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Have a taste of Sabahan cuisine at Little Sulap

Delicious local food, excellent service, environmentally conscious, Insta-worthy setting and accessible location; these are all traits that describe Little Sulap in Kota Kinabalu.

Located at Jalan Dewan, the cafe is accessible even for tourists staying in the city centre area.

A view of Little Sulap from its mezzanine floor.
Little Sulap’s unique menu

Firstly, thumbs up to Little Sulap for unique and creative names for its menu items.

One dish which consists of locally grown brown rice, fried crispy basung fish and turmeric sour soup is called Sumandak Godoot. “Sumandak” means young lady while “godoot” usually refers to someone who is a glutton in local Kadazandusun language. It’s great for those who get ‘hangry’ around mealtimes.

Teruna Kesepian.

Another dish with an interesting name is Teruna Kesepian, which literally translates to ‘lonely young man’. The dish is similar to Sumandak Godoot except that it is served with fried chicken wings instead of fish.

So imagine telling the server, “I would like to have one Teruna Kesepian and two Sumandak Godoot, please.”

Both the fish and chicken are fried to perfection and the rice has a wonderful aroma. The turmeric soup might be a shocker for those who are not used to sourish food, but it is still palatable.

The Original Sabahan.

But the must-try dish for KajoMag at Little Sulap is a dish that befits its name, Original Sabahan. On top of the brown rice and fried chicken, you can enjoy a selection of two local veggies and tuhau. You cannot not have tuhau when it comes to trying out local Sabahan cuisine.

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Don’t feel like having rice? Then try their ambuyat set. Similar to Sarawak’s linut, it is a porridge-like type of food made from sago.

If you don’t feel like eating local cuisine, tell them that you want “OhMyBalls!” It is a dish made of homemade meatballs topped with creamy black pepper gravy.

An environmentally conscious eatery
Your cold drink with metal straw at Little Sulap.

While the food is worth trying when visiting Kota Kinabalu, Little Sulap deserves another thumbs up for being environmentally conscious.

It does not use plastic straws but metal straws. Plus if you are looking for environmental-friendly straws, they also offer bamboo straws for sale. Buy and use them during your visit at Kota Kinabalu.

Don’t forget to give Little Sulap a try when you are in town.

Before you leave Little Sulap, do not forget to strike a pose in front of Little Sulap. Its bright pink door definitely makes a good background for your Instagram photos.

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at or Twitter at @patriciahului.

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