For upcoming Raya celebration feasts, try cooking Ayam Masak Buah Keluak or Chicken Braised with Black Nuts. Ayam Masak Buah Keluak is a Peranakan classic, traditionally prepared for “Tok Panjang” or Long Table wedding dinners.
Buah keluak, also known as buah kepayang is the fruit of the kepayang tree. It has an outer black hard shell encasing a soft, mushy black pulp. Kepayang trees are mostly found in Pahang.
Buah keluak must undergo a curing process – involving boiling, immersion in ash and burial in the ground for an extended period. Curing is an art, done by the keluak fruit growers and harvesters. Local supply could be declining and most of the fruit in our local markets are largely depending on the next biggest kepayang exporter, Indonesia.
Subsequently, after we buy them from the market, it is compulsory to pre-prepare our buah keluak to remove the cyanide toxin from within before use for cooking.
Soak the fruits in clean water for at least 3-5 days changing the water daily.