Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Ho Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice @ Kolombong, Kota Kinabalu

[Serve No Pork]

Ho Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of my favourite chicken rice in Kota Kinabalu. I can eat this everyday if I am working around here. Ho Kee is hiding inside the Kolombong industrial area next to Giant Hypermarket Inanam, a place full of car's service and workshops. They are very famous among the people in KK, and always full house even before lunch hour!

Pyramid shaped fragrance rice

I preferred steamed chicken (白切鸡) here rather than the fried one...

Front view of the shop

The right combination: Chicken, fragrance rice and
a plate of "taugeh" (bean sprout)

Chillies and ginger

Bean Sprout


Lorong Terap 1,
Jalan Kolombong, Inanam,
88450 Kota Kinabalu,


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Monday, 29 July 2013

Grill'z Kitchen @ Kepayan Point, Kota Kinabalu


Yet another Western Food restaurant specialized in pork opened in Kota Kinabalu. Grill'z Kitchen was half full during my first visit (Sunday afternoon) and full house during my second food hunt (Sunday evening) here! This was kinda surprise because my first encounter was pretty upset by the food and services but during the recent visit there, I was impressed!

Incompetent Staff vs Fast Service 

During the first visit, I guessed the waitress who took our orders was still under training so she can't really say more than she could. But a week's later, the service crew responded to us quite fast despite the crazy crowd during that evening! Our drinks and burgers was served in just within 15 minutes after the crew took our order, cool! Talking about the food quality? Everything during the first visit only merely hit my 70% passing mark only but the signature pork and chicken steak burger was really fascinating, 80% was given! It could have hit 85% but I will tell my reason why, in the caption below.

Fusion? Or Mutant?!

When East meet West, the combination often created some sparks. Some is good, some is bad though... a mutant, eh? For example, a "lap cheong" (chinese sausage) pizza. I just can't buy the idea of having a "lap cheong" pairing with "bread", but it can be improve by adding in more cheese and sun dried tomato, and perhaps, some onion. Maybe it will balance up the strong characteristic of "lap cheong" with the presence of cheese, more cheese!

However, the grilled lamb cube with cut chillies and soy sauce was just really good!


Lemonade (RM8.90)

Hot Milo (RM5)

Creme De Fungi aka Mushroom Soup (RM5.90)
Taste good!

Lamb Cube (RM9.90)
A snack portion of grilled lamb, must try!

Seafood Aglio Olio (RM15.90)
Fresh and big seafood but not enough / not using extra virgin olive oil 

Look at the number of seafood... Really worth it!
Hope they keep up with this standard!

Porco Pizza (RM14.90)
It's their signature dish, but....

Can you see it? It taste like lap cheong, smell like lap cheong, and
looks like lap cheong too! Its so creative!
My only suggestion is to add more cheese!

Burger Palace (RM11.90)
A grilled chicken steak burger

Pretty good, but too much mustard made it too sour!

Pork-zilla Burger (RM12.90)
This is the best food I rated here

Yummy! But the fries was soggy when served.

At the first floor, near Senheng Electrical Store

Grill'z Kitchen is a restaurant perfect for family dining. Their menu was extensive (although not all available) and comes with a good portion - not too big for children, not too small for adult. The location is good too, situated just beside the Penampang-Bypass Highway, Grill'z Kitchen was convenient to reach by many.

FOODIOT'S POINT: 80% (Happy to see the improvement; minor touch up recommended)

BUSINESS HOUR: 12pm - 12am

PHONE: 088-701300

Block A, Lot 3 & 3A, 1st Floor,
Kepayan Point, 88200 Kota Kinabalu,

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Grill'd Burgers @ World Square, Sydney

Grill'd are probably one of the largest home-grown burgers restaurant in Australia., there are almost 100 branches / francaises throughout! They make "healthy" burgers by claiming: only fresh produce from local community are being used in their ingredients and, with lot's of veggies! Like McD, every of the burgers here are marked with Calories Intake but what I really liked them are, burgers at Grill'd are so visually attractive! I ordered "BAA BAA" Lamb Burger, which consist of 100% grass-fed lean lamb, avocado, cheese, veggies, relish and herbs mayo.

No neon lights, no drive thru, no clowns, no goddamn!!!


The portion was quite big!

Thick-cut chips with Grill’d special herb mix (A$4.50)

Can you finish the burger? Absolutely!  =D

My Baa Baa Burger (A$12.90) and the
Herbs Mayo and Sweet Chilli Mayo Chip Dips (A$0.70 each)

This burger is so green!



