If you are in 1 Borneo, I suggest you try the roasted pork or roasted pork ribs at Hong Kong Recipe restaurant. We went to 1 Borneo lifestyle mall in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, on Good Friday. I managed to get some time off from work to spend with my family. 1 Borneo is my daughter’s favorite shopping mall, and we tend to end up there every holiday or weekend. One of the reasons why she loves going to 1 Borneo is because she gets to go on all the musical kiddie rides.
HONG KONG RECIPE RESTAURANT
This Chinese restaurant is well known for their roast pork, and pork ribs. My wife likes this dish, but as it was a holiday, they sold out their roast pork long before we arrived for dinner. So we ordered off their menu, and hoped that our daughter will accept the other dishes they have. We noticed that our daughter is quite particular about what she eats and where she eats at. At least, the decor of this Chinese restaurant gets her approval, and we get to hang out here for a well-deserved break. It normally isn’t so empty, but it was a holiday, and most of the crowd is in the daytime.
The Food On The Menu
The food was delicious, especially their pork chops and fried wantans. The Nam Yee Pork Ribs was a little on the oily side, but the pork was tasty. My daughter and I ended up sharing the fried wantans, which is made with whole prawns. The food was prepared fairly quickly, and service was efficient. The only complain I have is with the presentation of the dishes, which was dull and boring. The portions are a bit on the small side, but that is the way things are these days.
I had this Iced Sunrise drink, a drink made with 7-Up, with syrup and what looks like an egg yolk. While my wife had the Iced 3 Colored House Special, which was a lemon/lime based drink. Drinks like this are popular in many restaurants and cafes around Sabah.
The Price Of The Meal
As a rule of the thumb, we always figured RM 20 to 30 per person per meal, in restaurants like this. This meal cost RM 44.45, inclusive of 10% service charge.
XIN WANG HONG KONG CAFE
The weekend before that, we visited this restaurant, also located in 1 Borneo. In fact, just a couple of lots after Hong Kong Recipe. The focus is on Hong Kong style dishes, and decor. Surprisingly, they have chicken curry on the menu, and I don’t recall ever having curry in Hong Kong. I had spent a few months in Kowloon in my teens. I remember the roasted pork and BBQ honey chicken drumsticks from the road side stalls.
Anyway, I had the Black Pepper Beef Baked Rice with cheese, while my wife had the Pork Chop Baked Rice with cheese. Our daughter had the Deep Fried Prawn Dumpling, which is similar to the fried wantan. Yes, getting her to eat anything is a challenge, and the reason why she let us have our meal was because we promised her to go to the kiddie rides afterward.
They have the same kind of drinks menu as Hong Kong Recipe, the usual mock cocktail concoctions. My wife had the orange juice, while I tried the Ying Yong which is coffee and tea mixed together. Nothing interesting really.
The meal in this restaurant
Although the meal was tasty, it was too dry. We have had better Baked Rice with cheese at many places. The tab came to RM 47.40, inclusive of 10% service charge. Again, about what you would expect to pay in a restaurant like this. Too bad the food wasn’t that good or interesting.
We went back there on Good Friday, and was told the food menu has been discontinued. All they had was some sandwiches, drinks and chicken curry on their snack menu. I asked them about it and was told their boss just decided to discontinue it. Which didn’t really make sense to us, so that’s how we ended up in Hong Kong Recipe.
IF CHINESE FOOD ISN’T YOUR THING
There are plenty of other restaurants and fast food available. For instance, DOME, Secret Recipe, New York, or Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Kenny Rogers Roasters and Kentucky Fried Chicken. As well as, Japanese restaurants. Since McDonalds are having a value lunch promotion currently, we spent RM 18.30 for lunch. If you choose to dine in a western style restaurant, expect to pay more. Roughly RM 40 to 50 per person.
A few years back, I happen to overhear a group of young Americans having a meal in McDonalds. They were so glad to be eating burgers and fries after days of eating noodles and rice.
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