Dim Sum is originally a Cantonese dish. This wonderful food is linked to the traditional Chinese tea house in Canton, where many of the Chinese people come to drink tea or “yam cha”. Today around the world where one finds a large population of Chinese, it is a sure sign that one will find a dim sum restaurant. Kota Kinabalu has a sizable Chinese population and this city has not just one but a few dim sum restaurants to boast about. These restaurants range from the budget type to the more classy type. In Kota Kinabalu dim sum is mainly a breakfast menu where restaurants serve this delicacy from the early morning until noon. It is very hard to find a good dim sum at night time here.
Fatt Kee Kopitiam is one of the best places in downtown Kota Kinabalu to enjoy a good tasty budget Chinese cuisine. Since the kopitiam is located at the ground floor of Ang’s Hotel at Beach street, many of the locals like to called this eatery Ang’s hotel too. Fatt Kee Kopitiam has been cooking their wonderful Chinese cuisine for the last three decades. This eatery is a family run business, from the parents to the siblings everyone is involved. During lunch time many people, especially office workers, are seen lining up for the take away economy rice. For as little as RM 5 customers can choose three dishes in small portion from a wide variety of dishes. These dishes vary from day to day and the chicken drum stick with honey is very much sought after. Customers can dine at the shop too.
Of late Kota Kinabalu (KK) not only attracts thousands of travellers to its shore daily for its natural wonders, but many of these visitors also find the local foods very tempting. Today it is not uncommon to see tourists with a map on hand to look for these popular eateries in downtown KK, some of them even go hopping from one eatery to another, in search of that perfect taste. Most of these eateries only concentrate at one or two particular hawker style foods. And these are not the big restaurants that specialise in certain cuisine. The food pricing here is from budget to moderate, surely every one can afford to try some of them if not all. These popular eateries are in downtown KK, will be introduced street by street (below).
Let’s start with the oldest street in KK, the famous Gaya Street which was known as Bond Street during the colonial era. Every Sunday this street will be closed for traffic where the Gaya Street Sunday Market will be held. Here many of the local traders will come and sell their produces and products.
Kedai Kopi Yee Fung
For the last few decades Kota Kinabalu or KK in short has gradually developed into a seafood destination. With the high numbers of seafood restaurants in the city and suburbs, Kota Kinabalu is surely the best place for seafood on Borneo Island. While in town most tourists would take this opportunity to dine at a few seafood restaurants. Kampung Seri Selera, which is located right in the city and within walking distance from most parts of KK, is a convenient place for tourists and locals to enjoy a good seafood dinner. As many as four seafood restaurants are found here, so customers can expect to have some good bargain as well as a wide variety of seafood to choose from. Situated at a corner lot Suang Tain Seafood Restaurant which is also popularly known as Twinsky has been in business at the same location for almost three decades now. Here customers can choose from a large variety of sea produces which are kept at the rows of aquariums.