Brunei

Food & Drink

Food

People from Brunei like to eat and there are many excellent restaurants in Brunei that serve a wide variety of cuisines thanks to the large number of foreign workers in the country.

There is also a local cake, just rice, beef curry or chicken, which can be quite spicy. This is relatively inexpensive compared to other foods you can buy, such as local foods such as chicken rice. However, this is not a healthy option, with few vegetables and too much fat.

Another option is the ambulity, Borneo's exclusive culinary experience. It is a sticky, starch paste made from sago that can be dipped in a salt sauce.

Desserts

  • Kueh melayu (sugar, raisins and sweet pancakes stuffed with peanuts)

Drink

Brunei is a dry country: alcohol is not sold anywhere in the country and alcohol consumption in public is prohibited by law. That said, non-Muslim visitors can bring up to two liters of alcohol (wine or spirits) plus up to twelve cans of beer every 48 hours, and there is a wide range of duty-free shops across the border in Malaysia to serve this demand. However, alcohol must be declared upon arrival in Brunei while passing through customs.

Many high-end restaurants allow guests to bring their own alcohol and the corkage is not charged, although this is technically illegal and it is best to keep a low profile if you decide to consume in a public establishment. At the lower end (especially Chinese restaurants), many restaurants supply illicit alcoholic beverages under euphemisms such as "special tea."

One should definitely try teh tarik, a sweet milk tea, as well as the wide range of coffee (kopi) available in restaurants.

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