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In North Borneo, the most often talked about hawker dish by visitors is undoubtedly fish noodle, and justifiably so due to the abundance of great seafood here. However, for the locals, often times a good plate of Tuaran Mee is where it’s at.

Tuaran Mee Restoran, Inanam, Kota Kinabalu
Tuaran Mee Restoran, Inanam, Kota Kinabalu

For those who’re not familiar, Tuaran Mee is a type of noodle originally hailed from Tuaran, the district just north of Kota Kinabalu. The noodle carries a texture that’s unique to its own, which I can only describe as having a springy texture almost but not entirely alike a mixture between yee mee and kolo mee.

I really like it, and think it’s about time someone introduce this to the West Malaysia scene.

Without driving up to Tuaran, one restaurant that offers a unique take on this dish is none other than the aptly named Tuaran Mee Restoran at Inanam, located some 15 minutes away from the city center.

The menu is found hung on the wall and giving diners a choice of noodle that are fried, in soup, or even in claypot. You then pick the different ingredients of choice – seafood, beef, or pork.

seafood Tuaran mee with lehing, love it!
seafood Tuaran mee with lehing, love it!

Most interestingly though, you get to add Lehing, the locally produced alcohol.

For obvious reasons, I had my Tuaran mee with seafood and Lehing, resulting in a dish that had that extra sweetness from the extra dash of forbidden condiment. The seafood was competent, and I thought I really enjoyed the accompanying chili sauce as well. I’d recommend this to anyone.

seafood meehun soup
seafood meehun soup

My lunch partner had meehun soup with seafood that came with plenty of those fresh vegetable that Sabah is known for and reportedly happy with her decision as well. It was a good meal, and I think I’d be back there again hopefully in not too distant future.

tuaran mee restoran map

Tuaran Mee Restoran
mile 6, Jalan Tuaran, Inanam,
88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS: 5.993625, 116.129537

Discuss : KY eats – Tuaran Mee Restoran with Lehing, Kota Kinabalu

  1. Your fried Tuaran mee looked quite soft, did it? I think I never try this and like what you said, hopefully someone ca bring it over to WM 🙂

  2. Tried Tuaran mee in KK…and Sandakan, didn’t really get me all excited. Your seafood bihun soup got my attention, all those green vegetables. I like!!!

  3. Sounds intriguing. I’d like to slurp on a bowl of that.

  4. Well usually i get my Tuaran mee fix at SS3 restoran Ah soon kor..

  5. Wah… this one got lehing ah… next time tapau back to kl for me la bro! HAHAHAHA

  6. KY, is it a long journey for this dish or you can get else where near by?

    • Vickie: I do go there for business trip from time to time so it isn’t a problem for me. I heard there’s a place at PJ SS3 with this.

      • kekeke rosberg

        or just DIY @ home, just need lard, springy noodles, leftover char siu, lard, veges, did I forget lard? oh yeah, more lard #lol #oink

  7. kekeke rosberg

    Inomnom @ Inanam #wakau

  8. Hello! I was wondering that do you still remember the operation hours? Because the operation hours differ from website to website sooooo…….

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