KUCHING: Sarawak's olives, or dabai, have always been good souvenirs for tourists. Instead of taking them home as fruits, they now can take them home in the form of layer cakes.
Entrepreneur Mariam Aren is the one who came up with the unique idea. She is promoting and selling dabai in the form of kek lapis layer dabai, kek lapis buah dabai, kek lapis kristal dabai and also dabai biscuits.
Dabai, or its scientific name canarium odontophyllum, is a seasonal fruit and is found mostly in the central region of the state, especially Sibu.
Mariam collaborated with the Sarawak Agricultural Department and it took a month to come up with the flavours of the layer cakes.
"I think these layer cakes have a good potential. People tend to try new things and I am confident these dabai layer cakes will be in high demand in the future."
Mariam's dabai layer cakes were among the many dabai-based merchandise being promoted at the dabai month event, launched here yesterday. Other dabai products promoted were dabai paste, sauce, mayonnaise, buns, jam, tarts and crackers.
The event, launched by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, is held in conjunction with the fourth Key Focus Area of the Sarawak Agricultural Department.
It aims to promote and present various dabai dishes and products to the public.
Alfred said dabai had big potential and could make the state famous globally just like what kiwi did for New Zealand and tom yam for Thailand.