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Making Portuguese Egg Tart with Portuguese Chef in Macao before an authentic Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

I made my first Macao Portuguese Egg Tart and had the tastiest rice dish ever!

Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)2

Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)1

The most amazing people you can travel with (L-R): Sharon, Fish, Jixin, Tino, Ophelia, Zee Luei, yours truly ( yes, I am amazing to travel with and this self-praise is not an understatement. Haha. ), Willy, Jess.

Portuguese tart or egg tart, or Macau egg tart. Whatever it is that you are calling it, we know for sure that this creation is born synonymously with what defines modern Macao. No tourists visit Macao without eating a bite of egg tart, myself included. I am a big fan of food and its origin, but being able to bake my very own Portuguese egg tart in Macao? That’s probably one of the highlights at my recent engagement with the MGTO Malaysia. Attending this workshop at the Le Cesar restaurant was quite an amazing experience. Skip the workshop if you are no fan of baking but never skip dining at Le Cesar. They served me the best rice I’ve ever had.

Le Cesar boasts the kind of bright and airy roominess and while there may not be stunning views elusive to many grand hotel and resorts, the space here is polished, with warm yellow lighting, punctuated in the right places with absolute cosy and calmness. There is a bar and a good dining space that could serve as their workshop area. Dishes are based on Portuguese traditional recipes, and nothing seemed simple at this modest-looking establishment. Starting with the appetizers, and we are looking at cod fish cakes with black-eyed bean salad-my favourite. Followed by the Portuguese “pata negra” 24 months smoked ham and the Sauteed clams in white wine, Portuguese style of course. And another winner, the Octopus salad Portuguese style. All with a lovely pairing of wine of your choice. Did I mention the owner imports Portuguese wines and supplies them to the local business?

1.1Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

1.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

2.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

3.3Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

3.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

Dipping bread into the broth in the clams were crazy mixed of emotions on the palate. The squeeze of lemon into the savoury sweetness from the wine was delicious fantastic as an appetizer.

4.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

The champion has got to be the Wet fish and prawn rice. It was insanely delicious, it got me a little angry and frustrated having to think of where I would have to go for the exact same thing in Malaysia. There is a longer cooking time required for this particular dish but it was totally worth the wait. Each bite was packed with flavours down to each and every single grain, with prawns so fresh and delicious it’s almost like tasting sea. Completing the meal with meat on the menu, we had Grill black pork, not just any part- the feather’s blade. Served with choice of potato chips house made with whole potato, or creamy spinach. We were pampered and spoilt by the owner when dessert is being served with wine, you had no idea how much guilt I had when I started counting the calories.

5.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

5.5Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

6.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

7.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

8.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

9.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

10.1Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

10.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

11.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

12.1Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

12.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

My first Pastel de nata!

13.Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

Chef Pedro Quintantiro patiently guiding us through his workshop

Things only gets better when at this point, egg tarts we made from the workshop prior to being seated for our meal were out of the oven! Freshly baked! Making it without anyone’s help probably contribute to the excitement. Ok I lied. It is obvious but I didn’t get too much help from chef- maybe because I was good at it? (puked at this self-praising statement at this point of writing). But it was so much fun at the workshop it would be a great activity for not only the locals, tourists as well.

14.1Making Portuguese Egg Tart with Portuguese Chef in Macao before an authentic Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

14.Making Portuguese Egg Tart with Portuguese Chef in Macao before an authentic Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

15.1Making Portuguese Egg Tart with Portuguese Chef in Macao before an authentic Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

15.Making Portuguese Egg Tart with Portuguese Chef in Macao before an authentic Portuguese meal at Le Cesar (old Taipa)

Jess and I, we bonded over raw eggs.

