Nice Food in Kota Kinabalu: 5 Dishes You Have to Try During Your Visit

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Sabah is known for being close to nature. This state in Malaysia has many of the must-see national parks, forest reserve, and pristine waters. Visiting its capital city, Kota Kinabalu, will bring you close to the best attractions in the entire state. Because of the diversions and natural resources, it comes as no surprise that you will find a lot of healthy and excellent food in Kota Kinabalu. The food in the capital city is truly Southeast Asian. If you are planning to visit Sabah or Kota Kinabalu in particular, here are some of the local dishes you should not dare miss:noodles_SangNyukMien2

  1. Sang Nyuk Mian

The first on the list is nothing but the signature food of the city. Also called as the Sabah Pork noodle, this meal is eaten by serving the thinly sliced pork on top of the noodle. Although it literally means raw pork noodle, they will not serve you raw meat. It just means that the meat is freshly served to you. You can even find Chinese coffee shops that let you taste Sang Nyuk Mian the Chinese style. They will serve you a bowl of noodles and a separate bowl of pork broth that has pork slices and liver. You can also request for vegetables if you want a healthier meal.Chilli-crab

  1. Chilli crabs

For those who are not huge fans of meat, you can find lots of restaurants offering fresh seafood all over the city. After all, your travel to Sabah will not be complete without tasting their seafood. The good thing about their seafood is that they are decently priced. There is a variety of seafood dishes to try, like the huge buttered prawns and calamari but nothing beats the crab in Sabah. This dish will satisfy even those who are on a tight budget because they are big yet cheap. At night, you can find street stalls selling grilled seafood.

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  1. Ngau Chap

Just like the Sang Nyuk Mian, Ngau Chap (or Ngiu Chap) is a serving of noodles topped with meat. But instead of pork, the Sabahans will serve you beef mixed with organs like tendon, liver, and heart. This hearty meal is usually served in thick broth and can be topped with chunks of radish.malaysian-laksa-78650-1

  1. Laksa

This dish is very popular not just in Malaysia but also in its neighboring Asian countries. Laksa is food resulted from the combination of Malay, Indian, and Chinese cultures. Do not be surprised to see Sabahans eating laksa for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Almost everyone eats this meal. This flavorful dish is a concoction of rice noodles, laksa leaves, coconut, lemongrass, all served in spicy broth. If you prefer something tastier, you can add more curry. You can also add some beef balls and tripe. It is best eaten when topped with herbs like green onions and cilantro.vegan-coconut-pudding-2

  1. Coconut Pudding

Because of its tropical climate, it’s normal to see an abundance of coconut trees all over Kota Kinabalu. It comes as no surprise that coconut is a favorite ingredient not just in the city but in Malaysia itself. So for the best dessert, we will not go far; but instead suggest what is ample in the country: coconuts! This dessert is done by boiling the coconut water from the young coconut and adding some agar powder into it. There are already variations in the preparation of this dessert, but it is mostly served in the open coconut itself.

Tasty is one word that best describes Kota Kinabalu’s cuisine. Sabahans are fond of eating noodles that are great as comfort foods. They also have flavorful meat and seafood that will whet anyone’s appetite. As you may have noticed, Sabahan food is rich in herbs and spices. While they serve meat, they keep it healthy by adding some herbs or vegetables in the dish. When you are in Kota Kinabalu, go ahead and try these dishes!

What You Need to Know About Slow Juicer For a Healthier You

TNowadays, people have become more concerned with their lifestyle considering the many external factors which may affect their well-being. Stress, pollution, and the imminent threat of many diseases play a significant factor as to why people are switching to the healthier lifestyle. Exercise is a constant variable in the equation to achieving the healthier you but so is proper diet.

