Monday, 3 June 2013

Kota Kinabalu Market and Harbour, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu Harbour

Words and Pictures by Kirsten Durward

If you want to escape your resort or are overnighting in Kota Kinabalu you could do worse than visit the harbour, view the return of the colourful fishing fleet and spend a little time in the local markets before heading to the Waterfront for a light refreshment.

waterfront, Kota Kinabalu
Colourful boats bob on the water

The freshest of local produce is unloaded as the afternoon shadows lengthen and empty stalls fill up rapidly with shiny chilies, ripe mangoes, burnished aubergines and more. 

local market, Sabah
Glossy chiles, ripe and red

Glistening fish of all types and sizes, in the ocean today, in our dinners tomorrow, are tumbled onto low-slung displays as vendors tout their wares. 

Seafood, Sabah
Catch of the day
A cry of ‘tuna’ catches my ear and I gasp to see a hunk of dark fish being freshly butchered.

Local Market, Sabah
The freshest of Tuna

A smiling local merchant invites me to inspect his fresh crabs; colourful crustaceans abound.

Seafood, Sabah
Ready for the pot
As hungry people emerge from the day’s work, or tourism tasty local street fare is  prepared and hawked all around.

Smoky barbecue offers fresh and spicy chicken.

Local Market, Sabah
fresh barbecue

Fresh corn, nuts and chickpea make great side dishes.

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
colourful side dishes

Delicious looking local snacks are everywhere.
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
mouth watering snacks

Deep fried plantain melts my resistance and I give in to this tasty bite.
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Deep Fried Plantain

The Waterfront offers a range of low key eating and drinking options overlooking the harbour.  It’s a great spot to soak up some atmosphere and enjoy a delightful ocean outlook. My recommendation was for Mai Yai ThaiOrchid, and I was not disappointed.  It’s authentic Thai with fresh flavours and yummy cocktails.

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The Waterfront - Relax and enjoy your evening 
I hear good things about the Sunday Market, but alas, I’m not here to try that one… this time…

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