Here’s some useful information courtesy of Fish (thank goodness someone was taking notes):
1.The price and the duration:
Price: 200.00 mop/person
Duration: around 45 minutes

2.The participants get to make at least 2 egg tarts whilst sipping your complimentary house wine (from Portugal of course)

3. Minimum and maximum headcount per workshop:
Minimum: 10 pax
Maximum: 50 pax

4. How to apply?
Contact Le Cesar via telephone +853 6252 6530 or email epld.dg@gmail.com , or pm them on Facebook.

Le Cesar (Old Taipa) is located at:
300 Rua Direita Carlos Eugénio, Chun Weng Kok, G/F – Old Taipa, Macau.
Reservations: +853 2857 6682
Parking: Street and new large public car park (2 minutes walk)
Hours: Monday to Friday: 12:00 – 15:00. 18:00 – 23:00. Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 – 23:00.
Social Media: www.instagram.com/lecesaroldtaipa
GPS: 2.153535,113.55825

Content made possible by Macao Government Tourism Office Malaysia . Big thanks to Chef Pedro Quantantiro for being so willing in sharing his baking tips and owner Mr Diogo Giraldes for putting up with my nonsense.
Also read about my Macao stories with #sycookiesxMacao , and other posts of Sycookies Food Travelogue when I travel out of Klang Valley for food.

Food places I have covered in Macao is also pinned on Gastronomy Macao map , so this hopefully would be a great help for reference for anyone planning on a Macao food trip.

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Tromba Rija Authentic Portuguese Buffet

 

What started from humble business as a local butcher and wine tavern shop, Tromba Rija at the Macao Tower is now one with some of the popular Portuguese dishes to offer when visiting Macao. More so if you are paying a visit to the Macao tower. The AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy Jump is 233m / 764ft high, making the jump a Guinness World Record for the Highest Commercial Bungy Jump in the world. Now if that is not a reason to visit, think about the authentic Portuguese dishes with quality ingredients, and great ratio of spice and flavour. While the restaurant is decorated in contemporary elements with an adoption of rustic, family style design, from setting, to the most prominent details in decorations, Tromba Rija still serves the flavour of home like delicacy. Here at the Macau Tower, we find cold cuts, platters, signature dishes of both cold and hot, as well as local Macanese cuisine.

 

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Bungy jumping from the top of the tower or stroll around the perimeter at the observation deck-Observation deck operating hours: 10:00am-9:00pm (Mon-Fri) and 9:00am-9:00pm (Weekends & Public Holidays)

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Tromba Rija Authentic Portuguese Buffet
Portuguese tart is prevalent in Macao, loved by the locals, and popular amongst the tourists. The mini tarts on their buffet spread was lovely. Glazed on the outside, beautifully moist in the middle, it’s glorious. But the dish that blew me away was an impossibly perfect pastry bites with salted cod- a Macanese specialty.

Tromba Rija Authentic Portuguese Buffet

 

The next time anyone needed to squeeze a jump and a meal on the very same day, with a taste of Portuguese and authentic Macanese spread of quality ingredients and top meticulous services, here is one to consider. But I wouldn’t recommend squeezing your itinerary in Macao. Take your time and the country has got so much more to offer, other than blings of glamorous casino and churches.

Food places I have covered in Macao is also pinned on Gastronomy Macao map , so this hopefully would be a great help for reference for anyone planning on a Macao food trip.

 

Also read about my food trail in Macao, and other posts of Sycookies Food Travelogue when I travel out of Klang Valley for food.

 

Tromba Rija is located at :
G/F, Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre
Reservations: (853) 2896 2878
Note: All prices are in MOP and subject to a 10% service charge.
Lunch serves at 12pm-2:30pm and dinner at 6:30 pm- 11 pm
https://www.macautower.com.mo/tower-overview/ Prices starting form 170 MOP for lunch and 370 MOP for dinner.

