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KFC wishes Bruneians good fortune, wealth, and prosperity with a new golden menu specially created to celebrate the upcoming CNY. The new KFC Golden Butter Cereal is abundantly rich, buttery, and crunchy... you’ll enjoy it down to the last crumb!


To create this truly divine dish, KFC’s succulent Hot & Spicy chicken is generously double-coated – first in loads of spices and seasonings made up of creamy butter, cereal malt, parsley, and fried curry leaves. Then covered in heaps of buttery-sweet crunchy Nestum cereal that has been fried with slivers of curry leaves, and chili flakes - giving it incredible texture for major crunch!


“Like the many occasions that have been affected last year, Bruneians will be celebrating a different kind of CNY this year. Nonetheless, KFC remains committed to constantly bring you safe-to-eat, freshly made delicious food at your convenience whether through dine in, Contactless Takeaway, Contactless Self Collect, or Contactless Delivery. The new KFC Golden Butter Cereal is made extra special for you to enjoy these golden CNY moments with your loved ones,” said Mr. TH Ooi, General Manager KFC Brunei.


It’s such a pleasure to be invited to try this out and this reminds me of one of my favourite Chinese dishes in restaurants called the nestum chicken! As you bite into it, you will get the lovely flaky texture feeling from the cereal and the kick from the spices! Mouth watering goodness!

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Cha Ying Bruneianeats really enjoyed the flavour burst from the crisp fried chicken and the cereal ~~

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Pleasantly happy with the juicy chicken flesh as she sank her teeth onto the Golden Butter Cereal Chicken. Finger Lickin Good!


KFC Golden Butter Cereal is available at all KFC stores nationwide, for a limited time only and while stocks last. Starts from BND 7.50, go for either 2-pc or 3-pc Combo, or opt for a value-for-money Box Meal that comes together with Zinger Burger, Crispier Fries, and coleslaw.


Naturally you just have to take a flatlay of your KFC meal and share it on Instagram or send to your friends ~~ share the love for KFC


At the same time – KFC also released the chili cheese balls ~~~ you gotta love these fried morsels stuffed with chili and cheese!


Creamy cheesy goodness ~~~ with a kick from the chilies ~~


Tasha and Fatin enjoying the chili cheese balls ~


Oooo did you know KFC also has ONION RINGS NOW?! Nooo wayy!!! Shut up and take my money!!!!


So much choices~~ but which one to pick? Why not both?! Here’s Tasha enjoying the chili cheese balls while Fatin nom noms the onion ring ~~


Of course ~~ let’s celebrate the coming of the CNY with the KFC Celebration Bucket! This is the 10 piece bucket with four drinks, signature whipped potato, corn and chili cheese balls!


The Celebration bucket should be a hit at family gatherings or better yet bring them to your office for your colleagues for special occasions!


Carry the celebration bucket in style as you waltz in to the smiles of everyone as they see KFC!


KFC Butter Cereal and Celebration bucket is available nationwide across all channels including dine-in, take and delivery ­­–call us for delivery order at 2222822. For a fast, safe, and easy experience, Just order online at Ta-pow apps or Ta-pow website at or order from GoMamam App or website at

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KFC Brunei launched the limited edition CRUNCHY TANDOORI!

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Recently you may have seen these attractive boxes across social media in Brunei as KFC launched their limited edition Crunchy Tandoori! I have to give them props for having such a colourful design to suit the theme of this new item! Two famed herb and spice mixes – KFC’s signature Hot & Spicy and the exotic tandoori masala, are colliding deliciously at KFC this season to bring you a new and intense taste sensation with the debut of KFC Crunchy Tandoori. Heavily influenced by the vibrant Bollywood theatrics and Bruneians love for this popular Indian dish that has assimilated well into our food culture, KFC Crunchy Tandoori bursts with a dramatically distinctive flavour.

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It’s so attractive that we all wanted to pose with it. Bryant’s flamingo shirt seriously matched well with the box!

