Wajid Temburong, the famous glutinous rice treat mixed with sugar and wrapped in nyirik leaves, held together using small bamboo sticks, is one of the local delicacies of Temburong, together with Cendol Temburong and Udang Galah (King Prawn).
“People of Temburong have been making Wajid Temburong since the 1970s, where there have been two versions of the wajid – Wajid Pulut and Wajid Temburong. The three core components of the delicacy are rice, sugar, and fresh coconut cream,” explained Runa Bagol, Head of Women’s Bureau for Rataie Village Consultative Council.
Wajid Temburong is also known as Wajid Jawa, due to its use of Beras Jawa. “For me, the rice itself makes the delicacy unique when compared to other wajid. It gives a distinctive taste and texture to the whole dish,” she added.
To make the dish, first, cook the rice. While waiting, freshly pressed coconut milk is cooked together with sugar in a pan until the mixture starts to caramelize (turns brown). At this stage, the cooked rice is stirred into the pan until it becomes sticky and turns dark brown. Then, transfer the mixture to a container to cool. Once it has cooled, fold it neatly inside the nyirik leaves and the dish is now ready to be served.
Despite the simplicity of the recipe, it can take hours to make this delicacy. It all depends on the amount that is being made. A small batch will take about an hour or two while larger batches can take up to 5 hours.
When asked about the comparison between the making of wajid in the past and during the present time, Runa explained that the only difference is in the flavours produced. There are now more flavours being introduced such as durian and yam, giving the dish a more modern twist.
In the old days, Wajid Temburong was usually served as a special dish during gatherings such as weddings and ‘Makan Doa Arwah’. Nowadays, people who wish to get a taste of it can find them at the local Tamu Temburong.
Moreover, Wajid Temburong has since become a part of the One Village One Product initiative, increasing its availability among the villages of Temburong. There are, however, plenty of other delicacies that can be found in Temburong, so be sure to try them all out!