Seafoods from Sabah

I observed something. Seafoods are cheap. But normally, the restaurants will made it up with charging more for their vegetables and meats, including eggs too. Then again, I had so many seafoods meals in Sabah because everything is so fresh! All the live fishes, live prawns and plenty of crabs too. In fact, I had so much until I was scared of the mention of seafoods for several days.

Butter prawns

My children do not fancy prawns but they love the crispy egg plus butter mixture. So, we had the same dish over and over again. I had my seafood in Gayang and Taman selera Kampung Air, if I am not mistaken. Plus some seafood place in Kinarut, by the river side.


There are so many varieties of live prawns and I just have to try out whatever I have not seen before. This prawn is call the sand prawn (direct tranlsation from Mandarin, heh, like I very good in Mandarin) and they are red colour even before they are cooked. I asked the boss to recommend the style of cooking and he boiled the prawns with ginger and some spring onion.


Another dish of butter prawns. *roll eyes*

Pickled papaya and cucumber

When I was in Kinarut, I saw the restaurant workers peeling green papayas to make these pickles which they serve as appetitiser. In fact, most of the restaurants there serve pickle like this. I love green papayas so this goes well with killing off the ‘jelak’ taste of butter prawns.

The other thing I observe is the ‘No pork’ sign in Sabah restaurants. Almost every place has the ‘No pork’ sign.

Post Author: Lilian

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8 thoughts on “Seafoods from Sabah


    (November 2, 2007 - 4:26 pm)

    Oh gonna plan my Sabah trip now


    (November 2, 2007 - 5:14 pm)

    I like to eat prawn too but don’t take too offten
    bcoz it is high cholesterol but Green papayas is good for health.


    (November 2, 2007 - 5:17 pm)

    The ‘egg bulu’ on the butter prawns is so beautiful. it’s a pity its difficult to achieve the same texture on a lower tempreture (how to spell oredi ar?) home stove… got any good recipes Lilian for butter prawn?


    (November 2, 2007 - 5:19 pm)

    I suppose having a good camera helps… but the butter prawns oso don’t look oily at all..


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    (November 2, 2007 - 9:10 pm)

    wow… so yummy.
    I liked those prawns!btw, no other seafood? fish, crabs etc?


    (November 3, 2007 - 3:11 pm)

    sand prawns are not favored here bc they have a hard shell. but i love them bc they give a more springy bite, n unlike cultured prawns, sand prawns r from the big blue sea which to me means no processed food pellets n antibiotics.


    (November 13, 2007 - 8:48 pm)

    I just love butter prawn..Cant wait to go back to Sabah..

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