Steamboat Grill Dinner @ Jelapang Restaurant, Adya Hotel Langkawi

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#Everyone Is Welcome @ Nando’s Malaysia

Content arranged by @Lan 
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“At Nando’s, we celebrate togetherness and embrace differences. After all, this is what makes Malaysia a beautiful and colorful nation.”-Nando’s Malaysia

(Image header by Nando’s Malaysia website- LINK)

Nando’s Malaysia recently announced the introduction of #Everyone Is Welcome, a hot and hearty meal with everyone’s name on it. Available in all Nando’s outlet across Malaysia, this newly launched product (best described as Everyone’s Platter) is recommended for 4 pax. Customers may opt to have the set for Dine-in, Take-away or Delivery.

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Nasi Lemak Lobster @ Tavern Kitchen & Bar, Imago Mall, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Written by @joehairie and @Lan 
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Further reading: www.tavern.com.my/lobster-nasi-lemak Click this LINK

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Food Fiesta and Cultural Night @ BTC Inanam restaurant, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

“Good TIMES start with great food”
Written by @Lan and edited by @joehairie
Photos by curiostraveller.com and credited source

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Diners enjoying their moments!

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Cultural Night 2017 @ BTC Inanam Restaurant : 9 reasons why you should not miss the Buffet, Entertainment and other highlights

“Good times start with great food”
Written by @Lan and edited by @joehairie
Photos by curiostraveller.com and credited source

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Friday BBQ Cookout Buffet Dinner @ SOLUXE Hotel Kota Kinabalu (Formerly known as Narada Hotel)

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Venice’s Gastronomy by Chef Daniele @ Ferdinand’s Sutera Harbour Resort

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Photos by curiostraveller.com and Sutera Harbour Resort 

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Chef Daniele Rossetto’s culinary journey reads like love poetry. His passion for Italian cuisine derived from the simplicity and creative flair, inspired by two most influential people in his life; his grandfather and his mother. It is no surprise, that two of his favourite dishes would be his grandfather’s fish soup and risotto prepared by his mother.

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A’S Cafe @ Kota Kinabalu : As we see it

Written by @Lan 
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Thought of the day-” To become successful and outstanding at something, we don’t have to come up with something new; we need only find ways of doing it better.”- Earl Nightingale

Weeks ago, we read about Alif Satar opening up a new Cafe in Kota Kinabalu. We did discuss about the possibility of visiting. We did not go, until recently. We searched high and low for some information about A’S Cafe. With minimum information, we contacted Mukhriz (the Manager) and told him that we’re coming. We’re about to visit a cafe that we know very little about. We initially did not have any expectation or even ably to imagine the outcome. Nothing. We went and this is how we saw and experienced things at A’S Cafe.

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Garage Kafe @ Penampang Bypass : As we see it- Revisited after 13 months!

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com unless stated otherwise)

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Thought of the day-“Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.”-Giada De Laurentiis

(This cafe is owned and managed by Muslim owners)

Good food is cooked with love and soul. A great Cafe is not only about serving that good food but is also a place where people ably to sense that warm and inviting atmosphere. Being inside, it feels like almost being at home. Feeling comfortable is the keyword. In the long run, people will only return to cafes that they feel comfortable at. These are the qualities of a great cafe. Kota Kinabalu city is increasingly dotted with new cafes, not all have that ‘great qualities’ but Garage Kafe @ Penampang Bypass does. That’s how we see it, an observation of ours that took 13 months to reach that firm conclusion.

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Redefining the olden days Chim Chum @ Steamboat Bakar Sepanggar

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Thought of the day– “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces-just good food from fresh ingredients.”-Julia Child

(This particular restaurant is one of our best recommendations of eateries in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for your Ramadhan 2017 Sungkai/berbuka puasa)

In Thailand, Chim Chum (pronounced as t͡ɕîm t͡ɕùm) is regard as street food. To produce Chim Chum, a charcoal stove (clay pot) is filled with broth. The burning charcoal will get the broth boiling and that’s the right moment to put uncooked food inside it. People in Laos and Cambodia have long been using this cooking method. It’s about using that hot pot to dip something for a while (Chim) or quickly dip it (Chum). Today, Chim Chum is still being used but in a contemporary environment, such as in Steamboat Bakar Sepanggar Restaurant, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

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Fish Market Restaurant @ Warisan Square, Kota Kinabalu : The first to offer Sauna Steamboat in North Borneo

Written by @Lan 
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Thought of the day-“Food is a great way of communicating.”-Jan Karon

(Muslim Friendly Restaurant in Kota Kinabalu City, Sabah, Malaysia)

Kota Kinabalu city is abundant with Seafood Restaurants. While each is uniquely different, the newly-opened Fish Market Restaurant at Warisan Square is proud to be the first to introduce Sauna Steamboat in North Borneo, a pioneer, so to say, in giving the customers a new dining experience. Gone are the days when Steamboat fans in Kota Kinabalu need to heavily depend on their ‘Tom yum Soup’ to boil their preferred seafood items. They now have the choice to consume seafood items that is cooked in healthier method.

