Kota Kinabalu Trip Day 2 Part 2 – Dinner at Luyang and Old Village Seafood Restaurant

By the time we reached our hotel after returning from whitewater rafting, it was already 8.30pm and KampungboyCitygal was waiting for us for dinner.
Not sure where to go, we asked Lavender Lodge’s owner to recommend us some seafood restaurants which the locals usually patronize. And Salut, Luyang and Gayang were suggested.
After considering time and cost factor, we decided to give Luyang Seafood Restaurant at Luyang (yes, the restaurant has the same name as the location) a try because it was the nearest and also the cheapest via taxi (RM12). Other places like Salut and Gayang would have taken at least 40 minutes to reach and the taxi wanted to charge us a whopping RM120!

sweet-sour-crab-2

I think we were unlucky to reach at Luyang quite late because most of the seafood like prawns and clams were finished. Not even a single clam or prawn was left lol. We were only left with fish and crab, which Luyang Restaurant was famous for.
Our first dish was Spicy and Sour Crabs @ RM28/kg for the female mud crabs.

spicy-sour-crab

I had quite high expectation in this dish actually, since it was supposed to be Luyang’s signature dish. Looks wise it was already a winner but I felt it the crabs weren’t anywhere spectacular.
The gravy, initially quite tasty turned jelly like after being left cold and the crab meats always stuck to the shell, making the peeling even more difficult. At one point we were so frustrated with all the hard work peeling the crabs (and so little flesh!) we wanted to stop eating altogether lol.

claypot-garoupa

After a disappointing first dish, things started to look up with the arrival of Braised Garoupa in Claypot – RM25 if not mistaken. The Garoupa was meaty and flavorful, really nice especially when it was still warm.

claypot garoupa

spicy-sour-noodle

Since we ran out of seafood to order, we decided to give the Spicy Sour Noodle @ RM6 a try. Besides being a highly recommended noodle by the restaurant, most of the tables ordered it too. So, we figured it should be worth a try.
It was a worthy try alright and surprisingly the noodle turned out to be the dish I enjoyed the most. The taste closely resembles the Mee Jawa Goreng back in my hometown but a lot more appetizing (due to the slight sourness) and had lots of seafood!

fuk-kin-min

We were so impressed with the Spicy Sour Noodle that we also tried Luyang’s Fuk Kin Min (Hokkien Mee) @ RM5 – to see how how Kota Kinabalu’s would fare against the KL version. Glad to say it was fried pretty damn good (good wok hei, very fragrant) and it could easily match those in KL.

kg-air-food-court

Feeling rather unsatisfied due to the fact that we didn’t have any clams and prawns, we headed to Kampung Air food court opposite our hotel for a second round of seafood.

old-village-seafood

With up to 5 seafood restaurants in this huge food court alone, live seafood selection is vast – it’s quite impossible to run out of seafood here. After surveying all the restaurants we chose Old Village Restaurant because their Tong Fong Lo snail and Elephant Trunk clam were the cheapest around. Plus, they had a lobster promotion going on – RM10 per 100g.

cockles

Before I show you the food we had, lets take a closer look at some of the seafood they had.

elephant-trunk-clam

象拔蚌 – Elephant Trunk Clams, or Geoduck that can shoot water from their ‘trunks’. Quite shocked to see that when the owner picked up one of them lol.

oysters

Oysters

shell fish

balitong

weighing-lobster

Our lobster, which weighed at 600 grams. You know what, each of us took turns taking a photo with the lobster after it was weighed. Hey, it’s not often you get to order lobster and even get to pose with it too ok lol.

cheese-baked-lobster

Cheese Baked Lobster @ RM60. Although the lobster was pretty small sized it still packed quite a lot of succulent, sweet tasting flesh. Marvelous. The presentation could have been better though, I myself wouldn’t have guessed it was lobster just by looking at it.

snails

Half a kg of steamed 东风螺 Tong Fong Lo @ RM15.

tong-fong-lo

The only way to get to the snails’ flesh was to use a toothpick is skewer the bodies out of the shells. The snails were pretty much tasteless so dipping sauce was required for the much needed flavor.
If you are easily turned off by pungent fishy smell, you ought to avoid this dish because the smell was there and pretty strong too. And some of the snails were still raw so we had to send them back to be steamed longer. Overall not very happy with it.

steamed-geoduck

Lastly, Garlic Steamed Elephant Trunk Clams @ RM20 (1/2 kg) They sure don’t look as long as they did when they were still alive though, with their ‘trunks’ removed and shrunk a lot in size as well. Albeit a little chewy, the clams were quite enjoyable for the freshness.
Wow, I am really amazed looking at the amount of seafood we had for dinner alone that day! Either we are really gluttons, or we were just too tired it made us hungrier than usual. But I am pretty sure it’s the former, lol.

