Category: Sarawak

Top Spot Seafood Food Court @ Kuching

Rooftop dining is not uncommon for fine dining restaurants and bars. But what about seafood in a hawker setting? Well, in Kuching there’s this place called Top Spot Food Court where half a dozen of restaurants – mostly serving seafood (halal options available) operate on the roof of a 6 storey car park.

TopSpot

Top-Spot-Seafood-Kuching

The environment is dim but airy and always buzzing with activity. If you are staying in the hotels along the Kuching Waterfront, Top Spot is reachable on foot within minutes.

Topspot-Seafood-Kuching
Fresh-Fish

Although you could sit down and order the dishes off the menu, it is more recommended that you browse and pick the seafood yourself – provided if you know how to judge a fresh fish. But from what we saw, the seafood variety here is good and more importantly fresh. So the tastiness pretty much depends on the chef’s skills. Anyway, we chose Ling Loong Seafood among the available options simply because the name sounded nice.

Lobster-Prawns

The star dish of the night has to be the Grilled Spiny Lobsters, which were wrongfully listed as prawns in the menu. So you could imagine our surprise when these meaty lobsters arrived on our table. They were cooked perfectly, as the chunky sized lobster flesh was sweet, juicy and succulent.

Rooftop dining is not uncommon for fine dining restaurants and bars. But what about seafood in a hawker setting? Well, i...

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Kolo Mee @ Sin Lian Shin, Kuching

It’s not hard to see why Sin Lian Shin‘s Kolo Mee holds a legendary status as one of the best among the Kuching folks. What’s not to like about the thin, springy noodles tossed in fragrant lard and garnished with flavorful minced meat? If you like Kolo Mee, this is as good as it gets – albeit the standard is said to have dropped recently.

Kolo-Mee

The only thing that I disagree with is the red coloring char siew. I think it’s high time for the Kolo Mee vendors to move away from these horribly dry dyed meat and serve proper barbecued pork instead.

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Sarawak Laksa @ Woon Lam Cafe 1999 云南园, Kuching

Chong Choon cafe could very well be the most crowded place for Sarawak Laksa because it is strategically located in the town centre. Even though the shop is quite large with plenty of seats, it is still a challenge to find a table here.
The situation is worse during weekends and public holidays when outstation folks also flock to Kuching. Since we already tried Chong Choon’s Sarawak Laksa six years ago and we did not feel like waiting, we headed to Woon Lam Cafe 1999 instead, or more popularily known as ‘Yun Nan Yuan’.

Sarawak-Laksa

Basically there are two versions of Sarawak Laksa here, the normal @ RM5 and the special (shown above) @ RM8 which features extra large, succulent prawns. If you haven’t tried any Sarawak Laksa before, I guess the simplest way to describe this dish would be a thick, slightly sourish and tangy version of curry laksa. The spiciness on the other hand, is quite mild. A squeeze of lime adds some nice citrus kick and it’s highly recommend you do so to fully appreciate the intended flavor.

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Mee Sapi / Mee Kolok Haji Salleh @ Sepinang Sari Cafe, Jalan Satok Kuching

Kolo Mee could very well be the most common food in Kuching – probably even true for the entire Sarawak. You will find it being sold for breakfast, lunch and dinner at any every nook and corner may it be a coffee shop, food court or restaurant. Most Kolo Mee in Kuching are served with minced pork and char siew as the main topping, thus rendering them non-halal.
However, there are some halal eateries that managed to come up with their own version called Mee Sapi – with beef used as the substitute for pork. Having tasted both versions, I am glad to say the halal version is just as good, if not better than some of the non-halal ones.

Mee-Sapi-Kuching

Said to be one of the best in town, Sepinang Sari Cafe & Restaurant (also known as Haji Salleh) at Jalan Satok is one of the places to hunt for halal Kolo Mee. But before you venture into this popular eatery, do expect considerable waiting time for both the available seats and food. The latter is largely because the cook has to do almost everything from preparing the noodles to toasting bread to collecting payments and even delivering the food.

Mee-Kolo-Haji-Salleh

Besides the normal Mee Sapi @ RM4.50, there are also the special edition (shown above, with a serving of sweet soup with fatty and tender beef tendons @ RM7), Mee Sapi Tendon @ RM8 and Mee Sapi Tendon & Tulang @ RM9. They are slightly more expensive than what you’d get in other places but then the difference is not really that much to be worth complaining about. In fact I have seen special Sarawak Laksa being sold at RM8 and RM9.

Kolo Mee could very well be the most common food in Kuching - probably even true for the entire Sarawak. You will find i...

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