Mee Tuaran, a special kind of fried noodle has always been the hawker food I wanted to try in Sabah. To me, this hawker dish’s reputation in Sabah is equivalent to Char Koay Teow in Penang, or Kolo Mee in Sarawak. But since I wasn’t able to go all the way to Tuaran to try the authentic ones, I had to settle for those in Kota Kinabalu – hoping that they would be as good.
Seng Hing Restaurant at Sinsuran 2 was recommended by the locals for their Mee Tuaran Goreng (Fried Mee Tuaran) and Tom Yam Noodles. Lucky for us, the coffee shop was only 5 minutes’ walk away from our hotel so we had our breakfast there before heading to Gaya Street’s Sunday Market.
The Mee Tuaran @ RM5 (if not mistaken) was worth my long anticipation. I don’t know the exact words to describe it but it tasted somewhere between Wantan Mee (of the light soya sauce) and Sarawak Kolo Mee. The noodles was springy, with generous toppings of roasted pork and slices of fried egg rolls (thanks to the clarification of a Sabahan, I thought they were fish cakes initially)
Because the noodles tend to get dry easily, it had to be eaten fast.
Just when I thought the normal Mee Tuaran was good enough, the fried version was even better. The frying process definitely helped to release more aroma from the noodles, which mainly made from egg and flour and added a slight crunch to it as well.
Personally I like Mee Goreng Tuaran more because it is more fragrant and had a distinctive taste that separates itself from being labeled as something similar to Wantan Mee or Kolo Mee. And if you noticed, the ‘unfried’ version used char siew instead of roasted pork.
As mentioned earlier the Tom Yam noodles is another popular item in Seng Hing but I didn’t feel like having spicy and sourish stuff, especially in the early morning. So, Laksa was ordered instead.
I was expecting it to taste like Sarawak’s Laksa (looked the same too) but it turned out to be quite sourish and the curry powder flavor was very strong. Imagine Baba’s. Thinking back, maybe I should have tried the Tom Yam after all. From what I saw on the other tables, it looked pretty darn tasty with huge prawns.
We were advised to get there as early as possible before the restaurant got crowded. True to the advice, customers started to pour in as soon as we were about to leave. Also, do have a look on MyWiseWife’s blog post to see additional photos of the coffee shop as well as the highly recommended Tom Yam Noodles.
Address and Map (coutesy of MyWiseWife):
Restoran Seng Hing
Ruang Sinsuran 2,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Business hours: Open daily from 7:00am to 4:30pm
GPS Coordinates: N5 58.820 E116 04.352
Location map: Seng Hing Restaurant