Our Sabah journey continued with food meetups with Sonya’s friends. It was great to get to know each of them little by little while enjoying good food. On top of that, all of them were extremely kind in treating us to those meals.
Our trips included a visit to the traditional banana leaf rice with refillable rice and vegetables which of course was eaten by hand.
We ordered loads of dim sum for breakfast on our last morning in Sabah before our departure back to Kuala Lumpur. Numerous dishes full of steamed goodness were ordered and thoroughly enjoyed
In particular, the lau sa pau (sweet and salted duck egg steamed bun) was very popular. We ordered 11 batches which had 3 buns each, which resulted in 33 steamed delicious buns.
Sonya introduced us to one of the local Sabahan fruit – the salak. Which I must say was not exactly the taste I expected and therefore didn’t really enjoy it. However, I passed it over to the local receptionist who proceeded to share it with the other backpackers.
As it was the Pesta Keamatan (Harvest Festival), there was a huge event run by the Kadazan-Dusun Cultural Association which featured many traditional costumes, art forms, food and merchandise. Snagged myself a beautiful henna tattoo for only RM15 also known as 3 euros by one of the locals there while enjoying the diversity of cultures!
Thompson and Phoebe brought us to the Tanjung Aru beach where we watched the beautiful sunset while enjoying our delicious fruit smoothies.
Athiei’s 3-in-1 smoothie – dragon fruit, mango and avocado
After our adventures in Sabah, we had dinner with Dad at Asia Café where we ordered dishes including pisang cheese (fried banana fritters with cheese sauce), kangkung belacan (fried veggie with spicy shrimp paste), oysters in fried egg, lobak (fried varieties of fish cake and more) over chats. Athiei got to meet Dad for the first time too.
Then Dad brought us out for breakfast the following day at the iconic Village Park which serves well-known nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk with spicy sambal paste, cucumber, fried egg, anchovies and peanuts)
Then we ended our adventure by going through Ikea where Dad picked up a few thing-a-ma-bobs.
This budak (boy) came over to visit – a long time little brother I had since he was 7 and I was 10. Caught up over chats at the place together with…
Afiq! Both of these boys were my juniors in both primary and secondary school where I was a prefect for their class for 3 years. So it kind of ended in a big sister-little brother friendship. T’was really lovely to catch up with them.