After spending a night at Keningau, I travelled to Kota Kinabalu the next day. My stay in Kota Kinabalu was short too, 26 hours to be exact. But the short stay was packed with various activities. To start with, FOOD!
Makan-makan 1: Afternoon snacks ~ Lokan Panggang
The stall was just situated by the roadside. Nothing fancy about the stall. No clear signage or what so ever and one would easily missed it. But behold, interesting (and yummy) food awaits. The lokan panggang. The kakak grilled the fresh lokans until the shell split open. Then she removed the upper shell and continued grilling.
I don't know about the rest, but i was anxious and eager to taste the much-talked-about lokan panggang. While waiting, we ordered young coconut drinks. The BBQed coconut drink was specifically fragrant.
Generous amount of chili paste (sambal) was garnished on top of the grilled lokans and tadaaaaaaaaa.....
Slurps, i would love to have more. Just a reminder if you wanna taste this seafood, do choose the medium or smaller size as the bigger ones were a bit tough.
Makan-makan 2: Heavy Dinner ~ Gayang Seafood Restaurant
Right after having lokan panggang, we headed to Gayang Seafood Restaurant for dinner. It's situated at the estuary of a river.
Kononnya dah kenyang dan tanak order banyak-banyak, tapi sekali order..... Mak Aiiii.......we ordered eight dishes in all. Here's the list: Steam prawn with chili sauce, stir-fried pucuk manis, crispy fried chicken, fu-yong egg, ginger onion scallops, mixed seasonal vegetables, steam fish nonya style, and spicy crabs.
This dish was my favourite, the ginger onion scallops. So tender and sweet!!
Two local friends joined in a bit later: Mail and Jiji (if I got their name correctly).
Boy, the dinner was heavy. We headed to Dr. Shah and Beruang Madu's apartment and had some rest before ronggenging to a karaoke nearby for some lalaking activity.
We sang, err.. they sang and i listened till 2am. Pengsan terus bila sampai rumah.
Makan-makan 3: Breakfast ~ local noodles
My local friend cum ex-church member Mr. Lau called early in the morning. i dragged myself up at 7.15am and went for a sumptuous breakfast with him. We ordered TomYam Kung KK style: they added some curry into the tomyam. Tasted unique and very appetizing.
The Tuaran noodle, only known for the local Chinese, were hand made, boiled, decanted and mixed with fragrant sauce. Yummy!
Oh yah, I joined Dr. Shah, Hairie and his mum and Arnabgumuk for another round of breakfast, nasi lemak.
P/S. Too much of makan-makan, so the reduce the accumulated fat, more fun activities in my next entry ~ sweat sweat sweat!