: : Kelabit Food Fix Part III : :

Amazingly, there’s so much Kelabit food around this time I’m back, I’m totally flabbergasted. This time round, there was a Food Fair at the Krokop Evangelical Church. So, my diet plans were thrown out the window – well, for Sunday anyways.

Storage for the Nuba Laya. It keeps very well in this styrofoam container and remains warm for a few hours.

We also had some Stir-Fried Pucuk Ubi @ Wild Tapioca Leafs (young-uns). The leaves are first boiled in water to removed out the poisonous sap. Then, they are later pounded using the pestle and mortar before finally being stir-fried with garlic. This one was cook with pork skins. Shockingly high levels of fat but surprisingly tasty. Both my eyes were closed and the piggy wiggy skins removed.

This is a species of Jackfruit known as “Cempedak” in the local language. It’s cooked with coconut milk and some curry powder.

Sorry to spoil the picture. I forgot to take the picture before eating. This is actually Minced Fish steamed with Banana Tree Shoots. Wrapped in the same leaf as the Nuba Laya.

There will be another food fair at the church in June. It’s also open to the public so if you wish to get something, pop by the Church then. Will ask my Mum when is the next one and post it online. More on the KEC church here.

: : Kelabit Food Fix Part II : :

Parents came back from KL today and Sina’ went for dinner. So, it was me, Dad and Adrienne.

Dad : Let’s goto Fung Mung for a quick dinner.

Wena : (sad face in the PC room. Dad in the kitchen so can’t see.)

Adrienne : Sure. But can we stop by the laundromat in town? I need to pick up my laundry.

Dad : Sure. Since we’re in that part of town, let’s eat at Sultana then.

Wena and Adrienne does a silent happy dance in the PC room.

At the laundromat where Adrienne was out getting her laundry.

Dad : So, where have you guys been eating?

Wena : Errr…for the past 2 days, we’ve been eating at Sultana.

Dad : Aik! Then we can eat at somewhere else.

Wena : NO NO NO NO NO NO! Sultana is fine with us. We were trying to think of how to persuade you to bring us there. Hee hee…

So, three days in a row, it’s been dinner at Sultana. What can I say? The Nuba Laya @ Bario Rice is simply delicious. The good thing is that the Kikid @ Porridge and the veggie is rotated daily. So, it doesn’t get boring at all.

Bamboo shoots with some ginger/garlic, coconut milk and cut chillies.

Kikid @ Porridge but this time cooked with Cangkuk Manis. Delicious and healthy for people with heart problems.

And…..minced fish again! Wasn’t bad at all.

And, everyone went back happy!

: : Kelabit Food Fix : :

Yes! Finally a shop with Kelabit food. Sultana is a Cafe that provides Kelabit food and is located opposite Cherrie Berries in Miri. And I’ve been having dinner there for the past 2 days.

This is their signature meal set : the Nuba Laya Set. Served with authentic Bario Rice from Bario.

The minced fish. Delicious although, ok, so it’s fried. I think.

This is the Labo Belato @ Stir-Fried Wild Tapioca Leaves. Sticky ain’t it? That’s normal. And, just about every Kelabit child loves eating this vegetable dish.

And this is Smoked Meat. Could be wild boar. I’m not sure. Didn’t ask. Was too busy savouring the entire meal.

And yes, this is porridge, otherwise known as Kikid. Tasty and pleasant. This is the vegetarian version that we were served last night. Tonight, it was with mushroom and equally delicious.

And, the gem of the meal : the Nuba Laya @ Bario Rice wrapped in Leaves. Definitely no sharing. One packet per person.

How it looks like once it’s open. Ok, it’s not your typical rice presentation but it’s definitely soft and slightly sweetish. This is how they eat it in Bario.

Yum yum…

(I can hear someone salivating from Rotterdam and London)

: : Comfort Zone : :

I’ve arrived in Miri and am already in my comfort zone.

Plus, Dad received all the games I ordered last month so finding time to go through them. We have a guest in the house and she’s now with my PSP and Neopets Petpet Adventures. Cutish game but I get the feeling that it’ll be a monster treadmill again.

As for me, let’s just say that I got more than enough stuff to seriously keep me occupied for awhile. So online gaming would take the backbencher for awhile while I’m sorting out my games.

These days, I’m playing more on non-violent games. Easier to think and less planning / coordination works needed. I get more than enough of it at work that I don’t need it during my leisure time.

Cheerio folks! Some pictures up tomorrow. I forgot how seafood is cooked differently than in Kuching. And that it’s such a refreshing change.