Friday, 31 January 2014

Ayam Penyet @ Restoran Sri Rezeki, Metro Town KK

HALAL | INDONESIAN & MALAY FOOD | METRO TOWN KOTA KINABALU

After tried the Ayam Penyet at Warung Bandung and Warung Padang Jawa, this is another Ayam Penyet in my tasting list! Restoran Sri Rezeki is famous for their Mee Rojak and Soto, I tried the Mee Rojak Ayam before and found the peanut sauce is very aromatic. However I am still prefer the Indian/Mamak's version -- the Rojak Pasembur and the Mee Rojak Pasembur. Most of the Mee Rojak in KK have very few beancurd, there is no prawn fritters, no coconut cake and always come with chicken or beef, unlike the Penang version of Mee Rojak.

For the Ayam Penyet, I think the chillies was not bad.

Ayam Penyet is available at Restoran Sri Rezeki

Ayam Penyet

Mee Rojak Ayam

Very thick peanut sauce

FOODIOT'S POINT: 75%

BUSINESS HOUR:
Breakfast and Lunch

LOCATION:
Metro Town, Kota Kinabalu

MAP:

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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Warung Padang Jawa & Catering @ Alamesra, Kota Kinabalu

HALAL | INDONESIAN CUISINE | 11AM - 4PM

Recently everyone is craving for Ayam Penyet in Kota Kinabalu, I only started to know about this Indonesian chicken rice since last year and still more to discover. Some of the restaurants already existed for quite some years but never detected in my food-searching radar. Maybe I am staying in my comfort zone and didn't explore much, which is a big NO-NO as a foodie blogger! I promise I will cover more variety of food and introduce to you guys -- my valued readers!

My first encounter of Ayam Penyet if not already consumed without my knowledge earlier, was Warung Bandung at Lintas Jaya. After I tried I immediately fall in love in this Indonesian chicken rice and started my foodiot's journey to look for the best Ayam Penyet in town. I tried one at Cyber Square and another one at Kepayan area-- not really satisfy with what I've got. Then until my friend Abby recommended me this restaurant at Alamesra, just opposite of 1Borneo Hypermall.

Warung Padang Jawa & Catering at Alamesra, near Seremban Crab Seafood Restaurant

It's all full when we reached here at 12pm, on Sunday

The Ayam Penyet -- fried chicken, punched (penyet) to almost flattened on the wooden plate

The secret recipe of every Ayam Penyet -- chillies, and the chicken marinates
The chillies at Warong Padang Jawa is very very spicy, take it or leave it!
No!!! I tried to finished all although my lips and tongue was almost getting numb! But trust me, it feel great! Yummy!

Every piece of chicken is dipped in flour batter then deep fried until golden, very juicy indeed.
Which fried chicken do you preferred, KFC, McD or MB? Of course is KFC! The fried chicken at Warung Padang Jawa is almost comparable to KFC! Almost!

Tempeh (Soybean Patty) ready to be served in the kitchen

The assistant chef showed us how to "tempeh" (punch) the chicken, very funny group of people =)

FOODIOT'S POINT: 80% (Very delicious chicken; beware of the chillies, very spicy; cleanliness of the restaurant should be improved)

BUSINESS HOUR:
7AM - 4PM (Until sold out)

LOCATION:
Opposite row of Seremban Crab Seafood Restaurant, Alamesra, KK

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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Restoran & Chalet Anjung Seri @ Torong Soko, Pitas

HALAL | ALL-DAY DINING | MALAY CUISINE | PITAS

Stopped by at this restaurant & village-style accommodation to have a lunch. The restaurant is built partly on the beach, so a beautiful seaview is guaranteed. Unfortunately all rooms in the chalet which is just 50m away from the restaurant, is fully booked by a company until end of the year, so only food is available at the moment! Sea view is free though :D

View from the restaurant

A jetty belongs to Torong Soko

Sambal (chili paste) Prawn (RM12)
Despite a little bit spicy. this plate of prawn is definitely fresh and delicious, best to eat together with rice!