Fruits and vegetables are automatically associated with healthy diet. This isn’t surprising, though, considering that these are Mother Nature’s gifts in making us healthy and active. However, not every one of us is interested in eating fruits and vegetables to take advantage of their benefits. Their taste is one of the biggest factors as to why this is, but thanks to technology, this should be ticked off our list of worries.1

The slow juicer is one of the best options if you intend to easily incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. This device has many great benefits such as:

  • Slow juicers are intended to process or juice your food in a cellular level. This means that once this machine handles your fruits and vegetables, your body would no longer take that much time to digest them considering that you ingested them in its cellular form.
  • It allows the vitamins and minerals of the fruits and vegetables to get into your system in no time. Further, slow juicing has been proven to aid the cleaning of the liver. Once juiced vegetables get into our blood stream, this may assist in helping our liver to clean and detoxify considering that the minerals and vitamins support its cleaning process.
  • Better digestion and clearer skin may also be expected from slow juicing as these are all effects of ingesting nutritious food. The following are two of the most common types of the slow juicer and are all widely available in Malaysia:2

– Single Gear Slow Juicer This kind of juicer which works at a slow speed of at least 80 to 120 RPM. This is useful in tearing up the food in its cellular level. This type of juicer prevents oxidation thus allowing the preservation of the food enzymes.

– Twin Gear Slow Juicer This kind of juicer which uses a combination of grinding, crushing and pounding the food to extract the food enzymes. It works at about 160 RPM and produces superior quality of juice

Both of these types of slow juicer may be availed in Malaysia for around RM 200-250 to RM 5,000 depending on the brand, type, and additional specifications which fit your needs. So what are you waiting for? Buy a slow juicer in Malaysia to enjoy its many benefits and to get the body and health you’ve been dreaming of.

5 Essential Food Policies You Should Know About Setting Up A Food Business In Malaysia

business+owner+fbaIf you are planning to set up your own restaurant or eatery in Malaysia, you need to be fully aware of the rules and regulations imposed by the national government. Put forth by the Food Safety and Quality Division of the country’s Ministry of Health, all the regulations must be strictly followed if you want to keep your permit to engage in a food-based business. Some of the most important of these regulations are discussed below.food-business-bangalore

  1. All food handlers should have undergone training and are medically examined and vaccinated. This is the very first step you should take once you are ready to launch the business. See to it that the educational background of all your food handlers is vetted and true. When seeking employees, let it be known to applicants that an updated medical clearance is of utmost importance to you.
  2. There should be an adequate source of potable water as well as a clean water storage system. Government inspectors will check if your business establishment has all the necessary equipment to keep the water you use clean and uncontaminated. The general rule is that you should have storage tanks that are regularly treated with chlorine before the water is dispensed into the restaurant.
  3. There should be a suitable storeroom for raw food materials, processed food, and other ingredients. An important requirement from the government is that your storage for raw food materials should be separate from your storage for processed ingredients. This can be easily accomplished by compartmentalizing your storage room. Set up markers to ensure that raw materials are always separate from processed ingredients.
  4. Meat, fish and poultry products should be stored and cooked at the right temperatures. You need to get a flyer from the Ministry of Health that shows the various recommended temperatures. For instance, raw meat and fish should always be stored at 18 degrees Celsius. That said, you need a large freezer with temperature settings that you can easily control.
  5. The kitchen should be free from rubbish, pest, dirt, soot, ashes, and cobwebs. The cleanliness of the kitchen is the first thing that health inspectors check when they make their rounds. Aside from overall cleanliness, make sure that you have trash bins, floor mops, and pest sprays stored in a proper section of the kitchen. In some instances, inspectors want to know where you throw away your kitchen wastes so make sure that you have an answer.img4-d0518b1b60

To keep a good record in the country’s Ministry of Health, it’s essential that you follow all of the regulations mentioned above. If you break any of them, you could get your business permit revoked. In this case, it can take weeks or even months to get your permit back.  For additional information on food safety in Malaysia, it’s advisable that you seek assistance from the Food Safety and Quality Division of the Ministry of Health.

 5 Spots for Dinner Outs in Kota Kinabalu You Just Cannot Miss

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Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is a melting pot of cultures. This is due to the many ethnic groups that call Sabah their home, including Malays, Kadazan Dusuns, Muruts, Bajaus, Chinese, and many more. Their influences contribute to the rich heritage that has shaped Kota Kinabalu, or KK as many call it. Nowhere is this heritage more evident than in the food available here.

