @YouTube in ‘Useful Links’

Located in Simpang Tiga, Janda Baik…it’s called ‘Kedai Goreng Pisang Simpang Tiga” famous amongst locals and visitors – where their specialty local evening delicacies Goreng Pisang (fried banana) served here together with keropok lekor (fried fish crisp dipped with hot sour sauce), fried fish balls and keledek goreng with fresh sugar cane drinks and cool Cendol. It serves a Take Away concept but there’re a simple wooden table and plank chairs for those who wish to just have it there. Open normally from 3pm to 6pm. If you’re late, then it would all probably gone. We had to tell you here mate, it goes like hotcakes!

A Visit to Andak’s Place – a place with Character.

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If you are cruising or drive through Janda Baik i.e. along from Simpang Tiga towards the signboard “ILMU (Umno Training Center)” you might be able to easily spot a catchy cozy eating place with a maroon and yellow signage called “Andak’s Place” . It is situated not far from Simpang Tiga at the left hand side of the road. There is an ample premix parking space in front of this cozy local bamboo, ‘Rumbia’ tatch roof with selective  greeny rainforest species and plants premises.

Well, obviously we would never leave this opportunity to pop over. It was a Sunday afternoon with mild temperature and sunny spells –  and it would be nice to sample some local dishes. There are about 10 patrons when we got in and a welcome greetings.

Entering the premises, we observe that there’re about three different sections for you to freely choose from: the side-walk, the main and the area or seating near the gentle fountain. The cooling water sounds produced by this gentle fountain could probably serve as a therapy to many within this premises. At the backyard laid a lovely green close turfing carpet grass with chest height wooden plank hoardings, giving an airy breeze cross natural ventilation little patio-like design .

The rainforest species were planted serving part of the interior soul, act as a oxygen lung within the cafe in the heart of Malaysian rainforest. The interior decor were designed utilising mainly local materials resources where bamboo being constructed as ceiling layers and onto partial wall panelling stands with a solid timber structure, not to mentioned supported with dimm lighting that bring up the contrast in this very simple cozy humble place with river stone split level stair at the main entrance. While walking besides green grassy spacy turfing to wash our hands , we encountered a wooden shelf cabinet containing a vast varieties choices of books, magazines and journals for the patrons to have a browse and spend their time reading on here over a local coffee /tea and delicacies.

Well, FOJB team have a privileged to have Mr. Azuwar along – a frequent visitors to Janda Baik who had been traveled extensively globally along with his love and passion for food. So, he will be acting as our food analyst. We decided to sample Andak’s Place traditionally prepared local ‘cuisines like green’sambal’with onions(chili paste), Beef Rendang, spicy fried chicken, ‘Ulam’ fresh vegetables, salted eggs,  served with white rice and local ice tea.So, how’s the taste like? For the past years, me myself do not hold good reputation in food tasting. But in seeing Azuwar absorption in tasting the food;not to mentioned with  a mouthful additional plate of main dish ordered by him ;and 3 set of drinks (even though he had just taken late breakfast an hour before), I must say that it would be something positive from this gentleman who’re really has passion and love and appreciation on food. I don’t need to ask him though after seeing the reaction chemistry along his food sampling process.

As if you taken it from me (from the person who will even tell you that instant noodle taste nice and that’s explain why i  never got a chance of being a food taster/analyst);  the hot green sambal were real craze and i personally found all them yummy. Okay, okay, i know…its not the instant noodle kind of yummy…what i wanted to say here is  , this is real yummy. Well, like i said, you dont have to take it from me, just come and taste it yourself tho.

Whats sparkling to FOJB here at the same time – is the sound of gushing water from this gentle fountain, the breeze of Janda Baik itself, a flowy tune of  local traddtional music played in Andak’s Place. It’s all  seems to be marriage well – the clean cozy premises, the gentle fountain, the breeze, the food, the light local traditional music, the friendly local environment…what can we say, it’s merely a place with it’s own character.The place got character.

We feel honored to finally got an opportunity meeting with the owner, Mr.Andak (or locally know here as just ‘Andak’). Lean build, glassy, late 40s – he’s a warm chap with wealth of experience and knowledge whilst he has been done a lot of traveling to great number of  places during his young age.

Without realizing it, we had been spending almost nearly 3.5 hours here. Well, if you are here in Janda Baik, time seems unclocking. Mmm…time is not constant anyway.