Kangkung Belacan (RM8)
This is the reason why I don't want to post this blog last week, kangkung (water spinach) was a sensitive issue during the second week of January 2014 in Malaysia!

"Kampung" Fried Rice (RM6)
Again it is related to "kangkung" because "Kampung" Fried Rice use a few ingredients which includes kangkung, ikan bilis (anchovies) and bird eye chili. Very nice I would say, one of the best fried rice I had in years (probably I was too hungry by that time!) 

Chalet Torong Soko, opposite the restaurant

The entrance of the restaurant

FACT:
Pitas is a small town located at northern Sabah. If you look at the map of Sabah, there are two "ears" on the tip of Borneo Island; the left "ear" is Kudat, while the right "ear" is Pitas.

HOW TO GET THERE:
Drive from Kota Kinabalu to Pitas would take approximately 3-4 hours, via KK-Kota Marudu road, then follow Kota Marudu - Pitas Road to reach this quiet town.

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FOODIOT'S POINT: 80%

BUSINESS HOUR: 7AM - 8PM (The restaurant is free & easy, there is no fix business hour!)

LOCATION:
Tokong Soko is approximately 15min drive from Kota Marudu. Located around the first sign of seaside after Kota Marudu - Ranau Road roundabout, and 5min drive before the Dataran Bengkoka of Pitas.

MAP: 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Cafe De Vie @ Metro Town, Kota Kinabalu (New Branch!)

SERVE NO PORK | MILLE CREPES & FOOD | METRO TOWN | 088-393863

The first Mille Crepe cafe in Kota Kinabalu now opened their branch at Metro Town! Had my after-meal dessert at the new Cafe De Vie one weekend, I found that the Mille Crepe is still as good as my last visit to their HQ at Lintas Plaza few months ago. That's a good sign!

Want to read more about my review on Cafe De Vie? Click HERE for my older post.

Newly opened Cafe De Vie at Metro Town

Inside the cafe

They have a few types of Mille Crepes and Cheese Cakes

Rum and Raisin Mille Crepe

No matter I shot from which angle, the message is: very yummy!

Cafe De Vie have a varieties of fresh fruit juice

Nomnomnommm

FOODIOT'S POINT: 82%

BUSINESS HOUR: 12PM - 10PM

PHONE: 088-393863

ADDRESS:
Metro Town, Block D,
Ground Floor, Unit No.6,
Lorong Metro 3,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

MAP:

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Nishiki Japanese Restaurant @ Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu

NON-HALAL | AUTHENTIC JAPANESE FOOD | LUNCH & DINNER | 088-230582

Founded in year 1987, Nishiki is one of the oldest Japanese Restaurant in Sabah. Taking in advantages of having the freshest seafood in town, Nishiki managed to serve one of the best sashimi and others authentic Japanese cookings here at KK. Located just a short walk from the Sabah Tourist Centre (Sabah Tourism Board) at Gaya Street.

The sushi bar

Sashimi Set

Teriyaki Chicken Bento

Garlic Rice

Pan Fried Mackerel with Butter
Fish was sliced too thin, so it was overcooked in the end >< 

Mentai Tiger Prawn

Entrance, just next to Euro Bakery and 3Sixty Hotel
Cannot remember the exact figure I paid on that evening but for the sashimi (6pcs), teriyaki chicken, pan fried fish, garlic rice and 2 cups of ocha, the total bill was more than RM110.

FOODIOT'S POINT: 76% (Food quality is OK, but overpriced)

BUSINESS HOUR:
11.30AM - 2.00PM (LUNCH)
6.30PM - 10.30PM (DINNER)

CONTACT:
088-230582

ADDRESS:
Nishiki Japanese Restaurant (锦日本料理)
Shop4,Ground Floor,63 Gaya Street,
88000 Kota Kinabalu,Sabah,Malaysia

MAP:

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Friday, 17 January 2014

McCafe @ Api-Api Centre, Kota Kinabalu

HALAL | COFFEE, CAKES & FAST FOOD | OPENS AT 7.30AM | KOTA KINABALU

Watch out, cafe owners! McDonald's is already targeting your business! Their coffee are cheap, cheaper than Starbucks by 1Ringgit at least, and the quality isn't bad! We visited the newly renovated McD at Api-Api Centre here, just next to Central Point KK Shopping Centre and Promenade Hotel of Kota Kinabalu, to try their coffee and cakes:

Limited choice as compared to Starbucks, which has 2 outlets within the 5 min walking distance (Centre Point and Warisan Square)

Looks yummy!