Snacking and Eating down Heritage and Cultural exploration in Macao (Macau)

 

I’ve seen some of the prettiest view and some very photogenic places when exploring the UNESCO Heritage site, and at the same time snacking and eating whilst enjoying some of the most beautiful and unique charm of Macao.
If anyone is keen with the history of Macao for most things, in particularly the origin and heritage of Macanese and its food, consider taking a stroll down the lane of exploration at the prominent historical locations. To truly understand the deep roots of Macanese cuisine, one needs to look further than just the Portuguese influence. Surely the influences were inevitably big as foundations in Macao but the transformation were distinctively notable in the Macanese cuisine. The birth of Macanese and the multicultural layers that formed modern Macao is very interesting even more so if you are a history buff. The Macao Museum is a good place to start. Tucked inside the Mont Fortress, with the ground surrounded by a beautiful panoramic view of the city.

 
Snacking and Eating down Heritage and Cultural exploration in Macao (Macau)

Mount FortressMount Fortress 2.Man Kei Eatery (文记咖啡面食)Plenty of wall at Mount Fortress Macao but once reaching the top, which wasn't too challenging with some escalators and paved walkway, is amazing. Killer view awaits.
Macao Museum Macao Street Rua Felicidade Macao (Macau) Ruin’s of St Paul’s , Mount Fortress, Macao Museum, Rua Felicidade

Snacking and Eating down Heritage and Cultural exploration in Macao (Macau)
Snacking and Eating down Heritage and Cultural exploration in Macao (Macau)Freshly baked almond cookies.

19.(壹燕糖甜品) – Bird Nest egg tartPortuguese Egg Tart- this one is with a twist. Can you see the bird nest right in the middle? Read about this HERE

Some useful information from this post:

Museum Macao and Mont Fortress is at:
112 PRACETA DO MUSEU DE MACAU
澳門博物館前地112號
GPS: 22.1929656,113.5396276
Opens daily from 10am-6pm , Closed Monday

Ruin’s of St Paul’s and Rua Felicidade at:
GPS:22.1977708,113.53864 and 22.1944554,113.53542

 

Food places I have covered in Macao is also pinned on Gastronomy Macao map , so this hopefully would be a great help for reference for anyone planning on a Macao food trip. Those struggling with Chinese and Portuguese like I do when planning a trip to Macao, you are welcome- navigating in Macau without these two languages was a pain for me! Now this would be so much easier, these places were all blogged HERE
This content is made possible by the Macao Govenrment Tourism Office (MGTO) Malaysia when I was invited for a Food Hunt in conjunction with the #2018macaoyearofgastronomy

 

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Authentic Macanese food at La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau)

 

La Famiglia’s vibrance totally reflects the rich heritage behind Macanese cuisine, blending the roots of Chinese with the legacy of Portuguese, expounding an interesting diverse and influence of history in culinary reflected in signature cuisines in Macao. It is a great place to dine in comfort and ambiance filled with positive vibes only. The Macanese Gastronomy was inscribed on the Macao Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2012 and this in my opinion is truly the most accurate identification that constitutes the uniqueness of culinary Macao. Tracing in time from during the 16th and 17th century to the ports of Africa and Southeast Asia, Macanese is the marriage of Portuguese and local Chinese as Portugal inhabit the land that grew not only in size since then. There is influence of international spices traced back from Africa to India and Melaka, with Chinese techniques and ingredients cooked in traditional Portuguese dishes. The birth of this is the delicious Macanese dishes we are having today.

 

The arrangement and seats were in such of a culture which explicitly highlights the importance of meals being enjoyed in a wholesome manner with family- a rich culture of the Macanese. To start the meal, our host, chef Florita Alves, a Macanese with so much passion in her food and restaurant, welcomed us with an introduction to the most staple Portuguese appetiser with a platter beautifully arranged with a smorgasbord of a combination of Macanese and Portuguese Deep Fried Snacks- the “Sortido.s. de Fritos Macaenses”. At this point, some might have had the same thought that went through my head when these Portuguese names starts popping up. And if you are wondering if Chinese or Macanese in Macao actually still reads Protuguese words? Well I was told only a small percentage does that. Either way the names are still all over the country and that could perhaps spell the root and presence of the heritage. But language aside, the platter is undoubtedly an integration of perfect combination proven not impossible. La Famiglia gave us bites of history and tradition beyond a mere satisfaction on the palate through prominent flavours.

