Mohamad Aaron Rizqi Bin Mohamad Noor, 10
When I think about someone who cooks for me, I think about my grandmother. She cannot participate in this project because she is tired. She wakes up very early to cook and she works the whole day. And my father, I want to learn how to cook curry chicken from him.
His favourite caregiver, Mohamad Aaron Rizqi Bin Mohamad Noor’s grandmother was his first choice to participate with him on this project. When she was too exhausted from work, Aaron’s father stepped in on a weekend to cook one of his favourite dishes: curry chicken!
Have a listen to Aaron's reflection in this journey of documenting his father cooking curry chicken or read on in the transcript below.
Shiyun: If someone were to ask you who was your main caregiver, that means somebody who take care of you. Who would you think it is?
Aaron: My grandmother
Shiyun: How does your grandmother care for you?
Aaron: When like… my birthday, she will buy something, like the present or the cake or go out somewhere to eat, like the Mcdonalds or KFC
Shiyun: So she’s the one who remembers your birthday
Shiyun: and celebrates your birthday
Aaron: Yes, and the first one I remembered is my favourite one, when it’s my birthday, my grandmother went to eat Mcdonald’s with me, and my siblings
Shiyun: So that’s a very deep memory for you.
Shiyun: How old were you then?
Aaron: I’m not so sure, I was just a kid. Ya
Shiyun: But it was a very clear memory for you. Grandma celebrating your birthday
Shiyun: Do you usually celebrate birthdays?
Aaron: Yes, at my grandmother’s house only. But sometimes my father comes to my grandmother house to give me present, ya.
Shiyun: But mainly it’s your grandmother who would prepare the celebrations
Aaron: Yeah, like after the work
Shiyun: In the beginning, we wanted your grandmother to cook, and it didn’t happen. Can you tell us what happened?
Aaron: So basically, my grandmother is working on that day, and she mostly work everyday, and my grandmother wanted to find a time to do, but cannot. Ya.
Shiyun: She’s just too tired?
Shiyun: So in the end, it’s your father who did it
Shiyun: Did you decide on the dish, or your he decided on the dish?
Aaron: Ya, he decided
Shiyun: Did he ask you?
Shiyun: So both of you agree
Aaron: Ya, so basically the first, we just want to cook assam pedas, but is cancelled, because like too much ingredients, and we just decide to cook curry chicken, ya.
Shiyun: How often do you eat curry chicken?
Aaron: Many times
Shiyun: Is it like a everyday?
Shiyun: What do you eat everyday?
Aaron: mostly like Ayam Masah Merah, spinach..
Aaron: Ya, cucumbers, chicken rice, and curry chicken
Shiyun: So these are foods that are cooked by your father?
Aaron: Most of it is my grandma. My father sometimes buys or just cook.
Shiyun: So in the week you will spend 5 days with your grandma, and the weekends with your father… Do you find it confusing?
Aaron: Yeah. So if I pick two, so my father and my grandmother. But sometimes I just sleep at my mother house
Shiyun: Because it is more convenient?
Shiyun: You tend to enjoy cooking at TTKC also
Shiyun: What is it about cooking that you enjoy?
Shiyun: cutting vegetables?
Aaron: yeah, fry egg
Shiyun: You like to use the knife?
Shiyun: Fry egg
Shiyun: Do you get to cook at home?
Aaron: My dad’s house, I cook noodles, instant noodles only, but at grandmother’s house, is egg and noodles, and nugget
Shiyun: She cook it with you? Or you can do it by yourself?
Aaron: If my grandmother’s not home, then I just do it myself. If the food finish, then I must cook.
Shiyun: For yourself?
Shiyun: So you can take care of yourself?