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On my last trip to Sabah for work, Ben, as usual, brought me to one of those special food places where tourist business isn’t one of their aims. The place is called Taukefish Recipe, a restaurant with a rather peculiar set up that you’d think it is some sort of a joke.

Tauke Fish at Kota Kinabalu
Tauke Fish at Kota Kinabalu

The restaurant is converted from a house located at the deep end of a small kampung a stone’s throw away from the airport. While they have put up signboards leading to the eatery, they are about as tiny as half a piece of A4 paper, just to ensure that no one would ever notice it, but at the same time big enough to serve as a confirmation that you’re on the right track.

Secondly, the restaurant isn’t opened for business at all time. Ben mentioned that it is always best to call in prior, as the boss tend to only open for business when he could procure top quality fresh fish. Sounds good to me.

giant garupa fish noodle, only the freshest
giant garupa fish meehun, only the freshest

Our lunch was their signature giant garupa fish meehun, served in typical Sabah style tomato broth (not entirely unlike the version at Fatt Kee), with a couple homemade fried fish balls, tomato, and salted vegetable. The meehun used here is also of the slightly thicker variety which does a good job of soaking up those broth a little bit more readily.

The portion of fish is certainly generous and of the best quality I’ve sampled from anywhere. They’re cooked just so you get to taste the natural sweetness of the seafood, perfect execution. If you like to spice things up, they also offer 2-3 different types of chili sauce to pick from.

you can almost smell the freshness from the photo
you can almost smell the freshness from the photo

The taste and freshness of fish is definitely key to the existence of this place. If you’re at KK and love your seafood, this is a place to check out. Prices are definitely on the high side at over RM 30+ per bowl, but if you’re more than willing to pay such prices for some sushi, why not these?

map to taukefish recipe, kota kinabalu

TaukeFish Recipe
Jalan Kepayan, Kampung Ganang,
88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 016-552 2822

Discuss : KY eats – Garupa Fish Meehun at TaukeFish Recipe, Kota Kinabalu

  1. KY, the fish soup look like it worth the price. I guess it a secret find.

  2. That looks so good. Fish noodles here may be a bit cheaper – we pay that kind of price for the udang galah/freshwater prawn noodles…depending on their sizes.

    • suituapui: yaa udang galah is expensive everywhere. They have it at Taukefish too, saw it on the other table.

  3. kekeke rosberg


  4. I’ve tried my best to smell the fish from my screen but failed, however I can see the firmness of the flesh, prove of fresh fish!

  5. kekeke rosberg

    Plenty of owners use their house to sell goods, especially near seaside. This one time in tanjung malim i went to this ‘house’ to buy some fish balls. Auntie pack up one bag of fish balls for me in one room, then next room can hear the husband farting #LOL

  6. Love those thick, meaty fish slices!

  7. kekeke rosberg

    ah uncle KY have not updated for long time, hopefully not kena kidnapped by abu sayaff in kk

  8. Is this place still there or move ady?

  9. Taukeh Fish

    We are back for business..!

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