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Original Cake Malaysia opens its first outlet in East Malaysia at Suria Sabah

original cake malaysia suria sabah

The castella cake wave still going strong in Kota Kinabalu with the opening of the Original Cake first outlet in East Malaysia at the newly renovated Suria Sabah Food Hall. The Original Cake recipe is from Tamsui, Taiwan and spread its wing to Malaysia. The Original Cake is located at the Suria Sabah Food Hall. Offering more more choice for ...

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Eat, Drink & Merry! Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day meals around Kota Kinabalu

Its the season to be merry and celebrate with family, friends and love one.  Check out the offering by Restaurants and Hotels around Kota Kinabalu and plan your dining. Restaurants Pancake House Kota Kinabalu Christmas Family Combo set for RM49.90 Available at Pancake House International Karamunsing Lucy’s Kitchen Chrismas eve and New Year’s Day eve whole night long party by ...

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Sabah Tourism Awards 2017 – A Tribute to excellence

The 11th Sabah Tourism Awards recently concluded at Magellan Sutera Ballroom on 2nd December 2017. A total of 35 awards in 13 categories are given to individuals and organizations that have excelled and contributed to the development of tourism and hospitality in Sabah. The Awards is an incentive for participants to strive for the higher level of professionalism in both ...

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An Eco-Friendly Christmas Joy Tree Lighting at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu hosted its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the hotel lounge on 1 December 2017 to usher in the festive and joyful holiday season. Hyatt Regency Kinabalu unveiled its eco-friendly Christmas 2017 theme during the Christmas lighting ceremony last night with a 13-foot Christmas tree made from collections of wooden pallets. Restaurant diners, in-house guests and media ...

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Empurau – The most expensive fish in Malaysia

Empurau sashimi

Priced at up to RM2000 per kilo, Empurau fish is the most expensive fish in Malaysia. What makes this fish so expensive is its rare and they feed on a special Engkabang fruits which found only on the island of Borneo. Empurau aka “wang bu liao” (忘不了) which mean unforgettable in Chinese is a freshwater fish found throughout SoutheastAsia but only ...

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New Executive Chef Heats up the Kitchen at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa’s General Manager recently announced the appointment of Daniel Shepherd as the resort’s new Executive Chef. A British national, Shepherd started his culinary experience in London, United Kingdom, over 24 years ago. Since then, he has worked in three other major hospitality groups in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Australia. Shepherd’s current responsibilities ...

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All new Fish & Fries at McDonald’s

Hot on the heels of several exciting menu items offered for a limited time over the last few months, McDonald’s Malaysia has yet again cast its proverbial net far and wide to tantalize customers’ palate with its all-new Fish & Fries meal. Inspired by one of Great Britain’s iconic dishes — the fish and chips — McDonald’s Fish & Fries ...

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Domino’s Pizza opening in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching in 2018

Domino’s Pizza, the market leader for Pizza delivery in Malaysia plan to open new outlets in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching next year. Domino’s Pizza currently runs 210 stores in Peninsular Malaysia and planned to open another 30 outlets around Malaysia, and they see big potential of expansion in East Malaysia. President and chief operating officer of Domino’s Malaysia and Singapore ...

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Kota Kinabalu 4 days 3 nights eatinerary

Kota Kinabalu City view

Kota Kinabalu is the capital city and the main gateway to Sabah. Kota Kinabalu City is compact and you can easily explore the city by foot. We recommend you to spend 3 days 2-night in the city and if you can take a day trip away from Kota Kinabalu if you have additional days. To give you an idea what ...

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Rabbitfish Yu Kut Teh now serving at Alu Alu Kitchen

fish kut teh alu alu kitchen

Writeup and photos by Alu Alu Kitchen Bak kut teh is a Chinese soup dish, usually served with pork or sometimes with chicken. Sabah, with fresh seafood in abundance, also has potential to popularise seafood bak kut teh in particular with rabbitfish or “laimang”. Rabbitfish gets their name from their rounded blunt snout and rabbit-like appearance of the jaws. However, ...

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California Wine Dinner at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Treasury wine estates, one of the world’s largest wine companies in the world recently held a California Wine Dinner at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa on 30th September 2017. The Wine dinner features some of the best wines from Beringer, Sterling and Beaulieu Vineyard. Beaulieu Vineyard, Beringer and Sterling Wine are some of the famous wine brand based in ...

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Hyatt Celebrates the Festival of Light with a Special Deepavali Dinner Buffet

Deepavali is an important festival for the people of the Hindu religion.  It is well known as “the festival of light” and is celebrated in all parts of our country. To celebrate the festival of light, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu presented a special Deepavali dinner buffet at Tanjung Ria Kitchen.  Sous Chef Govind Sanwal, who is originally from Dehli, took the ...

