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Rumbia tree has multiple uses : the leaves can be woven into roofs; the branch can be used to build fences, walls, as a... Ambuyat @ Grace Point, Kota Kinabalu

Rumbia tree has multiple uses : the leaves can be woven into roofs; the branch can be used to build fences, walls, as a torch, etc; the skin of the branch can be woven into basket or mat; the trunk can be consumed as a delicious vegetable or turned into sago (a type of starch); the skin of the trunk used to make mats; and many more other uses.

Sago Aka Ambuyat

The sago made from rumbia trunk, when mixed with hot, boiling water and stirred well will result in a white glue-paste substance, very sticky, and is affectionately called Ambuyat.  Ambuyat is a traditional staple of the Brunei and Bisaya people of Sabah, eaten usually during special events, substituting rice.  It is consumed while hot, dipped in other dishes such as fish soup (Ikan Rebus) and veggies or sauces.  The dips are usually sour in taste and chillies are added to make them spicier.


ikan rebus

sauce and veggie

An authentic ambuyat experience requires the use of chandas, a chopstick-like utensil made from bamboo.  Chandas is stuck into the ambuyat, and then pulled out with some ambuyat sticking on the prongs, then it will be twirled to gather more ambuyat (like twirling spaghetti on a fork) until you get a satisfactory amount of ambuyat on it.  Then you dip the ambuyat into the sauce and quickly swallow it.


candas ambuyat

Sagang Tialiu at Grace Point, Sempelang, Kota Kinabalu:

Sago can be purchased at the local market or tamu.  Ambuyat is also popular in Brunei and Sarawak.

But if you just like to have a taste of it, do drop by Sagang Tialiu at Grace Point, Sempelang, Kota Kinabalu.  Grace Point is a spacious and comfy food court maintained by Sutera Harbour & Resort, offering various cuisine such as western, Malay, Chinese, Indian, ethnic, and so forth.  The washroom is hotel quality, there’s a palyground for kids and also a park for joggers.  There’s even a Pastry Shop at Grace Point, selling Sutera Harbour Resort cakes and buns.  The doughnut is very costly (RM6 each) but really soft and delicious.

double six

grace point kota Kinabalu

Grace Point is located near The Double Six Memorial Monument.  Each year, on the 6th June, a memorial service would be held there to remember the tragedy that took the lives of  several Sabah leaders when their plane crash onto the site on the 6th June 1976.

Sagang Tialiu

Back to ambuyat.  The stall, Sagang Tialiu offers Ethnic Sabah Traditional Food such as ambuyat set (RM12), hinava (RM5/RM8), ampap set (RM8), tuhau (RM3/RM6), salted fish crackers/keropok ikan masin (RM6), etc.   But there’s no chandas provided so I had to twirl the ambuyat around a fork, like spaghetti.  It’s gooey, tasteless and thick, that’s why the dips are necessary.  In the set is fish, additional fish sauce in the bowl, chilli paste, sambal belacan paste and something I suspect to be tuhau, a taste that I haven’t acquired for.

It was a very fulfilling meal, the ambuyat could easily feed 4 adults.  I wish they provided the chandas, though.

Ambuyat @ Grace Point, Kota Kinabalu

Ismail N

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  • Zul

    February 1, 2018 #1 Author

    Love d ambuyat so much..ate n xperience it at Brunei..tasty n delicious eat with side dishes gravy, fish n lalap etc. Funny memories with candas at first i thought it same as chopstick n i separate it both n d whole table blast with a laughter..hahaha..loves d xperiences


    • Zurainny Ismail

      February 1, 2018 #2 Author

      You are so astute & definitely have very good memory! Glad you enjoyed eating ambuyat & have such sweet memories. And thanks so much for dropping by. 😀


  • Ayut

    June 21, 2014 #3 Author

    Ambuyat is like sagu right?it like chewing when eating….interesting.but never try yet…


    • Ismail N

      June 23, 2014 #4 Author

      Ambuyat is made from Rumbia sago, no need to chew – just swallow. 😀


  • titan

    June 21, 2014 #5 Author

    pehh..macam seadp jugak yang nih.


  • Hero Borneo

    June 20, 2014 #7 Author

    Ambuyat at my hometown recognized with a ‘linut’..normaly ate with salt fish gravy..pergh! really nice..may be Sabah and Sarawak community alway same in culture!..


  • Denaihati

    June 20, 2014 #9 Author

    i never try that sago yet, what it feels like…


    • Ismail N

      June 23, 2014 #10 Author

      Should try it someday bro. Susah nak explain in words..


  • Mus

    June 20, 2014 #11 Author

    dah try.. boleh juga makan.. tapi x dpt byk . cepat kenyang


    • Ismail N

      June 23, 2014 #12 Author

      Memang cepat kenyang… satu sudu rasa mcm makana 1kilo 😀


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