ZenQ signature Grass jelly dessert, Lintas township, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Asian dessert

Sabah holiday 2015. It all ends here! Sniff!

On the night before my flight back to the Gold Coast, Mike took me to ZenQ and I had their signature grass jelly dessert. I love grass jelly, although I have no idea what it really is.

In Sabah there’s a drink called susu leung fun. Susu is soya milk, while leung fun is grass jelly in thin tubes, so yes it looks like black jelly worms. The drink has lots of ice and sugar syrup in it, and looks black and cream. My mouth is watering thinking of it. But I assure you it’s nothing like Guinness.

This morning Mike drove around looking for a place for breakfast. He took me to the new Wong Kwok restaurant in Luyang area, for dim sum.

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Now, pay attention.

In Australia, they call this style of eating yum cha. I think yum cha literally means “drink tea” in Cantonese, the principal language in Hong Kong, home of the dim sum/yum cha (stay with me). The dim sum are the delicacies you eat while drinking the tea.

Maybe it’s like having little sandwiches with your afternoon tea, in the days when the Brits actually did that kind of thing.

Would you like to join me for a little afternoon tea, probably implied that there would be food to go with it.

In many countries dim sum/yum cha starts around 11am, like a late brunch. Luckily for us, Wong Kwok Luyang was bustling at 8.30am when we turned up!

We had traditional steamed morsels, siu mai pork & prawn dumplings, har gaw prawns inside scalloped rice pasta ravioli, and chi cheung fun, prawns rolled in rice pasta sheets, with a special sambal.

But today, the pièce de résistance for me were soft white buns with salted egg yolks inside. A friend Sam Vun told me these are called Lao Sa Bao. It was a perfect end to the breakfast.

Just the breakfast. This is not really a post about endings. My relationship with Sabah continues regardless of where I am. I don’t want to dwell on the end of a holiday.

I toyed with the idea of a new WordPress blog theme for 2016. But the truth is I really like the theme we have now, which is called Libretto. It suits my long posts and I love that it’s a single column layout. So we shall stay with this for now!

I’m playing with Clare Patrick again in a few weeks! We only just finished the musical Dusty The Original Pop Diva before my holiday! Can’t get enough of a good thing, can you?

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Clare was Dusty in the musical and  is performing a set of Dusty songs for a fundraiser for cancer.

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The link about this event is here. Clare asked if I would play piano and my friend John Stefulj will play double bass. So this will be an acoustic set of Dusty Springfield songs. Clare’s got loads of ideas and I can’t wait to meet up. There are limited tickets for sale for the event so let me know if you are interested. Excited!

I’m also going to meet Ruby Yeh, a Brisbane blogger who has started to teach piano. Ruby blogs about topics including photography, food and travel. We have never met and will review a coffee place together. All this is new for me, and I’m looking forward to meeting you, Ruby!

Time to put my sunnies on. Queensland, here I come.

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