Being a West Malaysian living in Sabah, I always wonder about the traditional Food of local Sabahan. We know about Tuhau, Bambangan, busou which can be easily found at local Tamu but I didn’t know how to use the local produce and spices in my cooking.
When my friend, Makiko told me that she will be visiting Kota Kinabalu, I immediately thought of bringing her to experience local culture and food. After a quick check on Instagram, I decided to contact Borneo Cooking Class from Top Peak Travel and learn more about local Borneo food through cooking class.
After arranging with Top Peak Travel, The driver and local Sabahan Instructor meet us at the hotel lobby at 9am. We head to Penampang Tamu located at Donggongong town to experience how locals buy and pick up fresh local herbs. Penampang market on Sunday
Auntie Marianna, our instructor explain to us local herbs and how to choose the freshest vegetables, meats, and spices which vary with the season. We discover many exotic flowers and discover the many smells of the local produce.
After walking through the local market, we then proceed to the cooking class which is located at Kasigui
We met Uncle Florianus who explain to us how to the locals prepare and cook their foods.
We start preparing all the ingredients needed for our dish. We are good kitchen helper.
Uncle Florianus show us how to make Chicken Soup with White Local Melon.
Makiko looks like she can cook very well. She is really fascinated with our local foods
I am good at cooking too
I saw these a lot at the Tamu and never thought of making it into a salad. A combination of bunga kantan, tuhau, papaya flower and Kucai. Taste good served cold.
Simmered “Bosungan” (mackerel) with Bambangan”Fruit.
Our simple yet delicious lunch cook by ourselves.
Thanks to Uncle Florianus and Auntie Marianna for the class. We not only learn hands-on how to cook family style Borneo food dishes but also more in-depth knowledge of the daily life of the people of Kota Kinabalu. This is a rare experience to have a local family open up their home, kitchen, and heart to travelers who are interested in understanding more about Borneo culture through the food of Kota Kinabalu.
For more information about Borneo Cooking class, check http://toppeaktravel.com/sabah-tour/taste-of-borneo-cooking-class/
*Our Borneo Cooking class is hosted by Top Peak Travel.