Category Archives: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 2009

Kota Kinabalu 2009: Restauran Malaysia @ Beaufort

After our trip to Kuala Penyu, we stopped by Beaufort, a small town located outskirt of Kota Kinabalu.

We initially wanted to try Beaufort noodles at one popular Chinese coffee shop but it was closed.

We ended up at one Muslim restaurant by the name Malaysia Restaurant. Although a Muslim restaurant, it is run by a Chinese Muslim man.

The recommended dishes of this place are their Butter Pao and Kuih Bom.


Yam cake! So-so only though.


Pao is served on a plate. Take as many as you like. The rest you can leave it there.

The butter pao is filled with butter but ‘lai yau’, a yellowish sweet filling. The bread is green in colour. It tasted damn good. So good that I had 2 pieces of it!

Kuih Bom on the other hand is an egg shaped pastry (supposed to look like a bomb though). The outer layer is as hard as an egg shell. I had to use force to crack the layer. The filling of kuih bom is hollow with few strands of turnip inside. It was my first time seeing such item and the taste was rather unique. It wasn’t sweet but it was salty.

Map (rough estimation)

Address
Restoran Malaysia
Lot 14, Block B,
Beaufort Jaya,
89808 Beaufort,
Sabah

Tel: (00)(60) 087 223 548

Website: http://littleitaly.fortunecity.com/cremona/18/

Kota Kinabalu 2009: Menumbuk

Menumbuk is a small village located not far from Kuala Penyu.

It has a small port which allows people to take a boat to Labuan Island. We made a trip down to to the port to check out the scenery.


Rusty Ship…

The name ‘Menumbuk’ means punching in Malay. There are 2 legends which gave rise to the name ‘Menumbuk’. The first being through a fish by the name ‘menumbok’ fish according to local dialect which was extra ordinary huge. Second version is about a time when a river which flowed to the sea during high tide and caused a punching effect. Doesn’t make any sense to me though.

There were not many things to see in Menumbuk port.


There was a Chinese temple cum car park though.

The other end of the port has a small beach which one can see Labuan Island.


Hmm..where is Labuan..

Barely an hour in Menumbuk, we left for Beaufort for lunch.

Kota Kinabalu 2009: Kuala Penyu – Part II

KP town only has few rows of shop. There are couple of convenient stores and coffeeshops. There’s also a video arcade filled with kids. Got Daytona. Not bad.

We had drinks at one of the coffeeshops in the town. Nothing good to eat. Their yao char kuai tasted like bread as it had too much flour.

As we will be heading to Menumbuk (in Malay it means punching), we took a toilet break at the coffeeshop. The owner found an ingenious way to replace their broken lock I.e with a string and long nail.


tadaa~

Next stop: Menumbuk

Kota Kinabalu 2009: Kuala Penyu – Part I

Kuala Penyu (KP) is a small town located around 2 hours from Kota Kinabalu City.

Driving around the outskirt of KK City was relatively quiet and easy. There was not much traffic on the 2 lane roads except for some occasional slow coaches on the road.

The drive to KP had loads of interesting sights. Villages are mostly inhabited by natives while the towns are mostly Chinese. It is interesting to see Chinese villages and towns in remote places of Sabah.


Caught Mat Rempit in action


G*Mart – Now everybody can shop! (similar with Air Asia’s tag line, Now everybody can fly!)


When we were about to reach KP, we ended up on a dead end. There was a river in front of us.

The only way to get across is a chained ferry.

The ferry, made of metal, pulls a metal chain which cuts across the river.


It could fit around 8 cars per trip.

Cars have to line up to wait for their turn as there is only 1 ferry and it takes around 10 to 15 minutes to get across.


You can take a small boat across as well


There was only one life boat.

The service is free as it is maintained by the government.


We were there…


Kuala Penyu on sight!

Kota Kinabalu 2009: San Sui Baru Restaurant

Before embarking on our journey to Kuala Penyu, we stopped by San Sui Baru Restaurant for breakfast. Apparently, this place is well known for its Tom Yam noodles.

This place is located along Lintas Highway. It was packed when we arrived.

We ordered their well known tom yam prawn noodles and black pepper beef noodles.

Tom yam in San Sui Baru is not your usual spicy and hot tom yam. It comes in a sourish bowl of soup with prawns and beans sprout in it. It tasted like assam pedas.

Nescafe came with a thick layer of condensed milk. Tasted so-so.

I’m not a big fan of tom yam hence I ordered their black pepper beef noodles. It came in a Cantonese style gravy with of black pepper mixed inside. The beef was tender and soft but overall the dish was mediocre.

The overall experience with this restaurant is average. Nothing to shout about but if you’re on Lintas Highway, perhaps you can drop by to try their unique Tom Yam noodles.

Related link
A Daily Obsession: Come Eat With Us: San Sui Baru Restaurant

Back from Kota Kinabalu

After 5 days in KK, I am finally back in Kuala Lumpur.

It was a relaxing holiday. I spent most of my time relaxing, meeting with friends and also eating. There was never once I had nothing in my stomach. There were just too many good stuff to eat!

I managed to have my all time favourite Fook Yuen roti kahwin and also Teh Madras.


Milo “Kaw” (Good stuff!) and Teh Madras

I also managed to make a road trip down to Kuala Penyu and its surroundings.

More details soon!

Kota Kinabalu – Pre KK

My flight to KK was a short but eventful journey.

I got my bro in law, who drives a taxi on a part time basis, to send us to Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). It’s great t have someone you know to send you to the airport, especially when you know you can easily retrieve valuables you left in the taxi. If you need a taxi to the airport, call or text 0192252575 for Alex. Tell him Boy recommended.

The LCCT has changed a lot. It has expanded. Domestic flight and international flight check in counters are separated. It’s no longer the pasar malam I once knew.

Unlike my usual flights with Air Asia, we were given a seat number. It was no 31. We tried changing our seats but the chap at the counter was too lazy to do so.

After checking in, I dropped by the toilet. The toilet is on par with KLIA’s toilet. Nothing unusual about the toilet except one topless guy washing his armpits by the basin :()


Live fishes @ Bali Airport

We had dinner at Old Town Coffeeshop in LCCT. The waiter forgot to key in our order. No free food this round though.

When we got on our plane, we discovered that our seats were the last seats on the plane. We couldn’t recline our seats. I couldn’t sleep at all!

Our flight took around 3 hours. Imagine sitting down straight for 3 hours. I tried to sleep but a lady in front of me kept talking.

But I’m quite to used to traveling in an uncomfortable manner. If you’ve read my older travel entries, you’ll probably read some of my minor calamities, most recent being the 8 hours grueling boat ride to Pulau Tioman.


Boat ride to Tioman

But bahger why all these things happen to me oneeeeee!!11

I felt so relieved when we arrive in KK. My luggage bag came out shortly. It came out with a hole on the side, a missing tag and a broken zip. O_o

Bahger why all these things happen to me oneeeeee!!1

ps: went to check out new luggage bags at 1 Borneo. Bloody Samsonite luggage bag costs rm3000. Wtfff not made of gold also!

Bought a rm279 cabin sized luggage bag which came with a free larger luggage bag! Value maximum!

pps: Went to Giant and found out that luggage bags are around rm50. -__- tunasing!!