Sago Worms: A Delicacy in Borneo

‘Fear Factor’ goes live in Sabah if you sign up for a homestay programme or arrange for a visit to Monsopiad or Mari-Mari Cultural Village. The sago worms or sago grubs from the sago palm trunk can be eaten raw or fried. The taste is like peanut butter with vanilla flavour, creamy and rich in protein. You can also dip them with some condiments like soya sauce with lime and chili.

Some of the indigenous people in Sabah and Sarawak have been consuming the ‘butod’ as it is known in Sabah for many generations. Eating sago worms is no longer common nowadays but if you would like to have some out of the norm meals while in Kota Kinabalu, you can try to buy them at Gaya Street Sunday market or Donggongon tamu (open market).
Collecting sago worms from sago palm trunk
By Willie Ki
Pix: Willie Ki & Lawrie W. Kinson

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