MON: 7AM - 10PM
TUE: 7AM - 10PM
WED: 7AM - 10PM
THU: 7AM - 10PM
FRI: 7AM - 11PM
SAT: 11AM - 11PM
SUN: 11AM - 10PM
(Serves breakfast on Monday-Friday)

9261 4900


World Square Shopping Centre
Upper Ground Level
644 George Street
Sydney 2000

The Grill'd Burger Van (Video): 

Catch 22 @ Oceania Hotel Sadong Jaya, KK


Catch 22 positioned themselves as a "Inventive" and "Globally Inspired" seafood restaurant. I had a chance to sampled some of the dishes they offered, including 2 different types of starters, main course and dessert. With the exception of dessert (for sure!) and some of the starter, most dishes here are seafood-based. For starter, we tried prawn scampi and smoked fish dip. Both were very creamy.

Prawn Scampi (RM18)Prawn pan-grilled in creamy sauce 

Salty and complex flavor full of garlic and herbs

Smoked Fish Dip (RM14)
Taste like smoked salmon from the can but added with some cheese
I believed. I can't be sure.

Dipped with the toasted bread

Then, we ordered one Fish & Chips: Battered, and a Fish-of-The-Day: New Orleans Style. I always preferred my fish & chip in battered style over breaded and grilled, for me, that's the original one, a not so inventive plate of fish. However, Catch 22 introduced to us something that we never see before: Fish cooked in New Orleans style.


Managed by Think Tank Creations, meaning that same people who run
Bomber's Burger and Bella Italia. 

Our drinks

Fish in New Orleans Style (RM23)

Comes with Mashed Sweet Potato - instead of potato!

Fish with chips, some coleslaw and tartar


Mango and Strawberry Mousse (RM10)Very refreshing!

Full of mango!


6:30am - 10:30pm (Daily)


Oceania Hotel, 
Lot 60 - 64, Lorong Ikan Juara 5,
Sadong Jaya 88000 Kota Kinabalu,
(Behind Maybank Sadong Jaya)

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Lady BonBon's Best Macarons in Town @ Lintas Plaza, KK


Lady BonBon is a pâtisserie at Lintas Plaza, Kota Kinabalu, just opposite Patrick's Signature by Party Play Restaurant and Hotel Aston. Lady BonBon have been selling these eye catching macarons since last year. Few months ago they have a counter at Gaya Street too, but relocated. Besides macaron, Angeline, the mastermind behind the checkout counter also made some fine decorated cakes too. Last month I bought 2 boxes of macarons via Groupon, what I did after the online-purchase was, I gave pâtisserie a call to reserve. Sharing is caring and by doing that with your love one, dirty dishes will ended up on the rack dry and shiny. Hopefully.

There are 6 flavors available: Salted Caramel, Passion Fruit, Chocolate, Raspberry, Hazelnut and Green Tea. I loved Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Macarons! Seats in the shop is very limited, "da bao" (take-away) recommended.


BUSINESS HOUR: 11.00am - 9.30pm

RESERVATION: 013-8861368 (Angeline)

Ground Floor, Lot 48,
DBKK No. 24-0, Lintas Plaza 3
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Bazaar Ramadhan @ Army Camp Lok Kawi, Sabah

I grown up in a community where the Malays are the majority in our neighbourhoods. During the fasting month there are at least one Bazaar Ramadhan in every 3KM radius selling all kind of foods and drinks. My mom always allowed me to buy some kuih or drinks from the food stall during the evening. I would never missed kuih pelita (a kind of dessert made with coconut milk and palm sugar), kuih koci, ayam percik (barbecued chicken with special gravy) and sometimes, nasi tomato ayam (chicken cooked in chillies and tomato, serve with rice) if mom decided to take a break from preparing dinner that evening. I was regular to some food stalls especially those hawkers who live nearby my neighbourhood, until some of them already knew what is my favourite!

I am still clearly remembered the high quality of food our Malay friends prepared during this sacred month. Looking for a substandard Lemang, Roti Jala or Murtabak Ayam is quite difficult, seriously, but that was back in early 2000...

Bazaar Ramadhan at Army Camp, Lok Kawi, 5km from KKIA airport

Fried Popiah

Roasted Chicken - SOLD OUT at 3.30pm!!!

Kuih Mayam - SOLD OUT at 3.30pm!!!

Must be very popular here....

This year a lot of food stalls selling Grilled Lamb Chop, I wonder why
everyone selling the same thing!

Colorful Drinks

Supersized Roti John for only RM5


Satar, a otak-otak-alike delicacies with extra hints of spice. RM3 each

Food sells at Bazaar Ramadhan are not cheap, so buy wisely and don't buy if you can't finish them.

BUSINESS HOUR: 2.00pm - 7.00pm (mostly finished by 6pm)

LOCATION: Army Camp Lok Kawi (10 minutes drive from KKIA)


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