On the way to Kundasang from Kota Kinabalu, you will notice a few stalls alongside the road with signs displaying “Bakas” or “Sinalau Bakas”. Sinalau means smoked and Bakas mean wild boar in Sabah. The villagers along the road especially Kampung Kelawat area are mostly Christian and they hunt for wild boar at the jungle nearby their village for its meat. Sinalau Bakas is a traditional food for the Kadazandusun people of Sabah.
The opening day and hour of the stalls are irregular as it depends on hunting. For an additional Rm 2 per kilo, You will get smoked wild boar meat and for another additional Rm3 per kilo, they will even cut it into smaller sliced and ready to eat at the stall.
The meat is juicy, tender and full of pork goodness taste. The only seasoning is salt and it brings out the sweet taste of wild boar meat. It tastes way better than pork as the wild boar grows in the jungle with lots of running, and they feed on roots, tubers, fruits, nuts, carrion, eggs and insects.
If you happen to pass by the area, do remember to make a stop and taste the exotic wild boar meat at Sabah.
Sinalau Bakas Soup