 

1.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau)


“Sortido.s. de Fritos Macaenses”- Assorted Macanese and Portuguese Deep Fried Snacks (Bacalhau Balls, Chilicote, Chamusas, Rissois, Meat Croquettes, Stuffed Roll Bread

 

Moving to mains was when the meal becomes even more interesting. Even though I did not personally enjoy the duck rice on its own, I fancy the pairing of it with African Chicken – a Macanese classic dish marinated in a special chilli sauce, grilled and then baked. Others were given in big, bold flavours, whether you’re in the mood for pig or fish. From farm to sea harvest, Macanese cooking sure gives a splash of familiarity to those of us who has tasted the flavours of South East Asia. Take the Suckling Pig for instance. It wasn’t anything too overly different from what’s served at most Chinese weddings, except the pig comes in whole and that it is slightly meatier with the similar Candy crackling-like crispy layer of skin over the meat.

 



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1.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau)
6.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau) “Arroz de Pato” Duck Rice
“Galinha Africana” African Chicken – A Macanese classic dish marinated in a special chilli sauce, grilled and baked
“Leitao Assado” Portuguese Suckling Pig – Roasted suckling pig dish marinated in home made spices

 

My personal favourite has got to be the Portuguese baked cod fish with carrot and cream sauce. It is uncommon to have cod fish in other cooking method aside from the conventional steam or grill. That probably contributes to how I find this particular dish tantalisingly amusing. Florita was kind enough serve the us with simple sautéed vegetable. I can never be anymore grateful. To be honest, I think I might have quietly walloped the entire serving.

 

Desserts aren’t this famiglia’s strongest suit. But I must emphasize that Portuguese dessert are a lot sweeter than what we Malaysians have accustomed when it comes to sweet profile. And if you follow tightly to my palate then you’d probably know my scale of acceptance when it comes to sweets. However, coconut did earn extra credit for the panna cotta here. Plus the fresh tang from the mango puree, it was good if not great thou I’d still skip this one for anything else on the street perhaps?

 


14.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau)

14.La Famiglia 葡意之家 , Macao (Macau) (2)“Bacalhau Espiritual” – Traditional Portuguese baked cod fish with carrot and cream sauce
“Vegetais Salteados” Sauteed Vegetables
“Coconut Panna Cotta with Mango Puree

 

If anyone is keen with the history of Macao for most things, in particularly the origin and heritage of Macanese then take a stroll down the lane of exploration at the prominent historical locations. I’ve seen some of the prettiest view and some very photogenic places. Read about my Snacking and Eating down heritage and cultural exploration HERE

 

This content is made possible by the Macao Govenrment Tourism Office (MGTO) Malaysia when I was invited for a Food Hunt in conjunction with the #2018macaoyearofgastronomy

 

Also read about my food trail in Macao, and other posts of Sycookies Food Travelogue when I travel out of Klang Valley for food.

 

La Famiglia is located in Taipa at:
氹仔花朵圍6-12號,木鐸街76號
Taipa, Ilhas, Macau
76 R. dos Clerigos, Macau
Daily: 12pm- 10:30pm
Tel: +853 2857 6131
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/famiglia.macau/

 

Food places I have covered in Macao is also pinned on Gastronomy Macao map , so this hopefully would be a great help for reference for anyone planning on a Macao food trip. Those struggling with Chinese and Portuguese like I do when planning a trip to Macao, you are welcome- navigating in Macau without these two languages was a pain for me! Now this would be so much easier, these places were all blogged HERE

 

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2018 Macao Year of Gastronomy Food Hunt

 

