Hot Buns @ Keng Wan Hing
Fresh buns are baked daily (hourly during peak). Keng Wan Hing has been serving many types of classic buns in Gaya street for years. Most of the customers take-aways when the shop is crowded during 4pm-5pm. You can start tasting their fresh hot buns from 6am onwards.
You can find classic baked buns like black bean fillings (tau sa), peanut fillings, coconut fillings, butter milk fillings and pineapple fillings.
Direction : 70-82 Jalan Gaya, Pusat Bandar, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Price : RM1.60 ea.
Available from 5:30am to 5:30pm
Tom Yam Noodle @ Kedai Kopi Janggut
This restaurant is called “Janggut” because the owner has some beard. I have thicker beard than him though.
Taste wise, the thick creamy and sour soup is still as good as it can be. Definitely a great meal to kick start your day. The only let down is the price, depends on what fish you like to add in your soup. I had a bowl of tom yam that costs RM35. Normally it’s RM7-RM9 per bowl.
Direction : 2 Lorong Gunung Ulu Merak 2, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Price : RM7-RM10
Available during morning until late lunch
Tuaran Noodle @ Tuaran Mee Restaurant
This is something you will never find at other places else besides Sabah. Tuaran noodle is our local specialty – and we are proud. The noodle is made mostly of eggs, you can taste the difference with normal yellow noodles.
Many Sabahans make the effort to have at least one plate of Tuaran noodle whenever they come back from overseas. Their trip won’t be complete without a plate of Tuaran noodle.
Direction : Jalan Tuaran, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Normal business hours
Claypot Noodle @ Xing Wan Pan Mian
My personal favourite is the claypot noodle “yee mian”. I think they have the best soup base for yee mian in town! Extra egg, minced meat and extra vegetables are permanent on my order list.
I always complete every bite with minced garlic + soy sauce + cili padi. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Direction : 9-47 Lorong Pokok Kayu Manis 2, Damai Plaza, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Price : RM5.00
Available from 7am until 3.30pm. Rest on Sunday
Laksa Noodle @ Yee Fung Laksa
What can be better to have a thick, creamy, mild spicy curry-laksa noodle early in the morning? Squeeze some fresh lime juice to enhance the taste! It comes with a small plate of sambal belacan (shrimp paste) to complete the perfect breakfast.
You can also try their specialty drink too. I won’t reveal what’s their drink here 😛
Direction : Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Price : RM7
Available from 6am until 4pm daily
Fried Pork Noodle @ Kedai Kopi Hui Chow
Hui Chow restaurant has been evolving in all these years. From a simple restaurant, until they start serving pastry, then branch out in different businesses along these years. Now they even serve seafood at night! But one thing that stayed constant is the Fried Meat noodle. The taste remains awesome.
The noodle soup made it to the list mainly because of 2 ingredients. 1) fried meat and 2) soup base. I like the extra slices of yaw char kuay that’s added to the soup, extra element of texture and enjoyment.
Direction : 1-17 Lorong Seroja 1, 88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Price : RM6.00
Available from morning until late afternoon
Tenom Noodle @ How Lee Restaurant
Tenom noodle is a local dish that originates from Tenom. Many like this noodle for it’s simple yet flavorful taste. You can consume it on its own, or eat with other dishes on the menu.
You can choose different toppings for the noodle, and I always go with simple pork slices.
Direction : Lorong Kukang, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Price : RM5.50
Available from 6pm until 3am
Fish Noodle @ Wan Wan Restaurant
Wan Wan Restaurant serves a rather unique fish noodle, where minced chicken were used instead of mince pork. (No pork lards.. Nooooo).
The restaurant owner has recently moved to even bigger restaurant to accommodate the customers’ demand. If I am not mistaken, they have moved 3 times in short 10 years, each time to bigger property. From this, you know they serve really tasty fish noodle.
I personally prefer tom yam based soup, but the non-spicy version (clear soup) is not bad either. That’s why I always visit this restaurant with my mum, so we can order each soup base and enjoy best of both world.
Direction : Jalan Hsk Puluduk, 89500 Penampang, Sabah
Price : RM7.50
Breakfast until late lunch
Tomato Soup Fish Noodle @ Fatt Kei Fish Noodle
Fatt Kei Fish Noodle have caught many attention from food lovers past few years.
Lots of positive reviews for their savory tomato based soup. On some occasion, you can see tourist bus stopped at road side and let foreign tourist to experience this fish noodle too.
The ingredients are fresh, plenty of choices to choose from. The price is slowly rising to the higher price range. but that’s pretty common in KK food scene past 2-3 years.
Direction : Universiti Tun Abdul Razak Kota Kinabalu, Jalan Lintas Luyang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Price : RM10
Early morning until 3pm
Roti Kahwin Bun @ Kedai Kopi Jin Hwa
I accidentally found this hidden old coffee shop while I was searching for entirely different thing. I did not find what I wanted, but I found this crowded shop during 3pm. I walked to counter and asked,
“Boss, what’s the crowds’ favourite here? Good business ah!”. “Sit down ah chai, I bring you some of our famous buns”. He presented 2 roti kahwin, in the form of soft BUNS. Not in the usual toast bread. “Have a bite.” he said.
Upon the first bite, I swear I want to let the entire KK people know about this Kopitiam. “Boss I ask you ah, how long have you ran this business?”. “Since 1996”.
“Wah so many years already! I am glad I found your place! How come I don’t know one?!”.
Direction : Emasta Construction Sdn. Bhd., Lot No. 9, First Floor, Grand Industrial Centre, Phase 2, Jalan Bundusan, 88300, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Price : RM1.50ea.
Available from morning until late afternoon only
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