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?
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.
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.
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 😁
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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! 😀
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
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.
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 🙂
In ancient China, every spring and autumn, the emperors would hold sacrifice ceremonies, Spring Festival Day, Autumn Festival Month, so some people say that the origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival should be derived from the autumn moon sacrifice ceremony.
In addition to the Moon God’s birthday, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also the birthday of the god of the earth, which is widely believed by the people. When the 15th coincides with the full moon, Chinese people often use the full moon to symbolize reunion, so many foreign wanderers will also take advantage of this day. Home and family reunion. The Moon, the protagonist of the Mid-Autumn Festival, is one of many ancient legends, and myths such as Chang’e Flying to the Moon, Wu Gang’s Attacking Gui, and Jade Rabbit Pounding Medicine are widely spread.
Change to the moon More than 4,000 years ago, there was a violent king in a poor country-Hou Yi. In order to be immortal, he found the elixir of life, but his wife Chang’e did not make people in poor countries suffer. Hou Yi’s long-term brutal rule, so he secretly swallowed these medicines. I didn’t expect Chang’e to fly lightly, and gradually flew to the moon, and lived in Guanghan Palace. From then on, Chang’e was revered as the moon God, And because the day of flying to the moon happened to be August 15th, posterity worshipped the Moon God on this day every year.
Wu Gang Fagui
According to legend, Wu Gang was originally a woodcutter who lived in the mortal world. Because he was obsessed with the way of becoming immortal all day long, he abandoned the righteous cause. The Emperor knew about this. The Emperor was very angry, so he was detained in the Moon Palace and told him “If you cut down the laurel tree, I will give you a spell.” So Wu Gang kept cutting down the laurel tree, but because the laurel tree would automatically heal, no matter how hard Wu Gang tried, he couldn’t cut it down.
The Legend of Jade Rabbit Making Medicine
There are three gods, who are transformed into three decent people, begging foxes, monkeys and rabbits for food, foxes and monkeys all take out food to help people, but only rabbits don’t have it, and then the rabbit tells the people “You eat me”, Jumped into the fire, and the gods were so touched, they sent the rabbit to Guanghan Palace to become a jade rabbit. After that, the jade rabbit accompanied Chang’e in the Guanghan Palace and made the medicine for longevity.
The custom of eating mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival was actually handed down from the Yuan Dynasty, and it was initiated by Berwin. At that time, the people of the Central Plains was ruled by the Yi tribe, so they decided to initiate an uprising against the rule of the Mongols. Suffering from the lack of channels, the clever Berwin spread the plague outside, asking everyone to buy mooncakes to eat to avoid disasters. When they opened the food, they found the “August 15th Night Uprising” note hidden in the mooncakes, and the people responded. In one fell swoop to overthrow the Mongolian rule, the custom of eating moon cakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival was passed down.
Rappefruit Since the pronunciation of grapefruit is the same as “Yoko”, it has auspicious meanings, and it is the abundant production period around the Mid-Autumn Festival, so it has become an inevitable fruit for the Mid-Autumn Festival. In the Yilan area, the quality of Dongshan’s Wendan pomelo is widely praised, juicy and delicious, and mouthwatering
On my upcoming blog, i will share with human being about the type of mooncake, the favour as well as how it taste like. Different country have a diferent type of mooncake. Stay tune world 🙂
Have you ever heard of Mandurah Dolphin cruises? Are you a dolphin lover? Do you love cruising? If yes, this will be the right spot for you. I am going to tell you about the top tourists attraction in Mandurah. Please feel free to follow me!
General introduction of Mandurah Dolphin cruises
Mandurah Cruises has been operating for 10 years.
Mandurah Dolphin cruises is not about Dolphin only. It is also about to explore the Mandurah’s beautiful waterways, watch dolphins play or catch amazing seafood which is your thrilling adventure awaits!
