Thursday, February 12, 2009

Qing Zhao Xiao Cai @ Kota Kinabalu

I am back from what I can say to be my final trip to Kota Kinabalu. A place that would hold many fond memories for me. While I have never set foot at the East side of Malaysia before joining the company, I can now proudly say that I have been to Kota Kinabalu 5 times within 8 months! Even more than I have been back to Ipoh for the year!

Forgive me if I misspelt the name of this little shop sandwiched between many other shops in the quaint little town of Kota Kinabalu. I was told it is in Beverly Hills, no not the US of A's Beverly Hills, this is the KK's version of Beverly Hills. If not mistaken, it's somewhere near Jalan Bundusan-Jalan Penampang. Special thanks to Eric (my Lady Boss's business partner, Angie's old friend) who brought us there.

What brought us back here again is the craving for the comfort food served here- porridge. And in the case of Qing Zhao Xiao Cai, it is not just plain porridge but the Sweet Potato Porridge and the other various side dishes. The dishes have a very homely feel and taste, something different from the usual seafood we have while we were in KK. The simple meal of porridge with century egg/ stir fried string beans/ fried omelette/ minced pork patty w salted egg/ etc. is the epitome of comfort food, especially when you're far away from home, after a hard day's work.......

If you would have expected service to be slow for a small simple set up like this, then you are wrong. Food arrived very quickly, almost like it was fast food, Chinese style. The good news is, the food quality was not compromised. Perhaps part of the reason why we came back for more (I had this during my first trip to KK, such a coincidence that I am having it for my final trip as well- starts with a bang, ends with a bang?) is because of the awesome red snapper fillet. It was smooth and fresh, with the right taste of soy sauce and a little bit of garlic, we would all agree if they name this Ze Fish.

The Star Number 2 was the century eggs. Take a look at it and you should know why it should be called Ze Century Egg as well.

I enjoyed myself very much for the 2 nights' dinners. The first night, Eric took us to Dowish Restaurant, a seafood place at Penampang Road and we had the most awesomest seafood dinner, even better than Ocean Seafood Village. My only regret is not taking the camera with me... now I don't have pictures to show you guys how awesome it was :(

Thanks Angie, Iryna and Eric for sharing these delicious meals with me, now I wish that wasn't my last trip to KK with you guys for I will truly miss the laughs and silly jokes.


Calvin Goh Seow Chung said...

I think that egg and meat patty like thingy is a "chinese burger" They sell that in the night market near my house.

The food sure looks simple and yummy. It's so "teo chew" style! The food there is "teo chew" cuisine right?

I sure would love to try these yummy looking dishes!

Huai Bin said...

I am intrigued by the "Chinese Burger" too. It looks interesting and I've never seen it before in KK. Granted, most of my time in KK was not spent outdoors, but still...

What is it?

Khian said...

Calvin's a teochew?

Kaki-lang leh..

Lol..nice photos..and when will I be seeing you again? Vodka in ma hands, remember?

Jen said...

the food looks very.. chinese-y! but in a good way! hahah *continues eating ice cream*

YilingL said...

Is it... it's like just a meat patty with salted egg. Yeah it's teochew style, very homely.

Haha everyone is intrigued by the meat patty! It's minced pork with salted egg yolk.

Err... I think Calvin is Cantonese?
Yes yes need to meet up with u soon!

Chinese ppl eat chinese food mah. Stop eating ice cream!!

Cath J said...

Oh...u go often to kk...and I am myself never knw all this next trip to my hometwn...I will sure go and try those foods..;-p

YilingL said...

Cath J,
Yeah used to go there about every month but this is my last trip already. Gonna miss it for sure :(

Yeah you should go to Dowish Restaurant as the food is great and very special. Some of the dishes I've never seen in KL too.

-eiling- said...

i wanna eat!!!!!!!!!

YilingL said...

Ask mom to cook porridge for you. Sobsob no more KK trips edi :(

Fooman said...

Finally found your blog. Thanks for the mention. :)
No more trips to KK? You already moved to australia?

YilingL said...

Hey Eric! How are you! Thx for dropping by mate. Nah I quitted the company already. So don't think I'll be visiting KK anytime soon! But thanks for your hospitality mate!

Fooman said...

You can always come back and climb Mt K. :)

YilingL said...

When I come back I'll sure look for you so that you can bring me to Dowish again!!! Miss the food there! If Angie or Iryna goes there again, ask them ta pau for me pls... hehehe, just kidding! Are you coming over to KL anytime soon? I bring u go eat.

Fooman said...

Will let you know when I'm there since you know all the good places to eat. :)

YilingL said...

Sure thing mate! Hope to see you at this side of Malaysia soon. Hehe.

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