Melanaus had a variety of traditional foods. But the famous food which all the Melanaus like it, which is traditional Umai (Melanau Sashimi).The umai is made by the raw fish. Mostly the fisherman use the red fish to make umai as it taste sweet. The fish must be fresh and still half alive as it flesh will be tender, sweet and tasty. There is the way how to make it. The fish must be cut precisely to get rid of its bone and the skin. The flesh is the most essential ingredients for making the Umai. Then, it will mix it up with the one cup of slice onion, two cups of lime juice, 3 spoons of chillies and lastly the crush of grounds peanut.
Not only Umai, Linut also being famous as the staple food for the Melanaus. It is made from the sago palm trees. The sago flour is mixed it up with hot water. And it will form a clump of glue and continuously mix it up with hot water and the final results; it will appear sticky and solid as glue. Linut is best eaten with the chilli prawn paste while it is still hot.
Sago is the a little tiny sago which being made manually by hand. They are best being eaten with the dry fish, curry, and Umai. The taste of sago is salty and creamy. It can replace rice as it have high carbohydrate levels and good for diabetics.