The Good Food of Kuching, Part One

When Kuching is mentioned, most foodie would associate it with Kolok mee and Sarawak laksa. In Malay, “Kuching” means “cat”, therefore Kuching is always being called as The City of Cats. Aside from the name, we found that the sky here is amazingly bright and blue, with interesting clouds formation hovering above.


As this was our first time stepping on the Borneo land, we were lucky enough to have Danny to bring us around. He was kind enough to purposely fly back from Singapore to meet up with us and bring us to various places around Kuching and Santubong. But inside my mind, all I could think was just about food, food, and food. Honestly, I made a list of food that I wish to try out in Kuching, which includes:

  • Sarawak laksa
  • Kolo/kolok mee
  • Mi sapi
  • Manok pansoh (chicken cooked in bamboo)
  • Nasik aruk (oil-less fried rice)
  • Mi tomato

Out of the 6, I managed to try half of them. Quite an achievement-lah, right? 🙂



Behold, the legendary kolo mee of Sarawak! Unbeknownst to us, Danny brought us to one of the oldest place serving kolo mee in Kuching (I’ve verified this info with Scott, another Kuching-bred lad) on that beautiful Saturday morning for breakfast. We left the ordering task to him and without have to wait long, bowls of glorious kolo mee were presented before us. At first glance, it looked like plain instant noodle topped with minced pork, barbequed pork slices and chopped scallions. We gave it a good toss and then only realized the secret to a good kolo mee lies in the lardy oil and the seasoning used. The texture of the noodle was nice – thin with a slight bite. The barbequed pork slices however, are too dry for my liking but the texture of the noodle made up for it. Seriously, good stuff here.


Another version of the kolo mee, added with barbequed pork marinade, hence the reddish hue of the noodle. I found this version is slightly sweeter than the original but still tastes good nonetheless.


Danny initially ordered plain kuey teow for a vegetarian friend of us, but then we were surprised when this came. Same condiments used but the noodle was substituted with kuey teow. Although slippery smooth, it has a thicker texture compared to Ipoh’s version. The use of barbequed pork marinade gave the noodle a very interesting colour.

I’m missing the kolo mee badly already. 😦

Sin Lian Shin
No. 182, Jalan Green,
91350 Kuching, Sarawak.
Phone: 082-240 726


17 thoughts on “The Good Food of Kuching, Part One

  1. Mmm… Love kolo mee and sarawak laksa. 😀
    They have a really strange local specialty noodle there tho – mi/ mihun belacan.
    (I didn’t like it…)

  2. @James, I prefer the original!

    @J, I think I missed that…. but then again, my friend didn’t tell us about that at the first place.

    @Claire, hahaha

  3. oh man.. i’d kill for that kolo mee right about now coz its breakfast time! somehow that sickly orange color of the charsiew really works on the kolo mee.. it doesn’t even seem out of place that the color is that unnatural;)

  4. lucky you, at least get to try a famous kolo mee. when i was in miri and asked about for a famous kolo mee recommendation from locals, the reply i got was ‘everywhere also got kolo mee, all taste the same one!!”

  5. @Neko-hime, Kuching is not that far 🙂

    @Cumicikay, heheehe, dint really pay attention to the char siew though.

    @SC, then you have to try this!

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  8. i just move to kl and i found its hard to find authentic kolo mee here. it used to become our breakfast in kuching..n my little daughters always say ‘mommy, we eat kolo mee??’ i miss uncle billy’s kolo mee badly! his kolo mee is so yumm. can try for his kolo mee at urat mata road tabuan jaya.

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