To say that Macau is all about Casinos and hotels would be a vast understatement. Long before the blinking lights and polished floors that draws millions of visitors that is generating folds of revenue so much more than Las Vegas each year, Macao was no more than just a trading port rented to the Portugal. Today, we see Macao in being massive with reclaimed land and renown for the glam and shiny high rises, baccarat, and other signs of modern life. The Historic Centre of Macau, which is entirely in the Macau Peninsula, became a World Heritage Site in 2005 and is magnificent heritages unveiling their wonderful stories. Food as cultural heritage is closely tied and recently in the UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, what better way to experience the charm of Macao if not through their food?

The Macao Government celebrated the occasion with a promising series of activities lined up in corresponding to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) mission of using creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development. As the third Creative City of Gastronomy in China, after Chengdu and Shunde, 2018 Macao Year of Gastronomy is absolutely the perfect opportunity for anyone from all over the world to experience the charm and creativity of what Macao can offer. In the recent participation of Food Hunt organised by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), we experience Macao food with fun, laughter, and bonds of new friendship and friendly coalition.

 

2.macao mgto 2018 Food and places Macao (Macau)1.macao mgto 2018 Food and places Macao (Macau)From left: Jess, Jixin, Fish, Sharon, me, Will

 

There might have been an interpretation of what is offered in Macao but the heritage of Chinese and Portuguese from the past and present of modern fusion and influences is always ever exiting as this global pantry continuously offering both local and international innovative of possible creativity in culinary. This Food Hunt have us racing in teams to eat at designated food stops in the shortest time and both trendy and classic gourmet had showcased the diversity of food choices in Macao. What a way to experience Macao!

 

2. Macao street pink1 Macao instagram worthy street

 

Here are six within walking distance and the list comprises some fancy creativity alongside classy selections of signature Macao food adored by the locals themselves. Some I was told, have been selling for decades. Take Man Kei Eatery (文记咖啡面食) for start. Like most local diners, whetting the appetite of locals and tourists alike, they humbly offer flavours that hit all the right gastronomic notes. With a succulent cut of chicken chop nestled in a gloriously crispy bun, this shop inspires queues snacking outside and a must try that’ll make you fall in love with Macao. I make new friend with this local patron outside this shop.

 

1.Man Kei Eatery (文记咖啡面食) 2.Man Kei Eatery (文记咖啡面食)3.Man Kei Eatery (文记咖啡面食)Chicken Polo Bun (MOP 22)

 

Speaking of tiny shop with delicious offering, Feng Cheng Zhen Ji (凤城珍记)showed us how fish can be folded into crispy parcels before deep frying and at the same time tastes uniquely intriguing. Sui Gao is lusciously filled generously with lightly minced pork, leaving satisfying bites of crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

 

6.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记)7.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记)
5.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记)4.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记)
Deep Fried Fish wanton & Sui Gao 炸鱼角水饺 (MOP110)

 

In recognition of the vital role street food plays on Macao’s gastronomic scene, the renown Michelin guide has added a merited category dedicated to their guide. From Shunde steam milk pudding, coconut pudding to Portuguese egg tarts with clever twist of versatility, the most popular snacks deliver a bite-sized gastronomic world tour on the streets of Macao. Taking a walk on the streets filled with Chinese and Portuguese signs and road name was a challenge but interacting with the locals as the gastronomic adventure took place was one of the loveliest experience. Smooth scoops of tofufa dessert and cooling spoonful of coconut pudding were seriously one of the best kind of dessert one can ask for. The coconut pudding was a first time for me to actually realised that I could have so much emotions on pudding.

