A taste of home at ‘Kedey Kamek’

By Jude Toyat
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Amin (centre) with his grandmothers Rannie Madely (right) and Maria Awet (left). Both Rannie and Maria are cooks in the newly opened Kedey Kamek restaurant located in MetroCity Square in the heart of MetroCity Matang New Township.

Amin (centre) with his grandmothers Rannie Madely (right) and Maria Awet (left). Both Rannie and Maria are cooks in the newly opened Kedey Kamek restaurant located in MetroCity Square in the heart of MetroCity Matang New Township.

Still in his twenties, award-winning entrepreneur Amin Aznizan already has various successful businesses under his wing, earning him the Youth Entrepreneur Award by Sarawak Bumiputera Chamber of Entrepeneurs (DUBS) last year.

Starting the new year off with yet another business venture, his latest undertaking is a new restaurant called ‘Kedey Kamek’(My Shop).

“I have always dreamt of becoming a restaurant owner, and after being involved with many forms of businesses I finally decided to open my own restaurant,” said the 26-year-old Miri-born entrepreneur.

He started the Kedey Kamek restaurant chain last year on October 26 in Kuala Lumpur and after getting positive feedback from foodies there, Amin decided to open its second branch here.

“Realising that most of my family members really can cook, I decided to gather them together and open this family-operated restaurant here.

“I have inherited several succulent family recipes to be included in this restaurant’s menu and the most popular food is Laksa Sarawak. I am very excited to finally be able to bring local flavours back to Sarawak’s dining scene with this new establishment,” he said of his restaurant located at MetroCity, adding that it is always important for people to appreciate their own culture and heritage including its traditional food.

A must-try dish at Kedey Kamek, their Laksa Sarawak.

A must-try dish at Kedey Kamek, their Laksa Sarawak.

“I want my restaurant to become a place where customers can eat and feel as if they are at their own home. I also hope that this place can be a great selection for our customers to organise their special occasions and small events,” Amin said.

“Although our cooks are not those who received formal training in cooking, rest assured the food is very delicious as they cook their way into your hearts.”

His grandmother, Rannie Madely, 59, who is one of the two cooks in the restaurant, said that she has always been fascinated by her grandson’s knack for entrepreneurship.

“I believe that he is highly proficient in doing business and I hope he can move further in this field of entrepreneurship.”

Another popular cuisine of Kedey Kamek, Nasi Lemak.

Another popular cuisine of Kedey Kamek, Nasi Lemak.

Kedey Kamek’s spread of nasi lemak side dishes.

Kedey Kamek’s spread of nasi lemak side dishes.

Rannie, who has always loved cooking hasn’t always been a home cook. She has extensive experience working as a cook in various restaurants all over the country. “I am excited to see the response from foodies here towards this restaurant, my grandson’s brainchild.”

Meanwhile, for Kedey Kamek’s second cook, Maria Awet, 63, the only thing that she is eager to see is the customer’s satisfaction.

“I am overjoyed if people love the food that I cook. It makes everything worth it.

“I believe that with the restaurant and the local cuisine, more people will be satisfied with what Sarawak has to offer and rest assured – when you come to Kedey Kamek, you will definitely be leaving after having the best laksa you’ve ever eaten,” said Maria, who is also a professional cook.

Amin and a couple of satisfied customer. So far, Laksa Sarawak is Kedey Kamek's most popular local cuisine at the restaurant.

Amin and a couple of satisfied customer. So far, Laksa Sarawak is Kedey Kamek’s most popular local cuisine at the restaurant.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Amin also hopes to open a new branch of Kedey Kamek in the near future.

“I am planning to expand my restaurant chain and hopefully we can open new branch soon, not only in Sarawak but also in Peninsular Malaysia as to further promote our local cuisine,” he added.

Amin is the CEO of premium soap producer Borneo To The World, CQ Music Sdn Bhd, Cinqasa Sdn Bhd and Leema, a carbonated drink that is making a name in the local market.

For more about Kedey Kamek, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officialkedeykamek. Amin can be contacted at 016-8722884.

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