If you are looking for fun dining and happy desserts at Plaza 333, Penampang, then Joox Cafe will be your best bet. Joox cafe was officially opened on the 16th of October 2018 and now prepare to serve you.
The cafe serves some unique and interesting food and some infused with oriental recipe. For instance, chicken wings with korean sauce and Ham and sandwich with strawberry jam.
These are the signature food
Some other menu
And the highlight of the food: of course desserts
I like the ambience of the cafe with few instagrammable sections. Personally, I love the Mac and Cheese and it tastes different than the rest. If you are a fan of salted egg, then you should give this one a try.
The Monte Cristo sandwich is really good. At first, you might think that strawberry jam does not go well with ham and cheese, but if you dare to challenge your tastebud, then you should try it. As for the pizza, I love the thin crust and the taste of the lamb with korean sauce.
The cafe is clean and service by the staffs were totally great.
Hint: They will continue adding few recipes and introduce oriental food in their menu. So watch out people.
Joox Cafe Location
Joox Cafe is located at Plaza 333, Kobusak Commercial Center and next to Vino vino Plaza 333 and in the same row as Sino taste kitchen
There are few places that you can get Tomyam noodle soup in Kota Kinabalu, and one of it is located in Hilltop (Kedai Kopi Janggut). Out of curiosity and recommendation from circle of friends, we went to that place and try the food ourselves.
The place usually packed in the morning, so you should consider to come early. It is known as “Janggut” because the owner has beard.
Here are some of Kedai Kopi Janggut’s menu.
Food were nice, I love the taste of the Tom Yam soup and their signature fried noodle. The soursop juice is something that you should try.
Cleanliness of the restaurant is just fine but the service was quite slow. We asked for menu from one of the workers but we had to wait like ages. Ended up asking the boss to take order and all menu were based on the photos from her tablet (and no pricelist). Mind you that fork and spoon and condiments are all self-service.
Suggestion: to create menu set including price so people can easily order.
Kedai Kopi Janggut Location
Kedai Kopi Janggut can be easily located as it is just behind Prudential building in Hilltop area.
There are few restaurants and shops serving traditional sabahan cuisine in Sabah. But if you are looking for an affordable Traditional Sabahan Cuisine in Kota Kinabalu area, perhaps you should add Punya Sadap into your list.
It is easy to locate this small shop. You just need to walk to Asquare Container Night Market, which is located in between Wawasan Plaza Shopping Mall and Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu.
What do they serve?
They serve Kadazan Dusun traditional cuisine including:
Lomiding (local wild fern)
Bosungan (marinated and deep fried big-eyed scads)
Sunsulag (root of water yam)
Bosou or nonsom sayur (fermented vegetables)
Losun (wild spring onions)
Hinava (fish salad with mixture chilli, ginger, shallots, bitter gourd and lime dressing)
Linopot (rice mixed with boiled yam and steamed in a leaf )
Hinava (type of wild ginger that grows in the jungles of Sabah)
Bambangan (type of wild mango and endemic to Sabah)
Tuhau in pickled form (wild ginger that grows in the jungles of Sabah)
The place is easy to spot as it is right in the middle of the city, to be precise, just next to promonade hotel, Kota Kinabalu.
Price wise, I can see it is affordable but it depends on the quantity and types of food that you ordered.
If you are allow to drink alcohol, then you should try their signature happy juice drink.
They serve no pork
6.00pm to 11.00pm
Punya Sadap’s Location
Located at Asquare Container Night Market, just few steps from Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu.
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Sabah Food Directory – Guide to travellers and local, a thing that I always wanted to do since I love to eat. Yeah, I have been watching my carbs intake for years now but failed to archive my yearly new year’s resolution. Don’t blame me, I just could not resist variety of good food that Sabah has to offer.
This small project might be useful for visitors coming to Sabah and also to the locals as well (I’m pretty sure that most of the locals are unaware of good food around them – Happens a lot to me as well). Rather than just posting collection of photos in each of a blog post, I will add my honest comments about food that I reviewed.
I believe that in few years time, Sabah will have more to offer than now. During the time of this blog post is written, Domino’s pizza has expand its wing to East Malaysia. Which also means, more international brands are coming to Sabah. Now, I’m waiting for Jolibee (I always hear people in Manila mentioned about how good it is) to open its branch here in Sabah.
Anyway, you can read some of the review of foods and restaurants from my previous posts, which then I will compile to a small section of Food Directory in Sabah. Stay tuned and waiting for some comments about things to include in my Sabah Food Directory Blog Post. If you have suggestion about which restaurant that you wanted me to review, feel free to drop a comment below.
Oh, one more thing, please refer to Celiac Asia‘s website and refer an expert from that site regarding to Celiac Food Directory in Sabah. It might be useful for people who suffer from Celiac and I do not guarantee that most of the food reviewed in my blog is Gluten Free.
Sabah is truly blessed with beautiful flora and fauna, diverse culture and traditions that lived in harmony, and various food that satisfies your taste bud. Here are list of best things to do in Sabah.
Quick Facts about Sabah
Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia after Sarawak.
It is in Borneo island and shares space with Brunei and Indonesia.
