Saturday, 18 July 2015

The Story of Ah Tat (Klang Bah Kut Teh in KK)

NON-HALAL | BAH KUT TEH | WARISAN SQUARE, KOTA KINABALU, SABAH

When looking for a good Bah Kut Teh, I always preferred Klang Bah Kut Teh because this is what I am familiar with. I seldom eat Kepong Bah Kut Teh or KL-style Bah Kut Teh because they are just taste different as compared to Klang Bah Kut Teh. There are a few types of Bah Kut Teh, even in Klang, there are easily more than 400 Bah Kut Teh stalls or shops around and all taste slightly different. There are generally 3 types of Klang Bah Kut Teh:

  1. Herbal Soup with Light Soy Sauce, served on either small bowl or claypot
  2. Herbal Soup with Light Soy Sauce, served on claypot and added with shiitake mushroom, canned button mushroom, enoki mushroom (optional), fried tofu skin (腐皮), tofu puff (豆腐卜) and iceberg lettuce
  3. Meat cooked in Dark Soy Sauce, herbal soup is cooked to gravy-like  

What Pin Xiang Bah Kut Teh (品香肉骨茶) has offered is Type 1: Herbal Soup with Light Soy Sauce, served on either small bowl or claypot. Located at Warisan Square Kota Kinabalu, Pin Xiang has gained a numbers of regular customers. I believed they were all impressed by the authentic Klang style Bah Kut Teh Pin Xiang can offer.

The story of Ah Tat

Ah Tat comes from the hometown of Bah Kut Teh -- Klang in Selangor. His Father, Mr. Lim, is a butcher who supplies fresh pork meat to some Bah Kut Teh stalls in Klang. Since small, Ah Tat was already helping his father, to deliver the fresh meat to their clients, sometime they have to help out in the Bah Kut Teh shop when their clients were busy. I will pay you when I am free. I assumed this was one of the regular tag lines the father and son always heard. They ended up with helping up in the kitchen - cutting the meat accordingly, cleaning the innards, and cooking Bah Kut Teh while waiting for their payment.

Ah Tat was very busy at the open kitchen

This is how Ah Tat and his father learnt to cook Bah Kut Teh. However, authenticity isn't something that can be achieved with weight and procedure: it has to be live in one-self, like Ah Tat, a boy who grown up in the hometown of Bah Kut Teh, who see, smell and eat Bah Kut Teh almost everyday for the past 20 over years.


(Front) Fragrant Rice - with fried onion
(Back) Yao Zhar Guai - slightly soak in the hot soup and eat with rice, yummy!!!

Three Layer Pork

Dried Bah Kut Teh

Big Bone

Pin Xiang Bah Kut Teh is serves in a bowl, or claypot

Tofu Puff

Pin Xiang Bah Kut Teh

Pin Xiang Bah Kut Teh, located at Warisan Square KK
The shop is next to Hotrod Pub and Bar, facing Marina Court Condo

FOODIOT'S POINT: 90%

BUSINESS HOUR:
11AM - 3PM
5PM - 11PM

PHONE: 012-8673068 (Eddie)

ADDRESS:
Unit No.3, Ground Floor, Block A,
Warisan Square, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Friday, 17 July 2015

The Newly Transformed Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

If you are foodiotkk's regular readers I bet you noticed that we always mentioned about the upgrading works at Le Méridien KK's Lobby Level over the past few months. And that we have been talking about some exciting new elements that are being installed to the Paris-born 5-Star Luxury Hotel - for example: the newly designed Arrival Hall, lounge & bar area, the new all-day dining restaurant and a brand new Italian restaurant which is going to launch later in August.

ARRIVAL HALL

The ocean-inpired arrival hall reflects what truly represent Sabah - our rich and diversified ecosystem, including those underwater! People get to interact at a pleasant envinronment the moment they step into the HUB - the newly interpret conceptual at the hotel's lobby which encourage idea-flowing interactions.

Arrival Hall

Ocean Life

LATITUDE 05

The Latitude 05 is the name of the all new lounge and bar area. This place fit best to individual who'd like to enjoy some private moment with relaxing jazz, or those who come in a small group needing a space for discussion. The Latitude 05 still maintain some of their signature desserts such as éclairs, cakes, illy coffee, fresh juices, tortilas, stuffed chicken wings and snacks. Eclairs lovers will be impressed with the all new Gula Melaka and Coconut, Sweet Purple Potatoes and Roselle Confit Eclairs.

