Chicken Wing @ Melvic

The Chicken wings are marinated in secret recipe, then BBQ’ed over slow fire. Available only at food stalls. The chef are fully trained to cook these wings to perfection. This humble stall grew from 1 stall, to 7 stalls all around Kota Kinabalu food courts within years.

You can find these stalls at these locations – Lido food court, Taman Dah Yeh, Damai food court, Bundusan – Jin Shi Lou restaurant

Direction : 1-10 Lorong Kenawai, Luyang, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Price : RM1.80 ea.

Available from dinner time until sold out

Ikan Bakar @ Lotus Restaurant

Normally, typical grilled stingray is seasoned with curry paste and seasoning. But this stall, the owner adds a layer of flour and pan-fry until the fish until it has a layer of crunchy flour, which adds a dimension to the texture. Then, the owner added secret sauce to complete the cooking.

To finish it up, he added more toppings on top – fried onions and extra vegetables to complete the dish. Ah, puuuurrrction! it’s so good!

Direction : 1-10 Lorong Kenawai, Luyang, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Price : RM20 (depends on size of fish)

Available during dinner time only

ZenQ My Signature @ ZenQ Desserts

3 scoops of ice cold grass jelly ice cream hidden under layers of smooth glass jelly. If you love your ‘cincau’ or ‘leong fun’, you’ll love this dessert. Besides the triple flavoured Q Yuan (freshly made daily), it’s topped with pearls and crystal noodle, then you shower it with a layer of condensed milk cream. Yumm.

Direction : Lorong Lintas Plaza 1, Lintas Plaza, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Price : RM7.90 per bowl

Available from 11:30am to 11:30pm daily.

Bak Kut Teh @ Yu Kee Restaurant

Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh is known as one of the best BKT restaurant in Kota Kinabalu. Albeit too over-rated sometimes.

Pork cooked with Chinese herbs. Once you start devouring the different cuts of pork with their heavy aromatic soup… you can’t stop. Many tourists stopped by because of the heavy smell that you won’t forget once you smell it.

Direction : 74, Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Price : RM20 per head

Available during dinner time only. 4pm – 11pm

Seafood Claypot @ Yu Hing Restaurant

My favourite seafood claypot. This dish originates from another town called Beaufort. You can find it in almost every restaurants that serves Beaufort food.

Every restaurant has it’s version of ingredients, but they taste similar. The claypot usually contains fresh prawns, cuttlefish, fish slices, carrots, baby corn and fried tofu. The sauce is thick and flavourful. Usually served in pipping hot claypot where the it sizzles all the way to your table.

Direction : Jalan Lintas, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Price : RM35 per dish

Available during lunch time and dinner time only

Fish Noodle @ Yung Hwa Restaurant

This restaurant serves one of the most special noodle in KK, and it sold out quickly – I am only able to taste this noodle on my 3rd visit because it sold off so quickly! (TRUTH: I can’t wake up before 8am..)

What is so special about this restaurant? The fish noodle is actually fish paste. The soup is clear but flavorful. You’ll drink one spoon after another.

Direction : Jalan Damai, Luyang, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Price : RM6.00 per bowl

Available from early morning until afternoon only

Steamed Prawns @ Salut Seafood Restaurant

Seafood is one of the biggest attraction in Sabah. Whoever came Sabah without tasting any of Sabah’s seafood… is (fill in the blank with bad bad words)..

One of the all time local favourite seafood restaurant, Salut Seafood Restaurant, is located about 30 minutes drive from city center. Like any other seafood restaurants, you have many types of seafood to choose from, prepared in any choice of yours. My favourite dish is simply boiled prawns.

Direction : Unnamed Rd, Town Center, 89200 Tuaran, Sabah

Price : depending on season and availability

Afternoon until late

Soup Noodle @ New Towering Restaurant

This noodle is not widely known by local. The noodle were first stir fried then cooked into soup. Thus, the name 炒煮面 (Chau Zu Mian; directly translated as stir-fry-cook noodle).

The stall owner started business at a small hut near Kepayan, then in later date, he moved to current restaurant with proper water supply and electric (yup he started off with almost nothing but a wok). It has been more than 15 years since I had the first bowl.. And fell in love with it. I’ve visited this restaurant at least a 100 times.

Direction : 16-25 Jalan Penampang, 88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Price : RM6.00

Available from dinner time until late.

Yong Tau Fu @ Waterfront

There isn’t many shop here that specialise on Yong Tau Fu here in Kota Kinabalu. While majority of the Yong Tau Fu served in KK are stewed in tasty broth, this particular restaurant deep fried their Yong Tau Fu instead of stewing it like other places else. Who doesn’t like deep fried food? Especially after a good night out?

My favourite choice would be deep fried lotus slices with fish paste. Goes well with beer.

Direction : Anjung Samudera, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Price : RM16 for 12 pcs.

Available during dinner time until late

Grill Fish @ Philippine Night Market

Filipine market serves great grilled seafood. This market also sells fresh vegetables, dry market and wet market, and even fresh sea produce.

This market is now filled with tourists, you’ll be fascinated with the size of the seafood, as well as choices to choose from.

It’s a rowdy market when the sun sets. A must-visit place for KK first timers. Tip: try negotiate price with the hawker in different languages ;)

Direction : Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Pusat Bandar, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Price : varies

Available after sunset

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