During our trip to Sibu, one of the place must visit is the Bawang Assan Longhouse. The Bawang Assan Longhouse Village is one of the oldest settlements in Sibu where you can choose to travel to this beautiful place via boat or via river. It is one of the largest Christinity which is the main religion.
This time, we get to experience the journey there where we had took an enjoyable boat ride from the Rejang Esplanade. From the Sibu Jetty, it took us around 45 minutes boat ride to the Bawang Assan Longhouse.
Upon arrival, we are being served with their welcoming drink – Tuak ( rice wine). In here, tuak is used in their ritual festival and festive.
And we know that, each family have their own method to prepare the tuak and the one we had here is very fragrant. And if you are not aware, the tuak here is prepared with the long fermentation of rice using yeast and enzymes.
We are then being entertained with the dances by the locals and it is such a nice and entertaining dance.
Ended with a nice filling Iban cuisine. One of the traditional dish which is prepared by Aunty Erin is the Pansuh. Pansuh is one of the signature dishes among the locals where the Pansuh is prepared by stuffing the choice of meats with tapioca leaves and perpetually turning the bamboo at the fire to cook them evenly. Another must have among the Iban cuisines would be the Midin where they are widely available in Sarawak. Served fresh and you can have them in any style of cooking here. Delicious.
Other than that, we sample many of the local delights where it is indeed an eye opening and great experience. Through a trip to the Bawang Assan Longhouse, we understand loads about the culture and history.