Friday, 31 August, 2018 03:36:47 PM

Jalan Jalan, Cari Makan.

I did actually left home for 1 month travelling by bus from Tawau Town to Sematan Beach then back to Tawau again. And along this long 1,200KmX2 journey I need to cari makan......

生肉米粉湯 Beehun Soup Day 2 : 24-3-2015 Tuesday Kota Kinabalu

生肉米粉湯 Beehun Soup
Rm 7.00 Gaya Street, K.K.
24-3-2015 8:17AM

金沙園生肉麵 is at the Gaya Street in Kota Kinabalu town center.

The tourist industry promoted Gaya Street as China Town of Sabah, turning Gaya Street into a must visit spot for these hundreds and hundreds Chinese from China every day coming to the streets searching a taste of local cuisine.

日本料理 Japanese Vegetarian 日本料理 Japanese Vegetarian
Rm 9.90 Kompleks Karamunsing, K.K.
24-3-2015 1:17PM

Lot G08-G08A & G73-76, Ground Floor, Kompleks Karamunsing, Jalan Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu, 88300


Usagi Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant

菜飯 Rice 菜飯 Rice + select
CFC 1Borneo Mall
24-3-2015 6:47PM
Day 4 : 26-3-2015 Thursday Lawas

Rm 5.00 Hao Wei, Lawas
26-3-2015 12:53PM

The most friendly people in Sarawak can be described by this photo capturing the scene of waiters came out of the restaurants to wave good bye to customer.

Soto is an Indonesian food. Lawas this small town has several restaurants  of high price end. I walked round and round and finally found this Chinese restaurant with an Indonesian food stall serving Soto.

Among the customers are three foreigner bikers also ordered Soto. Lawas is the first Sarawak town I arrived. And the locals' simplicity and friendliness impressed me. In above image, you can see a waitress came out of the restaurant to wave bye bye to the three orange putih as they continue their journey with their big bikes.

炒麵Fried Noodle 炒麵Fried Noodle
Rm4.00 Lawas
27-3-2015 6:57AM

Sao Di Noodle Stall is one of about 20 stalls on first floor of the new Lawas market. I choose this less popular quiet stall because less customers.

In Sabah my home, when a cup of water is placed on the table in a food stall, that is a cup of drinking water for you to drink. This is so with all other countries. This is logic.

But I learn a new logic in Sarawak started in this Lawas Town, the first Sarawak town I reached during the Pan Borneo Trip.

In Sarawak, when a cup of hot water is placed on your table. DO NOT drink! Here in Sarawak, this is a cup of CLEANING WATER for putting your spoon and fork or chopstick as washing before eating. A new hygiene regulation by authority in Sarawak. I like this!


肉粥 Poridge (Bubur Darging) Day 6 : 28-3-2015 Saturday Lawas

肉粥 Poridge (Bubur Darging)
Rm 3.50  Central Market, Lawas
28-3-2015 10:22AM

Food stalls are  above the wet market of Lawas Town. From the food stalls is charming view of opposite Lawas River with layers of distance mountains at the background.

This is nice Cantonese/Hakka style "㷛粥" not the common style of "煮粥" (Boiled-Porridge).

Google Translate at the moment unable to translate this Chinese word "㷛".  "㷛" is a cooking method between "煮"Boiled and "燉"Stewed

煮粥 㷛粥  燉



馬魯帝手功粿條 Marudi Kueh Tiaw Day 10 : 1-4-2015 Wednesday Miri
Marudi Kueh Tiaw
Rm 5.00 Miri
1-4-2015 9:01AM

Just the first mouthful, I knew this is one of the best Kueh Tiaw ever eaten. A quick look to their menu board gave the clue : 手功粿條 Hand made Kueh Tiaw.

The every day Kueh Tiaw we eat are machine processed in mass production. But this specially hand made Kue Tiaw is high standard in 口感 (Feeling in the mouth). When this hand made Kue Tiew is chew in the mouth. it 密度,易碎度,黏度 feeling are batter then those coarsely and lazily made by machine.

There is no Google translation of 口感 at the moment. In Western Countries, we eat foods with “质感”(Texture Feeling).

