Hari Raya Open House (MIL version)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Last Friday, my mother in law had her usual yassin group reading. And she decided to have her Raya Open House at the same time. As usual, my mom in law always says she invited just a few of her friends on top of the usual yassin group members to her house that day.

Well, we started preparing for the event (which was set to begin at 3pm) rather early. When I look back,it seemed it didn't take too long to prepare the dish ( we had Nasi Impit and Lontong that day). Of course, my mother in law had prepared the Nasi Impit a day earlier. She is known in the area to cook fancy and unique dishes.There was a time when she served Nasi Lemak Jepun. It was nasi lemak with extra vegies on top.. And I have to say she is one great cook.

Anyway, to cut things short, everything was ready by 2 pm. Then her yassin groupies came, one by one. Hold and behold, by 3 pm, her normal 20 plus group members had turned into 60 plus people. By 3.30pm, I counted roughly 80 people in the hallway, preparing for the reading. The event began at 3.40pm. and ended around 4.30pm. Then things went crazy.

I was helping in the kitchen to prepare the dishes. We decided not to put out buffets since we weren't prepared for such a big group. Instead we prepared servings of the dish in plates ready to be eaten. To my mom in law's horror, her youngest son (my 18 year old brother in law) invited 5 friends who invited another 5 friends who invited 5 other friends..well you get the picture.. We had more people than food to serve..Never try this at home people. It is a major No-No in any event..

So my mom's younger guest had to be happy with kuih raya and some ketupats served instead. Poor kids..They shouldn't have crashed this party, huh? With that settled, though I think some of my brother in law's friends were somewhat complaining quietly, we turned to the task at hand..making sure the adult guests have enough to eat!!

Safe to say, everyone went home sufficiently fed with the delicious Lontong and some rendang..Even the ones fasting (from the yassin group) had some given to be brought home..Well, there weren't much left for us, family members. Thankfully we had our share of it before the event..Haha! Well, in the end, everyone went home happy and for us, the organizers, extremely tired.. :)
 

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