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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.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2012

The colourful Gaya Street and Filipino market in Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Gaya Street market and Filipino market in Kota Kinabalu Sabah are the most famous markets that visitors to Sabah must try out if they are looking for a wonderful shopping experience. The atmosphere and variety of goods being offered in these two markets will make your visit there a worthwhile experience.
Gaya Street market is located at the Kota Kinabalu Central Business District right at the centre of downtown Kota Kinabalu. The Gaya Street market opens every Sunday from 6.30 am in the morning until 1 pm in the afternoon. The residents of Kota Kinabalu would normally spend their weekend browsing through the various wares that Gaya Street market has to offer with their family.  The area comprising the Gaya Street market starts from the Jesselton Hotel all the way to the Kota Kinabalu municipal building.
 
In Gaya Street market, you can find many stalls selling many types of goods that you can find under the sun. As you walk through this Sabah market, you’ll be astounded by the choices of goods on offer here. They have stalls selling various types of souvenirs, daily hardware, traditional local handicrafts, local paintings and even live animals. It is can be an overwhelming sensation to see the range of goods being offered at this wonderful Sabah market. The Gaya Street market will indeed give you an experience unlike any other.
The Filipino market Kota Kinabalu lies further down the road opposite the Centrepoint Shopping Complex in Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens. The immigrant-run Filipino market is also in downtown Kota Kinabalu. Like the Gaya Street market, the Filipino market is no less impressive in the range of goods that it has to offer you. The Filipino market’s attraction is that the atmosphere makes you feel as if you’re shopping in a typical market in the Philippines without even having to leave Sabah.
Filipino market in Kota Kinabalu
You can find a number of uniquely Filipino products such as Filipino food and handicrafts being on offer here. There are also several tailors operating here should you feel the need to do some clothing alterations. The arguably most famous product on offer at this Sabah market that people keep talking about is the cultured pearl. You should get one as a momento of your visit here. After all, it is only five ringgit per piece.
When the sun goes down, you will find a wonderful selection of fresh seafood produce, meat, poultry, vegetables and fruits on sale here. The fresh fruits on sale here is definitely worth a try. You must not miss tasting the delicious local red durian sold here. It is very unforgettable. Apart from the fresh produce, the Filipino market also has stalls selling both local and Filipino food that are hard to resist. The grilled seafood is very amazing ranging from various types of fish, prawns and even big fat juicy lobsters!
After you have been to these wonderful Sabah markets, you will surely want to return here for a repeat visit. The Gaya Street market and Filipino market offers you a wonderful slice of the vibrant Kota Kinabalu shopping experience that you must not miss. Why don’t you come and see for yourself what these wonderful Sabah markets have waiting for you?
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