Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Lemang Stall During Hari Raya Season
During Hari Raya season, you can find many lemang stalls by the roadside everywhere you go. The picture of this roadside stall is taken at a housing estate in Ipoh on the Sept 12th, the third day of Hari Raya.
Lemang is a choiced delicacy during the Hari Raya and Hari Raya Haji festivals. Some lemang stalls open during the fasting month of Ramadan and last for 1 month after the dawn of Syawal. Other stalls open only during the first few days of raya. Lemang is made from glutinuous rice and coconut milk poured into hollow bamboo sticks lined with banana leaves and cooked over a slow wood fire. It takes about 4 hours to cook the lemang. By then, the bamboo sticks would have turned from green to yellow. It costs about RM 8.00 to RM 10.00 (USD 3.00) per stick.The seller will break open the bamboo stick with a knife and slice the roll of lemang into smaller portions before packing the food to be taken away.
Lemang is usually eaten with Rendang, a meat curry cooked in spices. The ingredients used are coconut milk, grated coconut flesh, lemon grass, chilli, pepper, ginger, lengkuas, tumeric root, tumeric/kaffir lime leaves. The meat can be chicken, beef or mutton.
If you are in Malaysia, do try this delicacy. It is not easy to find lemang after the season is over but rendang is still available in many Malay restaurants. Rendang also goes well with Nasi Lemak (rice cooked with cocunut milk, ginger and pandan leaves).
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