Why take the word of a Kuchingite living in KL? I don’t actually live in Kuching, and I wasn’t exactly born there. BUT i was brought up in Kuching and my family still lives there. I fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching every few months just to make sure i get my Sarawakian food fix.
And every time i go back to Kuching, there are always these few number of places that I MUST visit every single time i’m back. I would love to recommend other sights and places to go in Kuching, but honestly the best thing to do in Kuching is eat! So here it is! Here are some of the usual places that i go to whenever i’m back.
TOP SPOT FOOD COURT
This ain’t no ordinary food court. Top Spot is specifically a seafood food court that is almost always full! Not only is the seafood there fresh, prices are really cheap too! Imagine feeding a family of 8 under RM200- and i mean with crabs, prawns fish and all that!
Tip: Best time to go there would be at 6pm for an early dinner. And try their tebu lemon- it’s the BOMB!
CHONG CHOON CAFE
One of the best place to have your breakfast. I remembered when they were still a small coffee shop in a shop lot- they’ve now relocated to a bigger space, but now seats are hard to get! Be ready to hover over people and wait till people as they’re constantly full. Expect to have some awesome roti bakar, laksa sarawak, and some other old school signature Sarawakian breakfast meals.
Tip: Go there as early as 8am, to better your chances of getting seats and food too!
SWEE KANG AIS KACANG
Chong Choon for breakfast, Swee Kang for tea time! One of my personal favourite is the White Lady- a sweet sour combination of various jellies and fruits! Have it with some Cha Kueh and Cucur Udang and you won’t regret it!
Tip: Try out their Beehoon Belacan too!
DP ICE CREAM GULA APONG
One of the must have dessert while i’m in Kuching! I heard they have one in Klang Valley as well, but not as good. I personally have never tried the one in Klang Valley but this DP Ice cream in Kuching is da bomb!
Tip: It’s located in a super small shop lot in the heart of Kuching city. Best to park at the side of the road, grab and eat on the go!
One of the best laksa in my humble opinion. The sauce (kuah) is much thicker compared to other places- same people dislike it, some people love it, it really boils down to personal preference. But their prawns are super fresh!
Tip: Order the special and get bigger juicier prawns!
There are a few branches around Kuching, but i usually go to the one in Matang near my house. It’s an alternative to Swee kang and serve almost the same drinks and tea time snacks such as cucur udang, rojak buah and beehoon belacan.
Tip: Don’t go to the one near Green Road, tried it and it sucks!
Here, you’ll also find an array of seafood stalls that serve some of the freshest seafood! The stall that we usually go too is Ing Chai Seafood. We like coming here sometimes when we don’t feel like eating at a crowded and noisy place. I think it’s one of the best seafood place especially when you have young kids, it’s less busy and less crowded.
Tip: Order the Kedondong Asam Boi.. omg! you won’t regret it! It depends on season too, so when you have the chance, grab it!
For those of you looking to go to Kuching, you can get your Cheap flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching on the Traveloka site! Rainforest Festival- one of the biggest fest every year in Kuching will also be happening soon, so it’s a great time to book your flights, go to the fest and eat eat eat!
If you have any other suggestions on great food places to visit, let me know in the comment section below! I need to explore new great places in Kuching!