Tuaran Mee

To better understand a culture that is foreign to you, always have it done through your taste buds.

Recipes of local food are something that has been passed down for generations. They consist not only of a timeless heritage, but each rich, flavorful bite will unfold a compelling story of its people, the mores, and their way of life for over the centuries.

My strong belief that food is a culture’s best preserved heritance has contributed immensely to my years of cultural exploration, allowing me to appreciate unfamiliar customs by using not just sight, sound, and touch, but also my sense of taste and smell as well.

This time around, I had the chance to savor the much acclaimed Tuaran Mee when I was at Tamparuli, a sub-district of Tuaran located on the west coast of Sabah.

But first, let's have some adventures driving across this renowned two-way single-lane road built right above a river. Well I guess it's better than having to swim across.

Here, people still live a quiet, reserved and uncomplicated life. This place offers the kind of tranquility we all seek for.

Yes, this much bragged about dish may look ordinary or even unappetizing. This is where your sense of taste comes into play.

Made from pure egg yolk and flour batter, each mouthful yields a mild and pleasant egg aroma which flavor oozes out gracefully with each chaw. You’ve never really tasted eggs until you give these noodles a try. Springy, chewy, and saturated with egg essence, Tuaran Mee gives eggs the glory they deserve.

Completed with Hakka egg rolls, pork strips, Char Siew (sweet BBQ pork), fish cakes, and vegetables, this Tuaran-originated dish is a must-have when one visits Sabah!

*Tuaran noodles can be found in most part of Sabah, although the most authentic one would, well, be those made in Tuaran.