Thursday, November 16, 2006

Scenes - Sarikei-Belawai Trip 2006 Part 3

Belawai 2006: Fruits galore on the shop's five-foot way.
Wild durians (left) and rambutans (right)

Belawai 2006: Fruit feast.
Cempedak (left) and wild durians (right)

here were a block of 3 shops owned by the Kueh family at the end of Belawai wharf's raised walkway. Not much has changed in downtown for 25 years except for a new canteen opposite the block of shops. Belawai is a rustic fishing village populated by mainly Melanaus. Old folks sat on benches in front of the shops to chat while hawkers sold tropical fruits on the five-foot way. You can converse with the Melanaus in Bahasa Malaysia.

Belawai 2006: Mee Sup Tulang and Kopi.
Bone soup noodle and local coffee.

Belawai 2006: Fizzy drinks in traditional bottles.

Two of the shops were sundry shops and the third was a kopitiam (coffeeshop) run by Melanaus. We ordered the "must try" - Mee Sup Tulang (Bone Soup Noodle). They didn't have enough bowls of the same type to serve the 7 of us as they didn't normally get so many customers in one go. Absolutely delicious broth! Heaven can wait...

Belawai 2006: Kampung (village) house with hanging jungle fern.
And clean laundry ("domestic flags"), of course.

Belawai 2006: Belawai mosque in nice traditional architecture.
Find the loudspeaker for broadcasting prayers.

Belawai 2006: Can you monitor this monitor lizard?

We caught the van shuttle back to Tanjung Manis (it waited outside the shops) and asked the driver to detour to the beach and the village to buy local crabs (they were half the price versus Sarikei's since these were direct from the fisherman's home). As we drove along, a huge monitor lizard sauntered across the road. In the 60-70's, monitor lizards, snakes, turtle eggs and bats were common wild game sold in Sarikei's lively markets as gourmet delicacies. Do you remember?

Belawai 2006: Corals and sea shells.
Read this tongue twister: "She sells sea shells by the sea shore."

Belawai 2006: Fiddler crabs' balls and holes.

The Belawai beach is several km long. There were tiny fiddler crabs scurrying sideways all over the beach. What were those tiny balls of sands on the beach? Give up? The crab's smaller claw was used to pick up a chunk of sand to its mouth, where the edible content like algae, microbes and fungus was sifted through. The balance of the unedible sediment was replaced in the form of a small ball.

Belawai 2006: Life's a beach! No need to bring beach balls.
South China Sea in the background.

The whole beach was full of crab balls! It looked like we were not the only ones having a ball of a time.


Anonymous said...

Wild durian, cempedak, and rambutans. That would make my day!
I have never been to Belawai. It looks like an interesting place.

Thanks for the photos.


Daniel Yiek said...

Tanjung Manis-Belawai-Jerijeh-Rejang is a nice day trip if you like the rustic charm and beach. Catch the express boat from Sarikei Wharf Terminal 2. Bring sunblock.

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nung said...


I have heard of Belawi but never been there.
I love the colorful rambutants and the sphereical wild durians. What is that fizzy drink ? Rambutants always reminded me of childhood. Cheers

gongpiang said...

Hey guys the wild durian in the picture got a name, is called "Buak YeeSu" & she also got a sibling called "Buak Yeekak" which is more orange in colour and the thorn isn't as sharp. Buak YeeKak is more popular than Buak YeeSu because YeeSu got too strong a smell for a lot of people.

Anonymous said...

I dare not try the fizzy drink and didn't know what was inside! I assumed it had lots of sugar but the bottles were nolstagic.

If you didnt mention, I would have forgotten those durian terms! Ha!! I like the type with longer spikes.

Kanga said...


You did well in identifying the wild durians. It was at the back of my mind but you 'spell' them out well. I have tasted them ages ago!
One type tasted like 'sesame' to me.

ront said...

those fizzy drinks......the most popular one would be the green 'banana' flavor or the clear 'ice cream soda' these are either bottled in bintangor or sibu

Tuan Lokong said...

Daniel I cam across the picture of two bottles of "Rusit" they called it in Iban language. That do not look like crab sauce. Just to be sure I guess. very interesting article here...

Tuan Lokong said...

Just to add locally that wild Durian is called "Isu Rian" by locals...a lot of this at my village. Must wear safety boot or good strong lining shoes when going around the tress. There could be abundant of them around. Easy to know the out for Durian season and as soon as Durian season ending this fruit will emerge. To know the actual ends another type of Durian comes the yellow/orange skin type with orange meat will come out thus marked the end of Durian seasons...
There it goes in and out years to come.

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