Gaya Street Sunday Market

Going to Kota Kinabalu Malaysia Sabah very soon? Gaya Street is the main street of the Market. Gaya street has lot of shops surround there and the most famous part is the Gaya Street Sunday Market. Sunday market is running in Gaya street on every Sunday morning from 6am until 12pm. It is the one of the top tourist attraction must be plan to have a visit. You will be experiencing with the local cultures, foodies, beverages, clothes etc….

Other than delicious snacks, sweet fruits, affordable textiles, and pretty handcrafting, there are also some extraordinary activities ongoing on Gaya Street that you can’t or barely see elsewhere.  

Please note: Gaya Street starts around 7.00 am (only on Sunday) and reach its peak at 9.00 am, be sure to reach there as early as you can. If you are driving, the only thing to avoid traffic congestion is to go as early as possible. The jam always start around 7am, it is because the Sunday market is running on the main street which mean the street is blocking, that’s why the street is traffic after the road being close.


Regarding to the History of the Gaya Street, this is originally named Bond Street, Gaya Street is located in the Kota Kinabalu Central Business District has been the center of business for over a hundred years. The wooden shops with Nipah roofs are long gone but here is where generations-old family businesses are still thriving passed down from father to son.

On every Sunday morning, the length of Gaya Street is closed off to traffic to make way for the Fair, local families would gather in Gaya Street to buy their whole week necessities if not just wandering along the street and enjoy the morning walk.

Main Street

The main Gaya Street consists of over-sized umbrella stalls stacking along the streets, and you would need to spend at least one hour in order to visit all the stalls. There are tons of merchandises being display along the street, from daily necessities to tourist’s favorite, so stick with them and learn more about Gaya Street and local cultures

You will be very hungry after exploring the street. There are also great restaurants on both sides of the streets selling local breakfast which definitely worth a try. 

Traditional Malaysian Kuih-Muih

Regarding to the photo taken above, these are local Malaysia Kuih-muih made by the Malay people. Malay people is defined as Malaysia Muslim/Islamic people. But these are mostly Hakka’s people made it, very professional in making traditional pastries and being handed down for generations, few must-try pastries including – Pork Rice Dumpling, Green Bean Pastries, Pandan-Coconut Roll and Rainbow Layer Cake. 

These traditional pastries are selling in a small portion, it enables you to pick a more different option and serves as a perfect treat while walking along the busy Sunday street. The kuih-muih is cost RM0.50 each which is very cheap and worth for a try.

Malay Cultures

Photo Taken at the Malay instrumental booth somewhere in the main street

First of all, Malay is defined as the Malaysian Muslim/Islamic people. Their cultures are very interesting and you should understand and get some knowledge about their culture. Regarding to the picture shown above, i was experience the Malay instrumental at the musical booth. It was remind me of the African culture. This drum pretty much similar with the African Drum.

In a gist, Malays are an Austronesian ethnic group and nation native to the Malay Peninsula, eastern Sumatra of Indonesia and coastal Borneo, as well as the smaller islands which lie between these locations — areas that are collectively known as the Malay world. These locations are today part of the nations of Brunei and Malaysia (two of the modern-Malay nation state), Indonesia, Singapore, and southern Thailand.

There is considerable genetic, linguistic, cultural, and social diversity among the many Malay subgroups, mainly due to hundreds of years of immigration and assimilation of various regional ethnicity and tribes within Maritime Southeast Asia. Historically, the Malay population is descended primarily from the earlier Malayic-speaking Austronesians and Austroasiatic tribes who founded several ancient maritime trading states and kingdoms, notably Brunei, Kedah, Langkasuka, Gangga Negara, Chi Tu, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pahang, Melayu and Srivijaya.

