It was a Sunday, and I knew for the fact that there was a Sunday market nearby; the Gaya Market. Local folks talked about it so were the tourists. So, I guess it was wise not to give a miss. Besides, I was told that there’s good food over there.
To avoid the crowd, which I failed miserably, I woke up at about 6am to prep up and left the building by 6.30am. Due to its position, one thing I’ve learned was that the sun rise earlier compare to that in Peninsular. At 6am, the skies were already all sunny bright!
Lucky for me, Gaya Street was located about 10 minutes away from my accommodation. Along the way, there was courthouse as well as other official buildings.
The streets weren’t as quiet as I would thought it would be judging at the time (6.30am) I was out there. But nevertheless, I felt safer when there were people around. Heh!
But before that, as I said earlier, I looked for that famous shop named Kedai Kopi Yee Fung, which was located along Gaya Street, to grab my breakfast. It was rather easy to find it due its crowd overflowing out of the shop. I had to wait for a while before I was shown to a small table to be shared with an uncle.
As usual, I ordered what the locals claimed to be famous for; Yee Fung Laksa. The not-so-thick broth wasn’t as spicy as I expected it would be but it was fruity flavourful. The odd thing about it was the noodles they used. It’s a cross between an instant mee and wantan mee. Spring-y yet brittle, it’s kinda weird to chew them.
There were other choices available such as Yee Fung Ngau Chap and wantan mee (from other stall) but I was quite full with that bowl of noodles. After the meal, I continued my remaining stroll along the street.
Gaya Market occupied the whole of Gaya Street. I reckoned it stretched to as far as 500 meters. All sorts of things were being sold in there. Dogs, fishes, crafts, clothes, foods and etc, these were a few I could think of.
With street performance and all, it’s more than a ‘pasar malam’.
The very end of Gaya Market is where the Jesselton Hotel located.
From there, I walked towards the sea side (somewhere near Hyatt Hotel) where there’s a swordfish monument placed on a lil roundabout.
to be continued…
Chronicles of Sabah Trip 2009 :-
- In Sabah – Day 6
- In Sabah – Day 5
- In Sabah – Day 4 (Part 2)
- In Sabah – Day 4 (Part 1)
- In Sabah – Day 3 (Part 2)
- In Sabah – Day 3 (Part 1)
- In Sabah – Day 2 (Part 3)
- In Sabah – Day 2 (Part 2)
- In Sabah – Day 2 (Part 1)
- In Sabah – Day 1
- In Sabah – Prelude