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fun on the farm

7 July 2012


last sunday, dan and i were invited for a day of fun at our neighbor’s family gathering at the “kebun” (orchard/farm/garden). we had a great time hanging out on the porch of the house-on-stilts, and i was particularly interested in the day’s main event: making a traditional local food!

house on stilts


this particular food, called “timuk,” is a labor of love – it takes all day & requires everyone to pitch in. first, bamboo is collected & cut into two-foot pieces, and the insides are wiped out to remove the dust. each bamboo piece is closed at one end (the joint) and open at the other. 

cleaning the bamboo


while the bamboo is being prepared, several dozen coconuts must be shredded and pressed to make coconut milk, or “santan” as it’s called here. then, large banana leaves are cut, rolled, and inserted into the bamboo. traditionally, banana leaves weren’t used, but most people (including myself) agree that the result is better. 

lots of coconut milk

cutting and rolling banana leaves


next, 25 kilos (that’s over 50 pounds) of glutinous (sticky) rice, or “ketan” is mixed with mung beans or white beans in a large bucket, together with some coconut milk and salt. then the mixture is poured into the open end of the bamboo. this, my friends, was harder than it looked – i had to use a spoon to keep from getting rice in between the banana leaf & the bamboo!

mixing rice & beans


filling the bamboo with rice & bean mixture


finally, coconut milk is poured into each bamboo piece and they are placed vertically along a wire (i’m not sure if this is the traditional set-up or simply what was available). a fire is started just behind the row of “timuk” and the coals are pushed up next to them to cook for several hours (2-4 hours). after that, they’re cut open and ready to enjoy!

feeding the fire from a distance – it’s hot!


all done!


close-up of the “timuk”


i personally like sticky-rice-and-coconut-milk snacks, but overall these weren’t outstanding. the experience, however, was top-notch! 

our neighbors – i love these kids!!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Heidi permalink
    7 July 2012 21:31

    Rach, you are doing a great job of recording and participating in a fascinating cultural practice that could disappear someday – good for you!


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