Lemang is quintessential Malay holiday food, impossible to find throughout the year, impossible to avoid come Hari Raya. Lemang is glutinous, or sticky, rice cooked in coconut milk inside a length of bamboo and roasted over an open fire. The work involved in making it is considerable. First, locate and chop down a giant piece of bamboo. Giant bamboo of this sort is covered in fine hairs that are very itchy, like fiberglass insulation, so the bamboo sections need to be handled carefully and scrubbed to get the hairs off. Then the bamboo is chopped at the joints to open up the hollow chamber. If the rice and santan were just poured in directly, the sticky mess would be impossible to get out neatly, so a peice of banana leaf is rolled up and slid into the chamber first. Once the chamber is loaded, the bamboo is set upright on a bed of coconut-shell charcoal and roasted. No surprise that most city folk don't bother to make their own!