When someone told me that there's nothing to eat in Kota Kinabalu, I didn't really trust them. I believe that is whether or not you know how to look for the right place and have the right click of people with you. Trust me the group of people is really important as a simple meal together will make it joyful and delicious as well. However, the food in Kota Kinabalu is slightly higher in price comparing to Peninsular, so if you're going there as a foodie, make sure you do prepare yourself sufficient amount of money to avoid unwanted embarrassment and awkwardness. Here I am writing a post to share the foods that I have eaten, tasted, touched and smelled in Kota Kinabalu.
A sunny and busy Sunday morning, the perfect time to hunt for food. Walking around in Gaya streets, many shops were open, many were busy, a shop selling food and was fulled with people, nothing could go wrong, "that's it! Is here." I said, nothing could go wrong with so many people in there eating. Is a Shop called YikFung and is full of hungry hooligans that has no manners at all, but never mind, I understand that you're hungry but so do I, so fark offf from my table.
'Ngu Chap' 牛杂 , meaning beef intestine or in layman term spare parts soup. However, this here comes with noodles, not normal yellow noodles but rice noodles. Apparently people here are more health conscious than in peninsular. The broth taste like Bak Kut Teh, the beef is slighly or for me is totally overcooked, for the other spare parts of beef, it was ok.
The Wan Tan Mee was ok, but one should try to avoid something that is so common when they are travelling around. I am wondering how I should comment on this.. it taste.. plain.. wan tan mee plain.
Sabah Laksa, from the outlook it did look rather appealing, something that could cause your mouth water up by your saliva from the first look at it. However, after the first taste of the gravy, it wasn't that appealing anymore, it taste like curry but curry hangus or burned. I could taste the bitterness in the gravy and it somehow spoil my appetite. Most probably it was how it taste originally, but it sure does didn't suit me at all, I only manage to eat half of it and I stopped.
We were all starving and hungry when we reach Kota Kinabalu town after our expedition, and what we could think of is something that could refuel and replenish our lost energy, and there and then Bak Kut Teh comes to our mind. Took out my phone and started surfing, 'Top 15 best food in KK" and this was listed as the first one. Name of the shop Yu Kee 佑记. If you have no idea what to order, ask the owner to mix it all up for you. Do prepare for the price thou, is slightly pricy, RM 56 for 4 person, this was my first time eating Bak Kut Teh that expensive.
Everyone were starving when the food came, all chopsticks were up and ready to tackle the food the moment it landed. The Bak Kut Teh style is a little different, the broth comes in separate small bowls, and so does the meat, ribs and intestines. Not bad at all. but I prefer yam rice comparing to plain white rice which they did not offer here. There's also a plate of Choi Sam with sesame oil all over it. The place is near to Gaya street, opposite of Jesselton Hotel, the shop is busy and full with people outside, so you won't get it wrong.
If you're still hungry and capable to take on more, try Yoyo Cafe's croissant. The sugar coated croissant, is crispy all over the place, and the sweetness are just perfect. Something I would love to have for a midday tea break. Once you taste it, you wouldn't stop eating.
Breakfast breakfast breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Feeling lucky today?? Wanna taste some pork, try Kedai Kopi Melanian. The shop serves up big bowls of delicious pork noodles. Not too expensive comparing to what I had before.
Ok, I am gonna drop some tips for you here dear readers, if you have a small stomach, do not take the noodles, it gonna stuffed you up like a freaking bean bag, avoid ordering the dry noodles, unless you wanna get yourself into soy sauce poisoning, try the noodles soup instead.
Nice big bowl of spare parts soup, perfect breakfast for you, energy booster for the rest of the day. Pig stomach, pig lungs, pig intestines, pork balls, pork meat. Heavenly~Godlike.. If you're a pork lover this is definitely the place for you.
More than words to describe how it feels.. Take that beautiful looking piece of meat, dip it and let it swim in the chili sauce or soy sauce full of chili, put it in your mouth... ahhh farkk it taste so damn good.
Chicken Feet in Mushroom sauce.. splendid. Something I didn't ordered at first, but the side dish are too attractive and I couldn't resist the temptation. I wasn't wrong at all, the smell, taste and look were equally good. The sauce are sweet and fragrant, coated on to the chicken feet were just perfect, I spent that morning sucking on that succulent chicken feet.
This shop just kept coming out with good stuffs, self made stuff toufu with gravy pouring on top of it. The gravy tasted like "Wat Tan Hor" and is real smooth and goes straight down to your throat.
That's all for today, stay tune to Jalan Jalan Cari Makan @ Kota Kinabalu Part 2. I am a little hungry myself now. @.@