June 26, 2017

Welcome Seafood Restaurant 大茄来海鲜餐廳 @Asia City, Kota Kianbalu

Address: Ground Floor, G-15 - G-18 , Asia City , Jalan Coastal , Kota Kinabalu , 88000 Kota Kinabalu , Sabah, 88000, Malaysia.
Business Hours: Monday - Sunday 12:00pm - 12:00am 
Tel: +60 88-447 866


It's a must to have seafood in KK. The night before our mountain climbing, we had our dinner at Welcome Seafood Restaurant. Based on the reviews online, the price was reasonable and the food quality was highly recommended by other tourists and the locals too. There's another Welcome Seafood Restaurant at Penampang, that's their main branch. My friend's cousin was planning to bring us to the Penampang branch, but the place was not so accessible after the heavy pour so we decided to stick to Asia City branch instead.

First time here, I was quite amazed at the size of this restaurant. They occupied nearly the whole block of ground floor. There are two sections with green and red colour tables. Section with green tables is classified as halal, and section with red tables is non-halal.




There were many tourists from China and Korea. Lobsters, crabs, prawns, scallops, clams, squids, groupers, etc. Big lobster, RM380 per kg.




Everyone is busy to choose their plate of seafood.




The menu is here. We stood here for minutes to place our order. The waiter and waitress were busy serving the foreign customers first.




The vegetables menu.




That black lobster is rare. Tiger prawn RM220 per kg.. make sure you bring enough of $$ or credit card.




We ordered 7 dishes. The portion was just right for 5 of us. Can't remember how much is the bill. But the price is reasonable, if not mistaken it's about RM190++.

White clam soup




Sabah cangkuk manis. This is a must try dish in Sabah. It's different kind of cangkuk manis compared to other places in Malaysia. In Sarawak, you must try midin. In Sabah, you must try cangkuk manis.




Steamed white prawns. This is my favourite. I never liked prawns until I had the steamed prawns at Salut Seafood Restaurant many years ago.




Mongolian chicken




Butter prawns, we didn't order the tiger prawns.




Steamed sea snails




Garlic scallops




Map to Welcome Seafood Restaurant at Asia City:




There's another famous place for seafood named Suang Tain Seafood, but be careful of the price they charge. As it's tourist attraction, they are notorious for being overpriced.

Welcome Seafood Restaurant has a website. If you want to make a reservation, or a view of their menu, please visit here.


June 11, 2017

Kedai Kopi Jiang Yu Zai 姜鱼仔 @Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Address: 5A, Jalan Bandaran Berjaya, Bandaran Berjaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Business hours:  Sunday - Monday 7:00am - 2:00pm

Kedai Kopi Jiang Yu Zai is formerly known as Kedai Kopi Sin Houng Kee 新鸿记. I shortlisted a few of the famous foods in Kota Kinabalu before hand, the fish soup is the one we should not be missed. Years ago, I'd tried the one at Kedai Kopi Houng Kee 鸿记, located at Luyang Commercial Centre. I missed it a lot, the tomato soup and fresh fish ingredients. This time I decided to try out Sin Houng Kee as it is nearer to our hotel. 

We used Uber and Grab for the ease of mobilisation in KK. I have to say, Grab's drivers in KK are much better than Uber's, in terms of car quality. I used 3 times of Uber, 3 times of Grab. Experience of Grab, we sat in cars like Toyota Avanza, Suzuki Swift, and Mitshubishi Triton. Whereas Uber, we had Perodua Viva, Proton Saga, and Perodua Viva. Ok, that's for your reference. But in terms of charges, Uber is cheaper. 


Kedai Kopi Sin Houng Kee took us sometime to search its location. We were dropped off by the driver at wrong spot, we had to rely on our own GPS to look for it. Passed through the lane, we were puzzled. Thought this should be the location, but we didn't see any Kedai Kopi Sin Houng Kee's signboard but Kedai Kopi Jiang Yu Zai. Walked to this coffee shop, my friend was intended to ask for direction. I saw the menu on the wall stated "Sin Houng Kee". Ok, this is Kedai Kopi Sin Houng Kee originally. Don't know why they changed the name. Anyway, the time we went there was around 9:30am. Still got plenty of seats.




