Sinalau Bakas: How to Make Homemade Sinalau Bakas

Sinalau Bakas: How to Make Homemade Sinalau Bakas

Sabah is one of the states in Malaysia, which is famous for its unique and exotic food. Their food is not one which you can get and try anywhere in West Malaysia! Out of the many popular Sabah dishes, a dish called Sinalau Bakas is one of them. Even the name of the dish itself already sounds unique!

When you decide to visit Sabah for your next vacation, you’d have to try this dish out. It’s a common dish in Sabah, so you won’t have a hard time finding one in restaurants or stalls. We can guarantee that your jaw will drop as soon as you take a bite; the taste of the dish is simply mesmerising!


History of Sinalau Bakas

Simalau Bakas, which gives a meaning of smoked wild boar, is a famous native dish among the Kadazan-Dusun community. Kadazan-Dusun is in fact, the largest ethnic in North Borneo. Different parts of the wild boar are grilled when making this dish. 

Sinalau Bakas Recipe

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Sinalau Bakas is an easy dish to prepare. It might take a long time to make it, but the result is totally worth the wait. Savour into this flavourful dish, and you’ll have an eating experience like never before!

Difficulty: Normal



5 – 10

Prep time

20 minutes

Cooking time

2 hours


760 kcal


  • Wild Boar Meat

  • Firewood

  • Salt


  • First, take the wild boar meat. Cut the meat into slices of either 1kg or 2kg per slice.
  • Next, prepare a bowl. Put in 1 litre of water into the bowl and add in ½ kg of salt. Take the sliced meats and allow it to sit in the saltwater for 5 minutes.
  • Then, take the firewood. Light a fire and place a barbecue grill above the fire. After that, smoke the meat at a heat of 70 degrees Celcius for 2 hours.
  • The meat should be done after 2 hours. Finally, cut up the meat into smaller pieces and serve!

Ways to Enjoy Sinalau Bakas

There are many ways to enjoy the dish. You can choose to either dip the meat in soy sauce or even sambal! Both will taste amazing. For those of you who enjoy drinking, you can also eat this dish while drinking cups of beer. It will be a feast!

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