Food We Like

When you and your friends decide to go out for a meal. ever notice that there is usually an argument first about what and where to eat. Everybody will suggest their favourite place, even if you have all decided to eat something as simple as Beehoon belachan.

Saraw akians are lucky as them are so many kinds of food to choose from and the prices are very reasonable.

Our local delicacies, such as Laksa or clam noodles are as popular or maybe more so than fast-food chains selling burgers and fried chicken. Hawkers here sell cheap food and are generally very hygienic, besides being nutritious.

Teenager Vincent Chong decided to find out what kinds of food some of his peers preferred and where they went for it. He then had a very .filling and fun time sampling some of the food and gave the 'thumbsup' to the recommendations.

In his words: Kuching's rich culture and heritage has brought about a very rich cuisine. All are best enjoyed at openair food stalls, by the river, streetside, in shopping areas or at stalls ingeniously placed on top of multistorey car parks. These stalls provide dining at prices so low that eating out is one of the great pleasures for Kuchingites.

Ever had the special 'Stewed Chicken Feet' at the huge 'open-air' food court in King's Centre. The stall, located at the back portion of the food court, is only open at night. Or how about 'Roti Canai' or 'Duck Rice' in Thompson's Corner in Tabuan Jaya or 'Sarawak Laksa' and 'Kolo Mee' in Chinatown Cafe also in Tabuan Jaya. Some swear by the 'Popiah' and 'Sarawak Laksa' stalls in the Chong Choon Cafe in Padungan, just opposite MayBank and the Eon Bank.

If you are interested in cheap fast food (the local version ie. rice and various meats and vegetables), why not eat at the Chua Joo Cafe' in Jalan Tong Wei Tah. It is tucked away in an old corner shoplot near Eastmoore Cafe in Rock Road.

Those who are interested in hot and spicy food might like to try the 'Nasi Padang' offered by 'Minangkabau' in Chan Chin Ann Road. It is near the Pizza Hut, right smack in the city centre. And the good noodle places are just too many to mention.

But everybody in Kuching will have their own opinion for where to get the best Sarawak Laksa, Foochow Fried Noodles, Foochow 'Kong Pia', Sarawak Kolo Mee, Kuchingstyle Salad Chicken Rice and other types of hawker food.

Karen Beverly ak Seem, 16, says: "The best noodle dish is the one and only Sarawak Laksa. The king of noodles is undoubtedly Sarawak's most famous breakfast dish. Consisting of noodles, bean sprouts, julienne chicken and eggs and prawns in a spicy coconut curry gravy, it is just the thing to start your day of adventure." Karen recommends the laksa sold at 'Garden Laksa', a stall which is located at the Golden Arch Shopping Mall in 3rd Mile. The food is really hot and spicy, and topped with big fresh prawns. It's about RM4 a bowl. In Karen's opinion, it's really worth it because of its big, juicy prawns. The owner of this stall, Mdm. Lau, has been selling laksa for more than 10 years and is cooked according to her own special recipe. She operates her stall from as early as 6.30 a.m. and closes shop at 1.00 p.m.

Kimberly Ling, 13, recommends the stall named 'Lin's Foochow Delicious' which is located at the back portion of Siang Siang Coffeehouse, King's Centre. The stall sells 'Jau Chai Beehoon', a Foochow dish. The savoury dish consists of white rice noodles served in soup consisting of preserved vegetables, meat and other ingredients. "It is a must-visit stall," she says. She describes the food there as 'simply tasty' and 'so yummy'. .

If you like trying new things, then visit the stall. The stall's owner, Mr. Kiew Chiong Yiing, 39, said that he has been in this line for more than a year and is using his own special recipe. He operates his stall from 7.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. The price is quite reasonable, about RM3 per bowl.

Michele ak. Udah, 16 and Jessie Bong, 14 prefer 'Kolo Mee', the locals' perennial favourite. 'Kolo' means 'dry' in Hokkien. The noodle is dipped into hot and cold water alternately and then, tossed into a bowl of special sauce, minced pork or chicken. It is garnished with slices of 'char siew', finelychopped spring onions and vegetables.

Michele likes the 'Kolo Mee' prepared by the stall in City Cafe' (21C), Saberkas Shopping Complex. The stall is located on the Lower Ground Floor and the stallholder is Mdm. Alice Yeo. She has been in this business for about 2 years. Her parents were formerly 'Kolo Mee' cooks and that's where she learnt her special recipe. She operates her stall from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. She is in the food business because she is interested in what she is doing and not so much for the profit. Michele . describes the 'Kolo Mee' as having a special taste probably due to the smooth texture of the mee and the delicious barbeque meat.

On the other hand, Jessie prefers the 'Kola Mee' of Hiang Mon Low Cafe', BDC. Mdm. Ong, the stallholder, has been in this business for about 8 years. With her: deft hands, she is able to produce the delicious bowls of mee very quickly, attracting the BDC residents, especially Jessie. Jessie states, "It's nice and has just enough flavour!"

Certain food or dishes may not be to everyone's taste. However, food is to be tried and enjoyed. If you have any information on any special food or dish that is worth sharing, please feel free to contact me at Vincentcyf@hotmail.com.