JOHOR BARU: The familiar bubur lambuk available at the Bandar Baru Uda mosque for the past 15 years is what retiree Jaafar Matrus looks forward to every Ramadan.
The 73-year-old said he never failed to get hold of the bubur lambuk, which is a type of savoury porridge cooked with minced meat, chicken, vegetables and spices, from Bandar Baru Uda mosque to break fast every year.
“I have tried the same porridge from other places but there’s nothing like the unique flavour of the bubur lambuk from this mosque,” he said.
Assistant administrative officer Izadin Ismail, 48, also found the mosque’s bubur lambuk delicious as it was different than those found in Ramadan bazaars.
“I even tried the bubur lambuk from other mosques in Wadi Hassan and Kampung Melayu Majidee but I always come back to Bandar Baru Uda for it,” said the father of four.
The mosque has been dishing up servings of bubur lambuk every fasting month to the residents in the housing estate for over 37 years.
Volunteer cook Isa Mahbob, 71, said that the bubur lambuk was so popular that the packets of porridge were usually snapped up within 15 minutes.
“Everyday during the fasting month, we cook up cauldrons of bubur lambuk to feed about over 1,500 people in the area as well as to passers-by.
“It takes about three hours to cook the porridge and another couple of hours to pack it and get everything ready but it usually “disappears” very quickly once we set up our distribution booth at the mosque,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bandar Baru Uda mosque president Suliman Sujak, 73, said the tradition started in 1978, where the porridge is cooked in only two cauldrons and had now increased to 65kg of rice cooked in five cauldrons.
“It is our way of showing goodwill to our fasting friends and to foster closer relations between one another,” he said.