Archive for September, 2012

A first for me in KK, riding in a Disco taxi, the interior of the taxi ( Inova) was decked in crystals and mini chandeliers , and whenever the driver stepped on the breaks, the interior will lit up like a 70s disco hall ( not that I would know how a 70s disco hall looks like). Think something along the line of the taxi in the tv program cash cab. Try out these disco taxi  if you have the chance – the charges seemed to be the same for a similar sized un-diamond crusted  taxi. ( the driver told us that it cost him RM7000 for the decorations)

A contact told us about a famous Chinese restaurant somewhere in Tanjung Aru, but after going around in circles and many many phone calls between the taxi driver and the contact , the contact abandoned the idea and guide the driver to another location- that was how we ended up at Equatorial Restaurant. Mr Boss did the ordering so I hulur tangan and apologize first la, if there are any errors in the name of the dish or for any inaccuracies ..must include disclaimer one also mah

First up, four seasons, this was attacked joyously by all of us..

 Stir fried scallops with nuts- I find the scallops not that meaty so lacking the chewable texture when one chew on it. Taste wise- not bad

 Signature Tofu – umm..this was so-so lah, I would prefer it if the tofu had a firmer texture

 Steamed chicken –  this was said to be ‘kampung’ chicken and there were a lot of discussion and comments around the table that :  kampong chicken can’t be so fat/oily,  why the skin so yellow-ish ? I must say that the skin was thick and full of fat which would not be a characteristic associated with free range chicken..but anyway… There was one thing that resembled kampong chicken though- the meat, it was a bit tougher than the ayam- daging. And I think the flavour was more  ayam-ish compared to the regular ayam daging.

 For vegetable , Mr Boss had initially wanted Sabah vegetable, but the Captain told us that they didn’t have any good ones that night, so  we had spinach  in soup instead – this is what we usually call as spinach in superior broth ( siong thong yuen choy) ? the soup was not bad and the spinach were tender.

 Prawns- the body were coated in creamy sauce ( something mayo-ish) and the head was deep fried. The prawns were crunchy fresh and the sauce worked well with the prawns.

 Crocodile meat with ginger and onion- this was the first time I tasted crocodile meat, the texture was a cross between beef and chicken, which was rather nice really and the meat was delicious with the spring onions and ginger. I overheard Boss ordering this, so I was aware of what meat this was supposed to be, but some others weren’t so kaypor, so we had a bit of a quiz around the table, the hints include : it has four legs and a thick skin; it had sharp teeth ; it can make a nice and expensive handbag, it might eat you before you eat it. While writing this piece, I checked on the web for crocodile meat in Sabah and came across this article in Borneo Post that restaurants can serve wildlife meat if they have been issued a permit to do so, please click here to read more . In my search, I also found that there is a crocodile farm in Tuaran Sabah , you can read about it here : http://tuarancrocodilefarm.com/index.html

We had the Golden Pork knuckles but the team attacked the dish so ferociously that I didn’t have time to take a picture before the ravenous feeding..so sorry, no pictures of oink knuckles, taste wise not bad although the meat at the outer section of the knuckles were a bit dry and one had to dig deeper to get the succulent and juicy meat.

 Pomfret cooked in two ways- steamed and deep fried. The fish was a fair size and with the steamed style I find the meat a bit tough and a bit too fishy, I prefer the deep fried version which took away the fishiness flavour and the toughness of the meat.The bill plus beers and rice, came to a bit less than RM900. Overall an ok meal.

We were also provided with free dessert – coconut pudding – this was quite nice too ( sorry, also no pictures)

 

Location

Block C Lot 6,7,8 Ground Floor, Tanjung Aru Plaza, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Tel: 088-313399

A few days of working days plus one day of sightseeing in Kota Kinabalu, that sounded like a not bad deal huh ? … We stayed at Le Meredian, I was lucky to be given the room with the sea view and access to the sunset..

 One grouse about the hotel, the hotel took the usual environmental stand about the guest having a choice to reduce the laudering of towels and linens but hor..the funny thing is there is a card in  the key card slot bearing a ‘please do not remove’ sticker  meaning that even when the room is vacant, the power supply will still be running . Because of this, everytime I leave the room at the beginning of the day, I make sure that I turned off the TV, the airconditioner and the lights but to my dismay when I come back to the room at the end of the day,  , the air conditioner and lights were turn on and left on , by housekeeping …OOi !! why like that one ?

