From Tenom I travelled to Keningau, another small town in the inland of Sabah. On the way to Keningau, the taxi driver brought me to this place:
The Murut Cultural Center of Tenom is situated just by the roadside of Tenom-Keningau road. The place was huge and the architecture of the building was magnificent! With all the pillars made from single tree trunks, one can imagine how difficult the construction can be and finding enough huge and straight tree trunks to be used as pillars.
Sadly, due to low number of visitors, the artifacts and displays of the center had been reduced to minimal and the buildings were basically way under-utilised. I was the only visitor at the centre that morning, yet they welcomed me with gong beating and traditional musics. After spending an hour there, we continued our journey to Keningau. First stop: Keningau Restaurant, for lunch.
It's just like any other nasi campur restaurant with vast choices of dishes to choose from. I was compelled to taste these two vegetables:
The petai. Not as any petai but sprouted petai. Interestingly, the owner said its the way the local take the petai. The petai will have to be sprouted for about a week before cooking them into various dishes. Erm... i think it's a bit to chewy but still love the taste.
And the pucuk labu. Can be found in Cameron Highland but it's kinda common here. Nice too, sweet.
Keningau is just like Kajang but a bit smaller. I stayed at the tallest hotel, which is also the tallest building in town. Standing at 11 storeys, the Hotel Juta was clearly visible from any direction.
I was lucky to have stayed there as the night food stalls were just beside the hotel. At 5.30pm, as the sky was just about to turn dark (Keningau is completely dark at around 7pm), i strolled through the place and found a few irresistible food.
Beside beef noodles, bakso, and some local delicacies, I favoured this stall: the BBQ stall.
They got the famous Satay Sayap or BBQ chicken wing!!! The sweet aroma was so strong that you can smell it at the other end of the stall stretches. I bought 4. Ooops.
And these cute looking love-shaped 'satay' was not just any 'satay', but the famous satay buntut ayam (literally translated as BBQed skewed chicken butt, hahaha). I bought one only. Too fatty for me. The taste? MARVELOUS!
Since i don't think it's appropriate to eat my food while 'cangkung' at the roadside, I enjoyed them in my hotel room.
Simply delicious!! My stay at Keningau was short too, and I continued my journey to KK the next day.
Coming up next... KK, eat-eat-eat.