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I had the pleasure to check out the limited edition KFC at the Serusop branch.

“We are blessed to be in Brunei with a diverse and infinite variety of cuisines. As we approach the end of an eventful year, we thought it fitting to close it with a dramatic Bollywood-esque twist of flavors that all Bruneians can enjoy,” said Mr TH Ooi , General Manager of KFC Brunei.

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When I was taking photos, I immediately got hit with a strong punch from the aromatic spices from the KFC Crunchy Tandoori!

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The chicken definitely lived up to its CRUNCHY name as there were sounds of crunch as we were sinking our teeth into the chicken and you will get a burst of flavours from the spices!

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Experience irresistibly bold and authentic Indian flavours in the KFC Crunchy Tandoori with the variety of aromatic Tandoori spices that include garam masala, ginger, cumin, garlic powder, and red chili. Tumbled and coated over the KFC’s Hot & Spicy marinade, you can expect a unique combination of smoky Tandoori flavours with a hot and spicy kick, and a deep-fried crunch to complete the overall experience.

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Naturally sharing the KFC Crunchy Tandoori  with friends and family is the best way to enjoy them! Food tastes better when you are tasting it with more people.

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Unfold the drama that is KFC Crunchy Tandoori, launching on November for a limited time only at all KFC stores nationwide. Served in a combo set with refreshing Coleslaw, Whipped Potato, and Pepsi from only BND 7.50. The 2 piece combo is $ 7.50 and comes with 1 coleslaw, signature whipped potato and soft drink or you can go for 3 piece combo for $9.90.

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Also available in the value-for-money Box Meal that includes a Zinger burger and Crispier Fries with a piece of KFC Crunchy Tandoori chicken. If you are the type who wants more variety and is a big fan of the Zinger, you can go for their box meal which is $10.20. It comes with one piece of the KFC Crunchy Tandoori . 1 Zinger burger, KFC signature crispier fries, coleslaw and soft drink! The ultimate lunch combo!

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Big group or with your family? No problem! They have 5 piece or 9 piece combos for you to choose! The 5 piece combo that we ordered is $17.50 and comes with coleslaw, whipped potato and two drinks! You can opt for the 9 piece combo for $28.50 and it comes with four drinks.

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Of course if you tapao, it will be in the bigger KFC carry box. Sport that KFC Box look ~~ does your bag have fried chicken? Nope? I guessed so.

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We simply can’t resist their cheezy wedges ~~ mmmmmmmm~~~

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Don’t forget dessert btw!

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Ooooh what a treat!

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Moments of happiness from enjoying KFC

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Seriously finger licking good ~~~ so siok to eat with your hands naturally!

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What are you waiting for? Drop by to try out the limited edition Crunchy Tandoori  while stocks last!

KFC Crunchy Tandoori is available nationwide across all channels including dine-in, take and delivery ­­–call us for delivery order at 2222822. For a fast, safe, and easy experience, Just order online at Ta-pow apps or Ta-pow website at

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The Tutong Food Guide


When I mentioned that I wanted to do a Tutong guide, a friend joked that the best place to eat in Tutong is to drive to Belait. After asking around on both social media and whatsapp, I’ve decided to drive down to Tutong to do a blog post and radio recording for my Mandarin food talk show on Pilihan FM. These are the most popular places to eat in Tutong town, and also marks an emotional moment for me having finally covered all four districts in my blog for Brunei.

Mei Fang Restaurant


Mei Fang has been around since the 1950s as a Tutong kopitiam opposite the river, selling their famous Tutong Pulut Panggang and stir fried noodles. This traditional kopitiam is still attracting the locals all around Brunei to enjoy their pulut panggang, which can sometimes run out even at 8:30am!


Besides Tutong Pulut Panggang, they also serve good char kway teow and some kuih ~


They have an interesting version of ‘ang gu kuer’ but this is green version – inside is stuffed with crushed peanuts filling.


mmmm ~~~


Their Char Kway Teow is pretty good so give them a try!


