January 15, 2010
Just So Real and Organic Food on the Sarawakian side of Sirikin
Engkabang or illipenut fruit. Buah kabang.
closeup of engkabang.
Pineapple shoots (from the plant after you take the fruit at the top) Nice for stir fry.
Yam shoots which is good for stir fry.
Lemang or glutinous rice cooked in bamboo. New recipe : glutinous flour with brown sugar and coconut milk cooked in bamboo. It is like a good chinese new glutinous rice sticky cake or nien gao!! Now I will use these two words together:"almost exactly".
A must have : glutinous rice steamed in pitcher plants : simply delicious. Buy the ones with two peanuts at the top from the lady towards the end of the row on the right side as you drive in from Kuching. She is good!
two peanuts in glutinous rice.
The hawkers selling the food and vegetables and baskets are very l Malaysia ...Ibans and Malays and Bidayuhs. Surprisingly the Chinese who have intermarried with the locals are very comfortable with the language and lifestyle.
Several of the hawkers arrive in Hilux and unloaded their products indicating that they are earning a good living. Almost every one owns a handphone. But it was pleasant to see them sharing homecooked breakfast as they waited for their customers to arrive. Very cordial indeed.