What is lemang?
Lemang is a traditional malay food that is made of glutinous rice and cooked in hallowed bamboo stick lined with banana leaves in order to prevent the rice from sticking to the bamboo. Lemang is usually eaten with rendang or serunding.
Usually prepared for festivities such as the Muslim Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha, we found lemang in abundance EVERYDAY here in Terengganu during our trip to Awana Kijal, Golf, Beach & Spa Resort. Lemang is available in almost all district but the most popular lemang stalls are in Kijal, Kemaman.
Lemang pit stop is part of our Kampung Tour. The bus driver stopped us here:
Gerai Lemang Warisan Adik Beradik Kijal
Lots of hollowed bamboo sticks awaiting to be filled with glutinous rice and coconut milk, with salt added for taste.
How are lemang made?
First, glutinous rice are washed and the water tossed. Banana leaf is rolled and inserted into the hollowed bamboo. Glutinous rice is filled into the bamboo, making sure not to fill up too full. Put some salt into the coconut milk and pour it into the bamboo.
The bamboos are then placed slightly slanted with the opening facing upwards near a small fire. The bamboos are turned constantly to make sure they cook evenly. It usually takes around 4 hours to cook.
Kak Ngah making sure her lemang are not burnt.
I really salute her for being able to withstand the heat! I was there barely 5 minutes before I break out in sweats!
Kak Ngah cut some lemang for us to try. It was our very first time eating freshly cut lemang and I must say that it is really fragrant and soft! Taken with serunding, this is heavenly! Some of the tour members bought some to bring back home. I did not as I was not sure if it could last a couple of days before I can deliver it to the beloved people back home…
Looking at the queue, I kinda regret not buying some home…
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