Stuck at home with no food yesterday, I resorted to an old time-honoured dish during my younger student days. It is a staple food for many, many Malaysians in a hurry for a quick (cheap) meal. It is not very healthy, but the nutritional count can be ramped up by add ons. I am of course talking about instant noodles. It is not Sufi-food. It is a blazing dish and comfort food all at the same time. And this is how you do it right and proper...
|Serve with ice-cold water, because you are gonna need it to quench the flames|
you will imagine burning your tongue and lips. Other add-ons which alas, was not
available to me is fried shallots and one hard-boiled egg. Lovely.
My chef friend, Zulfikar serves a rather more thoughtful dish of lentil soup, which is considered the high-end of Sufi-esque cuisine. Based on the original recipe from the Naqshbandi dergah in Lefke, Cyprus, he has mofidied it a little to suit our Malaysian taste, which I suspect (because I have not tasted it yet!) to be more savoury. In this region of the world, we are big on flavour and spiciness, a by-product of being the crossroads between India and China.
Islam is a spiritual dish of subtle flavours and delicate nuances, which is the ingredient that makes up that complex creature known as Man. If you find yourself taking away fast-faith from the soulless establishment of McIslam (insular, one-flavour fit all, without much spice and frankly, bland), do yourself some good and stop eating that junk food.
Click Here for McIslam & Faux Faith, a little nugget fried earlier in this almanac.
Have a wonderful Monday, sunshine. And happy eatin'!
wa min Allah at-taufiq
Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way