Recounting the Memories of the Past

Mukah was a major sago producing area

Mukah was well-known for its sago production. It used to send its sago production to Brunei before it became part of Sarawak in 1861 when Sultan Abdul Momin ceded to James Brooke.  Since then sago production became one of the most important trading exports of Sarawak particularly during the Brooke government. Nowadays, oil palm plantation has replaced sago palm cultivation as Mukah’s main agricultural crop.

Traditionally, sago has been the staple food for Melanau people in Sarawak. They make a variety of dishes and delicacies out of sago such as sago pearls, sago crackers and not to mention the nutritious sago worms.

The 20 metre tall chimney from the first sago factory. Taken from sixthseal.com

Sago comes in a paste form which can be used for cooking various dishes. Taken from sixthseal.com

Sago pearls. Taken from sixthseal.com

The yummy sago worms. Taken from sixthseal.com

Any comments or insights on Mukah are always welcomed.


6 responses to “Mukah was a major sago producing area

  1. viviena teng October 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    havent been to Mukah but they do have this Pesta Kaul every year! I know it’s a small and sleepy town. Sago or Sago worm consumed by the Melanaus and that’s why they all are brilliant.

  2. shahrinms October 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I should persuade my students to eat the sago worms then hehe. Thanks!

  3. viviena teng October 31, 2011 at 9:43 am


    Is it considered “halal” where you are?


  4. shahrinms October 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    That’s a great question and the answer unfortunately not ‘halal’. Source: http://engkuafizan.blogspot.com/2009/12/hukum-makan-ulat-sagu.html

  5. Anonymous November 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I’ll never eat that sago worm

  6. Anonymous October 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Melanau’s Brilliant??? How brilliant can they be if they are supporting barisan national?

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