Kobayashi (K.K.) Kota Kinabalu. Kota kinabad is an important tourist destination in Sabah and Borneo, Malaysia. It is also a very prosperous fishing area and one of the fastest growing cities in Malaysia.
Kota Kinabalu is a city surrounded by sea water and free from industrial pollution. Its main industries are local tourism and handicrafts. For these reasons, the local seafood is rich in variety, delicious in taste and very affordable in price. This trip came to the central seafood market of Kota Kinabalu to find out.
Kota Kinabalu is a diversified city. Besides Malaysian natives, Chinese also account for a large proportion. So the catering culture here is also very rich. Malay food, Chinese food, Indian food and niangya food can be found everywhere. However, no matter what kind of food it is, seafood is our favorite.
As soon as you hear the name, you can see its scale. The market is located next to the API wharf, half of which is the largest seafood market in Sabah. There are a lot of rich seafood and aquatic products here. What they sell are pure wild seafood that fishermen have just fished ashore. There are many varieties and the price is affordable.
It is said that four or five o’clock in the morning is the busiest time here. Fishermen trade their newly caught fish here. All kinds of seafood of different sizes are packed and weighed here, and then sold on the market. Look how fresh the fish is!
I start from the hotel and walk about 15 minutes to the market. Maybe it’s a little late after breakfast, after the busy time of unloading fish at the dock. But this is the peak of market trading.
The main fishmongers in the central market are Malays. What’s different from the domestic market is that Malays sell fish quietly, unlike domestic fishmongers, you can hear their cries from afar. However, they also have their own characteristics. Every fishmonger stands on the counter to sell fish, which has become a unique landscape of the market.
There are all kinds of seafood in the market, which make people dazzled. Many of them are new for the first time.
However, they have a common feature, that is, they are fresh. These seafood are harvested and sold on the same day.
The seafood here is not only fresh, but also very attractive. 5 Malaysian dollars a kilogram of fish, equivalent to about 3 yuan a kilo, this price you can hardly find in any domestic market.
“Lobster, 100 yuan” is rare in the market. You will also hear people sell their seafood to you. Generally, they are relatively high-end seafood. Only after inquiry did I know that the lobster cost 100 yuan per kilogram, about 75 yuan per kilogram.
Wow, what a big shrimp! This is tiger shrimp. It’s cheaper than lobster. It’s usually 50-70 Ma per kilogram. Look at the size of the shrimp. It’s estimated that the meat peeled out is as big as a ham sausage. It’s delicious.
Some of the bigger fish will be sold in sections by the stall owner. Seeing me in the past, the Malay elder brother warmly raised the big fish in his hand and asked me to take a picture, which made me very moved. In many parts of Malaysia, you can meet such a warm guy. He can put down his busy work to greet you, which makes people feel very kind.
Adults are busy doing business, and some children just sit on the wall and play with their mobile phones. Their parents are very busy, and the fishing market is their playground. This kind of scene is very common in China as early as ten or twenty years.
When you come to sabayapi to eat seafood, you can choose to buy it in the market and then go back to cook it yourself. You can also buy it and go to the second floor of the market to process it. It’s clearly priced, and it’s absolutely reassuring and affordable. After visiting the seafood market, you can also go to the central food market opposite. There are not only vegetables and fruits, but also many Malaysian local specialties and handicrafts. It’s worth visiting.