Malaysia has a rich cultural life, much of which revolves around the traditional festivities of its diverse population. The major Muslim holidays are Hari Raya Puasa (“Holiday of Fasting”), or Aidilfitri, to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and Hari Raya Haji (“Holiday of the Pilgrimage”), or Aidiladha, to celebrate the culmination of the season of pilgrimage to mecca. Buddhists honour the life of the Buddha on Hari Wesak (“Wesak Day”), and Chinese Malaysians celebrate Chinese New Year. Deepavali, a Hindu festival of lights spanning several days, is observed by many Indian Malaysians, while Christmas is the principal holiday of the Christian Community. On most of these holidays, it is customary to host an “open house,” where guests are treated to Malaysian delicacies and hospitality. A holiday that spans all ethnic groups and religions is Hari Kebangsaan (National Day), a celebration of Malaysia’s independence on August 31.

I also want to clarify sport of Malaysia. Sports in Malaysia are a mixture of traditional and Western games. From the mid-19th century, British expatriates introduced soccer, cricket, events, and rugby to the peninsula; they formed a number of clubs and organized competitions. The Malaysia Cup (formerly the H.M.S. Malaya Cup), first contested in 1921, is the country’s premier football competition.

Traditional sports also enjoy local popularity. Top-spinning (main gasing) competitions are seriously contested, with winning tops often spinning for well over an hour. In some areas, top spinning is not merely a random pastime but is associated with the agricultural cycle. Kite flying also is a favourite activity, as are bird-singing contests, which may feature hundreds of birds, all with unique songs. Sepak takraw (“kick ball”) is a uniquely Southeast Asian game (now played in other regions) that is similar to volleyball but is played with a woven rattan ball and without using the hands. The sport is internationally competitive, and Malaysia has fronted winning teams.

These are Malay Gongs.

This is Malay Gongs. It is one of their traditional music instrument. When it comes to souvenirs, you can consider buying these local handcrafts that strongly emphasize the art of Borneo which includes – Rafflesia, Gong & Seruling (a musical instruments), and Proboscis Monkey. Some stalls even offer custom handmade on the spot service if you willing to pay more for the exclusiveness. 

Today, the Malays, Malaysia’s largest ethnic group, make up more than 50% of the population. In Malaysia, the term Malay refers to a person who practices Islam and Malay traditions, speaks the Malay language and whose ancestors are Malays. Their conversion to Islam from Hindustan and Theravada Buddhism began in the 1400s, largely influenced by the decision of the royal court of Melaka. The Malays are known for their gentle mannerism and rich arts heritage. Traditional Malay dance in Malaysia can be classified into 3 primarily categories. Court Dance, Folk Dance of the West Malaysia and East Malaysia are widely practiced in Malaysia.

Court Dance started as entertainment for the Royal Households of Malaysia. The style is very graceful and the movements are slow, sustained and controlled. Most of the Court dances begin in seated position then slowly to a kneeling or standing position. Such dances used to be performed for the public in many places. As for Folk Dance, these dances are always associated with joyous occasions for the community. Folk Dance is popular but the origins are unclear. Most of the dances use hand-held props that are easily recognisable. Some of these dances can be traced to animistic beliefs and rituals. Since the 15th century, Malaysia had tremendous influx of traders and missionaries that brought with them their own culture, tradition and beliefs. Folk Dance is quite alive in eastern Malaysia. These dances are simply yet beautiful. The style appears to be without tensions or muscular action and fairly relaxed. The dance movement often depicts nature, life in jungle, movement of birds and others. The major differences of Folk Dances in East and West are the dancers, musicians and musical instruments. Dancer’s costumes are very ornate and often with an elaborate headgear and other accessories in the East. Primarily a 4 stringed, elongated guitar for the Sarawakian Dance and the Kulintantan for the Sabahan Dance. These instruments are mostly handmade and very artistic. They are many Malay Dances; Joget, Silat and Dikir Barat are some examples.

