KLANG: Many Asians take pleasure in rice with their meals, however they seldom give a thought of how it’s produced.
A visit to the Paddy Gallery within the Selangor city of Sekinchan ought to provide you with some insights. The gallery is situated at Kilang Beras Rakyat Sekinchan Sdn Bhd, a rice manufacturing facility.
As you strategy the manufacturing facility, you’ll be greeted by expansive views of paddy fields – inexperienced or yellow, relying on the season – and shiny blue skies if it’s a clear day, because it was when an FMT Life-style crew went there lately.
Nurul Nadirah Ismail, a presenter on the gallery, took the crew on a tour. She mentioned the gallery was opened in 2013 and had drawn each overseas and native guests.
In Sekinchan, paddy is planted in February and August. In March, April, September and October, guests right here can see the fields in all their inexperienced splendour.
Harvesting takes place in Could and November. For individuals who wish to benefit from the sight of limitless golden fields, are available early Could or November.
So, what can guests sit up for studying?
The tour begins with a video screening that explains the planting course of from seed choice to sowing, to how the land is ready and flooded, and to how transplanting and harvesting is carried out.
Using trendy strategies has made the method extra environment friendly. For instance, there are transplanter machines to switch seedlings to the paddy fields. With the machines, 1.2 hectares of land could be transplanted in two and a half hours. Earlier than the machines turned out there, it used to take eight employees about two days to attain this.
The exhibition additionally shows the varied implements used up to now, comparable to pestle and mortar to de-husk rice. This was achieved by persistently elevating and dropping the pestle into the mortar.
Millstones, in the meantime, had been used to grind rice into flour. This is able to give one a better appreciation for blenders or meals processors that make this course of lots simpler.
Different gadgets on show embody a wood hand-operated winnower, winnowing trays and an previous pedal-powered threshing machine.
Different gadgets within the gallery give guests a glimpse of how individuals used to stay within the good previous days: a gramophone, a wood desk and chairs. The phrases above this stuff are onerous to overlook: “How lengthy have you ever not been consuming with your loved ones?” An necessary reminder certainly for the busy trendy Malaysian.
Earlier than you allow, be sure you drop by the memento retailer, the place you’ll discover various kinds of rice from white to brown, and to glutinous and basmati. There are additionally rice noodles.
One other spotlight is freshly made rice crackers. These are crispy and easily addictive. You may simply end up reaching for a couple of packet.
On a scorching day, the distinctive brown rice cendol is an ideal thirst quencher.
Right here, brown rice is blended with purple bean, including a creaminess to one among Malaysia’s well-known desserts. You may select mangoes or candy corn in your topping and you’ll savour the concoction at one of many tables outdoors the shop.
On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, there are distributors promoting quite a lot of meals. Among the many highlights are do-it-yourself yong tau foo and rice crunch.
The rice crunch is made on website, typically producing a tantalising scent. It is not uncommon to see vacationers snapping photographs of the proprietor of the enterprise, Lee Kim Seng.
The rice crunch tastes nearly as good because it smells. Delightfully crispy with simply the correct amount of sweetness, clients can select peanut, sesame or sunflower seeds for the topping.
The Paddy Gallery offers guests a better understanding of the rice planting course of and maybe an appreciation for individuals who toil onerous to place rice on their plates.
Paddy Gallery @ Kilang Beras Rakyat Sekinchan
Lot No 9990B, Jalan Tali Air
5, Ban 2, 45400
Entry charges (with complimentary packet of rice):
RM5 (FREE for youngsters beneath 95cm in peak)
Opening hours: 9.30am to five.30pm each day
Closed for lunch on weekdays: 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Contact: 016-215 7028