There are so many things to do in Mandurah, but a trip to the coastal city isn’t complete without a cruise. You can experience the best of Western Australia’s natural environment on a 1 hour, half-day or full-day marine adventure on board the dolphin cruises. If you are looking to witness the cheeky and playful dolphins that the region is famous for, you cannot just go past one of their dolphin tours. My knowledgeable and professional guides will make your dolphin experience unforgettable. They do have the package tours for fishing, crabbing or crayfishing adventure which is very worth to do it and best experience in the region of Mandurah. Sometimes they have some function going on at the Mandurah Foreshore such as Mandurah Festival Day, markets day, Christmas lights cruise etc…..by that moment, they will offer very special prices of cruising which would be much cheaper than usual fare. But before visiting there, please make sure they are still running the dolphin cruises as usual because sometimes when there is a festival going on, the cruises will be not operate on that day so it is best to check online or call them before hand. For a magical festivals experience, book early for the most famous Christmas Lights Cruise if you are going before Christmas. Every year, thousands head go to Mandurah to witness the spectacular canal lights’ display. It is an event not to be missed!
There are 4 cruises available in Mandurah. They are Dolphin Scenic cruises, dolphin adventure cruises, seafood adventure cruises as well as the Christmas lights cruises.
Dolphin Scenic Cruise
Mandurah’s famous canals are the perfect backdrop for dolphin spotting, bird watching and learning more about their unique and precious marine environment.
This is relaxing dolphin cruise through the calm waterways of the Mandurah Estuary which includes seeing Western Australia largest residential population of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins; exploring the region vast wetlands and their abundant birdlife, exploring the beautiful property around the river, viewing the heritage protected pioneer and cultural sites, live commentary from some of the Mandurah most experienced dolphin cruise guides and many more. While exploring, they will give you 10% off in their souvenir shop. Please note that this tour is not guarantees that you can see dolphin. This is depending on the weather and your luck. However, if you didn’t see any dolphin while cruising, they will give you 20% off for your next cruise booking.
This cruise tour would be cost approximately AUD$32 per adult and concession fare is cost AUD$25 per person. Children age between 5 and 12 years old is cost $18 per child. But if there is a festival going on, cost will be different. It is pretty good and worth to go for it. You should try it for once in a life time at least.
Dolphin Adventure Cruise
Before they welcome you onboard, they will let you read the cruising policies. When they about to reach the ocean side, they will ask you to remove your hat stuff before the boat start to increasing the speed. I love the high speed part. You will love it just i do.
Go on a wildlife adventure on their breathtaking Mandurah dolphin tour! Dolphin Adventure Cruise is a 1400hp safari vessel, the spirit of adventure is my home for this amazing 1.5 hour Mandurah dolphin tour with Dolphin Island Adventure. Mandurah is my other home to the largest residential population of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins in Western Australia, so it is guarantee that you’ll see the best world-famous friends or you can cruise again for free. On this adventurous Mandurah dolphin tour you will see the amazing dolphins up close as they show off their cheeky nature, playing and diving through the water around you.
You will learn everything you need to know about the Mandurah’s dolphins and the region with live commentary from their experienced and knowledgeable tour guides.
This bumpy boat is very costly but it is worth to go for a try once in awhile. To experience this, it cost $59 per adult as well as $25 per child age between 3-12 years old.
Seafood adventure cruise
I have never try this cruise tour and i would try in the future but all i know about their seafood adventure cruises is to catch and eat amazing seafood on their exhilarating seafood and fishing charters.
Mandurah is the seafood capital of Western Australia and Mandurah Cruises’ experienced guides know exactly where to find the finest delicacies of the region. You will enjoy one of their seafood and fishing charters to become part of the action.
By joining this tour group, you will catch your own world-famous Blue Swimmer Crab, pull up a crayfish and cast out for a Dhufish, Snapper, Samson or Baldchin Groper which is pretty cool. This tour is all about crab tours.
A seafood and fishing charter tour with Mandurah Cruises is adventurous, tasty and a unique experience to remember!
Are you a pizzas lover? Do you love Italian foods? The Metz is the best Italian restaurant in Tasmania. It is located in the Launceston Tasmania and it is located in the central Launceston on the corner of York & St John Streets. It is the restaurant that I never expected and experience before. The most popular food in the Metz Restaurant is Pizza.
When was my first day arrived to Launceston Tasmania, i was staying at the 2 bedroom apartment. I went to the Metz restaurant for my dinner on the same days. It took me for 20 minutes to walk all the way to the Metz cafes for my dinner. I was very surprise that this is the best Italian Restaurant in town.
