Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Wow what a venerable variation of victuals! Dwayne once again took on the job of Trippin’ Turpins Foodie as he vicariously and voraciously vanquished various victuals, with valour and vigour until no vestige was to be found on his plate… bar a bone or two. During his victorious effort, my little gastronome valiantly fought venial ventral distension to bring us verdicts on Kuching’s indigenous delights.
Laksa Sarawak is a highlight of Kuching. This famous laksa, served predominately for breakfast, has to be one of the most secretly guarded recipes around. I found a search on the net does reveal some recipes, but I have yet to try one, and just how authentic they are is to be seen, or in this instance – tasted. I have never eaten so much laksa in my life. In the first two days three of my meals consisted of laksa and the following two days included more. By far the best laksa we had was at Ze` Kiosk on the waterfront, but because this laksa is predominately served for breakfast (and we had breakie at our hotel) we didn’t get to try the local laksa sold for breakfast in many of the small stalls.
2 x laksa RM 6.00 each
2 x water
1 x fresh orange juice
TOTAL: RM 22.00 (Approximately AUS $7.70)
VERDICT: Our favourite laksa. Exquisite! Nice setting on the water.
James Brooke Bistro
1 x Sarawak laksa RM 9.00
1 x nasi goreng RM 9.90
1 x green curry and steamed rice RM 26.00
1 x brandy and coke RM 15.00
2 x beer (glass) RM 9.00 each
TOTAL RM 78.80 (Approximately AUS $27.00)
Also at James Brooke Bistro
2 x deep fried chicken wings RM 8.00 each
1 x Wild Borneo Laksa RM 9.90
1 x Sarawak Tom Yam Laksa RM 9.90
2 x beer (glass) RM 9.00 each
1 x can coke RM 5.00
TOTAL: RM 58.80 (Approximately AUS $20)
VERDICT: Nice food, great setting and reasonably priced. Garden setting on the water front. The Sarawak and Wild Borneo laksa are both delicious. The tom yam laksa was not what I felt like at the time but was still very nice. The tom yam laksa is an asam style laksa so it is spicy and sour. The brandy and coke tasted like water.
The Open Air Markets
These markets are situated in two areas, which despite the name are in fact completely covered. One area predominately serves Malay food, while the other serves Chinese food. Cheap food and most of what we tried was very nice.
We served ourselves.
Dwayne – Chicken curry, beef curry, egg plant, beans and rice.
Kelly – Chicken leg, chicken curry, beans and rice
TOTAL RM 15.00 (Approximately AUS $5.20)
VERDICT: Dwayne’s chicken and beef choices were pretty average, mine on the other hand were delicious! Plenty to eat and so cheap!
2 x laksa RM 4.00 each
1 x water RM 1.00
1 x soy milk RM 1.20
TOTAL: RM 10.20 (Approximately AUS $ 3.59)
VERDICT: While not the best laksa we tried it was still very nice.
RNR Food Centre
Lot 674 No.99 Jalan Astana, Kuching.
We discovered RNR Food Centre as we were scooting around Kuching. RNR is across the river from the main Kuching area. This large eatery is a ‘help-yourself’ and has lots of delicious choices.
Dwayne – 2 x veg, fish curry, chicken curry, goat curry and a beef rendang.
Kelly – 2 x veg, chicken curry, goat curry and the beef rendang.
1 x ice tea
TOTAL: RM 22.10 (Approximately AUS $7.80)
VERDICT: Very nice, cheap and plenty to choose from.
Riverside Hawker Stalls
This large food court is across the river from Kuching’s main ‘Waterfront’. It is easy to get to though, just take a ride across the river on one of the many river boats. At RM 0.50 it will not break the bank… that’s only approximately AUS $ 0.17! There are 17 stalls to choose from; about three of them sell drinks and the other 14 sell food.
Stall 11 Mee Kolok
1 x Sup daging (beef soup) RM 7.00
1 Laksa sarawak Special RM 5.00
Stall 16 Ikan Bakar
1 x grilled prawns RM 16.00
1 x coke + glass of ice RM 2.00
Stall 9 Fruit Juice
1 x apple and orange juice RM 5.00
TOTAL: RM 35.00 (Approximately AUS $12.00)
Bla Bla Bla
27 Jalan Tabuan, Kuching
1 x 1/2 sesame chicken RM 30.00
1 x ostrich rolls RM 20.00
1 x mango duck RM 48.00
2 x steamed rice RM 1.50 each
1 x carlesburg RM 11.00
1 x can coke RM 4.00
1 x bottle Waipua Sav Blanc RM 115.00
TOTAL: RM 231 (Approximately AUS $81.00) – half of which was the bottle of wine.
VERDICT: I would describe the food of this little gem as contemporary Asian. Wonderful setting and exquisite ambience. The food was delicious and the servings are huge. A great place to dine with a group because the meals are perfect for sharing. Friendly, helpful staff suggested they swap the salad, usually served on the mango duck, to the crispy sweet leaves which we wanted to try.
They served all sorts of yummy food including deer, sea cucumber, peking duck, mussels and oysters. There is something for all tastes.
All in all Kuching was a taste sensation!