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When it comes to hawker dishes in Sabah, the most famous of them all is none other than north Borneo’s very own version of pork noodle – Sang Nyuk Mian (生肉面), or raw pork noodle in Hakka, the most spoken Chinese dialect this part of Malaysia.

Melanian Sang Yuk Mian, Kota Kinabalu
Melanian Sang Nyuk Mian, Kota Kinabalu

To be honest, the difference between this and the KL version isn’t particularly huge. While pork noodle usually comes with kuih teow, yellow noodle, meehun, or mee suah, sang nyuk mian usually has their own version of noodle that is slightly more refined and perhaps a little closer in texture to Japanese soba.

The other reason this being called the equivalent of “raw pork noodle” is the method in which it’s prepared, usually with raw pork slices and offal made to order, thus ensuring freshness and to retain the soft texture.

There are usually two versions to choose from – “kon lou”, or dry version comes with noodle being mixed in dark sauce and the porky goodness in soup, or soup version having the noodle and porky bits all in the same bowl.

Sang Yuk Mian with extra pork kidney
Sang Nyuk Mian with extra pork kidney

If you find yourself at KK town, one of the places to try out his famous local dish would be at Melanian 3 kopitiam, a short walk away from the city center.

Over here you can get a bowl of Sang Nyuk Mian anywhere from RM 7.50 to RM 11 based on the ingredients – pork slices, kidney, tendon, liver, pork ball, intestine, and even heart.

pork kidney, liver, intestine, pork ball, meat slices
pork kidney, liver, intestine, pork ball, meat slices

I had mine with extra pork kidney but otherwise a standard dry version with inclusion of liver, intestine, pork slices, and pork ball.

The soup was more subtle but still sweet and flavorful, and true to its intention, the meat & offal were fresh and soft, but above all, I really like the texture of the noodle used in this version compared to KL’s. Definitely something to try when you find yourself in KK.

map to Melanian Sang Nyuk Mian, Kota Kinabalu


Melanian Sang Nyuk Mian
21, Lorong Lintas Square, Lintas Plaza,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS: 5.984318, 116.076363
Hours: 6:30 am to 4:30 pm daily

Discuss : KY eats – Melanian Sang Nyuk Mian, Kota Kinabalu

  1. kekeke rosberg

    yes the noodles have super texture, thanks to the #larrrrrrd #secretingredient

  2. But I always see the KL version Sang Yuk Mien using yellow noodles >_<

  3. This Sabah delight has spread its wings…even to Sibu. I prefer the one where they serve the soup with our Sibu kampua mee, not too fond of the Sabah konlou mee.

  4. I mostly ate seafood in Sabah. I must get those pork noodles next visit.

  5. KY,such a filling meal would like head back again for more.

  6. Erm, isn’t the porky ingredients for any pork noodles all ‘sang’ before being cooked…kekeke! 😉 I’ve had sang nyuk meen in KL before and, like you, I enjoyed the texture of the noodles (it’s like a coarser version of meehoon).

  7. Great and balanced review! Thank you for writing in a true unbiased style, nice job 🙂

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    […] The pork is sliced into thin pieces and served on top of the noodles with a tasty pork broth Sang Nyuk Mian is best when served with soup or Kon lau mian. You can add the flavor by adding Hot Chili […]

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