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Sarawak Roadtrip 3.5: Mukah to Bintulu

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On previous post, I tell about a story of paranormal night in Bintulu.

Then, I kinda missed out my journey from Sibu – Mukah – Bintulu. So here it was my trip.

I been to Mukah before during my internship.

Mukah is the heartland of Melanau people. It was once a mighty kingdom called the Malano (Melanau) kingdom. The kingdom fall during the expansion of Brunei Sultanate.

Here’s a photo of a Melanau girl in her traditional costume.

photo credit to: McKibben Agin

Such costume are rare to see nowadays as 90% of Melanau has converted to Muslim and adopted Islamic wear but certain tradition are still carry on such as the Melanau’s signature hat, Terendak.

credits: Oura Galaxy Blog

And you know you’re in Melanau heartland when you can see buildings with colorful cone shape roof.

This roadtrip wasn’t actually a travel trip, I was actually just invited to tag along while the CatsFM crews spread awareness about Visit Sarawak Year campaign to the locals. So, I didn’t manage to visit much touristy places.

So usually when the crews are doing their job. .

I will sneaked out and hunt for local food and landmarks. XD

I mentioned that most Melanau has converted to Muslim but certain traditional culture and practice still can found.

One is Sago related food, sago powder, sago biscuits, sago salad, sago paste (linut) and also…

sago worms.

and another is the the Umai. Umai is a Melanau dish, it’s actually Sarawak version of Sashimi.

The one in Mukah is famous as it’s authentic and it’s made out of gold fish.

No, not those gold fish we kept in our home but a type of orangey long slim fish.

#Imbawrappingskill

This is crazy, I only bought one box and they wrapped it 20x larger.

After the small stop, we head to Bintulu.  It’s a 2 hours + ride through highway.

A highway that looks like this.

Can noticed heavy deforestation along the way for palm tree plantation.

When there’s deforestation, there’s a lot of trucks like this…

and they are soooo freaking scary, no thanks to Final Destination 2.

I kept imagine what happened if the chain snaps!

Thank God, I reached Bintulu safely.

That very night was [le paranormal activity night]. Do read it up if you have not.

Anyway, the next day, we moved out of that hotel and stayed separately in other new established resorts.

I managed to drop by at the town after we checked in.

The town looks new tho (design), like your typical commercial centre in the cities. I only found out that all the old styled shop lots and structures were demolished and replaced with this. Those who knows me well knows I love old buildings a lot. hahaha

Oh, I noticed there’s a Tua Pek Kong temple in every town/city in Sarawak. Franchising done well XD.

Spotted an eagle/hawk/some big bird that will ripped my arms off is flying around the town.

Not sure what’s the occasion but there’s a mini bazaar.

Saw some traditional accessories there.

An Iban headgear.

Iban Pua Kumbu ( traditional patterned  cloth).

An “Orang Ulu”‘s patterned shirt

After a while, we went to the food court at the market to test out the Umai I bought earlier.

All well sliced. :D

I was expecting the meat to be orange too hahaha gosh what am i thinking.

And it comes with all these “add ons”

We need to pour everything into the Umai and mixed them together

into something like this.

Only one problem…

I accidentally put too much salty in it. T_T

The meat is sweet and some how crunchy which I don’t understand, I think the lime juice somehow “cook” it?  It’s good, even nicer if I have rice to go with it XD

Unlike other city and towns of West Sarawak which are by the rivers, Bintulu and Miri are located next to the Sea.

So #waitwhat, we asked the driver to drop us at the nearest beach.

It’s awesome to have the beach next to the city but the beach we went wasn’t that good looking.

After that we went back to our hotel and I just wandered off on my own by foot.

I managed to found this mall nearby our hotel about 30 minutes walk away.

and managed to find bunch of Thai snacks! I love Thai snacks!! Their chips are sooo good!!

Bintulu is very sparsely distributed. There’s a limit on the places I can visit on foot. :( I wanted to check out the Council Negri monument but too bad it was too far away.

Walk walk walk and somehow I ended at the Bintulu waterfront.

While walking around.. something popped up in my mind..

whether there will be another paranormal activity at night or not.

Too bad didn’t manage to try any Bintulu signature food. (Bintulu famous for Belacan). Hope can return to Bintulu again in near future.

Anyway, off to Miri next!! > v <

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This is my mission location!

