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Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

The Bawang Assan Longhouse Village is one of the oldest Iban settlements in Sibu that welcomes tourists to experience their culture and heritage. To get to the village, one can choose to travel by road or the boat and we travelled on the river for the serenity and beautiful riverside views as we cruise along the longest river in Malaysia- the Ranjang River. The Iban is the largest community with Christianity being the main religion and visitors to the longhouse gets to experience the culture and their style of living. The group of us from the AirAsia Bloggers Community took a boat ride from Rejang Esplanade and saw the most beautiful sunset before we savour the delicious dinner prepped by our host.

1.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
2.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
3.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
4.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

Upon arrival, we received the delicious welcoming drink- Tuak. Tuak is the local term for rice wine and it is used in every ritual and festive and is a deeply rooted culture in the Iban tradition. This traditional alcohol drink is made from the fermentation of rice using yeast and enzyme naturally available in ragi. Every household has their own recipe for tuak and we sampled a real delicious one here.

5.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
6.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

Upon greeted with the welcoming dance and drinks, we get to spend time mingling with the locals and later savour the delicious meal prepared by Aunty Erin. One dish that is exceptionally delicious is the stuffed bamboo. This traditional dish called Pansuh is prepared by stuffing the choice of meats with tapioca leaves and perpetually turning the bamboo at the fire to cook them evenly. The thicknesses of the bamboo rely on the type of meats and there is usually no additional water into the bamboo. This cooking method seals all the flavours inside the bamboo and so every bite of meat is succulently juicy and deliciously tender.

7.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
8.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

Vegetables is a must especially when Midin is only widely available in Sarawak. Here we are being served fresh and humble vegetables and I must say, I love all of them. You’ll see this on the menu at most of the places in the state and with that being said, pineapple is also the best fruit the locals will serve because the land is blessed to produce super sweet pineapples.

11.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
9.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
10.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
12.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

Also a must have is their Kuih Chuan- a crunchy delicacy similar to the kuih lubang (aka kuih Loyang) at the Peninsular commonly seen during the Chinese New Year festive. This one is slightly thicker and had a more textured bite but I’d say it’s about 85% close to the kuih Loyang from the Peninsular.

13.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
14.Iban delicacies at the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village

It was a lovely experience to learn a whole lot of history and culture of Iban people through culinary. Bear in mind that the locals are probably one of the friendliest people you will ever meet so just enjoy all the time and the serenity of the place. Watch this appearing on my vlog in future posting.

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Food Culture of Sibu, Sarawak

Sibu, Sarawak has never been the on my top 10 list but it should have been for the charm of the beautiful cultural diversity and the insight of the heritage and tradition of this gorgeous state. The experience has transformed perspective on people as I experience the cultures during my visit, when I decided to jump on board as a part of the air asia blogging community. Being the world’s number 1 low cost carriage, now everyone can fly. And, AirAsia flies to Sibu, Sarawak daily with 44 flights per week so planning a trip to Sibu really is really breezy.

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Getting out of the comfort zone and keeping an open mind, here’s your bucket list when visiting this beautiful state. The state is unique and not only does it hold a plethora in traditional cultures and ethnicities, it is showcasing an emerging of unfold opening of the tourism economy. From visits to pepper farms and the journey to the long house, to the making of Mee Suah (popular and Kompia (a bagel – like pastry cooked in stone oven), Sibu will be a state that would have you mesmerised over the unique food and differences of food culture, whilst having you reminiscing and missing the friendliest and nicest people you will ever meet.

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Visiting the pepper farm at Bintagor.

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Meeting the host of our dinner at the long house.

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Understanding the making of mee suah, as well as savouring the Fuchow Red Wine Mee Suah (RM 6)

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Watch the making of Kompia and savour the freshly baked “local bagel”.

It is no secret that Sibu is well known for their authenticity of Fuchow dishes so whether it’s fine dine or just a quick snack that you’re after, there is much pride and honour in the preserved heritage. Also not to be missed is the culture of Melanau ethnic-one of the earliest settlers on this fertile land and helped growing it into what it is today. Here’s a guide to show you a good cross section of the most represented this city has to offer. We had the most authentic Melanau feast in the most comfortable and relaxing dining ambiance by the river side, featuring the highlight of the day – the si-et (silk worms). Yours truly had them both stir fried and alive and with that, one more “check” on the bucket list. And if anybody is keen to know what live silk worm tastes like? They tastes mildly sweet, creamy tart dominant and textured slightly similar to wet pudding. They maybe exotic but certainly not scary at all.

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Have fun at the Fisherman restaurant (with 32 years history and running by the 2nd generation now)

Despite the different beliefs and religions don’t be surprised to come cross Melanau family with members of the family embracing Islam and Christianity. These East Malaysians over here are very tolerant of each other and are absolutely proud of their tolerance, it certainly warms my heart learning and knowing that that there is so much we could learn and embrace amongst people. A quick stroll at the night market where vendors come together with every stalls putting up the best of their offerings pretty much reflects the civility when it comes to respecting one another. Pork maybe non halal but it is not unusual to see all parts of pork delicacies at the stalls. While the halal vendors put on their grills and firing up their barbecues, watch the non halal vendors skillfully showcasing the knife skills as they chopped and sliced their way through every part of the swine. This one got us all super excited with the assorted offerings at every single booth.

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The vibrant Night Market is located at Jln Market, between Jln Lintang and Jln Bengkel. It sets up every afternoon around 5pm and operates until 10pm or sometimes later.

Next up on the next posts, some of the detailed food reviews along with the fun that comes with it.

Here are some of the details from the highlights in this post:

The pepper farm that is passionately operated by a 70 year old Mr Sia with close to approximately 600 trees, these vine plant is one of the major produce of Sarawak.
Location : near Bintangor , Sarawak
GPS location : 2.111275,111.705225

Savour the red Wine Mee Suah at:
55, Jalan Pahlawan 7, Sibu, Sarawak
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pagesUncle-Bakery/

Also read about SycookiesXSarawak for all the food tirp in Sarawak and Sycookies Food Travelogue when I travel out of Klang Valley for food.

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A big thanks to AirAsia for having me on the AirAsia Bloggers community (aabc). It was an honour and privilege to venture Sarawak with the members of #aabc.

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