Best Laksa in Kota Kinabalu

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Laksa is a marvellous cuisine containing spicy broth, rice noodles, coconut, lemongrass, and some fish. Malaysian eats this dish all the time, no matter what time of the day breakfast, elevenses, lunch, or afternoon tea. Once you have tasted Laksa, you will end up wanting more. However, what is it about this dish that makes it so good? It is such a complex dish that combines elements of Malay, Chinese, and Indian. For a Malay taste, the main ingredients must be chillies, galangal and laksa leaves. If you add curry spices and noodles, you will have a Chinese version of laksa. A delicious laksa have the perfect balance of flavours with really deep umami, and then you will have the most satisfying laksa ever.

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    Seng Hing RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    By the look of it, you would probably think that it will taste like Sarawak Laksa. However, this one has a hint of sour zest to it and a very strong curry powder flavour. Once you take a sip, it will bring back memories of Baba Nyonya’s cuisine. The dish looks pretty darn delicious with huge prawns. Again, this one is also different from the laksa served in West Malaysia. It has a sour taste and more like a fusion of curry powder and coconut milk.

    Tips

    Come early to avoid the crowd.

    Things to expect

    A popular restaurant among the local folks to have breakfast.

    Best with

    Mee Tuaran Goreng

    Price

    RM8.50

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    Kedai Kopi Seng Hing View restaurant

    Block G, Lot 10, Sinsuran 2, Sinsuran Complex, , 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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    0388211594

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    07:00AM—04:30PM
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    Kedai Kopi Yee FungNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    The very famous dish of Kedai Kopi Yee Fung is the Yee Fung Laksa. If you are not familiar with Sarawak laksa, they look exactly like curry mee and taste basically the same. However, you can’t deny its delicious flavour – very creamy, not-too-spicy, and soupy noodle dish that comes with prawns. The bowl is packed with sprouts, strips of egg, shredded chicken and tau fu pok makes you feel like you’ve been given a warm hug. If you’re wondering, tau fu pok is deep-fried tofu that has a solid and chewy texture. With the right amount of coconut milk and extra sambal, you will never go wrong with this one.

    Tips

    Locals love when one of the local oboist, Howard Ng decides to play a song in front of the shop once in awhile.

    Things to expect

    They serve good food, from laksa to claypot chicken rice with good service and affordable prices.

    Best with

    Yee Fung Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM5.50 to RM7.00

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    Kedai Kopi Yee Fung View restaurant

    No. 127, Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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    +6088312042

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    06:30AM—06:00PM
    Saturday, Sunday
    06:30AM—04:00PM
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    Kedai Kopi Sin Houng KeePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Kedai Kopi Sin Houng Kee is one of the famous restaurants in Kota Kinabalu that serves flavourful Yu Chap – an exotic dish that you can only find in Sabah. This dish consists of fish lips, fish stomach, fish skin, fish head, fish puff and assorted fish cakes, drenched in flavourful fish broth. This unique and exotic Fish Noodle one of Sabah’s precious gems. However, this place is also popular for its delicious Laksa. The ingredients used in the dish is fresh makes it the secret ingredients of this restaurant. Sipping the broth will give you a very nice sweet, toothsome and refreshing taste. The bowl is served with your own selection of noodles. It is simply a bowlful of tasty goodness.

    Tips

    Limited parking space.

    Things to expect

    An ideal place for a dose of Yu Chap which consists of fish lips, fish stomach, fish skin, fish head, fish puff and assorted fish cakes, drenched in flavourful fish broth.

