24th February, 2017
Story by RMM
Established in January 2014, the name Kampung Bahang Roadside Cafe (KBRC) says it all. Located on Jalan Hungab, this food court-style eatery is home to a few food vendors including the famous Siboguan Pork Burgers and Catering, and Uncle Chau’s Pork Dumpling and Satay.
KBRC is the brainchild of owner Daryl Murray Lanjuat. With five years of working experience as a restaurant manager, he decided that it was time to open a place of his own. Daryl always dreamt of owning a cafe that is family friendly, but combining it with his love of music.
When the initial opportunity came to take over operations from the cafe’s previous owner in 2013, Daryl knew that besides serving good food, he wanted the new space to include a performance area. Being a member of two bands, Daryl understands the lack of opportunities for local artists and his aim was to create a venue that was indie music friendly.
Besides hosting weekly acoustic performances, KBRC is jam-packed every month during their signature Rock the Village event. At first glance, the concept of a food court-style open-air cafe hosting a rock gig sounds odd. But for some peculiar reason, the combination of bak kut teh, ikan panggang and loud rock music really works.
The two anchor stalls here that are crowd pullers sell your regular comfort grub, pork burgers, pork dumplings and satay. Siboguan Pork Burgers and Catering was the first vendor to operate at KBRC back in 2014. It was started by ex-flight attendant Alvin Ajun. The most popular item on their menu is the juicy 1kg Pork Burger that is freshly made using his secret recipe. The burger is staked with homemade coleslaw, a freshly made pork patty, cheddar cheese and onion rings.
Uncle Chau’s Dumpling and Satay on the other hand, was founded by Albert Chau a pioneer Leech Therapist. Fondly known as Raja Lintah Sabah, Albert uses a recipe that was handed down by his Shan Tong ancestors to make his delicious dumplings. A must try beverage is the Talak Twister, made with orange juice and the finest talak (local rice wine) in Penampang.
According to Daryl, having vendors that serve good food is the key to the success of KBRC. The food is afordable and diners also have the convenience of free Wi-Fi and free parking. The main object for Daryl is to allow people to experience the laidback atmosphere of dining in a kampung. KBRC also caters to functions like birthday parties and meetings.
Kampung Bahang Roadside Cafe is located at Jalan Kobusak-Hungab, Kampung Bahang, Penampang. Business hours are from 5:30pm to 11:30pm on weekdays and 5.30pm to 12:00am on weekends. For more information, call Murray at +60 19 805 4375.