Kuching is without a doubt an absolute food paradise for both locals and short-term travellers. From traditional to modern cuisine, there is always something for everyone!

We understand how challenging it is for non-locals to figure out where to eat and what are the best dishes to try. To ease your planning, we have prepared a list of the best must-try food in Kuching that you have to get your hands on when you’re in town! 


    Must Try Food in Kuching, Sarawak
    7 Must Try Food in Kuching, Sarawak


    7 Must Try Food in Kuching, Sarawak

    Laksa Sarawak at Mom's Laksa Kopitiam (Halal)

    Each type of Laksa in Malaysia has its own distinctiveness, but when you are in Kuching, you have to try Laksa Sarawak! This hearty bowl of noodles is packed with flavours and served with shredded chicken, shrimps, egg, tangy sambal, and lime to take the taste to the next level. In Kuching, Mom’s Laksa prepares the best Laksa Sarawak and you can easily spot one of their branches around town.

    Address: Mom’s Laksa Kopitiam, Ground Floor, Ave Astana, SL-2, Jalan Astana, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak.
    Opening hours: 8am – 4:30pm
    Contact number: +6019-812 8587

    Mom's Laksa Kopitiam kuching
    Laksa Sarawak at Mom's Laksa Kopitiam, Kuching | Photo by Mom's Laksa


    Linut at Barong Tinuk (Halal)

    Linut is a famous ethnic Melanau dish in Sarawak which is typically eaten with sambal. At first glance, you might be hesitant to try it. Most restaurants will provide sambal asam which is made of mango to go with it. At Barong Tinuk, they pair the linut with a small bowl of sweet and spicy sambal. There are a few small anchovies in the sambal which gives it an additional chewy texture. The linut itself in general is tasteless, but what made this particular restaurant so special is its sambal.

    Address: Ground Level, Lot 12295, Jalan Semarak, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak.
    Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 11pm
    Contact number: +6019-818 8145

    melanau linut in kuching
    Get your first taste of authentic Melanau Linut at Barong Tinuk, Kuching | Photo by Barong Tinuk


    R.G. Ais Krim Bergula Apong (Halal)

    Looking for something to cool your body down after spending the entire day under the sun? Let’s do it the local way. Introducing the first ever shop that sells ice-cream gula apong in Malaysia – RG Ais Krim Gula Apong. This little ice-cream shop has been around for nearly two decades. The owner will usually rotate the flavour daily between pandan, vanilla, and chocolate.

    Fun fact: The locals often grab the ice-cream around midnight, where you will notice a long queue!We highly recommend the vanilla apong flavour with any topping of your choice. The creaminess of the ice-cream and the sweetness of the gula apong will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!

    Address: No.11 Tower 93000, Wet Market & Hawker Centre, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak.
    Opening hours: 2pm – 12am
    Contact number: +6016-891 0001

    R.G. Ais Krim Bergula Apong
    R.G. Ais Krim Bergula Apong is a popular food in Kuching, Sarawak | Photo by R.G. Ais Krim


    Nasi Briyani Ayam Kari at Briyani World (Halal)

    When you order Nasi Briyani at Briyani World, the first thing that will definitely catch your attention is the side dishes. While biryani is typically served with just dhall, sambal, and acar, this restaurant spices things up by offering other items including a thick spicy dhall, tomato-based sambal, and onion raita. As a result, it is packed with flavours. The freshly fried shallots sprinkled on top of the rice unlocks a new level of deliciousness. This is a must-try for Indian cuisine lovers! 

    Address: 481, Lor Lee Ling 2B1, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak.
    Opening hours: 8am – 8pm
    Contact number: +6011-1607 7176

    Briyani World kuching
    Craving for rice? Try the Nasi Briyani Ayam Kari at Briyani World, Kuching | Photo by Briyani World


    Coffee & Snacks at Ruang Parkir (Halal)

    Ruang Parkir is a coffee shop but it also offers delicious comfort food that will surely get you addicted. We highly recommend the Sticky Thai Chicken Wings and Congo Bars. Every inch of their chicken wings is so crunchy and chewy, and they are entirely coated in a luscious Thai sauce. On the other hand, the congo bars are incredibly soft and gooey! A slice of congo bar might not be enough, so remember to get two, just in case!

    Address: Jalan Merdeka, Kampung Tanjung, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak.
    Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 1pm – 10pm
    Contact number: +6019-942 2941

    Ruang Parkir kuching
    Drop by Ruang Parkir along Jalan Merdeka for yummy snacks and drinks | Photo by Ruang Parkir


    Fried Crispy Tomato Mee at Yee Ho Yan Cafe (Non-halal)

    One of the most popular signature Sarawakian dishes is the Tomato Mee. This dish is an elevation of the traditional Kolo Mee, where the springy noodles are deep fried till golden brown. It is served in a bowl of hearty tomato sauce along with seafood and meat of your choice. You can find this dish along with all your favourite Chinese-style food at the vibrant food court known as Yee Ho Yan Cafe.

    Address: 685, Lot 9294, Synergy Square, Jalan Matang Batu 4, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak
    Opening hours: 6am – 1pm (Closed on Wednesday)
    Contact number: +6019-482 3696

    Yee Ho Yan Cafe kuching
    Something new to try: Fried Crispy Tomato Mee at Yee Ho Yan Cafe


    Kolo Mee at Oriental Park (Non-halal)

    No trip to Sarawak is considered complete without a taste of its unique Kolo Mee. This dish consists of freshly made springy egg noodles which is generously drizzled with shallot oil. For many decades, Kolo Mee has become an iconic dish representing Sarawak, and is loved especially by the local Chinese in town. Many claimed that Oriental Park serves the best version you could find in Kuching!

    Address: Ground floor, Lorong Gertak, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak
    Opening hours: 6am – 1pm
    Contact number: +6016-8078115

    Oriental Park Kolo Mee
    Oriental Park is said to serve the best Kolo Mee in Kuching!


    Kuching is without a doubt a city that is blessed with some of the most amazing food selection in Malaysia. What are you waiting for? Pack your back and let’s go for a food hunting trip with your loved ones!

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