To Night Market! in Bandar Seri Begawan

12 10 2015

The vibrant Pasar Gadong, the “night market”, of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, starts every night at around 7 pm.  There is fresh produce available just like in the “day market” but it seemed most locals were there to buy dinner to take home.  I arrived at the market shortly after 7 pm taking the shuttle bus offered by my hotel.

Food stalls everywhere

Food stalls everywhere

My dinner. Lamb

My dinner. Lamb

A lot of Japanese adaptations

Sweet things

More dinner for me from this guy.  Any four pieces for 1 Brunei Dollar, about US$0.71.

And the fresh produce section.





Lunching in Bandar Seri Begawan

1 10 2015

Having read reviews and taking my hotel’s advice, I decided to do a buffet lunch at Tarindak D’Seni for the only lunch time meal I was going to do while in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

I had been told the previous night by the hotel’s manager that Brunei’s signature dish was something that had a similar look and texture to “glue”.  I was puzzled by the description but when I saw it, I understood.

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It does look like glue.

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It’s called “ambuyat”.

The sauces.

The sauces.

Condiments that go with the dish.

The condiments.

Chandas, a kind of a fork made of bamboo.

Chandas, a kind of fork made of bamboo.

Ambuyat with its dipping sauce.

Ambuyat with its dipping sauce.

Very starchy.

Very starchy.

What Wikipedia says about ambuyat.

And other dishes at the buffet are apparently mostly Malay as Brunei does not really boast native dishes.  I tried most everything including “black pepper beef” wondering where it came from.  There were several soups none of which made the gallery below.

And some sweets I saw but did not try.  Too colorful and sweet-looking for me.

Played safe and had fruits.

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Breakfasting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

28 09 2015

Arriving from Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam the previous night, I was curious about my first breakfast in Brunei in a very friendly residence-type hotel in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan.

Starting with tropical fruits

Starting with tropical fruits

Moving onto the more exotic dishes

Moving onto the more exotic dishes

What is in the above picture is this.

What is in the above picture is this.

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Very good but not all that spicy.

That was it for the first morning.  It’s a lot of rice for one meal.

The breakfast room

The breakfast room

My hotel

My hotel

The front gate

The front gate

The second day breakfast, trying the other wrapped goody

The second day breakfast, trying the other wrapped goody

Describing the above

Describing the above but I did not find any cucumber slices!

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Again, not spicy at all but quite good though I preferred Nasi Katok.  And here is an article I came across on the signature dish.

 








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