I travel frequently and I travel for many reasons. One is because I love exploring parts of the world I haven’t seen or experienced before. That’s why I rarely visit the same place again. But there’s a few resorts that I don’t mind going back again and again; Shereton Sengigi Beach Resort is one of them. I loved the weather, the view, the pool, the adjoining beach, the friendly staff and the sumptuous breakfast spread.
Every morning, I’ll have traditional jamu drink served in a small wooden cup. Normally, Jamu concoction can be rather bitter. However, at Shereton they’ve adjusted the taste to suit foreigners palate. The herbal tonic is balanced with a tinge of sourness from asam and sweetness from palm sugar. Sometimes, I was told, orange juice is added for a more pleasant flavour.
During my last visit in February, I had a cooking class with Chef Masnin and asked for the jamu recipe. He told me to have one glass every morning for general health and beauty. I’ve experimented a few times, and finally got a recipe that taste exactly like it.
- Big pot (enough for 5 L of water)
- Glass bottle
- Pestle/ rolling pin
- Knives & chopping board
JAMU DRINK FOR HEALTHY & BEAUTY
- 5 L Water
- 100 g Ginger roots (halia), peeled and baked
- 100 g Fresh turmeric (kunyit), peeled and sliced
- 5 stalks Lemongrass (serai)
- 5 Cloves (bunga cengkih)
- 1 Cinnamon stick (kayu manis)
- 4 g Tamarind peel (asam keping)
- 100 - 150 g Palm sugar (gula melaka)
- Step 1 PREP: Preheat oven. Gather all materials. Fill pot with 5 litres of water. Peel ginger: Slice into 1 cm, line on tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Peel and slice turmeric. Slice off the top of the lemongrass and leave only the bottom stalk (about 8 cm), peel off any dried-out layers and smash the end with a rolling pin/ pestle.
- Step 2 BOIL: Put all ingredients into pot (except gula melaka). Bring to a boil. Let simmer with lid uncovered until it reduces to 3 litres. It should take about 2 – 3 hours
- Step 3 SWEETEN, STRAIN & SERVE: Then add palm sugar and let it dissolve. Mix well and strain. Serve hot or chilled.
Boil 5L + 100 g baked ginger roots + 100 g sliced turmeric + 5 stalks lemongrass + 5 cloves + 1 cinnamon + 4 g asam keping + 100 g palm sugar. Simmer uncovered until water is reduced to 3 L (2 – 3 hr).
- I’ve tested the recipes a few times. I realise that you have to take time to boil it, otherwise the flavour not be released and the taste will not be right. Do not rush it. Simmer slowly. Having said that, some people prefer a lighter taste (such as my girlfriends who rarely have spices in their food).
- The fresher the herbs, the better. I’ve purchased a huge amount of the ingredients and made it a few times in two weeks. The first time, when I slow boiled it with fresh herbs produced the best tasting drink.
- Do wear gloves if you don’t want the turmeric to stain your hands. My fingers were yellow for days; many thought I got injured and had put on ointment on my hands!
- I like to peel my turmeric and ginger under running water with the end of a spoon. This way, the skin comes out easily.
- The drink will stain glasses. This explains why at Shereton Sengigi Resort, the drink was served in dark wooden cups. Avoid serving in your nice glasses and wash cups thoroughly to avoid yellow stain.
- Do adjust the taste on your own – add less asam keping if you want it to be less sour and more sugar if you want it to be sweeter. I’ve used two different palm sugar, and realise that the level of sweetness is different.
- Store in glass container. This drink will stain plastic containers.
What do you drink to keep yourself healthy and beautiful?