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The Best Laksa in Kuching: Choon Hui Cafe

Kuching City is renowned for its Sarawak laksa – a popular dish of vermicelli noodle, drenched in a bowl of aromatic spicy soup base simmered of prawn heads, sambal belacan, coconut milk, herbs and spices.

Situated at Jalan Ban Hock, Choon Hui Cafe is an old-school coffee shop serving one of the best laksa’s in Kuching! It is usually fully-packed during breakfast time. Do come early if you don’t wanna wait. Otherwise though, you can get a seat in around 20-30 minutes, if you’re lucky :)

Crowd at Choon Hui Cafe
Jam-packed coffee shop with the by-standers waiting for their turn to the limited seats available.

Kuching Kolo Mee
Choon Hui Cafe serves Kolo Mee…

Bla Bla Bla Restaurant in Kuching

Lonely Planet described the Bla Bla Bla Restaurant as “One of Borneo’s most stylish restaurants. Expect tasty fusion food in a cool/indoor dining area that you access by traversing stepping stones across a carp pool under the watchful eye of a Buddha…”

Tucked in the middle of the busy streets just before the Jalan Tabuan – Jalan Bang Hock roundabout, Kuching’s Bla Bla Bla Restaurant is the place to go for a out-of-the-ordinary dinner.

Bla Bla Bla Restaurant, Kuching
Bla Bla Bla is recommended by many Kuching locals as well as patrons alike.

Sneak Preview of what's offered on the inside
A little sneak preview of what’s inside the restaurant. The cushion pillows and huggables makes you feel like home.

Ngau Kee Beef Noodle at Tengkat Tong Shin, KL

When I first knew about this hidden treasure of Kuala Lumpur, I was still in college, and it was Adrian Lee who first brought me here. I must say the taste made me fell in love with it the instance I took the first bite.

This is the best and the most authentic beef noodle I had ever tried. I’ve tried beef noodles from Sibu, to Kuching, and all the way to Penang. I’m not sure about you, but this is the one I reckon that is the beefiest of them all!

Ngau Kee Beef Noodle at Tengkat Tong Shin, Kuala Lumpur
Located at a five-foot way along Tengkat Tong Shin, the street behind Jalan Kejora (formerly known as Jalan Alor). So famous it is, it doesn’t even have a proper premise!

Uncle Dom Cafe, Sibu

Uncle Dom Cafe is the latest modern, franchise-style, Ipoh-kopitiam-themed outlet to be mushroomed in Sibu town. Of course, they don’t just serve Ipoh white coffee, they serve a fusion of Western and Eastern breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What’s great about this place is its very vintage and originally Sibu’s design and decor. You can find lots of old photos of Sibu town as the wallpaper and wall photos.

Uncle Dom Cafe banner. Look at their logo.
When you look at the mascot. What comes into your mind?

Kuching Open Air Food Court

Read also: The Best Laksa in Kuching: Choon Hui Cafe

After that long, 8 hours journey from Sibu, the first thing that comes to our mind once we’ve reached Kuching City is FOOD! We’ve yet to take any solid meals since we left early in the morning at 6 a.m. I’m nursing a sorethroat and any hot, deep fried finger food at the rest stop is prohibited by Mary.

It’s freaking hot and humid here in Kuching, a scorching 38 degree celcius sunshine is burning our skin off. Sitting under the lowly covered zinc roof food court isn’t such a good idea, but the food must be good enough to be able to lure us here! Many thanks to Mary’s brother-in-law, Francis, for bringing us around Kuching to hunt for their best foods.

Kuching Open Air Food Court
Kuching Open Air Food Court. Not the orange concrete building.

Kuching Open Air Food Court
Another stretch of the food court, which only opens at night.

Inside the Food court
Inside the food court. The ceiling is made of the old asbestos board and the roof structures made of wood, which is abundant in the timberland of Borneo.

Kuching Famous Sio Bee
The famous Sin Kwang Heng Kuching open air market Sio Bee (Siu Mai – 烧卖). So famous it’s even being “exported” to Miri! But you gotta try the fresh ones here.

Kuching Laksa
Laksa. Although I’m nursing a sorethroat, but die die I’ve to order laksa, because I’m in Kuching! They said Kuching laksa’s the best in the whole of Sarawak. But, I have other ideas, I would say Miri has the best laksa – and it’s at Jalan Krokop 10 just beside the Krokop Wet Market.

We also went to the place where they serve the best Laksa in Kuching at 3rd Mile, Golden Arch. Also, disappointingly, not as good as Miri’s.

Kuching Kolo Mee
Kolo Mee. This is the best kolo mee I’ve had for years. They “saturate” the noodle with their “Char Siew” (BBQ) oil, which brings about the addictive aromatic fragrance to their kolo mee. Although it’s a bit too oily and certainly not good for the health conscious bunch.

Kuching Rojak
Kuching Rojak. I know this is not the best rojak in Kuching. Nevermind that, cause Bintangor has the best Rojak in Sarawak.

5-flavor soup
Nothing beats this cool and refreshing 五味汤 (5-flavor syrup) on a hot sunny day. It’s a mixture of 5 (sometimes 6) different Chinese herbs in a sweet syrup with a scoop of blended ice on top. Perfectly cooled me down after a bowl of hot laksa.

Bb had her favorite ABC.

This concludes my first day in Kuching City. Stay tuned for more stories from the Cat City!

Sibu’s Famous Diang Miang Ngu

Apart from its kampua and kompia, there’s another thing Sibu is famous for, the Diang Miang Ngu. Specifically, it’s Chop Hing Huong’s Dian Bian Hu.

“Diang Miang Ngu”(鼎边糊, similar to Taiwan’s 鼎边銼)- a savoury soup is available at many stalls as a late night supper. A popular joint is in an alleyway by Jalan Blacksmith.

– Wikipedia

Mary’s in town and she had been wanting to taste the Diang Miang Ngu for quite some time now, we both headed downtown to hunt for the classic food of Sibu.

Chop Hing Huong
This is Chop Hing Huong. I think it’s over 50 years old. Who can give me an exact age of how old this business is? Not many people know its name, but most people will refer it to as the “Little Alleyway’s Diang Miang Ngu shop”.

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