The one food that you absolutely must try when in Sabah is of course, their seafood. Situated by South China Sea, Kota Kinabalu is blessed with some of the best the ocean has to offer.
And when it comes to KK seafood, the locals definitely have their own list of restaurants they prefer – Welcome Seafood at Penampang is one of those places.
Welcome Seafood, at Penampang, Sabah
The restaurant is situated some 10 KM away from the city at this place called Fu Guan Industrial Centre. Parking can be a bit of a challenge especially on weekends as the place is almost always packed with locals looking for a good meal.
Modus operandi here isn’t too different from many other seafood restaurants – pick your fresh catch or live seafood, weigh them, and get the restaurant to prepare them in the cooking method of your choice.
clams, fresh shrimps, and steamed jewel garupa
Since it was just Ben and myself, we were pretty modest on our visit. We had live clams with leek and onion, steamed live prawns, and a portion of steamed deep sea jewel garupa with soya sauce.
When the seafood is of good quality, you want the preparation method to be as simple as possible to bring out the natural sweetness.
the coconut jelly is a must order too
True to Welcome Seafood and Sabah’s reputation, the meal was absolutely top notch. The seafood was fresh, and the value offered was very very hard to beat, all those for RM 124.00.
If you’re there, be sure to leave some stomach space for their coconut jelly too!
On my very first trip to Kota Kinabalu more than a dozen years ago on a business trip in my previous-previous job, my friend Ben, who is from KK, brought me to this one specific seafood noodle place that left a rather deep impression, and it’s been on my mind since.
Last week, I finally managed to re-visit the place – Fatt Kee Seafood Restaurant, for the second time in my life, also thanks to the same Ben.
Fatt Kee Seafood Noodle, Kota Kinabalu
I’m a fan of fish noodle of all sort, and have tried many versions over the years. At Klang Valley, some of you may know that I always visit B & Best, which offers a lot of different types of fishes and other fresh seafood to choose from, but in terms of uniqueness, I think Fatt Kee will have to take the cake, cos they offer one ingredient I can’t find anywhere else.
And the magic ingredient is – FISH SKIN.
Yes, at Fatt Kee, you can have fish skin with your fish noodle, in addition to fish ball, fish cake, fish fillets, fish head, and other goodies.
glorious seafood noodle, with fish skin!
Fish skin is this wonderful seafood that many may not have before without being attached to fish fillet, or the whole fish. The texture is soft, smooth, and about 5x tastier than other skin. At this place, they usually have either garupa skin or sharks skin available.
their fish cake is pretty on point too
As for rest of the bowl, I also really enjoy the tomato based soup, those thick meehun (mee available as well), deep fried fish meat/head and their crispy fried fish cake. Their homemade chili sauce is rather spicy in a good way too.
If you’re a fan of fish noodle, or seafood in general, you owe it to yourself to visit Fatt Kee when you find yourself at KK.
Address: Fatt Kee Seafood Noodle Lorong Hilltop, Taman Far East, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah GPS: 5.950895, 116.092461 Tel: 016-824 8414 Hours: Breakfast through Supper
Over the weekends we found ourselves on the duty-free island that is Langkawi. Instead of a nice relaxing weekends at Datai like last time, this trip was for Haze’s speed painting job and we only had an evening to spend, so naturally we went to Cenang beach area.
Qiang Shi Fu Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi
Like most who’re at the area for the first time, we took the opportunity to visit the Underwater World Langkawi (will write about that), followed by looking at the variety of duty-free chocolates available at the stores.
By then, it’s dinner time. After looking around for a bit, we decided to dine at Qiang Shi Fu Seafood Restaurant, one of the very few (if not the only) Chinese restaurants at the area.
Like most seafood restaurants, they have a host of live seafood available for your picking. My eyes were fixated at those huge live top shelf in the tank by the entrance, so that we ordered 4 of those steamed with garlic, which turned out sweet, fresh, and perhaps just a bit on the chewy side.
red snapper, steamed with “choi pou”
We also had a red snapper steamed with fried ginger and choi pou (preserved radish) which turned out way better than expected. The fish was fresh and flavors well balanced with the other ingredients. In fact, I will try to cook our fish with this method.
steamed live top shelf, vegetable soup with salted egg
Pea shoots in soup filled our quota for fiber & vitamin C, and did the job rather well too. They even have a bit of salted egg in the soup for that extra kick.
