You need to eat this for your next trip to Sabah Borneo

You need to eat this for your next trip to Sabah Borneo

You need to eat this for your next trip to Sabah Borneo

Have you ever eaten Ayam Penyet before? A delicacy that you should try whenever you visit Southeast Asia. Ayam Penyet is actually a fried chicken that smashed so the meat will be softer. It served with sambal (hot chili paste or sauce), slices of cucumbers, fried tofu, tempeh and white rice. Though Ayam Penyet itself is from Indonesia, you can also find the food in Malaysia! Malaysian adores the food and opened few franchises selling Ayam Penyet.

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Jom Penyet logo

Sweat not, if you are traveling in Sabah Borneo, you can still get the chance to taste Ayam Penyet too! It is none other than Jom Penyet, located at the level 3 Aeropod building in Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu City. The newest food outlet in Kota Kinabalu City which served Malay-Indonesian cuisine. It opens daily from 8 am to 10 pm. Though at times, they do cater for private functions. Some said you can get the best and delicious Ayam Penyet there, and we could not agree more! It’s such an honor for Top Peak Travel to get invited for food tasting. We can tell you that the food there is so yummy and worth for the price.

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo
Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

The interior and exterior of the outlet are of modern concept and we love to see how they decorate the settings. Simple but pleasing to the eyes. The walls at the indoor dining area are creatively drawn like a comic book (wait till you see their menu!). Apart from that, sitting in the dining area will give you a chance to see some actions from the kitchen. There is a large see-thru glass wall that separates the indoor dining area and the kitchen. The best thing is, it is an air-conditioned area and you can bring your kids to dine in there to escape the heat.

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Besides, if you are the type of person prefer to enjoy eating in the open-air, you can sit at the outdoor dining area. Moreover, you’ll be in awe to see the beautiful garden settings that you can see outside. Making it perfect spot for casual dining while enjoying the yummy food in Jom Penyet. There is also a beverage station and a couple of dining tables before the entrance to the indoor dining area.

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo
Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Apart from that, one of the things that might fascinate you is their menu! The menu is creatively drawn like a cartoon artwork. When you browse through the menu, it’s kind of like you are reading a comic book. This is definitely a creative way of presenting the restaurant’s unique features.

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Interesting and creative way to browse through the menu

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo
Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Finally, the food comes. Here’s what we had:

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

So many yummy food in one big bamboo tray!

The food set for us is quite well-presented and it is a set for about 6-8 pax. It consists of Ayam Penyet, charcoal-grilled Tenggiri Fish, grilled lamb, sambal and side dishes. It’s time to eat! The dishes are so delicious, even the food portions given to us is big too. Not forgotten, the sambal is to die for because it is oh-so-spicy-but-wonderful!

In short, every food we tasted is so delicious and it is a must to try. Not only that, all the staff are friendly and attentive towards their guest. We hope Jom Penyet will become as one of the popular spots for anyone to enjoy Malay-Indon cuisine in Sabah Borneo! Want to know the must eat food in Sabah Borneo? Read our articles here: Must-Eat food in Sabah Borneo

Jom Penyet Sabah Borneo

Check out Jom Penyet latest menu! To know more about them, feel free to check their Facebook page – Jom Penyet.

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Borneo Travel: 7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor

Borneo Travel: 7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor

7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlour

30

December, 2017

Our Sandakan Tour!

Borneo Wildlife Adventure Tour

7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor

Mango Parfait Yogurt Ice Cream

Apart from going for a wildlife adventure in Sandakan for Borneo Holidays, exploring the delicious delicacies in Sandakan City is also an adventure for me! One of the places that I would not miss to go whenever I visit Sandakan, would be 7-Heaven Dessert Parlor. Moreover, it holds a place in my heart as one of the best places to go when in Sandakan city. They specialize on a variety of desserts ranging from Western to Korean desserts, but they are famous for their yummilicious yogurt ice cream!

7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor

Mango Parfait Yogurt Ice Cream

7-heaven Dessert Parlor is located in Bandar Indah, Mile 4, and it is the same row of shop lots with Islamic Bank, Malay restaurants, boutique shops, etc. Some might think that 7-Heaven Dessert Parlor is just an ordinary place to eat dessert, but I can assure everyone that this place will never fail to surprise anyone with their unique taste of desserts. The price is affordable and it is cheaper than Secret Recipe dessert (yes, this is true!). Apart from that, the settings inside the shop offer anyone a relax and cozy place to hang out while indulging the sweet desserts.

