Where to Eat in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Planning a trip to Brunei? It is said that you know more about the culture or the people of a certain place once you have tasted their food.

As a foreigner working in Brunei for six years, I could say that Brunei offers distinct local delicacies and foods. Malay cuisine, for me, usually incorporates sweetness and spice into their dishes.

Pasar Malam / Gadong Night Market

Let’s start with the basics – street foods! Every country has its own unique street food market. Well, Brunei doesn’t disappoint. Go check out their Pasar Malam (Night Market) in Gadong. Prices may range from B$1 – $5 dollar on an average.

What to Eat: Mee Goreng (Fried Noodles) , Kuih Malaya (Folded pancakes filed usually with peanuts, raisins and margerine), Tongkeng (Barbequed Chicken Butt)

What to Drink: Iced Teh C Special, ABC

Kabin Cafe

Kabin Cafe is a hotpot and grill buffet restaurant located 5 minutes away from the airport. This restaurant is good for dining with groups. Choose a your broth – Chicken or Tom Yam and start feasting with fresh prawns and marinated cuts of beef, chicken, squid. (don’t forget your veggies, of couse!)

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf dominates the coffee chain competition in Brunei (Sorry SB lovers). Some of their outlets serve Artisan Pizza, Pasta and Steaks alongside your favorite Ice Blended Beverages.

What to Eat: Incontro Carne Pizza, Spaghetti Carbonara, German Chicken Schnitzel

What to Drink: Swedish Berries Iced Tea, Double Chocolate Ice Blended, Caramel Macchiato


Feeling homesick? Our friendly bee is just a drive away. Aside from our favorite Chickenjoy, Jollibee Brunei also offers Nasi Lemak, a Malay Dish that pairs the Famous Chickenjoy with their home-made Sambal, fried anchovies, cucumber, hard-boiled egg and steamed rice cooked in coconut milk.

What to Eat: Yumburger, Chickenjoy, Mango Peach Pie

There are a lot more to mention, Bruneians also love Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisine. I will be covering that in another blog. It is really true that Brunei is “A Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures”

Baking tips for beginners

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Today I would like to share with you the basics in baking. These things base from my experience are generally not given utmost attention but play a very important role in achieving a nice cake that you can be proud of, and give you a sort of a success feeling. So below are the tips to guide you on how to bake seamlessly.

  • Tip #1- all ingredients should be at room temperature. Let say you just take the egg out of the fridge then you can put it in a bowl add room temperature water and leave it for 5-10 minutes and that’s it. For butter, cut it in a pieces then place it in a microwave in a 5-second increment. Make sure it is not melting.
  • Tip #2 – you always need to have an exact measurement. Have a measuring cup specifically for dry ingredients. A measuring spoons and a measuring cup for liquids.
  • Tip#3 – In filling the pan with batter fill it halfway. Do not fill it all the way to the top as cake rise so make sure that you leave enough space.
  • Tip #4 use heating core or flower nail. These tools help bring the heat to the center of the cake. Baking strips also help cool the edges of the cake so that the center can be bake evenly. Always use any of the following in getting your pan ready before filling in the batter: baking spray, cake release, shortening and flour and parchment collar.
  • Tip #5 – Oven should be turned on right away from the time you started mixing the ingredients for pre-heating purposes. Never open the oven while baking.