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Patz Dayak Home Cook Fast Food

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Happy Gawai and Hari Kaamatan to all readers and friends! One more year has passed and the harvest festival is upon us once more. Unlike last year, I’ll keep this year’s Gawai post a little bit shorter. Let us start the merriment with a song courtesy of Petronas and KK born Jazz crooner, Mia Palencia.

Of course, a Gawai celebration should have a beauty pageant to choose the Kumang Gawai. And guess what? We did choose one last Saturday, at the Miss World Harvest Festival 2012, Sarawak Cultural Village. The winner was Miss Magrina Awing George from Miri! The other two runner ups were Gracia Vicky Chua and Karissa Kara Simon. Congratulations to them and all the rest that have participated. Here’s a video of their photo shoot.

And moving on, food is a must at such joyous occasion, especially the home cooked traditional fare of the dayaks. Simple but extremely tasty dishes. Of course, short of going to a dayak home, it is quite difficult to fine such dishes in town. Previously I have blogged about one such place but thankfully, now we have another option.

Located in Dalight Food Court in King Centre, Patz Dayak Home Cook Fast Food is serving traditional Dayak home cooking. Open from lunch time, the choices here are quite varied. Unfortunately, some of the dishes are pork and hence not halal. But for pork lovers out there, do give them a try, and you might find a way of cooking pork that you haven’t had before.

On my visit here, I had 4 dishes. I had a fish and the obligatory manok pansoh. The manok pansoh here is very good. The taste of the daun ubi (tapioca leaves) is not overpowering but still leaves its mark on the dish. This dish also has a special ingredient in it. Tepus, the pith of the Beehive Ginger. The taste is a nice mildly spicy taste that just soaks up the salty chicken broth.

The fish pansoh was something new to me. I knew you could cooked all sorts of meat with this style of cooking but never actually seen it done with fish. The fish was nice, you get the pansoh taste but since they cooked it without the tapioca leaves, you don’t get taste in the soup.

The vegetable dish itself was a mix vegetable cooked dayak style. It had some of the taste that I have grew to love and is definitely more interesting than the standard vegetable dishes on offer in a Chinese economy rice place. But the definite star of the show for me was the pork.

The pork was babi masak cincaluk or pork cooked with cincaluk. Cincaluk is a fermented small shrimp. Whilst cincaluk is more well known as part of Melaka cuisine, it seems that Sarawak also has a tradition in making it. The three layered pork fried with cincaluk is very deliscious. The saltiness from the cincalok goes very well with the pork. The only bad thing about this dish is that it is very oily making this dish a bit too rich.

Overall, the economy rice here is truly satisfying. And the wonderful thing is the food is also decently priced. So folks, if you missed out on the gawai food during this week, remember you can always get more from here! Happy Gawai!


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