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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.