Being a small scale Chinatown, finding Muslim friendly food is quite a feat if you are not familar with the town, but fret not, there are actually plenty of them around. One of them is Lemang To’Ki.
Located in the outskirt of the town, Lemang To’Ki is a favourite among motorbikers who are on convoys. It’s usually crowded on weekend and definitely not a place for you to drop by if you are the sort who wants to be served hand and foot whenever you dine as they practice the self service concept.Their specialty is of course, Lemang. Lemang is a traditional food made of glutinous rice, coconut milk and salt, cooked in a hollowed bamboo stick lined with banana leaves in order to prevent the rice from sticking to the bamboo. It is commonly found in maritime Southeast Asian countries, especially Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia.
The bamboo tube containing glutinous rice, salt and coconut milk is placed slightly slanted on a small fire with the opening facing upwards and turned regularly in order to make it evenly cooked. It takes about 4–5 hours to cook Lemang.
Lemang is commonly eaten to mark the end of daily fasting during the annual Muslim holidays of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha, but here at Lemang To’Ki in Bentong, you can enjoy them whole year through.
Apart from Lemang, they are also selling roasted chicken.
Here’s what we had during our trip to Bentong; Roasted chicken, lemang with chicken curry and lemang with serunding.
Roasted chicken was perfectly done. Crispy on the outside and juicily flavourful on the inside. It was finger licking good.
Lemang with chicken curry was fabulous. The chicken curry was thick and rich and complemented the lemang very well.
Lemang with serunding ayam was not only fun to eat but was positively addictive.
Cendol was one of the cooling beverage offered here in Lemang To’Ki. Sweet and refreshing, cendol is definitely one of the must have thing here in Lemang To’Ki.
For more information on Lemang To’Ki, please refer to the information below:
Bt 2 Jalan Tras, Bentong, Malaysia
Business hours: 7am-7pm daily
Fb page: https://www.facebook.com/LemangToki/