Wonder what is the meaning behind the name? The Latitude 05 is inspired from the coordinate of the hotel: latitude N 5° 58’ and longitude E 116° 4’.


The Latitude 05 and the Latest Recipe

The lounge area of the Latitude 05

Flying seagull

Latitude 05
You can find the hotel's signature éclairs, cakes, illy coffee, tortilas, stuffed chicken wings and snacks

The Latitude 05

Latest Recipe - the all day dining restaurant has already opened on Monday 13 July 15
The all new Italian Restaurant - Favola, to be opened by 1st August 15
I am an Italian food lover and definitely looking forward to this!!!

Stay tune for more updates on the Latest Recipe and Favola. I also have some meal vouchers to give away to the LUCKY YOU! Watch out this blog or my Instagram account (ID: foodiotkk) for more info later. I promise you it won't take me too long to decide what or how shall I deal with it!


BUSINESS HOUR:

  • Latest Recipe: Opens Daily for Breakfast, Lunch (Monday - Friday), High Tea (weekend only) and Dinner
  • Latitude 05: 9AM - 1AM

PHONE: 088 322 222

ADDRESS:
LE MERIDIEN KOTA KINABALU
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Monday, 13 July 2015

Cafe Hopping At Melbourne

I went to Melbourne last May/June, one thing for sure: I never missed any chances to visit few of the best cafe in Melbourne.

The capital city of Victoria is home to many cafe pioneering the third wave coffee culture. Third wave coffee is a term coined in early year 2000, which generally reflects to coffee revolution where people are putting more attention to drink quality coffee - the specialty coffee, the transparency which reveal the origin of good beans & the farm, followed by bean processing, roasting and brewing method, which eventually lead to some good cafe with great ambient. Thus not the best words to summarize what are being offered in Melbourne, I must say: Melbourne is one of the holy-land of coffee lovers!

I've visited:

1) Sensory Lab
There are two Sensory Lab in Melbourne (another cafe at Bondi Beach, Sydney), I went to the first Sensory Lab outlet at Gentlemen's Department of David Jones. The slow bar area is rather big, too bad they do not brew-by-order for customer. So the slow bar ended up as product shelves. At any time there will be one or two types of filter coffee made available, which were kept warm in a thermos after brewed.

I was offered a three course coffee by barista Todd. Espresso was Seamless Blend of Columbia and Panama. Cappucino was using another house blend which was made from Columbia and Brazil. The third course was the filter coffee - the natural processed Brazil Sitio Barras which has plummy and sweet note.

Sensory Lab

Sensory Lab

Sensory Lab

Sensory Lab

Espresso

Cappuccino 

Filter - Brazil Sitio Barras

Sensory Lab

Sensory Lab

BUSINESS HOUR:
Sun-Wed: 9.30AM - 7.00PM
Thu-Fri: 9.30AM - 9.00PM
Sat: 9.00AM - 7.00PM

ADDRESS:
Level 1 David Jones
310 Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000


2) St. ALi
Did I mention Sensory Lab were part of the St. ALi family? Yes they are! And I bet you don't already know that the name "St Ali" was taken from the name of a missionary dated back in the 15th century? Ali ibn Umar al-Shadhili discovered the wakefulness property of coffee in Ethiopia, and was generally believed responsible to spread coffee to Arabic countries.

St. ALi Coffee Shop at Yarra Place has a dimmed, and carefully separated zones to suit different types of diners - be it a single traveller like me, or sitting in a group exchanging thoughts until the sunset. The service was fast, although left me clueless when I stood in front a wall of coffee beans - I have to read each of the description one by one to decide.

Bought home some beans from St.Ali, they are a cafe as well as a roastery

St. ALi

St. ALi

Flat White - from St. ALi
Outstanding cup of coffee, using one of St. ALi house blend, the Flat White was rich and creamy, sweet with chocolaty finish.
Too bad, when I arrived the kitchen has been closed.

