Unlike Penang’s asam laksa, Sarawak laksa has a less acidic shrimp-based broth. The aromatic soup is supplemented and thickened with coconut milk to give it a savory aftertaste, and it’s made with a mixture of sambal belacan, sour tamarind, lemongrass, and other herbs and spices. Expect bee hoon (vermicelli rice noodles), juicy shrimp, a substantial amount of bean sprouts, shredded omelet, and chicken slices in the soup (and your bowl). A sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of lime serve as garnish.
Unlike nasi goreng, the rice in nasi aruk is not fried in oil. Garlic, onion, and anchovies are sautéed in a small amount of oil, followed by rice. For the smokey or slightly-burnt flavour to absorb into the rice, it must be fried for a longer duration (compared to frying rice for nasi goreng). Nasi aruk can be found on the menus of Malay coffee cafes and markets all around Sarawak.
Manok/ Ayam Pansoh
Before being placed in the bamboo, the chicken is marinated in a sauce comprised of ginger, lemongrass, garlic, salt, and torch ginger flower for around 30 minutes. The bamboo is then placed over the wood fire and the tapioca leaves are used to cover the entrance. Slow steam cooking allows the chicken to absorb all of the flavours while staying soft and juicy with a rich, pleasant scent.
Acar Timun Sarawak
It’s not like the acar in West Malaysia. Before being served, it is preserved in vinegar and sugar for days, weeks, or even months. As a result, the pickles are sweet and sour, with a strong flavor of turmeric and other spices. The cucumber julienning is more thinner and longer than nonya acar, and they rarely use cabbage. Carrots that have been julienned are commonly used to give color to acar. Sarawak acar is also distinguished by the fact that it is served with keropok ikan, or fish crackers.
Kek Lapis Sarawak
Sarawak layer cake, also known as kek lapis Sarawak or kek lapis moden Sarawak, is a layered cake from the Malaysian state of Sarawak. In the Malaysian state of Sarawak, this cake may be found practically anywhere. Kek Lapis Sarawak is typically served on special occasions.