Cooking With Attitude at Lai Po Heen & Mandarin Grill MIGF 2013 Menu at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

The month of October is a month filled with gourmets and booze for all Malaysians. This month we have 2 big events where the whole month are celebrating the beer month Octoberfest and also the MIGF (Malaysian International Gourmet Festival). I am not going to talk about the Octoberfest. Here at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the 2 renown Chinese Master Chef Of Lai Po Heen Ricky Thein

and

Chef De Cuisine Reto Webber has prepared 2 sets of art of their own covering lunch and dinner respectively.  I had the opportunity to be invited to try out their dinner sets which I find it is worth every single cents spent for customers. Top notch quality ingredients alongside with MO famous hospitality service and classy ambiance are the top reason for checking them out for private or business function.

Upon arriving, I was greeted with welcome drinks which you can either go for alcoholic Cosmo cocktail or the fruit punch for those who are not into booze.

Cosmo cocktail

Fruit Punch

The Chinese sets were accompanied by Chocolate Pralines which the leaf shaped one are nutty based while the round one were mint based. It was not overly sweet and top quality cocoa were used to prepare this.

Let start off with the LAI PO HEEN FESTIVAL DINNER MENU.

Dinner set are Priced at RM298++ [Without Wine]

Chilled Honey Smoked Hokkaido Scallops with organic vege for as the starter.

The whole dish were crafted in a wine glass like those old school craftsmen that built a ship inside the bottle. The dish alone are too nice and beautiful to be eaten. The glass do not sit on the bamboo directly. It is actually elevated and is all down to kinetic force to support the glass via the bamboo opening.

The hokkaido scallop are of the premium grade and huge. Besides that it is sweet and smokey in flavour the honey glaze does help to seal the taste within and give a slight crisp on the surface.

Double Boiled “Mingmu” Fish Essence

A ginseng soup double boiled in black chicken, fish maw and baby cabbage. The soup are pretty clear in color and taste is not too dense. It is a well balanced soup that are nutritious for replenishing lost vitamins or minerals on your body.

Australian Deep Sea Abalone braised in superior oyster sauce, runny egg yolk quail egg garnished with stir fried cauliflower. The tender abalone are prepared to perfection by Chef Ricky which is his forte. Abalone itself is tasteless and require a superior sauce to bring out the best out of this precious ingredient. The runny yolk quail egg add some oomph on the abalone which made it even smoother and creamier. For those who are new to abalone, the sauce is the most precious as all the flavors from ingredients were absorbed into the sauce.

Green Lime Sorbet paired with the chocolate pralines above to end the Chinese set.

Home made buns with salted butter.

Char Grilled Australian Wagyu Sirloin MS10+ & Guinness Braised Beef Cheek Angelotti

Smoked celery puree, roasted red chicory and black truffle greets the Mandarin Grill guest with a bang. Tender and melt in your mouth level 10 marbling wagyu sirloin done medium are a perfect choice for steak lovers. With Chef Reto’s touch on the piece of top notch quality ingredient with a master wagyu title this dish went to another level. The black truffle alone is enough to flavour the whole plate and make you want for more. Chef Reto said, there are upcoming truffle steak in Mandarin Grill.

LAI PO HEEN FESTIVAL LUNCH MENU

RM198++ per person (without wine)

Double Boiled “Mingmu” Fish Essence
Ginseng, Black chicken, fish maw, baby cabbage

Australian Deep Sea Abalone
Braised in superior oyster sauce, quail egg, stir fried cauliflower

Blue River Prawn bedded on Silky Congee
Century Egg, ginger, crispy cracker, scallion

Sweet Cantonese Sensation
Bird’s nest with honey pear and aloe vera, black sesame & milk panna cotta, gold leaf

 

LAI PO HEEN FESTIVAL DINNER MENU

RM298++ per person (without wine)

Chilled Honey Smoked Hokkaido Scallops
Organic vegetables

Double Boiled Mingmu Fish Essence
Ginseng, black chicken, fish maw, baby cabbage

Australian Deep Sea Abalone
Braised in superior oyster sauce, quail egg, stir fried cauliflower

