The Taste Of Christmas in Sabah Malaysia

How special is this, the Christmas decoration in Sabah Malaysia

Hope the world have enjoy their Christmas Celebration. I’m sharing about how did i spend my Christmas in Sabah Malaysia during the CMCO moment. After Sabah election on last year, the covid outbreak cases increase daily. However, the local government is control very well and they have done a great job. This is the time for us to spend most of our time at home relax due to travel restrictions. It is kind of a life challenge to me.


Anyway, how did i spend my Christmas in Sabah Malaysia? Christmas decoration in Malaysia is very beautiful and i believe that Christmas is not all about party nor gift nor holidays, but it is all about Jesus. Also, it is a day of Jesus born as well as it is Jesus’s birthday. Do you agree?

On 20th December, it is our celebration for winter solstice. Not everyone will celebrate the winter solstice. Only Chinese people are celebrate winter solstice and we always sending our wish to friends and families such as Happy Winter Solstice. How do we celebrate winter solstice? We definately is Rice ball.

What is Rice Ball?

Rice ball 湯圓

According to the picture i took above, it is rice ball. Chinese is called Tang Yuan 湯圓. This is what exactly we eat during the winter solstice each year. We always eat Yam favor. It is more than a culture to celebrate this each year. Some chinese are not willing to eat rice ball, it is because they said if you eat rice ball, you will be old 1 years old. People prefer to stay younger forever, so they avoid eating rice ball. For me, i love to eat rice ball very much, especially is my Taiwan rice ball with tofu hua. That’s really delicious. Sometimes i eat the rice ball mix with red bean in Taiwan.

What did i eat during Winter Solstice and Christmas?

First dish was dry butter prawn dish. It is one of my favourite food in Malaysia. It is very crispy and taste deliciously. I had my dinner at Wong Kwok Chinese Restaurant in Suria Sabah Shopping centre. It’s cost around RM25. It is worth to try it.

Shanghai Style Braised Pork Knuckle Served W Mini Buns

This was my second dish prior to my order. This is one of the best dish what you should try it. This Called Shanghai Style Braised Pork Knuckle Served W Mini Buns. Actually this dishes is one of the Chinese New Year dishes. We eat this once in awhile. It taste very yummy and i love the sauce as well. It is very tasty and the meat is very soft. Love it and elder people would love it as well. Thus dishes come with Mini Buns. The buns is taste very delicious and very crispy. It is good to eat together with the meat. I ate this in Wong Kwok Restaurant as well and it’s cost me RM60. It is not expensive and it is very worth to try it.

BBQ Pork rice noodles

Final dishes is BBQ Pork Rice Noodles. This portion is really big and it is for 2 to 3 people portion, but of course it is not as big as Western portion. Their BBQ Pork Rice noodles is really very delicious and i love fat BBQ Pork meat. Their Rice noodles is very different with Australia one. This is more than Malaysian delight style. It cost around RM13. It is best to try while visiting Malaysia.

Continue the Christmas Decoration Shows

How beautiful is the Christmas decoration in Sabah. I took this beautiful Christmas decoration at Suria Sabah Shopping centre in Sabah Malaysia. It was my First time experience the Christmas that is very empty in the shop. It is very unusual, that nobody come out due to the COVID-19 outbreak panic. So it is very freedom for me to take a nice shot 😁

By the way, please feel free to contact me for any concern you may have.

To conclude, I hope that my travel blog will be impact your life. After read through my blog, you may feel like wow, it made me feel like i want to change my plan to travel now to exploring around the world. It will change your life forever and experience Lot of interesting culture around. Anyway, have a fruitful New Year 2021. God Bless! 😀

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Taste of Malaysia Cuisine

There are so many delicious Malaysian food in Kota Kinabalu Sabah that you should try when you visit in the future. I’m highly recommended for you to have a taste these delicious Malaysian cuisine. I will be listed with information in the following.

1) Rice Noodles Fish Soup

Rice Noodles Fish Soup

There are so many type of rice noodles fish soup in Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia. Some of them is Singaporean style and some of them is Malaysian style. It is the best to try Malaysian style in Malaysia. According to the picture above, i tried this Malaysian cuisine, the rice noodles fish soup in the Horizon Hotel Asian Restaurant at Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia. The taste is very delicious, and the taste is more like tomatoes soup which is very healthy. It is cost me around RM15. Some of the restaurant put the coconut milk which would be very milky. This portion is quite big and it is one person meals. I have been trying around the Malaysian cuisine and this is the only one rice noodles fish soup that i do highly recommended for you to have a try in the Horizon Hotel Asian Restaurant.

2) Dimsum

When you intend to travel to Kota Kinabalu Malaysia in the future, the best restaurant to have dimsum are Horizon Hotel Asian Restaurant, Wong Kwok Restaurant and the E-west restaurant. Both of their food is very delicious. I love the yam bun from the E-west restaurant and it’s cost around RM5.50 which is pretty cheap. The horizon hotel Asian Restaurant and Wong Kwok Restaurant dimsum are more crispy which i love it very much.

