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Popular Eateries in Downtown KK

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).

Gaya Street
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

Syarikat Yu Kee

The place to go for a good Bak Kut Teh in downtown Kota Kinabalu.

Kedai Kopi Jia Siang

Drive around the scarcely limited parking area of Lintas Plaza, one will not miss this always crowded eatery called Kedai Kopi Jia Siang. "Jia" means home, and "Siang" means smell nice in Mandarin. A good name is always important for any business, with “Jia Siang” being such a nice name no doubt business is booming. People come here for the ever so tasty pork-mixed noodle, just come once, and there is a guranteed return. For the past few years, Jia Siang Kopitiam has become very popular, and its legion of fans has been growing steadily ever since.

No.1 Bak Kut Teh

bah kut teh combination

Yu Kee Restaurant, nested along Gaya Street is no doubted the number one undisputed “Bak Kut Teh" in Kota Kinabalu city. Night after night this restaurant is packed with locals and tourists a like. “Bah Kut Teh" means meat (pork), bone and tea in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect. A normal “Bah Kut Teh" consists of pork, intestines, tau fu, mushroom, etc, and the herbal soup, one of the most important ingredient in the making of “Bah Kut Teh".

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