Friday, 17 April 2009

This Sunday....

This Sunday, 19th April I will be on air again, Insyaallah. And I am hoping to talk to some people who know all there is to know about how Malaysian food has impacted the UK market.

One of them came to pursue his studies but his true vocation is in the kitchen. And it certainly proved to be the right thing to do.

When he was managing the Malaysia Hall Canteen, his koayteow goreng and mee bandong was legendary. Malaysians visitors would come back in droves for seconds. The locals became loyal customers and later close friends. The hospitality that he and his wife offer can be compared to none.

Long after their contract at the canteen ended, when it was still in Bryanston Square, people are still talking about his food. Any gatherings held at his house, you can be assured that there's standing room only. Come hari raya, even strangers make their way there after hearing the reputation and his skills in the kitchen.

Also, I am hoping to talk to another husband and wife team - old friends of ours too - who had made a success of their venture in restaurant food. They too started with Malaysia Hall canteen and then opened up one restaurant before the present Makan Cafe in Portobello.

These people are fine examples of people who work hard and make it in a foreign land.

Insyallah, traffic permitting, Sunday 19th April, if you want to join in, go to and click to listen live at about 1505 London time. This is The Sounds of Malaysia, community radio, thus the programme is full of advertisements.

Insyaallah, we will be on air on 92 FM.

So, wherever you are now, if you had passed through London in the late 90's and had visited Malaysia Hall canteen during its glorious days in Bryanston Square, you must have enjoyed the hospitality and delicious food from Azhar and Ani, and later Ton Din and Midah.

I am also looking forward to play some very old Malay classics from Tok Din's collections.

So, tune in, ya?
PS - we should be on air at 1505 London time and 10.05 pm in Malaysia. Insyaallah.


AuntyN said...

oo la la I am first!!

Salam ziarah Kak Teh.

I hope I would be hearing you on Sunday. Let me just mark my calendar and calculate the time OK.

Rindunya kat Kak Teh



Kak Teh said...

auntyN, memanglah you nombor satu sebab you mula dengan A!! hehehe! welcome back to the blogworld and mulakan celoteh you! You've been away for too long.

Kalau rindu dengarlah daku di angin lalu!

SkyJuice said...

Salam Kak Teh,

My semester has ended. Been busy with assignments and exams. Lama dah tak jengok sini. Hope you're well.

I do remember the Malaysia Hall Canteen. I was there for the first time from 1997 - 1999.

I'll try to remember to tune in this Sunday.


Kak Teh said...

SkyJuice, yes, you must have been busy sebab tak nampak pun.
If you were around here that time, you will recognise the names that I mentioned here. And their names and food are on everyone's lips for I thinkm if anything, they are the ones who put Malaysian food on the London map.

Bergen said...

Ma'am, with those things on the your ears. You look like a pilot of a helicopter that makes a trip from base to the offshore rig.

I'd ride that helicopter every day if you were the pilot. he he.

You have a nice day, ma'am.

Kak Teh said...

Bergen, funy that you shd mention that because some years ago, I did some voice work while in a helicopter hovering over the English countryside - I was playing the role of a helicopter pilot. and I had those things on my ears as well.

Take care Bergen. If you look at my earlier postings, i think we 've been writing about themes similar.
Al Fatehah to Aunt Su.

Bergen said...

The photo of the radio you got on the first time was good. This one is good too. Are you still searching for the right radio? That means, I gotta keep coming back.

Kak Teh said...

Bergen, I have this image of the old radio set that we used to have. Sitting around the set while listening to Kebun Pak Awang or Bangsawan di udara. But I cant seem to find it. May be it is just in my mind.

Bergen said...

The picture you have now could be one of the earliest advertisement for a transistor radio, because that one is too small to be the kinda radio you used to listen to Kebun Pak Awang. I remember the program but I don't remember Bangsawan. But I remember Fajr di Bumi Permata.

Kak Teh said...

Bergen, you must be a radio buff. I find myself being drawn back to radio these days and in my mind I have so many things that I want to do but most will remain in my dreams.