Overall the meal cost us RM 89.50 including a RM 5 can of Tiger beer. I felt that it was a pretty decent value for what we had, and would not hesitate to return should we head to Langkawi again.
Address: Qiang Shi Fu Seafood Restaurant Jalan Pantai Chenang, Kampung Lubok Buaya, 07000 Langkawi GPS: 6.288132, 99.729330 Tel: 017-561 2223 Hours: Lunch & Dinner
When I was sharing the news of Ah Tao’s demise (RIP) with Zess over Chinese New Year, our Klang ahbeng who’s well versed with everything bak kut teh then mentioned that perhaps I should check out Hon Ki, a bak kut teh outlet that also makes a habit of adding seafood to the old fashion Klang dish, as his sister had good experience with it. So I did.
Hon Ki Seafood Bak Kut Teh, YY is pleased
Hon Ki is a second generation bak kut teh eatery that has been in operation for over two decades, according to the proprietor, they have been serving seafood bak kut teh even during his dad’s time, so this is definitely not one of those “me too” sort of place that tries to jump on any bandwagon.
Situated at Persiaran Pulau Pinang (what a coincident for a Penangite) just opposite Klang Parade across Jalan Meru, the restaurant is converted from a corner lot terrace house with zinc roof, a basic set up that is sufficient and rather typical of Klang BKT scene.
flower crab simmering together with your favorite pork cut in BKT soup
The bak kut teh here comes in clay pots, choose the meat of your choice and you can have it dry, with soup, and of course, with a number of different seafood options to add on, such as fish fillets, prawns, abalone slices, or flower crab. Unfortunately, lala or kappa isn’t an option here.
prawn? crab? pork? why not all?
Like other bak kut teh with seafood, the soup at Hon Ki very spicy as well, and this is done with loads of red chili padi, which I found slightly more convenient not accidentally chew one down, it also has a slightly different aroma and hotter compared to the green type. The additional complexity from seafood does give the bak kut teh an extra dimension, I love it.
Kerol was quite satisfied with the bkt lunch
Expect to pay about RM 40+ for two person if you have 1.5 portion of pork with seafood in it, flower crab gives the soup a stronger taste, while prawns were much less messy to eat. Try it!
One of the reasons I’ve been to Vietnam 9 times prior to this trip was due to work. Back then, we were developing a pretty complicated web based program with a team of programmers based in Ho Chi Minh City, and the team lead for that project was none of ther than Trinh, a friendly local chap whom I’ve developed a friendship over the years.
Quán Lẩu Cá Kèo Bà Huyện is the name of the restaurant
So on this trip, I took the opportunity to catch up with Trinh again after not seeing each other on flesh for the past 9 years or so.
Haze and I was on a rented scooter, following Trinh on his bike heading to District 3 towards Quán Lẩu Cá Kèo Bà Huyện 2 restaurant for dinner involving fish. A place I have visited in my previous trip, courtesy of another Vietnamese colleague’s introduction. I actually consulted the same person for address, too bad she was not able to join us over the holiday season.
fish is as fresh as they come, they’re alive!
What we came here for was Keo fish, a type of freshwater goby/mudskipper measuring some half a feet or so (scientific name – pseudapocryptes elongatus). According to Trinh, this delicacy is only available in South Vietnam.
The fish is usually served in two different ways – grilled, or in soup.
The grilled version is served on a stick not entirely different from shishamo in Japanese cuisine, but of course with plenty of vege on the side, and some fish sauce based condiment on the side.
grilled keo fish vs steamboat version, Trinh & me
The soupy version though, came in a hotpot with even more vegetable and a side of vermicelli noodle as well. The texture is smooth and it also has a naturally sweet seafood flavor.
We didn’t know how fresh the fish were until Trinh ordered additional fishes when we ran out. They came to the table ALIVE! The waiter then carefully dump the live fish into the hotpot and close the lid real quick to spare us the death scene. A few minutes later, we were enjoying some of the sweetest and freshest seafood, the taste is not overly different from marble goby, in fact.
If you’re into some special type of seafood, this place would offer quite an experience.
P/S: I believe it was something below 300,000 VND for the three of us for this meal.