September 11, 2015

Miri : Sireh (Lou Yuer)

It is a native of Malaysia and has spread widely to many parts of Asia especially India.

Many experts claim that it is even used as an aphrodisiac. But most local people of Sarawak believe that it helps to control flatulence, so chewing the leaves throughout the day is good.

"Prevent kentut!!" a friend said.

Sireh leaves or Lou Yuer in Foochow have many health benefits. One of them is helping us to reduce itchiness of the skin if we boil the leaves and bathe with the warm water. Besides it is good as a treatment for nervousness and fatique so that is why chewing betel nut and sireh leaves is a happy relaxing down time for women especially in the kampong and longhouses.

Sarawakian Local Delights : Haruan or Leh Ngii

1.7 kg. is quite a big fish, now costing  about 45 ringgit at least. It is interesting how the haruan or leh ngii has always been eaten ...