Delicious noodles in a quiet Sabah town

Despite its ordinary look, Tuaran Mee is truly a treat.

To better understand a culture that is foreign to you, always use your taste buds first. Recipes of local food are something that has been passed down for generations.

They consist not only of a timeless heritage, but each rich, flavourful bite will unfold a compelling story of its people, the mores, and their way of life over the centuries.

The strong belief that food is a culture’s best-preserved heritage will contribute immensely to cultural exploration, allowing an appreciation of unfamiliar customs by using not just sight, sound, and touch but also the sense of taste and smell as well.

The people of Tamparuli live a quiet, reserved and uncomplicated life.

The chance to savour the much acclaimed Tuaran Mee when visiting Tamparuli, a sub-district of Tuaran located on the west coast of Sabah, is not to be missed.

Made from pure egg yolk and flour batter, each mouthful yields a mild and pleasant egg aroma which oozes flavour gracefully with each chew.

Tasting eggs takes on a whole new dimension when eating these noodles. Springy, chewy, and saturated with egg essence, Tuaran Mee gives eggs the glory they deserve.

Completed with Hakka egg rolls, pork strips, Char Siew (sweet BBQ pork), fish cakes, and vegetables, this original dish is a compulsory experience when visiting Sabah.

Tuaran noodles can be found in most part of Sabah, although the most authentic one would, well, be those made in Tuaran.

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Grace Ng is a serial wanderluster, solo female traveler, award-winning recipe developer and travel writer.