Sunday, June 26, 2011

Kuching - Food Food!


With the limited time available to scout around for local food at Kuching town, I only managed to enjoy Kolo Mee & Sarawak Laksa.. =p

At 12.30pm, most shops that sells Kolo Mee seems to have sold out their supply.
Found this shop selling Kolo Mee in of the kopitiams along Jalan Padungan (road behind Jalan Abell).

My first Kolo Mee in Meow-Land @ RM 2.6o per bowl.
I find it quite similar to Hakka Mee except that this style has more fried onion's smell.

Ok, so Kuching is in Malaysia and Malaysians don't have to worry about the supply of food at any given time of the day.. Well, I was wrong. At 5.30pm, it was quite challenging to find a place where they sell a variety of food. There are a few shops that sells chicken / pork rice..but I am not in the mood to have that as my early dinner..In the end, settled for a Koay Teow Soup (which I don't bother to put up a picture here =p) coz I was STARVING!

After that, while walking around the Sarawak Riverfront, bought "Ramlee" Burgers for dinner/supper. That will last me till next morning before I satisfy my tastebud with the much awaited Sarawak Laksa.

The tour guide that drives me to Sarawak Cultural Village recommended me to try the Sarawak Laksa at Chong Choon Cafe. I was advised to be here before 11am, else no more Sarawak Laksa!!

The stall on the left! =)
Being a bit kiasu, I made sure I arrived at the stall by 9.30am for BREAKFAST! =)

Sarawak Laksa for breakfast.. quite yummy!
Can be compared to having Hokkien Mee / Penang Prawn Mee in the mornings..hehehehe
This bowl cost me RM 4/ bowl.

This bowl of Sarawak Laksa cost me RM 5/bowl.
Same stall, same place.
Difference? The size of the prawns @_@

Sambal with lime to accompany Sarawak Laksa... makes me salivating again as I reminisce. LOL!

The drinks at Chong Choon cafe came unsweetened. Sugar in a container (as per picture above) is available at each table. You add the sugar to your own drink, suiting your own taste buds.

Fried carrot cake at Chong Choon Cafe - I'll pass this one in my next trip =p

Fried Mee with bits of beef, Malay style. Something different - more sweet soya sauce taste.
Nothing to shout yummy about.

There are other stalls at Chong Choon Cafe - Porridge, Claypot Yee Mee & alaso a stall selling a variety of toast bread. I would say it's a good place to have breakfast if you stay around Abell Road/ Padungan Road =P

It's hot and I am thristy! Time for some cooling down session!!
Found this stall nearby Gambir Street - sells Chendol & Ice Kacang.

I asked for Ice Kacang.. but I was given Chendol? =p
Nevertheless, a welcoming drink while you're out walking under the hot sun.

I would definitely be back for more Sarawak Laksa and will look forward for more Sarawak "yums yums" next trip!

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Kuching - Sarawak Cultural Village


Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) tagline "Explore Sarawak in Half a Day" - So I've decided to pay them a visit while I'm at Kuching and since it's a short visit.. I think it's a good idea =p
Got to know that SCV is also the venue for the World Harvest Festival and Rainforest World Music Festival.

Registration Counter - RM 60/ entry for adults

A visitor sticker and "passport" given upon registration. Besides proving short information on the Sarawak culture/ ethnic groups, the passport will be stamped on each house visit by visitors.

The view of Mount Santubong greet me as I stepped through the entrance

Short dance & singing performance

Bridge to Bidayuh "Round" House.

Although on the info booklet it was stated at longhouse.. it's actually Circular in shape and the people inside the house told me this style is actually used for their people to hold meetings / keep the skulls of the dead..

Exterior of the Bidayuh "Round" House.

Inside the Bidayuh house, you'll get to see different types of carving materials, traditional clothings & music instruments on display.

Iban Longhouse - LOOOONNGGG INDEED!!!

I stood long enough watching her and I still can't seem to figure out how to do this! @_@

I like this!! I call it the "bird nest" cookie =p
It's crispy and sweet .. should have taken a close-up picture :p

Some of the things on display at Iban Longhouse

Penan Hut

Making of the "Sapeh" a traditional music instrument

Orang Ulu Tall House

Making of potato crackers

Making of "cucur"

A wooden Xylophone

Visitors at Orang Ulu Tall house were also treated to a dance performance with music played on Sapeh.
(Enjoy the video)

Melanau Tall House

I don't think I wanna have this kind of staircase at home.. a bit of a safety hazard issue :p

Some of the display items in Melanau Tall House

Malay House

Making of Kuih Bahulu

Making of Love Letter Biscuit

Chinese Farm House - most Chinese at Sarawak are either Hakka or Foochow descendant..


Pepper Blower..To get a a better grade pepper if not mistaken..

Pepper Thresher - To separate the pepper from the pepper vine

The simple way of extracting the bird nest.
Nest soaked in water, impurities will be separated manually by hand..

End of house tour, proceed to the hall for dance performance!

Opening Dance

Iban Ngajat Lesung Dance

Bidayuh Rejab Buluh dance (or something that sounds like that) =p

Guest performance by Ang Mo Kio Primary School, Singapore - Gypsy Rhapsody

Melanau Aru Aru Dance (I still didn't get to hear clearly when the emcee introduce each dance)

Melanau Aru Aru Dance -got bamboo dance!! I was hoping I could learn that =p

Orang Ulu Kamjet Melebu (again - not sure if it's the correct name..hahaha)

Sarawak Malay Community Zapin Selendang Dance

Performance ended with Joget Dance and guest are coaxed to grace the stage as well.. LOL..

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