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MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2012

The colourful Gaya Street and Filipino market in Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Gaya Street market and Filipino market in Kota Kinabalu Sabah are the most famous markets that visitors to Sabah must try out if they are looking for a wonderful shopping experience. The atmosphere and variety of goods being offered in these two markets will make your visit there a worthwhile experience.
Gaya Street market is located at the Kota Kinabalu Central Business District right at the centre of downtown Kota Kinabalu. The Gaya Street market opens every Sunday from 6.30 am in the morning until 1 pm in the afternoon. The residents of Kota Kinabalu would normally spend their weekend browsing through the various wares that Gaya Street market has to offer with their family.  The area comprising the Gaya Street market starts from the Jesselton Hotel all the way to the Kota Kinabalu municipal building.
 
In Gaya Street market, you can find many stalls selling many types of goods that you can find under the sun. As you walk through this Sabah market, you’ll be astounded by the choices of goods on offer here. They have stalls selling various types of souvenirs, daily hardware, traditional local handicrafts, local paintings and even live animals. It is can be an overwhelming sensation to see the range of goods being offered at this wonderful Sabah market. The Gaya Street market will indeed give you an experience unlike any other.
The Filipino market Kota Kinabalu lies further down the road opposite the Centrepoint Shopping Complex in Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens. The immigrant-run Filipino market is also in downtown Kota Kinabalu. Like the Gaya Street market, the Filipino market is no less impressive in the range of goods that it has to offer you. The Filipino market’s attraction is that the atmosphere makes you feel as if you’re shopping in a typical market in the Philippines without even having to leave Sabah.
Filipino market in Kota Kinabalu
You can find a number of uniquely Filipino products such as Filipino food and handicrafts being on offer here. There are also several tailors operating here should you feel the need to do some clothing alterations. The arguably most famous product on offer at this Sabah market that people keep talking about is the cultured pearl. You should get one as a momento of your visit here. After all, it is only five ringgit per piece.
When the sun goes down, you will find a wonderful selection of fresh seafood produce, meat, poultry, vegetables and fruits on sale here. The fresh fruits on sale here is definitely worth a try. You must not miss tasting the delicious local red durian sold here. It is very unforgettable. Apart from the fresh produce, the Filipino market also has stalls selling both local and Filipino food that are hard to resist. The grilled seafood is very amazing ranging from various types of fish, prawns and even big fat juicy lobsters!
After you have been to these wonderful Sabah markets, you will surely want to return here for a repeat visit. The Gaya Street market and Filipino market offers you a wonderful slice of the vibrant Kota Kinabalu shopping experience that you must not miss. Why don’t you come and see for yourself what these wonderful Sabah markets have waiting for you?
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2012

The best of Sabah traditional food

Sabah is undoubtedly famous of its iconic Mount Kinabalu and beautiful sandy beaches. Do you know that Sabah also has a special collection of mouthwatering traditional cuisine? For food lovers out there, Sabah traditional food is something that you will never forget. With its diverse ethnic population, each of this group offers their own distinct Sabah traditional food. You must not miss trying out Sabah traditional food when you are here. The unique Sabah traditional food will astound and delight...

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012

Borneo Long House Story

Longhouse Story Longhouses in Sarawak and Sabah are actually very different than the longhouses designed in Europe. Europe longhouses architectural materials consist of tough bricks and just a few blocks in one unit. In Sabah and Sarawak, longhouses are made from simple wooden trees, with stilts on it, divided into different section, rooftops made out of leaves and families living inside can be a total of 100 families all in all with a living room which they call it as the Ruai section. Then...

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012

Sarawak Kek Lapis or better known as Kek Lapis Sarawak

Sarawak Kek Lapis

 

 

Congratulations to a winner from Ipoh Perak for winning the 20 rolls of Sarawak Kek Lapis which co

 

mes in different colours and flavours. The winner was Cikgu Muhammad Izuddrin or also known as Nematodenz on Facebook.

The competition which lasted for a few weeks, gave him the opportunity to do something creative and funny. The competition theme was Kek Lapis Funniest Videos.  His video was a few minutes length featuring a few number of teachers did the chicken line dancing to humour his students. His video was voted to be the funniest among all.

 

The Sarawak Kek Lapis is a well-known traditional recipe. Most of the time, tourist would not hesitate to buy a pack bag. Kek Lapis got its name from its multiple layered taste and presentation.

 

History:

The Kek lapis was first introduced back in year 1988 from Indonesia. It was said during the Ducth Colonial Era, the secret recipe for Kek Lapis was revealed. Until today the Indonesian most iconic Kek Lapis is Lapis Legit and Lapis Surabaya.

From time to time, the well-known Kek Lapis tend to change recipe in Sarawak. New recipes and flavours are always in the market today. There are several flavours such as Horlick, Milo, Strawberry, Vanilla, Nestum, Chocolate, and so on.

In year 2011, a new innovation of Kek Lapis was introduced. It is known as the Kek Lapis Qalas which combines a mixture of modern techniques and traditional recipes from their ancestors.

