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Mee Sup Pipin: in Love with Sabah Noodle Soup

Mee Sup Pinpin noodle soup

In Sabah, if you cook really good food, no matter how far you “hide” your restaurant, food lovers will find you. Though soup noodle is very common in Kota Kinabalu city (KK), the only place that can make me drive over 10 KM for its soup noodle is Mee Sup Pipin.

entrance to Mee Sup Pipin
Pic: Mee Sup Pipin 1

“Mee Sup” means Noodle Soup. Pipin is the name of the restaurant.

customers of Mee Sup Pipin
You would be surprised to see such a plain setup for this famous eat out spot. No fancy decor, just some tables and chairs under the zinc roof, a very village style environment. The place is clean and quiet, and their customers also look very laid-back and enjoy their food slowly, unlike the noisy and busy restaurants in the city.

food menu of Mee Sup Pipin
Pic: the food menu and pricing (Note: USD1≈RM3). The Noodle Soup is RM5 (≈USD1.70) for regular size, RM6 (≈USD2) for extra serving.
*Price as of Nov 2012

Besides Noodle Soup, you can order other side dishes such as Tauhu (Stuffed Tofu), Sup Tulang (Bone Soup), Cucap (Mixed Pork & Ear) and Kaki Ayam (Chicken Feet). I wish to order ALL!

the cook of Mee Sup Pipin
Pic: the friendly cook busy preparing food

Ok, enough with the introduction, let’s EAT!

Pork Noodle (Cucap)

Mee Sup Pipin makes many great dishes, the first item that I strongly recommend is their Pork Noodle (or Cucap Mee Hoon, 猪杂米粉 in Chinese).

pork noodle soup / cucap mee fong
Pork Noodle (Cucap) consists of rice noodle (also known as Mee Hoon) served with sliced pork meat, heart and (clean) intestines in hot pork soup.

pork noodle soup of Mee Sup Pipin
The soup is clear, without thick layer of floating oil, and the meat is fresh too. My stomach told me that the serving was not oily.

close-up of pork noodle / cucap mee hoon
Pic: close-up of Cucap Pork Noodle

You can see that the ingredients are simple. However, the meat and noodles are cooked with good timing to bring out their best taste. In other places, I often got noodle soup with overcooked or undercooked noodle.

pork for noodle soup
Pic: fresh pork meat for making cucap

Ngiu Chap Noodle (Mixed Beef)

Another item that also appears in words of mouth about Mee Sup Pipin is Ngiu Chap (or Ngau Chap, 牛杂/牛什 in Chinese). Ngiu Chap is different parts of cow cooked in beef soup. Tendon, tripe and tongue have little taste by nature, but they become a delicacy with interesting textures, after they absorb the delicious beef soup.

ngiu chap / ngau chap
Pic: I always order Ngiu Chap Mee Hoon (Mixed Beef with Rice Noodle Soup).
Note the green Calamansi fruit at the edge of the bowl. When I’m half-done, I will squeeze a bit of sour Calamansi juice, to give the Ngiu Chap Noodle Soup a new taste.

close-up of ngiu chap / beef noodle soup

mixed beef noodle / ngiu chap mee fong
Their Ngiu Chap is pleasing to eyes as well as tongue. Every item tastes different but complement well to one another. The meat is well-marinated, so it looks dark, tender but slightly salty though.

fried pork oil (猪油渣)
Pic: you may add aromatic fried pork fat chips into Ngiu Chap for thicker taste. I always do.

Stuffed Tofu

The best selling side order which goes well with your noodle soup is Tauhu (Stuffed Tofu, 酿豆腐 in Chinese).

making tofu (bean curd)

stuffed tofu (酿豆腐)
I’m not kidding you. They make hundreds of Tofu every day to feed the hungry customers.

pork tofu

close-up of stuffed tofu
You can tell from the photos above that it’s extremely smooth and soft.

Direction to Mee Sup Pipin

Mee Sup Pipin is in Kampung Inobong (Inobong Village) of Donggogon, about 10 KM away from KK. Below is the location map:

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road to Mee Sup Pipin
Pic: If you head to Tambunan on Penampang-Tambunan road, you see will this junction at your right, about 4 or 5 KM after Donggogon town. (Update (Mar 2014): the signage is no longer there)

junction to Mee Sup Pipin
Pic: Turn right to the junction, you will enter a narrow village road. Just take second left turn.