The different between 口感 and “质感”(Texture Feeling) are the first is concentrate on the "Feeling of the mouth with the foods" and the second is "Feeling of the foods in the mouth"

干盤 Kampua Noodle DAY 12 : 3-4-2015 Friday Bintulu - Sibu

干盤 Kampua Noodle
Rm 3.00 Pasar Utama
3-4-2015 FRI 8:15AM

Bintulu Pasar Utama first floor's food stalls

Malay and Chinese food stalls populate the upper floor of the blue-colored veggie market with a twin 8-pointed star-shaped  roofs in Bintulu old town. Seeing many customers at a certain noodle stall, I also sit down and order the same.  It took 20 minutes for this simple plate of noodle to deliver. (Normally take few minutes). This show how busy this stall with full house of customers.


DAY 12 : 3-4-2015 Friday Sibu

Sibu Night Market
3-4-2015 FRI 18:24

Sibu Night Market opens every night 6pm to 9pm. Plenty of pre cooked foods to choose from.

Pasar Malam Sibu covered three streets. One street sells fashion and toys Another street had food stalls. Also another street with halal food stalls. Nice to walk around.

I bought a plat of Blood curd ("blood tofu" or "blood pudding"). For many decades I have not eaten Blood curd after those days my mother used to cook 豬紅.

Day 13 : 4-4-2015 Saturday Sibu

干盤 Kampua Noodle
Rm 2.00 Sibu Waterfront
4-4-2015 SAT 11:02AM

Along the shop lots along Rejang Riverfront. The lady, perhaps notice I am not local, want me to know that her noodle is the cheapest.
Its true, at mere Rm2.00 a plat of noodle. This is the cheapest meal I ever had during the one month Pan-Borneo adventure. And it is as good as others.

Day 15 : 6-4-2015 Monday Sri Aman

炒粿條 Fried Kueh Tiaw
Rm 4.00 Sri Aman
6-4-2015 MON 07:54AM

First morning in Sri Aman, my childhood town Simanggang. In the 1960s there was only two or three shops selling noodle. Today, there are just too many. And that old stall of Chasiew Noodle I loved is long gone after I left Sri Aman (Simanggang) in 1965.

Today, I will just try Kueh Tiaw in one of the many noodle stalls. After that a walk to the village by the Lupar River side

Masjid Lama
Kampung Tengah
Sri Aman
6-4-2015 MON 08:47AM


Day 26 : 17-4-2015 Friday Kanowit

紅豆冰Ice Kacang
Rm 2.00 Kanowit
17-4-2015 Friday 14:50

Have another bowl of Ice Kacang before leaving Kanowit for Kapit. In Sabah this ice dessert is called ABC - Air Batu Campur.

Antarctic Cold Storage Co.南冰洋冷藏 This old time shop still sells Kanowit's popular ice kacang.

But I miss Kang Tong 冰棒 of the 1960s made of ice shaving.

Day 19-21 : 10,11,12-4-2015 Sematan Beach
Home cooked foods
Rm 90.50 (5 meals) Dynawood Resort
10,11,12-4-2015 Sematan Beach

Frankie Wong and I took a bus to Sematan and stayed 2 nights in Dynawood Beach Resort. The lady resort caretaker catered for the 3D2N meals for only Rm90.50 for 5 meals. Simple but fresh fish and  fresh vegetable from her garden.

Sematan is just 120 km from Kuching with good road. This town is the ending of the long 1,400 Km Pan Borneo Highway from one starting point to the end.

Tawau Town and Sematan Town should form a Twin towns (sister cities) as geographicaly positioned at both end of Pan-Borneo Highway

Day 30 : 21-4-2015 Tuesday 17:23 Bintulu

Master chef in Bintulu. Food stalls near Faber Inn where I stayed. His Roti Canai is one of the best in East Malaysia. Crispy and taste batter.

Popular Sarawak Laksa at Choon Hui Cafe 春园茶室

Bak-kut-teh (Bah-kut-teh  "meat bone tea")  肉骨茶

A Chinese soup popularly served in Malaysia where there is a predominant Hokien and Teochew community.
Consists of meaty pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices for hours.

Bak kut teh is usually eaten with rice or noodles (sometimes as a noodle soup), and often served with youtiao / cha kueh [yau char kwai] (strips of fried dough) for dipping into the soup.

Chinese tea of various kinds is also usually served in the belief that it dilutes or dissolves the copious amount of fat consumed in this pork-laden dish.

Bak kut teh is typically a famous morning meal. The Hokkien and Teochew are traditionally tea-drinking cultures and this aspect runs deep in their cuisines.

