Real Selera Kampung Flavors @ Biggest Ramadan Bazaar, Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu

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Traditional Kampung-style cuisine is known for its comfort food. It is something that most people especially the city folk look forward to as it brings back fond memories of Ramadan.

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Redefining the olden days Chim Chum @ Steamboat Bakar Sepanggar

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com)

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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 
(Photos by curiostraveller.com)

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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
(Photos by curiostraveller.com)

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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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The Halal/Muslim Friendly/Healthy Kota Kinabalu Food Trek 2017-2018 : Introduction

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Thought of the day-“You are what you believe yourself to be.”-Paulo Coelho

It’s a long stretch, that route we saw from above, from Papar town to Tuaran Town. In the middle is Kota Kinabalu City. This particular route is about 88 KM long with so many amazing eateries here and there. There is no list whatsoever, a complete and updated one that pin point exact location of Halal and Muslim Friendly eateries located along that long stretch. It’s making Muslim Visitors having to google for information and will always end up with something outdated, a list of 10-12 eateries. That was it. The writer don’t even bother to verify by visiting and dining, giving a clearer picture. This is our initiative. Creating that list which will be updated yearly. A project that we named as Halal/Muslim Friendly/Healthy Food Trek for 2017-2018..

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Kampung Nelayan Seafood Restaurant @ Kota Kinabalu : Our Dining Experience in the Puteri VIP Room

Written by @Lan
(Photos by curiostraveller.com)

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Thought of the day-“I love food, I love eating.”-Robin Gibb

We both love seafood and we recently had this opportunity to visit Kampung Nelayan Seafood restaurant. There’s nothing else to do there, of course, other than to enjoy the delicious food served by the talented Chefs. Kampung Nelayan Seafood Restaurant is located about 8.3 KM from Kota Kinabalu City Center. There are 2 main dining areas here namely the Main/Common Dining Hall and the Puteri VIP Rooms. In the main/common Dining Hall, customers are to choose either having that ala carte servings or to indulge in their generous Buffet BBQ Steamboat. We had both and for the ala carte, we had it in our comfy Puteri VIP Room, with full privacy, away from the crowd!

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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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