Pak Tuo said...

Salam Mum,

Do look forward.
My warmthest regards to the couple.I lupa namanya the wife but Mike the husband yes I do.Both of them are well remembered.
I busking kat Portobello dengan my mate Mat B dulu mum.
Tempat jauh lagi dikenang.

I stick an email as well mum.

Pak Tuo

Naz in Norway said...

Count me in! I'll be listening!
Thanks to Bergen, I now remember Fajar di Bumi Permata too. Oh! Nostalgia...

kay_leeda said...

Yeahh...Kak Teh will be on air!! Akan ku cuba dengar suara mu di angin lalu...

Count me in Kak, rindu nak dengar your sweet voice and I'm sure many others feel the same way too.

Wahh..ramai yang radio buff in here. I remember this one and only ole black transistor radio we had in the house. On Saturday mornings, I'd have it so close to my ears, dengar episodes from "No 5 Persiaran Satu". Tak ingat who were the voices behind the show. But Kak Yong Tengku Mariam & Chuari Selamat were my favourites.

Khaeruddin Sudharmin said...

this sunday, while u r at that, kite kat sini, kat simed arby convention centre ade dinner launching of yayasan arshad ayub by soltan sgor. i took a table. Bryanston Square oh Bryanston Square...u still there? hehe. catch up with you in june nanti, i am speaking at the 3rd intl takaful summit (june 29-july 2) jumeirah carlton tower, london.

Ida Hariati Hashim said...

Salam Kak Teh,

As we were enjoying our mee bandung in London, my hubby asked, "Sayang, org kat London yg kurang bahan memasak Malaysian food pun boleh masak sedap mcm ni, i wonder kenapa mee bandung u rasa lain?"..His words cut me really deep.

Good luck Kak Teh...:)

Kak Teh said...

Pak Tuo/Adam, Thank you and thanks for the song as well but I will play this song some other sunday because this week we will be listening to old maly classics. Tok Din has some gems.

Naz, thanks...but how come I missed Fajar di Bumi Permata? hmmmmm! I remember kebun pak awang and Bangsawan di udara because my mother loved them. It was like Listening with Mother time.

Kak Teh said...

Kay, thank you!! You ni ada time kaa nak dengar radio? But if you do tune in, I will be so happy. I teringat nama-nama seperti Constance Haslam, whom I met di Paris two years ago. then there's Valerie AlBakri - now a Datin and I meet her often when she comes downt o holiday in London. Ooohhhhhh....I wish I can listen to those old programme again.

Khae, you coming this June? Okay look forward to meeting up again. and my congratulations to Tan Sri. Have not seen him for sometime. Two years ago when I went back - caught glimpse of him at a hotel in KL - there was some function.

Kak Teh said...

Ida, that must be his mee bandong. anyway, re: your husband, at least dia kata sayang sebagai alas cakap, kalau tidak mungkin mangkuk mee bandong dah melayang-layang, hehe. You mestilah jawab, sayang (gritting your teeth) mee bandong I yang original...London punya tak ada kat bandong.

ray said...

Komen Pak Malim kucing ray yg alim.

Yooo Hooo! Gambar Kak Teh sangat anggun, kata Pak Malim sambil duduk atas unggun. Auw Ouch Auuuw. Tengokkan, asyik sangat tengok gambar Kak Teh yg anggun, Pak Malim tak sedar, terduduk atas unggun. Saya terpaksa pi horsepital, nak merawat ekor yg terbakar, kata Pak Malim sambil makan kuih bakar.

atiza said...

Salam KT..thot of dropping by in June to meet you but due small technical problem, my trip is cancelled..takpe la next time then..but will definitely tune in to you tomorrow..

I still remember the M'sian Hall's specialty..mee bandung ..nostalgic la..

The Ceramic Designer said...

assm hello kakteh..
off-topic sikit, can..??
i've been glancing at your profile views the past 2weeks and kept noticing that the number 29,000 (views) is always there not moving a click.. same with mine & some others too, not moving the past 2weeks.. anybody can shed some lights here..??

goodluck tomorrow..

