Local: Ropuhan Di Tanak Wagu Shares the Taste of Sabah in a Jar of Jam

ROPUHAN DI TANAK WAGU - Taste of Sabah

I was browsing my Instagram when I found out that Ropuhan Di Tanak Wagu has his homemade jams on sale. What really caught my eyes was ‘TUHAU JAM’ because I am a total sucker to anything-to-do with Tuhau, a local Sabahan food, which is quite popular among the local people. Read more about my post.

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ROPUHAN DI TANAK WAGU - Taste of Sabah

BAMBANGAN JAM

Premium Bambangan Jam is additive-free with high concentration of bambangan pulp, fiber and nutrients, made with carefully selected fresh bambangan to bring the highest quality jam.

ROPUHAN DI TANAK WAGU - Taste of Sabah

TUHAU JAM

Jam Tuhau or it also known as Etlingera coccinea Jam is a very popular ingredient in Sabahan cooking. Tuhau share the same family as Torch ginger/Bunga Kantan (Etlingera elatior). Unlike Bunga Kantan, only the young shoots of Tuhau is eaten.

Tuhau scent is distinctive and unpleasant to some people, who liken it to that of a stink-bug! But despite the scent, Tuhau taste really good with a hint of mild young ginger and lemony flavor. Medicinally it is believed to reduce high blood pressure and is also used to cleanse the blood.

Ropuhan di Tanak Wagu (Kitchen of a young man) Jam Tuhau is made using organic young Tuhau shoots from the foothill of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah. The rich soil and cold weather produce aromatic shoots is perfect for Jam Tuhau.

Ropuhan di Tanak Wagu recommends: Delicious on Toast, Waffles, Cakes, Crackers, Ice-creams, Scones, Cheese and Plain Yogurt.

Ingredients: Young Tuhau Shoot, Cane Sugar and Fresh Lemon Juice

ROPUHAN DI TANAK WAGU - Taste of Sabah

BUNGA KANTAN JAM

Torch ginger (Etlingera elatior), better known locally as Bunga Kantan, is a popular ingredient in our Malaysian cooking. Bunga kantan is believed to have many benefits including as a natural libido enhancer. It is also said to reduce inflammation, treat a loss of appetite, reduce diabetes and hypertension.

Ropuhan di Tanak Wagu (Kitchen of a young man) Jem Bunga Kantan is made using organic Torch Ginger Flower/Bunga Kantan from the foothill of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah. The rich soil and cold weather produce huge, aromatic and very deep red Torch Ginger Flower. The pleasant fragrance and tangy flavour of the petals are best for jams.

Ropuhan di Tanak Wagu recommend: Delicious on Toast, Waffles, Cakes, Crackers, Ice-creams, Scones, Cheese and Plain Yogurt.

Ingredients: Torch Ginger Flower, Cane Sugar and Fresh Lemon Juice

ROPUHAN DI TANAK WAGU - Taste of Sabah

WHAT I SAY

All jams are using 100% real and all natural ingredients. There are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and there are no chemical or man made additives either. In other words, there is a need to put into the fridge once they are opened. As for the packaging, I must say it is pretty nice, straightforward, and simple. Tagged at MYR15.00 per jar, I find this jams are worth buying because the unique taste that each of it bears.

The only problem is when I find is ‘WHERE TO BUY’ once I run out of my supply. These jams have been in my favourite list. I just hope they will be made available in the local stores, or some online stores. I would prefer if these jams are sold at local stores all over Sabah in order to create awareness about these great products. I do hope this kind of local jam can enter the international market in 5 years time. Okay, enough with the rants. Let’s get back to the main topic.

So… These 3 jams are really delicious, but my favourites are Bunga Kantan, and Tuhau. Believe it or not, I actually mixed this jam into my hot milk – something different to ‘challenge’ my taste buds. I would even spread this on my toasted bread and layered it with a slice of cheddar cheese.

Let me know what do you think about it in the comment below.

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