Green Lime Sherbet
Braised in superior oyster sauce, quail egg, stir fried cauliflower

Braised Angus Beef Short Rib
Black pepper, lotus roots, wild mushrooms

Live Lobster Bedded On Silky Congee
Century egg, ginger, crispy cracker, scallion

Sweet Cantonese Sensation
Bird’s nest with honey pear and aloe vera, black sesame & milk panna cotta, gold leaf

 

Mandarin Grill Festival Lunch Menu

RM195++ per person (without wine)

Appetizer

Red Mullet Fillet
Bouchon mussels, piquilo, olives, tempura fennel

OR

Wood Quail Terrine
Sauteed savoy cabbage, lamb lettuce, walnuts, grapes

 

MAIN COURSE

Bretagne Turbot Fillet “Sous-vide Style”
Confit pumpkin, green peas, morel mushroom, lobster fume

OR

Char-grilled Australian Grade 10 Marbling Master Wagyu & Guinness Braised Beef Cheek Angelotti
Smoked celery puree, roasted red chicory, black truffle

Chabichou Du Poitou
Yellow and red beets, clove scented grape seed oil

OR

Grand Cru Valrhona
Jivara poached chocolate pudding, guanaja sorbet, ivory chocolate raspberry mille feuille

 

Mandarin Grill Festival Dinner Menu

RM385++ per person (without wine)

Appetizer

Red Mullet Fillet
Bouchon mussels, piquilo, olives, tempura fennel

OR

Wood Quail Terrine
Sauteed savoy cabbage, lamb lettuce, walnuts, grapes

INTERMEDIATE

Roulade of Slow Roasted Duck Breast
Foie gras, Swiss chard, oven-dried figs, Barolo jus

 

MAIN COURSE

Bretagne Turbot Fillet “Sous-vide Style”
Confit pumpkin, green peas, morel mushroom, lobster fume

OR

Char-grilled Australian Grade 10 Marbling Master Wagyu & Guinness Braised Beef Cheek Angelotti
Smoked celery puree, roasted red chicory, black truffle

Chabichou Du Poitou
Yellow and red beets, clove scented grape seed oil

OR

Grand Cru Valrhona
Jivara poached chocolate pudding, guanaja sorbet, ivory chocolate raspberry mille feuille

 

For reservations, please contact LAI PO HEEN at +603-2179 8885 and MANDARIN GRILL at +603- 2179 8960

Fish Spa “Tagal” Sg. Moroli, Kg. Luanti Baru, Ranau, Sabah

Last Saturday, I was at Kundasang attending a photography workshop. After finish the shoot, we rush to the location immediately. Lucky enough we reach there on time before they pull down the gate. Located in Kampung Luanti, Ranau, 131 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu (2 hours and 40 minutes drive away); this fish massage ‘spa’ is managed by the Kampung Luanti JKK and lead by Mr. Jeffrin Majangki.

In the Local Kadazan Dusun dialect, ‘tagal’ means ‘no fishing’, and the main purpose of the ‘tagal’ is to preserve the environment as well as the ecosystem to benefit the future generation. ‘Ikan Pelian’ or Malaysian Mahseer comes from the family of Cyprinidae. These fishes are specifically trained by the villagers to perform the healing massage activities.

The fish massage is deemed to have a curative effect on those who suffers from psoriasis. Come to Kampung Luanti for regular fish massages and you will enjoy smoother and suppler skin – just like a baby’s bottom.

This is the entrance and car park area where you park your car there and then walk towards the river where you can buy snacks and drinks on a hot day. But when I was there, it is super cold! The temp is around 18 to 20C.

My photography master Manny Librodo, Myself, my good friend Chui and the gorgeous Emmerie Cunanan.

Before this trip, I have tested Kenko Fish Spa at Pavillion.

This is the normal one which we see at the shopping mall.

This is what you get here at Fish Spa “Tagal” Sg. Moroli, Kg. Luanti Baru, Ranau, Sabah.

