Murtabak from Sabah Malaysia – Arabian food in Sabah?
Murtabak has its routes within the Arab world, and is one of my favourite foods in Sabah, Malaysia. Yes, more food that’s not “pure” Sabahan. But, this is what I find commonly on the ground here. Any nation with a cultural diverse background is bound to inherit its dining habits too.
What makes Sabah, Malaysia so good is that they have turned all these great dishes, and made them distinctly their own.
What’s in Murtabak?
It’s essentially a light egg pastry folded over a selection of meats, vegetables or sweet fruits. It’s served hot or cold. Though the norm is to eat it hot and straight from the street vendor making it.
Murtabak is fun to watch too
One of the pleasures of eating Murtabak is watching it being made. The dough is flipped, slapped and thrown into shape by person that could be known as being an artist.
What does Murtabak taste like?
The taste is surprisingly non greasy. Instead its crunchy and full of the center contents flavor.
The Murtabak photographed above is a take away version. It comes complete with a little sachet of near glow-in-the-dark chili sauce. Leave it too long in a bag though and Murtabak becomes a little soggy. I would advise eating it right at the stand!