This is the menu on wall with the name of Sin Houng Kee that helped me to identify the shop. You can choose the different parts of fish as ingredients, choices like fish eggs, fish skin, deep-fried fish slices, fish slices, fish balls, and fish stomach. Other ingredients, they have sea snail slices and fried wanton. I chose mixed fish soup "鱼什粉麵", consists of all the ingredients in one bowl.




The open kitchen is clean and hygienic. 




This is my bowl of fish soup. Tastes good but it is not up to my expectation. I didn't have the lost-and-found feeling like "this is it!". May be the soup wasn't hot enough. Nevertheless, this is also another good option. We all liked its soup base, tangy and appetizing. My friends like their deep-fried fish slices too.




There's another place in KK which is famous for its fish soup too, called Kedai Kopi Wan Wan. Unfortunately, the location is quite far from our hotel. Maybe reserve it for my next visit. I still feel like having the steamed prawns at Salut Seafood Restaurant. The previous trip, I managed to have seafood at Welcome Seafood Restaurant at Asia City. The prawn size is so much bigger, but I still prefer the steamed prawns at Salut. Next, will blog the seafood we had at Welcome Seafood Restaurant. Stay tuned.


The map to Kedai Kopi Jiang Yu Zai:





June 4, 2017

B & Best Restaurant 美美海鲜粥面家, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Address: 12, Jalan SS 4C/5, SS4, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Business Hours: Friday - Wednesday 7:00am - 4:00pm (close on alternate Thursday)


Almost abandon my blog after blogged my Mount Kinabalu climbing experience. The feelings of agony was fading fast, I had to note down the moments immediately while I still can recall vividly. Time flies, two weeks passed after my KK trip. I still haven't even finish the last post of my KL trip in March!

Ok, back to the last post of my KL trip. I was planning to visit B & Best Restaurant since I saw KYspeaks post his breakfast at B & Best Restaurant in his IG numerous time. I told my friend, I have to pay a visit there. On the day leaving KL, she drove me here for lunch.








Not many choices on the day I visit. Couldn't recognise the type of fish in chunks.




Didn't know how to order, we just sat and figuring out until a friendly young guy came to us and take our order. First time here, I asked for a mix ingredients soup with kueh tiaw. And my friend asked for fish kueh tiaw soup.




My bowl of mixed seafood (lala, fish balls, fish slices, oyster) with kueh tiaw soup. The fish slices were fresh, but the texture was rather rough. Of course, with the higher price you can get grouper fish slices with much tender texture. No complain, I was pretty contented with a bowl of this. The broth is clear, and not that flavory as I thought. Quite light in taste. Hmm, it would taste better with white pepper I think? Most disappointing, no pork lard on top. Maybe it's only available by request.




My friend's order, fish slices only with kueh tiaw soup. I appreciate the fish slices not overcooked, whereas my friend not. She grumbled the fish slices still like 30% raw.




My friend's friend came to join us later. Paid the bill about RM5X+ including two glasses of drinks. Price was acceptable, the friend's bowl cost RM25. If not mistaken, she asked for white pomfret fish. My verdict, I appreciate the freshness of the seafood but I won't crave for it because I always can get the freshest seafood in Sarawak. And I simply don't like the broth, it is too plain for me.


Map to B & Best Restaurant:


May 26, 2017

My Mount Kinabalu Climb on 21 May 2017 (Summit Climb)

On 21 May 2017, we had our supper around 2am. We were waiting for the appearance of our guide. After briefing, we started to climb at 2:46am. When I climbed the wooden stairs to Pendant Hut, I suddenly had the thought of "I cannot make it". Heart beat racing too fast and feeling giddy. I started to pray and told myself, I must make it to the peak.

There's a timeline, we have to reach Pondok Sayat-sayat before 5am. If failing to do so, you are not allowed to ascend. Every step I felt so burdened and tired. I had to stop and catch my breath because the thin air making me so sick. I coughed and burped. From Pendant Hut to Sayat-sayat Shelter, climbed wooden and mud stairs. It was steep and dark. After the heavy rain, the path became muddy and slippery.

