Brunei, officially known as the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a small country located on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Bruneian cuisine is heavily influenced by Malay, Chinese, and Indian flavors, resulting in a diverse culinary heritage. One popular Brunei recipe is Ambuyat, which is a traditional dish made from sago starch. Here’s a recipe for Ambuyat:


  • 500 grams of sago starch
  • 1 liter of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

For the dipping sauces:

  • Belacan (shrimp paste)
  • Chili sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Lime or calamansi juice


  1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil.
  2. Slowly add the sago starch to the boiling water while stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or chopsticks. Make sure to stir vigorously to prevent lumps from forming.
  3. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens and becomes translucent. This process usually takes about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Once the mixture reaches a gelatinous consistency, remove it from the heat and transfer it to a serving bowl.
  5. To eat Ambuyat, take a small amount of the gelatinous mixture using a special fork called a chandas. Wrap the mixture around the fork, creating a ball-like shape.
  6. Dip the Ambuyat ball into the dipping sauces, such as belacan, chili sauce, soy sauce, or lime juice, according to your preference.
  7. Enjoy the Ambuyat by swallowing it without chewing.

Note: Ambuyat is traditionally eaten with hands, but you can use a fork or chopsticks if you prefer.

This recipe represents just one example of Bruneian cuisine. The country has a wide variety of dishes, including various curries, stir-fries, and grilled seafood, which are influenced by the diverse cultures in the region.



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