Mee Sup Pipin restaurant

There are two Mee Sup Pipin next to each other. The first Mee Sup Pipin that you will see is open by the family of the owner. They only open from Monday to Friday, 7am to 3pm. Both restaurants are selling the similar dishes. Some says the taste is different but I haven’t tried theirs yet.

Mee Sup Pipin 1
The one that I talk about is Mee Sup Pipin 1. They open every day, from 7am to 3pm (may open before 6am during weekend). Their phone no. is +60 16 8302088 (Contact Person: Christina @ Onong).

kitchen of Mee Sup Pipin
Goodness… I want to go to Mee Sup Pipin again after I write this. :-P~ *mouth watering*

Photos taken in Donggogon, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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Ngiu Chap (Mixed Beef) of Kedai Kopi Loi Hin (來興茶室)

Ngiu Chap Mee (Mixed Beef Noodle)

Do remember the name Ngiu Chap, if you want to have “a taste of Sabah”. Literally Ngiu Chap means “Mixed Beef” (牛什 or 牛杂 in Chinese), which is a mix of beef slices, tendon, tripe, meat ball, liver and tongue cooked in yummy beef broth. Usually we eat it with Mee (yellow noodle) or Mee Hoon (rice noodle).

There are many Sabah restaurants serving Ngiu Chap. Personally I recommend Kedai Kopi Loi Hin (來興茶室 in Chinese) in Donggongon town, about 10 KM away from Kota Kinabalu city (KK). Loi Hin has been making one of the best Ngiu Chap in Sabah for over 40 years.

Kedai Kopi Loi Hin (來興茶室)
Pic: Kedai Kopi Loi Hin (來興茶室), “Kedai Kopi” means Coffee Shop.

Kedai Kopi Loi Hin is listed as one of the “100 Best Kopitiam of Malaysia” published by Tourism Malaysia. (Kopitiam means Coffee Shop)

Loi Hin Restaurant (来兴茶室)
Loi Hin is open from 7am to 3pm daily, and it’s always full during meal time.

preparing Ngiu Chap
Pic: worker preparing Ngiu Chap

Ngiu Chap (牛杂 / 牛什 / 牛雜) in different styles
Pic: Ngiu Chap served in different style. Most people order Ngiu Chap Mee (yellow noodle in beef soup, 牛杂面 in Chinese).

food menu of Loi Hin
Pic: the food menu
Each bowl costs about RM6 to RM6.50 (≈USD2 to 2.17), RM8 or RM8.50 (≈USD2.70 to 2.80) if you request “ka-liau” (extra meat). *Prices as of Nov 2012.

inside Kedai Kopi Loi Hin
Loi Hin is a typical Chinese coffee shop. Besides Ngiu Chap, you can order hot and soft drink such as coffee and tea here.

Ngiu Chap Mee (mixed beef noodle)

Ngiu Chap Mee (牛杂面 / 牛雜麵)

Pic: Ngiu Chap Mee (Mixed beef soup served with yellow noodle, 牛杂面 in Chinese)

close-up of Ngiu Chap
Pic: close-up of Ngiu Chap Mee

As always, it’s delicious, with tangy aroma of beef, and the meat is fresh. The spleen tastes a bit raw and fishy though. The hot soup is the best part, it’s thick, as if they cook the whole cow in soup (just kidding). Usually I take one or two spoons of soup to excite my taste buds before eating.

Ngiu Chap Mee Fong (牛杂米粉 / 牛雜米粉)
You also can ask them to serve Mee Fong (white rice noodle, 牛杂米粉 in Chinese). The rice noodle is thinner and taste less oily.

Ngiu Chap dry noodle (干捞牛杂 / 乾撈牛雜)
By default, the noodle is served in soup. Order Kon Lau (dry noodle style, 干捞 in Chinese) if you prefer the Ngiu Chap soup served in separate bowl.

Below is the location map and contact of Kedai Kopi Loi Hin:

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Address: Block H, Lot 8, Ground Floor, Donggongon New Tonwship, Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Phone No.: +60 88-712136

Loi Hin has 3 branches in KK, opened by the sister and brother of the owner, Mr. Yong (杨寿兴), at Donggogon, Foh Shang (behind Millimewa supermarket) and Inanam (also behind Millimewa supermarket).

branch of Kedai Kopi Loi Hin (來興茶室)
Pic: the Donggogon branch is less than 50 Meters away from the main shop.

Photos taken in Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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