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Walkabout Kota Kinabalu

Posted: October 9, 2012 in Sights
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Woke up at 6 a.m., pushed back the curtains…the sun was up and it was already very bright on the other side of the window ..let’s make the most out of my last day at KK…armed with my camera and a bottle of water, I headed out of the air-conditioned hotel into Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens

At the market place (I dunno..some how on Google map- this is said to be Pasar buah-buahan tempatan)  – saw piles of cabbages, chilies, greens, brinjals etc

As the morning progress, I thought there will be more stalls but I was wrong, it was the other way round..most if not all of the stalls at this ‘outdoor’ area had packed up even before 10 a.m.

Certain sections were  thoroughly flushed and scrubbed..

After the hustle bustle of the market place, I walked to the Waterfront…saw a man fishing at the bridge . I dare not stop or stand too close in case I frighten the fishes (and get blamed)… was pleasant and breezy at the Waterfront

There were many watering holes along the Waterfront..these coasters looked rather desolate and tired under the morning sun..kinda like discarded dancing shoes after a night of partying…

The State and Malaysia flags added colour to the coastal skyline..( it was Merdeka day during my visit, hence- the patriotic decorations…)

A family portrait…Papa and Mama ship and their four children

I headed back towards the dock..and decide to stand within conversational distance to the man with his fishing line..and  ..ah…he turned out to be such a friendly person. Pak Cik’s wife sells vegetables at the market place, so during the weekends, while waiting for the wife , Pak Cik fish and looks after the children.

For bait, the Pak Cik uses bananas which he cuts into small cubes and attached one to the fish hook. Voila !! Look what i caught !

The catch so far ..including  ikan belais, which Pak Cik said -are delicious when  fried

While dad fish, the children keep themselves busy running along the wooden bridge, plucking flowers, and checking the tally of the fishes from time to time. I asked the kids to pose for a picture, the two girls obliged, but the little boy refused..

When I show him the picture of his sisters from my camera, the little boy was convinced and cooperated….aren’t they cute ? The little kitty is a stray hanging around the Waterfront 

Next to Pak Cik, there was another guy with a more high tech fishing rod and gears.. for bait he used fishballs ….how ironic… Note the ‘ice box’ with the frozen water bottle and the one that didn’t get away

After saying goodbye to my new found friends..i headed to the Pasar Besar Kota Kinabalu..

Made a stop at a shop selling dried seafood. Just in case you are not familiar with this scene..those black / dark grey oblong thingies at the top part of the picture are dried sea cucumber. At the lower racks are dried fish, dried anchovies, dried prawns and dried seaweed.

Outside the shop,  there were trays of sea thingies – Work in progress…the top three trays are sea cucumber and in the pink tray below…seahorses ! Yup..we eat them too…the Chinese boil these for soup, said to ‘clear the blood’…

I think I like KK … 🙂

Dinner..the following day… Options were : Kampung Air Seafood Centre or Restoran Sri Melaka, we left the decision to the Muslim colleagues and after scrutinizing both the areas- the decision was to dine at Restoran Sri Melaka

All the tables  at the ground floor were occupied and the waitress led us to the second floor. We took up the last two empty seemed to be good. One of our colleagues recognized a VIP at the next table which started a whispering –and –signaling session around the tables, ah..a former chief minister. The VIP must have sense the commotion as he turned around to nod and smile at us..

Back to food…

Some of us decide to go for cendol and ABC instead of ordering it was sweets/dessert before the meal lah..I had the ABC- this was so so …the shaved ice was a bit too ‘rough’- it would have been more enjoyable if the ice were finer.

Asam fish (RM25) – the fish came with pieces of ladies fingers and brinjal. The fish was fresh and the kuah/ gravy was sourish without being overly spicy- this was enjoyed by all and throughout the meal, many were still continuing to drench their rice with the asam gravy.

