Rohingya Refugees in Aceh Enjoy Typical Rohingya Dishes to Celebrate Eid

Lurifida, a typical Rohingya dish, was cooked to heal the Rohingya refugees’ homesickness. Made of beef and a special sauce akin to curry, this dish is a staple that is served during special occasions like Iftar, Eid Al-Fitr, and Eid Al-Adha.

Rohingya women working together to chop up the beef to be processed into Lurifida, a typical Rohingya dish. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LHOKSEUMAWE – Before Eid Al-Adha arrives, many households in Indonesia usually prepare special spices and seasonings to cook the qurbani meat such as turmeric, ginger, galangal, bay leaves, nutmeg, even rice and banana leaves. Many usually cook typical Indonesian meat dishes such as rendang, opor, satai, and konro to be eaten with warm rice cakes.

Despite staying on a land far away from home, the Rohingyas in Aceh also made special preparations to welcome Eid Al-Adha. The Rohingyas who are now seeking refuge in the Meunasah Mee BLK Building, Muara Dua District, Lhokseumawe City, did not miss the opportunity to welcome Eid Al-Adha by cooking their typical dishes.

On, Saturday (8/1), Global Qurban - ACT slaughtered cattle for 99 Rohingya refugees in the Meunasah Mee BLK Building. They were happy to accept the qurbani meat which they then cooked into special dishes of their home region.

Lurifida, a typical Rohingya dish, was cooked to heal the Rohingya refugees’ homesickness. Made of beef and a special sauce akin to curry, this dish is a staple that is served during special occasions like Iftar, Eid Al-Fitr, and Eid Al-Adha.

"Today, we are sharing happiness with Rohingya Muslims by inviting Rohingya women to cook and make their own special Eid dishes. They cooked Lurifida and Suki, cookies made of rice flour. They were very enthusiastic about the cooking. I just oversaw them to make sure that the cooking process remains hygienic and they maintain physical distancing,” explained Chef Wagiman, a Humanity Food Truck chef, Saturday (8/1).

Fragrant curry aroma billowed as the Lurifida was finished cooking. Dozens of Rohingya refugees immediately lined up, waiting to be able to enjoy Lurifida and Suki during this celebration. "Alhamdulillah, they can remember their hometown while celebrating Eid Al-Adha here so that the joy of qurbani was felt by both the locals and the refugees. May this be a blessing for all of us, "added Chef Wagiman.

The day before, Friday (7/31), they performed Eid Al-Adha prayer solemnly. They were overwhelmed by emotions as they celebrated Eid Al-Adha on their land of asylum with a sense of security.

ACT Lhokseumawe Branch Manager Thariq Fharline said, the targets of the qurbani distribution this year are both the Rohingyas and the local Acehnese in Lhokseumawe. "There were 400 heads of cattle distributed throughout Aceh Province, including Lhokseumawe City. Here, we not only shared with the locals Acehnese, but also with Rohingya refugees. Alhamdulillah, they are very happy to be able to cook Eid dishes, "said Tariq.

"In this moment of qurbani, there is still time for us to bring happiness to Rohingya Muslim brothers and sisters, to fellow Indonesians all over the country, and to our brothers in countries in countries affected by humanitarian crises. Global Qurban - ACT still opens opportunities for people who want to buy qurbani animals until the second day after Eid. Insha Allah, the distribution of the qurbani will be carried out until the third day past Eid,” added Thariq. []