The first time I saw Kuih Lidah, it was at Pasar Besar Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Up to that time, I had never seen this traditional Sabahan cookie in Peninsular Malaysia. Even the metropolitan capital of Kuala Lumpur did not have this.
Kuih Lidah a traditional cookie originating from Papar, a town and district on the west coast of Sabah. In fact, it is supposed to be a traditional snack of the Bruneian Malay people.
Over the years, it has been steadfastly popular among the locals in Sabah, and during festivals such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, people love to offer Kuih Lidah to their visiting guests, as one of the many festive treats in their home.
From what I can glean from eating it, the confection is a sort of crispy pastry rolled up loosely and flattened. Then sliced up and coated in a powdered sugar mixture. So, it has contrasting textures of crunchy, flaky and powdery, which I like very much.
I do enjoy the traditional food and cultures of places I visit, and I am delighted when I find something like the Kuih Lidah – common at its origin state and East Malaysia, but relatively unseen in West Malaysia.
Other articles I wrote about Sabah:
- Kota Kinabalu (day 1)
- Lofty Kundasang (Kota Kinabalu, day 2)
- Mesilau Highland, Kudasang
- Poring Hot Spring
- Jesselton Point
- Hinava Squid Ink Pasta
- Inanam Bakery Supplies