Situated between Thailand and Indonesia and a stop along the traditional trading routes of Europe India and China, Malaysia, by its very location has become a melting pot for food. Now known as Nyona, the cuisine takes elements from both Chinese and Malay culture and is a fusion of an array of amazing food experiences.
The flavours of Malaysian cooking are chillies, garlic, ginger, limes & lemongrass, essential to the curry pastes that form the base of many dishes and also often used by themselves to add flavour. Coconut milk and palm sugar are frequently added to soften the heat.
Wander along the open air eating stalls and try a popiah (spring rolls) or curry puff before moving on to a fish-head curry, Nasi Ayam (Chicken Rice) or a rendang. There’ll be noodles, sambals, seafood curries and fish, all full of flavour. The choice will be limitless, so ready up your taste-buds and get ready to dive-in!
Safe eating while travelling in Borneo
Generally food in Borneo will be safe to eat but it is important to remember that because of the heat, food that has been left unrefrigerated for extended periods of time is best avoided. Always ensure that meat and fish is properly cooked and avoid anything that might have come into contact with tap water, such as salad, unpeeled fruit, raw vegetables and ice, outside of the larger urban areas.