Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, is a simply unique and enjoyable tourism destination, and Kuching is the ideal base from which to go exploring.
One of the highlights would be the gastronomic delights throughout the city. Offering a fusion of traditional delicacies and modern classics, the bustling capital of “the Land of Hornbills” has every right to be recognized as a world-class foodie destination!
With that being said, let’s explore 8 Most Popular Sarawak Food that can be found in Kuching!
#1. Kolo Mee
Unique to Sarawak, Kolo Mee or Kolok Mee is a combination of springy noodles, barbecued meat, vegetables and sauce.
Kolo Mee can be said as a breakfast staple for many locals. This popular dish is usually topped with slices of char siew, minced meat, fish balls or meatballs. There are also seafood and vegetarian options as well as the halal version of this dish that offers by Malay stalls.
#2. Sarawak Laksa
Sarawak laksa is another delicacy on the Sarawak Food Trail that you must indulge while you are in Kuching. The dish is so versatile that it can be eaten for lunch, dinner or even breakfast!
Once called the “Breakfast of Gods” by the late Anthony Bourdain, the dish is made up of rice vermicelli, shredded omelette, cooked prawns and strips of chicken in an aromatic broth.
#3. Beef Noodle
Quite similar to Kolo Mee, beef noodle as the name suggests is a combination of springy noodles with beef slices. The broth (normally beef enhanced) are used to cook the noodles and that gives it a fuller and richer taste.
Normally, it can be found at any hawker centre and most of them will include various part of the cow, including the innards, but no worries, if you don’t want it in your meal, just let them know.
#4. Kueh Chap
Consists of flat rice noodles (knows as Kueh) in a pork stew, Kueh Chap is another popular delicacy in Kuching.
The mixture may seem weird and a little off-putting to some, one sip of the flavourful broth is all you need to fall in love with this rustic delicacy. This hearty dish consists of flat rice noodles in a rich, herbal-based broth containing various different pieces of pork, including stomach, intestine and skin.
#5. Tomato Crispy Mee
Another unique dish that can only be found in Sarawak, The dish can be said quite similar to the Cantonese Fried Noodles with its thickened sauce poured over pre-fried noodles.
The Tomato Crispy Mee, however, is a lighter variant with its tangy tomato flavour.
While some versions of the dish can be a little pricey (especially if it’s topped with squid and other types of seafood), crispy tomato mee is generally an affordable option that is sure to satiate your cravings!
#6. Kampua Mee
Kampua Mee is the Foochow community speciality and it is famous in Sibu and Bintulu.
Typically, the dish is quite similar to Kolok Mee but with a different variant of noodles.
The noodles are poached in water, drained and then tossed in shallot oil and soy sauce. The ingredients of the dish are quite simple and typically will be served with chilli sauce that is unique to various hawkers.
#7. Cha Kueh
Cha Kueh is a Sarawakian Chinese fried rice cake dish and it is made from rice starch and shredded turnip. These rice cake will be fried with preserved radish, soy sauce and eggs.
In Sarawak, there are two variants of Cha Kueh – salty and sweet.
The salty version is fried with eggs and a bit of salt to taste while the sweet version will include sweet soy sauce and preserved turnip to add texture, aroma and enhance the sweet taste.
#8. Belacan Bee Hoon
A local speciality, Belacan Bee Hoon is a rice vermicelli dish served with a shrimp-paste based gravy and topped with century eggs, strips of cucumber and slices of cuttlefish.
This unique delicacy found in many Kuching hawker centres consists of a flavourful shrimp-based broth, springy rice vermicelli, sliced cucumber, and cuttlefish slices.