Top 5 Restaurants To Try When You Stay At Tune Hotel 1Borneo Kota Kinabalu (2023 Guide)

Hey there foodies, today, let’s take a virtual food trip over to Sabah or also known as the “Land Beneath The Wind”. In Sabah, you can expect to find an array of must-try street foods that are inherited from its melting pot of cultures and traditions.Today, we’ll be sharing the 5 best foods in Kota Kinabalu. When you’re ready to start exploring, just scroll down!


5 Best Food In Kota Kinabalu

1. Seng Hing Kopitiam

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Tuaran Mee refers to Sabah-made yellow noodles that uses only egg yolks. Like Kolo Mee to Sarawak, Char Koay Teow to Penang, Tuaran Mee is a dish that truly represents Sabah. The first spot that you have to visit in Sabah for their really good Tuaran Mee is none other than Seng Hing Kopitiam. In fact, they serve “Huang Jiu Tuaran Mee” here, the comforting Tuaran Noodle with a dash of Huang Jiu (yellow wine). This adds a sweet rice wine taste that elevates the noodles. Oh, and Seng Hing Kopitiam also serves Tom Yum Noodles that are worth trying too.

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

Operating Hours: 7am-4pm (Opens Daily)

Status: Non-Halal

2. Sang Yuk Noodles @ Kim Hing Lee

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When in Sabah, you definitely must not miss out on their Sang Yuk Noodles. And one of the best places to savour this local street food is definitely at Kim Hing Lee Kopitiam in Kota Kinabalu. This place has been around since 1982 and is constantly on the news as they are one of the best when it comes to Sang Yuk Noodles in KK. Accompanied with a bowl of fried noodles is thinly-sliced pork drenched in an aromatic broth. It’s a bowl of comfort food that you will never get enough of.

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Address: Lot 9, Lorong Sinsuran 3, Sinsuran, 88800 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours: 6am-2.30pm (Opens Daily)

Status: Non-Halal


Link: Facebook

3. Roti Cobra @ Kedai Makan Islamic Restoran

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We’ve heard of Roti Canai, Roti Tisu, Roti USA, and many more. But, have you ever heard of Roti Cobra? Hidden in the basement of Centre Point, Sabah lies an unassuming eatery known as Kedai Makan Islamic Restoran that serves this rather unique Roti Cobra. Basically, Roti Cobra is the common Roti Canai that’s served with a twist. Usually, it comes with a sunny-side-up egg, green beans, and a generous amount of meat as well as gravy.


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Address: Basement, S40, S41, Lorong Centre Point, Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours: 9.30am-9.30pm

Status: Halal

4. Yee Wat @ Kuo Man Restaurant

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Next up, another food gem that you absolutely need to try is Kuo Man Restaurant’s Yu Wat and Fish Paste Noodles. Here, you will get to enjoy fresh fish slices with handmade fish balls that go perfectly with their tender noodles. Oh, and remember to dip their tender fish slices in their homemade chilli paste, you won’t regret it! Another popular option here is their beef tendon soup which is highly sought after even by the locals. Yum!

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Address: 5, Jalan Tuaran, Sunny Garden, 88800 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operating Hours: 6.30am-2.30pm

Status: Non-Halal

5. Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap

Kota Kinabalu Food Guide 2022

By now, you would’ve noticed that most of the popular food in Kota Kinabalu mainly consists of noodles. Yet another spot offering a combo of broth with noodles is Kah Hiong Ngau Chap. Here, you get to choose which part of the beef goes into your soup. Pick from options like beef slices, beef balls, beef tendon, tripe, tongue, and many more. Or, simply go ahead and order the Ngiu Chap Mee Kan Lao (a combination of beef soup with dried noodles). You’ll get a bowl of fragrant, perfectly-flavoured beef broth accompanied by tender beef slices.

Kota Kinabalu Food Guide 2022

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

Operating Hours: 7am-8pm (Opens Daily)

Status: Beef used is from Muslim supplier

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Time For A Kota Kinabalu Trip!

Are you ready for a food feast? If you are, save up this list and start planning for a food adventure to Kota Kinabalu.

Psst, if you’re travelling to KK, Tune Hotel 1Borneo Kota Kinabalu is now offering a super-worthy deal of rooms from only RM90 per night. Click here for more information.

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