What to eat in Kuching

Most people are looking at properties for investment purpose. Although there are many properties available for sale in west Malaysia, such as condominium in Penang, the property investment sector in East Malaysia is blossoming as well. Malaysia has two regions known as the Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, with a total of 13 states, where East Malaysia consists of two: Sabah and Sarawak. Sarawak is known as the Land of Hornbills as well. Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia, full of diverse culture with different ethnic groups including Malay, Chinese, Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, and Orang Ulu. There are also many amazing food you can find in Sarawak. This article will guide you through what you must eat when you visit Kuching.

  • Sarawak Laksa

The famous Sarawak Laksa that has been featured by Anthony Bourdain, is one of the must try’s in Kuching. No trip is ever complete without a bowl of Sarawak Laksa. Do not get confused Sarawak Laksa with Curry Laksa or Assam Laksa. The broth of Sarawak Laksa is usually cooked with the shells of prawns, or prawns head, to enhance the sweetness, shrimp paste, lemongrass, garlic, shallots, chilies, and finally coconut milk is added. The bowl of goodness consists of vermicelli noodles, shredded chicken, omelets strips, prawns, bean sprouts with a side of sambal belacan and lime.

Do try out the famous Choon Hui Cafe that Anthony Bourdain had visited. He loved the Sarawak Laksa so much that he revisited this eatery 10 years later. Do come early, as it is always crowded. Be there early to avoid disappointments as well, as it is usually sold out fast during the weekends or public holidays.

Choon Hui Cafe 34, Jalan Ban Hock, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

6:30am – 12:00pm (closed on Monday)

  • Kolo Mee

Kolo Mee is the signature all time favorites for Kuchingnite The curly springy egg  noodles, also known as Q Mee is tossed with shallot oil, soy sauce, pepper, and served with slices of char siew, minced meat and spring onions. Although only the simplest ingredients are used to create a bowl of Kolo Mee, the taste will definitely disappoint your taste bud.

There are several shops in Kuching that serve really good Kolo Mee and you should make a visit if you happen to visit Kuching. Noodle Descendants is one of the most popular shops that serve Kolo Mee. Do note that the wait could take up to 2 hours. However, do give it a try. The noodles are springy, served with a bowl of pork offal soup.

Noodle Descendants

Lot 18, Ground Floor, Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

7:30am – 3:00pm

  • Tomato Noodle & Tomato Kueh Tiaw

This is another dish that can only be found in Kuching, Sarawak. The fried noodles or kueh tiao is served in tomato sauce based gravy, topped with fishcake, chicken, seafood and vegetables.

Tomato noodles or tomato kueh tiao can easily be found at many wok fried stalls.

Ling Long Seafood at Top Spot

Taman Kereta, Jalan Bukit Mata Kuching, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

5:00pm – 11:00pm

  • Midin

Midin is a type of wild fern that can only be found in the jungles of Sarawak. It is one of the favorite dishes among the locals here in Sarawak. Midin is crunchy with a special taste to it, and is usually cooked with belacan or garlic. Some restaurants serve midin salad as well, where it is mixed with dried shrimps, chilies, onions, shallots, with a special mix dressings.

Midin can easily be found at most stir fried stalls or restaurants.

  • Manok Pansuh

Manok is chicken in the Iban language. Manok Pansuh is a traditional Iban dish where the chicken is cooked in a bamboo, along with garlic, ginger, shallot, lemongrass and tapioca leaves. The traditional way of cooking Manok Pansuh ensures the chicken remains juicy, tender and flavorful. Do try out the Manok Pansuh from Pinggai café, located at Carpenter Street.

Pinggai Café

37, China Street, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

8:00am – 4:00pm

  • Kek Lapis

Kek Lapis is also known as layered cake, is a must eat delicacy in Kuching. There is a wide variety of Kek Lapis for you to choose from. As the name suggests, the cake is baked layer by layer at a time. Interested patrons can visit Mira Cake House across the Kuching Waterfront. Customers can either go over by taking a boat ride, or drive to the shop. Samples are available for customers to try before deciding which Kek Lapis to buy. Most tourists usually buy a big box or Kek Lapis before they leave Kuching. They have an online store where you could make your order and have your cakes delivered to you via Pos Laju.

Mira Cake House

Rumah Merah Kampung Boyan

44A Tebingan Permaidani BGS, Kampung Boyan, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

In conclusion, Kuching is a travel destination worth making a visit. Kuching might not have the biggest mall, but it definitely has a lot of amazing food for you. Do plan a trip down to Kuching and experience the amazing food and beautiful attractions Kuching has to offer.

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