Dim Sum is originally a Cantonese dish. This wonderful food is linked to the traditional Chinese tea house in Canton, where many of the Chinese people come to drink tea or “yam cha”. Today around the world where one finds a large population of Chinese, it is a sure sign that one will find a dim sum restaurant. Kota Kinabalu has a sizable Chinese population and this city has not just one but a few dim sum restaurants to boast about. These restaurants range from the budget type to the more classy type. In Kota Kinabalu dim sum is mainly a breakfast menu where restaurants serve this delicacy from the early morning until noon. It is very hard to find a good dim sum at night time here.
Equatorial Restaurant first opened its door for business in September, 2007. Since then this fine dining Chinese cuisine restaurant has attracted many customers especially the local inhabitants of Kota Kinabalu. The restaurant is made up of three shop units which covered about an area of three thousand square feet. Once inside the restaurant, guests will be greeted with a spacious, bright and cold atmosphere. The table setting and interior design are typical of the many Chinese restaurants found in Malaysia. For cleanliness this restaurant received an “A” grade from the Kota Kinabalu Municipal council, which speaks volume for its housekeeping.
The Hakka Clan is a resilient and hard working group. Many of them were invited by the missionary during the late 19th century to come and open plantations in North Borneo, present day Sabah. Today the Hakka forms one of the largest clans in Sabah Chinese community. Like the rest of the Chinese community wherever they go, they will bring along their culinary skills. The Hakka is well known for some of their dishes like yam pork, stuffed tofu, and fried rice, to name but a few. Located at mile four and a half North Road Sandakan, Taste is a restaurant that specialises in Hakka Clan style of preparing mouth watering Chinese dishes.
The Taste Chinese Restaurant is a well planned and well organised restaurant. Let’s start with the ordering system. Self-ordering is preferred here and it can be done on a simple piece of paper where all the dishes and drinks served here are listed. The main dishes are also divided into large and small portions. Just tick on the items that you want and pass it on to the waiters. Highly recommended dishes are the dark vinegar pork leg, steamed pork with salted fish, duck with sour plum sauce, pineapple with chicken and yam pork. Many vegetables dishes are also available.
A good place to experience good tasty Chinese cuisine, yet keeping the wallet friendly is Diamond Restaurant. Popular dishes for Diamond Restaurant include the lemon chicken, steamed fish, pork chop Chinese style, ginger beef, and sweet & sour prawn, just to name a few here. Actually they have many more dishes for customers to choose from which consist of vegetables, soups, and meats. For seafood, clients can choose from prawn, crab, and cuttlefish. Apart from these dishes, Diamond fried noodles dry or wet which are also very popular, whether one chooses to dine in or take away. Like most other Chinese restaurants vermicelli and flat rice noodle (kui teoy) are also available. Diamond Restaurant was established in the early 70s, and KK Lites have been coming here for decades, while some of the local residents at the suburb of Luyang even grow up with this eatery. The older folks would have remembered that the restaurant was called Red Lantern, before changing to the present name in 1979.
The choice for a good dining experience in Kudat town can be quite limited especially at night, since most of the shoplots would have closed for business by 6 pm and all the petrol stations in town will be closed by 8pm. Night life at Kudat is almost none existent. But if you do happen to end up at Kudat for an overnight trip do not be despaired, the Sungai Wang Seafood Restaurant at the New Tomborungus Township is a worth while restaurant to enjoy some really tasty seafood. The seafood in Kudat is of good quality as fishermen do bring in their daily catch. Sungai Wang Restaurant is also the main place for the Chinese Community to hold events like anniversary, baby shower, birthday and wedding.
The Sungai Wang Restaurant serves mostly Chinese cuisine with seafood as the main selection. Beef, chicken and pork are also available in the menu. Popular prawn dishes like steamed fresh prawn, dry and wet butter prawn, and spicy tiger prawn are favourites among the customers. Live ocean fishes are available too, normally these fishes are the most pricey items on the menu. The cost for seafood here is considered moderate if compared with those in Kota Kinabalu.
Located at Bundusan road, Penampang, WK Restaurant specialises in Chinese cuisine and dim sum.
Nice breakfast buffet at 1Borneo Hypermall.
Development in Kota Kinabalu City has been gaining speed in the last couples of years, new houses and new apartments can be seen completed along a few highways that leading out of the city. And also many new shop lots, new offices and new shopping malls have opened for businesses too. With more new investments coming into Kota Kinabalu, so are new jobs being created. More people means more mouths to feed. At the Plaza Grand Milennium there are as many as 11 eateries at this shopping Plaza along. These eateries consist of Chinese, Indian, and Nyonya restaurants, and even Fusion of Western and Chinese cuisines like Sam Pok Restaurant is available.
Kim Fah Restaurant has set up it shop here too. The owner of Kim Fah was originally from Beaufort, a small town about 2 hours by car south of Kota Kinabalu. Kim Fah Restaurant is specialised in Chinese cuisine, and it has a few other outlets around KK. At the Plaza Grand Milennium branch there is plenty of parking too.
Poppea Garden Cafe is a nice and lively eatery located at the northern corner of City Mall. City Mall is about 10 minutes by car from Kota Kinabalu. This cafe serves mostly Chinese cuisine, and a little bit of western cooking is on the menu. Do note that Poppea Garden Cafe do not serve pork. The walls inside this cafe is quite interesting and is also very pleasing to the eyes, with the use of bright colours and funky design.
A look at the menu shows that Poppea Garden cafe does put some effort into their food presentation. Nice plates, like square ones and strong colours are in use too. Try order the Pineapple Fried Rice (RM 7.90), not only the rice with the crunchy pineapple makes it so tasty, but also the way it is presented is so appealling, with the pineapple shell as its bowl, splendid idea.
Country Grill Restaurant is a newly open eatery that served Chinese and Western cuisines, and this place do not serve pork. Since it opening about 3 months ago, early 2008, Sam Pok has already built up a healthy customers based. This restaurant has a very pleasant atmosphere, may be it is because of the warm lightings and also may be it is the spacious environment, which give customers a very relaxing mood. The furnitures of Country Grill Restaurant also play a fairly important part in making this place so inviting. The tables and chairs are all made of wood which add to the natural feel of the place and the walls are all painted and tiled in earthly colours.