Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sabah Trip - Kota Kinabalu

Passing through passing through. Sorry fezzaboy but interrupt your tirade of Penang's delights a bit, k? *bow with clasp hands together*

Kota Kinabalu. A bustling city yet time seemed to move at a slower pace. Much slower. All of us been here before. My last time was in 2004. It was so dusty *cough*. Must be due to the massive ongoing constructions of new shopping complexes, new airport and last but not least new highways.

We did not climb Mount Kota Kinabalu. But we went to Kundasang, foothill of the mountain range.

Packed into a rented MPV, enjoyed the 2 hours slow drive up, breathed the cool air, snapped pictures, checked into a budget chalet (RM200 per night - all 7 squeezed in),

rushed off for another hour of driving hoping to disinfect and revitalise selves in hot spring pools, spent a cold but cosy night at the chalet, snapped more pictures and drove back to the city center.

Didn’t take any pictures at the Poring Hot Springs. We were in a rush. No mood to smile. We arrived late – an hour or so to 6pm closing time. (Regular dippers are there since morning and dip till every inch turns prune-y.) The individual pools for soaking took time to drain. Then it took even longer to fill up. We were an agitated bunch determined to make the most of the sulfur baths. Unfortunately our dip time was further shortened by the staff manning the center who threatened to close all changing rooms in a short while. *reminded self to breathe in breathe out breathe in breathe out* So we scrambled to wash and change. Why? Have you ever smell sulfur? In short, it was an evening of long tension-short bliss-long tension. *sigh* Oh if really curious how that place look like, hop over here. On other hand, hop over anyway. Satisfaction guaranteed but err.. do remember to come back once a while.


Foodwise, this was memorable. Good and just so happens to be the only real meal I remember to borrow friend's camera. Broke my own. *sigh*

Look at the promising scene. We have been here during previous trips and each time it was crowded.We waited almost 1/2 hour for a table. Luckily we did happy hour *hic* at The Waterfront . Mixed nuts can be filling. Note: Thank you but a lecture on how unhygienic those exposed "fingers" snacks are is not necessary. As a matter of fact, we were the first customers so we witnessed the opening of fresh new bags.

The 7 of us enjoyed steamed white rice with err the following:-

Uh-oh. Dishes are listed in Chinese. Bear with me. Once get translated, I'll update the actual names. So, anyone out there willing to help?

Stir-fried Greens with Minced GarlicPork RibsChicken Wings. Finger-licking! The super hot and sour chili sauce was good but not necessary.BeancurdSweet Sour Whole Prawns in Batter ('ku-lou-yok' style). My favourite dish of the night.SquidsBoiled Salted Vegetable SoupOur bill:-Location:- Hope these help ..

23 comments:

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Wow, that's a gorgeous picture of Mt Kinabalu and your chalet.

Judy said...

Oooh, looks so nice and best of all, so cheap. On the other hand, I don't know if I have the patience to wait for half an hour for a table. :)

Tummythoz said...

lyrical lemongrass, after such glorious UK trip gear still not shifted to work? Haha. Notice you are almost always first around d blogsphere.

judy, such patience somehow last longer when surrounded by a group of jokers (especially when a bit intoxicated). =P

MeiyeN said...

not bad, da price seems to be reasonable... da "sotong" wow..... yummy!

sc said...

the chalet looks beautiful..food looks good too, esp the chic wings!

babe_kl said...

so nice and yummy. sighh everyone seems to have gone for their holidays :(

team bsg said...

the food in this type of place tastes exactly as they look right ?
Original & Good ( & wild , we simply love them as we do the Northern lasses ) LOL !

KampungboyCitygal said...

thats really reasonable..drools over the chicken wing

Jackson said...

cheap cheap cheap!! i wan the chicken wings!! So envy u, alwiz go travel

Tummythoz said...

meiyen, other than the good texture it was not really memorable. Think it was kind of like tomyam taste.

sc, haha actually that's not the excat chalet we stayed. Ours a bit more less 'glamour' but still quite cosy.

babe_kl, when's yours?

team bsg, leaning a tad towards salty though.

kampungboycitygal & jackson. That was u-miss-u-regret item. Every table has a plate!

Big Boys Oven said...

Looks so deliciously and the price was reasonable.

wmw said...

The place nice...the chicken wings also nice. Hahahaha...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha im also banana..cant help u with the scribbles you posted lar..

sigh i also want to visit!

Tummythoz said...

big boys oven, taste oso thumbs up.

wmw, =)

NJoe, and what a fair banana you are! =>

celine said...

The chicken wings and the sweet sour prawns super yummylicious!

Christy said...

Oooo...why is everyone flying to KK these days and on vacation? I want one too:D

Fresh seafood..sweet sour prawns, if I were there that night, it'd definitely be my fave dish too...hehe, one of my pickyeats:)
The squid looks not bad too:D

Tummythoz said...

celine, oh yeah!

christy, because 'everyone can fly'-mah. =)

jason said...

Now that prawn dish is something that I wanted to try!

Tummythoz said...

jason, I must try see if any tai-chow here will do this upon request.

jason said...

Yeah hor... but let's hope they won't extra-charge us.

Ashley said...

pics are beautiful. lovely shots!
check out my Travel Blog:)

kaki.ayam said...

Hi,

We will be going on this coming March 2008. Also, is this Ang place within the city? Any phone numbers?

Any place of seafood to recommend? Semi Budget type?

Thanks.

Tummythoz said...

ashley, TQ *blushing*. Will be dropping by soon.

kaki.ayam, sadly me no have the phone number. Maybe try googling for the Kinabalu Daya Hotel or Ang's Hotel contact?

Suggest you hop over to Precious Pea's blog for some good recommendation. IMO, the price of seafood at KK has risen quite a lot these few years but still worth trying out those fish & clams not easily available here in Peninsula.

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