Unlike the shopping mall version, all the fish here are wild type and live in fresh water. Some people ask is it hygiene? Why not? It is a fresh water river with water running all the time. Water are cold and fresh. All the fishes here are toothless. So there are no harm. If you are adventurous enough, you can try their full body version.

At first it is kinda ticklish but sometime a lil pain coz the fish suck too hard. You just need to move your leg and the fish will go away.

Operating Hour :

9am to 5pm Daily.

Entrance Fees :

RM5 for foot only (Malaysians and International)
RM10 for full body (Malaysians)
RM25 for full body (International)

Getting Here

Getting There

Transportation Fare
(one way)
Departure point Return Point Remarks*
Bus
(direction to Kundasang or Ranau)
KK to Ranau RM 15.00
(per person)Ranau to Kg. Luanti
RM 6.00
(per person)

 

TERMINAL BAS BANDARAYA (UTARA)City bus terminal (North)

Change bus in Ranau to Kg. Luanti

Beside the entrance of poring hot springChange bus in Ranau to KK KK – Ranau
7:30am-5:00pm
Ranau- Kg. Luanti7:00am-3:00pm
Taxi Approximate:1) RM 160 per taxi

2) RM 300 per taxi

 

1) Ranau taxi stand (next to Merdeka Field)2) Hotel · Take bus from Kg. Luanti to Ranau town.

· find a Taxi back to KK

Car rental From RM 180 and above per day per car · Car rental company· Hotel lobby for car rental service Refer to car rental list

RM12++ Really Good Value Lunch At Sanook Bistro Sports Bar Plaza Kelana Jaya

Out of so many bistro or bar, my personal favorite vote still goes to Sanook Plaza Kelana Jaya. The special part about this place is the relax environment and having reasonable priced drinks plus range of good foods. Normally when we visit bar, the whole environment gets smokey and you smell terrible after walk out. Here you smell lemon grass and fresh air at the alfresco outdoor.

The alfresco sitting area of Sanook.

A glass of Rosee Wine paired perfectly with their wood fire baked hand tossed thin crust peanut butter based HONEY LAMB Pizza.

Although I was invited a couple of times for review, I did return to do my signature MENU ATTACK on them where we order about 80% of their menu items. We shared among ourselves foodies hence allowing us to try the consistency and food quality under extreme pressure like this. It is not easy to cook everything on your menu on adhoc basis if you are not well prepared. We never announce our arrival. Here I give them thumbs up! They are able to bring it!

Last week I was invited by the Godfather which is the owner and also turned into my good friend that I visit him for a cup of tea whenever I go to Bangkok. He was actually hands on with his chef to come out the best crafted menu that brings quality and affordability to his patrons. I would say all the menu items for the set lunch were priced with minimal profit in mind. The whole idea is that he want to promote his foods to customers to return for more of his vast range of foods during dinner time.

Smokey Wing Khao Pad Khapit (Belacan Fried Rice With Fried Chicken Wings)

Hainanese Chicken Rice where you get a quarter chicken portion rather than the sorry ass few small bits normally. They don’t cut corners. Gals may share this portion and order extra bowl of rice base on my suggestion.

Authentic Thai Jasmine Rice. Just the rice alone I can clear a few bowls on its own. The rice are cook with the chicken stock that came while poaching the chickens.

Daily fresh prepared ginger and chilli mix.

The Hainanese Chicken Rice Set

Ayam Percik Vietcong Style

Malaysian BBQ Styled chicken topped with Vietnamese peanut sauce come with pilaf rice and acar rampai.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio Seafood with squid and tiger prawns

Vongole Clam Penne

Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo

Seafood Canton Sang Mee

A value priced equally good SANG HAR MEE with a smaller tiger prawns rather than fresh water prawns. For lunch, I don’t think you wanna spend RM50 for just a place of noodle right? Here are Sanook the taste remains but prawns were replaced with a more value priced version. With the current economy so bad, this is the best you can get at RM12++ with drinks and dessert! YES!! You hear it right! RM12++

Kung Poh Lou Shi Fun

Sanook Bistro and Sports Bar is located at :

C-06 Plaza Kelana Jaya, SS7/13A, Petaling Jaya 47301, Malaysia

Location Map : CLICK HERE

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch & dinner
(Saturday dinner & drinks only)

Lunch : 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner : 6:00pm – 11:00pm

‘Happy Hours’ starts 5:00pm
Party ‘til late

Website : http://www.sanooking.com

Promotions : http://sanooking.com/promotions.html

Fish Ball Breakfast at Restoran Kong Teck Sandakan

Sandakan for being a seafood town, access to all sort of seafoods are easy. One of the local favorite kopitiam here are famous for their breakfast made entirely from fish balls. The kopitiam is located next to a housing area and slightly outskirt from the town center.

