Visiting Sabah and looking to eat like a local instead? Below is the 10 foods you must try when visiting Sabah. There are actually more than 10 foods to try as some shops serve few variety foods (mostly in KK). Happy discovering Sabah!


Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and keeps you satiated longer.


All you need is love, but sometimes, a lunch break works, too.


there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated  known as afternoon tea


Dinner is where the magic happens in the kitchen.


what could smell better than supper being cooked by someone else?


Before something else, breakfast happens! When the sun is rising, you know that it’s time for food, don’t you? In Sabah, where do you normally have your breakfast fixed? Come and join us in these top 10 restaurants to get some irresistibly good breakfasts that may intrigue you!

1. Kedai Makan Islamic Restaurant 2

Location: Centre Point Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Operation hour: everyday 9am – 9:15pm

If in the Peninsula, Roti Canai Banjir is the choice of many during breakfast. But, in Sabah, Roti Cobra consisting of roti canai, curry / dhal gravy, chicken / goat, vegetables and cow’s egg is the choice of the community here. Don’t ask us why his name is Cobra!


2. Mee Tauhu Corner

Location: Karamunsing Capital, Asian Puc Parksafe Sdn Bhd
Operation hour: 7am to 8pm (Mon – Thu) | 7am to 1:30pm (Sat)

Tawau district is very famous for its Tauhu Mee dish which is the main breakfast menu of the community there. It consists of fried noodles with Telur Mata Kerbau (perfect egg), Sambal Belacan as well as stuffed tofu containing fish and terung masak taucu (cooked eggplant)

For those who do not plan to go to Tawau, do not worry because Mee Tauhu Corner located in the city of Kota Kinabalu also provides this dish!

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Sabah is one of the best cities in the country for cuisine. It’s a great city to base yourself in, if not longer, for a week or two. Check out these popular and suggested lunches that you have to try in Sabah.

1. D’Place Kinabalu 

Location: 2nd floor, Plaza Shell, Kota Kinabalu
Operation hour: 11:30 – 10:30pm | Closed on Sunday

Your holiday here is not complete without seeking the ethnic food of Sabah! D’Place Kinabalu, Plaza Shell, is one of the pork-free restaurants selling Kadazandusun-Murut ethnic cuisine.
Tuhau Assam Pedas Oxtail, Pinasakan Sada (stu fish), Hinava (raw fish with lemon juice and other ingredients) and Ambuyat (sago flour mixture eaten with side dishes) are among the common foods.


2. Cafe-hopping 

The locals called Jalan Dewan Australia Place because it was during World War II the hub of the Australian military base. It was known as ‘Printer Lane’ during the 60s because of the development of a row of shops selling printing services.

Today, Jalan Dewan, which remains old, is renowned for its cafes and guest houses for backpackers.

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Looking for a nice spot in Sabah to eat? We would like to share a full list of the 10 Sabah restaurants today. In the view of many, this place is a place that offers fascinating and delicious dining in Sabah that you must try.

1. Gerai pisang goreng Seindah Suria ARN

Location: 89150 Kota Belud, Sabah
Operation hour: everyday 8am – 6pm

Needless to say, the battle of pisang goreng vs. banana bread didn’t last long, and after a little bit of mixing and deep-frying, you will be happily stuffed your face with as much pisang goreng as your stomach could handle! Try pisang goreng here, you will definitely come again.

Not only pisang goring, they also served many other dishes that perfect for complete hi-tea


2. Urban Café

Location: Lorong Avenue, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah
Operation hour: 12pm – 11pm (Sun – Thu) | 12pm – 12am (Fri – Sat)

Mango Float is one of the special cakes here, and this “cake” is one of the most popular desserts in Sandakan! The cake consists of layers of digestive cookies, whipped cream and fruit slices. There are also dragon fruit and milk fruit flavours, in addition to Raspberry Float! Espresso base coffee and iced coffee are also available, so you can try it!

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Sabah is a true melting pot between cultures and races, embodied only here in the selection between wonderful food that can be sampled. Borneo natives have welcomed people of all races to their glorious land and this has given rise to unfamiliar cuisines in any other part of the planet. With these best restaurants, taste the flavour of Sabah:

1. Waterfront Seafood Night Market

Location: Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu
Operation hour: everyday 4am – 11pm

While it is considered a seafood paradise, did you know that the South China Sea is now one of the world’s biggest seas facing the possibility of marine life becoming extinct? You’ll find a wide range of seafood at the Waterfront Seafood Night Market including endangered species such as parrotfish.

We recommend you to buy unsecured seafood. Then leave it to the restaurants around the market and they can prepare as you want


2. Borenos Fried Chicken

Location: Lot G23, Ground Floor, Star City North Complex, Jalan Asia City, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu
Operation hour: everyday 8am – 9pm

Let’s try Borenos Fried Chicken, a local fast food restaurant which opened to the Sabah people in 2015!

The inspiration for the name Borenos derives from the words ‘Borneo’ and ‘Sabah’ and this restaurant’s main feature is that they use spring chicken which is served fresh everyday. The outcome is tender chicken and taste good!

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We should all accept, as Malaysians, that we share a passion for one thing in common: food. That’s why we eat almost every imaginable hour and these best dining spots in Sabah make it easy to get a snack after midnight hits the clock. No matter what time it is in Malaysia, you will certainly get your cravings settled.

1. Restoran Masakan Sedap

Location: Kolam Centre Fasa 2, Jalan Lintas Kota Kinabalu
Operation hour: everyday 12am – 12pm, 5pm – 12am

To Muslims, you do not have to worry if you want to eat here even if it is run by a Chinese and non-Muslim. This is because this seafood restaurant has received a halal certificate from JAKIM. So, you will be able to see many Muslims eating with you. Lots of food that customers like.

Among them are Soft Shell Crab, Claypot Fish Head, Snail Pull, Honey Lamb, Steamed Fish and more. Many customers feel that the price is quite expensive but admits the quality of the dish can reach 4 stars.


2. Restaurant Mayang Sari

Location: Kompleks Telakbana, Kota Belud
Operation hour: everyday 8am – 12am

There are really few places in Kota Belud to this local eatery for dinner. It was easy to find parking (right in front of the eatery). The restaurant was busy – which was a good sign, usually – and looked like it’s frequented by locals. Must be yummy and affortable price and also famous among people around!

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