Staff on training - They are using semi automated Espresso Machine

Iced Mocha (RM7.50 - Medium Size)
Too much coffee - too bitter

Flat White (RM6.50 - Medium)
Balanced taste, but I preferred without the "M" chocolate powder sprinkled on the mug

Advertisement shoot hahaha!!!

Choc Lava Cake (RM7.90)Get it a try!

The chocolate lava is coming out!

The relax ambience at second floor dining area 

In conclusion, there aren't much difference between coffee made by McCafe and Starbucks. Pricing at McCafe are slightly cheaper overall. However this doesn't mean I will stop visiting Starbucks because Starbucks' environment is much comfy and quiet. Personally I am still preferring boutique cafe or coffee specialty cafe due to the quality and personalized experience that cannot be copied by most international chain cafes.

FOODIOT'S POINT: 80%

BUSINESS HOUR:
McCafe opens daily starts 7.30am.
McD Restaurant opens 24hrs.

CONTACT: 088-261502

ADDRESS:
Lot No. 1/G1 & 1/G2,
Ground & First Floor,
Api-Api Centre,
Jalan Centre Point 88000,
Kota Kinabalu

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Homemade Scones with Strawberry Jam

One rainy day...

BigFish baked some scones for afternoon tea 
she said scones are good with strawberry jam and a cup of hot coffee




























Scones made by BigFish
Strawberry Jam from Nicole's Kitchen

Sunday, 12 January 2014

M&E Teppanyaki & Cafe @ Pavilion Bundusan, Penampang

SERVE NO PORK | TEPPANYAKI | 11AM - 11PM | 016-8307040

M&E Teppanyaki is the latest addition F&B outlet to the Pavilion Bundusan, just officially launched on the last day of year 2013! Restaurant's owner Mike Tan is a college graduate from Melbourne, where he spent almost 6 years there. I bet he love the city so much that he decorated the M&E Teppanyaki with some street names in Melbourne and painted the wall with Aussie-influenced graffiti! Let's have a look:

Some important street names in Melbourne, anyone familiar here?

Graffiti in the restaurant, nice!

Local graffiti artist's artwork 

Unlike some Teppanyaki restaurants in KL, M&E only have one hot plate in the restaurant but don't worry, I am pretty sure the teppanyaki chef here can handle the stress when they receive large orders! The food here is pretty good so I believe other foodiots like you would like it too!

Menu

Choice of Iced Milk Tea or Iced Lemon Tea - if you are ordering the Set Menu

Teppanyaki chef in action

I ordered  Seafood Teppanyaki (RM22.90) with Teppanyaki Sauce, Set Menu comes with plain rice and a drink.
You can choose from Black Pepper, Mushroom or Teppanyaki Sauce when order the meal.
Upgrade to Golden Fried Rice with additional RM2.

Beef Teppanyaki (RM14.90)

Mix of  prawn and squid, fried cabbage and rice

M&E Teppanyaki - at Pavilion Bundusan (Near Courts Electrical & Furniture Shop)

It would be an added point if M&E Teppanyaki can include bean sprout (taugeh) on the plate!

FOODIOT'S POINT: 83%

BUSINESS HOUR:
11AM - 11PM (MONDAY - THURSDAY)
11AM - 12MN (FRIDAY - SUNDAY & PUBLIC HOLIDAY)

PHONE:
016-8307040 / 088-739113

ADDRESS:
M&E TEPPANYAKI & CAFE (麦 铁板烧)
Lot E-38-G, Ground Floor, Block E,
Pavilion Bundusan, 88300 Penampang,
Sabah, MALAYSIA

MAP:

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