November 8, 2017

Sarawakian Local Delights : Penan Chopsticks and Linut

The Penans have been favouring the eating of sago starch porridge since time immemorial. Today they have the urban traders who sell processed sago starch, almost like Instant Linut.

While they are able to enjoy their own traditional sago starch dish or LINUT or linut /ambuyat, many Penans still living in their villages have also been able to make a lot of the linut chopsticks (seen in the photo below) for sale in the arts and crafts shops in Miri. These chopsticks or clippers are also good souvenirs for tourists to take home to their own countries after visiting Sarawak. They are made from sago fronds. How creative these Penans are!!
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Penan Chopsticks

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Linut is eaten with a selection of good sambal and a selection of side dishes. the photo above is a spicy sauce with some pumpkin added.  It is a very nice belacan sambal to accompany the linut, cooked fluffy rice or even pulut panggang.
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Linut or ambuyat is now even available in most hotels (upon request) in Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak, especially in Melanau restaurants.

(Acknowledgement : I was invited to a linut ambuyat lunch by a lovely Christian couple mR. and Mrs. Marcell Usup  from Miri. Thanks for the opportunity to photograph the dishes)

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