Everyday food I find in Sabah
Soup is everywhere in South East Asia. Sabah, in Malaysian Borneo is no exception. Squid Won Ton Ho Soup is really good and flavorsome. Filled with onion, peppers, and green leafy vegetables Won Tan Ho also has an egg cooked into it. Not to mention a generous quantity of squid!
Fresh Squid straight from the sea
One of the benefits of being on a huge island is the mass of fresh seafood available from all sides. In the case of Sabahan squid in this Won Ton Ho Soup, it’s meaty, without being too fishy and overpowering.
In Sabah this soup comes with the added bonus of having a small side plate of extras that you can mix in with the main soup. Soy Sauce, chili, lemon grass, and even some chives are often on offer.
The science of hot soup?
What I don’t understand is just why hot soup is so popular in equally hot Malaysia?! Rumors have it that hot spicy foods help to cool you down from Asia’s hot climate. The truth behind this belief is somewhat true. Hot, as in spicy hot, foods make you perspire, which in turn is meant to cool you down. Something that doesn’t always come true in high humidity!
Either way, squid won ton ho soup is not that spicy! Just add the chili from the side plate if you want to bump it up a little. This dish simply tastes really good, is very affordable, and fills me up better than most soups in Asia.