Whether you’re on vacation or simply attending an event in Sarawak, there must be gastronomic experiences that you wish you are able to share with your loved ones back home. Here we have curated delectable mementos, ripe with authentic local flavours just for you to take home.
Dabai cracker is a snack enjoyed by Sarawakians either on its own or dipped in sweet chilli sauce. It has a hint of tartness and richness of the tropical Dabai (Canarium odontophyllum) fruit. With nutritional advantages of being rich in protein, iron and antioxidants, this vegetarian-friendly cracker might just be your new favourite Sarawakian snack.
Stacked on the shelves in most souvenir shops, this traditional snack is no longer foreign among locals and tourists alike. Tebaloi is made from a dough mixture of dried coconut, sago flour, sugar and eggs, flattened and cut into squares then cooked over hot ambers covered with banana leaf, resulting in its crispy texture. Get them from the old shophouses along Kuching’s Main Bazaar, or in markets especially in Mukah.
This is no ordinary candy. Its Sarawak’s own version of cotton candy and was a pastime snacking favourite among Sarawakians. Gula Mitai is a combination of sugar and flour that is twirled and pulled until it forms its distinct physical appearance resembling a Bird’s Nest. This sweet treat is a heavenly delight to the taste buds. Available in markets such as the Sunday Market at Kubah Ria, Kuching.
The renowned Sarawak pepper is also available in the form of candy. Mixed with a hint of peppermint, you’ll be surprised how refreshing this peppery candy is. Perfect for a little pick-me-up for when you’re feeling groggy or if you are trying to stay awake in the middle of the day. Available in souvenir shops along Kuching’s Main Bazaar.
Sago is an integral part of the Melanau culture. Historically, sago became a reliable and staple food source among the Melanau residing in the coastal regions, especially during bad weather, as going across the sea to source for rice was too dangerous. These crunchy treats can be eaten on their own as snacks, or dipped with a banana, durian or any fruit of your choice. Available in souvenir shops and markets such as the Sunday Market at Kubah Ria, Kuching.
Did you know that Sarawak is well known for producing the king of spices, placing Malaysia as the fifth largest pepper exporter in the world? That’s reason enough for you to bring a pack of Sarawak black pepper home. Just a dash is adequate for a pleasantly refined flavour in your cooking. Buy some from Sara Spice, located at Lot 115, Jalan Utama, 93916 Kuching, Sarawak.
Kuih Jala is a great option for travellers looking for a simple and classic snack to bring back home. This sweet, crispy, mouth-watering snack is a confection of tiny strands of Gula Apong (palm sugar) and rice flour mix, deep fried into a mesh of intricate pattern. It’s just simply delicious! Available in markets all over Sarawak.
Instant Sarawak Laksa Paste
If there was a way to transport the comforting Sarawak Laksa back home, it would be by buying Sarawak Laksa paste for you to prepare in your own kitchen. Having the paste makes it easier to savour the ‘Breakfast of the Gods’ back home. All that’s left are blanched rice vermicelli, prawns, shredded chicken, sliced omelette, bean sprouts, parsley and coconut milk. Instant Sarawak Laksa Paste packets can be found conveniently in local supermarkets all over Sarawak.
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