Kuching Restaurants

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    Ling Loon Seafood: Fabulous Seafood, Caught That Day

    by Mikebb Written Jun 2, 2009

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    This was one of the best finds we have found in all our travels through many countries. It is an open air market style seafood dining experience. There must be abour 8 or 10 permanent restaurants, all displaying their fresh seafood kept upon modern refrigeration.

    You will be amazed by the variety on offer, all extremely fresh and many varieties I had not seen before. Just point to what you want, choose a table and 15 minutes later a beautiful feat will be brought to you.

    Eating under the stars is wonderful, the atmosphere of the large crowd enhances the experience.

    Favorite Dish: We both chose prawns, Jill having traditional prawns, I chose some extremely large prawns with long feelers, they looked like a small lobster. We had local " Jungle Greens" with the meal, cooked beautiful they were delightful.

    We both agreed this was amongst the best meals we have ever had. Cost 69 RM, which is approximately 25 Australian dollars for 2 people.

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    Deli Cafe - Patisseries: Modern Cafe, Great Coffee & Snacks

    by Mikebb Updated Jun 8, 2009

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    We stumbled upon this cafe whilst walking along the street looking at the various small shops in the area known as the Main Bazaar. We had been doing the "tourist thing" for 5 or 6 hours and were hot and bothered looking for a good coffee and and a cool place.

    Deli Cafe appeared in front of us, looking out of place in its surroundings as it was as modern as a coffee shop can be. Airconditioners going combined with overhead fans it was ideal. All we wanted was a good coffee and that was what we were served. The cafe also served meals, cakes and pastries, had good seating and very clean.

    It also is an art gallery and has free WiFi. Open 9am to 5:30 pm Tuesday to Sunday inclusive.

    Inside The Cafe Inside The Cafe The Display Counter Street Frontage Sign The Display Counter Street Frontage Sign
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    Hilton Buffet: Excellent Buffet At Hilton Hotel

    by Mikebb Written Jun 12, 2009

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    Arriving in Kuching late afternoon we took an early evening walk along the river promenade. Not knowing where to have our evening meal we found the Hilton Hotel overlookuing the river and decided to find out what they had on offer.

    We were allowed to view the Buffet before deciding to dine. The room was well laid out with an outstanding number of of foods on offer ranging from the local food, an extensive variety of seafood, roast meats, salads, beautiful breads, sauces, relishes and much more.

    There were many foods attractive to children.

    The sweets buffet was outstanding. Service was excellent and our table was cleared frequently.

    Price for 2 persons was approximately 180 RM, approximately $70 Australian dollars.

    The Hilton Buffet Hilton Hotel, Kuching
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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.

    Top Spot Food court Top Spot Food court
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    Top Spot Food Court: Don't Miss the Fresh Seafood at the Roof Top

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    TopSpot open-air Food Court is frequented by both locals & tourists. A wide variety of dishes at reasonable prices are available from Malay and Chinese stalls. Western food is also available.

    Fresh seafood is a popular choice here, and so is satay!

    Located at the roof top of a multi-level carpark along Jalan Bukit Mata, off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, it is clean & tidy, and only a stone's throw from major hotels such as the Hilton, Holiday Inn & Crowne Plaza hotels.

    A crowd puller almost every night, this is one food court you would not want to miss.

    Favorite Dish: Fried Ferns ("Bidin") with Spicy Sambal Belacan. The ferns are fresh, crunchy and delicious and are only available in Sarawak. (not available in West Malaysia)
    Grilled Fresh Fish ("Ikan Bakar") - select your favourite fish (Sting Ray ("Pari") is best, Squid or Kembung also quite good), and ask for it to be freshly grilled on hot charcoal. Served on a banana leaf with deliciously tangy chilli sauce ("sambal belacan") , it is yummy!
    Bamboo Clams fried with garlic and chilli-yummy

    Top Spot Food Court
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    Le Ja Raul Coffee House & Restaurant: Nasi Goreng Dabai

    by mansionion Updated Apr 20, 2005

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    The nasi goreng dabai is just like other fried rice commonly found else where. It is plain fried rice served with fried egg and crackers. However, what makes it different is the salty taste of "dabai" that is part of its ingredients.

