Saturday, 31 December 2011

My Secret Recipe: Nasi Lemak Sotong

Nasi Lemak used to be my everyday breakfast when I was still a small boy. When I said everyday I do mean EVERY MORNING I ate a pack of nasi lemak, either with sambal sotong (squid cooked in chili paste) , sunny top, fried chicken or just nasi lemak biasa, the one without any top-up especially during school break. All these happened at a town where I grown up -- Shah Alam.

At Shah Alam, nasi lemak stalls can be seen almost everywhere. Its the commonest food available in the morning, where people who are rushing to work will stop by to get a pack or two of nasi lemak, fried meehun or kuih as breakfast. Its so convenient that most of the nasi lemak stalls open in front of their own house or just beside the bus stop!

Back then, my mom always buy us nasi lemak from a Malay "Mak Cik" (synonym of "aunty") who stayed not far from our house. I can't clearly remember her name, but what left in my memory was her always-happy voice and the beautiful daughter... AHEM... I mean her spicy sambal and aromatic rice cooked in rich coconut milk. Not forget to mention about the sambal sotong which is sweeter compared to the normal sambal. I often asked for extra fried  ikan bilis (anchovies) because I love the blend of crunchiness with spiciness.

This is my version of nasi lemak, based of my memory for how a nasi lemak should be. Its not difficult to cook you don't have to watch movie 《Nasi Lemak 2.0》 or follow Namewee's pathway to learn how to cook a nice nasi lemak. Here is my recipe where I learnt from my memory of how to prepare a good Nasi Lemak Sotong:

For the sambal:
Onion, big: 3
Shallot: 5
Garlic: 3 cloves
Chili paste (Chili "Boh"): 3 big spoon (to taste)
Salt: To taste
Brown sugar: To taste
Turmeric Powder: 1 teaspoon
Cooking Oil

Finely chopped the onion, garlic and shallot, leave aside. Blend all the remaining in a blender / food processor thoroughly until its smooth. You can add more cooking oil if the mixture is not blend properly. Taste it, I always let my tongue and nose to learn if I got a right ingredient and amount. 
Over hot pan, brown the onion and shallot before add in the blended stuffs. Shimmer it. NEVER add in too much water, we don't want our sambal become a curry! Once the sambal is cooked with right taste, add in the squid.

Sotong (Squid):
Get a medium size "sotong kering" (dried squid) from any wet market. "Sotong kering" is a squid which was dried for storage and before is sold to the customer, the stall owner will soak it with some kind of alkaline or plain water to "restore" it. A few mm thick of dried squid will expand to nearly double its thickness, interesting?!! If you are not from Malaysia, feel free to substitute it with any kind of squid.

For the rice:
2 cups of rice (for 2-3 persons)
Coconut milk, preferably fresh from shredded coconut
otherwise 1 small pack of prepacked coconut milk
1 small teaspoon of salt
1 inch of ginger, slice
Don't forget water for cooking the rice

If you are from Malaysia / Asian, I am sure you know how to use a rice cooker. Just follow "half-finger rule": add water to the rice pot for about "half-a-finger" height from the top layer of the rice. That's inclusive of coconut milk in this case.

Anchovies, 1 small bowl, deep fried.
Boiled egg, 2 (1 person each, add more if you like)
Cucumber, 1

Brown the shallot, garlic and onion

Deep fried anchovies

Squid cooked in sambal

Dang! Dang! Dang! This is how my nasi lemak looks like!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Spice Master (Noodle World) @ Jalan Penampang, KK

I was told by the waitress the Spice Master Restaurant near Borneo Resthouse is splitted into two different kind of cuisine: The one I visited at the first floor is the noodle specialty, while the space at the ground floor is the BBQ and Steamboat restaurant, which was yet to open during my visit.


Spice Master Noodle World serves Chinese style ramen with porky soup, with some other types of noodles and broth base for you to choose. We ordered the Ramen with Dumpling and Pork Bone Soup, and the Potato Noodle with Smoked Duck.

Spice Master

Ice Lemon Tea

Popular dishes

Fish cake

Ramen with Dumpling (RM11.90)
This was recommended by the waiter but I don't get it why the dumpling is fried one instead of the normal dumpling.

Potato Noodle with Smoked Duck Breast (RM10.90)

Foods: 13/20 (Small portion, stingy meat despite the price tag)
Drinks: 18/20 (Very nice ice lemon tea!)
Environment: 17/20 (Clean)
Service: 12/20
Price: 14/20 (Expecting more meat at this price)

11.30am - 3pm

1, Lorong Gunung Perlis,
Taman Fraser, Jalan Penampang,
88200, Kota Kinabalu


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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Bridge No.8 @ Sim-sim Floating Village, Sandakan

If you ask me what is the MUST TRY food when visiting Sandakan, I strongly recommend Bridge no.8 at Sim-sim Floating Village. I visit here almost on my every trip to Sandakan, shhh... don't tell my boss...