Hunting for Fresh Goat Milk

FOJB members: All sudden we’re crawling for a fresh goat milk. There’re so many benefits on fresh goaty milk which could be found on the net, but more prominently ones relates to monosthetetic religion. So, we cruised along Janda Baik and walla! we found one spot called ” Everything Good” Farm. Catchy and cheeky name…and we hit in.

We were amazed by the plants and flowers and herbal/fruits trees in the massive courtyard…roses too. I haven’t see more than 46 years old  ‘rambutan’ tree before as well. There’re an elegant traditional Malay house that marriage harmonically with ‘makisa’ plants and airy cool area underneath had been designed as lounge  ‘hide-out’ area. In front of the long entrance timber staircase, placed a water filled big size clay pot use to wash our feet before entering the house. Hygienic innit?

Upon our puzzle amazement seeing the place, we heard a greet by a warm smiling Abdullah, the owner of this beautiful place. Local people addressed him as Pak Dolah. He’s wearing a white topi (round shape cap) with a long one grip length beard…zero mustache.  Our desire for fresh goat milks were intoxicated by puzzling beauty courtyard, the feel of peacfulness and tranquility that make you just want to hang on there absorbing them. We discover that Pak Dolah has passion on flowers and trees, despite his natural carpentry talent or DIY , thus he constructed another tiny little house within his courtyard with Sumbawa craftship. Of course, we ‘ve been asking a lot of things to Pak Dolah in relation to the place; he never tired entertain us. Fresh papaya which he just plugged within his courtyard served to us. Time seems passed so fast without realizin’ it and the plan to visit his goat farm that situated just across the stream within his courtyard have to be postponed to later visit as its getting darker.

I must say that this is not an ordinary farm. Its unique. It has character. It has different values. Its not a typical profit driven commercial goat farm. It has a touch. It has a soul.  Perhaps Abdullah do it for and with  different values and purpose. How’s thefresh  goat milk taste like? mmmmmbbbhhhekkkkkkk…. YUMMY !

From FJOB: Thank you for you kind hospitality… Cheers Pak Dolah !

Fresh Water Fish & Organic Food

chalet near fish pond

Pak Ali's fish farm

fresh water fish

FOJB (Friends of Janda Baik) : We came across one local fish farm over a rubber plantation area. Pak Ali, in his early 50s, built his fish pond behind his humble timber village house about 5 years ago. It was late afternoon and when when we reached there, Pak Ali was still busying netting fish in his pond.

“Assalamu’alaikum !(peace be upon you)” greet us to Pak Ali. Pak Ali in far distance replied ” Mu’alaikumsalam ! (peace be upon you too)”. He hurriedly came to greet us. His smile make us feel utmost comfortably welcome.

Pak Ali and his 15 y.o. son were netting their fish as the local buyer came over a while ago. There are 2 big ponds and we could see his son busy netting the fish in one of the pond with hefty fresh catch.

Pak Ali brought us around his pond. There’re also a large section besides his pond where he grew chilis and tropical fruits. A little chalet not far from the pond is where his eldest son stay when he came back home over the weekend.His eldest son runs a trading company base in a town about 1 hour drive from Janda Baik.

We can’t help ourself wondering how tasteful the fresh fish will be like and and asked Pak Ali if he could catch some for us. Pak Ali caught 3 different types of fresh water fish called ‘Jelawat’, ‘Talapia Merah’ and ‘Talapia Hitam’. 3 fish weight nearly 2 kg, but Pak Ali sell for the amount of 1.5kg. “Halal, I sell with this amount to you” Pak Ali said, while handling the fish to us. We replied ” Halal, we bought this amount from you”. This is a verbal selling-buying contract, and ‘Halal’ implies both parties are happy and agrees with the price and quality of items sold/bought witnesing before Al-Mighty Allah and that no claims shall be made in the Hereafter.

We drove back to FOJB hut Janda Baik and our local friend Abang Salleh offer to cook for us. Someone told us that he is a good cook. We cant wait. After offfering his Maghrib solat (pray) , he got down to his prep. Local herbs and ingredients were all readily available to be freshly plugged. Fish cut and washed, herbs mixed and grinded. Clay pots, wooden spoon, stone grinder. All set-up, rice cook. Fish merinade and fried. Chili paste done. By 45 mins, all ready.

We were amazed on how simple local food were prepared, a fresh organic healthy locally produce food. How does it taste? YUMMMMMMMY ! We must say that Abang Salleh is indeed a brilliant ‘chef’!

A bless of organic food.