Thursday, November 05, 2009

orkid's cafe: what is pucuk tetek?

Hey, don't get me wrong. I know the title of my posting is a bit obscene for you but I'm not trying to use any foul language here. I'm just trying to ask you a question:

What is pucuk tetek?

I don't know what it is. Seriously! I was surfing about Sambal Tempoyak Daun Kayu - a Negeri Sembilan signature dish. And I found this:

"The original recipe would contain more than 40 types of leaves and plants, including some rare species such as the Pucuk Lidah Kerbau, Sulur Keladi Birah, Pucuk Tetek, Pucuk Pelanduk and Pucuk Sekentut."

See? I told you there is something called pucuk tetek!

Actually, I had this regret of not asking my late nenek about it. This was her specialty. Nenek was very good in herbs. When I was small, she brought me to this green area behind Buluh Perindu. There were lots of herbs there and she showed me all the herbs and taught me about it. I was so naive, I didn't write it down. That was very stupid of me, I wasted a heritage. Arrrgggghhhh...(this makes me tense up!)

I googled, I checked flickr and I tried to find in my books - I couldn't find it. I tried to use google images too. They showed me the picture of boobs. Yes, I know. I shouldn't do that. I mean, I didn't feel anything though. God has given me that too. So, my IP should be clean for investigation. And I'm straight - I can assure that:p

I need to ask my wan. I hope she knows because her son doesn't know. I found the article about this dish and I read pucuk tetek out loud. My parents laughed aloud. Hehehe. Dirty minded. Just like their daughter:P

Okay...enough of double meaning talks over here. I hope by posting this, someone from Negeri Sembilan will read this and tell me about the 40 types of leaves and plants. The reason being is because I want to master in cooking this with ALL ingredients from the original recipe. As someone who is originated from Negeri Sembilan, I must know this. Most people thought that Masak Lemak Lado Api is our main dish - but this is also one of the state's specialties. I saw this program in RTM - Tunku Jawahir, one of Negeri Sembilan's princess cooked this but did not specify on the names of the leaves and plants. I could only see it in glance.

If we don't have the complete ingredient, can we cook this dish?

Of course! We can settle down with the basic ingredients which include Pucuk Ubi, Daun Kunyit, Pucuk Labu, Daun Kaduk and Petai. But this dish is an art. I remember the first time I helped ibu to prepare the classic dish. Her voice raised like Luciano Pavarotti! I was young and was only expert in using a pen to write. So, when ibu asked me to hold a knife and julienne the leaves, I went absurd. Ibu got a bit angry, she told me,

"Masak ni ada seni. Kalau macam ni tak ada seni. Kasar betul ni! Siapa nak datang meminang kalau buat kasar-kasar macam ni?!"

Yes, we have to shred it and make it look like bunga rampai. That is the art. I've seen lots of picture for this dish but several were a bit artless. The painstakingly process has its own reason, I suppose. Over the past 15 years, I have been learning on how to use a knife to shred the leaves based on nenek and ibu's requirement. I remember serving this for a kenduri at Buluh Perindu. My cousins did it with me. Our mothers watched with their sharp eyes. This year, it looks a bit okay. Maybe it's time for me to get married;P

How does it taste? Well, I think it's better for you to cook it before eating it. That way, you'll have more thrill in eating it. The dish - if based on basic ingredients, is very easy to make even though it requires shredding. I'm not putting the recipe here, but if you google, you'll finds some blogs and fotopages which are focusing on this. The best I could find and the closest to the original recipe is at this site.

I am missing my late nenek. She always had the answer for things like this because she was the best teacher I've ever had. It's November which means she has left me for nine lonely years. Life has never been the same without her. I have been eating this since I was small. She plucked the leaves, she julienned it, and she cooked it for me. She teased me, she laughed at me. Yesterday, when I was doing everything by myself in the rain, I felt very lonely. I think ibu felt it too. She was my grandmother. But she was ibu's mother.

Now...tell me, what is pucuk tetek?

It's melancholic!

It supposed to turn me on.

***Just kidding***
* I was not kidding about my nenek's part. Just that one.

45 comments:

~ mizzAmy ~ said...

amy ni kalau bab-bab masak, memang surrender lah. apa tah lagi nama-nama ulam dan daun. lagi lah no idea.

Samaira said...

sha siyes mmg selalu rindu org yg dah x de kan
miss my arwah atok and nenek too..
al fatihah..

Ara Amnan said...

i xpenah tnya my grandma psl mskn. Cuma dia slalu crita psl zmn jepun dia.

Hohoho~

[ o k e d ] said...

pucuk paku..pucuk betik..pucuk ubi pucuk tercucuk..haha..pucuk tetek tu ape?

tetel tau ah

~LP Lum~ said...

dlm byk2 pucuk yg kak sha sbutkn td, hnye pucuk labu, pucuk ubi, daun kunyit, petai n daun sekentut aje yg sy pernah mkn n tau..
tp pucuk yg lain 2, xpenah dgr lak kak.. mcm mak sy pn jz gna yg basic aje.. sbbnya nak cri 40 jenis pucuk kat PD nie teramat ar sukar.. so gna aje yg basic.. wlaupn xsma rsa ngan yg ori but itz not bad 4 me... :)
(teramat giler akan smbal pucuk kayu nie) ;p

Cik Qemm said...

uiks seriously tak pernah dgr.daun sekentut tu sha tau ke cemane?

qemmal ni sayur yg basic pun tak tau,ni plak yg ancient.sorry tak dpt menolong, tapi glad baca artikel ni and know there's a herb called pucuk tetek.

