My First Ramadhan Overseas

As far as I remember, I have always spent the month of Ramadhan in Singapore. When I was much younger, I usually would make a trip to the Mosque to get the porridge made by the staff working there. The porridge is amongst the most delicious food I have eaten in my life. It is a simple porridge, sometimes with some meat pieces added on to them.

I had the blessing to spend the first 2 days of breaking fast at home in Singapore. The first with mom and dad and on the second day with mom. The rest so far has been in Indonesia. I am currently keeping my morning sahoor meal simple with milk, banana and some cereal. Very western type of meal eh? I need the carbohydrates to keep me going through the day. It has become a tradition to eat banana and milk for sahoor. I believe that this diet is much healthier compared to rice and meat.

So far, this is the first time that I am spending most of my evenings breaking fast with Indonesian food. Indonesian food is very similar to Malay food. The use of black soy sauce is more prevalent and the food is generally spicier. Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and Rendang (spicy meat dish) never goes wrong though, if you cannot make up your mind.

With Love,
Syed Mubarak Bin Subukutheen

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