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    The hawker stalls at Tanjung Aru Beach: Food hall nightmare!

    by Madasabull Updated Feb 21, 2014

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    So why a nightmare! Well, as we entered the food hall, it seemed pretty quiet, and although there was plenty of places to eat, a lot were closed, but that wasn't the problem, nope.

    We love street food, and wherever we go, we always try to eat from hawker stands. And like a lot of people, we love the idea, but sometimes, it just can't be done, for lots of reasons, like the place might be dirty, or the food might not look to healthy, or the people making the food don't look clean, or the toilets close by should be demolished.

    Well, all of the above apply to this place. While I started to look at the food, my wife went to the toilet that was attached to the place, and I was lucky to get her back alive, as she told me they were the worst toilets she had ever been in. There was crap up the walls and all over the floor, rubbish and all kinds of waste all over the place. She said it was so bad, that there were no flies, as even the flies couldn't stomach it in there. And, there was a charge to use the "toilet"!!

    Now to the food being served. We stood and watched one man making sate sticks. He had a bucket full of bits of what looked like bits of chicken in it. As he dipped his hands into the bucket to get the chicken, hundred of flies flew from the bucket, hovered a little, then as he removed his hands, they all flew back into the bucket. We stood there with our jaws on the floor.

    There was food stacked on the dirty floors, and one person had a finger from each hand shoved up his nose, 2 hands, 2! Needless to say, we couldn't eat here, and nobody should, is should be burned to the ground while there is still a chance of containment.

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    Pearl City Restaurant: Avoid this Semporna restaurant

    by TonyBagnall Updated Jun 7, 2006

    We had a really bad meal here. The food was not vey good and we had to leave most of it. A shame because the setting of the restaurant is very nice - over-looking the water. Maybe just go for a drink to enjoy the view but make sure you eat elsewhere!

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    Sandakan market near the airport: Locals Love to Eat Wild Boar

    by Bali-Babe Written Jan 22, 2005
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    The tribal people of Borneo hunt wild boar regularly. In Sandakan it is illegal to hunt it or serve it in most places. But the market near the airport has one stall that is allowed to sell it, and it sells almost every part of the boar including it's face. Every part is used by the people, nothing goes to waste.

    Favorite Dish: I was too chicken to try the boar, since the meat was laying around for awhile in unsanitary conditions. Maybe next time I will go hunting with the tribal men and cook it fresh with them.....

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    Sandakan's early morning market: Try a local delicacy "Bird's Nest Soup"

    by Bali-Babe Written Jan 22, 2005

    If you happen to be in Sandakan, Borneo you will have to visit the early morning market. The market is the least expensive place to try a local soup made with bird's nests.

    The bird's nests are made by swallows. The swallows make their nests from their own saliva, and they build them very high up in the caves in the area. Locals need tall ladders and ropes to retrieve them, which make them very expensive to buy.

    The nests are then boiled into soup and sugar is added to it. The local people believe that the soup will cure you of any diseases and preserve longevity. There are many stories of it curing cancer, etc.

    Favorite Dish: The Bird's nest Soup definately wasn't my favorite, but it really wasn't bad at all. In the market you will have to arrive very early, such as 6 or 7AM to get a bowl of it. The soup sells out very quickly.

    You can also buy the dried bird's nests in the airport. They come in a plastic tray and are outrageously priced!

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    tropicana: Tropicana in Poring hot springs

    by HeidiR Written Dec 22, 2004

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    Most people will go to Poring Hot springs after they have climbed Mount Kinabalu for nice relaxing hot baths to ease their aching muscles. On our second night in Poring we went to a resterant called Tropicana. The food was absolutely fantastic. I had the tastiest sweet and sour fish I have ever tasted. everyone else in the group enjoyed their meals and their was about 10 of us. The downside like alot of places in borneo there were big bugs flying in the resterant, the size of small birds.

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    Top Spot: Mixing with the locals

    by steve28 Written May 21, 2004

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    An evening at Top Spot

    This is one of the most wonderful places to eat in Kuching. This is our second visit to Borneo and Top spot is as popular as ever.

    It seem that the ABC is the best vendor to use although we did try them all

    Favorite Dish: We didnt have any set meal we just chose from the displays. Everything is so fresh and the choice is superb

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