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Taste of Borneo cooking class

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One of the very few disappointing things about a visit to Sabah is the lack of opportunity to eat genuine Sabahan cuisine. It includes many delicious dishes and one way to ignite your tastebuds is to get into the kitchen at a "Taste of Borneo” cooking class.

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The best home cooking is made with fresh local produce, so the class begins with an informative shopping tour to the Donggongon tamu (local market). Here our guides and cooks, Marianna and Rosalyn, led us on a discovery of the wonderfully bizarre oddities of the fruit and vegetable world that are unique to the jungles of Borneo: bambangan, a local wild mango that is an unappealing brown colour yet deliciously sour, and a type of wild banana flower that looks like a giant asparagus, to name but two.

The beginnings of something good. Photo taken in or around Taste of Borneo cooking class, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

The beginnings of something good. Photo: Sally Arnold

They happily answered all sorts of questions and offered us tastes along the way. After a short drive to “Momma’s” (Mariana’s) house in the suburbs of Kota Kinabalu, it was time to roll up our sleeves. The class is held in a pleasant open-air location — under the converted carport of the family home surrounded by the somewhat ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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