Ever have something that bugs you all the time and yet, you can’t find the answer? I tried Google It but can’t find what I wanted.
Blame this on Samm who tagged me on some childhood food meme. I wanted to write something about coconuts. Instead, I am now transported back to my childhood.
I lived in a little village (kampung la) with swaying coconut palms. But life is not that idyllic because old nuts are life-threatening. They can and had dropped on people’s heads, cracking the skull and the person dropped dead on the spot.
When I was born, i.e. when my mom was in the hospital, labouring to deliver me, a coconut tree fell on our kitchen roof. Dramatic ya?
Then, I remember catching some black beetles with orangey stripe from coconut trees and tie their leg with a thread (just one leg). After that, I have a live flying beetle on remote control! It was so fun having the creature buzz-buzzing and yet, can’t fly away. After a few days of torturing it, I think I let it go….or did I fry and eat it? Hmmm…can’t remember.
But what I really wanted to write about coconuts as food are:
1) My mom used to make sagun for me from grated coconut. She dry fried the grated coconut with sugar and some tapioca flour (if I remember correctly) till it becomes crispy, sweet, milky powdery stuffs. Put them in your mouth and talk. Woo hoo, nice. The crumbs fly all over. *piak* Got slapped for sure.
2) Coconut oil is heavenly. They smell so lovely.
but what I am pulling my hairs out is this:
Who knows the name of the white, bulbous thing in old coconuts? It is crunchy and sweet. In Hokkien, we call it ‘tombong’. I know fish fish’s food blog had featured it before but fish fish’s blog has no search box. Plus it is not nice to ask fish fish for the link on her birthday.
Sigh…I think I will go find some coconut leaves and make lidi brooms. Hey, it was therapeutic to slice off the green leaves, leaving the hard twig-like stems. Dry it under the sun for a few days and tie those tiny twigs into a bunch and there you have it, a broom. Very similar to those used by witches, and Harry Potter.
Who can tell me the name of the white thing and what is it? The prize is an old coconut.