Linopot is a rice mashed with yam dish wrapped in tarap leaves so villagers can easily bring their rice along to work during the old days. Today it is usually served during celebrations like the Kaamatan Harvest Festival or Kadazan-Dusun gatherings.

Places in Sabah to try Linopot

  • Homestays around Sabah
  • My Native Sabah (Kota Kinabalu)
  • Outskirts Eatery
  • Little Sulap

For those interested to recreate this dish for your next meal with friends and family, we’ve prepared a recipe you can follow:

3 Cups Water
1 Cup Organic hill rice or white rice (uncooked)
1 Cup Natural brown rice (uncooked)
2 Pcs Pandan leaf
2 Purple sweet potato (cubed)
1 tbsp Salt
Tarap leaf or banana leaf


  • Prepare a pot at low-medium heat, add in the 3 cups of water, white rice and brown rice, mixed evenly.
  • Add in the pandan leaves, cover until the water boils.
  • Add in the sweet potatoes and salt, use a spatula to mix it around.
  • Cover the pot and let it continue cooking until there is no excess water and the sweet potatoes soften.
  • Use a masher to break down the sweet potatoes and then stir together until fully combined with the rice.
  • Set aside to cool and ready the tarap leaves to wrap. Alternatively you can use banana leaves but cut it to a size you want per serving.
  • Wrap the rice up with the banana leaf (glossy side on the outside to protect the rice) and now it’s ready to serve!

Best eaten with stir fried vegetables, fresh cucumbers, spicy sambal and deep fried mackerel or deep fried battered chicken wings.