5 food you must try when in Kota Kinabalu (Non Halal)


Pork Noodle (Sang Nyuk Mian) 生肉面

Sang Nyuk Mian (meaning fresh meat noodle) is Sabah version of Pork Noodle. The soup is clear with a sweet taste from the meat which is sliced thin. One of the earliest Sang Nyuk Mian started at Sinsuran Sabah and is still one of the best place to go for pork noodle. Sang Nyuk Mian become famous after a youtube video about Lao Yong appear before General Election 2013 talking about Sabah politics.

Kedai Kopi Kim Hing Lee (金興利茶室) – One of the earliest in town
Blk F, Lot 7, Sinsuran Complex,
Sinsuran 新苏兰街
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. 
Sinsuran Sang Nyuk Mee – One of the thinnest sliced
Lot 19-0, Ground Floor, Lorong Lintas Plaza
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Jia Siang Coffee Shop – Variety of choices, arguably the most popular
Lot 1-0, Ground Floor,
Lorong 3, Lintas Plaza Ring Road,
88300 Kota Kinabalu

Kedai Kopi Melanian – another Sang Nyuk Mian shop first open at Lintas Plaza

Lot 40, Ground floor, Block E,
Inanam Business Cemtre, Kota Kinabalu.

Lot 7-0, Ground Floor, Lorong Lintas Plaza1,
Jalan Lintas, 88300 Kota Kinabalu

sang Nyuk Mian
Jia Siang Coffee Shop Sang Nyuk Mian

Beef Noodle (Ngiu Chap) 牛雜面

Beef Noodle in Sabah is also known as “Ngiu Chap” literally meaning Mix Beef. A bowl of Ngiu Chap usually comes with a beef, beef slice, stew beef, tripe, intestine, tongue, heart, spleen, liver and  beef balls. Sabah is one of the best place in Malaysia for beef lover as there are many shop selling beef noodles. One of the most famous beef noodles is Nyuk Pao Zai started 25 years ago from a small town of Menggatal. The soup is thicker and the serving size is bigger compared to other vendors. A bowl of Ngiu Chap start from RM7.  They have many branches throughout Kota Kinabalu nowadays so you don’t have to travel to Menggatal to enjoy the beef noodle and one of the nearest branch to my house is at Lintas Plaza. One of the oldest beef noodles shop in Sabah is Kedai Cheng Wah at Lido, Penampang serving Hainan style beef noodle. the broth is done just right, not too salty and not too thick.


Kedai Cheng Wah – Hainan style Ngiu Chap 
Ground Floor, Lot 8,
Block A, Taman Che Mei (Lido Township),
Jalan Penampang,
Kota Kinabalu
Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap – Serve with raddish 
Block A Shop,
No. 2-0-10 Kolam Centre Phase 2,
Ground Floor, Jalan Lintas,
Kolam Centre, Luyang,
Kota Kinabalu, 
Nyuk Pau Zai – Sabah style Ngiu Chap 
Block J, Ground Floor,
Lot 25-0, Lintas Plaza,
Lorong Lintas Plaza,
Kota Kinabalu,
Kedai Cheng Wah
Ngiu Chap at Kedai Cheng Wah



No travel to Sabah is complete without tasting the fresh and cheap seafood here. Choose from a huge varieties of seafood such as lobster, prawn, crams and fish. One of the best place for seafood is Welcome Seafood at Asia city. The price is affordable and they have huge variety of seafood to choose from. Be there early and be prepared for the slow service as there is a huge demand from the tourist here.

Seafood Sabah
Welcome seafood


Welcome Seafood
G15-18, G/F, Komplek Asia City  
Phase 2A,
Jalan Asia City, Kota Kinabalu

Roti Kahwin 麵包

Sabahan love their bread, especially the fresh-baked bread serve at Fook Yuen Coffee Shop. Roti Kahwin (marriage bread) means a mix of frozen butter and Kaya with the bread. The bread is soft and they also serve some of the best local coffee and tea in Kota Kinabalu. choose the un-toasted one if you want to feel the softness of the bread. They have few branches around Kota Kinabalu now so you can enjoy Roti Kahwin everywhere.

Fook Yuen Coffee Shop
Damai Plaza PH4,
Jalan Damai,
Luyang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Roti Kahwin
Roti Kahwin


Pan Fried Dumplings (WO TIE) 鍋貼

Wo Tie, or Woh Thip, or Gyoza is one the favourite side dish for Sabahan during meal. Small stalls selling Wo Tie can be found at some coffee shop. Wo Tie are usually served with freshly prepared skin to be pan fried when an order is made. The fresh juice from the dumpling burst out on the first bite. One of the place you can find Wo Tie is at Damai (Opposite Fook Yuen ).

Guo tie
pan fried dumpling (Wo Tie)


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