Keeping up with the theme of Brunei being the heart of many unexplored adventures, we at Sutera decided to dedicate an entirely new series to cater our curiosity called Kitani Cuba. Kitani Cuba, which translates to ‘We Try’, is a segment where we try all sorts of ‘random things’ that are either not known or less recognised in Brunei.
This time around, we tried out the Kuih Melayu Brunei (Brunei Malay Snacks). When it comes to these local snacks, there are plenty of them to list out in one article. However, we can categorize them generally into two types; the dry and the wet snacks. We decided to try out the dry snack in this episode. Our taste-testers were given 5 dry Malay finger foods and they will have to guess the name of the Kuih based on its appearance, texture and taste.
Snack no.1: Kuih Cincin
- One of the more well-known Kuih in Brunei. It’s made from red palm sugar, brown sugar and coated with rice flour for deep frying. The shape gives away the name easily, as it’s shaped like a ring hence, Kuih Cincin. They are available in two colours; plain with no colouring or red/orange coloured ones.
Snack no.2: Kuih Lidah
- Another snack that gets its name from its appearance, Lidah means tongue in Malay and the snack is made to resemble it nicely. It’s prepared from rolled corn flour before deep frying; it is later topped with powdered sugar. Another name of this food is Kuih Tiram
Snack no.3: Calak Papan
- A dry snack made from sago. It’s shaped like Kuih Cara or Bahulu but hardened and has no fillings
Snack no.4: Kuih Kipang
- A snack that resembles a bird’s nest. It’s made from rice and mixed with brown sugar to give a sweet and crunchy taste. There is also another version of the Kuih made from peanuts.
Snack no.5: Kuripit
- The snack looks like a miniature version of the roti prata but it’s actually made from sago. It’s crunchy and has a very light taste, making it perfect for quick snacking in the afternoons.
These traditional snacks, despite mostly overlooked by the younger generations, they are still sold in the market to this day. Part of Kitani Cuba and most of our articles are initiatives of Sutera is to give exposure to some of the less known things in Brunei. By producing more content on traditional food and making more exhibitions to showcase our traditional culture; it all aims to create a sense of awareness for the younger ones. This way, not only will the food withstand the test of time, but so does the Brunei’s traditional culture as well.