A brief overview of what to eat in Kuching and where to get them
- Nom nom nom!
- Kolo Mee
- Sarawak Laksa
- Sarawak Layer Cake
- Pitcher Plant Glutinous Rice
Nom nom nom!
Kuching does look like a sleepy city but there are a few things tourists have to try no matter what.
Sold at just about any coffee shop in Kuching, Kolo Mee is a bowl of noodles topped with a sprinkle of chopped onion leaves, minced pork and Char Siew slices. Different stalls will have a slight difference in taste so it's up to visitors to try each of them and decide which one is the best.
Tourists also have the option of adding "Red" which is oil which has a reddish tint. This give the noodles a sweeter taste.
Also sold at most coffee shops in Kuching, Sarawak Laksa is perhaps one of the most famous dishes in Sarawak. Liberally laced with Sarawakian Pepper and Laksa paste, its sour taste will sate most palates. Again, the taste will differ from stall to stall so have fun trying them all!
Sarawak Layer Cake
Its fame is on par with that of the Sarawak Laksa mostly due to the vivid colours and patterns created in the cake. Available along Main Bazaar, Carpenter Street, Satok, Simpang Tiga and across the river, each cake will sell for about RM 10 to RM 18. Taste test the ones available and purchase them for your friends. The patterns created in the cake are visible once the cake is cut into portions. There are many patterns such as simple layers, polka dots, spider webs, sunflowers so on and so forth.
A shop nestled on the corner of King Centre which sells 'Snow Ice'. The 'Snow Ice' itself has many different flavours like Durian, Chocolate, Milk, Green Tea and many more. Combined with a variety of toppings, it's a tasty dessert for when you feel like lazing around after dinner. Their 3 for RM 10 offer has been ongoing for a while and it is advisable to take advantage of it while it's still there.
Seafood in Kuching can be obtained at just about any restaurant. Topspot, on Bukit Mata Kuching is a tourist hotspot and sells a variety of food not limited to seafood. Ask for crabs roasted in tomato sauce and egg, curry leaves, steamed or fried with salted eggs. If you are feeling adventurous, visit one of the fishing villages like Lundu to enjoy some peace and quiet while having your food
Pitcher Plant Glutinous Rice
Quite a rare item but can be obtained on the road to Serikin at one of the smaller markets. It consists of Glutinous rice with curry and anchovies in the middle baked in clean pitchers from pitcher plants. It may not seem very special to some people but the novelty lies in eating the rice right out of the pitcher.
Tuak is rice wine which has not been distilled. It is sold at some souvenir shops and can be obtained easily during the Harvest Festival on the 1st and 2nd of June. Tuak varies in taste and alcoholic content depending on the person who made it. It leaves a strong aftertaste which some people may dislike. Tourists are not advised to drink a whole bottle at once.
Bilin, midin or variations thereof refer to baby fern. Adult fern will be termed Paku. Commonly fried with Belacan (Shrimp paste) and chilli, this is a dish found only around Bornero mostly because it it difficult to transport. Bilin is crunchy and has a sweet taste.
A little bit of trivia:
Bilin is picked in the forest by local people. It wilts within twenty-four to thirty-six hours despite careful storage so it has to be cooked fresh.