I never know how long I have stored my two pieces of bubod. It is the starter for tapuy making. Probably a mixture of several microorganisms for lactic acid and alcohol fermentation. Charming Christy gave it to us, to me and to Bong. I grabbed them both though.
I want to make some tapuy. I want to use the bread-like wine starter. However, Chisty lives in Mindoro. Getting there is a hassle and very costly. Making my own starter would be a wise idea.
I went to plaza and bought 1/4 kg of giniling na bigas. I only needed 100 grams but the seller have pre-packed ground rice, 1/4 kg for 30 pesos each. I set aside the unused material for our toddler’s rice milk.
I gathered 0.5 gram fresh ginger then chopped it thinly. I never sure what its real purpose, it might be to prevent the growth of invading microorganisms.
All materials set. I pound the three grams of bubod and mixed it thoroughly with other two ingredients. Then added water gradually until I formed the dough. I molded it like the shape of palutang and placed in a tray lined with paper.
I needed to wait 24 hours before drying.
update as of july 16, 2011
The 24 hours period have passed. I will start drying tomorrow. I have no oven so I will use the roof drying method.
update as of july 18, 2011
I think my first experiment was a failure. I repeated it from the start.
update as of july 19, 2011
This is the picture of my first attempt. It has a brown and black filamentous mold.
I tried searching for picture of koji – a material used for making sake or rice wine. The mold growth is similar to koji as shown in sake-world. Then my mistake was,” I never dried it immediately after the 24 hours of incubation. The extension period allowed the mold to grow to filamentous form.
update as of july 21, 2011
I said before that I have no oven and must resort to roof drying. Our house second flour has no roof yet. Staying day during day time is not comfortable, very hot. I covered the tray with clean piece of cloth and place it just beneath the steel roof. I leaved it there for two days.
Now I have more bubod to try making tapuy. These are the result of second trial.