Only the very skilled cook knows how to prepare fresh buntal for the pot. I must say I won't want to do any of this kitchen work.
|The dried puff up skin of a buntal is used to make a lamp shade to the delight of both adults and children.|
Its eggs are beautiful, whether salted or fresh. In Saratok and Betong of Sarawak buntal eggs are sold in packets of RM10.00. Tourists and locals look anxiously for them in the market. Salted buntal eggs are good with porridge especially. They also form a nice ingredient for omelettes.
But one use of the buntal skin is for the making of lanterns and this calls for a special skill to take out all the flesh and puff up the skin for drying.