It only took me a couple of minutes after landing in Kota Kinabalu for the first person I met to tell me about the beautiful sunsets in Sabah.
"You landed just too late, you missed the spectacular sunset tonight!" said my Grab driver, "You should definitely go check it out tomorrow, most of the time it's incredible!"
Upon arrival at my hotel, I took a couple of those activities leaflets and fell upon a two-hour last sunset cruise, North Borneo Cruises. This was it! What better way is there to admire a sunset than up-close on water?
Considered a delicacy by some and gross to others, durian fruit is one of those things you either love it or hate it. Most south east Asians absolutely love it, for the rest of us its kind of hit or miss. Ignore the smell, you really have to try it to know if you like it or not.
I figured, to truly seal the friendship I have with this laid-back sunny state of Sabah, my taste-buds would need to venture out into the delectable depths, just to complete the sights and sounds with taste and textures.
It’s one thing to be sampling local delicacies from a plate, but today we took the experience to whole new level by putting aprons on and getting hands deep in Sabah’s culinary tradition.
Whats for lunch? Oh, just an explosion of local aromatic flavors-- The delicious decadent delight, the Nasi Lemak.
A pile of steamed rice infused with pandan leaves & coconut milk comes with a side of essential condiments such as, fried peanuts, anchovies, sliced cucumbers and half a hard boiled egg. Not forgetting the most important element, the 'Sambal' (chili-based sauce) that packs the punch.
This dish remains to be the darling, pride & joy of every local. Your trip to Sabah would be incomplete without a Nasi Lemak experience!
You’ve endured that long flight to this part of the world not to gobble up something you can easily find across the street in your hometown. Wild borneo calls for wild gastronomic journeys, take your taste-buds on a thrilling tour of exotic tastes while you’re in Sabah... here’s our two cents on the list of treats and eats!
Borenos Fried Chicken is making locals proud with a brand-new fresh concept of Fried Chicken. What sets Borenos apart from all competition is the careful step-to-step preparation taken in order to achieve that coat of crispiness, tenderness of flesh and juiciness oozing out of every chicken piece.
On matters of taste, the Duck Kon Lau Mee will tickle your tastebuds with savoury thrills. Dried emperor noodles drenched in a dark & delish flavorsome sauce with succulent slices of duck meat thrown on top.. Boom! gastronomic bliss! Chase down the yum with some fresh coconut water and you're ready to rumble.