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    BING Coffee: A laid-back cafe with a Balinese theme

    by Sambawalk Written May 17, 2009

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    BING! A laid-back cafe with a Balinese theme
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    A laid-back cafe with a Balinese theme that serves excellent Lattes and fresh fruit juices. They are also popular for their cakes, deli-style gourmet sandwiches and light meals.

    They have very very confortable sitting. A cup of cafe latte RM9 (Apr 2009). I was sitting there at noon time for 1.5 hours, enjoying the coffee and reading and be away from noon heat!).

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    Any local coffee shop: Kolok Mee

    by Sambawalk Written May 17, 2009

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    Kolok Mee (dried mix noodles)

    Kolok Mee is a type of noodle dish commonly found in Sarawak. It is served throughout the day - for breakfast, lunch or even supper (though some eateries only serve kolok mee until noon because supplies run out). It is made of egg noodle, blanched in water that looks like instant noodle and served in a light sauce with some condiments like sliced pork, chicken cutlets, minced meat or sometimes (quite rare) shredded beef. The difference between Kolok Mee and Wantan Mee, which is popular in the Peninsula, is that Kolok Mee is not drenched in dark soy sauce and water is not added to the noodles when served. Kolok mee comes in two common flavors: plain or seasoned with red sauce (cooks tend to seasoned kolok mee with red sauce when they are served with pork). Occasionally, diners can also request their kolok mee to be seasoned with soy sauce, to give the dish a darker appearance and enhance its saltiness.

    A dish can cost about RM3-4 (Apr 2009).

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    Choon Hui cafe: Sarawak Laksa

    by Sambawalk Updated May 17, 2009

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    Sarawak Laksa - Choon Hui cafe
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    Sarawak Laksa is the most noticably Sarawakian food in Kuching. It was a favourite among Sarawakian from Chinese and Malay decent. It has a base of Sambal belacan, sour tamarind, garlic, galangal, lemon grass and coconut milk, topped with omelette strips, chicken strips, prawns, fresh coriander and optionally lime. Ingredients such as bean sprouts, (sliced) fried tofu or other seafood are not traditional but are sometimes added. Non-Halal Sarawak Laksa can be found at most Chinese coffee shops while Halal Sarawak Laksa can be found at most Malay coffee shops (and some Mamak too). Halal and non-Halal Sarawak Laksa don't have so much difference, except with the usage of halal chicken meat, and the cooking utensils used by the cook. Chinese-version of Sarawak Laksa has less thicker gravy but rich with condiments and toppings, while Malay-version of Sarawak Laksa has thicker gravy but more 'taugeh' (or beansprouts).

    Choon Hui cafe, Jln. Ban Hock (near Grand Continental Hotel) is one of the two famous laksa joint. Spicy and popular, get here before 10 AM.

    It costs RM4 (Apr 2009)

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    Next Coffee shop: No more noodles by 1300h unless you are lucky

    by pepemorris11 Updated May 4, 2009
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    Always full . tables are close to each other. if you are in a big group, be prepared to split up and share the tables with locals. sit down and wait for the lady to come and take your order. don't go up to them to place your order. they are very aware and they will come to you. Noodles come plain or with vinegar and you have them with a bowl of soup containing pig innards.

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    Cafe Margherita: Great food prepared with tender loving care

    by pepemorris11 Written May 3, 2009
    Cafe de Margherita
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    A fancy name for an ordinary coffee shop but you get to see the young chef in action. He prepares each individual dish with tender loving care. Very tasty food at very reasonable prices. A plate of fried rice cost us MR$4. Although the shrimps were small, they were fresh. A very pleasant dining experience because the chef and his assistants were very attentive and always had a ready smile. We liked the food and friendly ambience that we had 2 dinners there. Opens only at night starting from around 7pm

    Favorite Dish: Fried Kway teow (Cantonese style)with seafood . what we normally call "horfun". Fried rice biasa (the usual). The oily and spicy chillie sauce that comes with it is really good.

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    Shang Ti Temple Courtyard Stalls: Wild_Orchid's Recommendation for Kolo Mee

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 3, 2009

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    VT member, Wild_Orchid, had recommended eating Kuching kolo mee at the Shang Ti Temple Courtyard Stalls on Jalan Carpenter in one of her tips. It was only a couple of blocks from the Waterfront Lodge, so I tried it for lunch one day. Kuching "kolo mee" or "koh-loh mein" is egg noodles, flash-boiled and then served with (classically) garlic, shallots, minced pork, white vinegar, pork oil or in some cases peanut oil and sliced barbecue pork also known as "char siew." The kolo mee was RM3.50 and quite tasty. I got my noodles and BBQ after all! I think the kolo mee stall here is only open for lunch.

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    Bla Bla Bla: Asian Fusion Cuisine in Kuching

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 2, 2009

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    You must be nimble to eat in the garden room of Bla Bla Bla, i.e., you have to cross a carp pool on stepping stones. I recommend trying since the food and atmosphere are quite good. Of course, you could just go upstairs and dine in air conditioning, but that's no challenge. Bla Bla Bla gets good TripAdvisor reviews. More than one says that the serving sizes are huge but that was not the case for what I ordered, although there was plenty to eat. See also the videoclip of the garden room.

    Favorite Dish: Although some of the daily specials looked good (Egg Floss Halibut, Mongolian Deer, Nestle Prawn, Crispy Lamb, etc.), I ordered ginger deer and garlic river fern with steamed rice from the regular menu. Coincidently that is the same entree mentioned in the last TripAdvisor review. It was tasty but not fantastic. The total bill including cold green tea and tip was RM40.

