Barapen, a Conventional Way of Cooking of Papua Community
TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – The Papuan have their own way of cooking their meals. They choose Barapen as their way to cook some of their meal during the day. This conventional way is such a nice thing to have especially when you cook outside int the open area.
Barapen is started by gathering some rocks from the local river. They will dig a hole and create a fire in it. Then stack the rock onto it. Once its heated they will take out the rocks and leave half of it on the pit.
They then will arrange the food on the rocks. Those food are usually their daily diet such as meat, fish, cassava and else. They will cover the food with the rest of the rocks to keep the heat and make it spread evenly.
Some dry leaves ad branches will be burned on top of it to add the heat. The process of cooking will take around 4-5 hours till it's done. What about the taste? Just imagine the taste of tender smoked beef or those grilled beef or veggies.
Up until now, the local community of Papua use Barapen as a way to prepare their feast during a gathering. Back then, this method was used to gather some soldier and discuss their strategy before they gone to battle. (*)
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