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WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013

The wonderful food in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is famous not only for its mountains, seasports and islands but also for their fresh seafood given that South China Sea is just surrounding the Sabah state. I recently took a promotion flight with MASwings airline to Kota Kinabalu for a 3 days break. To start off the trip, my flight was smooth and pleasant with efficient service by the crew. I have always been a seafood lover and really looked forward to really dig in. For anyone who loves seafood, you must not miss their heavenly seafood when you are in Kota Kinabalu.

 

If you do not mind a rather packed restaurants at most times, and the place may be messy and crowded, with  no menu, then check out Welcome Restaurant. The seafood there is cheaper compared to other restaurants. The food is tasty too. Order dishes like sauté crabs, famous local Tuaran noodles, stir fried  vegetables with shell fish, shellfish cooked in Serai” soup, and many others, we are sure you will like it after eating there. The price is slightly cheaper compared to other touristy restaurants.

 

Another restaurant corner worth mentioning is SEDCO Village. It is actually a square corner with several restaurants operating from there. There are simply a very wide variety of seafood to choose from, from lobster to prawns and mantis to crabs that is at least Rm80 per kg and fishes of all types etc. If you have a camera with you, I am sure you will take many photos of the place with the wide variety of seafood.

 

Ikan-ikan located  in the same vicinity as SEDCO village and Welcome restaurant, is also a seafood restaurant. The price is slightly higher than Welcome restaurant but the place is comfortable, air-conditioned, clean and the waitresses there change your dirty plates quite often. The choice of seafood on display is not as much as in SEDCO but I think most restaurants sell  about the same variety of food. What I remembered about this restaurant is their pickled papaya which was a good appetizer before my main course and I enjoyed eating them.

 

If you are looking for somewhere cheap and do not mind the hawker stall food, then you should check out the food stalls near Filipino market. There is an abundant choices to choose from. It will simply leave you wanting some if you see the BBQ food there.

 

The much talked about Roasted coconut is something that is worth trying if you are in Kota Kinabalu. It is slightly further away from Kota Kinabalu city located at Kampung Salut but if you have the time, it is worth to try the roasted coconut, coconut pudding served in plastic cup and some roasted shellfish ( locally known as Lokan). The coconut water would be steaming hot after being roasted. It actually tasted like sweet soup. The flesh is fragrant and soft but crunchy. If you take the larger coconut, it may be more than enough for you to finish if you are a hungry.

 

This roasted coconut has been much talked about everywhere outside Sabah as you don’t usually get to eat roasted coconuts anywhere. So if you are there, it is worth it to try them and not missed it.

 

I definitely had a pleasant flight with MASwings airline and will definitely fly with them again to beautiful Sabah to taste their local seafood.

Tags: MASwings | Borneo Food | Kota Kinabalu | Tuaran noodles | saute crabs | serai soup | SEDCO Village | Filipino Market | Roasted Coconut | Lokan | Kampung Salut | |