Monday, October 19, 2009

sha in love: how many betels more?

First of all, I bet most of you don't know what betel is. I didn't know as well - thanks to Zara who taught me on how to use Google Translator, I managed to find the translation for the Malay word, "sirih".

Blame Pocket for this posting. After he mentioned the word miang kam in his last comment (the spelling is MIANG, abang!), I started to google and flickred miang kam's picture. He told me that mieng kam made of daun kaduk - a leaf which looks almost like betel. I was thinking about how this miang kam taste until I suddenly diverted my attention to betel instead.

Someone told me, by eating betel from the wedding tepak sirih, you'll get married faster. Have I tried? Of course. My ancestors loved to eat betel. My Wan Ateh and Wan Usu never left their "koghopai" (a Negeri Sembilan term for betel pouch). I used to give some of my pouches to them and they used my Teddy Tales pouches to put their betels (I used pouch before I used handbag).

Wan Ateh used to teach me how to prepare a betel. Gambir...pinang, kapur...ohhh...what a mess! I was lousy at it. She grumbled on how artless I was when it came to betel. I just laughed at the red lips old lady. The betel she ate created the natural colour lipstick; I often wondered whether that was the attraction in the olden days:P

I asked her, if I eat the betels, will there be any man for me? She just said, the elderly believed so.

After all the betels I ate - either it was from my grannies' koghopai or from the wedding tepak sirih - I haven't found any suitable man for me. Hahahaha...nice superstitious. They just created reasons to eat betel, I guess:P

Since Wan Ateh got sick, I never ate any betel. I tried to plant betel, but the plant died after a while. I didn't plan to use it for any occasion, I just wanted to use it to wash my father's eyes. My late grandfather told me that betel is good for people who are having sight problems.

For me, betel is very alluring. Even if I'm not married after eating it, the creation of sirih junjung will always fascinates me. Each time I go to a wedding, I'll look at the sirih junjung and smell the sweet scented betel and adore the flovers.

Flowers + Betels = Nice!

So, since the betels are not bringing the right man for me, do I have to eat to eat more betels? Hehehe.

It might be, the betels I ate fell under the type that Hang Tuah was giving to Tun Teja on the boat. This was when Tun Teja was falling in love with Hang Tuah but he needed to sacrifice her for the Sultan. Since Tun Teja was reluctant to marry the Sultan, Hang Tuah gave a betel to Tun Teja to forget him overnight. I guess, that must be the one I ate:P

I know...I know...your typical comment will be, "Jodoh pertemua di tangan Tuhan." Don't bluff, most of us are thinking the same thing. (me too!)

Any tips on betel, anyone? Any stories?:P

33 comments:

ween said...

Pernah dgr org tua2 ckp mkn sirih masa kenduri kawin nnt cpt kan jodoh :) heh.

tp ween xsuka mkn sirih, kelat ;p

kak Sha, semoga cpt bertemu jodoh. I will pray for u, insyaAllah. Kakak sgt sweettt tau :)

Samaira said...

hiks masa member tunang dah amek pun sirih tp x mkn pun wakaka
psl tu sampai skang x kawen2 kot ekekeke

dotblogspotdotkom said...

ntah le.. pakcik tak makan pun sirih tu.. kawen juga... huhuhu mmg tak menahan.....

xiiinam said...

Betul tu Sha...jodoh Allah aturkan...Sireh tu adat Melayu saja yang masih dijunjung oleh sesetengah pihak...

Sadisnya masa ckLah dulu...keluarga suami yg mementingkan adat membawa tepak sireh....keluarga kami yg lebih mengutamakan yang wajib dlm agama, tk sediakan tepak penyambut pun...hu..hu...Adalah orang mengata sok sek sok sek...tapi kami nikah juga dengan jayanya...ha...ha...

papabear said...

makan banyak2 syaaa....

Ayu said...

hehhe.. maybe x cukup syarat kot masa makan tu sha.. tu yg xder sampai skang tu..

kopai la ..koghopai tu ckp org pokan.. ;p

~Kak AZZ~ said...

mula2 kena bukak kamus dulu tgk apa makna betel tu....tp bila tgk pic kat sblah tu rasa2nya tau dah....tp kena jugak rujuk kamus sbb takut salah makna lak nnt...hehehe...

ada petua mengatakan kalau idong berdarah, amek daun sirih....ramas2 sikit bg lembut, pastu letakkan kt lobang idong yg berdarah tu...sambil kepala dongak ke atas...

pasal jodoh tu....semuanya ketentuan Allah, kalau belum sampai jodohnya...makan la banyak manapun sirih tu, tetap takde jugok....huhuhu...

*don't worry, akak lg veteran dr Sha....rilek yoo haa...janji takdo sapo yg nanyo...bilo ekau nak nikah...kok nk solamat, jgn tanyo...hehehe...

kakchik said...

Salam Sha.

During my wedding there was a 'sirih junjung' from both sides. Since no one in my family ever eat betel, I used some of the leaves as my feminine hygiene wash. It's very good.

The rest was given to my old neighbour who likes to eat 'sentil tembakau'.

How's the taste of the betel that you've eaten?

Ries Lee said...

kuat makan sireh boleh kene kanser kan...

farah aminuddin said...

moyang penah suapkan mase kecik2. lepas tu sampai sekarang da tak makan

Fatt Chin Choy said...

ko suka bau dia?
aku rasa ko dah ketagih kot

tapi makan sirih ni buat gigi rosak

~LP Lum~ said...

ahaks~ kak sha.. nak wat mcm mna eik kalo mkn byk pn srih kat mjlis kawen tp sang truna ndak gak mncul2?? :)
mak sy kta, kalo dah smpai seru sok, xyah mkn sirih mkn ice cream pn smpai ar jodohnya 2... :)

p/s : lmanya ndak jmpa ngan akak... miz u~ :)

a.z.r.i.n.a.03.07 said...

