For me, it is not Ramadhan if there is no Bubur Lambuk. Rice porridge with bits of meat, usually beef, and sometimes some beans thrown in as well. This dish is eaten widely this time of year.
The thing about this is that, Bubur Lambuk is not sold. If there are people selling it, I’m not buying. Since young I’ve only know this to be distributed to the poor at mosques during Ramadhan. Those who are slightly well off can donate rice or spices or cash to the mosque and the mosque will prepare the porridge every day during the holy month.
A typical scene of Bubur Lambuk preparation at a village mosque. Picture grabbed from Google Search. Smiling volunteers, with huge oar-like spatulas (haha!) stirring the porridge, just warms the heart.
These days in Singapore, anyone can just go to a mosque during distribution times, usually around 4pm, and be given a packet or two of the porridge to bring home. Regardless of race, religion or creed.
And today, I made my own Bubur Lambuk. Ta-da!
Ok ok! Mine is a little “lux-ed”. Garnished with omelette strips, spring onions and fried shallots. No need for a table full of food for Iftar (breaking fast). Just porridge and some dates, and I’m good.
-hazrock, please don’t use that spatula for canoeing