Traditional Malay Herb & Medicines

The herbal roots and fungus are originated from the local state while medicines in fine packaging are imported from Indonesia, they don’t smell bad at all and in fact, some Malay even suggests that these traditional medicines are actually efficacious and use broadly in their daily life. Among Malay Ladies, there is also a special beverage called “Jamu” (yellowish color, a strong galangal brew) that they would consume daily which is said to be a very good natural remedy for beauty. 

Apart from Herbal Medicines, Gaya Street also a bargain paradise when it comes to hunting for fashion and textiles. The best selling item would be the colorful pattern of batik scarfs which is the best symbol to proves that you had been to Malaysia. Don’t be surprised if you happen to stumble across someone who actually wears similar like you in Gaya Street because it just shows that you both practically have the same taste!

Professional Calligraphy

You might see it as a normal calligraphy master in the street, then how about if we tell you that he’s a pure Indian with a Chinese name? Yes, his name is Huang Poh Lo aka N.Poolohgasingam (N.Polo) the man below the wind and very into Chinese & Shah-Rumi Al-Arabia Calligraphy. You can pinpoint his stall within the Gaya Street and request him to custom write specific word characters (different sizes) at a little extra charge. 

If you would like to buy his book marky, it would be charge RM5 each only which is good and billion.

For extra info about the market, who needs a visit to high-end massage parlor when you can actually get a cheaper one in Gaya Street?  They actually consist of Malay and Filipinos who are expert in performing simple neck/foot massage to visitors across the street. Based by the locals, this massage service is operating every day and available all day long at a specific area around Gaya Street, so walk around the street and ask those locals if you really in need of some great massage!

Gaya Street Vegetable Market

Gaya Street situated behind shop row is known as the Sabahan Paradise – a vegetable market which sustains the local needs on vegetable, fruits, and spices throughout the whole week. This is the place where local people would gather and do their grocery shopping since the product is fresh and naturally grown by local farmers. Some interesting yet never seen before vegetable and fruit are also available in this market, you might need to ask the store owner for the proper usage regarding it.  

Wild vegetables and roots could be real delicacies provided if you know the correct way to cook and preparing it while Sabah indigenous are categorized as one of them. Akar Wali – has a rattan-like brownish appearance, its stem can be used to boil with water and serve as a drink which is effective on controlling diabetes.  

Borneo Premium Rice

One of the most iconic food that you must try while traveling in Sabah is none other than the Borneo Bario Rice which has different types of grains and colors. This famed rice is as precious as gold for local farmers that they would rather sell for extra income instead of serving it on their own plate, the grain is in perfect size which known to be as delicious as the Japanese Pearl Rice. 

For instance, I do recommended to those whoever never visit Kota Kinabalu Malaysia Sabah, you must visit this Gaya Street Sunday Market during your visit one day. It is one of the best market and it is worth to go to explore. Make it like 2 hours explore around as it would be very crowded. For those who have been there, what the best experience you gain 🙂

#Vacation #Summers

Oceanus Waterfront Mall

Oceanus Waterfront Mall is one of the best shopping centre to go for in Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia. It is just very close to Imago Shopping Centre in the City centre.

This was taken in the Oceanus Waterfront Mall at Kota Kinabalu. It was my first time visit there last year while celebrated Last Year Christmas and I love the beautiful ocean as well as their Christmas decoration in town. The decoration was pretty much the same with oversea but their style and culture are quite different.

Do you know that Sabah Ocean, Mountain and the Island are very very beautiful. It is a lot of better than before. Sabah Kota Kinabalu are very city feeling and the foodies are very tasty as well. In addition, Kota Kinabalu Shopping Centres have hotels and apartments where let the tourists and visitors to feel very convenient nowadays.

Oceanus Waterfront Mall is perches on a strip of recently-reclaimed land next to the existing Waterfront Kota Kinabalu, opposite Marina Court Apartments.

If Oceanus Waterfront Mall lives up to the press releases, which encapsulates the best-case scenario of the developer and people behind the mall, it certainly will contribute positively to the landscape of Kota Kinabalu.