Kak Teh said...

gambar pak malim pun sudah bertukar, perhati kak teh yang mencabut akar. Pak malim pun posing maut, kata kak teh sambil berenang dalam laut.

atiza, what a pity! maybe you can plan it for another day. or may be we meet in malaysia, no? Insyaallah.

Kak Teh said...

CD, oooh, i hadly looked at that profile counter. onlywhen you mentioned it i went to look. will look again in a couple of days to see whether it has changed. But i think only new readers or readers who had just stumbled on to new blogs look at the profile. The regulars do not. That will be reflected in the stat counters on the main page.

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tireless mom said...

Alamak kak Teh

I will be in the plane that time. Miss lagi. Hmmm sedapnya makan mee bandung in London.

Kak Teh said...

danial, you are flying off again? Never mind, i will be on air again the next week. Have a good time whereever you are heading to.

TM, aiyaaaa, not fair....Tak apa, there will always be some other time. Take care.

[danial][ma] said...

hej! Kak teh...arrrgghhh...i will fly high on the blue sky that time, so will miss yours...have a great sunday on air...;-)

Mia's Mom said...

Salam Kak Teh,

I remember us missing the M'sian food when by chance we found makan cafe at Portobello. It's like seeing paradise! And best of all, ada teh tarik lagi!!



seronok dengar kak ara on air again.
kalau nak lagu melayu lama2 karim boleh tolong.
kirim salam pada tok din dan midah.

salam drp karim and family

Kak Teh said...

Mia's Mom, coincindetaly, I interveiwed Art of makan and he mentioned teh tarek!!! so, do tune in - malaysian time - 10pm

KArim...dengar ya nanti Tok Din di studio, Insyaallah.- jam sepuluh lebih sikit di malaysia..
Karim banyak lagu lama? nanti balik kita jumpa.

Anonymous said...

salam kak teh,

it's about 8.00 pm PJ time and hindi songs at nusound. looking forward to listening to your segment.

Wan Nordin Wan Hussin said...

Where have I been Kak Teh? I don't remember tasting the mee bandung. But I definitely ate more than one plate of rice when we were at Malaysia Hall canteen in the late 1990s. I do remember KI paid tribute to Tok Din. The old songs he painstakingly copied for me mostly came from Tok Din's collection.

Yay Kak Teh is back on air. Will stay tune.

KG said...

Kak Teh,

Mungkin kalau my calling came earlier, I would hv been like the one who cooked brillaintly in Malysia only starting now, but still I'm happy..

Bila nak balik ni Kak Teh, I've tried a brilliant carrot cake recipe (i love carrot cake), nak bagi you rasa!


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Pak Tuo said...

Nice to hear your voice Kak Teh.I haven't had the oppurtunity to meet Pak Din and his better half.I think it was Kasbah and hubby Mike was the ori.owner of Makan Takeaway.I cant remember having a 10 pence meal at M'sia Hall but do remember the huge portion of 50 pence nice and curry and apple prepared by Pak Chik Aman.
Syed was still with Mara,before venturing into hotelier at Sussex Garden,Halim was still the night porter at M'sian Hall before venturing into his successful food catering when the kitchen was first privatised and later open up a Restuarant some way along Edgware Road.I do drop by during my last visit a while back.
Mummy Zahara of Satay House was buzy selling porceline rose Wechester flowers and the up thing those days.Including my mum brought back if I am not mistaken 3cartons full and distribute it among her sisters.It was an era where $2.70 to a pound then.Full loads of Malaysian in summer 1983/84.
No emaling and cheap sms'es,but only very rare telephone call.Letters and post cards was the only available means.I still do do have all the letters to mum during those years.Perhaps I will republish it in the blogs one fine day.
No such thing of music down load.I remember,we had a Raya gathering down at my flat at Dawson Place,I friend pun up an cassert of Ramli Sarip,'Kau yang Satu'.The whole room was stunt silence,and later one of my mate Che Mat,broke the silence with a few pearl drops on Hari Raya,shouted which stunt everbody in the room.
Yes,Kak Teh such was life then.Thus I could imagine the earlier generation of the earlier years,the generation of Arwah Uncle Majid,Pak Aman,and the sailors gang,Aunty Rok,mental agony.May Allah protect them.
Soory hijacj your space.I mean it well.
On the whole,is there any chanches you interview the Major Uncle whom serve with the RAF and went to England on bicycle from his home town some where in the 50's,I think?.He is a mentor.He is an inspiring figure.