Most of the customers here are locals and regulars to this place. The food are very healthy and a couple of varieties for you to rotate if you patron here daily.

Clear soup fish balls selections. The fish balls were made at the back of the store daily and the soup base are cooked using the fishes and pork bones.

Kolo mee like mince meats Hakka noodle. The noodle texture a bit soft compared to the springy wantan mee that I like. The minced meats were cooked with light seasonings and perfect to complement the tasteless noodles.

Look at the koey teow look sliced fish balls. They purposely slice the fish ball to koey teow look and then cook with prawn soup and then topped with some fried fish balls yong tau fu.

 

You can opt for curry soup base too which is kinda mild for my liking.

The springy fish ball noodle where you always get in KL are origin from here. The original are more springy as it is made purely from mackerel fish balls.  Since I got a bowl of fish ball soups as a sideline, I opt this dried version. Pork lards were added and I finish this bowl the fastest.

My fish ball soup mix sidelines.

Kedai Makan Kong Teck
Jalan Pak Tak, Mile 7
90000 Sandakan, Sabah
Tel:  016-826-4977

This food trip were organised and host by Four Points By Sheraton Sandakan.

Taste Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) Gala Night 2013

Last Friday the Taste MIGF is back, bigger and even more exciting. This spectacular MIGF 2013 preview event now stretches over three days and nights, during which the general public are invited go on a Super Gourmet Safari to sample Festival Menu tasting portions from each of the 28 Festival restaurants. The specially created Theatre of Cuisines is the stunning venue, within the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to witness the launching of this awesome event where it is a dream for many foodies (Food Bloggers) to attend. It was a 3 days event and Food lovers lucky enough to experience Taste MIGF 2012 know that they are in for another outstanding experience at the 2013 edition. The Taste MIGF concept is unique, with no counterpart within Malaysia, the region, and possibly the rest of the world. The basic premise is to give food lovers from all walks of life – not just a privileged few – ready access to the world of fine dining: one which is relaxed and enjoyable, without any of the fast-disappearing stuffy, starched-table-cloth era. And, additionally, where realistic and affordable prices are the norm.

Me and my photography sifu Jim Liaw (Jim Liaw Photography) who attend together with me for this grand event.

The Taste MIGF Super Gourmet Safari is the ideal introduction to premium dining for everyone. Malaysia’s finest restaurants each have a station in the brilliantly presented Theatre of Cuisines, and each offer taste samples from their actual Festival menus. The samples incidentally, are big enough to allow a full appreciation of the dish itself, yet small enough to ensure that all the restaurant offerings can be tried.

Live entertainment from concert bands, professional dancers and non-stop deejay music, together with a large dance floor, will provide a swinging party atmosphere.

The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival is the globally acknowledged, month-long event promoting premium dining to the nation and the world. This year’s theme is “Cool Chefs – Cooking With Attitude”, and is an exciting platform for the Festival’s brilliant Master Chefs to out- do themselves in fierce but friendly competition. Having witnessed ever-increasing success each year since its inception in 2001, MIGF is the region’s premier and most celebrated fine food event, and now officially a part of Tourism Malaysia’s “Fabulous Food 1Malaysia” initiative.

The festival basically are participated by 28 renowned restaurants in KL that are expert in serving their respective international and local cuisines. Range of fine foods, drinks and party filled up the night that bring you lots of joy to celebrate the exciting month ahead. Restaurants ranging from Italian, French, Chinese, Western, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese and many more filled up the hall with their finest creations to greet the customer. If you are looking forward to know what can you expect this year for MIGF menu, below is a long list that cover all the samples that will be serve month long on each respective’s restaurant. You can expect the best service and value from them when you visit them.

