Photos: Markets in Kota Kinabalu

One thing which I really like about Asian countries is that there’s almost always an open-air market nearby, wherever you are. They could be selling food, household appliances, antiques, vegetables- whatever it is, you’re guaranteed an interesting experience.

Kota Kinabalu in Sabah has several markets. Among these are the main night market which is packed with food stalls, the so-called Filipino Market which sells souvenirs and jewellery and the various produce and fish markets in the city itself or further out.

Grilled fish at the KK night market. We ate this with steamed rice and a hot and sour sauce


Never knew tomatoes could be so pretty. Also at the night market


Giant doughnuts at the Donggongan Tamu, or market


Fresh seaweed, usually eaten with rice


Colourful bead necklaces for sale at the Donggongon Tamu


That’s right, you’re seeing correctly- blue fish. They taste like normal fish, apparently


And if you’re lucky, you may even get to hear some local music 

Why do I love Asian markets again? They’re great for people-watching, chatting with the locals and if it’s a food or produce market, everything is always fresh, cheap and tasty.

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6 Responses

  1. Those grilled fish looks tempting, but the seaweed? hmm interesting to hear how it tasted like

  2. Anis says:

    I had another type of seaweed which looked a bit like a bunch of tiny green grapes, and it was actually quite tasty! Not salty or anything, but slightly crunchy. I had it with the fish (which came with chili and kuah/air asam), so it was nice. Are you hungry yet? 🙂

  3. che zuls says:

    I love your photos!

  4. Anis says:

    che zuls: …especially the food ones 😀

  5. Nice to read something about KK from the eyes of travellers..^^

  6. Anis says:

    Hi Norfaizah,
    KK was great, I really enjoyed the few days I spent there! I need to go back soon 🙂