Saturday, May 16, 2015

Gaya Street Sunday Market (Part 2) @ Kota Kinabalu [Sabah, East Malaysia, Borneo Island]

<< Click HERE for Part 1

I was deliberating whether i should include this as part of the weekend market as it wasn't located along the stretch of Gaya Street; however, this didn't stop visitors like myself from going with the flow.

Geographically, this section sat in a compound away from the main roads and in usual non-weekend-market times, served as a carpark for motorists.

Compared to the hive of activity along Gaya Street where almost anything can be found, the produce sold here seemed catered for the local population.

Can't help feeling a sense of familiarity with the Chong Pang market in Yishun!

Chinese steamed sponge cake in the form of mushrooms - don't you think they look like those poisonous mushrooms often illustrated in fairy tales?!

The smell of these dried / salted products can be repulsive although in the eyes of those established Asian chefs / mothers who cook frequently / locals, some of them were important ingredients for dishes / staples for their main diet.

It's a good thing that my mom isn't internet savvy; she would have lamented that i should have purchased a few packs of the dried shrimps!

I would have helped if she has informed me earlier (like in the case of Sarawak pepper) but i definitely would not agree to bring back bags of rice from overseas!

There were quite a few types available in the market.

Well dressed long haired dachshund spotted in the market - it didn't need a leash and i found it fascinating to see a pet dog following its owner since Islam is after all the official religion in Malaysia.

Apart from a pack of cigarettes, this adorable canine held the important responsibility of securing the owner's mobile phone as well!

Internal view of the "market". This was another area in Kota Kinabalu where you can get these items and i would be covering them once i am done with Gaya Street Sunday Market.

That area was purpose-built and you would not get leaves acting as mats for fruits. Not sure if you have the same view as me; personally, mess brings out the creativity of humans and anything that fits a common mold can be relatively boring.

Salted fish - i have never liked them and even in the case of ikan bilis, i am not a big fan and would not actively seek them out.

Bags of egg ee-mee.

Corns at RM 3.00 for a pack - now, that's cheap! Just the other day, my mum was commenting she paid S$2.50 for one ear of good quality corn! Damn, i miss the raw corns from Cameron Highlands!

Dried foodstuffs again.

Salted vegetables and some other stuff; as you can see, the owners would ring anything originating from their plantations to sell in this market.

Orchid saplings! 

Lastly, clams and good sized oyster meat! Their freshness would be subjective and given my tummy's penchant to dispel food with questionable freshness, these would be something i refrain from buying even in Singapore.


Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, 
Sabah State [Borneo Island] 
East Malaysia 

Operating Hours 
Sundays Only - 6.30 am to 1.00 pm 

For the itinerary of my 7 days, 6 nights Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) trip, please click here.

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