Cao Cai Hun Gan
Cao Cai Hun Gan is a Foochow dish with thick rice noodles, slices of pork, tomatoes, bok choy and preserved vegetables that are served in a bowl of piping hot soup. The secret ingredient that makes the broth delicious and irresistible is the homemade rice wine.
Native to the Kadazan-dusun tribe, the Hinava is the local version of ceviche. Thin slices of fresh raw fish is pickled with salt, sugar, lime, bird’s eye chillies, ginger, shallots and grated bambangan (wild mango) seed. Some versions have slices of bittergourd as well. It’s a perfect combination of sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter!
Homemade Noodle (Dry)
Sabah is famous for its variety of handmade egg noodles, which are tossed in a fragrant dark sauce. Known locally as kon lo, this dish is usually served with a bowl of pork broth on the side, which has slices of pork, pork balls and green vegetables in it. A hearty meal indeed!
Mee Goreng Mamak
This fried noodles is often found in Mamak (India Muslim) hawker stalls and restaurants. Egg noodles, vegetables and beancurd are fried with different sauces and spices to give the dish a distinct sweet, tangy and spicy flavour. Squeeze some lime on before digging in to give each bite an extra zing!
Mee Sup Ayam
Nothing screams food for the soul more than a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Springy yellow noodles and slices of steamed chicken are served in a piping hot bowl of comforting chicken soup. The sprinkle of fried shallots, spring onions and parsley add additional flavour to the dish.
Mee Sup Pipin
Mee sup pipin is a popular pork noodle dish in Sabah, which is served wet or dry. Springy yellow noodles are tossed in a dark soy based sauce and served with a bowl of warming pork broth with delicious slices of roasted pork.
Nasi Briyani Ayam
This Indian/Pakistani dish consists of fluffy fragrant rice, which is richly spiced and has scattering of raisins, cashew nuts and herbs. It is often served with a boiled egg, refreshing cucumber acar (salad) and a side of chicken curry or fried chicken. The fried papadums add an extra crunch to the dish!
Briyani is a mixed rice dish that is popular in Indian cuisine. Rice is cooked with ghee (clarified butter) and different spices to make it delicious and fragrant. You can pick and choose from a variety of meat and vegetarian side dishes that will compliment the flavours perfectly.
Penang Prawn Mee & Loh Mee
Looking for authentic Penang grub? Order a bowl of Prawn Mee or Loh Mee. For the Prawn Mee, rice vermicelli is served in a mildly spicy prawn broth and topped with fresh prawns, eggs and green leafy vegetables. Loh Mee on the other hand is a braised noodle dish with a thick dark gravy, which usually comes with mmm-hiang (five-spiced meat rolls), fish cake, sliced fish, pork dumplings and boiled eggs.
Pork Chop Noodle
Love pork chops but wanting an Asian Twist? You have to try this dish! Golden and juicy slices of fried pork strips are served with kon lou (dry sauce noodles) and blanched choy sum. The combination might sound peculiar, but it sure is yummy!
Pork Dumpling (Guo Tie)
Translated into English, Guo Tie means potstickers. These dumplings are usually stuffed with minced pork, cabbage, ginger and spring onions. These ingredients are bound together with cornstarch, rice wine and sesame oil. It is either steamed or deep fried and served with a yummy soy based dipping sauce.
Pork Dumpling (Shui Jiao)
Shui Jiao is a Chinese dish whereby pillows of pork dumplings float in a clear pork broth. The dumplings are usually made out of minced pork, pork, and more pork! It is usually served with a soy, ginger and vinegar dipping sauce.
Sang nyuk mien is another popular pork noodle dish in Sabah. You can order it wet or dry. But either ways, it comes with a nourishing bowl of pork broth with pork slices, dumplings, pork balls, liver, heart, gizzard and kidneys. If you dislike the innards, make sure you let your waiter know when placing your order.
Sibu Style Kon Lo Mee
This Sarawakian staple is prepared with springy egg noodles that are tossed in a light sauce which primary flavours come from lard and fish sauce. The noodles are topped with slices of roasted pork, minced pork, egg rolls, fried shallots and spring onions. To wet the palate, a bowl of pork soup is usually served on the side.
Originally from Indonesia, this noodle dish has been adapted to suit the local palate. Rice vermicelli or yellow noodles are served in a spiced beef broth and topped with slices of chicken and raw cucumbers. Add a little lime, soy sauce and pepper to taste!
Sweet and Sour Pork Rice
This classic Chinese dish consists of succulent deep fried nuggets of pork that are sautéed with capsicums, onions and cucumbers. The sweetness of the sauce comes from the sugar and the sourness is from the ketchup and rice vinegar. The combination is absolutely mouthwatering!
Pumpkin Custard Bun
The secret ingredient to this delicious sweet treat is the custard filling that has salted egg yolk in it. When steaming hot, the texture and flavour combination of the fluffy pumpkin dough and the creamy filling is both delicious and addictive. Having one bun is definitely not enough!