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Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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KUCHING : Dining & Entertainment



Kuching has a great deal to offer the adventurous gourmet. As well as typical Malaysian and Western fare, there is a whole range of local delicacies worth trying. At the last count there were more than a thousand food outlets in Kuching. As we can barely scratch the surface in this guide, we have generally focused on popular, well known and centrally located outlets. We strongly recommend that visitors who have a little time get out and about in Kuching?s suburbs and make their own dining discoveries.





Coffee-shops with their attendant food-stalls are dotted all over town. Some of the most interesting and traditional ones are found around Jln Carpenter, Main Bazaar and Padungan Road, The coffee shops on Lebuh Temple are conveniently located near the budget hotels on Jalan Green Hill, and serve a wide selection of dishes, including good roasted chicken rice (Green Hill Caf?. At lunchtimes, many coffee shops serve economy rice, mixed rice, fast food or nasi campur. These are four different names for the same dish - a plate of rice with portions of meat, fish, curry and vegetables selected from the delicacies on display. Cheap (RM 3-5), delicious and very filling.




These are the most popular eating places amongst locals. There is always a wide selection of value-for-money stalls and you can select food from as many as you like. If you are not familiar with a dish, just be adventurous and try it. Nine times out of ten you will be delighted, and if you don?t like it, nobody will be offended.

  • Chinese Food Centre, Jln Carpenter (opposite temple). A wide range of Chinese food stalls. One sells excellent fish balls (afternoons only), while another sells superb fish and prawn soup from late afternoon until late at night.

  • Kubah Ria (across river near suspension bridge). A bit difficult to get to unless you have transport. If you can make it, try the delicious Sup Kambing (mutton soup) at Doreen Abdullah?s, served with noodles, rice or crusty French bread.

  • Medan Pelita Food Court, Basement of Star car park complex, Temple St/Wayang St. Air conditioned food court with stalls selling the full spectrum of hawker favourites. Convenient location near Main Bazaar.

  • Open Air Market, (near Electra House) Jln Market. Oddly named, as the whole area is covered. A wide selection of Chinese and Malay food stalls. Some very reasonably priced seafood and noodle stalls operate late into the evening. Famous for beef noodles, rice porridge and fresh soya bean milk.

  • Petanak Central Market, Jln Petanak, above the central wet market. Head here early in the morning to soak up the previous night?s liquid refreshment. Light snacks, full seafood indulgences, it?s all here. While the night-owls tuck in and attempt to stay awake, the market comes alive and a new day begins. Take a taxi - but check with the driver first as the market may be closing for renovation sometime during 2007.

  • Sarawak Plaza Food Court (next to Holiday Inn). Good selection of Malay, Chinese, Japanese and Western food stalls in the basement of this busy shopping centre. 10 am to 10 pm.

  • Satok Bridge, on river front below Satok bridge (any Petra Jaya bus or take a taxi). Excellent barbecued chicken and seafood.

  • Satok Road, left side of road heading out of town. Lots of Malay food stalls - busiest during the Weekend Market. Evenings only.

  • Saujana Food Centre (5th floor of the car park near the Mosque). Take the lift to reach the food centre. Mostly Malay cooking with some stalls selling seafood.

  • Top Spot Food Court, Jln Bukit Mata Kuching. A wide range of food stalls set in landscaped surroundings on the breezy top floor of a car park. Choices include Malay curries, Malay and Chinese seafood, claypot dishes, satay and even steaks. Unusual and very popular.

  • Tun Jugah, Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman. Modern food court on the 2nd floor, with a good choice of food including a selection of Chinese dishes and Malay hawker-stall favourites.




Kuching has a huge selection of Chinese food outlets, from simple noodle stalls to full-blown banqueting palaces. Many of them feature regular food promotions.


All major hotels serve continental cuisine, usually in their coffee houses. Diners have a choice of a la carte or all-you-can-eat buffets. Most also feature high tea buffets on Saturdays or Sundays. Look out for food promotions advertised in the local press. Some coffee shops and food centres have stalls selling Western food. Continental or American Breakfast is normally served in hotel restaurants (and Nori 10 Caf?on Jln Ban Hock), but most Chinese coffee shops will serve eggs with toast and jam or honey if you ask for them.


It is not easy to find authentic Indian food in Kuching. Many of Kuching?s "Indian" restaurants actually serve a mixture of Indian and Malay food. Saying that, there are a few places well worth trying.


Malay food served in Sarawak is generally not as spicy as that served in Peninsular Malaysia. If you like your food really spicy, just ask for extra chilli. There are not many Malay food outlets in the city centre, but adventurous gourmets can take a taxi or white minibus to the Jln Semariang - Jln Santubong area of Petra Jaya, where there are literally dozens of small family-run Malay restaurants, mostly operating from their own homes (evenings only).





Sarawak laksa, a spicy noodle dish laced with beansprouts, shredded chicken and prawns in coconut gravy, is the great Borneo breakfast, and can be found in many coffee shops. Everyone in Kuching has their favourite laksa stall - some of the best in the city centre are Kapit Cafeteria (below Kapit Hotel), Chong Choon (Abell Rd, opp. Maybank), and Choon Hui (Ban Hock Rd.). Umei, a spicy salad of raw marinated fish, limes and shallots, is the traditional dish of the Melanau people, and is often found in hotel buffets or Malay food stalls. Local vegetables are served widely, particularly the two types of crispy jungle fern, midin and paku. Good local venison (ask for deer meat) is available from some Chinese restaurants. Pansoh Manok (Chicken cooked in bamboo) is a great Bidayuh and Iban delicacy, and can be found at Aroma Caf? the Cottage and Nori 10 Caf?




Kuching has superb seafood. One treat that should not be missed is steamed pomfret or manchong fish. Assam prawns, sambal prawns and slipper or rock lobster (bax) are other local favourites. One dish that you are unlikely to find elsewhere is ambal (bamboo clam), which is usually cooked as a mild dry curry or steamed in Chinese wine. Unusual appearance (looks like a worm in a bamboo shell!) but tastes superb.




A local favourite - an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet which you cook yourself in an enormous, gas-heated stewing pot bubbling and sizzling in the middle of your table. If you have never tried before, the staff will show you how it?s done. Very Malaysian, excellent value (RM 15-30 per person) and great fun.




If you?re a strict vegetarian, be careful when ordering vegetable dishes in non-vegetarian outlets - dried prawns, belacan (shrimp paste), shredded chicken, etc., are often used in vegetable dishes. Most cook-to-order restaurants can prepare vegetarian dishes on request.




Kuching has entertainment and nightlife to suit most tastes. As this guidebook has been produced with tourists in mind, we have not included places that concentrate on lavish business entertainment or where female visitors would feel uncomfortable. Socialising in Kuching is also done in restaurants and coffee shops. Normal pubs usually charge around RM 8 for a beer and close around 1-2 am.


Live music pubs, hotel bars, plush karaoke lounges and trendier bars are usually RM 10 upwards, and are open later. Most places have "happy hours," with discounts or 2- for-1 offers. The main city-centre areas to find pubs and bars are in and around Taman Sri Sarawak (across from Hilton), Padungan Road, the Travillion Mall ( Jln Petanak), the Riverbank Suites (facing the river opposite Crowne Plaza) and Jalan Bukit Mata. The listings below are only a small selection of city centre pubs and bars - the inquisitive will make their own discoveries.

KUCHING : Dining & Entertainment