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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tawau : Kedai Kopi Hong Hong 鸿鸿茶室, Taman Megah Jaya

Tawau Food 
Serve No Pork 

Morning is for breakfast! Waking up around 7.00am and went to the local market before heading for breakfast.

There's a quote that expresses the locals there.
 "It's all about the relationship between one and another in Tawau." 

Tawau is a small town and guess what? Everyone knew each other there!  

- Braised Grouper -

It was great to taste the best Wa Tan Ho 滑蛋河 in Tawau with Grouper 龙趸. Grouper is a type of large sized fish, a huge size of 石斑.

Grouper may cost a bit and Hong Hong Coffee Shop only operates when they caught grouper.

- Noodle soup -

- Wa Tan Ho -

Fried Ho Fun with runny eggs. I love having Wa Tan Ho and it is one of the fattest Chinese meal!

Fresh fish is always the best in Sabah and the local always make sure their seafood is fresh! Better still after catching freshly from the sea.

Location :
Taman Megah Jaya

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Malaysia's Top 10 Travel Bloggers by TP

Being the Top 3 in the list.

Here you are with the link for Tally Press write up with Malaysia Top 10 Travel Bloggers as nominated and voted. 

As quoted on Tally Press :


" This Sabahan lass has won several accolades for her blogging, and usually her content focuses on the food adventures she has on her travels. Some of her entries are bilingual, in English and Chinese, to reach a wider audience. Turkey, Laos, Dubai and the UK are just some of the places she’s travelled to, but her blog posts on Sabah itself are just as informative for anyone who wants to venture there. She also sometimes shares vlogs of her travels, so you get a written and visual perspective. "

A big thank you to all my readers, friends and family who have been a good supporters and voted for me! :) Many of you knew I have been writing blog for quite sometime, the hobby started 10 or 11 years ago as such I could remembers. You know who your are!

Another Malaysian recognition for Sabahan blogger. :)

Don't caught me wrong, my blog is about lifestyle, lifestyle consist of so many directions for write up! 

At the same time, Places and Foods has been one of the best travel blogger also written a list on "Top 25 Travel Bloggers in Malaysia". Here's the link to know more about Malaysian Travel Bloggers.

That's all for today! :) Cheers!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tawau : Long Chuan Tofu 斗湖 龙川豆腐

Tawau Food Discovery - Part 3
Non Halal

We heard about the delicious taste and the portion that their bean curd which is loaded with minced meat.

From one stall for take away only, now has moved to a restaurant which offers us sit in or take away.

- Long Chuan Tofu -

Best seller in the house!

I believe that when there's pork, certainly that restaurant would be crowded.

- Yong Chap -

Besides tofu, they offered other stuffed vegetable like bittergourd and brinjal as well. Varieties to be selected by customers from day till evening.

- In the frying pan -

Fry to harden the tofu before inserting to another pan for sauce.

- The restaurant -

We did not sit it to dine, we did was to take away and meeting other relatives while having one or two with the family.

- Tawau view -

We saw the fog surrounding those hill further away and such a quiet town to live. :)

Location :
Between Jalan Sin Onn and Jalan Timur

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tawau, Sabah - Aladin Noodle House 亚拉丁面食之家

Tawau - Part 2
Non Halal

Often heard about the delicious local dishes else where other than Kota Kinabalu offered. Shall I say, KK food often influenced by other provinces? And other provinces includes Tawau and Sandakan as well! :)

After the Sandakan food discovery, we went to Tawau for family trip and family trip meant for food too! I have a brother in law who love to eat. (lol). One of the local find out was at one of the oldest area in Tawau, having our Nasi Lemak time and Prawn Noodle time. 

Interesting that they are doing well although the restaurant located at first floor and it was delicious! Tasted Malaysian with hint of Malay cuisine and Chinese! 

- Nasi Lemak, Prawn Noodle and Fish slices soup -

Nothing to complain about. It taste really good. :) It's a must visit in Tawau.

- Aladin Noodle House -

It was nice having lunch at Aladin, where all that looks like the old Kota Kinabalu that once had. The people, the environment and all. :)

Location :
328, First Floor, Jalan Haji Karim, Tawau, 91000, Tawau, Sabah, 91000, Malaysia

Contact : 
+60 89-777 684

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Vietnam - Ha Long : Unique Water Puppets Show and Cultural Dances

Ha Long, Vietnam - Part 2

Vietnamese water puppet has been a unique puppet show  well known by the world. It was also recommended that there is one in Hanoi which is well known and recommended via internet.

Non the less, there are not many activities that we could do in Ha Long, therefore, our tour included a water puppet show and cultural show at the local well known Royal Amusement Park. Indeed it was packed with tourists too. There is a Casino in Royal Amusement Park and before the show started, few of us went to have a short gamble and it was my first to gamble in a Casino, normally just watching friends to play back in the University in Liverpool.

- Water Puppet Show -

I always tell myself that every country has their own culture and believe, we should respect them. Well, not many people that found water puppet show interesting and from such I've seen on that night, the music, the puppets, the musician, it's all teamwork. Never easy to deal with and to be recognise by the world.

