KUALA TERENGGANU: The unique smoked venison cooked with coconut milk and turmeric is among the delectable fare attracting visitors to the Ramadan bazaar at Wisma Persekutuan.
The exotic dish, sold in 250g packets at RM10 each, is found to be delicious and cheap.
It’s among the 20 buka puasa food sold by Koperasi Usahawan Groom Big Terengganu Bhd (Kuganu) throughout Ramadan this year.
Its chairman Hawa Abd Rahman said Kuganu’s 70 members were taking turns selling different types of food to help the business cooperative make money.
“Negri Sembilan’s daging rusa salai masak lemak cili api (smoked venison cooked with coconut milk and chilli padi) is among the draws. Most visitors are excited by it because it hasn’t been spotted in any Ramadan bazaar in Terengganu so far,” she told Bernama.
Even more special is the fact that the venison comes from deer raised by a Kuganu member, who owns the Quinara Al Safir Resort in Gong Badak where some 20 deer are being raised at a facility in the rear.
A chef at the resort, Faizuddin Yusof, said the meat yield from a medium-sized deer is 26kg to 30kg, while the bones weigh 15kg to 20kg.
“Deer from the resort are slaughtered at the Veterinary Services Department with the smoking process taking six hours.
“This is the first time I’m cooking smoked venison in this style for Kuganu at the Ramadan bazaar. We’re not selling it in large quantities to make it exclusive and in demand,” he said.
Haslina Rusli, 39, said she had been craving venison while pregnant with her third child and was thrilled when a friend told her it was available at the Ramadan bazaar.
“I never knew venison could be found in Terengganu because as far as I know, it is only found in Kuantan or Cherating in Pahang.
“Alhamdulillah, it’s my good fortune to be able to enjoy it now,” she added.
Nur Halima Sidik, 23, said she was delighted to discover daging rusa salai masak lemak cili api was sold at the bazaar at a reasonable price.
“I’m not from Negri Sembilan but studied at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in Nilai. So I’ve had a taste of it and really miss it. When a friend told me it was available here, I ordered it straight away for breaking of fast today.
“So a longing has been fulfilled to enjoy a favourite food of a people who practise the adat perpatih,” she said, referring to the unique customary laws of Negri Sembilan.