A simple kopitiam that serves great hawker food called pork-mixed noodle.
The place to go for a good Bak Kut Teh in downtown Kota Kinabalu.
Drive around the scarcely limited parking area of Lintas Plaza, one will not miss this always crowded eatery called Kedai Kopi Jia Siang. “Jia” means home, and “Siang” means smell nice in Mandarin. A good name is always important for any business, with “Jia Siang” being such a nice name no doubt business is booming. People come here for the ever so tasty pork-mixed noodle, just come once, and there is a guranteed return. For the past few years, Jia Siang Kopitiam has become very popular, and its legion of fans has been growing steadily ever since.
Tanjung Aru area is probably one of the oldest suburbs of Kota Kinabalu. Lies just 10 minutes away on foot from the Terminal 2, the old International Airport of Kota Kinabalu. Tanjung Aru used to be a trendy township. During the colonial time this was where the British Crown housed their civil servants. Today these housing has been demolished for new development, and just a few of these houses survived, which would be good for historical conservation. Tanjung Aru township consists of a post office, a police station, a small market in the centre and a few blocks of shoplots. This is also where the popular Daily Express newspaper printing factory is located. More than a dozen eateries operate at Tanjung Aru, which cater for the many government and private offices around this area.
Kedai Kopi Melanian has made a name for themselves by serving up this very tasty “Sang Nyuk Men” which literally means freshly cooked sliced pork meat and noodle in Hakka. This mixed pork soup comes with fleshly boiled sliced pork meat, pork intestine, and the ever delicious meat balls. The meat ball is a mixture of pork meat and squid, the right amount from each portion is needed to roll them to a beauty. The secret behind the tasty “Sang Nyuk Men” is the fresh ingredients used by the chef.
Kedai Kopi Melanian 2 is located at the Inanam Business Centre, just next to the City Bus Terminal (North), which is a transit centre for long distance coaches that travel to Kudat, Sandakan, Tawau, Lahad Datu and Semporna. Kedai Kopi Melanian 2 occupied a corner shop lot. Next to and opposite Melanian 2 are three other corner shops that are also occupied by Kopitaims, so there are a lot of things to eat at this area. It is a bonus to the travellers who use this terminal depot, as they can enjoy good food while waiting for their bus or just arriving from other distant towns.
Jacs Besthings, a corner shop, is located at Block D of Damai Commerial Centre. Another way of locating Jacs Besthings is looked out for the 88 lottery shop, which is opposite to the Damai Post Office. 88 lottery shop is on the same block with Jacs Besthings, only that Jacs Besthings is at the other end.
Author’s Note: this kopitiam has closed down, and I miss their pork mixed noodle