Indonesia is a country that has a variety of culinary or traditional foods. One of them is Lemang. What is lemang? Lemang is a traditional food made from glutinous rice which is cooked by roasting. In the process of making lemang, it looks easy but difficult to work with.
Because the process of making lemang does not only burn glutinous rice. However, there are several steps and processes to make lemang feel soft and tasty. Making the lemang using bamboo media. The bamboo used is the bamboo of choice, where the bamboo should not be too thick in size so that the lemang cooking process does not take that long and ripens evenly.
To choose the bamboo that is used as a place to put sticky rice, the bamboo is cut into pieces the size of a segment of bamboo with a length of 30-40 centimeters, then the inside of the bamboo is cleaned using a cloth. After the bamboo is clean, each side of the bamboo is given a banana leaf. After the banana leaves are neatly installed inside the bamboo, stick the sticky rice and doused with coconut milk.
Furthermore, the bamboos that have been filled with glutinous rice and doused with coconut milk are placed in a stove that is specially assembled for burning. The fire used to bake the lemang cake should not be too big or too small. During the roasting process, the position of the bamboo must be changed continuously so that the sticky rice in it cooks evenly.
After the cooking sticky rice inside the bamboo is visible from the outside and bubbling, the fire can be extinguished and the sticky rice cake must be cooled down before removing it. The cooling process takes about one hour, from the beginning of the lemang-making process to the cooling process which takes about 2.5 to 3 hours.
This traditional food is usually sold in the form of a small size and the full size of one piece of bamboo. This traditional food is usually served at certain events such as traditional events and during the month of Ramadan as well as during Eid celebrations.
This lemang is usually sold during the month of Ramadan. It is also sold for the normal month, but not as much as in the month of Ramadan. So, are you interested in eating traditional foods that are characteristic of the food of several tribes on the island of Sumatra? Come on, take your exciting holiday by visiting Indonesia.