Best Borneo Seafood Bargain Market – Filipino Market Kota Kinabalu
Filipino Market Kota Kinabalu Introduction
Filipino Market is a major tourist attraction and shopping destination in KK City Center – the central feature along the Waterfront. Comprised of a wet market, night market, handicraft complex, and hawker center, this is the most popular place for seafood and souvenirs in town, managed mostly by immigrants and locals originating from the southern islands of Philippines.
During the day, visitors peruse colorful handicrafts, traditional snacks, salted fish and pearls harvested from Sabah’s oceans while at night, the scenery transforms to a lively food court waft with smoke and scents from fish, prawns, crabs, squid, and clams grilling on charcoal beds to the delight of foreign tourists.
In our humble opinion, if you want to discover everything about the seafood cuisine in Sabah, you should try at least once the Filipino (Muslim style) Seafood after having the very famous Chinese seafood.
*We basically just skip everything (dried food/handicrafts/fresh livestock) mostly closed and rushed straight towards the Filipino wet seafood stall.
Filipino Wet Fish Markets
The Filipino Wet Fish Markets is the place where the foreigner would really die for – fresh seafood at very cheap and affordable prices.
At here, there are more than 100 stalls selling various type of seafood from what you actually familiar with (lobster, prawn, fish) until seafood which you don’t see quite often (big sea conch, parrot fish, mantis prawn) – as long as you willing to pay, they will sort it out for you and tell you the best way to prepare and cook it! 😉
*All Filipino in the market actually consists of Muslim refugee, which means all of the food inside the market is actually certified halal.
Pre-Cooked Fresh Seafood
Feeling hungry or in a hurry? Then you might want to grab this pre-grill seafood which is equally delicious but costs much cheaper prices.
Some of the seafood stalls also sell pre-grill seafood, easier for the customer to savor it straight away, or for those who feel like packing and enjoy it elsewhere.
*These are the stall that usually willing to give more discount than those fresh seafood stalls in order to maintain their seafood quality.
The Huge Filipino Market Canteen
The Filipino Market especially seafood section can be very lively during the night because everyone would gather together and feast on a table full of fresh local catch!
So in case you really have the urge to enjoy a “fine-dining” in the Filipino Market, be sure to make your way there around 4.30 pm – 5.00 pm (bonus sunset view) or after 10.00 pm onwards.
*The Filipino Wet Seafood Market operates until 12.00 am daily, also considers the best place to have late supper after drinking/clubbing for the locals.
Filipino Snacks & Beverage Stall
Other than seafood, the local Filipino snacks, and beverage is also worth a try – Pisang Goreng (fried banana), Wajit (steam glutinous rice), Karipap (curry samosa) and Air Bandung (rose milk water).
If you travel long enough in Malaysia, you will definitely find out that there’s so much similarity between Filipino Muslim and Malaysian Muslim in term of food culture – They basically share the same idealism on food, beverage, and snacks.
*Feel like grabbing all those delicious snacks? Most stalls would willing to mix various type of snacks for you (must request) since most of them are at the same price.
The Market Smoky Area
Instead of good food and great price deal, you will also get to enjoy heaps of choking and eye burning sensation due to the smoking char-grill from all around the stalls.
If you are so gung-ho wanted to enter the Filipino Market, here’s our friendly advise – Be sure not to wash your hair beforehand and don’t bother to wear any nice clean clothes because you will definitely do your second “cleaning” right after when you are back to the hotel! 😉
*Highly recommend not to bring any precious belongings or excessive cash into the Filipino Market as there are too much pickpocket activities within the area.
Filipino Market Kota Kinabalu Information
Address: Filipino Market, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Contact: Not Available
Open Hour: 08.00 am – 12.00 am (Mon-Sun)