Lempah Kulat Pelawan

Bangka Wild Kulat Pelawan Mushroom Curry


Kulat pelawan is a type of mushroom that grows wild at the foot of Pelawan trees, a native tree that can only be found in Bangka Belitung. It has a long stem and a small cap that is dark red when fresh, with complex smoky aroma and fiber like texture. The original lempah’s seasoning uses chicken bone trimmings to add richness into the dish.


  • 100 gr dried Kulat Pelawan mushroom
  • 6 pc chicken wings, cut in half
  • 100 gr baby beans, chopped into 5 cm pieces
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 15 gr sugar (about 4 teaspoons)
  • 5 gr salt (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 50 ml cooking oil
  • 500 ml light chicken stock
  • 10 gr fried shallots

Ground spices

  • 40 gr shallot (about 8 cloves)
  • 30 gr garlic (about 6 cloves)
  • 10 gr ginger
  • 10 gr galangal
  • 5 gr shrimp paste
  • 5 gr candlenuts
  • 3 gr turmeric
  • 45 gr red chilli
  • 4 pcs cayenne pepper
  • 25 ml oil



  1. Sauté ground spices until fragrant. Add coconut milk, Keep stirring until the oil from coconut milk starts to separate out.
  2. Add light chicken stock, potatoes, chicken wings, Kulat Pelawan (forestiere mushrooms), baby beans and bring to boil until the chicken wings are tender.
  3. Garnish with fried crispy shallots before serving.

Chicken Curry with Forestiere Mushroom


Since Pelawan wild mushrooms are only found in Bangka island, you can substitute them with forestiere, a mix of dried wild mushroom.