Be sure to tapao some back for your friends in BSB, Belait and Temburong ~~

Mei Fang Kopitiam

Jalan Enchi Awang, Tutong, Brunei Darussalam

Puteh Restaurant


Puteh opens as early as 6am and is a popular place for Malay comfort food such as kuih, nasi lemak and of course pulut panggang!


According to some old uncles having breakfast, the original owner was a Chinese Muslim convert and was given the nickname ‘Puteh’. You can see her picture in the shop as well. The recipes are passed down to her children and grandchildren.


The Pulut Panggang here has a softer texture compared to Mei Fang’s and tends to be more generous in terms of the filling and slightly more to the sweeter side. My personal preference is the panggang here as it has a slight smoky flavour to it.


The samosas they have was pretty unique ~~ with potatoes and hard boiled egg inside ~~


Traditional Malay Kueh can be found here ~~


Last but not least is their kuih kusui/kasui which has a melt in your mouth texture and good gula melaka flavour ~ a really foodgasm moment for us and super highly recommended!

Puteh Restaurant

Spg 14, Tutong

Right behind ROS Foto, opposite Tutong Chung Hwa’s basketball court

Ho Yuen Restaurant


Ho Yuen restaurant is located on the same stretch of shops as Mei Fang and is popular as the only traditional non halal kopitiam in Tutong town. My friend strongly recommends their kolomee as well as their wet fried noodles.


You can see quite a lot of Chinese style stir fries for noodles and rice on their menu but what won me over was their fried pork kolo mee poh ~~ pork marinated using fermented tofu (nan lu) and deep fried to perfection to be served with quite good kolo mee poh! Thumbs up!

Ho Yuen Restaurant

Jalan Enchi Awang, Tutong, Brunei Darussalam

K.K. Koya Restaurant


I have memories in my childhood of stopping by the KK Koya in Telisai on the way to Belait to visit relatives. They are famous for serving Indian-Malay cuisine and are very popular throughout Tutong.


They have quite a variety of curries and rendangs for you to enjoy with their Nasi Briyanis ~~ drools ~~ oh did I mention they have Indian style sweet desserts too?


Perhaps one of the most iconic dish for KK Koya has to be their rojak ~~~ you can choose to have Sotong or Ayam or try out their Special which is a mix of Sotong and Ayam (chicken and squid)


The rojak is slathered with their signature sauce which is sweet and a slight spicy kick to it. The chicken is actually their tandoori spiced fried chicken which is well cooked and seasoned (not too dry). They also have sliced cucur (fried fritters), fried tofu, pineapples, turnips, potatoes and cucumbers in the mix. Quite yummy and some friends of mine actually have strong cravings for this rojak!


oh ~~ did someone say Mee Mamak? They are famous for their Mee Mamak Kambing but I forgot and ordered beef instead ~~ it’s still pretty good though and I’ll come back to try their Kambing version!

K.K.Koya Restaurant

Jalan Enchi Awang, Tutong, Brunei Darussalam

Tamu Tutong


The last time I visited Tamu Tutong was almost 10 years ago when there weren’t relocated to this new establishment yet. Despite a very hot morning, the place doesn’t feel so hot as there’s lots of fans to keep us cool ~~~

Fried Noodles and Kway Teow at Stall Number 1


The stall number is pretty popular with the locals for having char kueh teaw and fried noodles or indomie/maggie goreng here ~


oh my char kuey teaw ~~~ I wanted to tried indomie goreng but was pretty full so I skipped ~~ haha

Stall number 4 – Nasi Ayam Muhd Zuki Bin Abdullah


Someone recommended the Chicken Rice and Bakso from stall number 4 Zuki.


Rice is fragrant and the chicken moist with a signature chicken rice gravy ~ more to the sweeter side.


Bakso is recommended here as well and I saw quite a few people order this

NOTE: They are now located behind Pizza Hut Tutong at B12, Bangunan Hj Abdullah, Kg Sengkarai, Tutong. Look out for Nasi Ayam Muhd Zuki Bin Abdullah

Stall Number 5 Soto Hj Tuah


Soto Hj Tuah has a long history and has been serving soto lovers since 1964. They are the most popular stall here.


