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Sabah Laksa at Yee Fung Kota Kinabalu


KK City Sabah Laksa

I think that most people who have been to Kota Kinabalu would have already tried the famous Sabah Laksa at Yee Fung coffee shop at Gaya Street.

However, there will always be new visitors to Kota Kinabalu, and probably this review of the Sabah-style laksa will give you a different perspective.

Sabah Laksa at Yee Fung Kota Kinabalu

You see, I have always been a pure travel blogger, writer and photographer for the last 30 years, but in 2019, I realised that I had tried so much food, it would be a waste not to share my experiences.

Hence in 2020, I decided to rebrand Malaysia Asia into a travel, food and lifestyle blog; therefore, you will see more food and lifestyle postings, like this Sabah Laksa article.

Menu at Yee Fung Laksa KK
The exciting menu at Yee Fung

So, if you have already tried the famous Sarawak Laksa, let me just say that the Sabah Laksa is not the same thing. It is completely different though it looks similar, the taste is not.

However, Yee Fung's Sabah Laksa's uniqueness has gained a lot of attention among the foodies and food lovers over the last ten years, making them one of the must-try noodles in Kota Kinabalu.

On average, the place gets really crowded not only from tourists but also the locals who swear that the Sabah Laksa is one-of-a-kind.

I tried the Sabah Laksa not once but twice in a span of a few years and still find it difficult to understand the unique taste.

I guess I have been spoiled by the Sarawak Laksa over the last few decades of eating it and when I was introduced to the Sabah Laksa, I expected similarities among them.

Sabah Laksa Yee Fung
A close up of the Sabah Laksa by Yee Fung

But on a side note, the portion is pretty healthy as they give you a good amount of chicken pieces and prawns. The noodles are just nice for one person while you can still share it among two people.

On a side note, if Laksa is not your thing, you have many other choices here as they offer interesting dishes like beef noodles or Ngiu Chap, dry noodles and even claypot chicken rice.

I find they are well balanced in terms of the menu, and it caters to groups of people who want to try different food when they are here.

Is Sabah Laksa Spicy? 

Well, it depends on the level of spicy that you can accept and here, it is just level 2 out of 10, making it easy for anyone to try.

Some people will add-on the local chilli paste to the Sabah Laksa to give it a good kick while eating. This is recommended for those who love a strong chilli base.

Yee Fung Laksa Coffee Shop
The main entrance of Yee Fung at Gaya Street

Where is Yee Fung Laksa?

Kedi Kopi Yee Fung is located along Gaya Street in Kota Kinabalu, and it is pretty hard to miss with the large signboard and crowds.

If you stay in the main Kota Kinabalu city area then walking her is very easy, plus most visitors to KK city will end up exploring Gaya Street as it is one of the popular places.

If you still need exact directions, I recommend using Waze and searching for Yee Fung in Kota Kinabalu as it will bring you there.

Gaya Street Yee Fung Coffee Shop
Yee Fung Laksa along Gaya Street


I guess I need to perhaps give the Sabah Laksa another try to see if I feel the same way, but hey, if you are visiting Kota Kinabalu, I recommend you give it a go.

Also, take note that this place gets really crowded on weekends and during the peak lunch hour. Therefore, I recommend coming here around 11.00 AM to avoid the crowds.

And after you have tried the Sabah Laksa at Yee Fung, please let me know what you think about this local dish as I am curious to know.

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