Sibu Central market is the largest market in Sarawak with over thousand of stalls.

It’s very happening and operates from early morning till evening daily.

It’s kinda competitive too with so many stalls together. There are many interesting things to find there.

First, chickens XD wrapped with papers. This put them in place and less painful for them compare to directly tied up with strings.

Then we have ferns! This is Paku, you can get this in Peninsular Malaysia.

And this is Midin, which the locals pronounced as Bilin. It’s only can be found in Borneo.

I’m not a vege person but i love this a lot. It’s super crunchy.

You can find all sorts of exotic fruits too. There’s this brown color coconut looking fruit which turns out to be a local wild mango thingy. I forgot to take a photo of that.

Oh oh, I found this super cute pink fruit. I bought it and it’s like cream inside, it’s white and very mushy.

Some of the fruits look familiar but actually different.

This is Mountain Durians. Looks kinda like durian; the torns are slimmer and softer.

The inside looks like durian too but i heard it tasted a bit like cempedak.

I didn’t manage to try. No kaki to share it.

And not forgetting this awesome fat worms. The famous Sago Worms. It’s a delicacies here in Sarawak.

As a Sarawakian, I have been searching high and low for this as I wanted to try it badly. Rumors said it is the best worm to eat ever and so I..

 I think this is my first time eating something so raw.

Feeling a bit bad , I went to the temple nearby..

to take photos of it. I’m not Taoist, so I didn’t pray.

I was trying to get up the Pagoda of the oldest temple in Sibu but unfortunately, it was closed.

The temple located next to the river.. and I found something very interesting.

It’s a ship that transport cargoes and groceries to Kapit as there’s no road to the town. It looks like a grocery shop on a ship right? There’s actually people staying in the ship.

Alright ending my Sibu with some normal food to wash off the worm image in your mind.

Kampua again!! I love you kampua.

I love Roti Pisang too.

Halal Kolok Mee!! :D The noodles is good but I’m allergy to beef.

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A little dark secret of mine, I have a habit to wake up super early in the morning XD. Nowadays at 6.

Anyway, be hold.. Sibu town. 3rd largest urban area in Sarawak. Sibu town is also called Little Foochow as it is majority populated by Foochows, the default lingual franca here seems to be Foochow dialect too. :| And I don’t understand a single word.

Morning old town of Sibu!

Morning Mr Swan!

Swan is the symbol of Sibu, if not mistaken it was due to that the majestic Rajang River resembles the Swan River in China.

An empty park. A good open space to practice Tai Chi.

Sibu Speed Boat Terminal, you can get to Sarikei , Kuching and Kapit from here. It is also the only gateway to Kapit town.

Saw this old school bus outside of the terminal :D If  someone refurbish it a bit and it will be a very vintage hipster bus. > v <

I love street walks especially in old towns and cities where I can see old the old heritage buildings.

Sibu does have a lot of old buildings but not enough old, maybe some have renovated and removed many original elements.

I like those with many small details.

  Something like this and those older than this period.

Usually…

And I found many mini shops in there, old school shops..

le barber shop. > v < Open shop style.

and look, Wafu; look, Pafu, warm towels!! The best part of having a haircut when I was a kid.

The great thing about going on a random walks like this is…

finding treasure unexpectedly!!

*correction : it’s Super Duper Whooper Burger Soft*

Anyway, these are the softest buns I ever had. OMG > v < So fluffy so good. I wasn’t expecting this and only bought two. T3T Whoever is coming from Sibu, please bring me a dozen of these!!

I have my buns only when I reached home as I was saving my stomach for Kampua. My mission for the morning! :D

In Sarawak, there are two types of dried noodles that populate the region, the Kolok Mee and the Kampua. Here’s a map of how commonly the dish is found in Sarawak.

A Sibu is the capital of Kampua. With no researched done, I walked randomly to find a coffeeshop with massive crowds or lines. XD

but still thank you good uncle!! sorry I don’t know how to say Thank you in FooChow.

Tada!! Kampua!!

It was real good and it’s only RM2.20!! Cheap daoo!!

P/S: There’s halal version of this dish, so do come and try even if you’re Muslim. Actually, in Sarawak we have halal version of all dishes. lol

Auntie is very shy. XD

Actually, I have another mission in hands for that morning beside hunting for Kampua.

Coming up next: The Hunt for Sago Worm > v < with video (maybe).

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