Borneo Rainforest is over 130 millions years old and the tallest tropical tree in the world is located in Sabah.
It is Home to the world’s highest “via ferrata” – Certified by Guinness World Records.
There are 35 officials recognised ethnic groups in Sabah. The largest non-indigenous group will be the Chinese, and the largest indigenous group being the Kadazandusun people. Three other larger groups in Sabah are the Rungus, Bajau and Murut.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN SABAH
1. CLIMB MOUNT KINABALU – THE HIGHEST PEAK IN MALAYSIA
Mount Kinabalu is regarded as the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago, and the 20th most prominent mountain in the world.
Standing 4,095 metres above the sea level, Mount kinabalu surroundings are among the most important for its rich collection of wildlife and famous flora and fauna.
Climbing to this UNESCO World Heritage site has always been a top priority for travellers coming to Sabah. Which you should add to your bucket list too.
If you are planning to conquer this sacred mountain and witness the golden hues of sunrise at the peak of the mountain, you should make your mount kinabalu booking months in advance as it has limited slots per day.
2. KINABATANGAN RIVER CRUISE
Kinabatangan river is located in Sandakan and has gained a reputation as one of the top, and best place to see rich habitat in Southeast Asia.
If you are an adventurous person and wish to see wildlife especially Orangutans, Pygmy elephants, Proboscis Monkey and kingfisher, Kinabatangan would be the best bet for you.
3. SEPILOK ORANG UTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE
Borneo is the best place to get up close with some of the world’s incredible species especially Orang utan (Which is native to Asia especially Malaysia and Indonesia) and Borneo Sunbear.
You can see both Orang Utan and Borneo Sunbear and learn their habitat at Sepilok orangutan rehabilitation centre. This center is located about 25km west of Sandakan town, and was opened in 1964 as the first official Orangutan rehabilitation center.
4. SIPADAN NATIONAL PARK
Get your dive gear ready and dive with schools of barracuda in marine paradise, that is known among divers for its rich underwater biodiversity in Malaysia’s only oceanic island.
Sipadan island is one of the best dive spots in the world and you might lucky bringing home some experience diving with school of hammerheads, hawksbill turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and thousand other species of fish.
5. CULTURAL VILLAGE
One of the best ways to understand and experience other’s culture is by living with the people. However, this cannot be done in a week or two, as Sabah itself consists of 35 ethnic groups.
If you only have few days to spend in Sabah, perhaps the fastest option that you have, is by visiting cultural village. There are few cultural village in west coast of Sabah and among them:
Mari-Mari Cultural Village
Monsopiad Cultural Village
KDCA Cultural Village
6. PROBOSCIS MONKEY SANCTUARY
Few days would not be enough to explore Sabah especially East coast of Sabah – home to incredible creatures such as Proboscis Monkey (or Long-nosed monkey).
If you want to see proboscis monkey but time and money are limited, then you should consider either Kawa Kawa River in Kota Belud or Klias River in Beaufort.
Some might refer them as Small Kinabatangan as the river cruise is almost similar to those in Kinabatangan river. The only difference is the length of the river and the total of creature that you can spot in that area.
Anyway, you might see group of Proboscis monkey jumping from one tree to another, long tailed macaque and if you are lucky enough, you might witness the incredible twinning fireflies light up the place.
7. TREK MALIAU BASIN – THE LOST WORLD OF SABAH
Maliau Basin is also known as Sabah’s Lost World with huge collection of flora and fauna. Jungle trekker and nature explorer surely will love Maliau Basin as it is a brilliant place for bird watching, and to see magnificent creatures (such as buffy fish owl, civets, giant millipede and so on).
8. EXPLORE PULAU TIGA – THE “FIRST” SURVIVOR ISLAND
Pulau Tiga (Survivor Island) gets it fame through US global hit reality TV series, Survivor: Pulau Tiga. It is located about 10km off shore on the west coast of Sabah and accessible via Kuala Penyu (120km from Kota Kinabalu city).
You can tour around the island in a day but it is recommended to spend at least a night or two in that island. Please take note that boat transfers to Pulau Tiga must be arranged through tour packages.
Some of the thing that you can do at Pulau Tiga:
Roll yourself in natural volcanic mud.
Hunt for venomous snakes during Island hopping.
Snorkel in crystal clear water.
9. WITNESS SUNSET IN KOTA KINABALU
Kota Kinabalu is probably has one of the best places to view the perfect view of sunset. Top places to view sunset in Kota Kinabalu including:
Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort
Tanjung Aru Beach
The Waterfront Kota Kinabalu
Signal Hill Observatory
The Magellan Sutera Resort
10. THE TIP OF BORNEO – SIMPANG MENGAYAU
Simpang Mengayau or The Tip of Borneo is located in Kudat, about three and a half hour drive from Kota Kinabalu City. It is the northern part of Sabah where two big oceans meet – South China Sea and Sulu Sea. The sunset and full moons are just beautiful from Simpang Mengayau.
Info: You can always go to the official Sabah Tourism website for list of reliable and registered Sabah Travel agent and Tour Operator in Sabah.
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