7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor
7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor

Crispy Eggettes Ice Cream. Source: 7 Heaven Dessert Parlor Facebook Page

7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor

Green Tea Matcha Ice Cream

7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor

Waffle Ice Cream. Photo: Elaine Yapp

7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor

Ice Cream Steak

7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor

Mango Yoghurt Ice Cream

7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor
7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor
7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor
7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor

More ice-creams for the sweet tooth

7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor
7-Heaven Sandakan Dessert Parlor

If you have some extra free time in Sandakan, and looking for something sweet to wash down all those spicy food as well as seafood that you had for lunch or dinner, then 7-heaven is the perfect place to be after. Apart from that, going for a tour to Sandakan can be a bit difficult if you don’t have any idea to go. So, feel free to read our travel guide to Sandakan, where you can know more destinations that you should visit in Sandakan.

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Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration 2017

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration 2017

Kota Kinabalu Christmas

Celebration 2017

22

December, 2017

Our Kota Kinabalu Tour!

Taste of Borneo Cooking Class

Mari Mari Cultural Village

This year marks the 13th edition of the Christmas Celebration in Kota Kinabalu City and this celebration will be organized through a collaboration of Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) and Sabah Council of Churches (SCC), which will be held on December 11th – 14th 2017 at the Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu City. This is a yearly event that anyone should not miss out especially for those visiting Sabah Borneo for their Borneo Holidays.

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations Poster

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Given the theme for this celebration is “God’s Love, Man Hope”, with the purpose of bringing all community, regardless of their difference in race and religion, to celebrate the Christmas Celebration together on this event. For this year Christmas Celebration, there are a variety of exciting performances which showcases cultural diversity, classical, as well as modern elements. Apart from that, there are also local and international artists invited to perform during the event too.

What makes everyone looking forward to this joyous Christmas Celebration (me being one of them), was the stalls during the event; vendors selling a variety of food and drinks, as well as featuring their Christmas element into their display and designs to bring out the Christmas spirit. I am glad to say that I got a chance to visit the Christmas Celebration this year. It was truly an eye-opening event, where you can see many stalls selling a variety of foods and drinks, Christmas delicacies, preloved stuff, Christmas gifts, Christmas Choirs, as well as some exciting games.

Despite it raining since the first day of the event, it did not stop the crowd coming to enliven the Christmas Celebration. Here are some of the pictures that I have taken during the event:

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Christmas lights hanging on the tree, can you see the “Merry Christmas” signboard above?

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

A big and tall Christmas Tree decorated with red ornaments is sponsored by YES(a mobile 4G brand)

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

One of the things that make the event interesting, there is a stall selling LED light Balloons!

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Handmade Christmas ornaments using pinecone

Some of the photos of yummy foods and drinks are sold during the event:

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Lamb Teriyaki Skewers

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Cute shapes of Cartoon Characters waffles

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration

Cendol in a cone

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Ice Blended Fruit Juice

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

This is my first time to see a Galaxy drink (wow!)

 

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

I manage to get it for myself too! ^-^

 

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Check out this cute Unicorns meringue!

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

.….and more foods!

 

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Check these photos from Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebration Facebook page:

Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations
Kota Kinabalu Christmas Celebrations

Need to see more photos? Check out their Facebook Page here.

Miss out on this event for your Borneo Holidays? Don’t worry, there is always next year for you to visit the Christmas Celebration and each year will have different kinds of activities and performance for the event. Apart from that, check out our other blog posts to know places in Kota Kinabalu that you can visit with your kids for your Borneo Holidays.

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Hinompuka – Kadazan Traditional Delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka – Kadazan Traditional Delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka – Kadazan Traditional Delicacies in Sabah Borneo

20

December, 2017

Our Kota Kinabalu Tour!

Taste of Borneo Cooking Class

Mari Mari Cultural Village

Sabah Borneo is known for its stunning nature, beautiful underwater life, exotic Borneo flora and fauna, as well as rich indigenous culture, which later reveals a wealth of fresh produce from Sabah Borneo. These ingredients, along with the creativity of Sabahan cooking resulted in a truly diverse and fascinating delicacies. One of the delicacies that travelers should try it out, will be Hinompuka, a traditional delicacy of Kadazan (Major tribe in Sabah Borneo). It is a common and popular sweet desserts within the Kadazan people in Sabah Borneo.