Salam Sha.

to share my exp.

Nenek KRina makan sejak dia muda lagi.. Kami adik beradik berebut nak buatkan utk dia. Nenek KRina mesti bwak dia punya 'totebag' dengan lesung sekali ! kemana-mana. Lepas siap makan dia akan sentel tembakau pulak... rindu that momentlah!

Sejak nenek dah takda sorang pun anak2 dia mengikut...

Na Shari said...

Hehehe...teringat la masa akak bujang dulu.

Time kawan akak kawin, kitorang yang bujang2 ni sibuk curi sirih hantaran dia tu...Then makan ramai-ramai. Akak pulak poyo nak mampus, depan diorang akak tak makan...Tapi kat beakang...Akak makan cepat2 sambi doa..."Ya Allah Ya Tuhanku, percepatkanah jodohku..."

:)

manje said...

urmmmmm ...
manje nak pergi cari betel sekarang jugak!
ehehhehhe ,,,dah gatal nak kahwin =D

miera a.k.a merr said...
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miera a.k.a merr said...

*ahakz.. wah..betel..da lama x tgk.. dlu ms zmn arwah nenek ada..harus la dia usung sgala set sireh ke hulu hilir... klu nk kuar g mna2..kne gtau sejam awl... sbb nk kunyah sireh tu sume dlu kasik bibir merah... konon lipstick r.. jiwa muda tol...hihi..

*btol tu kak..mmg jodoh pertemuan mmg d tgn tuhan...
tp kita tetap kne usaha..
mgkin da tertulis dlm perancangan Allah kne mkn 122 kali bru dpt jodoh... tp kite bhenti pada kali yg ke 121....sbb tu xdpt2... hehe... cth je tu..
maksud sy d cni... usaha sedaya mungkin... jgn putus asa... :)

smoga hari itu cepat tiba,...ihik... :)

blogresipi said...

first time kena paksa mkn betels neh, masa majlis tunang. konon sbg tanda terima. huhu.. kalo sesaje memang tak makan ler.heheh

shasha said...

mieng kam is sodaaaaaaaaaaaap. there's this thai resto kat great eastern mall that serves awesome mieng kam.

p/s: i have no idea how to spell it correctly.

ashley said...

Cheryns,
there is an art in SPITTING the betel after chewing it!
.
.
ha ha ha

spreeet
spreettt..

[ o k e d ] said...

freshkan nafas and kurangkan bau molot..nthlaa...

opah ade pernah aja oked beberapa style org dolu2 susun sireh ni..and stiap kali sdare mara kawen..oked la yg dok gedik buat susunan sireh yg mcm opah aja..

nnt oked kawen oked kne buat sendiri jugak ke ade org nk buatkan ea..

rumah atok byk sgt2 pokok sireh..

Precious said...

Makan sirih, no! Tanam sirih, yes! Daunnya lebar dan cantik!!

zaradgreat said...

never ate betel before. oohohoo. wanna try lah next time. heeeeee----

Kujie said...

kalau nak tegok orang makan sirih secara aktif, pergilah sekitar Pasar Borong KL, area Selayang tu..wah..kat lantai penuh corak2

Kak Jie tanam sirih, yes...katanya baik utk petua perubatan org perempuan..

kuch said...

Kalu mkn 'betel' bule lpakan seseorang..elok ah,gadis2 mane bru lpas clash ngn pakwe mkn betel tu..haha

fa10 said...

x pernah makan pun... akak dah pindah blog tau!

sya said...

pernah dengar, dan pernah cuba tau.. hahaha...

arwah nenek memang tak boleh berenggang dengan sirih, nak gi jalan2 pun mesti ada bekal sirih.. :P

err, saya sangat suka buat gubahan daun sirih... :D

iza~de~bintang said...

Pernah dengar lah org kata nak makan sirih kawen tu pun kena cari daun yang bertemu urat.. (Iza...hah?? susahnya, bertemu urat segala nih) Tapi dah depa suruhkan, buatlah, cubit sikitlah, pastu tak jadi lah, pedas lah huhu. Tu sebab jadoh tak menjadi kot :p ahaha. Gurau jer. Betullah tu jodoh di tangan DIA.

ZARA 札拉 said...

..hehehehe~

zara nak makan McD bleh?

instead of makan sirih~

hehehe~

sI tEDI said...

masa kecik2 selalu makan sirh sbb nenek jiran sebelah selalu ketuk2 buat sirih..

suka bau dauh sirih.. :)

aishah_conteng_je said...

tak pernah tahu pun petua ni..apesal takde orang kasi tahu kat aishah?

selama ni buatkan sirih junjung untuk orang je..sambil berangan...

heee~

hasni said...

xto pon
gpon
kat sbh time wedding
xmen r tepak sirih ni
huhu
tp
kena cuba jgk petua ni
mana to menjadi
ehehe

Pocket said...

pocket buleh makan sireh,
bukan pasal nak cari jodoh ker apa,
tp makan sireh memang bg pocket
tidak lah se'bluweekk' mana.

tak buleh ker kita buat sireh ada chocolate chips or, stroberi cutting inside. it wont taste the same anymore,
but atleast the thing will not be forgotten.

adding that regardless of all the new way to chew betel developed...
one still remembers to good old ways lah kan :D

pinang sha bleh pepak gitu jer tak?