Otherwise it will simply join the ranks of Warisan Square, The KK Waterfront, Anjung Senja and Suria Sabah, which were all lauded as groundbreaking waterfront developments at the time.

But as Kota Kinabalu’s development is seemingly measured by the amount of shopping centres and luxury hotels it has, then with the opening of Oceanus Waterfront Mall the city is pushed up a notch on the ladder of development.

When you visit Kota Kinabalu Malaysia, I am recommended you to have some relax in the Oceanus Waterfront Mall. It is reminded me of the Singapore Vivo City Harbour Front Singapore. (#vacation#dream#summer)

Best foodies and desserts in Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Dragon-i Restaurant

Braise Pork hand made noodles

Dragon-i Restaurant is a very good Chinese restaurant in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia. It is located in the Imago shopping centre. This restaurant is where people will find a Memorable Culinary Experience Awaits in Malaysia. Their famous food are included braise pork hand made noodles, dumpling, Chilled Drunken Chicken with “Hua Diao” Rice Wine, Double-boiled Chicken Soup, La Mian with Shanghainese Deep-fried Pork Ribs and many other dishes.

Wong Kwok Restaurant

Wong Kwok is the best restaurant for Dimsum in Kota kinabalu Malaysia. They have 2 branch. One is Luyang and another one is in Suria Sabah Shopping Centre. It is located on the Ground level in the Suria Sabah Shopping Centre and it is just right opposite to the Upperstar restaurant. Apart from Dimsum, they do sell the individual meal as well. Their fried rice and the braise port are very good taste and it is good to have a try when you travel to Kota Kinabalu Sabah.

Crowd 99 Cafe

Crowd 99 is very famous in ice-cream. Malaysia is a very hot and humid country where people are always looking for a frozen food such as ice cream, ice blended and many other. Using only dairy-free and fresh fruits for their sorbets! However, they do have seen coffee as well. Their coffee are very nice and it is worth to have a try.

I would recommend for the matcha ice cream, fresh milky ice cream and the coffees 🙂

Fatt Kee Seafood Restaurant

This restaurant is very famous in seafood. It is also located in the Suria Sabah Shopping centre in Kota Kinabalu. It is just in the food court.

When you come to Sabah, you must eat three kinds of pork, beef, and fish. Among them, pork is tasted at Jinshayuan raw meat noodles. Fish Tart Kee Seafood Restaurant Fish with rice noodles, pork and beef, we should all have heard of or eaten, but the fish and fish are very rare, the fish head even covered laksa, meat and bak kut teh, must eat Sabah Gourmet layout, especially Fatt Kee fish rice noodles are so popular with local people, you will know after eating!

Fatt Kee Seafood Restaurant is located in Luyang as well, the Chinese base camp in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It is relatively close to Sabah Kota Kinabalu Airport, but it is a bit far from the city of Kota Kinabalu. Because of the itinerary, we are from the Hilton hotel called the local Grab (similar to Uber) pick-up. The fare will be more than half cheaper than calling a taxi. The driver who happened to pick up the bus lives near Luyang. It is a Hakka in Guangdong. It is a 10-minute drive along the road In light of Sabah’s humanistic style, it is even more mentioned that Faji Fish and Fish is a restaurant that even the local people like very much.

Although Fatt Kee Fish Shop is open until 10pm, the hot items are sold out at noon. At noon on a sunny day, the whole shop is full of enthusiasm, and the outdoor steps have iron plates and shelters. The battle looks like a full-flowing water table. Although there is no air conditioning and it is hot, it is still difficult to find the fish and fish. The customers are willing to sweat and eat, it is because it is worth to have a try their seafood as people can’t get this taste from their country.

It seems to be consumed by locals. Of course, there are several tables like tourists who carry their luggage to eat. In addition, the fish and rice noodles have also been eaten by celebrities and businessmen across the Taiwan Strait, and there are many in Taiwan. Well-known food shows come here, both food enthusiasts and lovers James have reported.

