10 Foods You Must Eat When You Are in Sarawak

One of the most interesting places that MASWings would like you to visit is definitely Kuching, Sarawak. The city of Kuching is abundance with delicious foods that will definitely please your taste buds.

1. Sarawak KoloMee

kolok mee

kolok mee Kuching

If ever there wasa search for a signature dish for Kuching, it would be a one-horse race. There can be only one logical choice – KoloMee, the ubiquitous tossed noodle that has become so much part of the city folks’ life.The allure of this dish lies in its simplicity. Usually in a bowl of KoloMee we would expect a few things: Springy and oily noodles, minced meat, sliced roasted meat and vegetables. Sometimes you could also find special version with extra toppings such as prawns. It was between RM4-5 only.

2. Seafood

Seafood in Sarawak

One of the popular seafood in Sarawak

      Sarawak is alsofamous for its fresh seafood due to its geographical location near the sea. Sarawak offers great seafood at an unbelievable price. The places to go to enjoy great seafood are at the Bukit Mata Seafood Centre and the Rock Road Seafood Restaurant.

3. Fried Oyster Pancake

Fried Oyster Pancake seafood

Fried Oyster Pancake

Talking about seafood, the fried oyster pancake is one of the popular seafood dish in Sarawak not to be missed. It is pancake like and the oysters are concentrated in the center. This dish is usually served with light soya sauce with Sarawak’s most famous seasoning – pepper to dip in.

4. Sarawak Laksa

Laksa Sarawak

A Sarawak Specialty

When in Sarawak, do not miss the chance to try the delicious Sarawak Laksa. The dish is actually vermicelli in a thick soup made of spices, lots of seafood, chicken and sliced omelette. This specialty is best taken when it is still piping hot.

5. Tomato KuehTeow

Kuching Tomato Kueh Tiaw

Tomato Kueh Tiaw in Kuching

Stir-fried Tomato KuayTeowis a noodle dish popular in Sarawak, it is made out of rice noodles served with vegetables, chicken and seafood together with a generous amount of tomato based sauce. Similar to Wat Tan Hor Fun this dish is also saucy served with an array of vegetables and meat, The main difference is that the Sarawak version is a bit sweet with hints of tomato sauce.

6. Kompia

Sarawak Kompia

food made by the Foochow community in Sarawak

‘Kompia’ is a favourite bun synonymous with the Foochow community here in Sarawak dating back centuries ago. It is a delicacy made from flour, baked in an oven and eaten either with or without meat and a special gravy. However, it can be either in a crisp or soft version. Most people prefer it crispy.

7. Umai

Sarawak Umai

one of the raw food in Sarawak

This raw fish dish is unique to Sarawak and the Melanau people who live on the coast. The limes used here are tiny calamansi limes, which are lightly sweeter than regular lime. It is always served with roasted sago pearls – sago starch that has been mixed with coconut milk, rolled into balls and cooked.

8. Sago Worms

Sago Worms

Sago Worms

Sago worm is a delicacy among the indigenous Melanaupeople of Sarawak. The worms thrive on the fell trunks of the Sago palm. The worms are eaten live, or just fried. To eat live ones, hold one by its head, pop its wriggling body, tail first, into ones mouth, then bit at the tip of its head, jerk off its head, and throw away. Chew away! Its innards is creamy and tastes like rich creamy toffee; no eerie taste or smell as one would have imagined but full of protein.

9. 3 Layer Iced Milk Tea

Kuching 3 Layer Tea

3 layer tea Kuching

If you would order yourself a glass of milk tea any­where else in Malaysia, you will probably get a light-brown coloured glass of typical milk tea. However when you’re here in Sarawak, the milk tea comes in three layer, some even five. Its three layers are often made up of tea, evaporated milk and Gula Melaka (Palm sugar) syrup. Simple physics would explain how the different density of the three main ingredients float on top of each other.

10. Sarawak Kek Lapis

Kek Lapis Sarawak

A must buy food if you are going to Sarawak

Sarawak Kek Lapis (Sarawak Layer Cake) is one of the ‘art-food’ introduced by the old generation of Sarawak. It is not only delicious, but also pleasant to our sight with its multilayer colorful appearance. The cake can be baked in an oven or microwave. The batter is made of butter or vegetable oil, milk and eggs, and requires a strong arm or electric mixer to be properly prepared. The baked cake has a high, firm texture and the layers are fastened together with jam or a similarly sticky sweet ingredients.

What are you waiting for? Book your flight at www.maswings.com.my and fly with MASWings to Kuching to have a try on all the food above!

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    • Thank you, Alana! You’re doing a wonderful job as well!

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