:D

google said...

huhuhu

sambal tempoyak + petai + ikan bawal...

nak bes lagi ikan patin di bakar ala2.. bungkus dengan daun kunyit... walaweyyyy


meleh air liur pakcik wey..huhuhuh

kuina said...

pucuk kayu tu dalam kategori ulam2an gak kan..

eeehh pucuk kaduk utk awet muda u...

zeqzeq said...

hah
pucuk??..kaduk dgn tetek??

bahasa bersurat atau dialek?

zeqzeq said...

Pucuk Lidah Kerbau, Sulur Keladi Birah, Pucuk Tetek, Pucuk Pelanduk and Pucuk Sekentut.>>semuanya tak kenal..

cik intan (◡‿◡✿) said...

.kak sha ni suke ceta psal makan
.da la lapo T__T

.kite ske sgt mkn pucuk ubi+smbal belacan+tomato
.wuuu maveles! ;p

~Kak AZZ~ said...

Sha, akak salu buek guno pucuk kunyit, pucuk labu, pucuk ubi, potai dgn ikan bilih sikit...pucuk yg lain2 tu susah na bona nk cari ehh...

tp akak takdo la hiris halus sgt mcm bunga rampai tu sbb nanti benyek sangat....mulo2 tu masak kuah dgn bilih + tempoyak + lado api + kunyit idop dulu...bilo kuah dh agak pokat, baru masok an bahan2 lain tu...potai lak kono tgk gak...kok potai mudo boleh la masok skali dgn daun td....kok potai tuo, kono la masuk an dio memula dulu...

yg ponting tompoyak jangan masam...kono guno tompoyak baru...baru la sodap hinggo menjilat pinggan hehehe...

cheqna said...

nanti cheqna balik kampung tanya nenek cheqna ye...

apa itu pucuk tetek..

ekekeke..kelako la plop nama..

lagi satu nak tanya pernah dengo terung kopek???

miss jane said...

seyesly kak sha..i dunno n never heart this pucuk before...

kekekekekekek

so shock ok...reading ur entry posting...heheheh

me<<<< dirty minded too;))

hahahahahah

relevan said...

Pucuk tetek..ada banyak kat kampung gua..

speckurosaklagi said...

kena tanya cucu wok nih...
nanti spec tanya cucu wok kat rembau..cucu wok akan tanya wan..

shakirah said...

nanti adik tanya mummy if she knows. haha. but she's never mentioned it, so i kinda doubt it.

i remember the kenduri when the girls had to julienne the leaves! i dont remember if i took part, coz adik always remember trying to get myself out of doing chores! :P like how bambob does the dish-washing on my behalf during kenduri and so on :P

but anyways, my point is that, our nenek probably had OCD because all the stories i've heard frm our mothers are about how everything has to be done to perfection. kain baju kalau lipat tak neat kena selongkar balik, serai kena hiris nipis2, daun2 for sambal daun kayu kena macam bunga rampai, etc. as a result, mak mak kita pun, EVERYTHING has to be done to perfection. but the worst part is that since my mum's the first-born daughter in between two elder bros and two younger bros (before the rest of the girls were born), she's the most OCD of the sisters! ahahahahahahaha.

so moral of the story is, jikalau anda bukan perfectionist mcm mak saya jangan harap lah nak tolong dia kat dapur... or if u're superslow in the kitchen like i am, pun jangan harap la nak tolong dia kat dapur. hahahah.

and if u dont believe me, even my brother mentioned mummy's perfectionist ways in one of his friday articles.

iza~de~bintang said...

Wah tak pernah dengar jugak nama daun yg cukup exotik tu huhu.
Iza pon tak reti masak, pandai makan ja hehehe.

p/s: siap2 nak pi KL, jom :)

farah said...

byk khasiat dalam ulam-ulaman nie.

tp, saya tak makan la plak ulam2 nie.

:P

ween said...

OMG, 40 in total? that's a lot!

Hee. Pucuk sekentut sounds funny too for me ;p

Dee said...

sha..my mother in law selalu masak ni..in fact my husband mmglah sukakan..org n9. Tp i x pernah berminat nk tya..sbb i x mkn. Kalo i balik kl..itulah yg ditapaukan..sbb tau anaknya suka. Sedap eh sha..hihihi..tp x penah tgk camana MIL buat..next time i tgk ok..

julietchun said...

pelik2 ye nama pucuk yg disebut tu. org veteran mungkin tau ni.

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

tak pernah dengar tapi pernah pergi kenduri-kendara di rumah kawan di Gemas, NS those days...

ada gulai maman.. baunya hmmmmm...sori yer KRina tak boley masuk...