What is Hinompuka?

Hinompuka, also known as a steamed glutinous rice cake, is basically a delicious sticky cake that is popular among Kadazan people, one of the indigenous group in Sabah Borneo. The ingredients for this delicious delicacy is made of a mixture of brown rice flour, glutinous red rice flour, palm sugar, and grated coconut flesh. Then, wrapped it in banana leaves before steaming it.

Hinompuka - Traditional delicacies in Sabah Borneo

The above two Hinompuka are in Banana flavor, while below two are in Tapioca flavor. Photo: Dolly MJ

Nowadays, the Kadazan people are so creative, they even fill either banana or sweet potato into the Hinompuka in order to create a variety of flavors inside the delicacies. Hinompuka is usually served on certain occasions such as Kadazan traditional weddings, Kaamatan Harvest Festival (celebrated yearly on 30th-31st May), or other celebrations such as birth, engagement, etc.

Hinompuka - Traditional delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka in the making. Photo: CSSUPM

Hinompuka - Traditional delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka dough in the making closeup

Hinompuka - Traditional delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka is also good for breakfast. Photo: tinaskmoinjil

Hinompuka - Traditional delicacies in Sabah Borneo

Hinompuka best to eat with a cup of coffee/tea. Photo: Madona Nandu

Apart from that, Sabah Borneo has numerous delights to tempt even to the least adventurous eater. By exploring the villages and local cafes in Sabah Borneo, or by eating with the locals, travelers will get to know the new tastes and aromas which are unique to them. In Sabah Borneo, travelers can get the chance to taste out the other traditional delicacies in D’Place Kinabalu.

To experience more of the best local specialities and delicacies of Sabah Borneo, here is a blog post that travelers should particularly look for Borneo Holidays.

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6 local snacks travelers should taste in Sabah Borneo

6 local snacks travelers should taste in Sabah Borneo

6 local snacks travelers should taste in Sabah Borneo

15

December, 2017

Our Kota Kinabalu Tour!
 

North Borneo Cruise

When traveling to Sabah Borneo, apart from tasting out the unique delicacies of Sabah Borneo, travelers also should taste some of Sabah Borneo’s snacks which were made by the locals themselves. Moreover, these local snacks can also make wonderful souvenirs for travelers to bring back home. It is one of the ways for travelers to share the delicate taste of Sabah Borneo to their loved ones, at the same time sharing their Borneo Holidays story.

Here are six local snacks that travelers should taste it in their trip to Sabah Borneo, and also as a souvenir gift to their loved ones back home:

1) Handmade Chocolate

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Various flavors of Chocolates from the local produce in Sabah Borneo

Aside from the chocolates that are sold at any convenience store, this handmade chocolate are the one that you should taste it out. Not only is it chocolate but it comes with an exotic flavor of taste and ingredients, such as Durian, Pineapple, Jackfruit, Green Tea, Banana, Virgin Coconut Oil, and more. Apart from that, the packaging design of the chocolates also reflect some of the local Sabah Borneo theme, which makes it more interesting as a souvenir gift. One of the best known Sabah Borneo Handmade Chocolate is from the “Simply Chocolate” brand.

2) Amplang

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Amplang – known as Sabah Borneo Spanish Mackerel Crackers

Sabah Borneo is known for its fresh seafood, therefore, the local even made it as snacks. One of the local snacks that travelers should try would be Amplang! It is a seafood cracker that uses mackerel fish as based crisp, molded into ball shapes and fried it. It originated from Tawau, which is the East Coast of Sabah Borneo. The exterior of amplang is powdery, giving the crunchiness and fishy taste inside the mouth, but the fish flavor is not strong and it always makes one wanting more. Amplang crackers are now available in prawn and squid, or travelers can choose either original or spicy flavor which suited one’s taste buds. Since travelers could not bring the seafood to share with their loved ones back home, then amplang crackers can be the perfect souvenir to give to their loved ones and share the tastiest seafood from Sabah Borneo.

