Category Archives: traditional coconut scraper

Hard Nut To Crack, Half Nuts To Scrape

Coconuts have featured very prominently in our culinary temptations since time immemorial, especially for folks like me who lived my childhood in a kampong well-endowed with coconut trees.

In those days, we did not have the fearsome machines which could tear apart anything into smithereens within seconds — instead we used a simple manual scraper, usually attached to a wooden “bangku”-like body.   There were many different styles to the design, some even had X-rated (oops, I mean to say X-shaped) bodies, but all required careful and patient repetitive hand action.

The coconuts were de-husked first, and then using a heavy knife, the hard shell was cracked in two with a sharp, smart strike.  The water was drained, and then the half nuts were ready for the scraping process.