Food Virtual

Community Association Series: Javanese Jamu

by Suryakenchana

Boost your immunity with this take on an ancient tonic recipe brewed by the Javanese of centuries past. This episode will also cover the health benefits of kunyit asam (a turmeric and tamarind tonic) and halia rempah (a ginger spice).

SHF 2021

Step into the world of ancient Javanese wisdom and uncover recipes of yesteryear with Mr Suryakenchana Omar and host, Sarah. Watch as the pair produce jamu – a herbal medicine comprising natural ingredients such as flowers and leaves. This Community Association Series episode will also discuss the health benefits of kunyit asam (the original turmeric health supplement) and halia rempah. Convinced yet? Gather your own ingredients to make these two jamu drinks at home today. 


Do you have your own family recipe that you are very proud of? Share it with us and tag us on our socials @sgheritagefest - we love seeing new contributions!



Suryakenchana is an educator, trainer and researcher. He is a founding member of the Javanese Singaporean Facebook Group, a platform that aims to bring together those who identify as Singaporeans of Javanese descent and to bring attention to the history and heritage of the Javanese in Singapore. He has worked extensively with schools and institutions of higher learning in bringing educational programmes on Javanese culture.

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