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Jakarta Post

Heny Hikmawati: A tempeh-making woman

  • Diyah Hayu Rahmitasari


Perth, Australia   /   Fri, August 19 2011   /  08:00 am

JP/Zaki HabibiAll she wanted was to make her family feel at home. But now, she has become the person who makes other people happy — by making fermented soybean patties, better known as tempeh.

Sorry to keep you waiting,” the woman said in a worried tone. She looked a bit tired but that did not stop her from enthusiastically sharing her story with The Jakarta Post.

She is Heny Hikmawati, an Indonesian woman who was born 34 years ago in Wonosobo, Central Java, on Aug. 28. She now lives in Perth and is known as one of very few tempeh makers in Western Australia. She has two daughters, Fathia Zahira Huwaidah and Naura Nadhifa Rufaida, who she said were her main reasons for making tempeh.

“It all started two years ago,” she said.

“My husband got a scholarship from the Australian government so we had to move to Australia. Before my daughters and I departed...