They simply boil or slather them with oil and serve them. You can buy all sorts of fruit and vegetables that are grown locally and are mostly organic from the street markets and at some supermarkets. Because of this, some supermarkets import their veggies from Singapore and Australia.
Meat is a luxury. The cheaper the meat, the more it is eaten. Fish is also popular and often cooked on a stick. Local fisherman stand along the man roads swatting flies and trying to offload their latest catches everyday. Red meat like buffalo, pig and goat are mostly eaten at big events like weddings and funerals. To supplement their diet, they get a lot of their protein from tofu and eggs.
You'll often see young boys walking around the streets selling trays of boiled eggs with chilli sauce for 25c. Timorese deep fry anything and everything including two minute noodles.
East Timorese add chilli to everything, they like their food H-O-T! You can even have the cakes decorated with messages while you wait. Kids are satisfied with plenty of cheap and interesting lollies and chocolates, which you should definitely try too. You can find them at any small kiosk located along the roads. For snacks they like two minute noodles, nuts, fried banana strips, rice and supermarket bread with butter.
Brandy distilled from palm wine is called tua sabu. Toddies and hot toddies are rich and refreshing drinks made with sweet sap tapped straight from the stems and flowers of a mature toddy palms.
The sap can be drunk fresh or it can be boiled down to form a kind of brown sugar called jaggery, a key ingredient in many Southeast and South Asian sweets. The "hot toddy" originally came from Burma. Toddy liquid left to ferment for a several hours becomes toddy wine, which sells for about 25 cents a bottle and according to some tastes like Milk of Magnesia.
It takes two bottles to get a decent buzz. These have to be consumed more or less right after they are purchased, after several hours toddy wine turns to sour toddy mush. Palm winewhich in turn can be distilled into a potent spirit widely consumed in West Africa, Sri Lanka, India and Southeast Asiacomes from a palm tree as toddy. Toddy trees are prevented from bearing fruit by binding the open flowers and bending them over. The sap is extracted initially after three weeks and collected every month or so.
A good toddy tree can yield liters of sap a ye Tuak is a traditional alcoholic beverage made from the essence stem of various trees. Arak is colorless drink with a high level of alcohol.
This liquor is made from the distillation process of Tuak. Some people smoke hand-rolled cheroots. One traveler posted on Escape Artistes: Chewed with a little lime powder, and the peppers they like to cut it with out here, it produces a race of the pulse, an increase in the pace of thoughts, a dryness of the mouth, like a dab on the gums of heavily cut speed.
I pass on the betel, and hand out cigarettes. A woman of quite dazzling bone structure, with the face of a s model, a second-hand jacket flowing loose over her ikat sarong, inhales deeply and squints into the sun.
Everyone — women and children — fall about laughing. Escape Artistes, June 30, ] Betel is a mildly narcotic nut seed that comes from the betel palm Areca catechu. There are references to it in ancient Sanskrit texts. An estimated one tenth of humanity regularly chews it. In many places, everybody chews betel nut, even children. It can be bought at almost any store. Many people grow it in their backyards.
Some people even believe that ghosts chew it. Others regard it as magical and offer it gods and use it to ward off the evil eye. Betel nuts are usually sucked on or chewed like chewing tobacco. They are often prepared by boiling, drying and slicing. In India, Taiwan, the Philippines and Southeast Asia, betel nut is usually dried and cut into small pieces and sold already wrapped in a ready-to-chew pepper leave.
In India it is dried and called paan Paan Masala refer to an aromatic been blend of spices and condiments chewed with betel. On Yap and other Micronesian islands the nut is bit open while still green and then wrapped in a pepper leave along with some lime made from burnt and pulverized coral or clam shells, and then chewed.
Sometimes it is chewed with tobacco or tobacco soaked in vodka. They hang in bunches from the top of betel nut palm trees. Betel nuts are harvested when the fruits are ripe. When the nut is washed free of pulp it is about the size of an acorn. Most people who collect their own nuts do so by picking them from the tree or knocking them with a stick.
The betel nut palm is very tall and slender. It can grow up to feet tall with a trunk only six inches in diameter. It is topped by a grown of three, six-foot-long leaved divided into many leaflets.
An adult tree can produce nuts a year. Farmers like betel nut palms because they are easy to grow and maintain and require relatively little fertilizer. The trees bear fruit after five years and nuts are quite valuable. A farmer can earn about 16 times more growing betel than rice. Betel nut does not grown on the coral atolls and residents of these islands are totally dependent on large islands for their betel nut supply. Betel Chewing and Spitting Betel nut produces a stimulating high that is similar to the high one gets from chewing coca leaves the source of cocaine.
Both betel nut and coca are chewed with lime, which stimulates saliva flow and causes chemical reactions with the chemicals in the nut to produce the mild stimulant. Betel nut turn the saliva a bright red color. Frequent usage turns the teeth, gums and the inside of the mouth red and eventually black. The red juice that users spit is quite unsightly and places with many betel nut chewers often have sign forbidding the nut.
The lime causes the copious amounts of red saliva. You can even tell a betel chewer when his or her mouth is closed—the fingertips are also usually bright red. Many people who chew betel nut have terrible teeth. Ironically chewers say they chew betel nut to protect their tooth from tooth decay and recent scientific research seems to back up these claims.
Some people chew beetle nut without lime, for the taste. The taste of the olive-size nuts has been compared with licorice and cheap toothpaste.
Betel nuts can be brewed like coffee. In India it is sprinkled with spices and wrapped in leaves and eaten as a snack. In Malaysia, it is mixed with acacia gun, lime and nutmeg.. You can eat betel leaves. The active ingredient in betel nut is a volatile oil called arecoline.
Released from the nut by saliva and lime, it is a mild central nervous system stimulant which increases respiration. Studies of the drug have shown that it improves learning and memory and counteracts intestinal parasites.
Betel nut is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat headaches, stomach pains, venereal diseases, fever, rheumatism and other ailments. Betel nut makes the saliva red. Regular usage stains the mouth, teeth and gums red. Long terms users have damaged and blackened teeth and damaged soft tissues in the mouth.
Betel is considered a health hazard. It has been linked with throat, mouth and esophageal cancers East Timor: A Gateway for Drugs? Tempo Semanal was told that drug activities have reached the school children. A film that appeared showed sad images about the future generation of RDTL using drugs and dancing in a room although still wear their school uniform.
This film shows the young age they begin to enter already into drug use. After Singapaore come here, we are also a little fragile because people not very separate-- people have the possibility to pass from Singpare to here.
Their inspections are not very separate like in other places. With this weakness, now the people not bring directly to Indonesia but passing from Timor Leste and also they see opportunities to bring to other places from this country. This I think our apparatus and also look to show our face. On the October 20th the security authorities of Timor captured citizens of Indonesia and took a red bag that entered in the baggage section of the Silk Air plane from Signapore to Dili, close to two and half kilos of Sabu in it.
At noon, the wheels of the Silk Air plane began to hit the tarmac at the Nicolao Lobato airport, Comoro. What is happening, asked one foreign woman who wanted to know about the captured red bag. According to those in charge in the airport, Indonesian citizens were captured by the Timorese because of suspicion that he was involved in drug trafficking through Singpore to Timor-Leste, passing from Silk Air, for to export again to Indonesia.
Just after the security officials captured the citizen of Indonesia, whom pulled the bag that was referred to a nearby taxi. This Indonesian citizen, with the initials AT, was suspected of bringing drugs from abroad, transiting through Dili to other nations like Indonesia.