This is a best Italian pasta that i never experience in my life. It is a very creamy and tasty. When i went there awhile ago, it cost me around $25 per pasta dishes. It is costly but worth to try once in awhile.
They really had create an experience with exceptional service combined with delicious food that has been locally sourced and carefully prepared by their team of passionate and creative chefs.
They have designed their space so I could relax, take a moment for myself or with friends to enjoy their great food and beverages.
This is their most popular dishes in the Metz Restaurant. The pizza that was on my hand is called Pollo Barbeque. It is cost $27. The taste was very delicious and crispy. What is on the pizzas? There is bbq sauce, pineapple, bacon, chicken, spanish onions as so on. I love it very much, especially is the delicious foodies.
The pizzas that on the dining table is a seafood pizzas. It cost $30 per dish. The taste pretty much like delicious seafood and very tasty which i love it. There is prawn, tomatoes sauce and squid. The taste is very different with other Western restaurant.
Lastly, i do highly recommended to have a try whenever you will be in the Launceston Tasmania. It was the best Italian Restaurant in Tassie.
Going to Kota Kinabalu Malaysia Sabah very soon? Gaya Street is the main street of the Market. Gaya street has lot of shops surround there and the most famous part is the Gaya Street Sunday Market. Sunday market is running in Gaya street on every Sunday morning from 6am until 12pm. It is the one of the top tourist attraction must be plan to have a visit. You will be experiencing with the local cultures, foodies, beverages, clothes etc….
Other than delicious snacks, sweet fruits, affordable textiles, and pretty handcrafting, there are also some extraordinary activities ongoing on Gaya Street that you can’t or barely see elsewhere.
Please note: Gaya Street starts around 7.00 am (only on Sunday) and reach its peak at 9.00 am, be sure to reach there as early as you can. If you are driving, the only thing to avoid traffic congestion is to go as early as possible. The jam always start around 7am, it is because the Sunday market is running on the main street which mean the street is blocking, that’s why the street is traffic after the road being close.
Regarding to the History of the Gaya Street, this is originally named Bond Street, Gaya Street is located in the Kota Kinabalu Central Business District has been the center of business for over a hundred years. The wooden shops with Nipah roofs are long gone but here is where generations-old family businesses are still thriving passed down from father to son.
On every Sunday morning, the length of Gaya Street is closed off to traffic to make way for the Fair, local families would gather in Gaya Street to buy their whole week necessities if not just wandering along the street and enjoy the morning walk.
The main Gaya Street consists of over-sized umbrella stalls stacking along the streets, and you would need to spend at least one hour in order to visit all the stalls. There are tons of merchandises being display along the street, from daily necessities to tourist’s favorite, so stick with them and learn more about Gaya Street and local cultures
You will be very hungry after exploring the street. There are also great restaurants on both sides of the streets selling local breakfast which definitely worth a try.
Traditional Malaysian Kuih-Muih
Regarding to the photo taken above, these are local Malaysia Kuih-muih made by the Malay people. Malay people is defined as Malaysia Muslim/Islamic people. But these are mostly Hakka’s people made it, very professional in making traditional pastries and being handed down for generations, few must-try pastries including – Pork Rice Dumpling, Green Bean Pastries, Pandan-Coconut Roll and Rainbow Layer Cake.
These traditional pastries are selling in a small portion, it enables you to pick a more different option and serves as a perfect treat while walking along the busy Sunday street. The kuih-muih is cost RM0.50 each which is very cheap and worth for a try.
First of all, Malay is defined as the Malaysian Muslim/Islamic people. Their cultures are very interesting and you should understand and get some knowledge about their culture. Regarding to the picture shown above, i was experience the Malay instrumental at the musical booth. It was remind me of the African culture. This drum pretty much similar with the African Drum.
In a gist, Malays are an Austronesian ethnic group and nation native to the Malay Peninsula, eastern Sumatra of Indonesia and coastal Borneo, as well as the smaller islands which lie between these locations — areas that are collectively known as the Malay world. These locations are today part of the nations of Brunei and Malaysia (two of the modern-Malay nation state), Indonesia, Singapore, and southern Thailand.