3) Kuih Cincin

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Kuih Cincin literally translated as Ring Crackers because of it shapes like a joined rings

Kuih Cincin is another local snack that traveler should try out and it can be a perfect souvenir gift. Kuih Cincin is made from rice flour and brown sugar, it is mainly produced by the Malay community in Papar, the west coast part of Sabah Borneo. In addition, it is usually molded into shapes of joined rings together that will look like a floral shape and fried twice to give it a more golden crunchy texture. It is crunchy, delicious, and sweet in taste (thanks to the brown sugar!), taking bits of Kuih Cincin will eventually melt away into mild creamy sweetness inside the mouth (yummy..!), making it the perfect snack to savor while drinking a cup of coffee.

4) Kerepek Ubi

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Kerepek Ubi – a giant tapioca cracker

Not many travelers will ever encounter this giant tapioca cracker except for those who are going to Kudat or Kundasang for their Borneo Holiday trip. Locals called it Kerepek Ubi, it looks like a wafer or cracker but with tapioca as main ingredients and added with a sugar syrup swirling on top of the crackers. It usually measures about 10-15 inches compared to any crackers that measure only about one square inch. Moreover, Kerepek Ubi is made up of only four items, which is fresh tapioca, tapioca flour, white sugar and cooking oil (for frying). Therefore, travelers who are health conscious type, these local snacks are perfect to taste it because it does not contain any chemical preservatives. However, it might not be a bit tricky to bring it back home as souvenir due to its fragileness.

5) Kuih Lidah/ Tiram

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Kuih Lidah/ Tiram – the shape is similar to a tongue shape or an oyster shape (Photo by: Abdulrani.samsuddin)

Kuih Lidah/ Tiram is a traditional snack for Bruneian Malay community of Papar, Sabah Borneo. It was named as Kuih Lidah/ Tiram due to its shape similar like a tongue or an oyster, but these snacks are in fact a layer of flour fried that are covered with icing sugar or powdered milk. Some locals will say that these snacks are the Sabahan version of Churros, which is best to eat while it is still hot and crunchy, plus with a little bit of sweetness. Nowadays, Kuih Lidah/ Tiram have other flavors for travelers to try it out, such as Chocolate, Green Bean, Strawberry, and Vanilla flavor. With diverse of flavors, these local snacks are not to be missed out in Borneo Holidays and it may be perfect to bring it back home to share the sweet taste of local snacks from Sabah Borneo.

6) Kuih Jala

Local Snacks In Sabah Borneo

Kuih Jala – a traditional local snack in Borneo

Kuih Jala is a traditional snack that is famous in Borneo and Sabah Borneo is not an exception. Its shape looks similar to a vermicelli noodles tangles all together and it is in brown color. In addition, Kuih Jala is made from flour, sugar, water, and cooking oil (for frying). What makes Kuih Jala interesting is not only its delicious sweet taste but its method of cooking the Kuih Jala. After mixing all the ingredients together until the mixture becomes dense and a bit gluey, locals will put the mixture into a coconut shell which has been poked with tiny holes underneath and moves it quickly into the hot cooking oil.

When the mixture drip from the tiny holes, move it in a circular motion in one direction for few seconds until it becomes like a plate-shape in yellowish color and fold it into triangle shape using bamboo sticks. Apart from tasting Kuih Jala during Borneo Holidays, travelers can also experience cooking the Kuih Jala in Mari Mari Cultural Village.

Looking over the list of the local snacks in Sabah Borneo, we hope travelers will not miss this out to try the delicious local snacks, and maybe bring it back home for family and friends. These local snacks can easily be found in any stalls, vendors, and even markets, so travelers won’t need to hunt for these local snacks during their Borneo Holiday trip. Want to know more about local food that travelers should try in Sabah Borneo? Click here to read our must eat in Sabah Borneo. Check out also these awesome activities that you can do in Sabah Borneo to make your Borneo Holidays more exciting than before!

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Things to do in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo – Jesselton Artisan Market

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo – Jesselton Artisan Market

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu,

Sabah Borneo – Jesselton Artisan Market

29

November, 2017

Our Kota Kinabalu Tour!

