‘Bubur pedas’ is TYT Wan Junaidi and wife Fauziah’s favourite food to break fast

Wan Junaidi is seen purchasing 'bubur pedas' from a vendor as Fauziah and others look on at Satok Ramadan Bazaar on March 14, 2024.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, March 14: Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and his wife Toh Puan Fauziah Mohd Sanusi bought traditional Sarawak ‘bubur pedas’ (spicy mixed vegetable porridge) for iftar (breaking of fast) at the Satok Ramadan Bazaar here today.

Wan Junaidi said among the local dishes, Sarawak ‘bubur pedas’ is his favourite food for breaking fast during Ramadan.

“I bought a variety and chose mostly local dishes. For me, the favourites I bought include nasi tapai, bubur pedas and ‘sotong tutok’ (dried cuttlefish hammered or pressed into thin sheets) with a non-spicy sauce,” he said.

Wan Junaidi was responding to a reporter’s question about what he bought and what Sarawakian food he liked after the governor visit the Satok Ramadan Bazaar today.

He reminisced that the local ‘sotong tutok’, one of his favourite dried seafood, was very popular in the 80s and 90s.

“Some of you guys (reporters) might not have even been born yet when this dried cuttlefish was so popular and sold as street food in and around Kuching City.

“These vendors only used a hammer and the rolling machine (press) did not even exist,” he added.

Wan Junaidi disclosed that some of the famous vendors selling ‘sotong tutok’ in those days were located at Jalan Astana.

Fauziah when asked a similar question by a reporter also echoed the same answer as Wan Junaidi that her favourite food was also ‘bubur pedas’.

Earlier, Wan Junaidi also distributed ‘bubur pedas’ to members of the public before visiting the Satok Ramadan Bazaar and buying food from participating stalls.

Deputy Minister of Utility and Telecommunication Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi and Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) Mayor Hilmy Othman were also in attendance. — DayakDaily