    Dabai is a type of nut commonly found in the forest of Sarawak. A piece of dabai is about the size of a piece of groudnut and it is black in color. Its the salty taste of the dabai that make the nasi goreng dabai taste a bit different.

    Favorite Dish: Nasi goreng dabai.

    Nasi Goreng Dabai
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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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    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.

    Sarawak Laksa
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    Samariang Foodcourt: Mee Kolok & Sup Power

    by mansionion Updated Mar 26, 2005

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    Mee Kolok is a type of noodle dish commonly found in Sarawak. It is served throughout the day - for breakfast, lunch or even supper. It is made of egg noodle that looks like instant noddle and served in a light sauce with some condiments like shredded beef.

    I had a taste of Mee Kolok in Samariang Foodcourt in Petrajaya, about 15 mins drive from Kuching. Here, I had the dry version of the mee kolok that was also served with a bowl of ox tail soup (or sup power as they call it here).

    Favorite Dish: Mee Kolok & Sup Power

    Mee Kolok & Sup Power
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    Street Vendors: Kuching Beef Noodles

    by SLLiew Updated Aug 29, 2007

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    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.

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    Temple Courtyard Stall, Carpenter Street: Experience Kolo Mee at the Temple Courtyard

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    The famous Sarawak Kolo Mee is unique to Sarawak and is loved by all Kuching-ites. Available everywhere from morning till night, it is eaten for breakfast, lunch or supper.

    For the West Malaysian visitor used to won-ton mee smothered in dark sauce, the Kolo Mee may seem pale and bland, but give it a chance, you will grow to love it!

    To have a more unique eating experience, why not visit the Temple at Jalan Carpenter and you can enjoy the ambiance of eating Kolo Mee at the temple courtyard.

    Favorite Dish: Sarawak Kolo Mee is a light yellow egg noodle that looks like Maggie Mee but is slightly firmer and crunchier. It is served in a light sauce with some minced pork and slices of char-siew (BBQ'ed pork). Order the "Special" and it will come with Prawns too.

    RM3.00-RM4.00 per plate. RM5.00 for the "special".

    I 'm sure that your kids will love this dish - just tell them it's Maggie Mee!

    Visit Hillview Cafe, Ming Heng Cafe (6, Carpenter Streer) or the Open Air Market (Jalan Market) for the beef variety.

    Temple on Capenter St
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    Street Vendors: Kuching Kolo Mee

    by SLLiew Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    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.

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    Street Vendors: Kuching Tomato Sauce Koay Teow

    by SLLiew Written Aug 28, 2007

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    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.

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    Laksa Sarawak

    by mansionion Updated Mar 27, 2005

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    As its name suggest, Laksa Sarawak is Sarawak's version of laksa commonly found in other part part of Malaysia (Laksa Penagn and Laksa Johor are the some other varients). Its main ingredient is vermicelli rice noodles with other condiments and is served in a shrimp-based gravy thickened with coconut milk. It is available almost every where here in Kuching, from hotel's restaurants to food stalls on the street.

    Laksa Sarawak
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    Choon Choon Cafe, near the Holiday Inn: Best Sarawak Laksa in Town

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Aug 4, 2004

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    The Choon Choon cafe is almost an institution in Kuching.

    It opens early (before 7.00 am) to catch the breakfast crowd. It is frequented by office-workers from nearby offices who come here to have breakfast before starting work.

    Seated at old-style longish tables, they bring out their newspapers and start to read, before being served. After tucking in to a hearty breakfast of Sarawak Laksa, and a cuppa robust Malaysian Coffee, they are ready to start another grinding day at the office!

    It continues to serve until the food runs out which is around 12 noon.

    Favorite Dish: Sarawak Laksa and a Cup of Hot Local Coffee "Kopi" to wash it down!

    RM2.50-5.00 per bowl, (order the "special" if you want the whole works!)

    Superb Sarawak Laksa
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    Street vendors and at hotels in Kuching: Sarawak Laksa - No. 1 hawker food

    by SLLiew Written Aug 28, 2007

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    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.

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