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First and foremost...

Thank you so much for visiting this humble blog of mine. I'll try to give you guys some good reviews on the local food & sceneries especially from my hometown (yay Tawau, Sabah) so please bear with me ok 😊

Oh and just so you guys know before proceeding...

a) I never travel abroad - so you won't be seeing any posts outside of our beloved country (yet!)

b) I take all of my pictures with my puny, low megapixeled & outdated smartphone - so no professionally taken photos here as well (sad but true)

c) I never got invited to do a review - so my comments are somewhat unbias (for now)

d) I have this ongoing problem with my internet at home so I can only go online at work - so I'm sorry beforehand for any comments that cannot be reply timely (my bad)

e) I don't mind if you guys wanted to use any of my pictures - just as long as you credit this blog as well ok 👍

Also due to my own carelessness, I've accidentally deleted most of the photos that I've uploaded to Google Album Archive recently. Thankfully I found a way to recover most of them (but not all I'm afraid) albeit in a much lower resolution & quality. So if you view my past posts and there seems to be missing photos from them, I do apologize beforehand for that. I'll try to update them with newer photos should I drop by said places again in the future. So sorry folks... 😢😢😢

So here goes nothing...

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Gen.Z Karamunsing Kompleks (KK FoodieVenture #132)

After having our lunch at the Karamunsing Kompleks during our most recent visit to KK, I can’t help but noticed another bubble tea brand that was familiar to me as we went past their main entrance. This locally born and bred franchise has been featured in several Sabahan food reviews so I was pretty happy to find a branch on the far corner on the ground floor of said mall. Even more thrilling was the fact that they have more than one chocolate choices for me to choose from (which lets be honest… is a rarity on its own). After taking some time ogling at their menu, I finally decided upon their unique Charcoal Chocolate milk tea and despite my initial scepticism over the charcoal part, I found them to be yummy with a perfect blend of all its ingredients. I also like the fact that the staff were among the friendliest that I’ve encountered and a bit… too diligent I guess especially when they insisted upon seeing and taking my receipt when collecting said drink. But hey… no biggie as the drink was definitely worth it. 

Oh and by the way, HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR everyone! Hopefully the year of the rat will bring us more good fortune & everlasting happiness... 






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White Whalet Tea (KK FoodieVenture #131)

I’m not implying anything here but as I was trying to find more info on the background of this bubble tea store (which points to them being produced locally), I did noticed that their name and menu items bore some resemblance to another well-known franchise originating from Taiwan. But then again, it might be all just happen to a big coincidence so I reserved my judgement until I’ve actually tasted the latter.

It was a rarity for both me and my partner to descend upon the City Mall at Jalan Lintas so as we were walking along & checking out the place, we spotted their store and my legs just automatically walked into them. They were having a promotion (at said time) where you’ll get a free drink should you liked and shared their FB post. I did just that and was presented with the free Brown Sugar Whale Tea and surprisingly found myself actually liking it (which was huge for someone who doesn’t like regular bubble milk tea that much). My actual order was their Brown Sugar Whale Cacao and I found them to be very tasty, slightly creamy and sweet; one of my personal favourites so far. 






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Xing Fu Tang Suria Sabah (KK FoodieVenture #130)

After a less-than-thrilling experience with The Alley, I was again taken by surprise when I spotted this kiosk moments after finishing the latter’s drink. I mean really now, are they trying to drown me with all of these bubble tea franchises (that they know I can’t resist)? What is more ironic is the fact that they are just around the corner from their arch rival, on the 1st floor of Suria Sabah shopping mall. But thankfully my wise and non-bubble-tea-enthusiast partner persuaded me to come back the next day and that was exactly what we did. Unfortunately I was let down yet again at the realization that their already limited menu does not include a chocolate option; a surprise for such a big name in the Taiwanese bubble tea business. I did debated with myself whether to try their other options and since it did pique my interest in seeing their famous brown sugar ridden tapioca pearls being stirred right in front of me (in a golden wok no less) I decided to take a chance at their numero uno drink, the Brown Sugar Boba Milk.

I wouldn’t say that I was a fan after having it but I must say they do lived up to their status as one of the top dogs in the bubble tea industry (despite the 'he said-she said' feud going on between their Taiwanese HQ vs Malaysian master franchisee - Chatime 2.0 anyone?). I usually do not like milk but theirs was pretty acceptable to me & not as strong as I've heard. Most importantly, I admit that the caramelized boba was good, as it was very flavourful and softly chewable. But the price was among the most expensive that I’ve encountered so far, even for a popular & internationally known brand such as theirs. Oh and do be warn though; do stir clear of the place if you're in a hurry since it may take some time for them to prepare said stir fried boba as it is freshly made on the spot. 





     
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