It was 3.00a.m when Tanti and I reached our home in Sungai Ramal. We were tired but it was Saturday morning. We rarely spent our night together. Tanti and I were working odd hours; there were times when our shifts were different and we didn't get to see each other at home.
That morning, we have decided to eat supper together at a restaurant near our house. That was one good thing about staying in Kajang or Bangi. The food is always available:)
Our neighbours have been wondering about what exactly we were doing for living. Both me and Tanti were going out at nights in jeans, while Sue will start her journey at 3 in the morning. The demand of our time to work was somehow questionable to our neighbours - we were perceived as being a bit "different". Hehe. We just let it be as it is.
Tanti ordered the nice beehoon kung fu while I was still looking at the menu. I saw a man making roti canai nearby.
Roti Telur Bawang
The menu Roti Jantan has been written in bold capital letters. The font was super huge;)
I have this habbit of tasting and trying new menu. I will do this almost everywhere - my family and friends get used to it. Everytime we are eating at a new place, my father will say this:"Tempat ni famous dengan..." (whatever menu ). I'll try. My friends knew for a fact that I'll try almost every weird stuff at a Japanese Restaurant - they will endure seeing me eating octopus and unagi, let alone the raw fish and shrimp;)
Roti Jantan at that time, was new to me.
Tanti: Sha, Roti Jantan tu apa ek?
Me: Ntahlah Tan. Pernah dengar, tak pernah makan.
Tanti: Sha taknak try ke?
Me: Bunyi semacam je...
Tanti: Sha kan suka try-try ni. Benda lain yang pelik pun Sha try.
Me: Nak kena tanya abang tu dululah.
Me: Pelik aaa menu sekarang ni. Semua nak jantan. Kopi jantan. Itu ini jantan. Roti ni letak Tongkat Ali ke apa?
Tanti: Haah kan...apa kuatnya kalau makan Roti Jantan ye?
Me: Kena tanya abang tuh. Bangg...(We waved)
So, I asked the man in his thirties who was taking the order:
Me: Abang, roti canai ada?
Abang: Ada. Roti canai satu?
Me: Tak..tak...saya taknak roti canai.
Abang: Nasi goreng, mee goreng, nasi lemak ada dik...
Me: Tak...saya taknak makan nasi. Ni saya nak tanya. Boleh?
Me: Roti Tampal tu yang ada telur tu kan?
Abang: Ye. Tapi kita tak campur telur kat dalam macam Roti Telur. Kita letak je macam telur mata kerbau.
Me: Oooo...Roti Pisang ada bang?
Abang: Pisang habislah,dik. Kena tunggu kedai India depan bukak baru ada Roti Pisang balik.
Me: Okay...hmmm...Roti Jantan nie plak macam mana.....?
I asked slowly. I mean, the word "Jantan" itself is giving me such a strange feeling.
Abang: Okay...adik tau Roti Tampal kan?
Abang: Roti Tampal ada satu telur. Roti Jantan ada dua telur.
Tanti: Sampai dua telur tuh...apa kena mengena?
Me: Haah...double la plak.
The man blushed but he kept quiet. I guess, we hit the wrong button. Or we actually hit the right one? The blushing button?
Abang: Errr..so, nak ke Roti Jantan nie?
Me: Hmmm...bagilah satu. Tapi telur tu jangan bagi keras ye. Saya tak suka telur keras.
Abang: Roti Jantan satuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!! Telur taknak keras!
The elderly men, the Mat-mat Rempit, the schoolboys who weren't home - all were staring at our table. Everyone froze. A table of two innocent looking girls was ordering Roti Jantan at 3 in the morning.
When the abang sent our drinks, he was looking down at the drinks. He did not look at me at all. I smiled at him. He gave me a shy smile.
And when he sent my Roti Jantan, he was in such haste I didn't manage to say thank you.
I looked at the Roti Jantan. The two eggs nestled closely to each other. The yolk was runny - just like how I ordered it. Somehow, it looked very familiar to something. I couldn't remember what was it.
I put my fork on the yolk and it melted across the roti.
Me: Tan, telur tak keras. Best!
A group of Mat Rempit near our table choked while drinking.
Tan: Sha suka telur lembik macam tu kan?
Me: Yup...tak suka telur keras.
Me: Nanti nak cucuk-cucuk tak best. Gigit macam kenyal-kenyal. Bau pun hamis je.
Tan: Tan pun suka telur lembik.
And I heard a roar of laugher from the group again.
The next day, when we wanted to buy pisang goreng, the pakcik asked me:
"Kau yang order Roti Jantan semalam kan?"
I said yes while wondering why my order last night was such a famous order.
Now that I knew.