Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cangkuk Manis

What is our local cangkuk manis called in English? Does it grow in any place other than Malaysia? Do the ang-mohs even know that this local vegetable exists?

Let me try to guess why. Did you know that our cangkuk manis or directly translated as "sweet hook", or known as Shu Chai (樹菜) in Mandarin or mani chai or whatever else you call it, contains arsenic, a type of poison normally found in insecticides? It is known as the King of Poisons and the Poison of Kings.

Don't believe me? I don't believe it either, but I heard it from a reliable source from which a lot of what I know about my health and spiritual life comes from. Yet I can't find anything on Google, most probably because it is such an obscure vegetable.

Anyway, I don't think it's too dangerous to eat once in a while, but my reliable source, who happens to be Uncle Mervyn for those who know him, suggests you eat it at most once a week. Who knows, it might be true!

Hmmm maybe I'll do some research on that next time. Xo


13 comments:

she3p said...

ahh...finally..i know how it looks like...

errr....it's only available in east malaysia right??if i'm not mistaken...hmmm......anyway...try it...do it twice a week....but if it's ever true..how come there's no reported death la??

Samuel K Lis said...

really? no wonder so obscure. no deaths probably because they don't contain lethal amounts lahh, but possibly causing other complications?? hehe. like i said i plan to do research on it heheh

lik said...

i have no idea whtat the hell is that

ardenclarke said...

I guess after praying then it would be fine......

Samuel K Lis said...

seriously? we eat it quite a lot in swak...

Hansley said...

thanks for the comment..i see "someone's" cooking as well huh? XP

Reening said...

cangkuk manis rulesssss!!!!!!

Samuel K Lis said...

wheee!!! Just a disclaimer: Believe if you want but you didn't hear it from me!!

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MoonDragon said...

Hiya, I am Irish but living in Sarawak and eat cangkok manis regularly. I love the taste when made with eggs and garlic.. The arsenic thing? naah! none in it, but there is papaverine which, if consumed in excess, can affect the lungs....
check it on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauropus_androgynus