In the center of the store is a spacious open kitchen with a large number of employees and very efficient staff. With clean hands and feet busy, they bring out a bowl of bowls of scented fish and rice noodles. There are various parts of fish and fish by the window. Some nouns I don’t even know.

In the simple terms, FaTT Kee fish dishes only sell fish dishes. The most famous fish dishes are rice noodles and noodles. The soup has two soup bases: tomato and Tom Yam Palace. If it is the first time, the waiter will Skip the selection part directly, that is, fish miscellaneous in each part will be served, so when ordering, just tell the waiter whether the noodles are noodles, the soup is still dry, and the soup base can be selected.

The back of the menu is mainly used by locals to order meals. You can choose the fish species and fish parts separately, especially the fish head rice noodles are ordered by customers of level. For first time visitors, I will and always recommend the classic fish rice noodles You can also order some fried snacks

Fish and Rice Noodle + Tomato Soup Base (Small) RM23 (about NT $ 170)
You can choose the size of the tomato soup base. The tomato fish rice noodles are not only full of color and aroma, but also sour and sweet. It is a bowl of rice noodles with all colors and flavors.

In addition to Huang Chengcheng’s natural soup color, in addition to cooking with a lot of fish bones, boldly adding fresh tomato cubes, there is a sweet and sour finish after the entrance, and the fragrant fragrant is so refreshing and elegant. With light rice noodles, it has a kind of lightness, even in the hot climate of Sabah

In addition to the miscellaneous fish in the soup, there are a few thick pieces of fried fish. It is strange that the fried fish is soaked in the soup. The skin will not soften when it bites. Instead, the fish sucks the soup, but the characteristics of the fish are compared Like eating swordfish, the fiber is more astringent. Many unintelligible fish miscellaneous, some are crunchy, some are tender, some are smooth and filled with gelatine, which is really a good bowl of beauty.

Fried Mangosteen RM5.5 (about NT $ 40)
When ordering snacks, it was a bit embarrassing. Just looking at the name of the fried fupi, the name would be fried tofu buns, etc. I did not expect to wrap the fukin with fish paste and fry it. Looking at the wrinkled rotten skin Fold, you know it must be crispy. After being seasoned, the fish paste tastes salty, and the rotten skin is crispy and crunchy. When it is bitten, it will become crunchy, but the fish paste has strong teeth. At that time, I was thinking about it. If the chicken stalls are sold, the business is definitely good!

Fish and rice noodles + Tom Yam soup base (large) RM45 (about NT $ 330)
The Tom Yam soup base has no size. It only has the price of shrimp and no shrimp. It is recommended that you order the Tom Yam soup with shrimp, because the authentic Tom Yam soup lacks shrimp and shrimp heads.

“Tom Yan” is actually the meaning of Dongyanggong, which is what we call Thai hot and sour shrimp soup. Although the appearance of the soup looks like Thai flavoring, the taste is very different. Kota Kinabalu The miscellaneous Tom Yam soup does not have the prominent smell of lemongrass, but the sour and spicy taste is obvious. The focus is to cook the soup with a lot of fish miscellaneous, fish meat and fish bones. Such a thick soup base is best suited with oil noodles. Instead, it cannot be supported by smooth rice noodles and looks thin. After the oil noodles are soaked, it feels soft and soft, and with crispy bean sprouts, it slightly neutralizes the greasy taste of hot and spicy soup.

The bowl of noodles is quite solid, not only soup thick noodles, fish and fish and shrimp, there are always ten kinds of ingredients, the stomach is not big enough to eat this bowl of Tom Yam fish noodles, although the price of a bowl of NT $ 300, this Low price Sabah can be considered an expensive meal, but I still think it is very very worth it!

Apple Juice RM7 (about NT $ 50)
Fat Kee’s juices are fresh and fresh. In addition to apple juice, there is orange juice. Fruits in tropical countries are really sweet. A glass of freshly squeezed juice costs only 50 yuan.