I reached 7.0KM at 4:37am, there's still a short distance to reach Sayat-sayat Shelter. I tried to accelerate my speed, at last I reached the gate around 4:45am. I didn't have any strength to retrieve my handphone to take any photo. Just quickly got my water bottle refilled and gulped, watched the starry skyline then continued to ascend. I want to reach there before sunrise.




From Sayat-sayat Shelter, we have to climb with rope. It gets tougher and tougher. I made a few steps and rest, repeatedly. Until I saw the Donkey Ears Peak and Tunku Abdul Rahman Peak are on my right. My guide told me the sun is rising up. We were still quite far from the peak. Ok, I definitely not able to see the sunrise at the peak. So I stopped and captured the magnificent views. Time was 5:39am.








Reached this point at 5:50am. The sky was brighter after 10 minutes. My guide urged me to descend at 6:30am, but I was not even up to the peak yet.




Rest and enjoyed the view until 6:00am. This is the South Peak that appeared behind our new RM100 note and old RM1 note.






Reached my 8.0KM (3929M) mark at 6:01am.




At 6:04am, no sight of Low's Peak yet. Climbers have to hold and follow the rope at all time.




I got to see more climbers here, I'm reaching the 8.5KM mark.




Checked in 8.5KM(4008M) at 6:25am.




I walked in slow pace, Alexander Peak is on my left at time 6:35am.




Reached the base of Low Peak at 6:38am. My guide told me the descending is much harder than ascending. She asked me to use rope, but when I tried to hold the rope and climb. The path got so much challenging than not using it, ended up I just followed my guide's footstep.




Finally I made it to Low's Peak (4095.2M) at 7:02am. Thank God! The sense of achievement was so great!




From left to right: Alexander Peak, Diwali Pinnacles, and Victoria Peak. I hope I got the names right.




Views after descending from Low's Peak. It was so awesome! My guide started to introduce the peaks, and showed me the locations of Desa dairy farm, the resort, kampung, etc.




Even asked me to pose in front of St. John Peak and take picture for me. Haha.. I look so messy with my attire.




Then moved to the right side, the peak behind me is called "Ugly Sister".




Donkey Ears Peak. After the earthquake in 2015, the ears got shortened.




Tun Abdul Rahman Peak.




The rockfalls caused by the earthquake.




The white roof at the bottom is Laban Rata Rest House.




It's getting misty. Descending from summit was tough, I kept asking my guide how far is our distance still to Laban Rata. Her answer always "still far".




Summit climb starts from this gate here. Passed the gate at 9:14am, so happy I have completed the summit climb.




They are building new rest house. All the materials are transported by porters piece by piece.






Reached Laban Rata Rest House at 9:21am (time in my hp is more accurate). I had an hour for breakfast. After breakfast, we left Laban Rata around 10:30am. We have to reach Timpohon Gate before 4pm, otherwise we will have to pay the guide extra fee for the delay. 




Descending to Timpohon Gate is as tough as ascending to Laban Rata too. Ascending to Laban Rata, I could feel the unbearable fast heartbeat. While descending to Timpohon Gate, I could feel the knees and muscle aching intensely. The rain started to pour half way, and it got heavier and heavier. When I reached 2.5KM to Timpohon Gate, my guide told me I'll get there in 3 hours time because every of my step takes about 3 minutes. Looking at the time, I might reach Timpohon Gate after 4pm! That really triggered me to move fast. I moved real fast after that, I was so surprised that I can still move without feeling the pain on my knees. I didn't stop at any shelter along the way.

When I saw the stairs in front of Timpohon Gate, I felt so depressed. I got really fed up with staircase. Exerted up all my energy, at last I got here at 2:57pm.




The same driver, Mr. Basir came to pick us up. We had buffet lunch at Balsam Buffet Restaurant first before sending us back to hotel.

My coloured certificate. I am so proud of myself after this achievement. Ok, now I feel like I can do it again in the future. Hmm.. wait, must train hard first. Next plan, I decided to join marathon runs.





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