BBQ wild boar. We call it “sinalau barkas”.
There are a few stalls serving sinalau barkas long the mountain road to Mount Kinabalu. We seeked out this one at Kg Kelawat (Kelawat village) which serves wild boar burgers. Unfortunately, the burger guy wasn’t around. We had the BBQ ribs and sides instead. At RM20 per kg, it was an affordable and delicious meal.
Nabalu town is 13km from the entrance to Kinabalu National Park, and 73km from center of Kota Kinabalu city. It has grown from a popular roadside stop-over for souvenirs to the present tourist village.
Among the souvenirs here, you will find some spices, honey in bottles, packets of local red/black rice and handicrafts, both commercial and locally made. There are also stalls selling food and beverages.
The best souvenir, perhaps, is a beautiful view of Mt Kinabalu, provided you are lucky to have a clear morning. It is usually cloudy by late morning. A viewing deck and pavilions for visitors have been constructed.
I was lucky to have perfect weather when I visited Nabalu during the Chinese New Year break (late february 2010).