Couldn't help but reflect...
As West Malaysians, we take many aspects of our life for granted. For example, when we're hungry, we just head out to the nearest hawker centre or mamak for some chow. We're spoiled for choice. Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Italian, etc... Whatever we want, we've got it. If we feel like cooking, we head over to the nearby kedai runcit or Cold Storage to get our fresh ingredients.
Here up river, don't even dream of finding a restaurant or stall. Can't even find a kedai runcit to buy provisions! The nearest is in Song, a 40 minute boat ride away!
Kalau mau makai ikan... tangkap sendiri!
Kalau mau makai ayam... jaga dan sembelih sendiri!
Kalau mau makai sayur... tanam sendiri!
Kalau mau makai midin... pi cari sendiri!
Back to the feast...
|A real treat!|
|Prepared by the staff of KK Nanga Tekalit in the Dapur Sihat|
|River prawns caught by MA Anthony|
Cooked in a broth of garlic and ebiko (prawn eggs)
Don't ask me how Anthony only managed to catch pregger prawns
or for that matter differentiate male and female prawns!
|Deep fried river fish|
Crispy till the bone!
|Mawang fruit salad|
Only found here in Sarawak.
Fruit looks like a humongous ciku and the insides looks like mango
|Tapioca leaves 'lecek'ed|
Sauteed with garlic and ikan pusuk
And cause one of the nurses here was Melanau, we also had some sago to eat with our rice. These little balls are addictive, so she gave me a whole tupperware full as a snack.
I've also been told that a certain tree grows only along the Katibas region.
The ijok palm produces a sap that is alcoholic. Apparently, it is quite sweet & nice. I can only imagine that it tastes something like toddy. At the moment, it isn't the season so I didn't get to taste any. Rest assured, Anthony promised me some the next time I visit (notice the ladder propped up next to the palm?)