Friday, October 19, 2007

A Taste of Borneo Paradise - A taste of paradise on every page

By Arman Gunsika

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah, with its diverse selection of local delicacies, has the potential to become a tourist haven. Food can become a tourist attraction, as Sabah is rich with various types of local delicacies that are yet to be discovered.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said that with Sabah's 30 ethnic groups, there should be 30 different types of local cuisine that can be offered to tourists from all over the world.

"I believe that with proper ways and channels, we will be able to market Sabah as a food destination," he said at the launching of A Taste of Borneo Paradise, a compilation of 100 recipes.

The book, which collects the recipes of 40 chefs from hotels and resorts, was compiled by commercial producer Nancy Koh.

"People all over the world love to eat, especially food that they have never tried before, and here in Sabah, we have everything that we can offer," he said.

A Taste of Borneo Paradise boasts recipes ranging from appetisers, main courses to desserts.

Nancy described the book as a dream come true. The book was a compilation of many things that she felt strongly about, and that was food, photography and Sabah, she said

The book was to showcase what Sabah had to offer and to tell the world that Sabah was a beautiful and peaceful place to visit, especially with the variety of food available, she added.

Datuk Masidi meanwhile said the book would be useful as an additional reference not only for the locals, but also for tourists to know more about Borneo and the richness of its cuisines.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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