Erok-erok or serok is one of the traditional Javanese kitchen tools that still exists today. In other communities, of course, also know this kind of tool, although the name can be different. Erok-erok is almost always present as a kitchen tool whose function is to drain food ingredients after frying or sometimes ingredients after boiling. Usually erok-erok is always near the pan.

In the era of erok-erok made of bamboo, which grows a lot around the yard or garden. In its development this tool is made of zinc, aluminum, stenlis, or wire. Although the material has changed, the function remains the same.

The shapes and sizes of erok-erok vary. Erok-erok made of woven bamboo, usually triangular like a fan. The direction of the handle or base is usually narrow, while the end is wide. About 40-50 cm long. Erok-erok woven bamboo can be made yourself. Currently it is very rarely found in traditional markets or stalls. The weakness of these erok-erok easily damaged, especially if not cared for properly.

Bamboo erotica is placed hanging from the collection of the Tembi Museum of the Yogyakarta Cultural House

Meanwhile, eroks made of metal materials, such as zinc, aluminum, stainless steel, and wire are generally round in shape at the ends and have small holes. Except for those made of coiled wire coils in the shape of a cobweb, of course the holes are bigger. At the base or small handle in the form of a stick or stick. The handle is usually made of wood so it doesn’t get hot easily. However, many are made of the same material as the ends, which are made of metal. The sizes of metal jars vary, small, medium and large, with diameters ranging from 25 cm to 60 cm.

Housewives usually use small erok-erok, according to the capacity of family members. Big eroks are often used by fried food vendors and during celebrations in the village. Catering managers usually also use various sizes of erok-erok, according to the ingredients that are fried, such as shallots, garlic, chicken, fish, to crackers.

If this traditional kitchen utensil is damaged, sometimes it can be repaired, but usually it is more often thrown away or used as fuel. Caring for erok-erok is quite easy. Usually just put on the pan. Sometimes it is also placed on a kitchen shelf or hung.

Erok-Erok made of bamboo and zinc

In its use, bamboo erok does not have taboos like some other kitchen tools. So, the use of this tool is more free.

Traditional erok-erok made of woven bamboo is very rarely found in family kitchens as well as traditional markets and stalls. However, the kitchen utensils can still be found in museums, one of which is the Tembi Museum, the Yogyakarta Cultural House.

Source: Tembi