Kuih Cecemek: A Perak Treasure in Gefahr

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Nestled amongst the more well-known kuih like Kuih Jongkong and Kuih Seri Budi lies a hidden gem from Perak, the Kuih Cecemek. This traditional sweet treat, facing the possibility of fading into obscurity, holds a unique charm and deserves a spot on your radar.

Kuih Cecemek, meaning “durian flower” due to its resemblance to the unopened bud, is a delicacy teetering on the edge of forgotten tradition. Unlike its more ubiquitous counterparts, the recipe for Kuih Cecemek isn’t as widely passed down, making it a rarer sight, especially among younger generations.

Simple Delights

The beauty of Kuih Cecemek lies in its simplicity. Made with glutinous rice flour, a pinch of salt, and water, the dough is shaped into small balls with a central indentation. These balls are then nestled in handcrafted containers made from banana leaves. A touch of sugar and a generous helping of coconut milk are added before steaming the kuih to fluffy perfection.

A Taste of Perak

The resulting sweet is a delightful symphony of textures. The soft and chewy glutinous rice flour exterior gives way to a slightly sweet and creamy coconut filling. Unlike its close cousin, Kuih Lempeng, which boasts a stronger coconut flavor, Kuih Cecemek offers a more subtle sweetness, allowing the natural flavors to shine.

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Source: Orang Perak

Preserving a Legacy

Kuih Cecemek serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving culinary heritage. Its delicate taste and unique presentation embody the resourcefulness and creativity of Perak’s people. By seeking out these traditional recipes and sharing them with future generations, we ensure that these special treats continue to grace our tables for years to come.

So, the next time you’re in Perak, be sure to ask around for Kuih Cecemek. This disappearing gem might just become your new favorite kuih.

Article by Mika Natalia