 

10.Li Kangji @ Firma U Tac Hong (李康记) – steamed milk pudding 9.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记) 8.Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记) 11.Li Kangji @ Firma U Tac Hong (李康记) – steamed milk pudding 14.K.Dessert ,Tang Ge (糖阁)-Whole Coconut Pudding 13.K.Dessert ,Tang Ge (糖阁)-Whole Coconut Pudding 12.K.Dessert ,Tang Ge (糖阁)-Whole Coconut PuddingSteamed milk pudding (MOP15/big & MOP9/small) and Whole Coconut Pudding (28 MOP)

 

For those who want to take a walk on the nifty side when it comes to bites sizes of tarts, head for your share of Bacalhau Tart (马介休挞)- a signature Portugal ingredient made of cod inside a tart or Sardine Tart 沙丁挞 (18 MOP) at Sab 8 café. That or the famous Portuguese tart, with bird nest on it at Yī yàn táng tiánpǐn (壹燕糖甜品) for those seeking fancier selection. Myself was not overly convinced with this one but it sure is a tourist favourite.

15.Café Sab8 17.sab 8 salted cod fish tart 16.Café Sab8. 19.(壹燕糖甜品) – Bird Nest egg tart Macau 18.(壹燕糖甜品) – Bird Nest egg tart Bacalhau Tart 马介休挞 (20 MOP) & Sardine Tart 沙丁挞 (18 MOP)
Bird Nest egg tart (15 MOP)

 

Places we covered within walking distance in 2 hours, also pinned on Gastronomy Macao map . Those struggling with Chinese and Portuguese like I do when a trip to Macao, you are welcome- navigating in Macau without these two languages was a pain for me!

 

Man Kei Eatery (文记咖啡面食) – Chicken Polo Bun (MOP 22)
Monday to Sunday (8am- 6pm) , Closed Saturday
GPS: 22.1952796,113.538245

Feng Cheng Zhen Ji(凤城珍记) – Deep Fried Fish wanton & Sui Gao 炸鱼角水饺 (MOP110)
11am – 11.30pm Daily
GPS: 22.195826,113.539485

K.Dessert ,Tang Ge (糖阁)-Whole Coconut Pudding (28MOP)
G/F, Yonglian Building,
Daily 11am – 930pm
GPS: 22.2011654,113.54519

Li Kangji @ Firma U Tac Hong (李康记) – steamed milk pudding (15 MOP/big & 9 MOP/small)
Monday to Sunday (8am- 6pm), Closed Wednesday
GPS: 22.1958573,113.5381139

(壹燕糖甜品) – Bird Nest egg tart (15 MOP)
Daily 12–11pm

GPS: 22.1937966,113.5379467

Café Sab8- Bacalhau Tart 马介休挞 (20 MOP) & Sardine Tart 沙丁挞 (18 MOP)
Daily 12-7pm, Closed Thursday
GPS: 22.1963876,113.5383603

 

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Fly direct to Phu Quoc, Vietnam

 

Vietnamese cuisine doesn’t quite win any points for complexity but when it comes to precisely how this simplicity scores with the clever combination of the best the land can offer, it is undeniably impossible for anyone to reject may of their popular dishes. Starting with pho to their famous sandwich, the dishes features predominantly the ingredients in the local diet. And what other best ways to eat them if not from the native land? And even better, to have those at where blue sky and white beach surrounding. Because AirAsia has announced their new direct route to Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Phu Quoc is the largest island of Vietnam, and a region famous for it’s delicious fish sauce so much so that fish sauce making is a tour all by itself. And with some of the first-rate cuisine, as well as the seafoods all over the beautiful island, it is much predicted that this place is going to be appearing on my social media real soon. Plus, AirAsia is flying 4 times weekly with all in fare stating from RM 98. Now that’s a stellar.

 

AirAsia announced that it will begin direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Phu Quoc, Vietnam on Nov 2 this year with AirAsia Malaysia commercial head, Spencer Lee present at the launch event. Air Asia is the first airline to launch a direct service from Kuala Lumpur to one of ASEAN’s best-kept secrets.

 

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Of course, yours truly would be posting updates on social medias so lookout for that. Meanwhile, here’s one at the launch event.

 

 

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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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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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