There are 3 or 4 restaurants lies along the Bridge No. 8 at Sim-sim Floating Village, which is the first bridge when approaching the village area. The next bridges are named no.7, no 6, no. 5 and so on. If you can imaging the concept of a floating village, these bridges were build on the sea connects the land with the floating houses and between houses. Most people ended up at the wrong direction because logically numbers start from smaller figure but it simply don't apply at here. Most of the villagers at Bridge no. 8 are Chinese, but I do saw a few Malays/Muslims houses but anyway when you go right down to the end towards Bridge no. 1, there are more and more Muslims villagers.

This is Sabah's culture, as I always see Muslims visiting the seafood restaurants running by Chinese, who serve Chinese cooking. Its equivalent to Chinese visiting Malay stall, or Indian eating Nasi Kerabu. Personally I prefer Nasi Goreng Kampung over Nasi Goreng Yong Zhao. No problem. There should be no issue of Halal or not because its seafood. Its (suppose) not an issue here at Sabah but I heard some people is telling my Muslims friends that visiting a pork-free, non-Halal certified food outlets are wrong. I see it as a complain from the local Muslim community, that someone "out there" is trying hard to change their mindset. This message (of not visiting non-Halal certified food) is circulated among the Malay newspaper and TV stations owned by "The Cronies". We need not to discuss further here, but this is discrimination and discrimination promoting hatred and should be stop right away.

Sotong Masak Kicap (Baby Squid cooked in Dark Soy Sauce), a MUST TRY when you come to Sandakan. I never see this elsewhere!

Pi-dan Dumpling cooked in soup is another Sandakan's signature dish!
Pi-dan means century egg, a kind of preserved duck's egg that are black in color.

Heong-dai-mai (in Cantonese, 香底米),deep fried thick mee-hun cooked in broth.

Can you see the what kind of seafood inside? Its squid, prawn, fish and scallop!!! No frozen seafood here as Sim-sim is a fish market for the locals.

The price is getting more expensive nowadays but trust me, its 100% cheaper than any seafood you can get from KK and KL!

By the way, I was visiting the stall on the left at the very end of Bridge no.8. Can't remember the name though, but its all the same! Fresh & Delicious!

Foods: 19/20 (Never disappoint me!)
Drinks: 18/20
Environment: 18/20 (Floating restaurant, nice view)
Service: 17/20
Price: 18/20 (RM5 - RM20 per head depends on the food ordered)

Usually 9am - 9pm

Bridge no.8,

Sim-sim Floating Village,
Jalan Buli Sim-sim,
Sandakan, SABAH


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Monday, 28 November 2011

Steamed Fish Head @ Kantin Friendly, Kolombong

If you are a fish head lover, particularly steamed fish head must try this dishes at Kantin Friendly, Kolombong industrial area here. Its a bit far from KK town but food enthusiast like you does't really care about this, don't you? XD

Just some tips for food travellers: the driving distance from KK Town to Kolombong during off-peak hour is around 20 minutes, you can either use Jalan Tuaran (you will pass-by Karamusing and Fuk Luk Sao on your left) then right turn into Jalan Lintas, or directly use Jalan Lintas if you are travel from the KKIA. See map for more details. Bear in mind that this area is an industrial area, its usually packed with traffic during lunch hour and in the evening. Do allow more time to travel if you are heading to the restaurant during these hour.

Sabah vege cooked in egg style
Fresh water prawn aka Big Head Prawn, steamed in Chinese wine. Most of the time I don't really prefer prawn-wine combination but this definately a perfect match!
The prawns are very big indeed, 3 of us shared 2!
Very big portion of Steamed Fish Head
It came along with pickled vege, ginger and meehun
According to my colleague who bring me here, the salted chicken very famous too!
Foodies frequently come and take away the chicken thats why Kantin Friendly pre-packed the chicken to avoid long Q~

I can guaranteed that this is no ordinary chicken; this should be free ranged chicken due to the big bones and "muscular" or meaty. The fried garlic sauce was so aromatic and eventually added some kick to the dish!

Kantin Friendly, a hidden gem in an industry area away from KK town.

