Budget Sea Food Dinner at Kota Kinabalu Night Market

Sabah is well known for its very rich marine resources. Its capital, Kota Kinabalu (KK), shows the evidence with the extensive variety of sea food products being sold at the local markets.

A peek in the local food markets when traveling is definitely one of the interesting things to do. In our KK trip, we usually end our day roaming around the city including the markets. On our last night, we decided to have a sea food dinner at the Filipino Night Market.

Located at the heart of the city, the Filipino Night Market can be found just across the Handicrafts Market. There are a lot of things you can get here like dry sea food products, vegetables and fruits. Walking a little beyond the fruit stands, we found a dining area where grilled sea food is being sold at more affordable prices.

Starting at around 5PM, the BBQ sea food stalls would line up and prepare. They have lobster, prawns, different kinds of fish and crabs.

We were really overwhelmed with the sea food being displayed right in front of our sight. They are just too ‘big’ to be true! There are different stalls with vendors inviting guests to eat. They offer pretty much the same price so it won’t matter much which one you choose.

After finding our table, we excitedly sat down and wait for our orders to be served. Since we were in a group, we asked for discounts and we were able to get some. Prices actually depend on the size, usually ranging from MYR8 to MYR20. Lobster can cost around MYR100 or more.

For our finale dinner in our KK trip, we spent around MYR150 (including rice and drinks) for the following: prawns, shrimps, squid, fish and seaweed. Dividing the total with the 7 members of our group, we shed approximately MYR21 each.

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