EATING OUT IN KOTA KINABALU
First-time travelers must try the lat zi hai (crab in hot and
spicy sauce), butter prawns and sayur manis or fern cooked with belacan
(prawn paste) at Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Restaurant,
located 10 minutes away from the city center. Diners at Kampung
Nelayan can also enjoy nightly cultural performances.
Curry Fish Head Hilltop
Sitting around at your favorite mamak stall, the first thing
come to mind arc are the roti canai. Which surely comes with the dhal or curry
gravy, which ever you prefer and well, practically that's just it. Maybe
something special like adding an egg thus becomes roti telur. I'm sure of it
that you'll get bored with it. What about something different?
Curry Fish Head Hilltop did just that and they called it roti cobra. Roti Cobra? COBRA? Surely it sounds like you're eating snake meat with your usual roti but its not. Upon friend's recommendation, I went and ordered it. A few minutes later I got served something 1 never seen before till that day.
It's your usual roti canai, teared in the middle exposing a sunny-side-up egg both covering a mixture of vegetables and meat according to your pick, chicken or beef.
As different as it looks, it taste good. Combining all 3 of those and dipping it in your dhal or curry gravy just astounds the other senses. The crunchyness of the vegetable, and the softness of the roti, the hot and sour curry (which 1 prefer as my gravy) just compliments each other. A tornado of textures and flavors in your mouth.
So, when you're craving for roti canai, come to visit Curry Fish Head Hilltop, do try the roti cobra. Its a whole new experience
Taliban Food Centre
The naan at Taliban Food Centre would be one of the best around K.K. Just the right mix of crispiness on the outside and Huffy and soft on the inside, a freshly baked naan is perfect when you need something to fill your stomach. It's accompanied by a generous serving of kima (something like potato curry) and sour chutney (vegetables and herbs) giving enough variety in flavor to your naan that you'll never be bored of it.
Sabah, The Land Below The Wind, is famous with its delicious seafood. Your
journey to Sabah is not complete if do not have a try of their wide variety of
seafood. All of the restaurants that is shown here provides live creatures -
fishes, crabs, prawns and lobster in aquariums - all are alive and you have a
choice to choose which one you would like to eat. All of the restaurants are in
Kota Kinabalu city, means that you do not have to take any transport to the
place. You can just walk to the place, mostly about 10 to 20 minutes away from
most of the hotels in the city.
For any of the seafood restaurant below, try out this these very basic meal:
Deep fry soft shell crab
Chinese tea (for drinks)
Coconut pudding for dessert
Steamed rice (if necessary)
Believe me. You would not have it like anywhere else.
Ocean Seafood Village
In Kota Kinabalu city, have a wide variety of seafood.
Port View Seafood Village
Situated in Kota Kinabalu Waterfront in the heart of Kota Kinabalu city. They provide modern ambiance with the scenery of the Gaya Island and South China sea. Try their mouth watering coconut pudding. All the seafood are fresh and you can even smell the ocean while you eat.
Grand Port View Seafood Restaurant
Situated slightly further away at the outskirt of Kota Kinabalu city and very close to the city's ferry terminal, this restaurants also provide very nice seafood. You might have to walk about 20 minutes to get there from the heart of the city.
Rasa Nyonya Restaurant
If you would like to try 'nyonya' style of food, you can try this restaurant. Very cozy environment, and very close to the Grand Port View Restaurant. They also provide Malay and Western style food. Lots of seafood, and no pork here!
Restoran Sri Melaka
If you would like to have a delicious Malay 'kampung' style food, try out this restaurant. It is not in Melaka (like the name), but in the heart of Kota Kinabalu city. No live seafood. Nice environment.
Krishna Curry House
If you like to eat the best and hot fish head curry on banana leaf with your bare hand, try this restaurant. Situated at Penampang New Township (Towering Area) it is a 5 km ride with a taxi. Although it is a bit further away, it is one of the best fish head curry (Indian style food) around. Worth every penny of your journey
Still missing your fast food restaurant? Do not worry. There are Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and McDonald scattering all around the city center. Kota Kinabalu also have 24 hour shop like 7eleven and 'mamak' restaurant that mostly provide 'roti canai' and 'teh tarik' if you fancy eating out at wee hours.
There are a lot of places to eat. It is just depends on your preference, your sensitivity of your stomach lining to local dishes (so you won't get diarrhea before the climb) and the most important thing is the hygiene of the place where you eat. All of the places above have 'A' rating from the local authorities (Kota Kinabalu City Hall) for eating places cleanliness. Just look for the places where they have 'A' and at least 'B' rating. You are advised not to eat in the place where they have 'C' rating.