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Eating Putu & Lato @ Filipino Market, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Written by @Lan
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Thought of the day-“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”-Miriam Beard

In the east part of Sabah, particularly in Semporna, the Bajau people, Putu and Lato are inseparable. Some of them have moved to Kota Kinabalu city bringing along their tradition which includes, Putu and Lato. Both are staple food of theirs, a must in their diet. There’s only one way to know what Putu and Lato tastes like, eat em’! If you are an adventurous person, gastronomically speaking, head to Kota Kinabalu’s Filipino Market. We went. We consumed that Putu and Lato. This is our story, in regard to that particular experience.

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Al Hamra Restaurant & Bistro @ The Palm Square Kinarut, Sabah

Written by @joehairie
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Thought of the day-“Growing up, I learned life’s important lessons at the dinner table.”-Chef John Besh

Blink and you might be missing something in regard to some amazing dining opportunities. As Kota Kinabalu’s and its surrounding area fickle with new restaurants opening, one might not ably to see the best of the best. Connoisseur included. Hidden somewhere in a newly-developed commercial and housing area near Kinarut town, is one contender in the burgeoning concept of Middle Eastern cuisine. Introducing, Al Hamra Restaurant & Bistro at The Palm Square Kinarut. Though located about 18 KM from Kota Kinabalu city, getting here is not a hassle.

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When Memories of Food Are Powerful: Nasi Ayam Cocos by TLC is back and available @ D’Riverside Food Court

Written by @Lan
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Thought of the day-“Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.”-Elsa Schiaparelli

When we saw the Chef/Owner, we immediately recognized him. He is one of the brothers that run TLC Stall in Anjung Selera. I looked at my Chicken Rice and immediately I realized that it’s the same as what I had more than 12 years ago. It’s not available in their stall at Anjung Selera, but it is here at their other stall, located in the newly opened D’Riverside Food Court, Sadong Jaya, Kota Kinabalu. This entry is about Chicken Rice named as Nasi Ayam Cocos, best seller of TLC in early 2000’s and now it’s back complete with the memories!

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Simple but Yum! Smashed Deep -Fried Marinated Chicken

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Thought of the day-“No single food will make or break good health. But the kinds of food you choose day in and day out have a major impact.”-Walter Willet

That moment when I realized, food actually consumes me!

That Deep-Fried Marinated Chicken was presented on a simple plate. The chicken was smashed resembling Ayam Penyet of Indonesia. The sides were 2 kinds of simplified stir-fry vegetables, eggplant and cabbage. The dish, accompanied by a small portion of Shrimp Paste Sambal, generous portion of rice and a bowl of soup. Period. Nothing else. Except for that spoon and fork. What else? Again, nothing except that it’s time to eat. Introducing the Smashed Deep-Fried Marinated Chicken. prepared in a very small stall that concentrated on Chicken Rice at Grace Point Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

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Gong Gong, Tung Fung Lo, Conch, Laevistrombus Canarium or whatever name you have for it, it’s absolutely delish!

Written by @joehairie
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Thought of the day-“I am on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it.”

Introducing the Asian version of French’s Escargot. This is Gong Gong, some named it as Tung Fung Lo. The scientific name is Laevistrombus Canarium and the western named it as Conch or rather Dog Conch. The difference between Escargot and Gong Gong? The latter comes from sea. Generally it’s a type of seafood, not something that you pick-up from your own garden. The shell is yellowish-brown in color, with quite thick outer lip. For its ornamental value, people do use the shells as decorations or sort of.  It’s absolutely delish or delicious if you prefer and Sabahans are blessed as the supply of Conch, unlimited.

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The Colors of Indonesian Nasi Padang

Written by @Lan
Photos by curiostraveller.com team members

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Thought of the day-“The only thing that I like better than talking about food is eating.”-John Walters

One long table, 2 diners, more than 20 dishes and at least 5 kinds of Sambal (hot/spicy sauce). If that’s not enough, there were 3 staffs monitoring the table, looking for more empty space to offer more dishes. Each dish presented in different texture, color and taste. That striking red sambal chili was kind of a warning for me not to consume it but then Asians can’t live without sambal. This is Nasi Padang, padangnese can’t live without it, it’s their ‘trademark’, we are pretty sure of that.

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