Old meets new at Sandagen Kopitiam, Sandakan (San Da Gen)


Invited review by San Da Gen Kopitiam

Visitors to Sandakan usually avoid staying at the town area because they complain that it’s hard to find local Sandakan foods at the town area while commercial area at Mile 4 and the new IJM area offers lots of option especially come to food. For us, we like the town area because of its authenticity and you can explore the Sandakan Heritage Trail. With the opening of San Da Gen Kopitiam, now we can enjoy Sandakan local foods in a cozy environment.

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San Da Gen Kopitiam is located at the ground floor of Nak Hotel and managed by the same owner who runs Balin Rooftop. The design of San Da Gen Kopitiam attempt to capture a feel of 60’s look while blend in modern elements of comfort.
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an old trishaw decorate the entrance to San Da Gen Kopitiam
San Da GenFeel like we stepped back in time once we step into San Da Gen Kopitiam. The interior is tastefully decorated providing a much needed oasis in the Sandakan Town area. San Da Gen San Da Gen
Sandakan Tourist information center is set at the corner of San Da Gen Kopitiam offering printed materials and audiovisual content covering the assortment of local attractions and tourist sites, eateries and activities.
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Vintage record player playing song from the 60s

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old kopitiam feel with a modern comfort.


San Da Gen Kopitiam offers simple foods that not only encapsulate Sandakan’s coffeeshop eats, but also traditional Malaysian favorites. The owner attempt to recreate/collect all the traditional local favorite foods all under one roof

One of the best sellers is the UFO Tarts which is a must when visiting Sandakan
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Local drinks is a must
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The famous Yap syn kee cincau is also served here. San Da GenKaya french toast (RM7.90) the french toast is not oily, soft and full of egg taste. Pair with fresh kaya
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Who can resist this UFO tart? they are pretty, tasty and made using the real egg custard instead of artificial flavoring.
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Sambal Kon lou chicken (Rm9.90). Served with a big piece of fried chicken.
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Tom Yam Seafood (RM11.90). Served with fresh seafood. add in the sambal for more oomph. San Da Gen

Nasi Kerabu Beef Rendang (Rm12.90)

San Da Gen Kopitiam offers a good variety of local and Malaysian favorite foods at an affordable price and comfortable environment. The food may be more expensive compared to the coffee shop but the portion is big and they offer comfortable and better dining experience.

San Da Gen Kopitiam is leading the change at the town area by providing a comfortable dining place with tasty local foods. Hopefully, more new shops will be opening at the town area and turn the sleepy town into a vibrant place.

Address: Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Bandar SandakanSandakan

Contact: +6089238988

opening hours: 8am to 5pm

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Joanne Lee

Chief Eater Extraordinaire of Sabaheats
I cook, I eat and I always looking for good food!


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