Steamed fish ( kerapu, RM48) – plainly steamed in soy sauce. The fish was fresh and the plain cooking brought out the sweetness of the fish

Beef rendang (RM18) – the beef chunks were permeated with the rich flavour of santan and the spices. Some pieces were tougher than the rest but overall it was good. Yummm

Kangkong Belacan (RM20) – this was slightly salty for our taste and some of the kangkong stems were rather ‘elderly’ , which were a bit tough on the elderly jaw..

While we were tucking into our meal, Mr VIP and his group had finished theirs and were ready to leave the table, Mr VIP graciously shook a few hands and smiled at the rest of us. A colleague posed a question ‘ When is general election ?’, he nodded knowingly and replied ..‘Either this year or next year’ and left us with a wise smile on his face..

Continuing with food….

Butter prawns  (RM30) – taste wise- was ok  although I find the prawns to be a bit dry maybe a result of being overcooked ?

Sweet pea sprout ( tou meow) with garlic (RM25) , nothing outstanding

Steamed prawns (RM30) – the prawns were submerged in egg white and steamed and the results-Oh la la..i would rate this as the best dish of the night. The best part was not the prawns – but the egg white. The sweetness and juice of the prawns flavoured the egg white, prawny ..I likeyyyy…

Overall, an ok meal and the best thing was the very reasonable price !


TEL : 088-224777, 088-213028

Business Hours: 10.00am – 9.30pm

For dinner, we had a choice, to have a meal at a posh resort which involved a boat ride and Chinese food or have seafood. The boat ride didn’t seemed to big an attraction and the majority chose to have seafood over Chinese food, so…. that was how we ended up at Kampung Nelayan. I guess if we had an inkling that Kampung Nelayan was so touristy- we might have change our mind….Kampung Nelayan was touristy, Evidence No.1 : there were many tour buses at the parking bay, Evidence No. 2 – the cultural performance.

We had steamed clams (sah pak, @ RM40/kg)  – these were steamed with ginger and spring onions, the size of the clams were moderate and the meat was soft and not rubbery. I rather liked these..

Baked oysters –  the sizes  were a bit small and the meat was a bit  thin ..bummer…Oh..i had a peek at the bill at the end of the meal and found that these cost the same as the clams above i.e RM40/kg)

Steamed fish – the grouper was of a generous size..which result in the meat being a bit tough..haiya…small also complain, big also complain.. everything also want to complain….how can like that one ? ( the grouper was @ RM150/kg)

The cultural performance titled 1Malaysia Cultural And Variety Show was not too bad , the most interesting was the blow pipe demonstration and the kadazan dances, Chinese dances were included too and we had a bit of a discussion over the rather funny looking head gears of the dancers- which looked more like a lantern than a head piece…

Fried chicken and salad – the vegetable salad was mainly cucumber and tomato, the fried chicken was not bad- the meat was tender and tasty

Lobster in sauce – the identification of the lobsters were not well defined as it arrived in chopped and scrambled pieces – as I only got to sample a piece close to the ‘leg’  i thought  they belonged to those of  flower crabs..kinda like the blind men and the elephant  ( e-mail me if you hadn’t heard about this) my apologies to the lobster..( the lobster was @RM320/kg )

Brinjal and four angle bean– the brinjal and the bean were fried with tauchuo ( soy bean paste) and this was delicious. The womenfolks  at our table declared this the best dish of the night ..if my boss heard about this, he might not want/need to order the lobster.or any seafood…shhhh. In the bill, this dish was named as Bibi Baba or maybe I should say there was one item on the bill named – Bibi Baba which was unaccounted for , and  Brinhal and four angle bean was not on the bill, thus my conclusion. I did a search on the net and can’t find a dish called Bibi Baba..anyone can help out ?Stir fried choy sum – this was like what might have come out of my kitchen la..nothing to shout about

Fried noodles- by this time, I was already too full and did not sample the noodles. The feedback from my fellow diners – so so only ..

Overall –I would say it was an average meal ..

The total bill plus beers and juices , and double everything you see above (as we had 2 tables) plus service charge and tax , came to RM2825)


Kampung Nelayan Restaurant
Taman Tun Fuad,
Bukit Padang, Kota Kinabalu
Tel 088 231003 / 231005