It’s all about Sarawak Laksa

Wish I am back to my hometown Kuching.

I could perhaps be eating Sarawak Laksa, sitting at the next table to celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

Sarawak Laksa made it to Anthony Bourdain’s 12 Must-Try Street (Hawker) Food.

– article by Hungry Go Where, The Malaysia Insider



KUCHING: Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is in town. He bought everyone breakfast, again at Choon Hui Kopitiam, on Friday, May 29, 2015.



Street food, I believe, is the salvation of the human race.
– Anthony Bourdain

All sorts of Laksa


Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup in the Peranakan cuisine, which is a combination of Chinese and Malay cuisine.  It can be found in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

Mouth watering in all shades of orange.

Sarawak Laksa

Sarawak Laksa

Singapore Laksa

Singapore Laksa

Vegetarian Laksa

Vegetarian Laksa

Curry Laksa

Curry Laksa

Time for another multi-photo challenge!
Wow us with punchy pops of orange.

via Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?.

Sarawak Laksa made it to Anthony Bourdain’s 12 Must-Try Street (Hawker) Food

In 2012, the Sarawak Tourism Board in its blog polls concerning top 10 iconic foods of Sarawak, Sarawak Laksa comfortably ranked no.1 and followed by Kolo Mee.

Sarawak Laksa

Sarawak Laksa

The below write up is an extract from

“Street food, I believe, is the salvation of the human race.”

So proclaimed Anthony Bourdain, passionate street food advocate and consumer, at the inaugural World Street Food Congress in Singapore.

Held in the Southeast Asian street food Mecca, the WSFC featured extensive panels and discussions about international street food culture, from the USA’s food trucks to Singapore’s own prolific “hawker” centers, and a 10-day “Jamboree” of 37 street food vendors from around the world serving up their respective regional specialties.

“Street food makes travel interesting,” Bourdain explained. “It’s very easy to travel around the world and look out the window and not know where you are. You see the same businesses. Go to the best restaurant in town in Houston, New York, or Berlin, and they’re not going to be that different. That’s not the case with street food. In Mexico, you’ll know if you’re in Puebla or Mexico City—you’ll smell, see, and taste the difference.”

Indeed, here are a dozen must-try street foods that offer us a truly unique, local flavor.

More about Sarawak Laksa and other hawker food

Click here for Stephylicious recipe on Sarawak Laksa

Malaysians are foodies – check out other Malaysian hawker food here

Sarawak Laksa – De factor State dish of Sarawak

A hawker favourite, Kuching Kolo Mee

Foodie heaven – it seems all Malaysians are foodies

Returning to Kuching, the capital of Sarawak,  after staying at an Iban longhouse  (on the beautiful Batang Ai lake)  my driver tells me  ‘Go to stall number 25 at Topspot. That’s the one I always go to and I always have the wonderful  omelette with oysters.”A local radio station reporter introduces me to ‘the best laksa in China Street.’  We walk under  Harmony Arch on Jalan Carpenter where, directly opposite the Sang Ti Miao temple, is an unpretentious but very busy  Chinese hawker food hall. She is right! The laksa served there was wonderful and for the rest of my 8 weeks in East Malaysia it became the standard I used to compare various dishes of Sarawak Laksa.

via Foodie heaven – it seems all Malaysians are foodies.

I totally agreed with Travel Writer, Heather Hapeta that all Malaysians are foodies.  We just love food, be it cooking or eating.  Most of our eating places are opened till the wee hours of the early morning.  Most Malaysians have four meals a day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper.  It is amazing that we eat so much and yet obesity is not so common in Malaysia.  Nutritionist often said that eating “mini meals” every two to three hours, or four to six times per day  can lower cholesterol and promote weight loss although there isn’t much proof to back most of these claims.

Travel Writer is currently visiting my hometown and I love her stories and photographs of events and food around Kuching and Sarawak in general.  In Malaysia, we love to eat in hawker stalls that serve the most authentic local dishes that both locals and tourists enjoy.  (Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak, a state in East Malaysia.)

Here are some (only some) photos of our authentic hawker dishes.


Sarawak Laksa


Kolo Mee

kolo kueh tiaw

Mee Goreng


Sibu Heh (Prawn) Mee

Ang Ku Kuih

Cha Kuih (Fried Carrot Cake)


Kuih Salad


Bidin (Wild Ferns)

Sarawak Rojak


Homemade Toufu (this is not a hawker food), a signature dish of Sarawak Club Restaurant


Belacan Beehoon




kuih chap


Cha Taugeh Kuih Tiaw (Fried Rice Noodles with Beansprouts)


Tomato Mee


Oyster Omelette

 Photo credits from various sources, self, facebook friends or Kuching food critics page contributors.