Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tumis Betik | A Javanese delicacy in Kampung Sg. Buah

Earlier on you have read on me sharing a Banjarese Ayam Balaos recipe and the story on Nasi Ambeng and few other delicacies from the Javanese communities in Kuala Selanngor. This time around, I thought perhaps I should share another Javanese delicacy; Tumis Betik from Kampung Sg. Buah, located in Dengkil, Selangor.

This is so far, the simplest and easiest recipe I’ve learnt from the locals that I’ve visited so far. And the taste, super delicious, one that you can snack (ratah) without paring it with rice. Yup! Kid you not.

It is learnt that the Javanese, along with other communities in Indonesia such as Banjarese, Minangs and Javanese migrated to Tanah Melayu (now known as Malaysia), seeking for a better livelihood and better future for their family. This was back in late 1880 till early 1900 when the Indonesia was being colonized by the Dutch. The Javanese especially traveled and settled in Selangor, where majority makes these few district their home till now, namely Tanjung Karang, Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor, Kelang, Banting and Sepang.

Javanese, Minang and Boyanese

Those that pioneered the land in Sepang or Dengkil area are namely from Aceh (Acehnese) hence there are a story about how the town was name; an old place called Nibong Dengkil. Another communities in Kampung Sg. Bua hos the Boyan communities of Bawaen Island and the other, Javanese and Minang.

The island of Baweans is located in the Java Sea, due to the migration of the local men to other parts of Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia for in search for a source of income for their family members, the island is not constitutes approximately 70% of females thus it is also referred to as the Island of Women or Pulau Putri. The locals are known as Boyan or Boyanese, the largest from the island to largest cities in Indonesia and neighboring countries occurred in the later 1940s – early 1950s, and later during the 1880 till 1900. At the height of Bawaen Island, produce such as Indogo, cotton fabrics, tobacco, coal and even Bawean deer and local breed of horse were being traded.

Tumis Betik / Sauteed papaya with anchovies and chili

Javanese being one of the largest population in Kampung Sg, Buah makes it culture and cuisine more popular amongst the communities. Tumis Betik, a simple dish that I’ve learn and will be sharing.

Unripe papaya (betik)
Anchovies – pounded
Birds eye chili - chopped
Small onion (bawang merah/kecil)

Below are the step by step on how to cook Tumis Betik.

Fry garlic and small onion

Add anchovies 

 Add birds eye chili

Finally, add the unripe papaya

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