SERI KEMBANGAN: When she is feeling homesick for native Sabah delicacies, 27-year-old workers nurse Nur Shafiqah is aware of precisely the place to go to fulfill her cravings.
Pasar Borneo, situated in a avenue in Seri Kembangan, within the Petaling district, Selangor, is the go to position for these from Sabah and Sarawak yearning for a style of residence.
Nur Shafiqah, who declined to present her full title, works at Sunway Medical Centre and the minute she entered the Pasar Borneo space, the alluring scent of smoked meat and the fascinating aroma of unique fruits transported her again residence.
“I’m glad I discovered this place. Being Sabahan, we actually crave our meals and it’s tough to seek out them right here in West Malaysia. So as soon as I came upon about this (place) and got here right here, I used to be so excited and glad. It lastly looks like residence,” she instructed FMT.
The market is the brainchild of the Pasar Budaya Borneo Affiliation which was established in 2016, underneath the management of president Nelson Entap Engin. It goals to cater to the homesick cravings of East Malaysians and to shine a lightweight on lesser-known cultures.
“Prior to now, meals from Sabah and Sarawak was exhausting to seek out within the peninsula. So we thought, what if we arrange a market right here? From there, our first goal was to fulfil that demand.
“Our second goal was to advertise Bornean merchandise. We, in Malaysia, have varied ethnicities however many individuals nonetheless don’t know in regards to the well-liked meals in these states,” he stated.
For Nilisip Akang, deputy president of the affiliation, the market performs a central function as a hub for the East Malaysian diaspora to protect their heritage and keep their linguistic expertise.
“We additionally need to encourage kids, who’re Sabahans or Sarawakians however had been born right here, to get to know their tradition.
“If you happen to discover at sure stalls, they nonetheless communicate of their native language. So those that haven’t spoken Iban or Kadazan-Dusun for some time can practise. That’s one of many distinctive options of the market,” he stated.
The market, which operates each Saturday, boasts an in depth collection of delicacies hardly ever discovered within the peninsula, together with the unique and pungent tarap fruit and the olive-shaped dabai.
Nilisip operates a stall adorned with cups that, from a distance, would possibly simply be mistaken for longan fruit. Nonetheless, upon nearer inspection, it turns into obvious that these cups comprise reside sago worms.
Vendor Jamulia Kakol, aged 43, described the various vary of strategies used to move their merchandise throughout the South China Sea.
“Generally we deliver them over by way of cargo. Generally we put them in our baggage luggage. Different occasions, we ship them via the postal system.”