We were going to prepare a famous Hainanese dessert named Hainan Chicken Poop Creeper rice cakes (Kweh Dai Dean Bua). My sister-in-law sent her daughter-in-law and daughter to pick the wild chicken poop creeper (Paederia foetida, also known as Chinese Fevervine herb) from a hill behind the village. I requested to tag along.
We walked passed padi fields and through narrow lanes of some villagers’ houses before arriving at the foot of a hill. It was a rocky and uneven terrain with many betel nut trees planted on the slopes.
The two ladies showed me a chicken poop creeper. They crushed a leaf and made me smell it. It has a pleasant smell, it doesn’t smell like chicken poop.
Then they went separate ways to look for the plant. Left to hunt for the elusive creeper myself, I felt lost.
Walking among the betel nut trees, there were lots of cobwebs and mosquitoes. All the creepers looked alike to me. I pulled some and went to look for my nephew’s wife. She took a look and laughed out loud. I had brought her weeds. LOL
I examined the chicken poop creeper she found and discovered that it has hairy leaves. Ahhh …. I have a better chance of finding the plant. I was ecstatic when I found it and ran to show her. She nodded her head. Feeling happy with myself, I went back to look for more chicken poop creepers.
In the course of looking for the creepers, I came across three tombstones …. they made my hair stand on end. When I mentioned this to my brother-in-law, he told me one of them is our grandmother’s tombstone.
Grandmother and two great uncles were buried there because the hill was once our estate, but it was confiscated during the Cultural Revolution. It was then distributed to other villagers.
Hainan Chicken Poop Creeper – How to store it
We managed to fill two bagfuls with the plant. Once we brought them home, the kids helped to remove the leaves.
Sister-in-law then washed the leaves thoroughly and left them to dry in the sun.
She explained the benefits of Hainan Chicken Poop Creeper. The Hainanese use it for detoxification; to reduce swelling, lack of appetite and improve blood circulation etc.
The next morning, my nephew’s wife sent the leaves and a bag of rice to the miller to have them ground.
My nephew went to collect the flour after lunch. When I opened the bag of flour, it gave out a nice fragrance, it doesn’t smell like chicken poop.
Now we were ready to make the famous Hainanese dessert ~~
Hainan chicken poop creeper dessert (Kweh Dai Dean Bua)
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