Tuesday, October 14, 2008

'LIHING' or 'HIING'

Sounds very familiar right... 'lihing' soup is very famous to all MOMMIES after gave birth. I myself consumed 'lihing' all the way during my confinement (to all my 3 kids) and never get bored though... ohhh! I feel that I wanna cook 'ayam kampung' with 'lihing' tonight...taaaaapun!

By the way, I came across about 'LIHING' on last Sunday's paper, reported by Herman, The Flying Dusun, New Sabah Times, October 12, 2008. I think it's good for me to put it in my blog and to share to other people about our local product...*wink*

Sabah’s Very Own Rice Wine

Like most cultures in this world, the local people of Borneo have found ways of transforming their staple-food into alcohol, and none of the worst! In the making of lihing (Kadazan-Penampang for Rice Wine), nothing but ‘pulut’, glutinous rice rich in sugar, and natural yeast, called ‘sasad’ and also made from rice, enter the preparations. Sometimes, lihing is referred to as hiing (certain Kadazan-Dusun languages), and others call it kinomol, sagantang, kinarung, kinopi, linahas, and even tapai. They are all different (but always fermented, rice-based) beverages. Tapai proper is actually wine made from the tuber of the cassava plant, the preferred party drink of the Murut. To add to the confusion, the Iban of Sarawak call their rice wine tuak, which must not be confused with Sabahan talak, which is rice-alcohol (and arak in Malay just means’alcohol’…). Rice wine accompanies all Kadazan-Dusun celebrations and rites, and at a Murut party there will be rows upon rows of jars with fermented cassava tapai. It is an integral part of the lives of Sabah’s ethnic groups, and depending on where you are there are various ways of enjoying this drink: from bamboo or, more contemporary, plastic cups, or through a bamboo straw – and even that one comes in a modern version: a thin plastic hose… If you visit a local home you will most probably get a taste of rice wine. Refusing the first cup is not polite, but subsequent rounds can be skipped. Simply enjoy the round with the locals, sit back and let yourself be entertained…

4 comments:

Cay said...

Hi roz ...during my confinement pun mmg lihing is my main menu hehe i do like it but normally sia tia makan tuu ayam kampung not sure why but mmg tia buli masuk dlm my throat hehe ..anyway thanks for sharing the info bout the lihing.

miez said...

oohh..sedapnya tuu...!but now jarang suda get to rasa that soup..huhu..taaapun?! ka moi..?hehe

Rozz_Lea Rozie said...

Hi Carol, besalah orang kita ni kan, pointatap nopo lihing kalo lepas branak, buang angin bogia tu hiing tu. Ya Carol, sia pun tidak brapa makan tu ayam kampung, sa brabis minum sup kau-kau ja.

Rozz_Lea Rozie said...

Hi Moi, eh ko pun pandai minum sup lihing pula ahhh... hehe, ya ngam la tu taaapun! wuakkakaa...