NIBONG TEBAL: Ramadan is the best time to visit Nibong Tebal for freshly boiled cockles.
“Boiled cockles have been well known here for the past 20 years, ” said shop owner Khairul Safuan Kamaruddin, 31.
“The best cockles come from Lembah Kerian, near the border with Perak, where I get my supply. Sometimes, I also get my supply from Sungai Petani.”
During Ramadan, he said they would get more variety.
“You can get the best cockles; all fresh and tasty. It’s fiesta time for cockle lovers, ” he said.
“The seafood is normally boiled to perfection and served with a palate-tingling secret family peanut sauce that keeps you wanting more, ” he said at his stall in Teluk Ipil.
Khairul runs Gerai Anak Utara with his wife Nor Famieza Mohamad Senawi, 30, and other members of his family.
“Among the shellfish that are my customers’ favourites are siput sudu, blood cockles, clams and lokan, ” he said.
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, he said his customers came from out-of-state places such as Kuala Lumpur and Johor.
“Last year, we were not able to do our business, so I am quite grateful that we can operate this year, albeit with strict standard operating procedure.
“Because of crowd control, business is not as good as in pre-pandemic days. But it has slowly picked up during Ramadan, ” he said, adding that his stall is open daily during Ramadan from 8.30pm to 1am.