Arthur’s Bar & Grill – Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Lafite – Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Bunga Emas – The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur

Dynasty – Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Sagano – Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Five Sen5es – The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Prego & QBA – The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Seasonal Tastes – The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

Grill 582 – BEST WESTERN PREMIER Dua Sentral

Lai Po Heen – Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Mandarin Grill – Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Nook – Aloft KL Sentral

Samplings On The Fourteenth Restaurant – Berjaya Times Square Hotel KL

The Restaurant – TheClub, Saujana Resort KL

Tuscany Restaurant – Putrajaya Marriott Hotel & Spa

Midori Restaurant – Putrajaya Marriott Hotel & Spa

Blu Med – Blu Med Ristorantee Bar

Chakri Palace – Rotol Food – Chain (M) Sdn Bhd

Cuisine Gourmet By Nathalie – Nathalie Gourmet Studio

Kelantan Delights – Kelantan Delights Sdn Bhd

Kiraku Japanese Restaurant – Shaftsbury Capital Sdn Bhd

Marini’s On 57 – MontOro (M) Sdn Bhd

Minori – Multiple Reward Sdn Bhd

Nerovivo – TheNeroGroup

Tanzini – Sonata Vision Sdn Bhd

Ten Japanese Fine Dining – Sushi Train (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Tarbush Restaurant – Restoran Tarbush Delicacies Sdn Bhd

For More Details On Malaysian International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) Checkout :

www.tastemigf.com

or 

https://www.facebook.com/migf.com

Breakfast Eating Out in Sandakan, Lot No.8 at Bridge No.7 Sim Sim Water Village

Sim Sim water village is the place where you find all sorts of seafoods to eat. The settlement by the sea is been there for ages since early days Sandakan was formed. We had our dinner there the first night when we touch down in Sandakan and back again the next day morning for breakfast.

To find the place is just along one long stretch road.

All the location were marked base on which bridge number. In this case, this eatery is located at Bridge 8 which can be seen from the road.

This is the view from the roadside.

The kopitiam serve some dim sum which localised that suits the taste of the locals. Majority of their customers were locals more than tourist.

Braised chicken feet.

Mixed Fish Paste Ball Soup

This is basically Yong Tau Fu like breakfast. There are fresh fish paste and some wrapped with pig skin and then cook with clear soup. All the soup has a common base and cooked using the fishes.

Sandakan Chee Cheong Fun

The chee cheong fun here just use dark soya sauce and topped with fried shallots. However the flat noodle is not as smooth as the from Penang. The texture slightly rougher and thickness double the ones from Penang. The dark soya sauce are pretty sweet for my liking.

Beef Noodle

Basically you can choose your favorite noodle to go along with the beef briskets. The soup are slightly peppery and not as strong herbal taste compare to the one from KL. Normally beef briskets are cooked for a very long time and continuously cook since they start operating.

Sandakan Pei Tan Kau (Dumpling with pork and century egg)

The super star breakfast in Sandakan. It resembles a normal sui kau but it is packed with pork and century eggs were added.

Prawn Noodle

Curry Mee with yong taufu.

Sandakan Spring (Tan Kong Mee) Noodle with deep fried pork

Another super star of Sandakan breakfast that similar to wan tan mee with added fried nam yue pork. It is known as Spring noodle for its springy texture. I find that the noodle are not as springy as it claims. The nam yue pork is not as good compared to the one in Sandakan Central Market Food Court’s version.

Koey Teow Soup with Deep Fried Pork

This also similar to the one I reviewed at the Central Markets. This has Chinese Cruller added and is not that suitable to be added. Maybe I am pampered by tasting the best when I touch down on day 1 before trying this. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FAMOUS ORIGINAL HOME MADE KOEY TEOW WITH DEEP FRIED PORK

Fish head noodle

The fish are fresh and the soup are cooked with evaporated milk and salted vege. The fish used were either garoupa or marble goby since it is easily available here. This bowl of noodle if eat in KL, it would cost easily RM35 or not RM50 with the current market price.

