ACTNews, NORTH LOMBOK – It was dry and hot in Kayangan Village, Kanyangan Sub-District, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on Thursday (8/23). Wind and passing vehicles flew the speckles of dust into the dry air.
In the south, terraces of hills were seen along the coast, contrasting with the blue waves of the sea. Palm trees were standing along the beach. The weather was so clear and shiny as the sun was seen in the cloudless sky.
A boy in a black and orange t-shirt was seen eating. Rice was spread on a sheet of paper. Pieces of savory beef rendang were his lunch that day. “I’ll just sit here and eat. Let them play by themselves,” said Noval when he was asked why he wasn’t playing with other kids.
Noval was enjoying delicious beef rendang made from fresh beef cuts from the qurbani animals that were slaughtered the day before (8/22). Despite living in evacuation tents, the locals were enjoying qurbani meat. The simply-cooked beef will be on their menu for a few days to come.
After receiving their share of qurbani meat, people in Kayangan evacuation site decided to sun-dry it in front of their tents using bamboo poles. These bamboo poles had been a common sight around here. This sun-drying, however, is not a way of cooking. Rather, it was a way of preserving the meat.
The earthquakes that devastated Lombok destroyed many houses with furniture and appliances inside, including refrigerators that are commonly used to freeze the meat. “Everything was destroyed, including refrigerator,” said Satiyah, Thursday (8/23).
The drying was done under the heat of the sun. the sunny, hot weather of North Lombok was suitable for it. The dried meat still can be cooked into any kind of dish. As we got inside Satiyah’s tent, inhabited by nine people, she was cooking a beef stew. A delicious aroma was coming out of the pot near which she was squatting. “Please, eat,” she offered us.
Such was also the case in Gondang, Gangga Sub-District, North Lombok. The front side of the tents were filled with bamboo poles on which the meat was sun-dried. Losing all the belongings has forced the locals to resort to anything they could do to enjoy the day of Eid-ul-Adha.