His name is quite easy to remember, namely besek. That’s what the Javanese call it. One of the functions of this tool is to store kitchen spices such as onion, garlic, chili, galangal, turmeric, and so on. This item is present in traditional kitchens.

In the Javanese dictionary “Baoesastra Java” written by WJS Poerwadarminta (published in 1939), page 37 states, “besek yaiku araning wadhah saemper tumbu nanging little sarta nganggo close”. In Indonesian, it means that besek is a container of a kind of tumbu/wakul, which is small in shape and has a lid. In reality, the shape of the besek is more like a cube with a lid. However, the average height is about 4-8 cm, while the other side is about 25-40 cm, depending on the size of the besek.

Besek is made of woven bamboo. Generally what is used inside or often called the heart. Which is still natural, the outside and inside, the color is the same yellowish white. But now it is more varied, it has been given different colors. Until now, there are still many natural traditional besek found in traditional markets or stalls. The price is also affordable, a pair between Rp 1,000-Rp 2,000 depending on the size.

Complete besek, container and lid, collection of the Yogyakarta Cultural House Tembi Museum

Until now, the besek is still often used by the Javanese people, one of which is used as a place for kitchen spices. But often besek in large parties is used for feast purposes, which function as a container for rice and side dishes, or basic food packages, such as rice, sugar, tea, cooking oil, eggs, noodles, savory rice, sticky rice, compote, apem, and snacks. market.

Another function of the besek is sometimes used to store food. In its development, besek is also used to wrap regional specialties, such as geplak, fried getuk, tiwul, and others.

Besek in the kitchen can be durable if used frequently. It can be more than 2 years old. However, if it is not used often, it will usually be eaten by insects so it is easily damaged. If damaged, usually the besek is thrown away or burned. There are no taboos related to the use of besek as a kitchen utensil.

Source: Tembi

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