Tuaran Noodles

Sabah Food
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Sabah's pride, the Tuaran Noodles (Tuaran Mee) originated from a small town called Tuaran. It is a traditional handmade egg noodle that is, without doubt, can only be found in Sabah.

Like Kuey Teow Noodle to Ipoh and Laksa to Penang, it is assured that Tuaran Mee represents Sabah.

This traditional Malaysian food is never the same without the egg roll slices, roasted pork slices and local green vegetable. You can also replace the roasted pork slices for seafood, depending on your taste.

The main key to a good Mee Goreng Tuaran is to prepare the noodle perfectly with the crispiness on the outside yet soft in the inside. There are 2 ways of serving this Sabah food: the fried version and the dried version. The dried version is served with dark sauce after it is soften in boiled soup. However, the fried version is more aromatic and the slight crunch to it makes it distinctive.

Best Place for Tuaran Noodles is...

...its birth town: Tuaran.

The town is around 35-40 minutes (or 30 km) drive from Kota Kinabalu. Since it is a local town, you would not be seeing many tourists there so do not be surprised.

When you are in Tuaran, your search for the best Tuaran Mee is almost complete. According to the locals in Tuaran Town, the best place to eat Tuaran Mee woud be Tuaran Mee Restaurant. Being a small town, it is easy to locate this restaurant.

How to get to Tuaran Mee Restaurant:

Before the first roundabout and Shell gas station (straight after you enter Tuaran town), you will notice a row of shoplot at your right which is opposite to the Tuaran District Council Hall.

Of course you do not have to head all the way to Tuaran just to taste Mee Goreng Tuaran. There are several food stalls in Kota Kinabalu where you can find equally good taste noodle as Sabahans insists on quality rather than quantity.

The standard price for Tuaran Mee would be around MYR 5.00 (around USD 1.50). You would notice that the meat in the fried version and the dried version are slightly different. For the fried version, roasted pork are used while char siew (barbeque pork) are used in the dried version. You can opt for the seafood flavor too but that would be slightly expensive compared to the normal Tuaran Mee price.

Been to Sabah and loved the traditional Malaysian food?

Try this simple Tuaran noodles recipe for yourself!

Tuaran Noodles


  • • 2 'nest' of Tuaran noodle
  • • Vegetable or canola oil
  • • 1/2 cup of meat topping (sliced pork meat, chicken breast or cooked prawns)
  • • 1 handful of Sawi or Chai Xin, cut into 4-5 cm length and blanched
  • • 1 large egg, beaten lightly
  • • Salt and pepper for taste


1. Heat up the wok and add in 2 tablespoon of oil. Spread out the noodles so they will fry evenly. Once the noodle is starts to brown on that side, turn it over. The main idea is to slightly toast the noodles before bringing it to boil.

2. Boil a pot of water and add the fried noodles to it. Be careful not to add too much noodle at once because the water will come to boil quickly. Stir the noodles gently in the pot while making sure that the noodles DO NOT cook too long in the pot. Drain the noodle and quickly add it back to the heated wok as it will soften and clump after the boiling. Repeat step 1 and 2 until you have finished cooking the noodle.

3. After you are done with the noodle, place it in a plate and put it aside.

4. Add another 3 tablespoon of oil into the wok and pour in the egg. When the egg is slightly cooked, toss in the noodles and mix it well. Add in salt and pepper for taste while you are stirring it in the wok.

5. Dished the noodles into a serving plate and place the cooked vegetables as well as the meat on top of the noodles. Served it hot with hot chili sauce.

Quick Tip:

If you can't get Tuaran noodles, you can opt for fresh Wanton noodles or any egg noodles you can find in the market.

Once you tried Mee Goreng Tuaran, you will be addicted to it. It is indeed, Sabah food at its finest! With the recipe provided as well, you can now enjoy this dish even when you are out of Sabah.

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