: : Kuching Fest Part II : :
Continuation of Kuching Fest Part I. Probably will be postings on Part III and Part IV as there are 30+ pics altogether!
Great snack. One of my favourite Indian junk food. Put it this way, after eating more than 20 years of Chinese food, wouldn’t you also want some variety? Everyone in Kuching knows the little Indian lady selling this at the shoplot in Kenyalang Park. She has been there for ages!
Bamboo shoots cooked in coconut milk and chilli. A local favourite here. Instead of bamboo shoots, can also use palm shoots. Now that is easier to cook as it is already soft. With bamboo shoot, one has to boil the bamboo in coconut milk until it’s soft. To speed up the softening process, slice the bamboo shoot into thin slices.
I’m sure you cannot get this in West Malaysia. :p The vegetable are the wild tapioca leaves that have been pounded and later stir-fried with garlic. My weakness. Can eat this with rice. Also a great favourite amongst kids. Probably because it’s slightly sweet and not bitter. However, before frying it, the leaves need to be boil to remove the poisonous sap.
A pic of the local rice wine made by the Ibans. Cheap, ain’t it? I like the taste which is something like white wine. It’s not as smooth as sake but it really depends. Quality depends on the manufacturer. :p If it’s very sweet, have to be careful not to drink too much. Tuak (native rice wine) doesn’t hit you until a few hours later. During an Iban wedding, guests are invited to drink upon arrival. However, they are ask to drink a lot! A long line of old ladies will be asking you to drink before you’re allowed to sit down! Respect man! In a longhouse during Gawai (harvest festival), you would have to drink at all the family rooms and there are usually 20 families living in a longhouse if not more!
Steamed pau @ white fluffy buns. Didn’t buy any as there were so many other interesting food to try out. Looks yummy though. All sorts of fillings : char siew (red pork), tau sa (red bean – very sweet), pandan paste, chicken. Better to ask what is the filling before buying it.
Dim sum! But, unfortunately, Kuching has lousy ones. Urgh! I still prefer the ones back home in Miri and at Sri Petaling, KL. For the Muslims, I think the Concorde Hotel in Shah Alam has some halal version. Another cousin (I have over 30 of them) mentioned the ones there are pretty good. Have never tried it myself. If it’s not good, you can always drop a comment below! :p
Well, that’s it for now!
Enjoy drooling! hee hee hee