Must-try Sarawak Laksa and Kuching Kolo Mee

I shall be supremely evil today and tempt you with food that you can’t get in Singapore.


Sarawak laksa

This is a very fine specimen of Sarawak Laksa which I had the chance to try when I was in Kuching a few months ago.

It’s so awesome my tummy salivates even when I think about it now.

I mean, seriously, I would fly to Kuching just to eat this again.

Malcolm, our unofficial guide, brought us to this place called Tiang’s Cafe, which is a humble but extremely famous coffee shop.

Tiang's Cafe

It’s famous for its Sarawak Laksa, among other things.

Sarawak laksa

Ahhhhhh drool.

Barrett Tan, the owner, produces his own laksa paste, a secret recipe handed down by his father. The paste is even manufactured commercially.

We were given some packets to take home! (Unfortunately, I don’t cook, so I gave them to my dad and the Goonfather’s mum.)

Sarawak laksa paste

Barrett’s a really friendly fella.

He served us so much food that we couldn’t finish everything. Here’s a picture of him (right) talking to Malcolm:

Barrett Tan

They’re good friends, apparently!

Besides the Sarawak Laksa, another must-try is the Kolo Mee.

Kolo Mee

The ingredients come in such generous portions and the taste is totally to-die-for. I really wish I had a bigger stomach that day.

Another favourite is the prawn mee, but I think that one is an acquired taste. The prawn paste flavour is so strong that the soup becomes bitter. I don’t like so much.

Prawn Mee

But it sure looks appetising, nevertheless.

Barrett even surprised us with Kueh Lapis (called Kek Lapis in Sarawak).

Kek Lapis

That was really too much! Dessert at breakfast? I was totally bursting by then but I managed to take a few bites. It was buttery, moist, soft, awwwww.

Well, there you go. How’s that for a Sunday morning post? =P

If you ever have the chance to visit Kuching, you MUST at all cost visit Tiang’s Cafe and try the Sarawak Laksa, if not the Kolo Mee. Bring a very empty stomach.

It’s, like, about RM4 (S$1.65) per bowl so you can afford to order everything to try!

Here’s Barrett’s website if you want to find out more about Sarawak Laksa and his famous secret laksa paste.

Tiang’s Cafe
No 22, Lot 2354,
Block 10 KCLD,
Jln Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce,
93150 Kuching

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22 thoughts on “Must-try Sarawak Laksa and Kuching Kolo Mee

  1. Dang! The laksa looks great. Makes me wanna go to Beach Road to whack a bowl of prawn noodle. Eh sis, have you ever tried Kodok Mee – Frog Noodles?

  2. Gosh, the laksa is seriously tempting me!! the colour of it… its soo different from the usual one in SG! How’s the taste of it like??

    The Kolo mee, what’s so unique about it? All I see is maggi mee >3<

    would you be doing 5 sets instead of the usual 3 / 4 sets of exercise when you go back to the gym? XD

  3. Well, this isn’t controversial at all!
    It’s actually kind of nice and sweet of you to promote Tiang’s Cafe.

    From running around Singapore in pajamas to kind passing of information on great food…..all in the same weekend.
    Opposite ends of the curve.

    You are getting soft, Sheylara lol :)

  4. RoRK: Hey, great to see you here again! :P What frog noodles? That sounds… disturbing!! :o

    Superman: Yeah, it’s really good! If you go there, tell them you were recommended by my blog. Maybe they will give you extra ingredients! lol. :P

    Apple Goh: Sarawak laksa is very very different from SG laksa, so don’t eat it expecting anything! :P The soup has a more savoury, less coconuty taste. Nicely salty, a bit of sweet fragrance, and sourish if you squeeze in lime like the locals like to do.

    Haha… the kolo mee just tastes good lah. Quite a unique taste which you can’t find in Singapore. Different from the Singapore version of kolo mee also.

    5 sets?? Haha… cannot lah, will die. :P

    Realliveman: Lol… no controversy!!!

    Relax: Do we have to go to Indonesia to eat mie pelangi?

  5. Gotch sex-themed pyjama party of course I’ll be around. I’ve even ironed my my micro/mini-sarong, to be on the ready. :-)

  6. Relax: Cool. What about you? You don’t eat there all the time?

    RoRK: Wow… I don’t know whether I dare to see you in your micro mini sarong. :P

  7. Hi BT,

    Congratulations, my friend copied this website and you
    look very familiar.

    You look like my colleague during SQ days.

    Pse confirm. Thanks

    Tan Ewe Lee

  8. you can try the sarawak laksa and kolo mee at block 204 bedok central (coffeeshop next to the library). Closed on monday. lasksa not as concentrated as in kuching but the kolo mee is really close to the original.

  9. I was in Miri and Sibu last summer and I have to say that I miss this stuff the most!! I wish I could reproduce it in the states, but ingredients are hard to find.

  10. Hi, I tried to look for the staff in Bedok selling the Kuching Laksa, but i think they have moved. Anyone knows where they might be at now?

  11. hi, fyi the kolo mee & sarawak laksa stall at blk 204, bedok central has been moved to blk 205, kopitam (opposite of NTUC)…it’s really tasty…pls support :)

  12. i was surfing at google to look for place in singapore that i can find Sarawak Laksa as i’m craving for it suddenly, and i saw ur blog by chance.. damn, the picture of both the laksa and kolo mee is making me drool all over now ~>_~< i miss my hometown laksa !!!

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