3) Black Bean Sauce Pork Ribs Noodle

I would highly recommended you to have a try this delicious breakies in Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia. They only have this breakies meal which will be come with a cup of coffee or tea. I had this breakies from the E-west restaurant as well. This breakfast cost is RM11, but if you requested a fried one like me shown in the picture woukd be RM13. The cheapest breakfast is RM10 which is also come with a cup of coffee or tea. They have breakfast such as BBQ Pork dry noodles, Sa Bo noodles, Yellow wine chicken noodles, Western breakies and many others delicious foodies.

4) Pork Ribs and Cream Butter Prawn Dish

This is the main dishes you have to try when you visit Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia. I had this foodies from the Wong Kwok Restaurant. It is located in the Suria Sabah Shopping Centre Ground level. They have a lot of dishes such as fried chicken, fried rice noodles, fried rice, Japanese tofu, Honey Chicken, Cream Butter Chicken, German Pork leg, Claypot Tofu and many other tasty food. I had try lot of different dishes and all of them are very yummy. I love to eat their Pork Ribs dishes and the Cream Butter Prawn dishes. The pork ribs dish is taste very crispy which i love it and the cream butter prawn is really creamy. Both of the dishes are very delicious and it is worth to have a try. The dishes cost around RM25 each dish but depend on which dish you order.

To conclude, make sure you try them when you visit in the future. It is taste very delicious. You will love it just like i do. Stay tune on my food tourism blog 🙂

Mandurah Foreshore

Have you heard of Mandurah Foreshore? Are you planning or thinking to explore around the Mandurah? Do you ever wandering what to do in Mandurah? You are in the right spot. I will describe about it.


General introduction of Mandurah Foreshore

Mandurah is one of the largest cities in Western Australia and it is part of Regional city. It is with a population of approximately 97,000, ahead of that of nearby Bunbury. With a relaxed holiday atmosphere, popular attractions and so much things to do. Mandurah is one a popular destination with locals and tourists alike. From the City of Perth to Mandurah is approximately 72 kilometres.

Mandurah is the perfect spot to spend the day and explore Peel and wider Western Australia. Staying in the heart of Mandurah has so much to offer couples and families. Mandurah has grown from what used to be a small seaside town to now a thriving city filled with restaurants, activities and adventure sports. Built-up around the Mandurah Foreshore, this waterside spot is the best and most central location to take in all Mandurah has to offer locals. It is the best place to adventure.

What to do in Mandurah Foreshore

1) DOLPHIN CRUISE THE CANAL

Boating and kayaking are the best in the foreshore to explore around the ocean and river as well as the beautiful houses on the water.

2) EXPERIENCE MANDURAH CUISINE

The most popular cuisine in Mandurah definitely is seafood. Come to this place always get seafood cuisine.

The best restaurant for seafood name called Cicerello. Most of the visitors purchase fish and chip in Cicerello restaurant. Cicerello’s Seafood Restaurant is the best place to enjoy fish and chips. It has done so for over 100 years and its restaurant is located in a great location. Besides, one can enjoy champagne, wine or beer while eating freshly caught seafood including crayfish, oysters, crabs and mussels at the water’s edge. The iconic Cicerello’s is known as Western Australia best seafood eatery offering a range of family friendly dining options on the water’s edge. With alfresco seating overlooking Mandurah’s Peel inlet, Cicerello’s succulent fish and chips are world renowned and not to be missed. Apart from that, you can choose from a wide array of treats from the cafe such as coffee, waffles, homemade gelato and cake.

3) CHRISTMAS IN MANDURAH

If you are planning a trip to Mandurah between December and January, make sure you book for a Mandurah Christmas Lights Cruise earlier. You can even hire an electric boat to cruise the area to see the waterside homes that decorate their elevation every year. That’s how local people celebrate Christmas in town.

4) Heritage Walk

5) Art Gallery

6) Playgrounds

Top foods and beverages must give a try in Taiwan

Pearl/Boba milk tea

Bubble tea also known as pearl milk teabubble milk tea or boba is a Taiwanese tea based drink invented in Tainan and Taichung in the 1980s. Recipes contain tea of some kind, flavours of milk and sugar optional. Toppings, known as “pearls”, such as chewy tapioca ball also known as pearls or boba, popping boba, fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly, sago and puddings are often added. Ice-blended versions are frozen and put into a blender, resulting in a slushy consistency. There are many varieties of the drink with a wide range of flavors. The two most popular varieties are black pearl milk tea and green pearl milk tea.

Taiwan Beef noodles soup

Beef noodles is one of the best local food taste in Taiwan. You can get beef noodles everywhere in Taiwan. Taiwan is said to be the home of beef noodle soup, and you’ll find the world’s most expensive bowl here in Taipei. But visitors don’t need to spend US$300 for a bowl, as there are beef noodle shops on practically every corner, with each serving their own special recipe. If you try only one food in Taiwan, then make it beef noodle soup.

