KUALA KRAI – It was business as usual for 50 residents of Kampung Lepan Jenut, also known as ‘Kampung Lemang’ in Manek Urai, here, who resumed selling lemang the past five days after floods interrupted their business for three weeks.
Difficulty in obtaining ingredients like glutinous rice, bamboo and banana leaves did not stop them from operating their business.
Lemang seller Mazri Mahassan, 35, said getting hold of bamboo and banana leaves was a challenge as flood waters had washed such items away.
“Usually bamboo and banana leaves are in abundance, but the flood has made it difficult to find them.
“I used to be able to get both items in one place in Dabong, now I need to spend more time scouring for bamboo and banana leaves in the hilly areas of Dabong,” he told Bernama at his stall here today.
Mazri, who has been in the lemang business for 10 years, said he maintained his price of RM10 for three sticks of lemang despite the difficulty in obtaining raw materials needed to cook the delicacy.
Another seller, Sapinah Umar, 64, said she got her son to pick up glutinous rice from Machang and Pasir Puteh as retailers in Kuala Krai had not resumed their businesses.
“Luckily the price of glutinous rice is still controlled although it has been difficult to find after floods hit.
“The price of 25kg of glutinous rice is about RM105, only a RM5 increase compared to before the floods,” she said.
Sapinah added that she managed to sell up to 40 sticks of lemang a day after people thronged Manek Urai to provide assistance in restoring the area. – BERNAMA