The popular Kek Lapis Qalas is another modern taste and flavour touch created by Sarawak. Hence Sarawak Kek Lapis is to be categorized as the modern day Kek Lapis.

 

Preparation:

The recipe for Kek Lapis is never an easy one. It can be divided into two categories. First one is with motifs, shapes and colour while the second one is just plain and simple with two colours.

The requirement to make one is the chef must have a very strong hand or an electric mixer to batter the ingredients. Ingredients consist of eggs, vegetable oil, butter, and other flavours will be mixed together.

When it comes to baking it patience is needed. The strong texture of Kek Lapis is then stuck on together with jam so that it will not come off easily when serving. The battered flavour is then poured bit by bit to make one thin layer each. Once it is done, it will be then baked inside the electrical oven rather than using the gas oven. But of course the best result still comes from using traditional charcoal oven just as how the Dutch did.

The price of the cake depends on the size as well. In Sarawak, a standards size Kek Lapis is 8 inches by 3 inches. Price range is from RM 15 to RM 30/- for a roll.

 

All Occasion Kek  Lapis.

 Sarawak Kek Lapis alone is a perfect gift item for all occasion and celebration such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Gawai, Deepavali, and Christmas. It is also a perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings.

The best of all, Sarawak Kek Lapis tastes better with the perfect aroma blend of a cup of tea or coffee when you shared with your love ones.

So come one down to Kuching or Sibu, Miri, Bintulu, and have a stroll around town for a slice of our delicious Sarawak Kek Lapis.

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Exotic Fruits Buah Dabai

What is Buah DABAI?

Have you ever wonder what is that mysterious, shining looking seeds packed up in the boxes that come in red or yellow colour? The answer to your question is Buah Dabai also known as Canarium. In Sarawakian Hokkien Chinese it is called Or Kanna.

Many tend to get confused by the appearance of Dabai. Some call it as a type of vegetation and some will look at it as a fruit and wondering if it is edible. Some even think that it is a type of avocado. Then again it is none of the above.

Buah Dabai is a type of exotic fruits that grows in certain part of the region and consists of 75 types of species.

The fruit tree itself is so large and grows on thick green trees up to 40-50 meters height, with alternate, pinnate leaves.

Its furry leaves are thin and twigs covered with golden brown.

How do I prepare?

Now that you know what Buah Dabai is, so how are you going to eat it and how edible is it?

The Buah Dabai is very edible. No worry as it is safe for eating.

To eat it is simple. Even making it is just like making tea using ready-made tea sachets. Preparation will take a minute or two. Then you are good to go to eat it.

All what you need to do is just fill your Dabai inside a container mix it with hot water. Add a little bit of soy sauce and add either sugar or salt! Close the lid and go do other things while waiting.

Then again, the very fragrant of Dabai depends on your preparation, either sweet or salty.

Cooking is magical. You can even melt a man’s heart with it. As people said, the heart of a man is through his stomach. In Malaysia, the experience of cooking varieties of food is a walk to remember. Here is how you can do it!

As you know, Malaysia is a very well-known mix of culture. As a result we have the Traditional Nasi-Goreng (Fried Rice). Be it Tribal, Malay, Chinese, Indian and even the Free Style! The dish is so simple and flexible that it has no specific methods of preparing it.

As usual, dunk the Dabai inside the hot warm water and close the lid. Except that this it is just plain tasteless Dabai. Once it is ready, peel off everything and leaving only the seed. Both the seed and flesh are actually edible. Once your fried rice is already inside, you can mix it with your ready peeled off Dabai. Stir your fried rice well along with the Dabai inside it to get that perfect blend of taste and aroma.

In Sarawak, if you can find the right place, you will see, Nasi Goreng Dabai on the menu.

The seed is edible. You will have to cut it into half and dig out the flesh inside it using tooth pick. The Dabai inner seed flesh contains lots of calcium which is good for health!

Where to buy?

Dabais are like Durians and it is not your everyday fruit. You will only get it once a year. The price of Dabai ranges differently in kilograms and depends on the seller. But once it is towards the end of the fruit peak season, it gets cheaper as the exotic fruits cannot last for more than a week.

Normally, the best quality Dabai comes from places in Sarawak such as Kapit, Betong, Oya, Sibu, Sarikei, and Kanowit. The freshness of Dabai depends on how the packaging is doneand the soil quality. If you are a far traveller, and you want to try out the Dabai by bringing it back home, you need to pack it properly and make sure it is not exposed to heat. If you do, the Dabai will eventually cook even for a little.

It is a very sensitive fruit even with very little heat exposure; the fruits will be cook with direct sunlight! So do pack and wrap it well.

Why there is a yellow and red flesh Dabai?

The colour is not something for you to worry on. If it is yellow, the flesh is usually thicker than the red ones.

What are you waiting for?! Book your tickets now and come over to Sarawak and have a taste of it.

 

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