The time twisted, and suddenly I was brought back to 1991. I was only in primary 6 back then. I walk around, the place look familiar yet so new to me. Ah, Tora and Ding Dang, junk food that I used to buy, not for the snack but for the toy that comes with it.
Suddenly feeling exhausted, I took a sit and suddenly man that look like my primary school headmaster asked a teacher to hand me an exercise book. What? It's been so many years I did not do homework on an exercise book.
What is this? I didn't remember that I went to a school call Otak-otak Place in primary. I studied in a school for Monkey Boys. I must be dreaming. So I flipped open the exercise book. Surprise, surprise. There's no home work to do but there's word to read. There's 16 different exam questions made up from the word "otak-otak". How cool is that. You might get A+ too for that.
The teacher ask me to choose one, so I chose Steamed Fish Otak-otak. "Sorry, many pupils had taken that so there's no more left", the teacher told me. Maybe it's because I was brought back to slightly after the masa berehat (recess time), the time on my watch is about 5 p.m. Left with only Steamed Squid Otak-otak and so be it.
I flipped the exercise book and discovered that this school is more than otak-otak. There's also Nasi Ayam Percik, Hainan Chicken Rice, Nasi Briyani Dam and etc. I remember that a fellow classmate of mine told me that the Nasi Briyani Dam is sure winner to score A. So, I chose that.
Before I starts to tackle the exam questions, I start to read the Ice Kopi to satisfy my thirst for knowledge. This must be a dream, why am I reading the Ice Kopi?
The first question is Steamed Squid Otak-otak. Hm... so creamy and the squid is still springy. It literally melts in my mouth. I must be going crazy, I am eating my exam question but it's just too hard to resist the temptation. I think if I have arrive earlier and take the Steamed Fish Otak-otak, I'll score better but nevertheless it still passed with flying colour.
The next question, looks like a multiple choice question that comes with a vegetable green curry, nasi briyani, papadam and a hidden trick question - chicken rendang. I had to dig deep to find the hidden trick question. So tricky the headmaster.
The green curry is not spicy at all, so it's easy for everyone. The nasi briyani is al dente, with the right type of rice, and spices thrown in. Just a bit dissapointed that the portion is not much. I'm a big taker. Chicken rendang is good but maybe the environment there is too cold or I just took a longer time to think about the answer that the chicken rendang is not warm anymore.
"You can grow up and be a doctor if you study hard Seow, just like Dickie Dose", says the teacher. Huh? He looks more like a character from the card game I used to play, apa nama "Happy Family" if not mistaken.
Looking around while I was waiting for my exam result. I saw a fan that I think dated back to my grandfather's time. It's cold enough already so it's not turn on.
There were other pupils that still taking their exam.
After settling my exam score, I was suddenly back in the present. It's not a dream but a place that bring back memories when I was just a primary student. Ah, so nostalgic. That's Otak-otak Place. Still a lot more different
For people that still wondering where Otak-otak Place is located at. It's at the new shops taking over the now defunct Giant.
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