Back in the mid-70s, Nasi Tat and Mee Tonggek was very famous in Alor Setar especially with the hostel guys.
I remember very well, on Saturdays when we were allowed to go for our weekly outing( especially when its early in the month) many of us will go in small groups) to Nasi Tad stall.
Nasi Tad was run by a fat guy whom we call Abang Tat.. Maybe his real name is Mokhtar but we never knew his real name.And we never asked him.Such a jovial person Abang Tat was. We he sees us hostel guys come along the small back lane making our way to his stall ,he will start with his thick Kedah dialect: "Mai...mai....Abang Tat bagi nasik special kat hangpa....".
Nasi Tat stall was situated near the taxi stand and his neighbour was a car workshop. Its in the backlane of Jalan Langgar( now its the ITTAR Alor Setar campus and former Hankyu Jaya).
Why is Nasi Tat so famous with Kolej students? First its the only place which serves delicous tasty Nasi Campur which is CHEAP. For a plate of white rice with sambal sotong , half peice of salted egg(telur masin) and vegetable plus a small bowl of nasi tambah it will cost about RM 1.40. The ais kosong will be free of charge.
Sometimes when have maybe a ringgit in our pocket. a plate of rice with sambal sotong gravy and half a piece of salted egg Abang Tat will only charge us 40 cents( and we will set aside 40 cents for a third class re-run Kung Fu film).
Another spot frequented by Kolej boys was the Mee Tonggek stall.Mee Tonggek was situated besides the Empire Cinema Hall(Panggung Empire,which was famous for Hindi films) and is run by 2 mamak(Indian Muslims).Their only recipe is Mee Goreng with Taugeh.Nothing else. Not chicken,no beef,no prawn. Just noodle and taugeh.
They will fry the Mee Tonggek in a big kuali with kilos of noodles and taugeh at a go. When served these fried mee will be topped with groundnut gravy(kuah kacang) like the one served with satay.
There will only be 3-4 stools at the stall. So whoever wants to eat a plate of Mee Tonggek will either have to stand while eating or one need to squat at the drain. Squating is mencangkung in Malay and not tonggek, but as it is its called Mee Tonggek.
Bussiness was good especially if there a box-office Hindi film in twn and because a plate of Mee Tonggek cost only tiga kupang( 30 cents) and sekupang( 10 cents) for a glass or air sirap.
Update: an extra info from mak ayang about Nasi Tat:
Are you referring to the Tat otherwise aka Tat Baghdad? If you are, then Tat's last business place was at one the stalls at Stadium Darulaman. Noticed the past tense? Yes, he passed away about 3-4 years ago..his wife carried on with the business until she too passed on a couple of years ago. Tat Baghdad was a not so-distant cousin of mine and ja anuar's. Al Fatihah. Betul lah kata2, manusia mati meninggalkan nama!
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2 years ago