Wishing you well…

Congratulations and wishing you all the very best, Rosaline, on the recent grand opening of your business venture…

Ruai Cafe, Bintulu - address

…at this shop…

Ruai Dayak Cafe, Bintulu - shop

…in Bintulu.

Rosaline was my student in Kanowit way back in the late 70’s or early 80’s when I was teaching at a secondary school there, 1978 – 1982. You can see her in this photograph (in dark blue)…

Getting ready

…and it looks like they are stuffing the bamboo tubes to cook the very nice pansoh meat or fish.

For the uninitiated, the ruai is the common room or corridor inside a longhouse…

Ruai in a longhouse
*Archive photo*

…outside the biliks where each individual family stays. This would be where the longhouse folks would hold their celebration during festivals like the Gawai Dayak when there will be a lot of feasting, drinking and dancing…

Dancing in a longhouse
*Archive photo: from my Singapore friend, Alfred’s album on Facebook*

Of course, with a name like that, you can expect to enjoy all the Dayak ethnic delights at Rosaline’s shop such this paku (wild jungle fern)…

Ruai Dayak Cafe paku

…and this one – I’m not sure what that is, probably ensabi…

Ruai Dayak Cafe ensabi

…that some call sawi Dayak.

I managed to get some photographs from Rosaline’s Facebook page to share here and this looks like kacang ma chicken…

Ruai Dayak Cafe kacang ma

…and this meat dish…

Ruao Dayak Cafe meat

…sure looks good!

You can click this link to visit their Facebook page…for more photographs and there is even a video clip of somebody at the shop playing the sape, their traditional “guitar”…

I, for one, enjoy such ethnic native cuisine a lot and I sure would love to drop by and try, if only I were in Bintulu.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

10 thoughts on “Wishing you well…”

  1. Congratulations to Rosaline! I wish her all the best. The dishes do look very good! 🙂

    Thank you, I hope she does well too. Love the ethnic cuisine, beauty in simplicity.

  2. Congrats to Rosaline in her new venture!!

    I was just talking to hubby yesterdat on how many shops opened by our ethnic friends. They are getting more enterprising and introducing their own cuisine nowadays.

    Many in Kuching ranging from hawker/food stalls at coffee shops to high class restaurants. Unfortunately, only one place in Sibu, just lots of Iban karaoke pubs, all over town sprouting like mushrooms after the rain. 😦

  3. It’s great to be able to keep in contact with your ex-students and watch them prosper in later life.

    Yes, so many are successful in their own right and it is good that they still keep in touch.

  4. I like the corridor in the longhouse. So spacious. Great to hold celebration. Kacang ma cook with tuak? Looks good.

    Ever dropped by one? So near yet so far? I did go to one in Bawang Assan on a school trip, that was all…till I got posted to teach in Kanowit. Oh yes! I went to the Bidayuh one in Benuk, near Giam waterfalls during teaching practice at a primary school there, 1976, very different.

  5. All the best to Rosaline! It’s nice that there’s Ruai Cafe to go to for ethnic delights.

    Have you checked out that place in Seri Kembangan? They have a Borneo ethnic Saturday market too, same place – Seri Kembangan. Dunno what they have but I do know there are people selling pansoh…and midin.

  6. Had been to one at Padawan so long time ago. Went to one of my colleague’s kampung during Gawai, just day trip

    Ahhhh!!!! Padawan, my ex-senior assistant was from there, she was principal of St3 at one time.

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