Bak Kut Teh Shops in Tawau : Pah Sang Bak Kut Teh

Pasar Utama first floor's food stalls

Malay and Chinese food stalls populate the upper floor of the blue-colored veggie market with a twin 8-pointed star-shaped  roofs in Bintulu old town. Seeing many customers at a certain noodle stall, I also sit down and order the same.  It took 20 minutes for this simple plate of noodle to deliver. (Normally take about 6 minutes). This show how busy this stall with full house of customers.


 Pasar Utama first floor's food stalls



Japanese Restaurants are expensive restaurants that for 17 years in Malaysia I never been to one except this Usagi in Kota Kinabalu. For only Rm 9.90 its eat all you can for vegetarian like me.

Budget foods during the 1 month Pan-Borneo tour in April 2015

1Borneo Shopping Mall is just across the highway of University Malaysia Sabah. Students come here for meals. This food shop, CFC, particularly serve budget foods for the students. CXW study in this University, we met up at 1Borneo. He brought me to this food shop where he used to come for student's meal.

1Borneo Mall is the largest mall in Sabah yet without a Food Court. The foods shop are scattered and mostly in the basement.

Jalan Jalan, Cari Makan.

I did actually left home for 1 month travelling by bus from Tawau Town to Sematan Beach then back to Tawau again. And along this long journey, I need to cari makan.

Where to eat in Tawau? What to eat in Tawau?
Hawker Stalls Borneo Foods
Coffee house and Cafe Indonesian Foods
Restaurants Indian Foods
Kedai Makanan (Eatery/Food Shop) Malay Foods
Foods Center Chinese Foods
Dai pai dong 大牌檔 Japanese Foods
HALAL Restaurents in Tawau Fast Foods
  Italian Foods

What to eat in Tawau :

1) Seafood  2) Malay Food   3) Indian Food   4) Chinese Food  5) Fruits  6) Japanese Food  7) Fast Food



東風螺,沙巴特產生蠔白灼蝦奶油螃蟹椒鹽瀨尿蝦Mongolian Chicken蒙古雞. Chili Scallop 辣椒扇貝. Belacen Sabah Vegetable沙巴樹仔菜.甘香螃蟹Salted Egg Crab鹹蛋螃蟹.大茄來招牌豆腐

Fried Noodle 炒麵

LAKSA 叻沙 Sri Aman

炒稞條Char Kway Teow)Fried Kwey Teow:平板米條和切碎了的大蒜一起攪拌後,加上新鮮的明蝦、豆芽和蛋絲,用醬油和辣椒醬調味而成。

Calvary Church 威記炒果條

Keuh Tiaw (Kway Teow, Kwey Teow)


Keuh Tiaw

Kolo mee 乾撈麵Kolo mee 乾撈麵, this ubiquitous tossed noodle is part of Kuching city folks’ life.

Kolo mee of Kuching only recent years spread to Sabah. A few noodel stalls also offer the Sabah version Kolo Mee.

Kuching 'Kolo Mee' or 'koh-loh mian' or "干捞面" in chinese is a popular delicacy consisting of flash-boiled egg noodles and then served with garlic, shallots, minced pork, white vinegar, pork fat (lard), topped with sliced barbecue pork!

Somehow, The kolo mee in Sabah does not taste like the kolo mee they used to eat, unless it is eaten in Kuching. There was no substitute for the authentic kolo mee made in Kuching, cooked in Kuching, and eaten in Kuching. Anything kolo mee outside Kuching were poor imitations

Lau Sang

Lau Sang 撈 生

When the dish is served on the table, all the diners stand up, hold their chopsticks and then start mixing the ingredients with gusto by tossing them as high as possible while uttering "loh hei" - meaning to "lift up" - to usher in the coming new year with prosperity, longevity and success.

This is the only time that children are encouraged to play with their food, and even the adults do it, since the higher you toss the "Yee Sang", the better your luck is believed to be.

Combined together, the various ingredients form a sweet piquant flavor with a crisp bite.


