30 Sep '17, 2pm
For buffet lovers, Aroma Kampung exudes the sweet smell of excess
Aroma Kampung is opened by former vegetable-seller Siti Khadijah Syariffuddin, also known as Kak Ijah (Big Sister Ijah in Malay), and her husband, Mr Syariffuddin. Kak Ijah, a Boyanese, opened Aroma Kampung in a quiet corner of Joo Chiat Complex in February. The eatery does not look like much, with a Malay wedding stage facing about 20 tables with PVC covers. But it comes alive when you get to the salad-sambal bar. Try recognising some of the sambals on display - selasih (basil), petai (stink bean), limau (lime), nenas (pineapple), cincalok (fermented shrimp) and kicap (soy sauce). There is also the common belacan (shrimp paste).