Immediate after the puppet show, we went to another venue by walking distance to watch the Vietnamese cultural show.

Frankly, they have similar culture attires like us and even the dances! 

One of them will be Bamboo dances, where in Sabah, Bamboo dances is a traditional dances by the Murut here. Do I ever mentioned that we could see similar traditional wear in China as well?! 

Perhaps, we might see similarity again in another Asia country too. :)

- Cultural Dances -

I always love culture and it has been the way to understand more about a country. :)

Location :
Bai Chay - Ha Long - Quang Ninh.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

小诗料理 : Stew Mushroom with Abalone 冬菇焖鲍鱼

Bilingual entry (Chinese & English)


农历新年都是每个华人都会重视的一个节日, 开心的是看到了家家户户贴上了红红春联,挂上了红红灯笼还有装饰呢!今年的农历新年妈妈送了一罐澳洲鲍鱼,也教了冬菇焖鲍鱼做法, 幸亏婚前看到妈妈焖冬菇的做法哦!好让身为媳妇的我可以在今年的团圆饭“搞定” 那罐鲍鱼!


Believe that every home will have the special dishes. At my home, my mom could prepare delicious Chinese dishes for the festive day.  

Lunar New Year is an important festive season for the Chinese. As I seen in my neighborhood and business outlets,  it was nice seeing red couplets affixed and red lanterns being hang up! In Chinese tradition, we will be giving gifts to our friends and relatives. This year, my mother gave us a can of Australian abalone in addition to other items, with it I shall prepare abalone dish with it. Referred to my mom for the recipe and slightly remember the process of stewing the mushrooms too. 

The following is the steps to prepare Stew Mushroom with Abalone.

- Stew Mushroom with Abalone 冬菇焖鲍鱼 - 

- 材料 Materials -

主料: 冬菇 与 鲍鱼
装饰 : 西兰花 (蔬菜可以随意 - 大头菜等等 或无需
腌制材料I 鲍鱼汁、蚝油、食酒 (绍兴酒等等)、 糖、 胡椒粉 
其他 - 鸡汤 及 干贝 (或无需
料理时间 :  一小时十五分

A. 冬菇 : 
1. 浸开冬菇,去蒂,洗净, 采用腌制材料I (如果想要更入味的话, 早一两天腌制吧!)。
2. 烧热瓦缸,下油。 加入腌制冬菇,浸过的干贝(或无需)还有适量鸡汤 (我准备一大碗,以防焖冬菇过程不会过火干。) 加盖煲着, 等待过程需要翻炒,也在需要的时候加入鸡汤哦!
3. 焖的时间接近45分钟至一小时。如果冬菇软了,切也容易,这代表可以上菜了!
4. 把冬菇摆饰盘上,放置一旁备用。

B.  鲍鱼 :
1. 开罐取出鲍鱼,切片。
2. 【选择】 
i. 把焖冬菇的汁,加入鲍鱼片,少许鲍鱼水 (或无需),快速翻炒以防失去鲍鱼鲜味。
ii. 切片后摆在备用的焖冬菇上面。

C. 酱汁 :
烧热冬菇汁, 加入少许鲍鱼汁,(如果想要多些汁那就加入鲍鱼水/鸡汤)拌入适量粉芡。 倒入盘上即可原煲上席。

Ingredients: Mushrooms and AbaloneDecoration: broccoli (as preference)Seasoning:Material I - Abalone sauce (widely sold at supermarket), oyster sauce, wine (Shaoxing wine, etc.), sugar & pepperOthers - Chicken Soup & Dried Scallops (option)

Duration: One hour and fifteen minutes


A. Mushrooms:1. Wash and soak mushrooms, remove the stalks. Adding Seasoning Material I into soaked mushroom and leave for half a day or leave it for 1 or two days inside the fridge before cooking.2. Heat the frying pan and add some oil. Add in seasoned mushrooms, soaked scallops (optional) and suitable amount of chicken soup (I prepared a large bowl of soup in case I needed it while in stewing process.
3. It takes roughly 45 minutes to an hour. Once the mushrooms are soften and easily cut or can be poke through with chopstick, it's DONE.4. Place the mushrooms on the plate and set aside.B. Abalone:1. Open the cans and cut the abalones in to slices.2. Optionsi. Heat the stewed mushroom gravy, add in abalone slices and quickly stir fry the abalone. OR
ii. Abalone slices decorated on top of the stewed mushrooms.C. Sauces:Heat the mushroom sauce and add a little abalone water or chicken soup and add in starch.
Tips: While selecting mushrooms, choose those thicker mushroom so that the it taste better and the texture of the stew mushroom just right.

- Stew Mushroom 焖冬菇 -

- 团圆饭 Reunion Dinner -

晒一晒 - 这是我家的丰盛的团圆饭。华人传统少不了鱼、蒜菜还有鸡。

幸亏老公还会帮忙炒些简单料理。 感恩。

It's my family's scrumptious reunion dinner. In Chinese tradition, we could not avoid from fish, leek and chicken. 

Fortunately, Mr. Hubs assist me by frying some of the easier dishes. :)