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    Bistro 56: Quiet Place for Late Dinner

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 1, 2009

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    Under construction - Henry Lim from Lodge 121 recommended Bistro 56. It was close to my hotel on Jalan Pearl. The entrance is in the back, kind of in a parking lot. You walk through the kitchen to get to the dining area. Their specialty is noodles and BBQ; however, Henry could not go until late (22:15) and they were out by then. The salted pork and eggplant were good though. I went back the next day and took pictures of the outside.

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    Top Spot: Dine at the top of a multi-storied carpark

    by pepemorris11 Written May 1, 2009

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    A number of stalls selling seafood. Do not allow yourself to be harassed by the different stall holders and their helpers. Was warned to ask for menus otherwise i would be fleeced.not every stall had menus so finally settled on the one which could produce one. Known as Ling Loong Seafood Centre. 6 of us had
    Midin Garlic (MR$12),
    Ladies fingers (MR$10)
    Tauhu (beancurd) (MR$10)
    Grilled fish which was according to weight (MR$36)
    Sotong (Squid) MR$15
    Oyster omelette which was different from what they serve in Singapore and Penang MR$20
    5 bowls of rice MR$5
    Total came to MR$108. a very satisfying meal
    Drinks were sold separately

    Favorite Dish: Midin is something one must try. it is a forest fern and i have never eaten it before, not in all my travels in Malaysia. Ours was fried with garlic . i was told the one fried with belachan was better but a friend of ours was unwell so we kept to bland non-spicy dishes.The fish was exquisite and so was the beancurd.
    Oyster omelette was crispy and not the usual kind found in Singapore

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    Batavia Cafe: Indonesian food

    by pepemorris11 Written May 1, 2009
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    Was recommended by tourist magazine Borneo Talk. found the food disappointing as it was not spicy enough and the portions were really small. there were 6 of us so we ordered six different sets and shared among ourselves so as to get a sampling of the fare. the beef rendang did not come up to expectations.
    quite cosy with interesting knick knacks on the shelf.
    prices were very reasonable.

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    Ah Yew Laksa Stall at Jalan Sekama: Delicious Sarawak Laksa

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Jan 12, 2009

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    Sarawak Laksa

    Although Sarawak Laksa is available widely at many coffee shops in town and in the suburbs of Kuching, the Ah Yew Laksa Stall serves one of the better versions, and is very popular among locals.

    Do note that there is laksa in many parts of Malaysia, and they are all unique and different.

    Favorite Dish: Sarawak Laksa - Vermicelli rice noodles ("bee hoon") in a shrimp-based broth thickened with coconut milk, it is mildly spicy and savoury. (West Malaysians: it is totally different from the Penang Asam Laksa because it is not sour or tangy at all). The noodles are served with lashings of crisp bean-sprouts, and topped with boiled prawns and garnished with freshly shredded chicken & minute slivers of egg rolls! Served with thick sambal paste on the side for those who like their laksa spicier, squeeze on some lime juice ("limau kasturi") for that extra pizzaz.

    RM3.00-5.00 per bowl, depending on whether you want added noodles and prawns for the topping.

    Then cool yourself down with some ice-barley or fresh sugar cane!

    Very yummy, you'll be back for more!

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    hot Tip for those in KL: For rather authentic Sarawak Laksa without having to fly all the way to Kuching, you may check out the following joints:

    - Restoran Gembira Coffee Shop, Taman Mayang Jaya (go before 1pm or the good stuff will be sold out): RM4-6 per bowl. Besides Sarawak laksa, the Uncle (it's a family business) here sells a good 'kolo mee' too.
    - coffee shop in Bangsar Lucky Garden
    - The Laksa shop (it is a chain with multiple outlets including at Midvalley Megamall, 1 Utama and Pavillion, Jalan Bukit Bintang) RM8-10 per bowl. Reasonable sized bowl-larger than what you would get at a Coffee shop.

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    Top Spot Food court: Great Seafood

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 11, 2009

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    This food court is on top of a parking garage, hence its name. It's the single best place for seafood in Kuching. There is no fixed menu here. Simply get a plate and go through a buffet line of raw ingredients, select the ones you want and at the end give the plate to the waitress and they will cook it into either a soup or stir fry for you.

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    Bla Bla Bla: Great Ambience & Food

    by zuyao Updated Jan 10, 2009

    The food is a fusion of Chinese, Sarawakian & West. The ambience is superb and the food is great.

    Favorite Dish: Try the local vegetable (not found elsewhere) called Midin, I think. The soft-shell crab is also great. Then you can also order an oh-chien which is very different from the West Malaysian type.

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    Imperial Duck Restaurant: Duck & Dim Sum

    by zuyao Written Jan 7, 2009

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    This restaurant is actually owned by Lok Thian Restaurant, a fairly famous and established Chinese restaurant in Kuching. The food here is great.

    Favorite Dish: Roast duck of course. And while you are there, sample the dim sum like Shanghai dumplings, siew mai, char siew and the likes.

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    Choon Hui Cafe: Best Sarawak Laksa

    by zuyao Written Jan 7, 2009

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    This is a typical coffee house in Malaysia. The specialty here is the Sarawak Laksa - a must try! And whilst you are there, taste the Kolo Mee and half-boiled egg with toast. Of course, you must also order a cup of local coffee.

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