Food In Sabah: Top 8 Dishes In Sabah You Must Try

Sabah is a popular tourist spot for not only having the tallest mountain in Malaysia, but also for its deep connection with history and mother nature. Built between the ocean and rainforest, Sabah is one of the few states in Malaysia that has the perfect blend of both modern society and nature for both locals and tourists to explore. But, how can we not talk about the food in Sabah? 

Sabah is a place filled with many traditional dishes that you can find almost everywhere. While there are some similar dishes you can find in Peninsular Malaysia, they offer different and unique flavors. Here are the top 10 dishes in Sabah you must try at least once during your stay.

1. Tuaran Mee

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Tuaran mee is an egg noodle that originally came from a town north of Kota Kinabalu called Tuaran, hence its name. It is famous for having a unique taste with springy noodles and it is usually served with an egg, char siu, pork egg roll and choy sum. 

Where To Get

  1. Tuaran Mee Restoran

mile 6, Jalan Tuaran, Inanam, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Jalan Tuaran, Inanam, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 7am – 2:30pm

Monday: Closed

  1. Kedai Kopi Seng Hing

Block G, Lot 10, Lorong Sinsuran 2, Sinsuran Complex, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours

Monday – Sunday: 7am – 4pm

Contact: 019-810 5255

  1. Kedai Kopi & Restoran Mewa

Pekan Petagas, 88200 Putatan, Sabah

2. Sabah Pork Noodle (Sang Nyuk Mee)

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As the name suggests, the Sang Nyuk Mee is a pork noodle that is famous in Sabah. It shares a lot of similarity to any other pork noodle around Malaysia, but what makes it different from its Peninsular cousins is its famous serving of “raw pork noodles” that is enriched by the content of the soup while maintaining the freshness of its content in the bowl.

Where To Get

  1. Sinsuran Sang Nyuk Mee

21, Lrg Lintas Square, Lintas Plaza, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 6:30am – 4:30pm

Contact: 016-830 3435

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  1. Kedai Kopi Kim Hing Lee

Block F Lot 7 Sinsuran Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 6am – 2:30pm

Contact: 012-882 5310

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  1. Kedai Kopi Jia Siang

Lot 1-0, Lintas Plaza, Lorong 3, Lintas Plaza Ring Road, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Contact: 016-830 3435

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3. Seafood

food in sabah

Seafood is one of Malaysia’s staple dishes as we would frequently eat in restaurants that serve these dishes during festive seasons, especially during Chinese New Year. But, you can’t help but to worry about the quality of the dishes as it could taste different with each visit. However, since Sabah is next to the ocean, it is home to some of the freshest and most delicious seafood dishes that you will ever taste. The food quality will never fail to amaze you in every dining session.

Where To Get

  1. Welcome Seafood Restaurant

Asia City 

Lot G 18, Ground Floor, Kompleks Asia City, Phase 2A, Jalan Asia City, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Contact: 6 088 447 866

Penampang 

Lot 15, Beverly Hills Industrial & Commercial Park, Jalan Bundusan, 88300 Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

Contact: 6 088 728 669

Inanam

Lot 29,30,31 Ground Floor, Block F, Suria, Jalan Tuaran Bypass, Inanam, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

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  1. Suang Tain Seafood Restaurant

No. 16, Block D, Ground Floor, Sedco Complex, Kampung Air, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Contact: 088-223 080

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  1. Sembulan Lobster Restaurant

Jalan Mat Salleh Com Development 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Operating Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 12:30pm – 9pm

Contact: 088-211 795

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4. Sinalau Bakas (Smoked Wild Boar)

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Sinalau Bakas is one of the many traditional Kadazandusun dishes as the stall owners would hunt wild boars, making their dishes fresh and extremely delicious. These dishes can be found sold in stalls that are set up at the roadside. However, these stalls have irregular opening hours as they rely on whenever these owners are done hunting. Additionally, most of these stalls would have decapitated boar heads out for display so do take cautious when you visit the stalls.

Where To Get

  1. VOGS Authentic Sinalau Bakas

C-G-21, Jalan Pintas Penampang, Kampung Kepayan, 89500 Penampang, Sabah

Operating Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 11:30pm

Sunday: 11am – 11pm

Contact: 013-865 2494

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  1. Sinalau Bakas/Sinurambi Gaduk  Enterprise

Jalan Tamparuli – Ranau, 89150 Tuaran, Sabah

Operating Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Contact: 010-932 5996

  1. Sinalau Bakas Kg Bongol

89150 Tuaran, Sabah

Operating Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 9am – 6pm

Contact: 010-525 1902

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5. Hinava

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Another traditional dish from the Kadazan-dusun, hinava is a simple dish consisting of fish, lime juice, chili padi, grated ginger and shallots. 

