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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).

This is my entry for That's My World Tuesday Season 2 Episode 49. To view what others have in their world, please visit here.


  1. This sounds very intriguing. I have tried Rendang before and really (really!) like it. But I doubt we could get this in Canada.

  2. It does sound good!! But I'm not likely to find it in Seattle! Great look at your world! Hope you have a lovely week!


  3. Sounds tasty. I rather like the idea of having seasonal foods - you tend to appreciate the taste more when it is finally available again.

  4. We too use a lot of coconut and rice in our cooking. Leman seems to be very tasty.

  5. Oh! Your description left me salivating in my mouth. Great post. :)

  6. Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo
    Great look at your world!

    Have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

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  7. it sounds delicious! the natural sweetness of bamboo is an added flavor.

  8. my BIL is a kelabit, and he cooks this way,


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