Monday, 26 November 2012

[Blogger Invite] Noble House Dim Sum and Chinese Cuisine at Nexus Resort Karambunai, Sabah

Thanks to the nature of my job as a sales representative, I have many opportunities to try out different food and restaurant when I travel around. In Malaysia, it has been our practice to take care of our clients' stomach, which then will be the time the potential customer stay out of their hectic life and think what is best solution for them or their company...

"TIPU-LAH~~You are just taking OPPORTUNITY to EAT while WORK!"


Very often for me to bring my clients or suppliers to some famous eateries around town, however, sometimes I do running out of choice! I usually went to a Halal Dim Sum at a hotel in town but recently the level of food quality has dropped tremendously. The price tag is not cheap, too!

Last weekend I joined this Blogger Invite lunch Dim Sum session at the Noble House, the Chinese restaurant at Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai. Nexus is one of the best 5 Star Resort in Kota Kinabalu north, situated just 45min drive from KK town overseeing the South China Sea. In the restaurant, we were warmly greeted by the restaurant's manager Ms. Siew Ling and the team. I was attracted to a dragon sculpture which "flying over" above the diners!

We were presented their best and most popular Dim Sum and Chef's Specialty dishes. For the Dim Sum part, we tried Crystal Prawn Dumpling, Scallop Dumplings, Chicken Cheong Fun, Steamed BBQ Chicken Bun, Shrimp Toast and others. At the same time, Ms. Siew Ling also introduced us with the restaurant's famous Peking Duck, Orange Prawn etc...

The Peking Duck was carefully cut by the chef, with a little bit of meat attached to the skin, just in front of us! For your interest, with just RM110+, you will be served with 2 courses of duck: First, the Peking Duck, which diner wrap the duck skin with some cucumber, shallot cut and chilli in the thin egg skin. Second course is a choice of Sauteed Minced Duck with Lettuce, Sauteed Shredded Duck with Capsicum, Black Pepper Sauce, or Stirred Fried Shredded Duck with Fragrant Salt.

Roasted Peking Duck

Si-fu cutting the duck skin

Here it go!


The 3-Companions of Peking Duck: (left, clockwise) cucumber, chilli and scallion cut

Put all together
Only the skin and the attached duck meat was served during the first coarse.
For the second course, we were served "Minced Duck with Lettuce".

Trust me, the taste is so nice and refreshing due to the big piece of lettuce

We were brought to another bigger banquet room because the first table was too small. Not too small actually to fit 6 of us with an ordinary meal but we were served 20++  bamboo basket and plates of dim sum!

BBQ Chicken Chong Fun (RM6/plate)

Chicken & Prawn Dumplings (aka Siew Mai) (RM6/4pcs)

Steamed BBQ Chicken Pao (RM6/3pcs)

Yam Dumpling (RM6/3pcs)
This Yam Dumpling was quite unique of its kind: the Yam is sweet!

Scallop Dumplings (RM11.00/3pcs)
Definitely value the money as the scallop and prawn was so big!
Crystal Prawn Dumpling (RM8.50/4pcs)

The skin's transparent can see the prawn inside!

Chicken Leg (RM6)

Shrimp Toast (RM6/3pcs)

Yong Zhao Fried Rice

At first everyone thought the fried rice was just as plain as the one we usually
get nearly the end of a banquet, but this bowl at Noble House was really different!
It taste very very good which was quite a surprise of the day!

All prawn served in Noble House were big & fresh, which reflects how
serious they are in maintaining the top quality of food. As their name suggest:
to provide diners a "noble" quality of dining experience.

Cod Fish in 2 types of cooking

Sizzling Beef

Dessert Time: Our "multiple" courses dim sum and signature food at Noble House summed up with 2 types of dessert. Both equally good, I preferred the Shanghai Pancake very much due to the crispy but not too oily pancake skin!

Shanghai Pancake (RM8)
Very crispy outside and sweet inside

Refreshing cool Mango Pudding with Milk (RM8)
Despite being one of the most luxury resort in town, Nexus's very own HALAL Chinese Restaurant, the Noble House offers Dim Sum and other Chinese cuisine at a very reasonable price. If we were billed for Dim Sum ONLY, it was approximately RM35 per pax including tax and charges. Great deal!

Session One:
11:30am to 2:30pm (Monday to Saturday)
10:00am to 2:30pm (Sunday and public holiday)

Session Two:-
6:30pm to 10:30pm (Daily)


Nexus Karambunai Resort & Spa, Level 1

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Wasabi Sushi & Bar: Second Visit

This was my second visit to Wasabi Sushi & Bar at Hilltop, KK. Click here for my previous post. I ordered one of the most popular Japanese meal for my dinner ---  the Teriyaki Chicken Bento Set! Teriyaki is a kind of yaki, means grilled, eg. "Yakitori" = grilled chicken; "Okonomiyaki" = Japanese pancake which is famous in Osaka; "Teppanyaki" = anything grilled using hot plate. For teriyaki chicken, a pre-marinated piece of boneless chicken thigh was lightly covered in flour and was pan fried or grilled until the chicken skin turn golden. Then, a type of Japanese sweet soy sauce called the teriyaki sauce was poured on top of the chicken. Finally, some sesame was added on top of the chicken before served.

The Wasabi & the Taiwanese Food outlet at behind

We were served a plate of wasabi as starter before the drinks!

Eat Japanese food, watch Japanese Anime. So guess what gesture is this and
appeared in which anime?

Salmon Handroll, no complain its so yummy!

Zen-inspired deco

Chicken Teriyaki Bento Set with rice, Cawan Mushi, Tofu Miso Soup,
a bowl of salad and fruits

Tender, juicy grilled chicken in teriyaki sauce

Miso Soup with Tofu



Udon with Tempura and lots of vege and mushrooms

This was the Tempura brothers: Prawn, sweet potato and carrot

Chicken Teriyaki was once my everyday food during college time at Setapak
together with my best friends & house mates at an ordinary food stall.
I shall tell you the complete story in one day, now, let me complete the dinner course first.


11.30AM - 2.30PM
6.30PM - 10.30PM
Open daily

Lot 11 and 12, Ground Floor,
Kolam Centre, Jalan Lintas, Luyang,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Saturday, 17 November 2012

H84 Food Stall @ Sim-Sim Village, Sandakan


There are 3 restaurants in Sim-sim Floating Village, Sandakan. I ever blogged about the Sim-sim seafood restaurant here, which opens from morning til late evening. This one, that I am going to talk about only serves breakfast and early lunch. Its called by its house number: No. H84.

Unlike the other 2, H84 is truly the restaurant runner's home. Patrons eating at their living area during the day; at night, its where the children writing home work and the adults watching TV or playing Mah Jong. I am very sure they did play Mah Jong because during one of my visit to H84, my table was eventually the Mah Jong table, without the cubic and tokens of course.

The drinks here is really "gao" (thick), satisfactory!

Hakka Chu Cheong Fun

Very good sambal belacan

Dao Ma Qie (刀麻切) or the noodle-cut, quite similar to Pan Mee (板面)
but easily differentiate them: 1) The noodle's texture - Dao Ma Qie is more
sloppy as compared to Pan Mee. 2) Dao Ma Qie don't serve with Ikan Bilis.

Kon Lo Spring Noodle (弹弓面, pronouce "Dan Gong Mian" in Hakka)

H84 is good at laksa as well, but not the best one...

H84's signature: Fried Bread with Prawn, with lots of sesame and Mayo.

H84 Food Stall, please see the map below for direction.


Sim-sim Floating Village, Sandakan


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