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Friday, July 16, 2010

Assorted Sarawak Vegetables & Fruits

This fern shoots or Fiddlehead Ferns is specialty in Sarawak and not the same with the one typically I had in Perak (It is called Paku Lendir in BM). The typical one in Peninsular was shown here as a comparison. It has a coil head and not much leaves. Boil for 5 minutes with a pinch of salt and enjoy it with Sambal Belacan.

These two fruits are another specialty of Sarawak. Buah Engkala (or pronounced Engkalak) is seasonal fruits like Dabai. I love Dabai but not Enkalak because of its distinct taste & when bite it feels like mashed food.... hard for me to swallow Engkalak. Anyway, to prepare Engkalak, pull off its top support & soak in tap water for 10-15min to get rid of its bitter taste. Sprinkle salt when serve.

To prepare Dabai, soak them in warm water until soft. Sprinkle salt when serve.


  1. The last time I went to Sarawak, I had those fiddleheads at every opportunity possible. I thought they call it "Midin" ??

    Love them fried with sambal belacan. Super delicious!!

    Buah Dabai is just so so for me. My most memorable is definately ulat sago. Taste like peanuts, but with the texture of fried fuchuk.
    Salak in Miri is nice, so much better than those here.

  2. Midin and fiddleheads are not the same & tastewise is also different. Fiddleheads are recommended as ulam/salad.

    Ulat sago is not halal for muslims (altho traditionally been eaten by malays & melanau), so have not tried it.

    Buah salak is very sweet & bigger in size here compared to Semenanjung but I don't really like it.

    There are a lot more exotic food here... took me ages to discover them all & I made an attempt to try as much as possible. Everytime I saw something unique, I gave a try...

  3. Fancy me not been to east Msia at this age???
    Thanks for introducing these special fruits and vege here...Ppl like me really learnt a lot from you. :)

  4. Hi Mel,
    You are welcome. Mid & end year are when the seasonal local fruits emerged. It takes quite a while for me to get to know many of them. Come over now is the season.

  5. salam along...kat smnanjung bnyk buah yg susah jumpa skrang spt sentul,nam2...yg along post tu x pnh tgk pun-jakun kejap :)

  6. Happy holiday to all of you.
    Y K


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