SINGAPORE: A food stall selling Kelantanese food in Toa Payoh here has managed to entice hundreds of customers even during weekdays with just three dishes – laksam, mee celup and colek malah.
The stall called Kelate.sg is run by Nurlisasqia Ahmad Dahuri (pic), popularly known as Sasqia Dahuri, a Malaysian actress and model from Pasir Mas, Kelantan.
A check at the stall after a week of its opening showed customers were queuing to taste these dishes, which originated from the 17th century state of Che Siti Wan Kembang, which is now part of Kelantan.“I have been craving for Kelantan food for some time. We tried all three and they turned out to be very tasty,” said Zafran Jani, who is from Johor but works here.
Zafran, who visited the stall with a Malaysian friend, hoped the owner would one day include his favourite Kelantan food “nasi kerabu”.
Salwani Abdullah, another customer raised in Kelantan, said the owner was able to maintain the authentic taste
“Satisfied. We can finally enjoy authentic Kelantan cuisine here. Not to mention (it was) my favourite actress who cooked it,” said the Singaporean.
Stall owner Sasqia, 35, has been here since the lockdown in March last year.
Sasqia said at first it was just to fill her time by making a “home-based delivery” of laksam during last year’s eight-week “circuit breaker”, a Singapore version of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“Up to a point I can’t do it alone when bookings for laksam, which I made based on my mother’s recipe, reached 300 to 400 a day,” said the actress, who is of mixed Thai-Malay blood. — Bernama