I usually cannot stand spicy food, but give me Thai food anyday, especially Tom Yum Goong, and I could finish the soup until the very last drop!

Weird, isn't it?

Thai Style Ngiu Chap

So, it is no wonder that this version of Beef Brisket Noodles, or Ngiu Chap is one of my personal favourites: it is actually a Thai version of it!

It used to be quite spicy a few years back (with cili padi inside the soup itself) but it is no longer served like that now. The soup base nowadays tastes mostly sourish. Just imagine tom yum goong, but without the spiciness!

But do not fret; in order to 'complete' the taste, just ask for their special sambal belacan, add some to your bowl of Ngiu Chap, stir, and you're set! The sambal belacan makes all the difference in the dish, trust me!

What I also love about this Ngiu Chap is that the soup is clear-based, which is so unlike the others. The meatballs are huge, too!

Price: RM4.50 for a Regular/normal sized bowl, BUT I highly suggest you to order the Big bowl instead. It is only RM5.50!

p/s: I have already reviewed this eatery years back, but only found out recently that my old foodblog has finally been closed down, without them letting me know first. So all my food posts.. and the photos.. are gone just like that. :(

(Opposite from Multibake, across the street from Tong Hing Supermarket)
Damai Plaza, Kota Kinabalu

Deep Fried Pork Noodle or Char Nyuk Mien [RM5] which can be found at Kedai Kopi Hui Chow. 

One of my absolute favourites! The soup is a must-try too; dry prawn soup! Certainly different from other coffeeshops, which is why I like it!

Kedai Kopi Hui Chow
Ground Floor, Shoplot 12 (same row as 7Eleven)
Taman Fortuna Phase II, Kota Kinabalu
I remember back when I was still in primary school years, after attending our Church mass like Easter or Christmas Eve, my dad would always bring us whole family to have the BEST HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE IN TOWN (his exact words!) located at Wishbone Cafe in Jesselton Hotel Jalan Gaya (Gaya Street). It was quite a popular coffeehouse back then, and my parents would always bump into people they know whenever we were there.

Even though the rest of the family always eventually ordered something else other than this famous dish, my dad and I were usually the ones who ended up ordering the chicken rice every single time. Which was fine by me, as I absolutely LOVE this dish! Love, love, love! Can't have enough of it! Even until today!

The taste of the rice, the soup, the condiments, and most importantly the chicken, they were out of this world!  Just mouthwatering!

Well it is to me, at least. 

Anyway, the Hainanese Chicken Rice served at Wishbone Cafe looked something like this:

Hainanese Steamed Chicken Rice
Photo taken during my Valentine's Day lunch at Bella Italia a couple of years back!

Generous portion of everything (especially the chicken), but with the price that it's at, the portion SHOULD be a lot, right?

I don't remember the bean sprouts being served back then, though! 

I'm sure most of you know that Wishbone Cafe has been replaced by Bella Italia now, so when I saw this:

Those sweet memories of my family outings and the Hainanese Chicken Rice came flooding straight back!

But is this Restoran Wishbone as good as the one served at Wishbone Cafe?

Restoran Wishbone has a kopitiam feel instead of a usual restaurant: open aired (for downstairs), having to order and pay at the counter, and taking your own utensils and condiments before sitting down.

Definitely suited for the mass crowd now. Not a problem, though.

You can also opt to sit facing the wall; best for those in a hurry during lunchtime. 

Order, sit, eat, go!

The air-conditioned area upstairs

Now, the comparison between the 2 places..

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Restoran Wishbone, RM5

Obviously, with the huge difference with the pricing, (RM20+ served at Wishbone Cafe/Bella Italia) and only RM5 here at Restoran Wishbone, you can hardly expect it to be the same. Though I have to say, even though the fragrant butter rice tasted good, it was slightly dry. The portion of the chicken was reasonable though; tasted good, too. 

The one big thing that I didn't like?

When I dined there in early September, I noticed that the condiments were just open and exposed to the air; no lid on it at all. Which means, easy targets for the flies and other insects to land, isn't it? 

I surely hope they have fixed this matter by now; I haven't got around to dine there for a second time yet.

But anyway, they also serve Nasi Lemak and other dishes too, like the Oxtail Assam Pedas, which tasted quite good, but looked horrible in photo (due to the colour and texture), so I've decided not to post it up.

Restoran Wishbone
Lot 109, Jalan Gaya (Gaya Street)
88100 Kota Kinabalu
Tel:  +60 88 239533

I got to try this Tempura Ebi Kare Udon, which is basically Fried Prawn Curry Noodle at Wojamama 1Borneo the other day, and it was delish!

Unfortunately, I didn't get the price for it, but not to worry; I will surely order this for myself sometime soon!

If you love curry as well, then you should give this dish a try at any of the Wojamama's restaurant branches. :)

That's right! The popular branch Japan Boat Takoyaki (at Ground Floor in Wisma Merdeka) has now arrived in Karamunsing Complex, too! They officially opened their latest branch on 1st September 2011! Congrats!

If you're wondering where they are located, it's at the Basement Floor, located at the back entrance of Karamunsing Complex!

So what are you waiting for??

** Apologies for the bad quality of images; I just used the camera on my cellphone to take these photos

Japan Boat Takoyaki
Basement Floor, Karamunsing Complex (Back Entrance)

Kota Kinabalu
(Japan Boat Takoyaki Facebook page link)