There is considerable genetic, linguistic, cultural, and social diversity among the many Malay subgroups, mainly due to hundreds of years of immigration and assimilation of various regional ethnicity and tribes within Maritime Southeast Asia. Historically, the Malay population is descended primarily from the earlier Malayic-speaking Austronesians and Austroasiatic tribes who founded several ancient maritime trading states and kingdoms, notably Brunei, Kedah, Langkasuka, Gangga Negara, Chi Tu, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pahang, Melayu and Srivijaya.
Malaysia has a rich cultural life, much of which revolves around the traditional festivities of its diverse population. The major Muslim holidays are Hari Raya Puasa (“Holiday of Fasting”), or Aidilfitri, to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and Hari Raya Haji (“Holiday of the Pilgrimage”), or Aidiladha, to celebrate the culmination of the season of pilgrimage to mecca. Buddhists honour the life of the Buddha on Hari Wesak (“Wesak Day”), and Chinese Malaysians celebrate Chinese New Year. Deepavali, a Hindu festival of lights spanning several days, is observed by many Indian Malaysians, while Christmas is the principal holiday of the Christian Community. On most of these holidays, it is customary to host an “open house,” where guests are treated to Malaysian delicacies and hospitality. A holiday that spans all ethnic groups and religions is Hari Kebangsaan (National Day), a celebration of Malaysia’s independence on August 31.
I also want to clarify sport of Malaysia. Sports in Malaysia are a mixture of traditional and Western games. From the mid-19th century, British expatriates introduced soccer, cricket, events, and rugby to the peninsula; they formed a number of clubs and organized competitions. The Malaysia Cup (formerly the H.M.S. Malaya Cup), first contested in 1921, is the country’s premier football competition.
Traditional sports also enjoy local popularity. Top-spinning (main gasing) competitions are seriously contested, with winning tops often spinning for well over an hour. In some areas, top spinning is not merely a random pastime but is associated with the agricultural cycle. Kite flying also is a favourite activity, as are bird-singing contests, which may feature hundreds of birds, all with unique songs. Sepak takraw (“kick ball”) is a uniquely Southeast Asian game (now played in other regions) that is similar to volleyball but is played with a woven rattan ball and without using the hands. The sport is internationally competitive, and Malaysia has fronted winning teams.
This is Malay Gongs. It is one of their traditional music instrument. When it comes to souvenirs, you can consider buying these local handcrafts that strongly emphasize the art of Borneo which includes – Rafflesia, Gong & Seruling (a musical instruments), and Proboscis Monkey. Some stalls even offer custom handmade on the spot service if you willing to pay more for the exclusiveness.
Today, the Malays, Malaysia’s largest ethnic group, make up more than 50% of the population. In Malaysia, the term Malay refers to a person who practices Islam and Malay traditions, speaks the Malay language and whose ancestors are Malays. Their conversion to Islam from Hindustan and Theravada Buddhism began in the 1400s, largely influenced by the decision of the royal court of Melaka. The Malays are known for their gentle mannerism and rich arts heritage. Traditional Malay dance in Malaysia can be classified into 3 primarily categories. Court Dance, Folk Dance of the West Malaysia and East Malaysia are widely practiced in Malaysia.
Court Dance started as entertainment for the Royal Households of Malaysia. The style is very graceful and the movements are slow, sustained and controlled. Most of the Court dances begin in seated position then slowly to a kneeling or standing position. Such dances used to be performed for the public in many places. As for Folk Dance, these dances are always associated with joyous occasions for the community. Folk Dance is popular but the origins are unclear. Most of the dances use hand-held props that are easily recognisable. Some of these dances can be traced to animistic beliefs and rituals. Since the 15th century, Malaysia had tremendous influx of traders and missionaries that brought with them their own culture, tradition and beliefs. Folk Dance is quite alive in eastern Malaysia. These dances are simply yet beautiful. The style appears to be without tensions or muscular action and fairly relaxed. The dance movement often depicts nature, life in jungle, movement of birds and others. The major differences of Folk Dances in East and West are the dancers, musicians and musical instruments. Dancer’s costumes are very ornate and often with an elaborate headgear and other accessories in the East. Primarily a 4 stringed, elongated guitar for the Sarawakian Dance and the Kulintantan for the Sabahan Dance. These instruments are mostly handmade and very artistic. They are many Malay Dances; Joget, Silat and Dikir Barat are some examples.
