Though its origin is from Central America, but the muscovy duck has already been part or local poultry and totally domesticated. Sometimes people have it for fun or taken its meat and eggs alike duck. As its meat is thick and its nature for incubating its eggs, muscovy duck is sometimes mated with duck to produce a hybrid called tiktok (itik-entok) or blengong or beranti or pandalungan etc.
While muscovy or barbary duck itself has various names according to locals such as
Entok (Sundanese and Banyumas Javanese)
Bebek Manila or Itik Manila (Indonesia). How come it gets the Manila? from Manila? or transferred from Manila? Wallahualam, only Allah Knows, or I need to call Doraemon to check it by its ‘anywhere door’. Hahahaha.
Well, these are some photographs about muscovy duck or bebek manila or menthok.
In Javanese children song, there is a song about muscovy duck and a rooster. The rooster has fun with the duck on her walking way and here is the lyric
Menthok, menthok tak kandhani (muscovy duck, muscovy duck, I’ll tell you)
Mung lakumu angisin isini (your behaviour is awkward)
Mbok ya aja ngetok ana kandhang wae (Don’t just stay in your own hatch)
Enak enak ngorok ora nyambut gawe (Sleep over doing nothing)
Menthok, menthok mung lakumu (muscovy duck, muscovy duck, your walking way)
Megal megol gawe guyu (sway over, it makes me laugh)
In Central Java, muscovy duck meat is also eaten generally as satay or rica-rica.
I feel fresh now!
I like its way to walk and though its meat is not commonly sold like duck, the taste is quite different and if you eat blengong (the hybrid between muscovy and common ducks), it has less fat and thicker structure than its parents.
Tangerang, 29 June 2015/ 12 Ramazan 1436H/ 12 Pasa 1948 Saka