Edited: D’Place Kinabalu is now moved to 2nd Floor, Plaza Shell (above Mercedez Benz showroom), Hap Seng Building


It is always the best feeling when everyone appreciates your effort in helping each other. D’ Place Kepayan Perdana has extended their invitation to me in joining them for their 3rd Anniversary. I was a little late at some point, but was on time for their wonderfully planned performances!

Of course, most of the foods served are their signatures – native Sabahan food, which I’m always fascinated with! Now, how do I know both restaurant owners Lisa and Sandra? Their restaurant went viral on Facebook with all those traditional foods on my newsfeed! Tempted to try out their set meals and dishes because I’m super into native cuisine. So I contacted them to find out more. In addition to that, it’s for Sabah Malaysian Borneo – the magazine that I work for.

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Awesome performance once I’ve reached at the restaurant. Managed to take a self with the guy dressed in Murut costume. Surprisingly, he was also the MC of the day! Besides the traditional dancing performances, I never thought that Maria (Sandra’s mother), who acted as the Bobolian (priestess) until she revealed herself. What a great performance.

Just a note. Sandra spends most of her time in the kitchen, trying to learn all recipes from her mother, Maria. Sandra grew up in savouring the ethnic flavours of the Kadazan Dusun in Sipitang and hopes to share the experience through her cooking.

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Apart from that, Butod (sago worm) eating was one of the highlight activities! I kinda sensed that Sandra and her mother are going to pull me out to join the fun. However, Maria spotted me and she remembers that I dared myself to swallow the sago worm during the food review at their place. So, no chance for me today! Haha. I remembered that moment, three of my trainees were afraid of trying and all of them were overwhelmed when I said I will eat the sago worm. Oh well. Sino jugalah!

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There goes the winner of the Butod eating challenge!

It’s funny when the MC asked, “Apa kau rasa?” (“What do you taste?”) to one of the contestants and they answered “SUSU!” (“Milk!”). Well, it’s true that the butod is actually high in protein. So if you want to gain instant protein, try the butod. Haha!

Since the anniversary is held during the Ka’amatan month, without Siopon (a traditional act of drinking by using bamboo straw)! Aramaitiii!

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