Traditional Malay Herb & Medicines
The herbal roots and fungus are originated from the local state while medicines in fine packaging are imported from Indonesia, they don’t smell bad at all and in fact, some Malay even suggests that these traditional medicines are actually efficacious and use broadly in their daily life. Among Malay Ladies, there is also a special beverage called “Jamu” (yellowish color, a strong galangal brew) that they would consume daily which is said to be a very good natural remedy for beauty.
Apart from Herbal Medicines, Gaya Street also a bargain paradise when it comes to hunting for fashion and textiles. The best selling item would be the colorful pattern of batik scarfs which is the best symbol to proves that you had been to Malaysia. Don’t be surprised if you happen to stumble across someone who actually wears similar like you in Gaya Street because it just shows that you both practically have the same taste!
You might see it as a normal calligraphy master in the street, then how about if we tell you that he’s a pure Indian with a Chinese name? Yes, his name is Huang Poh Lo aka N.Poolohgasingam (N.Polo) the man below the wind and very into Chinese & Shah-Rumi Al-Arabia Calligraphy. You can pinpoint his stall within the Gaya Street and request him to custom write specific word characters (different sizes) at a little extra charge.
If you would like to buy his book marky, it would be charge RM5 each only which is good and billion.
For extra info about the market, who needs a visit to high-end massage parlor when you can actually get a cheaper one in Gaya Street? They actually consist of Malay and Filipinos who are expert in performing simple neck/foot massage to visitors across the street. Based by the locals, this massage service is operating every day and available all day long at a specific area around Gaya Street, so walk around the street and ask those locals if you really in need of some great massage!
Gaya Street Vegetable Market
Gaya Street situated behind shop row is known as the Sabahan Paradise – a vegetable market which sustains the local needs on vegetable, fruits, and spices throughout the whole week. This is the place where local people would gather and do their grocery shopping since the product is fresh and naturally grown by local farmers. Some interesting yet never seen before vegetable and fruit are also available in this market, you might need to ask the store owner for the proper usage regarding it.
Wild vegetables and roots could be real delicacies provided if you know the correct way to cook and preparing it while Sabah indigenous are categorized as one of them. Akar Wali – has a rattan-like brownish appearance, its stem can be used to boil with water and serve as a drink which is effective on controlling diabetes.
Borneo Premium Rice
One of the most iconic food that you must try while traveling in Sabah is none other than the Borneo Bario Rice which has different types of grains and colors. This famed rice is as precious as gold for local farmers that they would rather sell for extra income instead of serving it on their own plate, the grain is in perfect size which known to be as delicious as the Japanese Pearl Rice.
For instance, I do recommended to those whoever never visit Kota Kinabalu Malaysia Sabah, you must visit this Gaya Street Sunday Market during your visit one day. It is one of the best market and it is worth to go to explore. Make it like 2 hours explore around as it would be very crowded. For those who have been there, what the best experience you gain 🙂
Bubble tea also known as pearl milk tea, bubble 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 ballalso 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 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 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 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
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 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.
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.
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.
Dolphin discovery centre is located in Koombana Bay Bunbury WA and it is a top tourist attractions in Bunbury Western Australia. This attraction is for tourist to have premier wild dolphin experience. They have a good facilities such as cafe and restaurant. Their food are yummy and I do recommended for a taste. They do have 4 tours market. These tours are interaction zone, interpretive centre, Dolphin Eco Cruises and swim with the dolphins.
Firstly, interaction zone with so many dolphins living along the coast, Bunbury and Koombana Bay offer the perfect opportunity for dolphins and humans to meet and interact. The Interaction Zone has been designated as a special dolphin protection area for this very purpose. Under strict license conditions set out by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (BDCA), the Centre has been able to offer a unique interactive experience on the beach right in front of the Centre since 1989. Dolphin Volunteers have been trained to ensure the interaction guidelines are followed and they will always be present on the beach to answer your questions and manage the interaction should dolphins visit the Zone. Naturally, being a wild animal there is no set time, however, the most common visit times are in the mornings of the warmer months between 8 am – 12 noon! Therefore, there is no ticket or booking requires!
