Asia, Malaysia

Malaysia Trip 2022/2023 Day 8: Kota Kinabalu

Baggage status: Baggage status: 1/3 in Tokyo?, 1/3 in Incheon, 1/3 in Toronto?

Last morning at the Le Meridian and our last breakfast at Latest Recipe. I couldn’t leave without having another nasi lemak. I also tried their chicken congee for the first time. It was tasty by itself but I topped it off with some grilled chicken, beef curry and veggies.

My fully loaded chicken congee at Le Meridien Hotel

After that, it was a packing marathon as I tried my best not to forget anything like I did in Seoul. I made sure to pack as much as I can from the bedroom before baby has to go down for her nap and then moved on to the living space after she went down for her nap. I’m going to miss this hotel but this was a temporary accommodation as we had to move our trip up. We will be moving to an Airbnb for the rest of our stay. 

For lunch, we grabbed some roti canai at Sri Latha Curry House. It was one of Aaron’s favourite places to go from his previous trips but he thinks that the cook must have changed because the roti was not as flaky as he remembered them to be. I still enjoyed it. We also ordered some extra fish and chicken curry as well as the basic curry and dahl that came with the meal

The move went very smoothly given how much stuff we already accumulated on this trip including a travel cot and mattress and a bunch of diapers and baby essentials. We had help at the hotel to trolley our stuff downstairs and then the Airbnb host even came with her pickup truck to help us transport all our luggage. We are truly grateful! She even had a little trolley of her own to help us move things to the Airbnb. 

We took some time to settle in and cooked dinner for the baby, after having borrowed some rice from the friendly Airbnb host who lived next door! After the baby ate, we headed to the Imago Shopping Mall food court to pick up some food for ourselves. While we were at the mall, it appears they were getting ready for the Lunar New Year with the Christmas displays half down and some rabbit (it’s going to be the year of the rabbit) displays up. We also were given a free sample of some tapioca crisps. It was so good, we had to get 2 bags of it – the premium bag and the “salty egg Korean spicy” flavoured bag. We had initially wanted chicken rice from The Chicken Rice Shop but they had already sold out by the time we got there (around 8pm). We opted for KFC instead. Asian KFC has such an interesting menu and better taste compared to those found in North America. We were intrigued by the Golden Egg Burgers so we got the buddy meal with 2 burgers, 2 fried chicken (drumstick and thigh) as well as cheesy potato wedges. We had to put baby to sleep but grateful that we had the ability to heat up the food again in the oven at the Airbnb. I couldn’t really taste the salty egg but the burger was still very tasty. The processed cheese sauce on the cheesy potato wedges were also addictive. The fried chicken pieces were nice and spicy. We had some of the salty egg tapoica crisps one after dinner and to our disappointment, it was lack-lustre. These chips were a lot thicker than the ones we sampled so it just did not have the texture that we expected. We later had the premium one and it was still very addictive.

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