Embark on a culinary and shopping frenzy where you can shop till you drop but try not to eat till you pop!
Kota Kinabalu offers a vast and fabulous array of shopping complexes. You can get anything and everything here—from unfailing Malaysian products to branded international names. Besides the malls, there is also the handicraft market to check out. From the iconic Malaysian sarong to tribal blowpipes, you are guaranteed to fall in love with the colourful and artistic side of the local cultures. Just remember to brush up on your bargaining skills if you want to leave with some of the most distinctive and traditional souvenirs.
You can never go hungry when you are in Sabah. The menu covers everything from international choices to typical Malaysian dishes from Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines. Sabah’s seafood scene is exceptional, too. You can treat yourself to huge, fresh portions of lobsters, crabs, prawns, etc. Roti kahwin is a particularly lovely breakfast or light tea-time snack. What makes it so irresistible is its lavish spread of kaya (coconut jam) and butter. But we would recommend trying the foods that are unique to Sabah alone.
Your visit will not be complete without wolfing down a plate of Tuaran Mee. This “eggy” noodle is so good that locals often order more than one round. Another speciality is Sang Nyuk Mian. It is the Tawau (the third largest town in Sabah) version of a classic bowl of pork noodles. Then there are the more adventurous selections that originate from the East Coast’s indigenous groups. But most specialities are from the Kadazandusun community. For example, there is Hinava (raw fish, prawns or squid topped with a sour and spicy dressing) and Pinasakan (preserved fish). On the other hand, Tuhau (pickled wild ginger) derives from the more interior areas while Ambuyat is a traditional Bruneian speciality that is usually eaten as an accompanying delicacy.