Thanks Kak Teh

Pak Tuo

Anonymous said...

Oh noooo! Kak Teh. I missed this one. Was so ultra-busy over the last few days rushing around - didn't have the time to check emails, blogs etc till today. Is there a replay of the programme sometime this week? My father-in-law loved the old songs that you played the last time. If I were to tell him that I missed this one, he is sure to marah.

pugly said...

I feel like kicking myself when I just remembered about it this morning! Wasn't feeling well so went to bed early on Sunday heavily drugged with meds - & I totally missed it! Did anybody have a chance to record it somehow?

mekyam said...

alamak, missed it again, kt!

p.s. wordveri pun echo my kesalness. it says "explam".

Anonymous said...

hi kak zaharah.

hoepfully things are fine with you down there.
just want to let you know that i have got the date for the malaysian culture week in copenhagen. it will be from 10-15 august. it will be nice to hear from you and discussed about briging the dancer from london.
all the best, amir

atenah said...

nowadays i dont know whether i am coming or going. ingatkan kak teh nak ke udara this coming weekend, rupanya dah lepas pun. will try to catch you next time.

i wonder if we can make copies of the old book, you know the book abt the family, the dad went to teachers' college in kirkby. i think the book was one of the things that made me wanted to go abroad. which meant i had to study hard.

aparra, melompat2 komen saya ni, baru lepas minum ubat batok ni, lalok sikit

apa kabar yr book abt the old syair tu? kluar nnt, kak teh sign my copy na

baru teringat y i seldom leave comments here, i cant click anon, and the just write my name after the comments. malas nak typr username and password

MamaFaMi said...

Salam Kak Teh...
The way you described about the kesedapan kue tiau tu makes me drool la..

Kak Teh said...

Capt, kalau 8pm PJ time memang banyaklah lagi lagu Hindi yang dimainkan. We were not on air until two hours after that - mugnkin you dah tertidur..but I have downloaded or is it uploaded the programme for those interested.

GUiKP, i am indeed envious of Tok Din's collections but I have copied some. And do listen to some of the songs that I used on the programme.

Kak Teh said...

KG, carrot cake??? Oooh, dont tempt next holiday is not another few months time. Tak pa....nanti will let you know when I am there and i will demand the promise of profiteroles and carrot cake.

Karim, thanks for those links...dah visit pun...hai, tak jadi kerja laaaaa macam ni. Salam kepada Hawa dan anak-anak.

Kak Teh said...

Adam/Pak Tuo, yes, you remember a lot of people from yeteryears. Many have gone home. Pak Jaafar died and Kak Zaharah is back in penang but visits her children who are now runnign Satay House. Michael and Kasmaton are still around - they did very well in their cafe business before selling them off.

Major Uncle who served in the RAF??? I cant say I have met tell me more about him.

Andrea -- there' a few oldies and if you have the time listen to the radio that I have uploaded to the blog.

Kak Teh said...

pugs, I hope you are better now. I think there's something in the air - I wasnt well as well.

Mekyam, hehe - pls explam yourself why you missed my program!!! hahaha!

Kak Teh said...

Amir, am really hoping that we can go to Copenhagen soon. and I know it will be great!!

Atenah, adoiiiiii, takutlaaa nak jawab soklan mengenai buku-buku ni...Buku tiga lima ada laa ...boleh publish kut..hehe! Oh will email you about something and I am sure you will be interested.

Mama Fahmi, memang koayteow dia sedaaaaap sangat.