When it comes to hawker food in Sabah, the most famous is raw pork noodles or Sang Nyuk Mian in Hakka, which is the most spoken Chinese dialect in this part of Malaysia.
There is a slight difference between Sang Nyuk Mian, which is Sabah’s version of pork noodles and Kuala Lumpur-style pork noodles.
In Kuala Lumpur, the pork noodles are prepared with either kuey teow, yellow noodles, meehun, or mee suah.
However, Sang Nyuk Mian has its own version of noodles that is more refined, and with a texture closer to that of Japanese soba noodles.
The name “raw pork noodles” come from the process of preparing the dish with raw pork slices and offal, thus ensuring the freshness and softness of the meat.
There are two versions sold here – the first is “kon lou” which is essentially a dry version in which the noodles are mixed with a dark sauce. A bowl of pork soup is served on the side.
The second version is the soup version in which the noodles and the pork bits are combined in the same bowl.
If you find yourself in Kota Kinabalu, the best place to eat this hawker favourite is at Melanian 3 Kopitiam, just a short walk from the city centre.
Over here, a bowl of Sang Nyuk Mian costs anywhere from RM7.50 to RM11 based on the ingredients you pick – pork slices, kidney, tendon, liver, pork balls, intestines or heart.
A standard dry version of Sang Nyuk Mian includes liver, intestines, pork slices and pork balls. Adding extra pig kidney makes the dish truly irresistible.
The soup version is sweeter and subtler in taste while the meat and offal are fresh and soft.
All in all, north Borneo’s version of raw pork noodles is worth trying when you’re in Kota Kinabalu next.
Operation Hours: 6:30am to 4:30pm daily
Melanian Sang Nyuk Mian
21, Lorong Lintas Square, Lintas Plaza,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
GPS: 5.984318, 116.076363
Trying to influence your cravings since 2005, Kar Yeong was Guest Judge on Versus 1001 Rasa Baba’s 2018, R.AGE Food Fight Judge 2015 and NTV7 Foodie Blogger 2014. To read more about Kar Yeong’s food journeys, visit his blog at www.KYSpeaks.com