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Dim Sum plus buffet at Shang Palace, Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Starting from August, Shang Palace, Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa offers Dim Sum Plus on Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) Enjoy a selection of fresh Dim Sum, prepared each weekend, by master chefs from 11.30am to 2.30pm. The all you can eat Dim Sum Buffet cost RM88nett per adult and RM44nett per child. Cartoon Series Shang Palace also introduces cartoon ...

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How to make lihing and cook Lihing Chicken

  Lihing, Sabah’s very own rice wine is an important drinks for Sabahan. For KadazanDusun, Lihing, accompany every celebrations and rites. Lihing is an integral part of the lives of Sabah’s ethnic groups. The process to make lihing is same as making Tapai. Lihing is made using sticky rice (Glutinous rice) because sticky rice produce more water. Two important ingredients for ...

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Live Seafood at Shang Palace, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Shang Palace at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa announced the launch of its new menu, making it the first the first dining outlet in a five-star hotel here in Kota Kinabalu, offering live seafood. Created by Shang Palace’s Chef Chua Chee Seng and his culinary team, the revamped menu features live fish, shells and prawns that diners choose from ...

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Naan – Flavours of India at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

indian food kota kinabalu sabah

Naan – Flavours of India is an Indian Restaurant located in the Garden Wing of Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa. Many people in Kota Kinabalu didn’t know that there is an Indian Restaurant at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & spa but you should consider a trip to Naan if you looking for good authentic Northern Indian Cuisine. Naan – Flavours ...

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Borneo Cooking Class – Borneo Culinary adventure

Kota kinabalu cooking class

Being a West Malaysian living in Sabah, I always wonder about the traditional Food of local Sabahan. We know about Tuhau, Bambangan, busou which can be easily found at local Tamu but I didn’t know how to use the local produce and spices in my cooking. When my friend, Makiko told me that she will be visiting Kota Kinabalu, I immediately ...

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Shangri-la’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa – Anniversary Staycation

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, or better known as Tanjung Aru Hotel for local and STAR is a favorite Hotel for the locals. Many have fond memories of the hotel. Shangri-la’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa is also the place where we had our wedding reception 5 years ago. We were planning to celebrate our anniversary and Shangri-la’s Tanjung ...

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Kota Kinabalu Food guide for beginner

Kota Kinabalu Food blog

First time visiting Kota Kinabalu? Not sure what to expect from Kota Kinabalu and where to find the food? Worry not as we get you covered. For so long, Sabahans have felt put off by the suggestion from outsiders that there is nothing to eat in Sabah. But of course, whatever Chinese food is elsewhere can also be found and enjoyed ...

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Seafood Fiesta Combo @The Beer Factory Waterfront Kota Kinabalu

Seafood Fiesta combo The beer factory

Sponsored review The Beer Factory landed in Kota Kinabalu on July 2017 featuring outdoor al-fresco areas, indoor industrial factory-themed bar and individualistic designs. The Beer Factory KK is their 11th outlets around Malaysia. Located at Kota Kinabalu Waterfront, The Beer Factory is fast becoming a favorite place for beers and foods while enjoying the world famous sunset of Kota Kinabalu. enjoying beer ...

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Dim Sum Weekend Brunch at Nagisa, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

I grew up in Kota Kinabalu remembering that Hyatt served some of the best Dim Sum in Kota Kinabalu. We were so disappointed to find that Hyatt stops serving Dim Sum after the Chinese Restaurant closed. We were delighted to know that Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is bringing back the Dim Sim back in the form of Dim Sum Weekend Brunch at Nagisa that ...

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#grabdurian – lousy Grab campaign

Grab, One of our favorite ride sharing apps notify us about #grabdurian is back and we get a free D24 durian using GrabReward points. From their press release, Grab stat that “Grab is giving Durian lovers a chance to have the delectable D24 Durian delivered right to their doorstep for as low as 1 GrabRewards point for Platinum members and 200 GrabRewards points for any ...

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Sandakan Food Festival 2017 – Festival Village and Masterchef Sandakan Food Festival

Sandakan Food Festival was successfully held from 26 August to 2 September 2017. The highlight of the event is Food Festival at Bandar Kim Fun where more than 50 food stalls, restaurants, and vendors. We reached Sandakan on the 2nd day of the Food Festival and we right into action discovering the foods at the food festival. “Live” from the ...

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Gelatolab grand opening RM1 promotion and buy 1 get free 1 on dessert menu

You may have spotted Gelatolab Food truck at Tanjung Aru 1st Beach or at the events around Kota Kinabalu serving artisan gelato. They will be launching their brand new Gelato Outlet at Imago Mall (Infront Lucy’s Kitchen) on 9 September 2017  Saturday. Grand Opening on 9/9/2017 (Saturday) 2pm To celebrate the opening of their new outlet at Imago, customers can ...

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Where to enjoy Dim Sum in Kota Kinabalu

Dim Sum, a style of Cantonese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates is favorite foods for Malaysian. We all love dim sums and finding one is not easy in Kota Kinabalu. Here is a list of some of the dim sum restaurants in Kota Kinabalu. Non Halal Dim ...

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