Mmm... I spent a good 2 weeks in Kuching and this was one of my favorite places to eat. Taste of Lebanon is a lovely formal dining restaurant by the waterfront, but during lunch hours (11:30 - 4) they set up a few plastic tables downstairs and sell quick, cheap lunches.
My favorite was the pita burgers - chicken, beef, or lamb! You get a big portion of juicy meat in a pita with veggies and sauce and a side of french fries (4 ringgit and up?). The hummus and pita was also very good!
During dinner hours there's a full-range menu including falafels, donairs, steaks, etc. and shisha water pipes!
Favorite Dish: For lunch: chicken pita burger with fries (4 ringgit)
For dinner: falafel!
Topspot Foodcourt is a collection of several different seafood restaurants in a food court. It's basically an open air area with some covered areas.
Favorite Dish: 1) Fried jungle ferns ("bidin") with sambal belacan. Something different from the usual vegetables that you get. Crunchy to the bite. Definitely should not miss!
2) The steamed bamboo clams ("ambai") is also good. Although they aren't very big (I have seen larger ones elsewhere), they are sweet and succulent.
3) As for crab lovers, they have mangrove/mud crabs as well. The male and female crabs are sold at the same price, so if you know how to pick your female crabs for their roe at the right time of the month, you are in for a treat!
4) Various types of freshwater and sea fish, prawns for your own selection.
This is the well known Choong Choon Cafe in Kuching. Specialties include Sarawak Laksa, Kolo Mee and Mee Rebus. The Special versions of both Sarawak Laksa and Kolo Mee include large prawns whereas the Mee Rebus Special has satay included! The Sarawak Laksa was good whereas the Kolo Mee was average to me (it's an acquired taste - pretty bland to me!) whereas the Mee Rebus was also average to me. The shop also serves up a good Teh Si Special.
A wide range of food stalls set in landscaped surroundings on the breezy top floor (6th floor) of a car park. Very popular among tourists and locals.
Why this eatery is always so popular among the locals and tourists ? Because you can see and pick the fresh ingredients to be cooked for your dishes and according to your preferred style. Seafood is based on seasonal price by weight.
Not too sure which stall here cooks the best local dishes. One rule of thumb is always to chose the outlet with huge crowds if you don't mind waiting.
Open actively 5pm to 10pm
Favorite Dish: Midin & Paku (crispy jungle fern) can be cooked in garlic or belacan.
Ambal (bamboo clam) cooked in mild curry.
Fried crab in chilli or salted egg.
Don't order chinese tea in glass, it's just a tea sachet submerged in hot water and they charge you RM1.
Kueh Chap is a kind of flour pieces eaten with pork organs. You will find pig tongue, stomach, liver, ear and skin mixed in a broth soup. It may not appear appetizing to some if you don't like to eat animal organs.
RM3.50 per bowl
The Sarawak's signature dish, this is freshly made vermicelli submerged in a concoction of deliciously thick soup that is rich in coconut milk and spices, topped with tasty chunks of seafood, chicken, beansprouts and sliced omelette. This mouth-watering delight is a Sarawak original and best taken piping hot. You have not savoured Sarawak until you have tasted Sarawak Laksa. A gastronomical delight that is easily available and served in most coffee shops and hotels.
If you like to eat Sarawak Laksa and would like to prepare the same back home, you can buy the ready-made Sarawak Laksa paste at some of the shops at Main Bazaar. RM3 to RM5 per packet.
RM3.50 per bowl. Stall closed on Fridays.
If you are going to Long House with a tour guide, he/she will prepare dinner for you. Ask him/her to cook you some local wild vegetables. I tried two types, and kind of liked it. I don't think they can be found in other countries, not even in the mainland of Malaysia.
There are many seafood restaurants at this seafood centre. I didn't know which one was best so I just chose the one with most variety of seafood. Not bad at all!! And the price is reasonable. Must try when you visit Kuching.
Favorite Dish: Thai Style Big Prawns
One of my favorite street food is beef noodles. My favorites are the Penang Beef noodles as well as Vietnamese beef noodles. So it is a pleasant surprise to find the local Kuching beef noodles.
So if you are into beef, do not miss this popular dish while in Kuching. Where, you have to ask a local when you are there.
Another local dish that Kuching folks are very proud of.
So you have to save your appetite for this special unique dish that uses tomato sauce which is unusual for Chinese street food.
It taste Italian-like but the koay teow which is flat white Chinese style rice noodle is definitely oriental.
Again ask a local for the best tomato sauce koay teow in town.
In Penang and throughout Malaysia, you will find "Wanton Mee" of different versions.
Either dry or in soup, this yellow "Malaysian sphagetti" of buck wheat has its origin in China and developed with regional flavors throughout Malaysia, Have tried them all in Penang, Ipoh, KL, Melaka, JB, Miri, Sibu, KK and Kuching. Which is the best????
I must admit that Kuching Kolo Mee was surprising very good - being a Penangite. I did try a different stall at another time but it was not the same. Check out with a local where is the best kolo mee in town.
Coming from Penang, I am a big fan of Penang Laksa. The Sarawak Laksa is unique and different.
It consists of noodles in a spicy coconut based soup. It is more like Penang's Curry Mee.
We were taken to one of the famous Sarawak Laksa hawker stall in a coffee shop downtown. But it was closed. Later, a local bought it for us to partake in the comfort of our hotel room.
Have also tried in restaurants in hotels. But do try the original version at the hawker stall.
This is the most popular foods among the local, almost all my Sarawak friends said this is a must try. Well, I do like the noodle, but a little too salty for me. But still worth to try.
Note: Really cheap - RM2.50 to RM3.00.
I have tried Mee Kolo in Chinese Food Centre. It's basically a type of hand-made noodle made from flour and egg. The noodle is mixed with some clear coloured sauce and topped with other ingredients. Those ingredients vary from stall to stall. Therefore, I'm not sure what ingredients should be in a standard and authentic Mee Kolo.
Although the portion is small, you can try other noodles here like the famous Sarawak Laksa, Kueh Chap and fish ball noodle.
Personally I find this Mee Kolo a bit bland for my taste and not so special. RM3 per bowl.
Sarawak has some of the yummiest hawker food or everyday dishes I have ever tried. Don't get stuck eating the hotel restaurants or fast food joints but explore the local scene & try the dishes on offer
Favorite Dish: Some of my favorites include the Sarawak Mee Kolok, a yellow noodle garnished with char siew & wantan served wet or dry. The Kuching Fried Kuey Teow with seafood in tomato gravy is also a must.
Another local favorite is Sarawak Laksa, white noodles served in gravy & meat. There are numerous local dishes & treats that you must try