Rainy or monsoon season is at its peak now. States of Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis are experiencing flood. More than 3000 people have been evacuated from Kelantan alone.
With rain comes tapioca. Stalls selling them sprouting every where in Kemaman.Near my house there are not less than three stalls selling freshly harvested tapioca.
I do not know why, but it is just good to have steaming boiled tapioca with grated coconut in rainy season like now.
Before the rain, it is difficult to find tapioca anywhere. But now, Tapioca is every where but it is not cheap. I have to pay RM1.20 for a kilo of tapioca.
All we have to do is to remove its skin, both the thin outer and the thucker pink inner skin, cut them pieces, wash them of dirt and sand and then boil them with a pinch of salt.
Less than 30 minutes later, there you have it, steaming, appetizing (at least to senior citizens like me) and luscious (empuk) white tapioca ready to be consumed.
Some people eat it with salted fish and sambal. For me, grated coconut sprinkled with sugar is all that I need to finish a plateful of tapioca.
Hot black coffee goes very well with it.