What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Vanilla, Strawberry, or Chocolate? Frankly, to me they all taste quite the same if we are talking about ordinary ice cream in supermarket. Now we have ice cream that “tastes like Sabah,” a great news to those dessert lovers who are bored with common flavors.
So, what are those Sabah tastes? Sabah Froz Ice Creamery, the local ice cream manufacturer has invented the following new flavors after 2 years of research:
- Api-Api Bandung (Rose-flavor)
- Beaufort Vanilla
- Goji Berry (or Wolfberry)
- Libaran Mango
- Ranau Teh Tarik (pulled milk tea)
- Sugut Tongkat Ali (guys know it)
- Tawau Chocolate
- Tenom Coffee
The flavors are named on their location and ingredients sourced from there. The mango are from the farm of Sabah Chief Minister, so it is only available during fruiting season.
Pic: Sabah ice cream in Ranau Teh Tarik and Api-Api Bandung flavors
At first I thought the unique name is only a marketing gimmick. After trying the ice cream, I agree that each flavor has distinct taste.
Pic: product label that reads “From the beginning of time, the natives of Sabah have always believed Mount Kinabalu to be a sacred place where the finest herbs and berries grew, nourished by the crystal pure mist from the mountain’s summit. Today, Sabah Froz Ice Creamery carefully selects its core ingredients from the shadow of this great mountain so you too can enjoy a wondrously taste unlike other.”
But the most important of all, it’s the milk that makes the big difference. Instead of using milk produced by cows reared in barns, they use fresh milk from free-grazing Hotein Friesien cows from the farm in foothill of Mt. Kinabalu. Free range cows are happier hence better milk quality. Holy cow, sort of.
Currently, you only can buy this ice cream at the first kiosk at jetty of Sutera Harbor behind Pacific Sutera Hotel of Kota Kinabalu city. You may Click here for the Location Map. They are working with Eu Yan Sang Malaysia, so you would find this ice cream sold in 89 outlets of Eu Yan Sang nationwide by year end (includes Peninsula Malaysia). They are also looking for retailers. You may follow the Facebook of Sabah-Froz for update.
Pic: This ice cream kiosk opens from 7:30am to 7:30pm daily.
If you want to have something special in your private events such as birthday party, you may contact Ezani (Phone: +60 14-5692917) to order the ice cream (minimum 50 units). It costs RM7 (≈US$2.20) per cup (size: 100ml).
Sabah Froz Ice Creamery has invested more than RM1 million on setting up the production line and freezer in Kota Kinabalu.
Since there are many flavors, you may not know where to start. I strongly recommend Goji Berry flavor, which is the winner of the Best New Ice Cream award in the International Dairy Federation Dairy Innovation Award 2011 in Italy. Goji Berry is a popular herb in Chinese diet because it has anti-ageing and eye-nourishing properties, something that we really need, due to constant exposure to excessive blue light and free radicals from computer.
From the photos, you can tell this ice cream is dense. The taste is really smooth and deep. It’s not too sweet. The mild sour of Goji Berry blends perfectly with the sweetness of the milk, making me want to eat more. It passes my quality test and I think it can rival the premium brands. I don’t mind eating it every day (I would become a fat dude with sparkling eyes lol).
Another flavor that I have tried is Sugut Mocha Tongkat.
Sugut Mocha Tongkat is sweet and bitter, some may not like it. If you love dark chocolate like me, you will enjoy it.
Pic: Nutrition information of the ice cream for those who are Calorie conscious. Each serving is about 634 kJ (151 Calorie).
Pic: ingredients and manufacturer information of Sabah Froz ice cream
Have you tried all the flavors? Please tell me which one you like the most ok.
Photos taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo
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Kota Kinabalu city (KK) has one of the best sunset views in the world. Some tourists even nickname KK as the Sunset City. Being a local who has been enjoying free sunset, a recent visit to Sky Blu Bar made me realized that being at the right place with the right people could give you a far better “sunset experience.”
I don’t work for Grandis Hotel, the owner of Sky Blu Bar. The discovery of Sky Blu Bar is by accident. Last week I was dragged by my friends to this place after a conference. Actually I was reluctant to go because my stomach was still full of hotel food. Grandis Hotel is in Suria Sabah Shopping Mall. We took the elevator to its roof top. The sun just started to sink and I was stunned by the view.
Our first reaction is to rush to take photos of the golden sunset. The view of sunset is not the same in different locations of KK. In most places, the view is obstructed by hill, trees, tall building or electrical wires. Sky Blu Bar is on 13th floor, a high point that allows my sight totally filled with panoramic view of sunset, sea and islands.
Sky Blu Bar is quite new but most of the best seats were occupied and we were lucky to find a seat. Though I wish I can keep this place as a secret, I’m sure it’ll become a hot spot in KK city centre very soon when many visitors show off their selfie with such killer view in social media. Hope other KK hotels with tall building will construct sunset bars too.
Pic: sunset in South China Sea (Click to zoom in)
Besides South China Sea and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, from there, you can see KK city at your left and Sabah port at your right.
Pic: sunset over Manukan Island, with the sea gleamed with warm sunlight. The sinking point varies throughout the year.
Sabah is in tropical region so sunny weather is not always guaranteed every day. You only have 40% to 50% chance of seeing the orange yolk dipping into the ocean. In other times, it is covered by dense cloud. In short, you need luck.
Pic: the reflection of sunset on the glass table top
After the sunset was over, people turned their head to the plate and enjoyed the dinner with purple-tinged sky at the background
There are 80 seats on first come first serve basis, so you better be there earlier to grab a spot for best sunset view.
There are two sections. The open space with about 30 seats offers the best view of the sea and sunset, but it is exposed to rain and sunlight. It is also quite dim after dark. I asked for candle but they said they didn’t have it (really?). You may need to bring your own candle if you plan to have a romantic candlelight dinner.
Another section is under the roof and close to a bar. They also play pop songs music to create more lively ambience.
Pic: a corner where you can see sunset and city night views
There are two swimming pools next to the bar, one for adult and another one for children (about 0.6 Meter in depth)
Food & Drink
I’m impressed with the variety of food & beverages at Sky Blu Bar. The price is quite affordable too. A set dish, which comes with drink, costs about RM35 (≈US$11). If you order only food or non-alcoholic drink, most cost less than RM20 (≈US$6.50). The bar also has Happy Hours rate.
Pic: chicken and beef satay, tender and delicious
You can order finger food or stomach filler. Just to name some: salad (from RM13, ≈US$4), seafood (from RM13), pasta (from RM17, ≈US$5), burger, noodle, satay (skewer), dessert (from RM15, ≈US$4.60), etc.
I was quite happy with their food and had couple of beer. It’s really a wonderful feeling to be there with my friends.
For drink, there are beer, cocktail (from RM23, ≈US$7), mocktail (from RM17, ≈US$5), fruit juice (from RM13, ≈US$4), red/white wine (from RM23 per glass), champagne (from RM318, ≈US$97), whisky (from RM13), Vodka, RUM, Tequila, etc. Yes, tea, coffee and soft drink are available too (from RM12, ≈US$3.70). Want the most expensive liquor? Order Hennessy XO for RM1,283 (≈US$392).
*price is inclusive of government tax and well, you know, subject to change in future
Sky Blu Bar is located on 13th floor / roof top (they name it “R” floor) of Grandis Hotels & Resorts. The bar opens from 11am to 12am every day.
Below is their contact:
Phone: +60 88-522888
Address (see Location Map): Grandis Hotels and Resorts, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall 1, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Photos taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo
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