Fried Sea Crab with Dry Chili Sauce 甘香炒花蟹Fried Shell with Ginger & Spring Onion 薑蔥炒象拔蚌Fried Clam with Ginger & Spring Onion 薑蔥炒沙白螺 Sashimi King Lobster 花龍蝦生片Fried King Lobster with Butter Milk 濕奶油炒花龍蝦Deep Fried Mantis Prawn with Salt & Pepper 椒鹽脆炸螳螂蝦Fried Tiger Prawn  鼔油老虎蝦Fried Rice with Mini Abalone, Scallops不夜天廚皇炒飯Port ViewSashimi Tiger Prawn老虎蝦生片Mixed Tauhu Laksa 釀雜叻沙Fish Meehun Soup 苦瓜魚片米粉 Bitter gourd and Fish slice

Chinese Foods

Chinese culture considers cooking an art and consider the preparation of food a craft. This art of Chinese cooking has been developed and refined over many centuries. To the Chinese, food and friends are inseparable. A gathering without food is considered incomplete and improper.

Confucius loved and respected the art of cooking. He established culinary standards and proper table etiquette. Most of these are still considered to be the standards of today. The tradition of cutting foods into bite size pieces during preparation and not at the table is unique to the Chinese culture.

Good cooking depends on the blending of various ingredients and condiments rather than the taste of the individual elements. In order to become a good cook one must first be a good matchmaker. The flavors of The ingredients must be blended with harmony. Without this harmony there is no taste.

Taoism was responsible for the development of the hygienic aspects of foods and cooking. The principle objects of this philosophy were the nourishment of the body and the search for longevity. In contrast to Confucianists who were interested in the taste, texture and appearance, Taoists were concerned with the life-giving attributes of various foods.

Over the centuries the Chinese have explored the world of plants, roots, herbs, fungus and seeds to find life-giving elements. They discovered the nutritional value of vegetables could be destroyed by improper cooking and that many items had medicinal value. For example, ginger, a favorite condiment, is also used to soothe an upset stomach and as a cold remedy.

沙巴的饮吃特色之斗湖篇  :





A Town with Heavenly Eateries
- Tawau, Sabah

  I  would like to conclude the trip as a GREAT FOODS JOURNEY!! Was tweeting and facebook-ing using my smartphone all the way from Tawau during those 2 days. Informed my friends that I will be at Tawau on that duration and they ask me to go and try the great foods of their hometown.. The Pork Bun, the sea foods etc etc... So nice!

I really enjoyed those foods over there so much and took a little time off from this city!........

See the Kon Lou Mee and the Fish Noodles? Tasty pork and the Fish Noodles surprised me, it's so huge and filled the big bowl. I can't found such a big bowl of noodles in the city yet!!

If I'm not mistake, it's around RM7.00 for each of the dishes we had that day.

Sketches of Life



鸡饭 (Chicken Rice):有许多花样,但其中最受欢迎的一种是海南鸡饭,系用香嫩多汁的鸡肉配上已用鸡汤烹调过的米饭,拌上大蒜辣椒酱,再加小黄瓜丝的Coriander叶子制作而成。

吞面(Wanta Mee):一种面条,是配上猪肉及虾肉云吞煮成.


  炒面(Fried Noodles):所用的面条是用糯米粉制成的。炒面由于做法不同,有各种不同口味,例如马来口味、中国口味、印度口味和素食口味



Perdana Square  “宝来“





2) 安宝园-除了锅贴,也有其他的美食烧鱼,面食,satay,鸡翼等


1) multibake,multibake是位于fajar complex(pizza hut对面) 及apas路天星园。

2) 天鹅西饼屋,天鹅西饼屋位于apas路天星园(multibake旁边)。

3) 南方西饼屋等。南方西饼屋也是位于fajar conplex,guardian pharmacy 对面。



1) 美乐茶室,

2) 桥乐,

3) 晶晶,


1) 大牌摊

2) 美心酒楼

3) 海升酒楼

  福建面Hokkien Mee):华人的传统佳肴。用宽宽的黄色面条搭配以明虾、乌贼、豆芽,用口味很重的酱油膏调味



1) Marco polo hotel

2) Kuhara路的湖园

3) 兴利茶室,Fajar..


Fajar Complex, Hometown Steak House对面。





檳城炒貴刁,  海南鸡饭、各式面食

Most of Malaysia's Chinese are from the south of China, it is quite easy to find Hainan and Hakka food in Tawau. One of the most common economical meal is the Hainanese Chicken Rice which cost around RM5.00.
Hakka dish is easily found in food stalls. The best know hakka dish is the Yong Tau Foo (stuffed seafood beancurd) with soup or thick gravy.