September 16, 2017

Sarawakian Local Delights : Simpor

The simpor is very useful to the indigenous people, especially the Kedayans of Northern Sarawak.

The young leaves are eaten as salads, and the older leaves are used to wrap fresh meat for sale. In the 1950's and 60's in Sibu many youths would collect the big simpor leaves to sell to the butchers. About 30 leaves would get them 20 cents.No automatic alt text available.
The trunk can be used to support pepper vines and other vines. In fact the trunk often starts to regrow into another tree!! This is how easily simpor can grow in Sarawak.Image may contain: plant, outdoor and food

There is another use for simpor leaves - to wrap the popular nasi lemak, and to wrap tapai, or fermented glutinous rice, a popular and addictive snack.

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Close up of a Simpor leaf
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One way of using simpor leaf to wrap rice.

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The simpor flowers are yellow in colour and are very pretty.

Note: The Simpor is the National Flower of Brunei Sultanate, our neighbouring state.. Its beautiful flower is on the currency of the country. It is also a criminal offence to cut down a simpor tree.

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