EVERY Ramadan for the past 18 years, caterer Rosmi Husain will suspend his catering operations for the whole of the fasting month to ply his trade at the Masjid Umar Ibnu Al-Khattab bazaar in Bayan Baru, Penang.
He sells Nasi Briyani Original as well as a variety of kampung-style dishes such as gulai ikan, ayam masak merah and daging masak kicap. The fact that more than 150 customers throng his stall daily shows that his dishes are a hit.
One of his custo-mers, Mohamed Mus-tafa Mohamed said his curiosity in the number of visitors who crowded the stall drove him to try out D’kashmiry’s offerings.
“After tasting the rice and dishes, I can understand why there is such a demand for the stall’s food,” said the 45-year-old who bought food from the stall for his family to break fast for the second consecutive day.
According to Rosmi, the tastiness of the dishes came from the spices used in the preparation.
“I bought the spices from the local stalls on Chulia Street which I then mixed myself. I name my stall and catering company, D’kashmiry, as the spices come from Kashmir.”
He added that his catering operation must cease temporarily in order to meet the demand from the Ramadan bazaar visitors.
“For the whole of this month, my 10 workers and I will get up as early as 6am to start the preparations for almost 40 dishes that we will sell later in the evening.”
When asked of his future plans, the father of five said he intends to add a ‘live cooking’ counter selling a variety of hot dishes such as fried rice at his stall for the next Ramadan.