Monday, 31 August 2015

Tampatan Discovery - Hinava @ Le Meridien KK, Sabah


Hinava is a popular Sabahan dishes that is being served traditionally, among the Kadazan-dusun and other native communities in Sabah. The Hinava, or the pickled mackerel fish, can be found in local wet market or Tamu but hardly see them in a restaurant, although it is considered as a regular dish among the Sabahan natives. "Maybe everyone made their own Hinava at home" - I wasn't surprised.

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu is one of the pioneer when it comes to local Sabahan food. At the Latest Recipe - the hotel's all day dining restaurant on the Lobby Floor, there is a "Tampatan" station serving all kind of local Sabahan dishes - including Hinava, Bambangan salad and Ambuyat, during buffet lunch, high tea (during Friday and weekends) and dinner.

Last week at the hotel's "Curiosity Table" - a 15 feet huge wooden table located just in front of the Latest Recipe and Latitude 05, Chef De Cuisine Rondihon Stimol was showing the invited Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG) Members and media his family recipe of preparing the Hinava. We were given chance to taste Chef's hinava and make our own with raw mackerel meat, shallot onion, ginger (chopped), bitter gourd (sliced thinly and cut into half-inches long), some bird-eye chillies, some salt to taste and kalamansi. The fish then is kept in the fridge overnight for it to be cured or "cooked". Some people however only cure the meat for a few minutes, it is still taste good for me but the meat would be very raw like a sashimi.

Hinava, prepared by chef

This is Tuaran's Hinava where tumeric powder is added

Everyone's curious about what is happening next, on the Table of  Curiosity :)

The ingredients

Mackerel Fish

Chef Rondihon Stimol aka Chef Rondi

Hinava in making

Hinava in making

Tampatan Discovery

BUSINESS HOUR (Latest Recipe):
Opens Daily for Breakfast, Lunch (Monday - Friday), High Tea (weekend only) and Dinner

088 322 222

Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Chill & Relax @ Lido Plaza, Kota Kinabalu

SERVE NO PORK | ASIAN + WESTERN FOOD | 10AM - 12MN | 011-26892905

Foodie never get tired to try out new restaurant, but this year, new eateries in Kota Kinabalu are springing up around us like mushrooms after the rain! We simply couldn't catch up the speed!

Chill & Relax Asian Fusion Restaurant is one of them, located at Lido Plaza, Penampang, a commercial centre which housed at least 5 other eateries here (The B Side, T-Fusion, Teddy n'Me..etc), Chill & Relax offers foodies an alternative when it comes to food at an affordable price.

Chill & Relax

Chill & Relax



Lamb Chop
Comes with the special sauce, like it!

Chill & Relax


BUSINESS HOUR: 10AM - 12 Mid Night

PHONE: 011-26892905

Lot 13A Ground Floor, Lido Plaza,
Jalan Kobusak-Nosoob,
88300 Penampang, Sabah

Friday, 21 August 2015

The Chillout Cafe @ Labuan Times Square *CLOSED*


If you don't already know, Labuan is a small island located next to the west coast of Sabah, a Federal Territory which is also an off-shore financial centre and a tax free heaven, with roughly 85k population.

Labuan is a very very small island, yet someone is running a cafe here at Labuan Times Square offering Specialty Coffee which is still a niche in Malaysia. The Chillout Cafe is getting their bean supplies from two Singapore's famous roasters: Papa Palheta's and Nylon Coffee, during my visit last July. According to the barista, by time-to-time they will offer beans from different roasters to satisfy the needs of coffee enthusiasts here in Labuan.

FYI, they do pourover (a.k.a hand drip) as well as espresso-based coffee such as cappucinno, latte or flat white.

The Chillout Cafe

List of specialty coffee 

Espresso machine from Rocket

Pourever using V60

The Chillout Cafe

Some fresh herbs around the corner

They are making bread too! For sale!

Aglio Olio (RM19.90)
Slightly spiced spaghetti Aglio Olio with lots of garlic, now also comes wIth sausages! Yum!

Flat White (RM8.20)


Espresso Shake (RM11.80)

Chillout Burger (RM29.90)
Home made beef patty with Onion Marmalade (caramelized) and chips

Lots of meat!!!

The Chillout Cafe


Tues-Thurs: 10:00–22:00
Fri-Sat: 10:00–23:00
Sun: 10:00–22:00

+6011-1482 2277

Unit 2-6, Level 2, Labuan Times Square,
87000 Labuan Federal Territory,


Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Art Factory 2015 - Photo Collections (Day 1: 8/8/15)

The <Art Market> of The Art Factory 2015 (hashtag: #taf2015) has attracted more vendors than the first edition! This year, there are over 30 stalls selling digital prints (from drawing / art works), books, art materials, hand craft / craft work... etc. And they also finally invited food vendors to join TAF! There are two of them (INCH Coffee Movement is always there selling delicious coffee so I didn't count them in la!): Sammich KK and KK Food Truck (Bell's Burger). Here are some highlights of the day:

Fabric Fanatics
Intro: Supplying various types of fabric/cloths for your creative handcrafts

Last Dandelion
Intro: Digital prints, art cards and post cards from Elena Kravchenko's art work

The Pink DinosoAr
Intro: Handmade jewelries especially from polymer clay and zipper bags

Intro: Handmade jewelries with wires and colorful stones

PTPL College
Intro: Racing car model with cardboard and upcycle items

Ink Factory
Intro: Hand paintings

Su Chung and his Epson Printer 

Sabah Pottery and rattan products

Magic Borneo Beads
Intro: Borneon-influenced beads necklace, bracelet etc, they take custom-made orders as well as running workshops to teach people how to DIY beads jewelries

The Blackpuppeteer
Intro: Two little creatures in submarine-suit are created by two sisters, they have cards, magnets, earrings and others. The Blackpuppeteer are almost sold out on Day 1!

Cute-looking earrings and pendants

Pendants from the Blackpuppeteer

Intro: Tools and materials for Figures and Dolls, they are running an online store too!

Clement and Mariah

Intro: Wooden homemade signages for your home, from Sabah

Mondo Borneo
Intro: Mostly in Black & White, the creator is influenced by heavy metal and horror movie...

Intro: T-shirts, Tote Bags, Pillows and other fabric products printed with a methodology called - Silkscreen Prining


Sukka Project

The Sukka Project's paper mâché

The Sukka Project

The Weirdo's Kaleidoscope + Deannerd + RakkiNasu

Deannerd's Keychain and stickers for sale

The Weirdo's Kaleidoscope



The TAF2015 stage

Cally's Craft
Intro: The Dreamcatcher's expert

JF Productions
Intro: Some practical creations (eg. decorative table lamp) using upcycled pipes etc 

JF Productions

Intro: Crochets, classroom and all about the cotton balls

Intro: Fixi is a publisher from KL who publish books for local writers

Taken from #taf2015's FB:
With the success of last year’s The Art Factory, we are bringing you even more excitement in your weekend with fun and inspiration filled creative activities this year.

As quoted by Steve Jobs, ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’, will be this year’s theme. It’s a meaningful quote telling each and every one of us to never be satisfied and having the dare to make unconventional decisions.

Be keen, keep yearning to seek and learn new things. Keep your desire burning and never be afraid to step out of the box.

Be ridiculous and be crazy, don’t let yourself be trapped in a rigid state of mind. The world has lots of adventures and we need to keep exploring.

Here in The Art Factory, we encourage all people to explore new things, express themselves and never hesitate to show their colours, talent and potential. Make it count and go after what you want no matter what.


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