Despite my love for Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup and how simple and iconic it is, recipes always seemed incredibly complicated and intimidating to me–making the broth, figuring out the balance of infinite spices, getting that tender beef–where do you start? It was just one of those foods where, when I wanted it, I went out and paid someone else to make it, or convinced myself that I was actually craving something else.

Pineapple cakes

Pineapple cake is a sweet traditional Taiwanese pastry containing butter, flour, egg, sugar and the pineapple jam or slices. These small shortcrust pastries filled with pineapple paste are the tastiest after-dinner treats that go perfectly with a cup of tea. There are many companies that make their own versions of the snack, but the most famous is probably Sunny Hills. These make a great souvenir, as they can be brought home on the plane to give their friend for surprising them. While pineapple cakes had historically been produced as a ceremonial food, a combination of governmental promotion and globalization popularized the pineapple cake. Pineapple cakes have become one of the top-selling souvenirs in Taiwan.

Dan Bing

Dan Bing is defined as Taiwanese egg crepe and it is one of the Taiwanese daily breakfast. Dan bing is a traditional Popular Taiwanese breakfast food that is usually sold by street vendors every morning. Since everyone is in a rush to get to work (sometimes waiting with their scooters running), the vendors have to be able to make every order to go super fast, and once you get the hang of it, you can make it pretty quickly at home, too! 

Basically, a dan bing is a thin crepe with an egg on top. There’s multiple variations; my favorite is just to mix a little sesame oil and a lot of chopped scallions into the egg. Feel free to try different fillings in the egg mixture (e.g. chopped ham, crumbled bacon, corn) or on top of the cooked egg before rolling it up (e.g. shredded cheese, rou song [pork floss], cilantro), but I wouldn’t put too much in because you want to make sure you can still roll it up easily. Soy paste and sweet chili sauce are the more traditional sauces, but you can also try oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, or even ketchup.  

Fan Tuan

Fan Tuan

Fan Tuan means the rice rolls and it is also one of the traditional breakfast in Taiwan. White sticky rice is packed down flat on the table and layered with the standard ingredients of pickled radish and mustard greens, chunks of braised egg, a bit of pork floss, and a crisp cruller. A cruller is deep-fried dough, like an elongated donut minus the sugar. They’re often eaten by themselves with a side of soy milk. For the purposes of the fan tuan, it’s fried twice and cut into bite-size pieces. Pork floss is dried meat, mashed so finely and dehydrated so that it has a texture of cotton. Egg is braised in soy sauce, which adds salty depth, and pickled radishes and mustard greens create a dimension of tartness. 

Glutinous rice is wrapped around your choice of fillings, such a fried egg, pork floss, and pickled mustard greens. The result is a dense, filling, and savory breakfast that will definitely get you through the day! 

Taiwanese Snow Ice

Mango Snow Ice

Taiwanese Snow Ice or Xue Hua Bing (雪花冰) is flavored ice with a milk base that is shaved razor thin. The ingredients are frozen into a block and then the Snow ice Shavers shave the block into tiny strips of “snow” that melt in your mouth!  Then you top it with whatever you want, fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, tapioca pearls, popping boba, grass jelly etc.

Taiwanese Snow ice is different than Snow Cones or Hawaiian Shaved Ice.  A lot of these use water (ice) and fruit flavored syrups while Taiwanese Snow Ice puts uses milk and puts the flavoring right into the ice block.  Taiwanese Snow Ice Shavers also uses a very sharp blade to shave the flavored ice really thin.  It’s called snow ice because of it’s fluffy consistency.

Taiwanese Style Sausages

Taiwanese Style Sausages

Taiwanese Style Sausages is one of the entree food in Taiwan. You can get from any night market in Taiwan as it is part of the street foodies as well. You can’t walk 10 feet at a Taipei night market without running into a sausage vendor that sometimes has five different types available.  The basic Taiwanese sausage has a slightly sweet taste with a beautiful crisped skin.  When you take a bite, the skin bursts filling your mouth with juice.  You can find everything from the mild to the wild with flavors including pig’s blood, squid ink, and even ones made with fish and little roe stuffed beneath the skin.  I’m rather partial to the plain sausage – haven’t worked up the nerve to try the fishy ones yet.

Papayas Milk

One of the popular Taiwanese drink that you’ll find street vendors selling is Papaya Milk.  It is kind of like a tropical papaya Smoothie or Shake.  One of my early childhood memories is of my parent took me to a street vendor (in Taiwan) and buying me for my first cup of Papaya Milk.

In Taiwan, there is two kind of papaya milk. One is a cane of papaya milk and another one is fresh papaya milk. The best options and best taste would be the fresh papaya milk.

Conclusion

For instances, if you are thinking of visit Taiwan one day, and don’t know what foodies and beverages to have a try, or you have been to Taiwan and never try of these food listed above, please do considered to have taking a try. You will never feel regret after get a taste as it is the best local foods to experience. Please don’t go to Taiwan for Western food as it is not the best way to do so as you could get Western food anywhere in your town.