Ayu said...

pucuk tetek tu sebenarnya nama khas atau nama panggilan dia je sha.. actually nama scientific dia lain.. alamak lupa plak la.. arwah mak dulu slalu sebut... skang ni all my 3 sisters dah pandai masak mcm mak semua n9 dishes nih..cuma adik bongsu dia ni je yg malas sket nk try.. but me expert in sambal gesek, sambal tumis kampung, masak lemak lada api.. tapi kenkadang tanya ayah jugak kalu nk masak.. heheh..

-->> anyhow sha.. gud luck dalam memperlajari n9 dishes ni.. sama la kita.. as anak n9 jati kena tau sumer tu.. :)<<--

N A N I E said...

I've heard it before :)
40 types? Banyaknyer Sha..

LORD ZARA 札拉 said...

kak...
lapor!!

yatie said...

pucuk tetek tu aper???

i never met my nenek both side... so tak pernah tanya pasal masak masak

mier@merr said...

hoho...ptotlah klu gatal smacam tu org pggil bighah.... keladi ropenye....

LiNda said...

Tabik spring kat awak...

sentiasa ada idea tentang menu..

pucuk tetek ?

jarang dengarlah.... kalau tetek taulah .. hahaha jangan marah ekh !

sueanne said...

hehehe..first time dgr..
cam kelakar pun ada..hahaha..

ashley said...

Cheryna,
I tasted this 'sambal tempoyak pucuk kayu' for the first time when I was pregnant my first child. It was cooked by makcik sebelah RUMAH...and she was from N9.
It was so goooooood I kept asking her for the recipe. But she would say...'Tak OSAH la nak oooi..kut toghingin, makcik buek kat ekau'

TERINGAT sampai sekarang KESEDAPANnya!!

sonata anak kancil said...

suke gak makan ulam2 ni...masak + tempoyak + lada kecik = sedap la

lupekanje said...

hmmm... only Releven said that there were a lot of pucuk tetek at his hometown...as for me...this is my first time to hear the name.
I like Gulai Tempoyak... my mom will cook it if we ask for it... her gulai tempoyak was always the best to us..
She did mentioned about Daun sekentut...one of the herbs to be add in the gulai..but as I remember..nvr heard about Pucuk Tetek ..hehehe..

I am goin back to Linggi tomorrow, and will try to ask my mother about it...if she knw...and if she hv it, I'll take it to u...where in the world are u?

I'll go to Koler Pilah in the afternoon, to send my daughter back to college..
Mayb u can gv me your phone number... so tht I'll let u knw if I hv the information u need...

I'll add u in my YM ok...

xiiinam said...

Eksotiknya nama...tak tergamak nak sebut..he..he..

Fatt Chin Choy said...

pucuk tetek ialah...

dah dah.. lucah plak komen aku nanti

p/s: jom cari time machine

sI tEDI said...

ini bulan kafe orkid.. tahan je lah nafsu cerita pasal makan2 ni..

mungkin setiap negeri berlainan nak sebut nama pucuk tu..
tapi serius.. aku takpernah ;g dengar nama pukuk tete* tu..


asal aku x leh menaip penuh ek?

la la la

sya said...

kitorang panggil sambal tempoyak je..
kalau kat sini, tiap kali kenduri memang ada laa..
ish, terliur laaa... huhu

ashie023 said...

pucuk midin..yes..i think ..this is it..pucuk midin..atau pucuk paku..tp pucuk paku besow skit kot..
ahhh..really dunno..haha

Pocket said...

the only pucuk pocket ever heard about would be pucuk ubi kayu, heheh other then that, i wont know...

am just the eat and run kinda guy who never cared more about what i've eaten:)

but u did mentioned daun kaduk..
and kaduk was for miang kam (Or how was the spelling again?) so basically that just added to the lonely list of daun kayu that i'm having.

i think its a pucuk daun kayu yg seorang wanita amik koott!!
and previously they have this weird nature of calling names to anything that the dont know what to call...
so its a list of daun kayu,
ladies loving it,
so ... its pucuk tetek!!

i dont know .. but i'm sure i'll be asking someone tomorrow :D

blogresipi said...

kite kan.. pucuk tau. tet*k tau. pucuk tetek tak tau.hahaha

Adila said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!! what's with the name!!

creative betul org kasi nama tu hehe
if psl masak2 ni.. i surrender awal2 hehe
masak utk sendiri mkn, boleh la~
utk kasi org mkn? errrr.. mkn luar je la ye hahaha

Kujie said...

tak tau lah sha,

kak jie tak pandai masak. masa zaman kecik2 lebih kepada kena jaga adik2 dari memasak..

lepas sekolah dah duduk sendiri, kahwin..dan lebih rapat dgn mak mertua..jadi pengaruh jawa lebih menebal

♠ y.a.n.i.e putrajaya ♠ said...

fes time dengar nama PUCUK TETEK...hehhehe...

*tersenyum2*

LOVE said...

Never heard abt Pucuk Tetek b4...hehehe ;)

LotsOfLove-Pearls said...

Dear Sha,
1st time tau ader Pucuk tetek..