Eating Out For Under RM30 features mid-range restaurants where one can eat well within this budget. It’s usually a meal for one – but when we’re lucky, we find places where two or three can eat for that price.
If you live or lived in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, then you would know that the Sunday market at Gaya Street is one outing that everyone needs to experience at least once.
It is usually listed as one of the "must-do" things for tourists in guide books, but locals enjoy it too. There's nothing terribly special about it, really, but you do sometimes find the most fascinating things sold there.
Navigating through Gaya Street is not difficult at all, though it does get congested on Sundays as the whole road is closed to make way for the market. But if you're strolling down the walkways instead of the actual road, then you would definitely come across Kedai Kopi Yee Fung.
Popularly known as the Sarawak laksa place to go to in the city, Kedai Kopi Yee Fung is a no-frills coffeeshop that has been around for many years. Though it is famous for the laksa, the shop apparently has pretty good beef noodles (ngiu chap) too but we didn't get to try it during our recent visit.
Yee Fung also offers a few other dishes on its menu including fishball noodles, wantan noodles and claypot chicken rice.
But let's get back to that steaming hot bowl of laksa. The gravy is creamy but not overwhelming and the taste is just right – not too spicy with just a hint of coconut milk and lots of flavour from the chicken and prawn broth. It comes with some thin slices of tofu puffs, bean sprouts, shredded chicken and prawns. I was disappointed that there were only two small prawns, though, seeing as how prawns are cheaper in KK compared with the Klang Valley.
Each bowl is topped with some coriander leaves and half a lime, which you can easily remove if you don't like them. Yee Fung makes its own chilli and sambal – they even sell them by the bottle! – which is not that spicy and a good condiment for the laksa.
One of the main reasons people flock to Yee Fung is its low price. A large bowl of (any) noodles costs RM7, while a medium goes for RM6. You can order some vegetables, too, for RM6 a plate. The drinks are from RM2 to RM2.50 which I thought were a little pricey for a coffeeshop. But hey, if you don't want to spend on drinks, you can always just slurp up all your laksa gravy if you're thirsty...
Kedai Kopi Yee Fung
127 Jalan Gaya
88000 Kota Kinabalu
Tel: 088-312 042
Open Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 6pm; weekends/public holidays, 6.30am to 4pm
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