Lemang is a traditional food made from glutinous rice, coconut milk and salt, cooked in a hollow bamboo stick lined with banana leaves. This delicacy is often served during Raya and is commonly eaten to mark the end of the fasting month, hence during this time of the year, you will see lot of lemang stalls popping up by the roadsides in Malaysia.
Coincidentally, there was cartoon on TV1 about lemang, and we watched it with the kids. We learnt that the glutinous rice needs to be soaked for 4-5 hours first, and then filled into the bamboo tube, along with coconut milk and salt. The bamboo has to be lined with banana leaves to prevent the rice from sticking to the bamboo. The bamboo tube containing glutinous rice, salt and coconut milk is then placed slightly slanted on a small fire with the opening facing upwards and should be turned regularly in order to make it evenly cooked. It then takes about 2-3 hours to cook the lemang. Once it is cooked, the hollowed bamboo will be cut to retrieve the lemang inside.
Every Raya, we would also purchase some lemang home to enjoy. The stall we frequent is located on Jalan Suadamai (see below for GPS coordinates). This is also one of the most popular lemang stalls in the area, you can see rows and rows of lemang being cooked over the fire daily.
Lemang is best eaten warm, hence do not buy it too early in advance unless you are planning on reheating it before eating. They sell the lemang here according to size (width of the bamboo) - small is RM14, medium RM16 and large RM18. We got the medium sized one, as well as some beef rendang (RM20 per tub). The lemang here is really good, soft, sticky and fragrant. Love it! And the beef rendang is cooked just right, tender, flavorful and mildly spicy.
Location: Lemang Stall, Jalan Suadamai, Taman Minang, 56000 Cheras, Selangor.
Price: Total bill RM36.
GPS Coordinates: 3.054846, 101.748459
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