The best Ngiu Chap (Beef Noodle) of Sabah

Ngiu Chap of Sabah
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Your gastronomic journey in Sabah is incomplete without Ngiu Chap (or Ngau Chap). Ngiu Chap literally means “Mixed Beef”, which is a mix of beef and its organs such as stew meat, meat ball, tendon, liver, heart, tripe, intestine, tongue, spleen and omasum, usually served with noodles in thick beef broth.

Sabah LOL Cats
Pic: Sabah LOL Cats. World is hell without Ngiu Chap.. Just kidding.

Though Ngiu Chap is the signature and favorite noodle soup of Sabahans, not all restaurants cook very good Ngiu Chap. Some of them even add excessive Ajinomoto (MSG) into the soup. After the meal, you will be so thirsty that you need to drink gallons of water. Below is a list of Best restaurants to enjoy Sabah Ngiu Chap in different styles, recommended by the locals and I have personally tried them all. As everyone has different taste, the following list is not in any order.

1. Traditional Style – Kedai Kopi Loi Hin (來興茶室)

Location: Donggogon, Kota Kinabalu city
Ngiu Chap of Kedai Kopi Loi Hin (來興茶室)
Kedai Kopi Loi Hin has been making one of the best Ngiu Chap in Sabah for over 40 years. This restaurant is one of the “100 Best Coffee Shops of Malaysia” recommended by Tourism Malaysia.
» Read more about Kedai Kopi Loi Hin…

2. Hainan Style – Kedai Cheng Wah (精華冰室)

Location: Lido Penampang, Kota Kinabalu city
Beef Noodle of Kedai Cheng Wah (精華冰室)
Opened by a Hainanese in 1961, the Ngiu Chap of Kedai Cheng Wah is still one of our favorite after 50 years. This restaurant is run by Wong family, and eat out there is like enjoying a nice meal cooked by your mom.
» Read more about Kedai Cheng Wah…

3. West Malaysia Style – Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap (家鄉牛什)

Location: Luyang Hilltop, Kota Kinabalu city
Ngiu Chap of Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap (家鄉牛什)
Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap is the most popular Ngiu Chap of Sabah. Not only their Ngiu Chap tastes good, they also serve Ngiu Chap in variety of styles. This restaurant was featured by Axian (Jason Yeoh), in his famous food programme Taste with Jason (阿賢人情味).
» Read more about Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap…

4. Village Style – Mee Sup Pipin

Location: Donggogon, Kota Kinabalu city
Beef Noodle of Mee Sup Pipin
Same as simple village life, we appreciate the simple and delicious Ngiu Chap of Mee Sup Pipin and they win the heart of city people too.
» Read more about Mee Sup Pipin…

5. Sabah Style – Nyuk Pau Zai (孟加达 玉宝仔牛什)

Location: Lintas Plaza, Kota Kinabalu city
Ngiu Chap of Nyuk Pau Zai (孟加达 玉宝仔牛什)
When people talk about yummy Ngiu Chap, you will always hear the name “Menggatal Ngiu Chap”. Nyuk Pau started with one restaurant in Menggatal town (Kedai Kopi Nyuk Pau Baru) 25 years ago, and now it has 8 franchise in Sabah and one in West Malaysia.
» Read more about Nyuk Pau Zai…

Please let me know which Ngiu Chap you like the most. It’ll be great if you would share other Ngiu Chap that deserves a mention. I need your help to come up a “Top 10” list of best Sabah Ngiu Chap. Thank You.

Photos taken in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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By Murphy Ng
  • There is one in Luyang, at the entrance of luyang crossroad.
    Named 肥珠 ngiu chap.

  • Rita Chee

    I recommand nearby inanam maybank there…
    named 肥佬牛什

  • Wow, thanks Rita. It’s really an eye candy. Next time I want to taste it with mouth. :-)~

  • Thank you Jason.. I’m lucky as Luyang is near my place. Yum yum.. ^_^

  • dj

    The one near public bank in inanam also good

  • Thank you DJ 🙂

  • Passerby

    I prefer that 1 in tshung tsin canteen

  • I also like the ngiu chap there. Seem like it still tastes good after many years. ^_^

  • Kenny

    Yes this is good!

  • Meatloaf

    I’ve never missed ngiu chap every time I came back to kk from the states. It’s never the same as Vietnamese pho even though both are using beef broth. Just luv it to the last drop.

  • Haha yes, I always crave for Ngiu Chap when I’m away from Sabah (and very soon). Beef Noodle Soup in overseas still can’t beat Sabahan flavor lol.

  • brighter7

    Had an argument with a friend as to the origin’s to this dish. Any idea where this dish was conceived?

  • Frankly I don’t know. There is no historian researches on its origin.