January 13, 2019

The Borneo Food Guide and Three Borneo Recipes You Need to Know

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Welcome to our Borneo food guide, bursting with flavour and tradition and including some easy Borneo recipes you can try at home. Lazat!

The Borneo Food Guide with Borneo Recipes

Borneo Food: An Overview

My introduction to Borneo food arrived to the soundtrack of thunderous monsoon rain. I studied at the Mango Garden Restaurant near Kota Kinabalu and journeyed across Malaysian Borneo, from street market to food hall, grand hotel to lightbulb-lit lounger. 

Malaysian Borneo itself is a mix of Chinese, Malay and indigenous peoples and as you'd expect, the food is too. It's typically light and healthy, bursting with lemongrass and coconut and plenty of fresh fish. In fact, it's one of my favourite cuisines in southeast Asia.

Where is Borneo?

Borneo is the third largest island in the world, found in the southwest Pacific and divided between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. 

Malaysian Borneo consists of Sabah and Sarawak, which, let's face it, are fantastic sounding names.

Expect plenty of grilled fish and barbecued prawns, along with rice and noodles, and locally grown vegetables. The stand out characters include rambatan, with its scarlet spiked skin and soft white inside, and banbagan, a kind of savoury mango with a rough, brown skin.