Taste in Sabah
Bak Kut Teh
The name bak kut teh literally translates ‘pork bone tea’. At its simplest, it consists only of meaty pork ribs in a complex broth of herbs and spices. A bowl of bak kut teh may also be served with offal, varieties of mushrooms, lettuce, and pieces of dried tofu.
This famous Chinese delicacy is usually eaten with rice and is often served with you tiao (strips of fried dough). Soy sauce mixed with chopped cili padi and minced garlic is usually taken together as a dip. Bak kut teh makes a great filling dinner for those with super healthy appetites!
Beaufort Mee is Chinese-style fried home-made local yellow noodles from the district of Beaufort, served with your choice of meat or seafood and a generous amount of crunchy and fresh choy-sim (Chinese greens). Available from Restoran Beaufort (Shop No.1, Ground Floor, Taman Mesra, Penampang, Tel: 016 818 9339) - open from 8am - 2pm & 6pm - 9pm and closed Monday.
Clay pot rice is usually taken as a dinner dish. This delicious sticky rice is typically served with Chinese sausage (lap cheong) and vegetables. The rice is cooked in the clay pot first and cooked ingredients like diced chicken and Chinese sausage are added in later.
Traditionally, the cooking is done over a charcoal stove, giving the dish a distinctive flavour. In some places, it is served with dark soya sauce and also dried salted fish. Clay pot cooking is rather time consuming, nevertheless, it will all be worthwhile as it makes a very fine feast.
Whet your appetite with a bowl of clay pot rice at eateries such as Grace Point in Sembulan, Restoran Yee Fung in Gaya Street, Food City in Kolombong, Food Paradise food court City Mall (3rd Floor) and Wisma Merdeka food court (2nd Floor).