“Cold Powder”

bedak-sejukYou’re not going to believe me: My dad reads PP blog everytime it’s updated! It’s kind of unusual for a 56-year-old man like him to be interested in what’s going on in the blog. Besides, he always asks me what I’d like to write about on new posts and gives me ideas that I could have never come up with. Thanks to him, I’m able to share something precious with all of you this time.

See the picture on your left? These chocolate-chips-like pieces are called Bedak Sejuk, literally means cold powder in Malay.

While having dinner at my grandma’s yesterday, Dad said to me, with his mouth half full: “You know what you can talk about in your next blog post? Bedak Sejuk!” When I think of powder, I think of talc. Immediately, I opposed: “Dad, powder isn’t organic.”

Dad smilingly corrected me: “No, you’re wrong. Bedak Sejuk IS organic. It’s wholly made of rice. If you don’t believe me, you can ask Grandma.” Coincidentally, Grandma was walking from the kitchen into the dining area. “What are you two talking about?” I asked her what cold powder was made of and how it was made.

Grandma answered confidently: “Bedak Sejuk is made of rice. First, rinse the rice grains until clean. Then, soak the rice with water for 3 months or until dissolved. After 3 months, dispose the water and pour the rice paste into a container. Then, filter the rice paste using a clean cloth. The filtered rice paste is then poured into a clean container and fill the container with water. The water must be changed everyday for 2 to 3 weeks or until the unpleasant smell is completely gone. After that, spread the rice paste on a clean cloth, which is to be placed under the sun for 1 week or until it is dry. When it is almost dry, break it into small pieces and lastly put it back under the sun until it is completely dry.” She also added that the broken pieces could be dried together with Pandan leaves (Scientific Name: Pandanus amaryllifolius) or jasmine to give the powder fragrance and to get rid of the bad smell.

After she was finished, she took a jar that was filled with cold powder out from the cupboard behind her, and proudly said: “I have in my possession this particular jar of Bedak Sejuk for almost 20 years. It was made by your greatgrandmother before she passed away.”

According to Grandma, you’ll just have to dissolve a few powder chips with a little water on your palm and slather over your face or body. It’s best to use it on hot and humid days as cold powder has cooling effect and it is an effective for rashes. Most importantly, it is entirely natural and organic.