Ah yes, the Bedak Sejuk!
Mums and Grandmas used to make this at home. As kids, our mothers applied this pasty powder onto our faces and bodies after a bath, to keep us cool, and free from skin irritations. It was also especially good for teenagers grappling with acne problems.
Recipe : Plain rice was immersed in water for several months – with periodic changes of water in between – until the rice was fully hydrolysed and broken down into a fine paste. (The old water at each change stank like a rotting corpse though). After the final water rinse, the paste was then mixed with pandan leaves and then sun-dried.
For use, we just had to add water to a few lumps, and rub them into a paste. Is this practice still cool today?