Salmah was driving down a winding road late at night. Her watch showed that it was already 12.05 in the morning. She saw no house, no car nothing beside the road. The only thing that she could see was a complete darkness.
Suddenly from far away, she saw a white figure standing by the side of the road. It was a young woman. Salmah could barely see her face as it was hidden beneath her very long hair. At first Salmah didn’t want to pick up this young woman because she was in hurry but suddenly she felt sorry to leave her alone in such a remote place. Salmah slowly stopped her car and rolled down the window.
” Dik nak tumpang..?Mehlah kakak hantar adik balik” Salmah asked her.
She said nothing but opened the back door of the car. Suddenly Salmah felt a sudden icy cold. She quickly turn on the heat but the chill remained. She look at the rear mirror and saw the women bending her head down with her hair covering almost part of her pale face.
“Adik buat ape malam malam buta ni..Tak elok anak dara dok sorang tengah2 malam ” Salmah tried to start conversation. Suddenly out of sudden the young woman replied with a very frightening voice..” Anda tahu masak nasi ayam masak merah agrh arg?!!” When Salmah look at the rear mirror she saw that the women was totally different from before. Her hair was expanded and her eyes started to grow larger than before. Salmah was totally freak out.
” Tak..tak tahu ..serius kakak tak tahu huhu..” Salmah replied in a helpless way. As she spoke she started to smell a stinky stench filling up the car.
” Apa tak tahu?!! Macam mane anak dara melayu tak tahu masak ayam masak merah?!!”The woman replied. Salmah saw her skin started to turn to black. Her fingernail started to grow infinitely.The young woman slowly approached Salmah from behind as she was waving her finger nail in front of Salmah( kasi gabra sikit) Salmah was totally out of control.
” Tau tahu….saya tentulah tahu macam mane nak masak ayam masak merah..kacang jer” Salmah replied but she realized that she knew nothing about how to cook ayam masak merah. Nevertheless when she was in form 3, she was in ERT class (ekonomi rumah tangga) and every person was required to learn some cooking. Therefore she hope that she can make up story so that she can save her life from this horrendous creature.
” So tell me how to cook it? The women replied back. Her voice was even closer. She could see her jaw filled with maggot and red blood. The woman was so near to Salmah that she even smelt her stinky mouth (lama tak gosok gigi kot). Salmah was totally freaked out.
” Mula mula ayam tu kene goreng dulu. Biasanye orang gune kunyitlah. Pastu tumis la bawang merah bawang putih ngan halia. Make sure asing asing sebab kalau mix up nanti tak berapa sedap. Pastu masuklah serbuk cili ngan air pastu tumis sampai naik minyak. Letak ayam dan biarkan selama beberapa minit. Bila dah naik minyak letaklah santan sikit. Biar selama beberapa minit sebelum dihidangkan bersama keluarga..” So far so good she said to herself..Salmah started to gain confidence in herself.
” Bagus2..tapi kamu lupa satu jer lagi..satu perkara yang akan membuatkan masakan anda digila ramai..hehehehe” The woman started to grab Salmah’s neck. Salmah could barely breath. Her life was on stack.
” Apa dia” Salmah asked in hysterical manner. The woman started to tighten her grip. Salmah knew for sure that this was the end of her life.
” Kalau nak lagi sedap..letaklah tomato puree. Nak guna sos ketchup pun boleh heheheheh. Berenti disini!!!”
Suddenly the car stopped immediately. Salmah turned around and saw the women dissappeared from her sight. On the back seat Salmah saw a stack of books entitled ” Mari memasak bersama Chef Wan siri Hari Raya special edition”, and also a note that wrote ” Bagi seorang suami masakan isterilah paling sedap walaupun hangus..”Salmah was totally freaked out when she saw a tombstone that dedicated to a woman who was killed in a horrible car accident seven year ago. When she looked at the picture patched on the tombstone…it was the picture of the same women who was in her car that tried to kill her!! Shaking with fear, Salmah quickly ignited her car and drove like crazy..From that moment Salmah swore that she will never drive alone without mastering her cooking skill…never
p/s moralnye belajarlah memasak inshaAllah..hehehehhe