Foods: 20/25 (Good for the fish head lover)
Drinks: N/A
Environment: 20/25 (Street parking, clean restaurant)
Service: 13/25 (Very slow)
Price: 20/25 (Price a bit high but its considered normal for the fish head)

Lunch & Dinner

Lot 2, Hse No.2, 43 Seludang Light Industrial Estate,
Lorong Buah Sukun Satu, Mile 5 1/2, Off Jalan Tuaran,
Kolombong, Inanam, 88804 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

From the Kolombong roundabout (see map), look for a YELLOW corner hardware shop with very big ad written "STANLEY". Kantin Friendly is just opposite of this hardware shop.


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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Semporna Holiday Resort @ Semporna

I had a simple lunch at the Semporna Holiday Resort with my client. As you all know, Semporna and its surrounding islands and reefs housed the best diver's spots of the world, so do expect some photo with Nemo swimming around me while eating...

OK I am kidding.

I was rushing on my work duty at Semporna so diving/snorkeling here was purely PROHIBITED unless my boss suddenly got "lubang" (means oppurtunity with a sense of fortune) to sell diving equipments or turtle GPS-tagging system etc XD

The food at Semporna Holiday Resort was extraordinary cheap, can you imagine a plate of butter prawn enough for 2 person only cost RM8? Too bad the weather was so hot both of us got no appetite to eat so we ordered only very little.

Quite far from Semporna town


Water sport equipments for hire

Butter prawn
Different compared to KK or KL's butter prawn

Fried rice

Not in picture = mix vege

Foods: 16/20 (OK OK)
Drinks: 14/20
Environment: 17/20 (Very nice seaview despite too hot )

Service: 15/20  (Quite slow...)
Price: 17/20 (Cheap!)


089 782655

Kampung Tampi-Tampi, 
Semporna, SABAH

Location not listed in Google Map yet but can be reach by road from Semporna town.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

My Secret Recipe: Fried Prawn Coated with Salted Egg

Fried Prawn Coated with Salted Egg

Fried prawn is always an all time favourite and a perfect dish when you are serving children too. I still remember how excited was I when I was small everytime I visited my mom-side grandmother, one of the dishes popo made was this--- fried prawn. It was the memory that will never fade away, the taste and flavour that serve as the proof how my popo loves us. Miss you.
 Then, when I grown up I always got chance to taste Crab or prawn in Salted Egg, very delicious, and almost every eateries came out with slightly different taste and texture. I believe its the way of preparation and the ingredient that made the different. So, without seeing a recipe, I am using my observation in the past, my memory, and my instint about how to prepare the fried prawn coated with salted egg.    

Part A = prawn, pepper, salt, corn flour
Part B = 2 salted eggs (yolk only), 3 big spoon of butter, 5 strips of curry leaf, 5 slices of fresh ginger, 1 clove of garlic, salt & pepper to taste 

Method and Discussion: 

Step one. Clean and peel off the shell of the prawn, remember to remove the intestine. Put in the remaining of Part A which are salt & pepper to taste, marinate for about an hour. Just before you deep fry the prawn, pat dry it on the corn flour, so that the prawn is lightly coated.
Fried prawn

2 salted egg yolk, steamed for 10 min, and crushed using folk.
Part of ingredient B: ginger, garlic and curry leaf

Melt the butter, then add in all ingredient in Part B. Sauteed until the mixture bubbles. I am not kidding here, the salted egg bubbles after a while, and this is the timing to add in the prawn.

OK, almost done!

A bit too dry, can be improved by adding more butter (6 big spoon instead of 3) and more egg yolk (3 instead of 2). Should buy larger prawn eg. tiger prawn which has better texture (but more expensive la!). In my opinion, do not leave the prawn shell on because this will prevent flavouring. Should put in some cili padi for a spicier kick.

Recipe's Intensity (1=easy, 5=hard): 3/5
Cooking Time: Aprox. 30min 
Home cooking is fun!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Kuo Man Restaurant @ Suria Sabah

Kuo Man Restaurant serves one of the famous seafood noodle in KK. Few years ago their HQ at Jalan Tuaran used to be my favourite spot for breakfast but since the street parking is very limited, I seldom go there anymore. Maybe they heard my complain (which are unlikely) or found new opportunity to expand their business, Kuo Man opened a branch at Suria Sabah's food court.

Kuo Man Restaurant is located at Suria Sabah Food Court, same row as the chicken & sasau rice. SERVE NO PORK.

Konlo mee with fish meat and fish ball ("yu hua")

The one closer to camera is fish meat, and the "yu hua"
Big prawn, and fresh too! Never disappoint me at Kuo Man

Very chewy like fishball yet coarse like a meat. Probably the best "yu hua" in town!

Oh ya... their "Ngiu Chap" (Beef Stew) is famous too!

