Sang Nyuk Mee (生肉面 in Chinese) is a Sabah specialty – essentially pork noodles but prepared the Sabahan way. While there are several outlets in Klang Valley that offers Sang Nyuk Mee, I only tried it when I visited Tawau in October last year.
We went to Kedai Kopi Hing Lee, which is reputed to serve one of the better pork noodles in the area. Service is prompt so you don’t have to wait long before the noodles are served.
You can opt to have your Sang Nyuk Mee dry style, or cooked in soup. I tried both and prefer the former as the soup is thicker and unadulterated by the taste of the noodles. The noodles are tossed in a mixture of soy sauce, lard and oil for flavour and aroma. You get a separate bowl of pork broth with pork slivers, meatball and innards.
While I don’t eat innards, they do add extra flavour to the broth so I leave them in just for that. The meat is well seasoned and very tender – I suspect they use a lot of tenderizer to achieve such an outcome. Yellow noodles, vermicelli and kuay teow is available but I feel yellow noodles is better for Sang Nyuk Mee.
I had mine with kuay teow and it was just average. I ended up trading with rif as his bowl of (yellow) noodles was tastier. Pricing isn’t cheap at Hing Lee; we paid about RM5.50 per bowl and portions were on the small side. While it isn’t expensive compared to the prices in KL, I felt it was slightly pricey by Tawau standards.
Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: I like the kon loh sang nyuk mee better.
Kedai Kopi Hing Lee
TB 529, Ground Floor,
Bandaran Baru, Fajar Complex
Tel: 089-750 381
Business hours: 7am till 2pm