Lihing (left) together with talak and sikat.
Type Rice wine
Distributor Borneo Trading Post,[1] Lihing Nilyn[2]
Country of origin Malaysia
Region of origin Sabah
Colour Yellow
Flavour Sweet
Variants hiing, kinarung, kinomol, kinopi, linahas, sagantang as well tapai

Lihing is a type of Malaysian rice wine that originated from the state of Sabah. It was made from "pulut", a glutinous rice and is a traditional rice wine for the Kadazan-Dusun people.[3] The rice wine is also referred as hiing (in certain Dusun dialects), kinarung, kinomol, kinopi, linahas, sagantang as well tapai.[1] They are different from one another, but all are made from rice-based drinks. Lihing is sold widely in Sabah including in some major hotels.

The wine is also usually used in the making of Tuaran mee,[4] and has recently been used to make ice cream,[5] and served during the Kaamatan festival.[6]


  1. 1 2 Herman Scholz. "Lihing - Sabah's Very Own Rice Wine". Flying Dusun. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  2. "Lihing Nilyn / Neo Marketing". Sabah SME. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  3. Chris Rowthorn; Muhammad Cohen; China Williams (2008). Borneo. Ediz. Inglese. Lonely Planet. pp. 97–. ISBN 978-1-74059-105-8.
  4. Julia Chan (13 April 2016). "A delicious primer to the many noodle dishes found in Sabah". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  5. "Giving the local dishes a boost". Daily Express. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  6. Roy Goh (19 May 2016). "Nothing like Sabah's Kaamatan". New Straits Times. Retrieved 20 October 2016.

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