We wanted to try their special 5 in 1 Soto which is supposed to include beef + chicken + hati buyah + berubut + urat but they ran out of urat so we had a 4 in 1 instead!


I like my soto kahwin ~~ a mix of yellow noodles and white rice noodles ~ be sure to try their lada rindu which gives the soto a big kick!

Kompleks Pasarneka dan Tamu Tutong (Tutong Market)

Kampung Serambangun; TA1741 Tutong, Brunei

Mawar Emas Restaurant


People speak high praises of a famou roti daging at a restaurant at Sungai Basong. We had trouble finding this place because they forgot the restaurant name but called it Roti Daging Sungai Basong instead. Fortunately we managed to track it down to Sungai Basong Recreational Park!


While the roti kosong wasn’t to our liking – their roti daging really hits the spot! Chunks of beef and egg wrapped with roti (murtabak) ~~ ahhh sedap la!


A lot of people were enjoying the nasi lemak, nasi bungkus and nasi campur here ~ breakfast with a view ~


This sambal ikan masin was pretty interesting and yummy! Goes well with nasi!

Mawar Emas Restaurant

Taman Rekreasi Sungai Basong (turn in at the first traffic light otw to Tutong)

Tanda Kasih Restaurant


We were very impressed with the decor at Tanda Kasih as it looks more like a garden restaurant ~~


It is ultra spacious and despite not being air conditioned ~~ there’s enough fans to keep you cool ~~


Really love the decor of this place la ~~~


seriously can OOTD here ~ haha


Friends recommended this place for their Nasi Ayam and Cendol ~~ I ordered their interesting Gula Melaka Teh Si Special


Enjoying their nasi ayam with a view ~~ the nasi was more to the sticky side but has a good fragrance ~~ while the chicken gravy was more to the sweeter side ~~


What won us over was their iced cendol ~~ which was really good ~~ we actually tapao some back for our families! HAHAH!

Tanda Kasih Restaurant

Jln Tutong, Kampong Keriam TB1141 (right after the bridge)



Cocofinas actually originated from KB and now has a branch in Tutong and Berakas. Cocofinas was quite easy to find as its along the Pachor Papan Tutong road. Just look for no.152 and you will see a banner for Cocofinas ~~~


Mmmm coconut shakes anyone?


I like how they serve them in coconut shells and has a choice of toppings! I especially love the shredded fresh coconut flesh~~ OOOH YES!! Slather all that with some gula anau and crushed kuih sapit please!


Ahhhhh is this love? Mmmmm ~~~ yes ~~~ coconut ice cream is LOVE!


no.152 Kg Panchar Papan Tutong

Soto Hj Jamuddin


Another soto place that is located along the old Tutong roads at Kg Luagan Duduk near the Masjid.


Here they serve soto special which includes chicken, beef, bakso and hati buyah ~~ the soup is more on the saltier side and we did have recommendations to try another soto place where you look for Batang Sentul sign then turn all the way in till you see a small in house restaurant (unfortunately it was closed as they went on holiday for two weeks)


What wowed us was their crispy hati buyah which is actually deep fried till keropok like texture! Talk about an expensive snack! Delicious and I tapao some home too ~~ service can be pretty slow here though so you will have to be a patient foodie and not get hangry ~~

Soto Haji Jamuddin

no. 843, Kg Luagan Dudok, Tutong

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So that concludes my Tutong food guide and you can listen to our food hunts on Food Talk Mandarin Program on RTB Pilihan FM every Saturday morning 10:30am where we talk about our food adventures! An emotional moment for me to cover the four districts of Brunei!

Where to eat in Brunei?


Click here to see the must try restaurants in Bandar Seri Begawan


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Click here for the Kuala Belait and Seria Food Guide!


Temburong Food Guide


Click here for the Temburong Food Guide


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