Thursday, May 06, 2010

Air Kelapa Bakar Utara (Northern Burnt Coconut Water) @ Kampung Subang, Selangor


dilapidated sign, black and black, stainless steel mugs

Taking the back roads of a highway one day, I discovered this interesting item rarely seen in the city - pitch black burnt coconuts that is said to yield water with healing properties. It's a bit disconcerning to see the usually green young coconuts turn into soot black coconuts with a flaky ash exterior but I was mighty curious to discover its taste.


chop chop for the sweet tasting water

The coconuts are burnt in a large metal container until the coconuts turn black. The lady wasn't very helpful in telling me how long they took but I guess it ranges from 1/2 hour to more, depending on the fire. One article on the Internet claims it should be burnt for 5 hours to get its healthy benefits. To ensure that there's still water within the coconut, the lady will shake each coconut before she carts them off to be cut.


air kelapa bakar utara in all its brown glory

Once chopped, you will find the water has a slight murky brown colour while the flesh is brown on one side but pristine white on the other side. Tastewise, it's still sweet (but then she did add syrup to it) with a hint of smokiness. However, it is a little weird to drink something of this colour though. One coconut is RM3, about 50 cents more than the normal coconut water.


scenes from the roadside stall that also sells fruits

From what I've read on the Internet, the Indonesians and the Malays believe drinking this coconut water will cure a number of ills especially if it is done on a long term basis. Even though I'm not too sure if this is proven, I do know drinking coconut water is great for chicken pox or as a great refresher especially in this crazy heat we're currently experiencing. One extra bonus - this stall seems to be on the flight path of the Firefly planes. Every minute of two, you get to see a visual of the plane flying across, hence it's literally a view to kill while you dine on the refreshing coconut.

Kelapa Bakar Utara
Stall located on the road between Sungai Buloh to Kampung Subang
Near the exit into Fella Design and the entrance into the Guthrie Corridor.
Selangor

(Halal. Open from 8am to evening daily. For more pictures, see
my Flickr set.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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13 comments:

Life for Beginners said...

Hmm. Them brown coconut water kinda looks like squid (sotong) skin in some seafood broth... Which, might be kind nice, brewing some seafood soup in a coconut? :)

PerutBesi said...

I stay around this area, but I didn't notice such a thing...ahaha...nasiblah, I'm stuck in Cyberjaya for 5/7 days a week...hahaha...I wanna go try this out someday! :D

~Thinke®~ said...

wow.. never know of such a drink... should go and try it... =) but prefer without the syrup if possible... LoL

thule a.k.a leo said...

yeah... that was exactly what I heard from the Malay counterpart :) I mean, the healing thingy...
but we already have our own traditional Chinese recipe to stay healthy!!

Precious Pea said...

Interesting! Heard of it but haven't really seen it before. Looks good to me....must really try next time am back.

The Hungry Caterpillar said...

Never mind the healing properties...the coconut water is extra yummy because of all the lemak sweetness that heating seems to bring out...I first had this in Kota Bharu, but it was not burnt till black.

pang said...

hv tried tis burnt coconut in Sabah. well, i guess is is an acquired taste. But i luv d coconut pudding over there. :P

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Diary of Kay El said...

I don't know how true this is but was told drinking some young coconut water just before baby is due will help minimise heat rash. So, I had quite a bit of young coconut water a few weeks before my baby was due (mainly also because I was feeling overheated most days when I was pregnant and was downing ice water as well). No heat rash on my son - not sure if got good skin from the dad or the coconut water helped....sure tastes better than plain water...

Krystle Chelsea said...

Seriously? Burnt coconut? Ewww, never tried before.
Check your credit

Lee Ping said...

I'm a university student, who is busy for exams currently. Feel like drinking a cup of coconut water to refresh my mind.

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Promosi & Sales Sana Sini said...

bende ni nampak macam sedap!xtau pon ade..nk try lah..

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