Kota Kinabalu: Oh, The Seafood!

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The Kota Kinabalu Where to Eat Guide is part of The Year of the Monkey Trip Report which covers the following places:


I like beach. I like drink. I like eat. In KK, you can do all of that. This post covers the last on the list.

If you are a lover of seafood, you have come to the right place. KK has all sorts of foods to fulfill your under the sea desires.

The Night Market 

The locals told me that I needed a tough stomach to eat seafood at the night market. I didn’t have enough time on my trip to challenge this statement but I did get to walk around and take pictures of the vast assortment of sea critters for sale.

The Night Market
The Night Market
The Night Market
The Night Market

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The Night Market
The Night Market
The Night Market
The Night Market
The Night Market
The Night Market

The night market is located right across the street from the Hyatt Regency KK.

Tom Yum, Biryani, & Chicken Rice 

If it’s late night after the bar or during an island downpour, the place for food is a local spot called Maimunah. Apart from the Tom Yum on my train to Chiang Rai, this restaurant has the best Tom Yum in the world. The biryani was pretty good but does not compare to Yangon’s. The cost is very low.

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Leave the Hyatt, go right, then right at the first intersection. It will be on the left.
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Open day and late night
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Very affordable
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Chicken rice
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Biryani
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Tom Yum!

The Chinese Seafood Market

Located across the street from the 999 club, the Chinese Seafood Market reminds me of the hawker stalls in Singapore’s Newton Circus. It was a bit pricey (not sure if I was supposed to bargain) for the chili crab (which reminded me of Colombo, Sri Lanka) and tiger prawns but I justified the cost because it was damn delicious.

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Sabaha’s Number 1 Seafood Destination
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Pick the busiest restaurant
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Seafood Market
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Are these set prices?
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Rm 38?
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Everything is fresh
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Except no hite beer
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Chili Crab like Colombo
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Forget the 筷子, use your hands

 

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Aftermath records
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Garlic tiger prawns, deeelicious
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Should’ve ordered more
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$32, good deal, bad deal, no deal?

Overall 

Don’t make the lazy mistake of eating at the hotel lounge even if the food there is top-notch. There are so many other places to eat in KK.

4 COMMENTS

  1. The lobsters in the tank look defensive for some reason. Likely a good call not challenging the locals on the market food front. Technically you had the time to recover, but maybe not the best idea.

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