PASIR GUDANG: Preparing bubur lambuk is something new for Kelantanese Muhamad Syahir Halim as he has not been to events where the community gathers to cook the dish even in his hometown in Tumpat.
The first-year student at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Pasir Gudang branch campus, said he was excited to join the local community in making the must-have savoury dish for Ramadan.
This year is also the first time the 19-year-old is experiencing the fasting period away from his family as he had enrolled for the three-year Diploma in Logistic Industrial course on June 21.
“Personally, I’m not a fan of bubur lambuk but having it prepared from scratch with other volunteers, makes me want to try the dish and hopefully it will be to my liking,” he said.
Syahir was among 500 volunteers who took part in the bubur lambuk cooking session jointly organised by the Regency Specialist Hospital in Bandar Seri Alam and eight government agencies and non-governmental bodies including the Johor Media Club.
“Back home in Kelantan, bubur lambuk is not sold at Ramadan bazaars but here in Johor Baru you can see stalls selling the dish everywhere,” he said.
Syahir’s coursemate Zaqwan Zainudin, 18, from Kemaman, Terengganu said in his state bubur lambuk would only be prepared at mosques during Ramadan and was not sold at bazaars unlike down south.
“It is quite tedious to prepare the dish but with so many helping hands, it makes the job easier provided we follow the exact measurements of ingredients used,” he said.
Regency Specialist Hospital chief executive officer Chin Wei Jia said volunteers prepared 15 cauldrons of bubur lambuk from 9am to 3pm with 6,000 packets of the porridge distributed to several mosques and community centres here for the breaking of fast.
She said this was the fifth year the hospital, NGOs and agencies had organised the event. .