ABOUT SARAWAK

SARAWAK – LAND OF THE HORNBILLS

Sarawak covers an area of 125,000 sq. km., and is the largest of Malaysia’s 13 states. It is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and is one of the two Malaysian states (the other being Sabah to the north) on the island of Borneo. We share this exotic and beautiful island with our neighbors Brunei and Kalimantan (Indonesia). Sarawak is known as ‘Bumi Kenyalang’ (in English, Land of the Hornbills). The Rhinoceros Hornbill is the official state bird of Sarawak and is featured on the State’s coat of arms.

KUCHING (‘CAT’ IN MALAY) THE CAPITAL CITY OF SARAWAK

Kuching is the capital of Sarawak. The Lonely Planet Guide describes Kuching: “Borneo’s most stylish and sophisticated city brings together a kaleidoscope of cultures, crafts, and cuisines. The bustling streets –some very modern, others with a colonial vibe –amply reward visitors with a penchant for aimless ambling.” We think the folks at the Lonely Planet Guide have nailed it! Home to over 26 ethnic groups, the residents of Kuching take great pride in their city; from our history and heritage to our wonderful and varied cuisine. Kuching’s residents are renowned for their hospitality and their good-naturedness. In its diversity there is unity, and this is why on 1st August 2015 Kuching was declared the world’s first ‘City of Unity’.

For more information on Kuching, including things to do and places to see, visit: www.sarawaktourism.com

HIGHLIGHTS OF KUCHING

TOP SPOT SEAFOOD CENTRE

Perfect place for seafood lovers. A wide variety of seafood stalls where you can order fresh seafood as well as Sarawak’s local delicacies.

ADDRESS
Jalan Bukit Mata Kuching off Jalan Padungan, Kuching, Sarawak 93100

SPECIALTIES
Asian cuisine, Halal cuisine, Seafood

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Sun: 5.00 pm – 1.00 am

CHOON HUI CAFÉ

A popular place for having local breakfast amongst the locals and tourists. Famous with Sarawak Laksa which is priced at RM6 for a small bowl, RM8 for a big bowl and RM10 for the special

ADDRESS
34, Ban Hock Road, 93100 Kuching Sarawak

SPECIALTIES
Sarawak Laksa, Kolo Mee, Popiah (Spring Roll), Boiled Egg, Toast

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Sun: 7.00 am – 11.00 am

SUNDAY MARKET

The market stalls offer a huge variety of local produce from snacks, local delicacies, fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, fresh fish, eggs, plants, pets, jungle produce to clothing, accessories, newspapers, toys, fashion items, local craft items, and souvenirs.

ADDRESS
Taman Foong Joon, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

SPECIALTIES
Local products, fresh raw food

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Sun: 10.00 am – 11.00 pm

SERIKIN WEEKEND MARKET

A popular weekend destination for locals and tourist – selling a wide range of merchandise includes fabrics, ornamental wood carving, rattan handicrafts, food and many more. The stalls are mostly operated by Indonesian Trader and local Bidayuh Community who resides in the nearby village which is Bau.

ADDRESS
Q509, Serikin, 94000 Bau, Sarawak

SPECIALTIES
Indonesian and local products

OPENING HOURS
Sat-Sun: 8.00 am – 1.00 pm

SINIAWAN NIGHT MARKET

A street shop-concept with 2 straight rows of shop lot and the middle walkway is vacant for dining tables and chairs. Famous with hawkers selling local, Taiwanese and Korean delicacies such as barbeque chicken, grilled seafood, fresh vegetables, desserts and more. Visitors as well can enjoy Karaoke activities and historical shops.

ADDRESS
Siniawan, 94000 Bau, Sarawak, Malaysia

SPECIALTIES
Freshly cooked food, night activities

OPENING HOURS
Fri – Sat: 6.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Sun: 4.00pm – 11.00pm

Must-Try Dishes in Kuching

Kolo Mee

This is the absolute staple for the noodle enthusiast in Kuching. Kolo Mee is made of egg noodle flash-boiled and served in a base of fragrant pork oil, garlic, shallots, minced pork and slices of BBQ pork.

Sarawak Laksa

This is one of Kuching;s signature dishes. Rice vermicelli served in spicy prawn broth alonmg with egg, prawn, chicken and a dash of coriander. A sidce dish of lime & prawn paste is often served to add a zing.

Umai

Umai is a traditional native dish of the melanau people in Sarawak, Malaysia which is usually eaten by fishermen. Umai is a dish of sliced raw fish with a mixture of onions, chilies, salt and lime juice.

Midin

Midin is a wild fern found only in Sarawak. It has curly fronds and is very crunchy even after it has been cooked. Only the tender tips of the fern is used in cooking. It can be cooked with prawn paste or ginger & red wine or just plain garlic.

Teh C Peng Special

Teh C Peng is a code name for tea (teh) with milk (C) and ice (Peng). Also known as 3 layer tea, its layers are created when black tea, milk and Gula Melaka are poured individually into a glass.

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