Just like other cities in Malaysia, eateries in KK remain open late into the night, and you’ll find food very easily. These are just some of the places you can visit for dinner in the city:little-italy-24

Little Italy

 

On the ground floor of hotel Capital in Jalan Haji Saman is Little Italy, which many diners claim is the best Italian restaurant outside Italy. They have some of the best pizzas and spaghetti in Sabah, made from the most authentic and freshest ingredients. There are no shortcuts or localized dishes here, and  only fully Italian recipes are served. Their location near Suria Sabah makes them very accessible, and your shouldn’t let up the chance to try their various ravioli.img_3085

Yu Hing Restaurant

 

If you’re a noodle fan, don’t let this chance to try their signature Beaufort Noodles – springy yellow noodles stir fried with fresh leafy greens and pork.  Patrons come from far and wide just for a taste of this noodle dish, and many agree that you shouldn’t be fooled by how simple it looks.p1120591

Archie De Corner

 

Located inside a shop called Kedai Kopi KS, Archie D corner is a western food stall that sells the best pork chop in town. Apart from that, they also serve fish fillet, chicken chop, and pork belly. They are popular because of their generous portions and fairly affordable prices. All cuts of meat are served with a side of mixed vegetables, fries, and baked beans. Definitely a western restaurant in Kota Kinabalu you don’t want to miss.

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Salut Seafood Restaurant

 

Being so near to the sea, KK enjoys an abundance of seafood, and you can find the cream of the crop here at Salut Seafood.Located within a seafront prawn farm, you’ll be able to dine not just on prawns, but crabs, shellfish, squid, and fish too. The dishes are cooked to your taste in butter, sweet and sour sauce, tomyam, ginger or any other style you prefer.tambayan-at-kainang-filipino-beverly-hills-branch-620x350

Tambayan at Kainang

 

Since KK is near the Philippines, you’ll no doubt find several Filipino food outlets in town. At Tambayan, you can find all sorts of delectable dishes like sisig, lechon, sinigang, and so much more.

Foodies will have a ball in KK as long as you’re willing to travel and explore. From local dishes to foreign offerings, you’ll find them all in mesmerizing KK.

Food Shopping Tips: Different Types Of Kaya to Choose From

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Kaya is a coconut jam that is made of pandan leaves, sugar, coconut milk, and eggs. It’s the favorite spread among Southeast Asian foodies particularly in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.

The coconut jam is known by various names. In Malay and Indonesian, the jam is either known as kaya, srikaya or seri kaya. In Thai, it’s called sangkhaya. In Filipino, it’s known as matamis sa bao. The name ‘kaya’ was derived from the jam’s rich and thick texture.

If you want to shop for kaya spread, there are different types of kaya in the market to choose from:1

  • NYONYA KAYA This type of jam has a lighter-green color and normally has thick, sticky texture with a strong smell of pandan. There are different levels of sugar content and you can choose the one according to your preference. It’s widely sold in Malaysia and Singapore.2
  • HAINANESE KAYA Hainanese kaya tends to be much sweeter compared to nyonya kaya due to its high content of caramelized sugar added with honey. It comes in darker brown color with smooth creamy texture. This kaya type is also often used to make Chinese crullers, glutinous rice, and puffs. It’s widely sold in Malaysia and Singapore.
  • PHILIPPINES COCONUT JAM The jam is made from cane sugar extract, grated coconut and coconut cream. It’s usually eaten with pandesal (Filipino bread roll) or white toast. The jam is also used to make kalamay, a sticky and sweet Filipino delicacy. The jam is creamy in texture.3
  • THAILAND SANGKHAYA There are two versions of kaya in Thailand. One comes in the form of liquid while the other is similar to the ones enjoyed in Malaysia and Singapore. These sangkhayas are often sold by street vendors.

In Malaysia and Singapore where kaya spread is a must-have jam to be enjoyed during breakfast or snack time, the spread is widely sold at supermarkets and grocery stores with its very own dedicated shelves. A huge range of the spread is displayed, with various types and flavors. From kaya without pandan to kaya mixed with honey, there’s plenty to choose from. In non-Asian countries, kaya spreads are often sold at Asian grocery stores in either jars or tins.

While kaya is often served on a toast, it’s also enjoyed in a variety of ways such as kaya balls (sweet dumplings with kaya filling) and kaya cupcakes. In Malaysia and Singapore, it’s often eaten along with boiled eggs and coffee. The best tasting ones are often served at kopitiams or Chinese coffee shops.