You can even make your own hinava at home with this recipe if you can’t afford a ticket to Sabah.

Where To Get

  1. Punya Sedap

Centre Point Sabah Jalan Centre Point, Lorong No 4a 88450 1, Jalan, Lorong Centre Point, Api-api Centre, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 6:30am – 11pm

Sunday: Closed

Contact: 017-841 9414

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  1. Asiarasa Cafe Citarasa Kampung

Asiarasa Cafe (Citarasa Kampung), Lot No.3, Block D, Ground Floor, Karamunsing Capital 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Operating Hours:

Monday – Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 7:30am – 9pm 

Thursday: 7:30am – 10pm

Sunday: Closed

Contact: 088-447 533

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  1. D’Place Kinabalu

Lot 2.01 & 2.02, 2nd floor, Plaza Shell, Kota Kinabalu 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Operating Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 7:30pm

Sunday: Closed

Contact: 60 16-833 2381 

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6. Ngiu Chap (Beef Noodle)

Ngiu Chap, or beef noodle, is a popular dish in Sabah that is known for its wide variety of mixed beef. It can come in various styles such as the traditional style, Hainan style, village style and Sabah style. Each style may be different, but they are all as equally delicious as the others.

Where To Get

  1. Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap

Kolam Centre

2-0-10, Lorong Taman Nosoob Jaya Phase 2, Kolam Centre, 93450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 7:30pm

Sunday: Closed

Contact: 016-826 9699

Grand Millennium Plaza

Block B, Lot 14, Kedai Plaza Grand Millenium, Jalan Pintas, Donggongon, Penampang, 88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 7am – 8:45pm

Sunday: 7am – 9:45pm

Contact: 088-731 646

Inanam

50, Lorong Inanam Baru 4, Inanam, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours: 

Monday – Sunday: 7am – 3pm

Contact: 014-855 1166

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  1. Yii Siang Hainan Ngiu Chap

36, Ground Floor, Block C, Nountun Industrial, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Operating Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 6:30am – 2:30pm

Contact: 60 16-822 3982

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  1. Kedai Cheng Wah

Lot 8 Block A, Penampang, Taman Che Mei, 88848 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 6:30am – 3pm, 4pm – 10pm

Contact: 088-222 831

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7. Bambangan

Bambangan, or the Magnifera Pajang, is a type of mango that can be grown in certain parts of Southeast Asia, mainly Brunei, Indonesia, Sarawak and Sabah. Because it can be grown in Sarawak and Sabah, you’ll need to take a trip to one of these two countries to get a taste of this coconut-like mango. It is described as acidicly sweet, thick and mildly similar to a banana. Bambangan is a very versatile fruit as the whole fruit can be used in many ways. From sambal belacan to making pickles with the seed, the whole fruit can be used to create many dishes that will not be wasted in the hands of an experienced chef. For Kadazan Dusuns, this fruit to create their two signature dishes, jeruk bambangan and nonsom bambangan 

Where To Get

  1. D’Place Kinabalu

Lot 2.01 & 2.02, 2nd floor, Plaza Shell, Kota Kinabalu 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Operating Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 7:30pm

Sunday: Closed

Contact: 088-277 319

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  1. MyNative Sabah

1st Floor, Block F, Plaza 333 Penampang 89500 Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

Operating Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 8:30pm

Sunday: Closed

Contact: 011-1008 6249

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  1. Little Sulap

Little Sulap , No12(C), Jalan Dewan, Austalia Lane 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Operating Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Contact: 016-202 7597

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8. Pinasakan Sada

Pinasakan Sada, or Pinasakan for short, is a food in Sabah that was made when the Kadazan-dusuns had to find a way to preserve fish before they had access to refrigerators, lasting up to five days. It is often served with hill rice which helps to further enhance the flavor of the fish. It can be a bit too spicy for some, it makes up for its flavorful sauce as it is cooked with herbs such as lemon grass, asam kandis, and bambangan. 

Where To Get

  1. D’Place Kinabalu

Lot 2.01 & 2.02, 2nd floor, Plaza Shell, Kota Kinabalu 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Operating Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 7:30pm

Sunday: Closed

Contact: 088-277 319

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  1. Circle Restaurant in Le Meridien

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia.

Operating Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 6:30am – 11pm

And there you have it! These 8 food in Sabah will ensure that your trip will be a trip worth your time, money and stomach. If you prefer to order these delicious looking dishes online, they support delivery services as well so you can sit back and relax while you enjoy these meals at home. If you prefer to have seafood, check out our article where we wrote 10 best places to get seafood in KL and 5 confinement foods

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