Foods: 19/25
Drinks: N/A
Environment: 20/25 (Very nice seaview, good cleanliness )

Service: 18/25  (Quite slow...)
Price: 17/25 (Expensive)



3rd Floor, Suria Sabah Shopping Centre,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


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Saturday, 8 October 2011

Kampung Chicken Pot @ Damas 118 Plaza, KK

BigFish and I just visited the newly opened Kampung Chicken Pot at Damas 118 Plaza, Jalan Penampang Bypass here. If you can remember, the QQ Cafe Satay Celup is located at this area too!


I do not know if there is any changes in the future, but from what I saw from the menu (and the "coming soon" menu) this restaurant don't serve pork. Their famous dishes symbolised by the four seasons: the Spring Fish, the Summer Chicken, the Autumn Prawn and finally, the Winter Lamb. We tried the Summer Chicken, which was also called by the name: ChongQing Chicken Pot, is a popular dish across China since the recent years. I ever tried this dish few years ago at Kuchai Entrepreneur Park but not sure if its still open now?

Special chili paste I guess its no other ingredient but anchovies, dried chilies, garlic and shallot onion. Liked it so much that I finished a full soy sauce plate of this chili!
Summer Chicken Pot: The Chongqing's definition of hot & spicy (RM18/small, for 2 person)
The chicken is flavourful with various herbs and spices, including dried chilies, onion, capsicum and basil. Its quite spicy although we already asked the waiter for "less spicy" thus less dried chilies version of Summer Chicken... Patrons are given option to add-on mushrooms (choose from shitake, abalone, or button mushroom, RM3.50 each portion). Don't forget to tell the waiter (in case they didn't ask) how spicy you can take otherwise...!!!


Sayur Minyak RM8

Very Yummy Yam Rice (RM3)

The day before I had this Winter Lamb as my lunch, cost me approximately RM9 with rice. The meat so tender and sweet make it a perfect lunch for me! Lamb lover definitely cannot miss this restaurant!



Kampung Chicken Pot, just a few doors next to the QQ Satay Celup

Looking forward to try their new Claypot Chicken Rice which will be launch by the mid of October.

Foods: 22/25
Drinks: N/A
Environment: 20/25 (Clean & tidy; but not a good location as its very easy to miss the entrance)
Service: 19/25 (The bosses are alert and attentive but their staff need to train more.)
Price: 19/25 (A bit on the high side but still worth it)

Serves lunch and dinner

016-2083383 (Stephenie Chong)

B-G-13, GF, Damas 118 Plaza,
Jalan Penampang Bypass,
88300 Kota Kinabalu,


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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Share Tea @ Centre Point Sabah, KK

Famous Taiwanese bubble tea Share Tea now opened in Sabah! Being the third franchise in Malaysia after Berjaya Times Square and Sungei Wang (both in Bukit Bintang, KL), Share Tea chose to open in Centre Point Sabah, just nearby the "local king" of bubble tea in Sabah, the Yoyo Cafe (2nd floor of Centre Point, near the escalator)! What a brave move! The result? I went there during a busy Sunday afternoon and saw Yoyo Cafe was so crowded in contrast to Share Tea... Maybe we still prefer Sabahan brand hahaha!!!

Share Tea was engaged with HK artist Eric Tsang as their brand ambassador, you can see his big-head-cartoon-character's paperboard in front of the tea shop!

All Share Tea products including Natural Fruit Tea and Taiwan Classic Milk Tea available in various degree of sweetness according to your preference. You can choose the beverage's temperature too! I think this is something different compared to Yoyo, and since people are more concern into healthy lifestyle, Share Tea can utilise their strength to gain popularity!

Share Tea counter

Macha Red Bean Milk Tea, small (RM5.90)
Bigger cup is available with RM1 extra.
I like their packing, the cup has a special handle to hold on!
We ordered with so called the "default" sweetness, and it's just alright for us, not so sweet!

Handmade Taro (Yam) Fresh Milk, small (RM6.90)
Real yam, not yam flavoured powder blended with milk. Still can chew the yam inside my mouth :)

So I already tried the first 2 types of beverage here ^^

BigFish with the Macha Red Bean~ we definitely will come back again for other drinks. Keep your eye on FOODIOTKK for more updates later

Foods: N/A
Drinks: 23/25
Environment: 20/25 (Good location but too bad its located too near to the all-time local favorite Yoyo Cafe)
Service: 22/25 (Friendly staff)
Price: 20/25 (I suppose a bit more expensive as compared to Yoyo?)


10am - 10pm


2nd Floor, Lot# B60, Centre Point Sabah,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia


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