    Best with

    Fish Noodle

    Price

    RM8.00

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    Kedai Kopi Sin Houng Kee View restaurant

    Ground Floor, Shop No. 5A, Bandaran Berjaya, 88808, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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    016-8383509

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    06:00AM—03:45PM
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    Rafflesia Chicken HutPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Rafflesia Chicken Hut is a halal restaurant that offers an extensive range of chicken based delicacies at a very affordable price. Some of the popular dishes includes pandan leaf chicken, chicken curry, black pepper chicken, lemon chicken, spicy chicken, steamed chicken and the most popular – RCH Roasted Chicken. However, the Curry Laksa served here is the one that stands out the most. The broth comes in thick, amazingly rich and creamy texture. The bowl is packed with noodle, long bean, bean curd puff, chicken, prawn and bean sprouts. The unique flavours that the dish gives will keep you coming back for more. Don’t forget to ask for chilli condiment for extra ‘ummphh’!

    Tips

    Limited parking spaces.

    Things to expect

    They specialise in Malaysian styled cooking of an assortment of chicken dishes.

    Best with

    Roasted Chicken Rice, Rojak Buah and Kerabu Mangga.

    Price

    RM7.00

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    Rafflesia Chicken Hut View restaurant

    Lot G95, Ground Floor, Karamunsing Complex, 88300, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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    088-230141

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    Every day
    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Legend Coffee TeaNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Legend Coffee Tea is located near Gaya street and offers up to 30 local food selections that includes laksa, curry laksa, honey spareribs vegetable rice, pork chop, club sandwich, and so much more. Another famous item here is the Hong Kong style Milk Tea that has a very unique and great taste to it. They also sell one of the best Laksa in Kota Kinabalu. With its rich red colour and aromatic scent, you can imagine how good the dish is. Packed with wonderful ingredients with just the right amount of sourness, this one should definitely a must-try bowl whenever you are in KK.

    Tips

    Crowded during lunch. Have sections for smokers and non-smokers.

    Things to expect

    A well-known restaurant among local residents that offers good food, clean environment, and fast service.

    Best with

    Curry Chicken Toast

    Price

    RM8.00 to RM10.00

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    Legend Coffee Tea View restaurant

    No. 123, Ground Floor, Gaya Street , 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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    088251595

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    07:30AM—09:00PM
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    Kedai Kopi K.SNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    If you are obsessed with laksa and it happens that you are in Kota Kinabalu, you should dine at Kedai Kopi K.S that serves amazing tasting Kuching Laksa. Once you have tried the laksa, you will surely revisit for more. The dish comes in three portions that you can select from – small, medium and big. This is such an ideal feature for people with little tummy or of course people with bigger appetite. Shredded chicken, juicy prawns, and omelette is added to the bowl to enhance its already delicious and spicy flavour. This place is almost packed most of the time which shows that Kedai Kopi K.S is no secret to the good people of KK.

    Tips

    Always packed with customers throughout the day.

    Things to expect

    Their regulars say that they are serving the best Sarawak Laksa in Kota Kinabalu.

    Best with

    Chicken Chop

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Kedai Kopi K.S View restaurant

    2, Lorong Rampai, Off Jalan Lintas , 88450, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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    088-233961

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    07:00AM—10:00AM
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    Fong IP CAFEPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Fong IP CAFÉ offers various ‘economy’ Malaysian meal including fried rice, fried noodles, and little dim sum-esque types of items. Apart from that, you can also order other set menu such as American-styled breakfast, kon loh mee (dried sauce style noodles) and the ever-so-popular Curry Laksa (spicy seafood type of Malaysian noodle soup dish!) and Nasi Lemak (coconut rice with curry and other side pairing). The laksa taste different from the ones in peninsula Malaysia which taste delightful and not spicy. The bowl is filled with three medium prawns, few slice of fresh butter fishes, slices of omelette served with curry laksa soup. Apparently, you have to try the dish in three separate ways – by itself, with the sweeter chili paste, then all together with the hot sauce. Interesting! 

    Tips

    The staffs and owner are super friendly, they can explain on how to eat the Laksa in different ways.

    Things to expect

    A cafe that provides various local delicacies at an 'economy' price.

    Best with

    Deep Fried Iced Durian

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Fong IP CAFE View restaurant

    100 Jalan Gaya Street, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    07:00AM—01:00AM
    Friday, Saturday
    07:00AM—02:00AM
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