Kota Kinabalu Food Guide

I was in Kota Kinabalu few months ago for a short break. It was also time for me to venture to the streets to try new Kota Kinabalu hawker food!

Jin Jin Seafood Restaurant @ Taman Hilltop

Jin Jin Seafood Restaurant is well known for its fish noodles. It does not taste like the normal fish noodles we have back at home. The soup is sour and their serving is massive! When ordering, you have a choice of deep fried fish or steamed. Their serving of fish meat was generous. You can also opt for fresh milk in your soup. I heard that fresh milk makes the soup tastier.

Overall, the meal was great! Almost wiped the entire bowl clean.

However, the price is quite steep. It was around RM10 per bowl. Drinks on the other hand was terrible. Don’t ever order their Nescafe.


Restoran Beaufort

Sabah has various Chinese hawker dishes which are not available in the Klang Valley and one of them is the Beaufort noodles.

Finally I managed to try the famous Beaufort noodles at Restoran Beaufort. It comes in dry and wet version. The latter’s portion is huge where the former was in reasonable size.

This Beaufort noodles come with thick egg noodles, vegetables and roasted pork.

The wet version is similar to our Cantonese fried noodles (Wat Tan Hor) but it is quite tasteless.

Fried version was mediocre. Nothing to shout about.

Notwithstanding the mediocrity of this noodles, Restoran Beaufort was packed with people. I guess the noodles is an acquired taste.

If you would like to have a taste of Beaufort noodles, you can head to Restoran Beaufort located at the map below:-


Fook Yuen @ the City

My all time favourite place in KK is Fook Yuen, well known for their roti kahwin. I wrote a review about Fook Yuen @ Damai some time ago.

I just found out that Fook Yuen opened an outlet in the city. It looks like an Old Town outlet and it fact it is next to Old Town. I initially thought it was part of Old Town. Their signboard is not very visible!

Unfortunately, the roti kahwin and coffee here are terrible. It doesn’t taste as good as the ones they have at Damai. I wouldn’t recommend this place if it’s the first time you’re trying Fook Yuen.

Original Fook Yuen Roti Kahwin

Teh Madras at Fook Yuen. It’s basically 2 layered tea.


Peng Jiu Fish Head Noodles @ Imbi Market, Kuala Lumpur (友九鱼头米)

After losing my Mayorship of Yut Kee on foursquare, I decided to find solace at Imbi Market. You may remember I blogged about this place many months ago. Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea was recommended by me as a good breakfast place.

After eating at Ah Weng Koh for a few times, I discovered a stall selling tasty fish head noodles. It’s just a few steps away from Ah Weng Koh and apparently it was recommended by Lonely Planet! You can see a few articles pasted on the stall.

I did a Google search on it but I can’t seem to find any blogs featuring this place.

Anyway, their fish head noodles soup is quite thick and creamy with generous amount of meat. Overall quite tasty.

Picture taken with my camera phone. Pardon the quality.

It comes with a cute little basket to dispose bones or anything you dislike.

The only problem with eating at Imbi Market is that it is bloody hot. Made me sweat like a pig.

My shirt was all wet – as if I just joined a wet t-shirt contest.

Imbi Market is just a few metres away from Pasar Rakyat. Parking space is ample. You may park by the roadside or pay RM2 for private parking.


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Restauran Gou Lou @ Uptown, Damansara

Restauran Gou Lou is a new restaurant in Damansara Uptown. It claims that they are famous for fish head noodles and tom yam seafood.

I’ve been writing a food guide on Damansara Uptown. Restauran Gou Lou was next on my list.

I was there with A for late dinner. She had been there once and she said that their Tom Yam seafood is awesome.

However, I’m not a big fan of tom yam hence I ordered their Fish Head Noodles.

While waiting for my food, I took some pictures of the place.

I must say, the place is quite badly designed. The ceramic walls reminds me of a toilet. Heh

Then the food came. Big bowl of white goodness! Fish meat was abundant albeit a little bit soft inside.

Overall, the noodles tasted were fine. However, I think that the Fish Head Noodles at Win Soon @ Kuchai Lama is much better.


73, Jalan SS21/60, Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya