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What to eat in Kuching, Where to eat in Kuching, is my personal listing about food in Kuching as I hope this will help tourist (and maybe locals) find good places to eat local dishes.

As you may know, Kuching has a lot of great food, but there’s always an instance where these eating spots close, and hence leaving my article outdated.

That said, I decided to create one listing (article) to have everything, from popular local dishes, to what locals love to eat, with the listing also putting down when and where you can find them.

Kuching Food Tour

Before that, if you don’t want to trouble yourself, consider booking a food tour because they also can bring you to enjoy some great food in Kuching.  You can also learn how to cook local Dayak dishes as well.

Links for both are below.

What to eat in Kuching

Before you proceed to see the dishes and where you can feast, mind you that Kuching is huge, and most of the places may be located on different sides of town.

That said, consider renting a car in Kuching to ease your exploration.

Renting a car can be done using the link below and it will definitely help you in your quest to seek delicious eats in this city.

Now that we have gotten some suggestions out of the way, let me clarify a few things about this post and what each description means.

  1. This post is divided into four main sections; Kuching local food favourites, Local Kuching deserts, West Malaysian food, and Western food in Kuching
  2. About‘ tells you a bit about the dish and how to eat it.
  3. Time‘ will suggest when its easier to find the dish in Kuching if you don’t go to the recommended places, and
  4. Where to eat <insert food name> in Kuching‘ is where you can get a good and recommended serving of the dish.
  5. I use ‘*‘ to mark HALAL spots, if I am very sure it’s of such status. Places that serve no pork and I am not sure of their halal certifications will not be marked.

Mind you that the listing below doesn’t show all locations, but where the dish is popularly consumed/ordered among locals.

With that, read on to see and find out where you can get the best bites in Kuching.

Kuching local food favourites

These are dishes locals love and under each dish listed is where you can likely find it best served. Do bear in mind that taste is subjective, so the location recommendations are based on general consensus.

Sarawak Laksa / Laksa Sarawak

Kuching food tour
Laksa Sarawak is a popular choice for breakfast. – Photo by Cyril Dason

Kolo Mee / Kolok Mee / Mi Kolok

Tomato Crispy Mee

Kueh Chap

Mixed with a lot of spare parts, Kueh Chap is not for everyone.
  • About: Pork innards, tofu and ‘kuey’ mixed with a special soy sauce broth. Usually served with chillies at the sides. There’s no need to mix the chilly in the dish as the chilly sauce is usually just for dipping meat. Strictly non-halal.
  • Time: Morning
  • Where to eat Kolok Mee in Kuching:

Beef Noodles

Belacan Bee Hoon

Mixed pork Soup

  • About: Consist of pork innards and usually paired with vinegar flavoured kolo mee. Served with Sarawak pepper and chillies dipped in soy sauce and vinegar which is usually used to dip the meat in, before consuming.
  • Time: Breakfast and lunch
  • Where to eat Mixed Pork Soup in Kuching:

Mee Soup

  • About: The soup version of Kolo Mee. It’s served with slices of red pork meat which makes it non-halal. Also comes with sliced chillies which is dipped in vinegar. Some like to mix the chillies and vinegar in the soup. Others don’t. The one in the photo above is non-halal. In Muslim eateries, Mee soup usually uses yellow mee instead, which changes the flavour entirely.
  • Time: All day
  • Where to eat Mee Soup in Kuching: Most stalls selling Kolo Mee will also serve Mee Soup.

Kiaw soup / Wantan soup

  • About: Soup with wantan. Also comes with sliced chillies which is dipped in vinegar. Some like to mix the chillies and vinegar in the soup. Others don’t. Likely to be non-halal.
  • Time: All day
  • Where to eat Wantan soup in Kuching: Most shops/stalls selling kolo mee also serve wantan soup and do it well.  nonetheless, you do need to ask the cook/seller if they do offer this dish.