Mari Mari Cultural Village

 

Taste of Borneo Cooking Class

Jesselton Artisan Market

A trip to Sabah Borneo will grant any of us (as travelers) a promise to experience the wildest adventure in our life by going for a trekking expedition to Borneo Rainforest or spot some wildlife that is endemic in Sabah Borneo. Our Sabah Borneo Holiday will begin in the capital city of Sabah Borneo, which is Kota Kinabalu City. Kota Kinabalu City was formerly known as Jesselton City and is located on the northwest coast of Borneo, facing the South China Sea. Some might think staying in Kota Kinabalu City can be tedious, but with its own modern hip vibe, well-developed infrastructures, delicate taste of local food, breathtaking sunset view, its diverse local culture, the exquisite locals’ handmade of arts and craft, eventually will make us fall in love with Kota Kinabalu City in a day. Some might consider on extending their holiday just to explore more of the charms of Kota Kinabalu City.

One of the activity that we should not miss out to do in Kota Kinabalu City, is a chance to visit the Jesselton Artisan Market. Jesselton Artisan Market is an inspiring arts and craft bazaar, which showcases the locals’ own skilled and handmade of decorative arts, jewelry, clothing, home decorations, furniture and more interesting stuff that might amaze us. Moreover, there will be food stalls, food trucks, mini handcraft workshops, and class sessions by the artisan itself will be held during the bazaar.

A visit to Jesselton Artisan Market for a day will never make anyone feel bored. I have gone to many Arts and Craft Bazaar before, but I always end up feeling bored after spending about half an hour there. Unlike Jesselton Artisan Market, I can literally spend half a day walking around there! My last visit to Jesselton Artisan Market was on 7th October 2017 and I can say that there was never a dull moment! I was in awe to see some of the creative handmade arts and crafts, as well as listening to the music performance by the local bands/artists.

Jesselton Artisan Market is a new event in 2017 and organized by Salt X Paper. In addition, the Jesselton Artisan Market sometimes collaborate with other creative groups (such as Doodle Malaysia, Inktober Malaysia, etc) for this event.

Let me share with you some of the interesting things that can be expected in Jesselton Artisan Market:

Jesselton Artisan Market

Handmade coin purse and pieces of jewelry by The Pink Dinosaur

Jesselton Artisan Market

Handmade jewelry and crafts by iCare Crafts

Jesselton Artisan Market

Aren’t these cute cupcakes? But these are not edible cupcakes, these are handmade soaps!

Jesselton Artisan Market

Travel quote postcards

Jesselton Artisan Market

Woven Rattan of Sabah Borneo Mini Bag

Jesselton Artisan Market

“ I solemnly swear that I am up to no good”…
A wood engraving of Marauder’s map from the movie of Harry Potter by YBcuts

Jesselton Artisan Market

A drawing of Malaysian favorite desserts, ABC or shaved ice

Jesselton Artisan Market

“Colourful drawing of Mount Kinabalu as a postcard

Jesselton Artisan Market

Pick your favorite characters of lego keychain

Jesselton Artisan Market

Handmade metal necklaces based on Borneo motives by Pogunsavat Craftwork

Jesselton Artisan Market

Aww…so cute the watercolor drawing of a baby Orangutan…

Jesselton Artisan Market

A hand-drawn mandala on wood by Henna Sapok

Apart from that, handmade arts and crafts are not the only attraction we can see during the Jesselton Artisan Market, there are also some food stalls and food trucks to fill up our hungry tummy. The food itself are creatively designed and the taste are oh-so-delicious! One of the interesting food that I have tasted (and it was my first time too!) during the Jesselton Artisan Market is the beef bacon flavored popsicle (yikes!) by Pops and Pints. They do have other flavors of ice cream, such as strawberry, yogurt, sweet potatoes, and laksa flavor too.

Jesselton Artisan Market

Lime Mint flavor(left) and Beef Bacon flavor Ice Cream (right)

Jesselton Artisan Market

Unicorn Yogurt Ice Cream by Gelato Lab

For this coming Jesselton Artisan Market, it will be held on 2nd-3rd December 2017, this time the organizer will do a Christmas themed event! (yeah!) There will be about 100 local artisan brands selling their original handmade creations, a chance to participate in a sing-along Christmas Carolling, Christmas theme of art installations and displays, as well as a Christmas Charity where we can donate to the poor and needy. Feeling excited? Save the date and see you there!

Missed out on this event? Worry no more, there are other things that we can do in Kota Kinabalu city. Read here for a travel guide to Kota Kinabalu.

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