Roast pork from Winky’s Dad butcher shop in the market.

The breakfast place basically do not have much pork dishes. Since Winky (Sheraton Event Manager) know that I am a pork lover, she brought her dad’s roast pork for us to try. It was good and juicy with a perfect lean and fats at the right proportion. Thanks again for letting us try.

Address :

Lot No.8 at Bridge No.7 Sim Sim Water Village
Jalan Sim Sim,
Sandakan, Sabah

* The trip were organised and hosted by Four Points By Sheraton Sandakan, Sabah.

Taste Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2013

 

Go On a Super Gourmet Safari!
Taste cuisines from all over the world on the Super Gourmet Safari. Enjoy delicious, tasting portions from Malaysia’s best restaurants as they gather in one amazing location – the specially created Theatre of Cuisines. Bring your family and friends. A live band adds to the carnival like atmosphere.All You Need Are Taste TokensTo go on the Super Gourmet Safari, all you need are Taste Tokens – valued at RM5 each and sold in booklets of 10. Purchase them at the venue on the day itself or buy them online in advance andenjoy a special 5% discount. Simply click the link to www.tastemigf.com or scan the QR code.Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September from 11.00am to 11.00pm Enjoy Epicure Lifestyle Workshops!
Celebrity Chef Wan will hold court at 11am on both days. Sign up for cooking demonstrations, wine appreciation and more. There will also be Hospitality Pavilions and a Playroom for children.Shop at the Epicure International Gourmet Village!Browse through an array of premium food, wine, beverages and cigars in the international Epicure Gourmet Village – a haven for all food lovers.

Friday, 6th September – 11.00am to 4.00pm and Festival Gala Launch (Special Preview);
Saturday 7th  and Sunday 8th  – 11.00am to 11.00pm

 

Rayong Thai by Thai Kopitiam at Taman Danau Desa Serving Cheap and Authentic Thai Cuisines

Lately I am into searching for affordable and good foods around KL Selangor area. Authentic Thai food are available around KL which I previously written which I recommend is Surisit at TTDI and Good Evening Bangkok 1 Utama. But you can afford to eat them daily. Now I am going to share with you a restaurant which I scouted yesterday located at Taman Danau Desa KL.

The place is known as Rayong Thai by Thai Kopitiam.

The place give you a very comfortable feel as if you are dining in Thailand. All the staffs are 100% Thai and able to speak reasonable English.

The place employ an open kitchen concept which you can see through their cooking place. There are actually have 2 kitchens in this restaurant. The front restaurant kitchen are used to fried Pad Thai, Fried rice and light dishes. The back kitchen is for the main course preparation that need more steps to cook.

Mango Salad

The mango salad here is a perfect choice to become your starter as the tangy and spicy flavor bring out the appetizer . The dried shrimp, fish sauce and the chilli powder are from the Thai good quality ones.

Thai Fish Cake

Go slow with this one. It indeed smell good when served. I ask you to go slow cause it is very hot as in the heat from the deep fried.

Pandan Chicken

Normally pandan chicken prepared by non pro will be dried. Here it retain the juiciness and moist.

Tomyam Gong

A must order to gauge the authenticity and how good is the Thai restaurant. Here they pass with flying color where their Tomyam Gong just cost RM11.90 for small portion that serves 2. There are squid, prawn and fish in it. The soup pack with plenty of punch and not just spicy taste. This is exactly what I had in Haadyai version that do not put coconut milk.

Clear Soup Tomyam Gong

Same like the original tomyam gong, this also a must try here at Rayong Thai. Some people like to original version but I like this one which origin from northern Thai.

Green Curry Chicken

This is the only dish that doesn’t up to my standard. I find it pretty mild and the curry not thick enough.

Steamed Sea Bass with lime juice and chilli.

The fish size are just perfect. This fish are ideal for 4 and a must try here. When I was there, I saw 75% of the customers order them. The fish is fresh and a hint of Thai Fish sauce is added.

