List Item: Cook something from every countryCountry: Brunei
I have made no secret that I want to try and cross off the smaller or less known food countries first so that, later in this challenge, it is plain sailing towards the end. Sure I sprinkle in some big ones along the way (like Japan and Cuba), but there’s something nice about getting some of the more research heavy ones out of the way first.
So here we are with Brunei, one of the smallest nations in Asia (although I have covered smaller Asian nations before like Singapore and the Maldives) and one that I am likely never to visit as they have the death penalty for gay men. It’s made up of two small parcels of land on the island of Borneo – an island it shares with the much larger nations of Malaysia and Indonesia.
With two large food nation as neighbours, the food of Brunei is influenced by those around them – as well as some influences from nearby Singapore and the cultural juggernaut that is China. They also have a very specific national dish called Ambuyat, which is essentially a bland sticky food made from starch of the sago palm which you dip into sauces using a specially designed fork. Now there was no chance of me spending all that time on something that is meant to be bland, so I went for something else that is specifically from Brunei.
Main: Honey Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Okay so hear me out. I am going to be cooking something from Malaysia and Indonesia in the future anyway, so I wanted to make a dish that would not tread on their toes. So, when I came across an article on food in Brunei that mentioned that they had a nationally unique Pizza Hut menu item. As in, at the time of writing this, it is only in Bruneian Pizza Huts that you will be able to find Honey Barbecue Chicken Pizza.
Since I didn’t make pizza for Italy, and I have no plans to do it for the USA, I honestly thought why not. Also, this is a chance for me to roast garlic for the first time and to make my own proper garlic butter. Using the recipe from Foreign Fork, I brought this pizza creation to life – and it was delicious. A bit… soupier than expected because I didn’t reduce the barbecue sauce down enough – but the taste was there.
As I know what went wrong, this is something that we are definitely going to be having again – even though my husband insists that he dislikes chicken (and if you’ve kept track of all the chicken things I have made for this food list, you know how much of a saint this man is). Then again he ate his share of the pizza before I got halfway, so it’s not like I’m forcing him to eat asbestos.
It has been way too long since I last made something European, so that’s where my culinary journey will be taking me. Since I am not going to be doing the UK until the final nation, this is likely the closest I am going to to get to my home nation until then. Should make for something good to eat.