Saturday, October 16, 2010

Buah Salak – A sweet juicy treat and childhood spinning toys made from the seeds

When I was young, a relative who came back from a trip to Indonesia gave me a bunch of Buah Salak (Scientific name, Salacca Zalacca). I was hooked instantly and love the taste very much. After eating the buah salak, I would keep the seed to make into a spinning toy that would emit high pitch sound when we spin it. First I drilled two holes on the seeds. Then I would tie a string around these holes and spin the seeds by pulling the string in a horizontal manner. Actually it is not easy to use a manual hand drill to make holes on the slippery seeds. I have hurt my hands countless time but I guess practice makes perfect. After years of growing up playing with my dad’s house hold improvement tools (not to mention lots of blood loss incident), now I am a household handyman! Ha ha ha! Buah Salak actually belongs to the palm family and it is also known as ‘snake fruit’ because of the snake scales like skin. Buah salak is widely cultivated in Indonesia. I found that the markets (Tamu) in East Malaysia have many stalls selling this nice juicy fruit. I bought these buah salak from a hypermarket. This is the chubby and round type. Some people claim that the longish ones are sweeter. Anyway, I found these chubby ones sweet as well. Mmmmmmm, pardon m ya, I am going to enjoy my Buah Salak now!

12 comments:

suituapui said...

No, thanks... I don't eat those...but then again, I'm not into most fruits - mostly bananas and papayas only.

wenn said...

oh..i remember that kind of top..

smallkucing said...

Buah Salak ah? Hubi used to buy a lot back from Indon. I dont eat one. Very fast rotten

As for the seed. Can make using biji getah also. My mom used to do that when she was young

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

i like buah salak! but seldom eat it. :(

jen cheung said...

interesting - i never seen these here in toronto before lor. is it only @ malay??


have a lovely weekend!
jen @ www.passion4food.ca

mNhL said...

Seen before but never taste them. Wah...never know the seed also can turn to a toy.

Mei Teng said...

I have heard of buah salak...but can't remember if I had ever tasted them.

Bananazஇ said...

Ho chak love em..too

Christine said...

first I'm hearing about this fruit, interesting.

Wai Kitt said...

I seen this before in market but didn't buy because haven't eat before. Seem you said sweet probably will buy some next time.

Alice Law said...

LOL... I'm kinda don't know how to appreciate this food, I had a sour one last time and don't like its texture too.:)

Enjoy your buah and have a great week ahead!

MaryMoh said...

Yes, my favourite...really love them. They are so delicious!

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