Prawn Omelette

Thai Fried Rice Set with sunny side up egg and fried chicken. This is exactly the same style where you can get on the street of Thailand.

Water Chest Nut pudding.

Thai Mango Sticky Rice

Rayong Thai

19G Plaza Danau 2,
Jalan 4/109F Taman Danau Desa.
Tel: 03-79714201


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Dinner Eating Out In Sandakan, Restoran Seafood Sim Sim 88 at Sim Sim Water Village

The first night in Sandakan, I was introduced to the local famous tourist restaurant known as Restaurant Seafood Sim Sim 88. Being a place that renowned for seafood, this is a MUST try. The location is at a place called Sim Sim. Basically Sim Sim is an ocean settlement where all the peoples stay and make a living there.

Most of the people here open a seafood restaurant or coffee shop that sells breakfast.

The seafood restaurants here mostly are pork free. Since the seafood are so cheap and fresh why you still need pork?

We are sitting on some wooden huts that built on a wooden platform above the ocean. The place is non air conditioned and can get warm when not raining.

The place are clean and surrounded by the villagers day to day life ambiance.

 The look of the cashier counter and entrance.

Fresh live crabs and fishes tank.

Variety of fishes for you to choose to choose from. All these fishes are catch by small fishermans and then sold to the restaurants. All the fishes are fresh from the sea and not from breeding farm. Like chickens the free range chicken taste better as they had plenty of exercise in the wide ocean.

You just need to go to the tank and point your finger. They will catch and cook for you.

Bigger than my palm sized fresh oyster.

Huge lobster that gain a lot of attention. According to the locals this place price are slightly higher but still we find it reasonable for the quality and freshness.

For the starter we are having a steamed oyster. I know some of you may say this is wasted. You all would love it on tobasco sauce and lemon. But what to do? We need to try their specialty. I place the small sauce plate there to indicate the size of the oyster. The oyster are steamed with lime juice and birds eye chilli. It is juicy and flavorful.

Fried baby squid and tossed with black soya sauce.

I would say this is a good dish for a start and also for snacks. They are kinda chewy and the taste rely on the caramelized coating of the sauce that goes with it.

Deep Fried Salted Talang Fish and drenched on lime juice

Don’t judge by its look and attack a big bite on the fish. You will regret. This is not a piece of normal fried fish which normally it smells so good and you will cut a quarter and place it in your mouth. If you eat salted fish that way, you will turn speechless. I love the idea of pairing the salted fish with lime juice. Something to bring the kick out of the good quality salted fish.

Butter Prawns

Juicy and succulent prawns pan fried with butter sauce. Not to be missed.

Fried Sabah vegetable with egg

Steamed Sar Bak Clam with Ginger and garlic with birds eye chilli.

Kam Heong Crab

Kam Heong crab is one of the common style in preparing crabs. The kam heong sauce is normally a house specialty which each having different ingredient mix in it. Curry leaves, garlics, and chilli are the common ingredient in all kam heong sauce.

Steamed Red Snapper Fish in Teo Chew Style

The tangy and slightly spicy sauce steam with the fish are a good way to bring out the appetite. The fish also is good to be steamed with light superior soya sauce.

Honey Lamb Chop

Tender lamb chop prepared honey glazed and dark soya sauce. I always scare the lamb smell but here they prepare till the smell reduce to minimum.

Restoran Seafood Sim Sim 88

Bridge 8, Sim Sim Water Village,
Jalan Buli Sim-sim, Sandakan,
Sabah, East Malaysia
Official Travel and Tour :
For a tour to all these places, I would recommend you to contact :
Sepilok Jungle Resort Sdn Bhd – www.sepilokjungleresort.com (The nearest resort to Orangutan and Sun Bear Sanctuary)
Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure Sdn Bhd – www.stwadventure.com

Bilit Adventure Lodge, Kinabatangan River Tour
The person incharge for the 3 company above is the same which the Contact Person is:
Johnny Lim – 016-826 FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN

Just tell them you got the contact from www.foodpoi.com and you will get special offers or get more value for your tour.

* The trip were organised and hosted by Four Points By Sheraton Sandakan, Sabah.