Iwel iwel

Plants

People

Made with

Banana, Coconut, Rice

Made by Tarmiati (lead), Ince, Moe Yin, Aleithia

Time

Activities

2021

Eating

Place

Michelle's garden, Aleithia's home, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Man Wei: Ince, do you eat iwel iwel? Armi wants to make iwel iwel.


Ince: Iwel iwel is what? Never heard before…


Man Wei: This kind of kueh??? [picture from Google search]


Ince: Kueh koci [a similar kueh found in both Indonesia and Singapore]? Never eat before I think. Can lah I can help wrap and eat. I go Google later what’s iwel iwel, I think it’s Javanese snacks. Looks like what we ate yesterday [mote hpaat htote], that Themboi made with the glutinous rice flour!


Man Wei is from Singapore. Ince is from Waingapu, Sumba Timur, Indonesia. Tarmiati is from Kediri, Jawa Timur, Indonesia.

The iwel iwel in our Home reminds different people of different occasions and places. Those of us who cooked and ate it together however, made new memories around it. During our ‘SayurXmas: Banana Xchange’ event (12/12/2021), Tarmiati shared her own recipe and wrapping style for iwel iwel. In this engagement, we harvested fresh banana leaves from a garden and used them to wrap and serve various foods from participants’ homes.

Wrapping iwel iwel. Singapore, 12/12/2021. Photo by Aleithia.
Wrapping iwel iwel. Singapore, 12/12/2021. Photo by Aleithia.

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Steaming iwel iwel. Singapore, 12/12/2021. Photo by Aleithia.
Steaming iwel iwel. Singapore, 12/12/2021. Photo by Aleithia.

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Enjoying Armi's iwel iwel at Botanic Gardens. Singapore, 12/12/2021. Photo by Ince.
Enjoying Armi's iwel iwel at Botanic Gardens. Singapore, 12/12/2021. Photo by Ince.

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Wrapping iwel iwel. Singapore, 12/12/2021. Photo by Aleithia.
Wrapping iwel iwel. Singapore, 12/12/2021. Photo by Aleithia.

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