Ayam Pansuh

Pork Pansuh

Kampua Mee

  • About: Kampua Mee is a dry noodle dish with Foochow origins, and is even lighter and drier than kolo mee. There’s the white and black version. The white version uses pork lard, and the white version uses say sauce.  It usually comes with chilli sauce which you can either use to mix with the noodles or opt not too. The original kampua mee is non-halal.
  • Time: All day
  • Where to eat Kampua Mee in Kuching:

Dabai Fried Rice

  • About: Fried rice with Dabai (a local fruit) as paste and main ingredient.
  • Time: All day
  • Where to eat Dabai Fried Rice in Kuching:

Sea cucumber soup

  • About: A soup with sea cucumber, egg and starch. Usually served with black vinegar which is mixed together.
  • Time: Dinner/Evening
  • Where to eat Sea cucumber soup in Kuching:

Crab cooked in salted egg / sweet sour sauce

Muara Tebas Seafood sweet sour crab
Muara Tebas Seafood sweet sour crab
  • About: Mud crabs in Kuching have a variety of cooking ways and they are very popular among locals.
  • Time: Dinner/Night
  • Where to eat Crab in Kuching:

Midin Belacan

Midin belacan – KuchingBorneo.info
  • About: Stir fried local fern in shrimp paste (belacan) which is very popular among locals an tourist.
  • Time: Evening/Dinner
  • Where to eat Midin Belacan in Kuching:

Tempoyak Fish

  • About: A local Dayak dish with fish served in fermented durian soup.
  • Time: Evenings/Dinner
  • Where to eat Tempoyak fish in Kuching:

Ambal Curry

  • About: Bamboo clamps cooked in thick curry. It’s not too spicy but taste great with white rice.
  • Time: Dinner/Evening
  • Where to eat ambal curry in Kuching:

Sago Linut

  • About: Sago that’s cooked and eaten with soup.
  • Time: Dinner
  • Where to eat Sago Linut in Kuching:

Mee Sua

  • About: To be updated
  • Time: All day
  • Where to eat Mee Sua in Kuching:
    • To be updated

Mee Jawa

  • About: To be updated
  • Time: Morning
  • Where to eat Mee Jawa in Kuching:
    • To be updated

Oyster Omelette

Yam Basket

Prawn Umai / Fish Umai

  • About: A popular Melanau dish which consist of fresh fish/prawn that’s served with a lot of onions and garlic.
  • Time: Evening
  • Where to eat Umai in Kuching:

Local Kuching deserts & drinks

For local Kuching desserts and drinks, What to eat in Kuching, Where to eat in Kuching list here will list where locals get their treat.

White lady / ABC / Cendol

White Lady, a popular desert in Kuching – Photo by Cyril Dason

Rojak Kuching / Rojak Buah / Sotong Kangkung

Kek Lapis Sarawak

Gula Apong ice-cream

  • About: Ice cream that’s mixed with Gula Apong and preferred condiments like nuts, cornflakes and sometimes chocolate rice.
  • Time: All day
  • Where to find Gula Apong ice cream in Kuching :

Teh C peng special / 3 layer tea

  • About: Got its name due to its multiple layers. Needs to be mixed properly before consumed. Usually, the bottom layer is made of Gula Apong, while the other two will consist of tea and evaporated milk with ice in between.
  • Time: All day
  • Where to drink Teh C Peng Special in Kuching : Most local eateries serve this drink perfectly in Kuching.

West Malaysian food

Here’s a list of popular West Malaysian food which are found in Kuching. Mind you that the listing doesn’t show all locations, but where the dish is popularly consumed/ordered among locals.

Bak Kut Teh

Nasi Kandar

Western food in Kuching

Pork burger

  • About: Burger with locally made pork patty. Usually sold by small stalls in a food court, or road side stall.
  • Time: Night
  • Where to eat Pork burger in Kuching:
    • Open Air market

Beef burger

One of the burgers at Cats Pyjamasa
One of the burgers at Cats Pyjamas. Look at the size of the patty!
  • About: Burger with locally made beef patty. Usually sold by small stalls in a food court, or road side stall.
  • Time: Evening
  • Where to eat beef burgers in Kuching in Kuching:

Pizzas

  • About: Pizza places listed here are only local pizza stalls or stores that offer a wide variety of pizzas.  The listing does not include chain pizza restaurants such as Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Pezzo.
  • Time: All day
  • Where to eat pizza in Kuching in Kuching:

More about Kuching

If you want to know more about Kuching, the links below will likely be helpful

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