Bruneian cuisine

Ambuyat, the national dish of Brunei.

Bruneian cuisine is the cuisine of Brunei. It is similar to, and heavily influenced by the cuisine of neighbouring Malaysia, Singapore,[1] and Indonesia, with additional influences from India, China, Thailand, and Japan. As is common in the region, fish and rice are staple foods, though beef is expensive and thus less common. Due to the predominance of the Islamic religion, the food is halal and pork is avoided. Alcohol is banned in Brunei.[1] In rural areas, game animals such as wild birds, sambar deer, and barking deer are hunted.

Common foods and dishes

Dishes from Brunei are often spicy, and are commonly eaten with either rice or noodles. Beef rendang, nasi lemak and puteri nanas, are popular foods in Brunei.[2] Among the few dishes peculiar to Brunei is ambuyat, a sticky ball of flavourless sago starch, which is wrapped around a bamboo fork and dipped into a sour fruit sauce.


Brunei's location

Common drinks include coconut milk, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Food from many other cultures, such as Chinese and Indian, are present in Brunei.


  1. 1 2 "Cuisine of Brunei". Retrieved 30 September 2010.
  2. "Brunei - Cuisines of Brunei". 1Up Travel. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
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