Secondly, interpretive centre is the aquarium where will give the tourists to experience the local marine environment. Also, there is a feeding program. All age groups are welcome to participate with interpretive centre. However, there is $18 per person for the admission fees. There is an option of package with the dolphin eco cruises. Please take note that 3 years old and below are free of charge.
Thirdly, the Dolphin Discovery Centre’s Dolphin Eco Cruise is for 90 minutes within Koombana Bay. Centre’s vessel provides an excellent viewing platform designed to get you as close as possible to the dolphins – without getting your feet wet! The team will introduce you to their local Bottlenose Dolphins as they interact in their natural environment. Many of the Dolphins seen on the cruise call Koombana Bay their home. They can be seen frolicking, playing, sleeping and feeding during the cruise. The informative commentary from the skipper will keep you updated throughout. This tour is running daily for 12pm noon scheduled! The cost fees will be $54 per person. I do highly recommended for you as a tourist to go for a tour and experience Dolphin eco cruises. $54 fares included for you to learn more about the Dolphin genders, surfing, food they eat etc…..The best day to go will be between October and May. Please try to avoid cold or raining season due to the horrible weather.
Lastly, I do highly recommended for swim with the dolphins for an intimate swim with wild dolphins in their natural environment. This tour is the most popular and exhilarating experience. Visitors are given the opportunity to swim with the wild Bottlenose Dolphins in their own environment. Accompanied by my experienced guide and trained volunteers you will venture into the open waters of Koombana Bay. Depending on dolphin sightings you will be guided into the water where the dolphins may elect to initiate interaction with the swimmers. As they are wild dolphins, interaction cannot be guaranteed. This tour is only available between November – April. Always running at 8am sharps. Regarding to the prices, swimmers will be cost $165 per person, Observers cost $85 per person.
History of Dolphin Discovery Centre
During the mid 1960s, local resident Mrs Evelyn Smith began feeding the dolphins from a small jetty near her home on the Leschenault Inlet (directly south of the Discovery Centre). However, it wasn’t until 1989 that a dolphin specialist was hired by the newly established Bunbury Dolphin Trust to continue this tradition and begin feeding and studying the local dolphins of Koombana Bay.
From this work came the establishment of the Interaction Zone in 1990 and the Dolphin Discovery Centre in 1994 to allow tourists and members of the community to interact, understand and enjoy the group of five to six dolphins that regularly visit this Zone. We don’t clearly understand why the dolphins continue to visit the Zone today, however, research suggests that the small amount of food they receive as a reward for their visit is not the only attraction. There are many dolphins that visit the Zone regularly that do not receive any fish and many of them stay for extended periods of time for interaction with the human visitors. Sick and injured dolphins also treat the beach as a haven, with some repeatedly visiting during periods of illness or injury. A weekly dolphin visitation chart is maintained on site as a guide for people who visit the Centre. The Dolphin Discovery Centre will continue to grow and increase its resources to further make its mark on the tourism industry and to continue to care and conserve the Koombana Bay dolphins.
How to get to the Dolphin Discovery Centre?
Well, this is depend on where are you coming down from. If you are coming down from Perth airport, you will need to book for the South West Coachlines buses from airport to the Bunbury Bus Station. It will takes for about 3 hours to get to Bunbury. If you are coming down from Perth City, there is two public transportation go to Bunbury. They are Australind train line and the South West Coachline buses. The pickup point for the buses will be at Elizabeth Quay Bus Station. It will takes for 4 hours to get there from Perth. After you arrive the Bunbury Bus Station, it will take you for a walk to Dolphin Discovery Centre for about 15 to 20 minutes walk. Buses is strongly recommended as the distance to the DDC is pretty closely. For the train line, it will takes for 2 hours to get to Bunbury which is very good and fast but there is a distance to the centre so you will need to take the bus to get to the centre from Bunbury train station if you catch train line down. Train line is much cheaper than buses. This will be up to your preference. Go for a visit and Enjoy yourself!!