St. ALi
Occupies a quiet warehouse at Yarra Place, which is less than 10 min taxi ride from Southern Cross Station, Melbourne

Do you see that angel? :)

BUSINESS HOUR:
7:00am - 6:00pm

PHONE:
(03) 9686 2990

ADDRESS:
12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne VIC 3205

TRAM:
1) 112 Tram: Stop 127 Clarendon St/York St
2) 96 Tram: Stop 127 South Melbourne Market


3) Proud Mary Coffee Roasters & Cafe
It was a Sunday morning, the winter breeze recorded low around 8 degree Celcius - one of the coldest morning during our holiday in Melbourne. My colleague John & I already reached the door-step before 8AM to witness the morning crowd at Proud Mary - despite being a cold winter Sunday, there were already around 10 people waiting the cafe to open. There must be a reason why this roastery cafe owned a 6 group head espresso machine - Synesso to be exact, to cater for busy and hungry coffee-goer!

Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Good to see you - 6 Group Head Synesso :)
Ironically, I don't have enough time to try their espresso beverage :(

I bought a 2 bags of beans of my filter at home

Proud Mary

The slow bar area

Filter - Kenya Kiunga
I found berry and lemon-like acidity - distinctive flavours extracted from the Kenyan 

Proud Mary
Thanks to my colleague John who took this photo for me!

172 Proud Mary and the famous chimney


BUSINESS HOUR:
Monday – Friday 7am to 4pm
Saturday – Sunday 8am to 4pm

PHONE:
+61 3 9417 5930

ADDRESS:
172 Oxford Street
Collingwood, VIC 3066
(10min taxi ride from Bourke Street during Sunday morning)


4) Filter by Smallbatch
The team behind Filter are Smallbatch Coffee Roasting Co., who was also started Auction Room - one of the mostly awarded cafe in Melbourne. I was actually planned to visit but unable to make it - I was on a company trip. The closest way I could get to sample Auction Room, was by visiting their sister cafe at 555 Collins Street, Melbourne.

Situated next to a busy road, the Filter by Smallbatch is minimalist inspiring from the Nordic's architecture. Menu-wise, I couldn't lift my eyes away from the small 250g brown bags and wish to bring every one back - I opted to try the Leonardo Lopez - a single origin from Columbia named after its producer. My coffee was prepared by using a Hario V60, 16g of ground coffee to 250g of water, stirred while blooming. The tastenote? Sweet grape and toffee.

Coffee by Smallbatch Roasting Co.

V60

Delicious cup of pourover coffee

Filter by Smallbatch

Filter by Smallbatch

Filter by Smallbatch


BUSINESS HOUR:
Monday to Friday 7am-4pm

PHONE: N/A

ADDRESSS:
555 Collins St
Melbourne VIC

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Sakagura's Sushi @ Oceanus Waterfront Mall, Kota Kinabalu

SERVE NO PORK | JAPANESE RESTAURANT | 11AM - 12MN | 088-273604

I have been revisiting Sakagura Japanese Restaurant for a couple of times after my first visit. This time, I would like to share about their sushi, oyakodon and yakitori.

The moment I stepped into Sakagura, I was like crossing the border of Japan-Malaysia - obviously national borderline is not possible but cultural and architecture. Japanese spirits are infused in every inches of Sakagura: the wooden and bamboo interior, the central teppanyaki kitchen where the Japanese chefs work with precision and concentration. and finally the attentive service staff who take good care of diners with pure Japanese hospitality.

Japanese Lantern inside the Japanese restaurant

10 pieces Sushi

Tuna Sushi

Oyakodon - Chicken with Eggs Rice

It would taste better if corn feed chicken is being used in this Oyakodon

Yakkitori (grilled chicken skewer) with Miso Paste

Grilled Chicken Skin

If ingredient is the most crucial part in Japanese cuisine, Sakagura's quality are definitely, and consistently above par. If you are looking for a classy Japanese food and don't mind to pay a little bit extra, do check out the restaurant's occasionally Bluefin Tuna feast - expensive but rare. Visit their Facebook for latest updates.

FOODIOT'S POINT: 85%

BUSINESS HOUR: 11AM - 12 MIDNIGHT

CONTACT: 088-273604

ADDRESS:
G-23 & G-25, Ground Floor,
Oceanus Waterfront Mall,
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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