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Kota Kinabalu Seafood Galore

If there is one food visitors must sample in Kota Kinabalu, it’s the Seafood. Fresh fish of various types, prawns, crabs, lobsters, scallops, clams, oysters, all at cheap price, are synonymous to Kota Kinabalu! This post is all about the good seafood that I had on my last trip to KK!

Click on the links below for my other blog posts on Kota Kinabalu,

A) Firefly flight from KL To KK {click here to read}
B) Jambatan Tamparuli, Pekan Nabalu, Kinabalu Park & Kundasang {click here to read}
C) Manukan and Mamutik Islands {click here to read}
D) Kota Kinabalu Seafood Galore {click here to read}
E) Shop till you Drop @ Kota Kinabalu {click here to read}
F) Flying home from KK with Firefly {click here to read}

Freshness and price are key drivers for seafood to be so popular in Kota Kinabalu. I’ll be sharing three different seafood options that I tried during my 3 days 2 nights in Kota Kinabalu.


On the first night in KK, my family and I tried a well known restaurant for tourists, the Port View Seafood Village.

It is one out of a few ‘high profile’ restaurants located at Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens with a quite pricy food but still cheaper compared to any fresh seafood restaurants in Klang Valley.

Check out the many aquariums located at the entrance where customers can pick their own seafood!

Price is made known to customers in advance to avoid any dispute later on 😛 hehe

The Mantis Prawn.

We ended up taking one grouper and some crabs from the aquarium.

After a 30-minutes wait,
Fish chili style

Buttered crab

Sabah Vege – a must try!

Sizzling tofu.

All came to about RM200 with drinks for 6 pax. A bit on a high side but it’s worth it! Too bad on the day we went there, it was off day for the performers as they usually have cultural performance at night.


On the second day we decided to buy the fresh seafood and cook the dishes on our own. A more cost-economical way considering all the spices, pans and pots were carried all the way from Shah Alam (thanks to the 20KG allowance that Firefly gave us on Standard package!)

As early as 6:30a.m we were already at the Fish Market. This is where all the fresh seafood being transferred from the fishermen to the sellers. It does not get any fresher than this (unless you want to go to the sea lah!)

Very crowded and I had one hand carrying the seafood and the other snapping photos.


Guest how much per plate? RM3!!

We went crazy buying large prawns, crabs, fish and squids.

As we stayed in an apartment with cooking facilities, we were able to cook the fresh seafood to suit our own taste buds.

The result:

Dinner is served….


On the last day, before leaving to the airport we had to stop for a final round of seafood galore. Day 3 target was Pasar Malam at the Pasar Filipina.

This is where Fresh and Cheap seafood is available for locals and visitors. No cultural show, no air-con, no fancy decorations. Just good fresh seafood and hungry customers!

Our dinner.

Anggur laut – Sea grapes? Delicious!

Bon Apetit!

With our guide! A thank you dinner for him


With so many options of enjoying Kota Kinabalu’s seafood, it is a MUST-TRY thing for every visitor. Go discover Kota Kinabalu – with an empty stomach and a big appetite! 🙂

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  1. Sheila February 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Sedapnye! Seafood in KK is the best! Fresh….

  2. uner February 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    seafood all the way, drool!

  3. aninie February 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    yum yum. tang makan azuan memang no SATU

  4. aninie February 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    tapi tak pernah ajak aku. huhhhh

  5. effuan February 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    thanks azuan..

    aku dari blog krenmaut.. terus nampak blog kau.. bukan apa, aku nak pergi sabah lusa! (jumaat 25.02.11)

    very informative!

  6. vw June 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    hi! great website! love the pictures & descriptions. we’re going to KK in september and found your site 🙂 This pasar malam at pasar filipina, is it open every night?

  7. Aileen October 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Nak tumpang tanya, pasar malam next to pasar Filipina tu bukak every day or certain days je? Love your photos!

  8. azalilah October 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    nak tanya, apartment mana u duduk, yang bole masak2. tq!

  9. falina August 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    salam. boleh share contact of the tour guide?

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