Originating from Tambunan, Keningau and Ranau in the interior parts of Sabah, tuhau is a Sabahan Kadazandusun delicacy made from wild ginger. Prepared from the shoots of the ginger-like species Etlingera coccinea, the tuhau is diced into tiny pieces, and mixed with equally tiny bits of diced chilli and diced scallion, and pickled using salt and vinegar.
Tuhau is a popular local appetizer, served pickled and consumed with white rice. Available all year round in most tamu markets or vegetable markets all across Sabah, the tuhau is either pickled, made into spicy sambal tuhau, or turned into dried serunding tuhau.
However, tuhau is frequently used as an ingredient in traditional Sabahan dishes, rather than consumed as a dish on its own. It is commonly used in fish dishes, and Sabahans like to fry it with salted fish, or mix it into Pinasakan fish. Another type of preserved food, Pinasakan is a traditional Kadazandusun dish made from braised basung fish mixed with fresh turmeric, salt and takob akob, which is a tangy wild fruit.
At Tavern Kitchen & Bar, tuhau is the star ingredient in our Best Nasi Goreng in the World. The highlight of this dish is tuhau fried rice, which will tantalise your palate with its unique combination of tart and savoury flavours. Created for you especially by our Tavern chefs, the Best Nasi Goreng in the World is served with fried egg and fresh ulam or local herbs. It is a truly satisfying meal for the gastronomically adventurous.
We also offer the Apple Tuhau Crumble on our dessert menu. It is the traditional apple crumble with a local twist. The tuhau in the Apple Tuhau Crumble brings a unique and pleasant tartness to the sweetness of the apple crumble creation. The chewy and crunchy textures of the crumble are melded together by the fragrance and flavour of top-quality butter, and contrasts well with the fresh fruitiness of the sweet apple cubes laced with tangy tuhau. A definite must try!