a cup of Mamee Sllrrrp! (that's spelt with two Ls and three Rs, lest you forget) Sup Bunjut Pedas Terer.
I bought one yesterday because I was: 1. Stupid enough to fall for the smartly executed ads on TV, and 2. because they were willing to go different with this one.
I've had my share of instant noodles to know a different one when I see it. When everybody else produces predictable flavours like boring curry or tasteless tomyam or plain yucky asam laksa, Mamee Sllrrrp goes the extra mile by introducing an express version of a tricky Malaysian favourite that no girl in their right mind would dareto try and cook for their mak mertua on her first balik kampung visit.
Where other brands stick to simple, modern designs and solid colours (purple for tomyam, red for curry, green for chicken), Mamee Sllrrp! decided to go retro and used a myriad of polka dots, two-toned background and accurate props that creepily looked like it was taken from the Adabi Sup Bunjut promo pictures circa 1982.
But what makes it so obviously 'different' than other instant noodles is that it boldly claims the title 'pedas terer'. In caps.
You don't claim heavenly words from the Dictionary Of Good 'Ol Malaysian Food simply like that. You'd anger the Anthony Bordains of Malaysia if you do, especially the Malays and Indians who loves chilli and spices so much we even keep tonnes of dried ones in our cupboards, just in case the fresh ones miraculously vanishes into thin air.
So, making such bold statement can be seen as, well, like a blind pirate adventuring into uncharted territory. Evil Knievil pulling his 30 cars span bike jump stunt. David Blaine flying off into the night after hanging upside down for 'unthinkable' hours.
Okay, this has nothing to do with pirates, Evil Knievil or David Blaine.
But it's so creepy I simply HAD to put it up.
A stupefying act that would lure even the most sceptical (halal) instant noodle expert on earth.
Hmm... let's see...
noodle in good shade of golden yellow, the smell of bunjut jumps out of the rempah pack the moment you tear the tab...
rempah mixes well with hot water without any lumps...
three minutes and it is is ready for consumption.
Perfect so far.
Okayyyyyy... let's see how terer the pedas is...
See those red flecks of chilies?
The ones that look like they can actually blow steam out of your ears?
Unfortunately, those didn't come with the noodles.
Those are, in fact, Domino Pizza's packed chilli flakes that I keep for noodle cup (and other savoury-like edibles) emergencies, should I encounter any during my 'work late and the pantry's closed' dining experiences.
I had to use two packs of 'em to create the 'pedas terer' effect.
Tak aci betul.
I guess when Mamee Sllrrrp! (that's spelt with two Ls and three Rs, lest you forget)decided to use terer as their claim for this particular product, they must've meant it in the real english meaning that the Malaysian terer derived from.
Woh, gua cakap lu.