If you ask Sabah people which delicacies are “Made in Sabah”, no doubt Tuaran Noodle (locally known as Tuaran Mee, 斗亚兰面 in Chinese), a traditional handmade egg noodle born in Tuaran town is on top of the list. Like Laksa to Penang, Kolo Mee to Sarawak, Tuaran Mee is the noodle representing Sabah state.
You may click the photo above to see bigger picture of Tuaran Fried Noodle (Tuaran Mee Goreng). Tuaran Mee tastes best when it is fried and served hot with egg roll slices (春卷 in Chinese), roasted pork slices (叉烧 in Chinese) and local green vegetable. This golden-color noodle is rich with egg aroma. If prepared nicely, the noodle is crispy outside but soft inside.
When the food market nowadays is flooded with cheap and mediocre packed noodles, I do appreciate every bite of Tuaran Mee, which is created by people who insist on quality over quantity. Tuaran Mee is pure noodle, unlike those factory noodles consist of preservatives.
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The repeated pounding in handmade process forms denser texture in the noodle. You will be surprised that Tuaran Mee can be stomach-filling even taken in small quantity.
Besides fried noodle, Dried or “Konlau” (干捞 in Chinese) Tuaran Noodle (see photo above) is another popular way to enjoy Tuaran Mee. The cook first rinses the noodle in boiled soup until it turns soft, dry it and serve it in dark sauce. Personally I prefer the fried version.
Where to find the BEST Tuaran Mee?
Based on the feedback, the No.1 favorite of locals is Tuaran Mee Restoran coffee shop in Tuaran town.
1. Tuaran Mee Restoran
Tel: +60 16-5849651
Opening Hours: 7am-5pm daily (close on Wed every fortnight)
This is evidenced by number of customers they have in shop. You can tell that their noodle is nice. Tuaran Mee noodle costs RM5 (≈USD1.50) per plate, RM6 (≈USD1.80) for seafood flavor.
It’s very easy to find Tuaran Mee Restoran. When you enter Tuaran town, before the first roundabout and Shell gas station, you can see it in a shoplot at your right.
The shoplot is just opposite a big hall of Tuaran District Council (Dewan Majlis Daerah Tuaran) (see photo above).
2. Lok Kyun Restaurant (乐群酒家)
Ranked No.2 by locals are Restoran Lok Kyun, also located in Tuaran. It’s famous in Peninsular Malaysia.
Address: Shop No.4, Block 8, Jalan Keogh, Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: +60 88-788441 / +60 19-8518632
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 7:30am – 3pm (closed on every Monday)
Though they also open in most public holiday, they close on major holiday such as Chinese New Year and Hari Raya.
Personally I love the ambience of having traditional food in post-war wooden shoplot. Same as the first restaurant, Tuaran Mee noodle costs RM5 (≈USD1.50) per plate, RM6 (≈USD1.80) for seafood flavor.
Restoran Lok Kyun was featured once in Taste with Jason (阿賢人情味), a popular food programme in AEC TV Channel.
They are not only good in Tuaran Mee. Their “Pork & Yam” (芋头扣肉) and “Stuffed Beancurd” (酿豆腐) are also very famous.
Below is the location map of Restoran Lok Kyun and Tuaran Mee Restoran. Both shops are very close to each other:
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3. Seng Hing Coffee Shop (成兴茶餐室)
I know some of you don’t want to drive 30 minutes to Tuaran town for the noodle. Luckily, you also can have Tuaran Mee in Kota Kinabalu city. One of the most recommended coffee shops for Tuaran Mee is Seng Hing Coffee Shop.
Address: Block E, Lot 10, Sinsuran Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: +60 88-211594 / +60 17-8188855
Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm daily
Above: Tuaran Fried Noodle of Kedai Kopi Seng Hing
However, the Tuaran Mee costs RM6 (≈USD1.80) per plate, RM7 (≈USD2.10) if seafood flavor. Anyway, this is reasonable price in city, and consider you don’t need to drive a long way to Tuaran.
Below is the location map of Restoran Seng Hing or Kedai Kopi Seng Hing (成兴茶餐室):
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Please feel free to post your favorite restaurant in comment section here, if you know any other nice places for Tuaran Mee.
Photos taken in Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo