Only in Sabah: 5 Delicious Local Delicacies



Aside from its beautiful beaches, friendly people, and colorful culture, Sabah is also known for another great thing: amazing food. The convergence of ethnic groups and cultures in Sabah all contribute to the wide variety of dishes you can try.

If you are traveling anytime soon to Sabah, here are some local delicacies you should definitely try:





  • Bambangan    

Bambangan is a fruit that is almost similar to the wild mango. The skin of the Bambangan is brown, but the flesh is orange. When the fruit is ripe, it could be eaten the same way as a mango. What sets the Bambangan apart from mangoes is that it could be eaten in a variety of ways. Locals usually cook it with fish or fried with salted fish.





  • Hinava

If you happen to visit Sabah during their festivals such as the Kadazandusun celebration, you can try one of their unique dishes, the Hinava. It is cooked with fish and lime, which are often combined with other ingredients such as onion, ginger, and Bambangan seeds.





  • Tuhau  

There are no shortages of places to sample Tuhau food in Sabah. In fact, there is Tuhau food being sold even in sidewalks. Tuhau is more of an ingredient than a stand-alone food. The shoots of the Tuhau, which is a ginger-like plant, is often diced into very small pieces and mixed with chili, scallion, salt, and vinegar. This is popular during festivals and is usually served as an appetizer alongside rice and fish dishes.





  • Bosou  

The Bosou, also known as Nonsom, is a preserved dish with required preparation that often lasts for weeks. It is made by combining fish with salt and a local herb called pangi. This mixture is pickled in a glass jar for two weeks. For more flavor, some locals usually include garlic, pepper, and olive oil in their Bosou.





  • Jaruk    

Another preserved delicacy is the Jaruk. It is made from the meat of wild boar or fish, which is cooked inside a bamboo tube with rice and a bit of salt. This is fermented for about two weeks before it is served.


A trip to Sabah will never be complete without having a taste of its local delicacies. The local food is usually made from natural ingredients that could be easily found in Sabah. The wide variety of ingredients that the locals use is a reflection of the differences of culture that are made to come together to form a unique culinary experience.

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