## Malaysia’s Forgotten Traditional Foods: The Rise of Hipster Cuisine
In this video, we explore the fate of traditional Malaysian cuisine in the midst of modernization. While Malaysia has always been famous for its diverse range of delicious traditional dishes, the emergence of hipster foods, which are easier to make and more readily available, has caused traditional foods to be overlooked and less popular among the younger generation.
One must-try during the festive season, especially during Eid Fitri, is the mouthwatering lemang. A must-have delicacy that becomes even more irresistible when paired with rendang. However, many people, especially the younger generation, are unaware that there is another type of lemang known as “Lemang Tepung” found in the village of Jenderal Hilih Sepango, owned by a husband and wife team.
Amy, also known as Pak Abu Muhammad Nazmi Abdul Razak, is the dedicated entrepreneur behind the traditional heritage of Lemang Tepung. He has been reviving this traditional dish for the past 3 years. Unfortunately, his business suffered a setback due to the Movement Control Order, but that didn’t stop him. He continues to follow the traditional method of cooking lemang by using firewood to enhance its unique flavor. This sticky rice treat, similar to dodol, is then cooked inside a bamboo cylinder until perfectly charred.
Lemang Tepung, which originates from the state of Perak, has gradually been forgotten as time goes by. The texture and taste of this delicacy, reminiscent of “kue bingke,” are now seldom experienced. The cooking process for Lemang Tepung takes around 2 to 3 hours, which is significantly faster compared to the usual 3 to 4 hours needed for regular lemang.
While Amy is currently not planning to offer Lemang Tepung on a regular basis, he may consider it in the future if there is sufficient demand. The team from TV Pertiwi had the opportunity to interview some of his customers, and the feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive.
Don’t miss the chance to visit Pak Abu’s stall in Kampung Jenderal Hilih Hilah to taste the variety of lemang available there, including pulut and lemak, and a rare find in Malaysia, Demang Tepung. The high demand for this traditional delicacy highlights the need for efforts to preserve and promote traditional food culture in Malaysia.
Watch this video to learn more about the forgotten gem of Lemang Tepung and join us on a journey to rediscover the rich culinary heritage of Malaysia.
**Source:** [Dewi Pertiwi](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvL8rdyBd0xEDjw1tiW0tDw)
Malaysia terkenal dengan juadah yang berbagai jenis. Arus pemodenan menyebabkan semakin banyak juadah warisan yang dilupakan terutamanya kemunculan menu yang disebut orang muda sekarang, makanan `hipster’ iaitu lebih mudah dibuat berbanding makanan tradisi yang rumit dan mengambil masa untuk disiapkan.