KOTA KINABALU – Laksam, or flat rice noodles in fish gravy originating from Kelantan and Terengganu, has gained the hearts of Sabahans, who share an appreciation of this conventional dish.
Whereas driving alongside a street right here some three years in the past, the author was drawn to an indication that learn ‘Laksam’ at a roadside stall. Since then, he has turn into a daily buyer of the stall owned by Anuar Awang, who sells varied delicacies from the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
The 50-year-old Kelantanese, fondly referred to as Abe Nuar, additionally makes nasi kerabu, nasi berlauk and kuih akok, utilizing elements he introduced from his state of origin.
“The folks in Sabah are drawn to this delicacies as a result of it’s distinctive and infrequently accessible right here. Along with promoting meals, I’m additionally proud to introduce the standard meals of my dwelling state,” he advised Bernama.
The dishes are priced between RM6 and RM8 per pack, and he may promote as much as 30 packs per day.
Other than Kelantan meals, he additionally sells ‘jeruk bambangan’, a standard meals of the Sabah neighborhood ready by his Kadazandusun spouse.
One among his common clients Jumadi Sakkul, 44, an info officer from Sepanggar mentioned he has fallen in love with the delicacies of the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia since he tasted it for the primary time whereas working in Kuantan, Pahang about 10 years in the past.
“The style of their delicacies is certainly totally different from Sabah. Again once I was working in Pahang, I might usually eat dishes like nasi dagang, nasi kerabu and laksam. Nevertheless, once I returned to Sabah, I began lacking them and tried searching for them. That’s when I discovered Abe Nuar,” mentioned Jumadi, who returned to Sabah two years in the past.
He mentioned that the distinctive elements introduced by Anuar from Kelantan give the dishes a definite flavour that’s arduous to seek out in Sabah, permitting the folks of the Land Beneath the Wind to expertise the distinctive style of Peninsular Malaysian delicacies.
Deiryll Everly Josan, 39, an administrative officer at a public college in Tuaran, mentioned that the folks of Sabah haven’t any drawback embracing the delicacies from the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia as a result of they’ve lengthy been open to variety and exterior cultures.
“Sabah has 33 indigenous teams, so there are numerous varieties of meals on this state. Meals is just not restricted to 1 ethnic group however is loved by all, identical to ‘hinava’ (a sort of fish salad) from the Kadazandusun neighborhood, everybody eats it. The identical goes for laksam and nasi kerabu, regardless that they originate from Peninsular Malaysia, we additionally take pleasure in them,” she mentioned.
Deiryll Everly added that the well-known chef, the late Anthony Bourdain, as soon as mentioned, “Meals is The whole lot We Are”, which signifies that meals displays the variety of a nation. Due to this fact, all varieties of meals on this nation replicate the attractive variety of Malaysia and its folks, which must be appreciated and liked by all. – BERNAMA