ECONOMICAL AND WHOLESOME: ‘Nasi ambeng’ is sold between RM5 and RM5.50, depending on the side dish to go with
JOHOR BARU: FANCY a meal of nasi ambeng? Head to the Pondok Pondok Cafe, located at Jalan Pendidikan 6 in Taman Universiti, here, which is below the SAF Academy.
Cafe owner Suriani Mohd Isa, 40, from Kuala Kedah in Kedah, said she decided to join her husband Fazli Arman, 45, in the food business.
"Fazli was a reporter before he quit to go into business. He tried several trades before the current venture.
"We served Western meals when we first started the business three months ago but we took a break during Ramadan and the Hari Raya celebration, and have recently re-opened. We serve only nasi ambeng (a dish of Javanese origin) and bone marrow 'gearbox soup'," Suriani said.
Suriani, a mother of six children aged from seven to 17, said they decided to change the menu after two of the chefs left.
"However, we plan to bring back Western meals later. We may even expand the business after a month or two as the existing shop can accommodate only about 20 patrons," she said.
Suriani, who is also the executive director of SAF Academy, which is owned by Saf Corporation Sdn Bhd, and offers courses such as hospitality, media and culinary, among others.
"SAF Academy started operations three years ago. Upon completion of their course, some of the SAF graduates are offered employment as staff at the cafe.
"Our cafe caters to students and staff of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and nearby residents," she added.
Nasi ambeng, which features steamed white rice, fried noodles, fried salted fish, spicy sambal belacan, coconut floss and vegetable pickles comprising tempe, cabbage and lady's fingers, is sold between RM5 and RM5.50 depending on whether patrons want ayam masak merah, ayam rendang or fried chicken to go with the meal.
The restaurant is open daily from 11am to 3.30pm. It closes on Sundays.
Meanwhile, the academy also offers one-day pastry classes for the public.
For enquiries, call Suriani at 013-734 4838.