Have you ever wondered what the food you eat every day can tell you about where you come from? Have you ever wondered why people from different races or culture eat different types of food? Do you ever ask yourself why certain foods or culinary traditions are so important to your culture? Food makes up a huge intangible part of the culture that defines Sarawak. For centuries, heritage & traditional cuisines have been passed down from generations to generations, forming our cultural identity. Food should not just be known for the taste but instead, we should appreciate its history that shapes our identity. A famous French gastronomist once said, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are”. This clearly shows how food constructs our identity.
In preserving & documenting some of Sarawak’s traditional food, Kuching Skills College (KSC) will work closely with Pustaka Negeri where KSC’s trainers will prepare some of Sarawak’s rare traditional food from the various ethnic group while Pustaka Negeri will document it in their archives through video & books. We should embrace our heritage through our culture’s food but we should also become more informed about other cultures by knowing about their traditional foods. It’s important to remember that each dish has a special place in the culture to which it belongs. Food is a portal into the culture and it should be treated as such.