Simply addictive: Tung Fong Seafood Restaurant in KK

Steamed Garupa, fish lips, and paku pakis with sambal.

A new favourite just popped up in Kota Kinabalu and yes, it’s a seafood restaurant like all other “tai chao” eateries in Sabah. However, it’s not one of your typical big seafood restaurants in North Borneo.

It’s the unassuming Tung Fong Seafood Restaurant at Inanam.

For those who aren’t familiar with this area, Inanam is located about 10 km from the Kota Kinabalu city centre, and you’ll be right to say that this area is mostly frequented by locals. There are no Chinese or Korean tourists here.

The restaurant is pork free, and the menu is hooked up on the wall ala billboard style for customers’ convenience.

While carrying a variety of typical Chinese Taichao dishes, their claim to fame is their fish dishes.

You basically pick the type of fish/seafood you want – from Garupa, Green Wrasse, giant Garupa, sea carp, to fish lips, innards, and sea cucumber; then pair it with the preparation method of your choice – braised, onion ginger, scallion oil, rice wine, or black bean.

braised, steamed, or lips?
Braised or steamed – it’s delicious either way.

The fish here is so, so, so good! Fresh, flavourful, and seasoned in such a way that doesn’t take away from the natural flavours of the seafood. It’s simply addictive.

the other accompanying dishes were good too
The other accompanying dishes were good too.

The vegetable dishes here are typical of Sabah standards – sweet, crunchy, and fresh.

They also serve a side of tomato soup, and this tastes pretty much like Fatt Kee’s fish noodle soup.

If you’re in Sabah, do yourself a favour and check this place out. Expect to spend between RM30-40 per person for some really good seafood.

Tung Fong Seafood Restaurant map, Kota Kinabalu

Tung Fong Seafood Restaurant

Mile 6, Jalan Tuaran, Inanam,

88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

GPS: 5.991707, 116.132074

Tel: 012-801 1336

Trying to influence your cravings since 2005, Kar Yeong was Guest Judge on Versus 1001 Rasa Baba’s 2018, R.AGE Food Fight Judge 2015 and NTV7 Foodie Blogger 2014. To read more about Kar Yeong’s food journeys, visit his blog at