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National dish of Brunei - Ambuyat Tempoyak

Recipe: The national dish of Brunei - Ambuyat Tempoyak

Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2


  • 500 g sago starch can replace with tapioca or potato starch
  • 600 ml water
  • 1 chili pepper
  • salt
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste
  • 1 tbsp dried shrimps
  • 2 tbsp durian tempoyak


  • Boil the water in a kettle.
  • In the meantime, mix the starch with a bit of water in a bowl and put aside.
  • Put the dried prawns and thai chili in a stone bowl (also called lasung) and blend until the ingredients are well combined.
  • Add the shrimp paste and mix until well combined. Then add some salt according to taste. Put in a small bowl.
  • Pour a little hot water on the sauce mixture and add the durian. Mix well.
  • Once the water is boiled, pour it slowly onto the starch until it looks a bit sticky then whisk with a wooden spoon until firm and starchy.
  • Serve while hot.
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