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By the time we reached our hotel after returning from whitewater rafting, it was already 8.30pm and KampungboyCitygal was waiting for us for dinner.
Not sure where to go, we asked Lavender Lodge’s owner to recommend us some seafood restaurants which the locals usually patronize. And Salut, Luyang and Gayang were suggested.
After considering time and cost factor, we decided to give Luyang Seafood Restaurant at Luyang (yes, the restaurant has the same name as the location) a try because it was the nearest and also the cheapest via taxi (RM12). Other places like Salut and Gayang would have taken at least 40 minutes to reach and the taxi wanted to charge us a whopping RM120!

sweet-sour-crab-2

I think we were unlucky to reach at Luyang quite late because most of the seafood like prawns and clams were finished. Not even a single clam or prawn was left lol. We were only left with fish and crab, which Luyang Restaurant was famous for.
Our first dish was Spicy and Sour Crabs @ RM28/kg for the female mud crabs.

spicy-sour-crab

I had quite high expectation in this dish actually, since it was supposed to be Luyang’s signature dish. Looks wise it was already a winner but I felt it the crabs weren’t anywhere spectacular.
The gravy, initially quite tasty turned jelly like after being left cold and the crab meats always stuck to the shell, making the peeling even more difficult. At one point we were so frustrated with all the hard work peeling the crabs (and so little flesh!) we wanted to stop eating altogether lol.

claypot-garoupa

After a disappointing first dish, things started to look up with the arrival of Braised Garoupa in Claypot – RM25 if not mistaken. The Garoupa was meaty and flavorful, really nice especially when it was still warm.

claypot garoupa

spicy-sour-noodle

Since we ran out of seafood to order, we decided to give the Spicy Sour Noodle @ RM6 a try. Besides being a highly recommended noodle by the restaurant, most of the tables ordered it too. So, we figured it should be worth a try.
It was a worthy try alright and surprisingly the noodle turned out to be the dish I enjoyed the most. The taste closely resembles the Mee Jawa Goreng back in my hometown but a lot more appetizing (due to the slight sourness) and had lots of seafood!

fuk-kin-min

We were so impressed with the Spicy Sour Noodle that we also tried Luyang’s Fuk Kin Min (Hokkien Mee) @ RM5 – to see how how Kota Kinabalu’s would fare against the KL version. Glad to say it was fried pretty damn good (good wok hei, very fragrant) and it could easily match those in KL.

kg-air-food-court

Feeling rather unsatisfied due to the fact that we didn’t have any clams and prawns, we headed to Kampung Air food court opposite our hotel for a second round of seafood.

old-village-seafood

With up to 5 seafood restaurants in this huge food court alone, live seafood selection is vast – it’s quite impossible to run out of seafood here. After surveying all the restaurants we chose Old Village Restaurant because their Tong Fong Lo snail and Elephant Trunk clam were the cheapest around. Plus, they had a lobster promotion going on – RM10 per 100g.

cockles

Before I show you the food we had, lets take a closer look at some of the seafood they had.

elephant-trunk-clam

象拔蚌 – Elephant Trunk Clams, or Geoduck that can shoot water from their ‘trunks’. Quite shocked to see that when the owner picked up one of them lol.

oysters

Oysters

shell fish

balitong

weighing-lobster

Our lobster, which weighed at 600 grams. You know what, each of us took turns taking a photo with the lobster after it was weighed. Hey, it’s not often you get to order lobster and even get to pose with it too ok lol.

cheese-baked-lobster

Cheese Baked Lobster @ RM60. Although the lobster was pretty small sized it still packed quite a lot of succulent, sweet tasting flesh. Marvelous. The presentation could have been better though, I myself wouldn’t have guessed it was lobster just by looking at it.

snails

Half a kg of steamed 东风螺 Tong Fong Lo @ RM15.

tong-fong-lo

The only way to get to the snails’ flesh was to use a toothpick is skewer the bodies out of the shells. The snails were pretty much tasteless so dipping sauce was required for the much needed flavor.
If you are easily turned off by pungent fishy smell, you ought to avoid this dish because the smell was there and pretty strong too. And some of the snails were still raw so we had to send them back to be steamed longer. Overall not very happy with it.

steamed-geoduck

Lastly, Garlic Steamed Elephant Trunk Clams @ RM20 (1/2 kg) They sure don’t look as long as they did when they were still alive though, with their ‘trunks’ removed and shrunk a lot in size as well. Albeit a little chewy, the clams were quite enjoyable for the freshness.
Wow, I am really amazed looking at the amount of seafood we had for dinner alone that day! Either we are really gluttons, or we were just too tired it made us hungrier than usual. But I am pretty sure it’s the former, lol.

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8 Comments on “Kota Kinabalu Trip Day 2 Part 2 – Dinner at Luyang and Old Village Seafood Restaurant

  1. Simon

    Hi vkeong, the elephant trunk clams are actually called geoduck. You pronounced it as gooey-duck lol.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoduck

    Here you go.

    vk: Hi Simon, actually I was also struggling whether to call them Geoduck or Elephant Trunk Clams lol. But I decided to use the latter because Geoduck is shown so much bigger in size on the net compared to those we had. But anyway thanks for your clarification :) I have edited my post to include it

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  2. Erm… i think Geoduck or 象拔蚌 refers to the ones much bigger in size (at least, probably the size of a big plate.

    Anyway, the ones in the picture (while they are still alive) look very much like geoducks though, only much smaller, like a cat to a tiger.

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  3. So many seafood. Yummy.. the cheese baked lobster looks great! Is it comparable to those western food restaurant baked lobster?

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  4. Looking at this post at the wrong time…. drool….

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  5. You ppl are definitely keng! Can eat second round somemore! *salute*

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  6. anon

    Looked yummy ! Some of the snails do not look eatable and most seafood is expensive. Great photo shoot.

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  7. All the food look so yummy, thanks to your great photography. The hokkien mee looks so delicious…. makes me hungry.

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  8. suba

    which was the best and cheapest seafood restaurant? tastier adn cheaper than kl

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