Ambuyat, the Unique National Dish of Brunei Darussalam

Ambuyat, the Unique National Dish of Brunei Darussalam
Ambuyat ©Shuttlestock

A national dish is a point of pride for so many countries and it's no different for Brunei Darussalam. Their signature dish Ambuyat may not be the most well-known in the world but it's definitely one of the most unique. The same plant that provides us with sabudana, the sago palm tree, is used to make ambuyat. The local name for the white solids derived from this plant is Ambulung.

This dish, which is popular in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, has a thick glutinous texture, almost like glue, and is eaten with bamboo tongs called chandas, which are similar to chopsticks. It's easier said than done though as the viscous substance is very hard to scoop up. To achieve the best results, dip your chanda in starch before attempting the feat.

It is thought that ambuyat is incomplete without at least three cacah, or side dishes and dips, to go with it because it is almost completely flavorless and more of a substitute for carbohydrates like rice or noodles. Ambuyat is usually eaten with meat since the textures go well together, but binjai cacah, a sour and spicy concoction of lime, onions, and garlic, and binjai, a local fruit with a sweet and sour flavour, are the two must-have additions . Some cacahs incorporate tempoyak, a sauce made from fermented durian.

Ambuyat is a sharing dish that is served family style in large dishes with sides surrounding it. It is often used to celebrate togetherness. After all, with its slick nature and entertaining eating process, you can't help but laugh as you go.


Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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