Ok..back to food…the first night in KK, there was an official dinner at Port View Seafood Restaurant, it was just a few minutes walk from the hotel..and at the foyer of the restaurant, I was spellbound by the ‘condominium’ of aquarium..walauweehhh

 And hmm…look at the price of these XXL tiger prawns..

 There were 13 of us, and we were told that it was a bit too tight to squeeze all of us into one table and so the group was  separated to two tables

 First up:  prawns.. plainly steamed…Hmm…these were fresh and sweet,,thank goodness for vastatin…

 Steamed fish….although so simple a dish, this was oh-la-la, the fish was fresh, fresh and fresh. This is so very good..steamed just right..and because there were only 6 of us at our table, everyone could get many helpings of  the fish . After the meal, we found out that this was parrot fish and it was at RM380 per kg and what you see below cost about RM500. ( seriously…after knowing the cost of the fish, most of us felt ‘sakit hati’..RM500 for a fish..you must be kidding! Mr Boss was not too happy that the person that ordered the dishes took such liberty in ordering such a pricey dish) 

 Lobster in wet butter sauce..i said a silent prayer for the vastatin… the lobster was  fleshy and the meat was succulent and crunchy, the wet butter sauce was creamy and worked well with the lobster. This was nice ( and cheaper than the fish..haha)

Stir fried kailan – finally, something that was guilt free, the kailan was stir fried with garlic. 

Beef with black pepper sauce- I wouldn’t have guessed that this was beef, i thought it was venison or maybe ostrich ..the meat was tender and just-nice-chewy…frankly..i am still not sure that was beef.

Fried beehoon – for fillers, we had fried bee hoon, which was pretty nice too

Overall, an enjoyable meal…plus beers and wines , the meal for the total two tables came to ~ RM3,100

 Location
  
Lot 18, Grd Flr, Anjung Samudera ( The Water Front),
Tun Fuad Stephans Road,
88000 Kota Kinabalu
Tel : 6088 221753, 242875

Being a weekend, the drive to Brickfields was a breeze.. we parked beside SMK Vivekananda ..yes.. it was a yellow line zone but since my makan kaki said that she will bear the costs for any summonses- should they find their way to my car’s windscreen… I was worry free..

My first impression of Legend was a bright and clean environment. We presented our Groupon voucher and was shown to our seat and presented with a menu. You can view the online menu by clicking here . Legend offers banana leaf rice, tosai and ala cart dishes as well.

 We were later presented with a Groupon prefixed menu. We decided to try the claypot seafood and the claypot fish. For drinks I opted for ginger tea while M ordered lime juice.

 This was the first time I had ginger tea- and I liked it, the aroma and the kick from the ginger was very refreshing and yet gave my tummy a warm and fuzzy feeling.

 While waiting for our claypots, i.e. nothing to do- we started to notice our surroundings. A table next to us was occupied by an Indian couple with a chubby ( and very mischievous looking ) boy –he was an energetic little fella, running and weaving his way through the tables and once even attempted to run with his eyes closed, his dad was chasing after him and feeding his pieces of tosai.   He looked about 7 or 8, I made funny faces at him whenever he passed our table. My efforts to be noticed by this little fella was rewarded when he stopped by our table, then patted my hand and pointed to the steel cup that he was holding and uttered ‘ this is very nice’ and continued with his running

While attempting to bond with that little fella, our claypots arrived.…

An hardboil egg perched daintily on the long grains of briyani rice. the set came with a pampadam, onion salad and a bowl of gravy. The portion is rather large for one and maybe not enough to be shared by two. 

 

One has to dig into the claypot  and turn the world upside down to revealed the goodies buried under the mass of fragrant and richly coloured rice

 Insulated by the claypot, it really took a long time for the rice to be cooled ..i was puffing away to reduce the temperature of each spoonful- which was a bit of a chore. I find the meat of the fish was rather dry and hard. The rice was richly flavoured and  after a while I think my tastebuds got lazy and the taste became rather one dimensional.

 From the company website, Legend has four  branches, two in Brickfields, and one each in PJ and Serdang.

Website : http://www.legendsclaypotbriyani.com/

Business hours 7am – 11pm daily

 Location :

No 50, Ground Floor,
Jalan Vivekanada,
Brickfields.