Chicken rice, Laksa and Kampua @ Kuching

Posted: October 30, 2010 in @Sarawak
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Chicken Rice @ Fang Yuen芳園

 Due to time constraint , we couldn’t venture far from the hotel and so decide to walk across the street to Fang Yuen for chicken rice. FY occupy 2 shoplots and the place was packed, I was amazed ( and as usual, hungry)!

The Charsiu ( roasted meat) was good, they were sliced very thickly and the taste was a bit milder than the KL version. The meat was juicy and tender, lovely char siu

I found the chicken to be ok la..average , nothing to shout about

I like the rice – good ayam stock aroma.  The interesting part was the sauce – there were three choices of dip : chili paste ( the usual chicken rice chili) , thick soy sauce and sample belacan.

And apart from the 3 above mentioned sauce, FY also has curry gravy to go with your chicken rice, this was like curry powder-ish Indian curry, I don’t know about you, but curry and chicken rice doesn’t do it for me lah. The other bowl was the soup

While I was drafting this post, checked out some blogs on FY and some proclaim FY the honour of the being the best chicken rice in Kuching

 location :  Opposite Hock Lee Centre, Jalan Datuk Abang Abdul Rahim 93450 Kuching,


Laksa and teh si @ Chong Choon Cafe (泉春茶室)
My mantra during traveling is – when there is chance to eat, eat as much as you can since you don’t know when the next meal will take place ( and the same goes for fluid adjustment ( visiting the loo), wise ? or maybe it’s just me, being greedy.

 Had breakfast at the hotel, nothing great lah and when Mr Kuching Host picked us up, the first thing my colleague said to him when we got into his car was  ‘ got time for laksa ah ?’ $%$#@*<@$#@ cehhhhhh ! why didn’t tell me this plan worr ? no wonder la he didn’t eat that much of breakfast and there I was,  stuffing my face with  bone dry toasted bread  and tasteless kaya.

Mr Host mentioned that the teh-si is not bad, so I ordered that and my collegue had iced teh si ais, while Mr Host had his coffee

All 3 of us ordered laksa ( although there are other noodles and kuihs stalls inside Chong Choon too) and hmmm….this was good la. I am not sure what they put in Sarawak laksa, I just can’t place that fragrant …I tried to find the recipe on the www and most of the blogs mention the use of ready made laksa paste – aiya..itu cheating lah ! the laksa came with fresh prawns, chicken shreds  and bean sprouts. RM3.50/bowl. That aside, I think I am still more partial to Penang laksa and of course the Kelantan laksam which is heavenly  …

Location : Abell Road , 93100 Kuching


Kampua @亨記茶室Next Coffee Shop

 Mr Host asked me what would I like for lunch. The reply — Kampua ! we drove to the older part of Kuching town, parking was atrocious, we circled the area twice and finally found a place and still had to walk about 10 minutes to Bishopgate Street  for Kampua.

 The coffee shop was not that big and the tables were pretty cramped to maximized the space and horrr…Just that you get an idea of the time frame  : we had to wait for almost 20 minutes to get a table ( self service- you find your own table )  And horrr…only 20 minutes after that someone came and took our order ( don’t ever ever be a kaypor ( busybody) and place your order if you are not asked- when it’s your your turn – they will approach you and not the other way around )  ..and horrrr…only half an hour later the food came..

 We had to share our table with another diner , since there was nothing to do while we wait – apart from sweating like a pig ( and worse :  a famished pig ) – Mr Uncle -Diner-sharing –our- table – who is a regular and seemed to know this Kampua family- told us the story of the family and also that – if you can’t wait  – don’t eat here , if you have a meeting  in an hours’ time – don’t eat here , spare about 2 hours – including time to look for a parking space – if you plan to eat here..Gulp… that also can ?

Business was really good, non stop one lerr, before you get out of your chair, somebody is already wanting to take your seat . And then – before  it was our turn,  they run out of  noodles! and the substitute : mee pok ( another type of noodles) , was offered.

Finalllyy……the food arrived.

I quite like the noodles and could be happy with just the noodles and the minced meat that came with it and the white sauce. what was in the soup ? –liver, intestine , kidney and meat, plus slices of fish paste and fish balls. The soup was sweet and the organs were fresh and tasty – the intestine was floury and soft , fish balls were springy and tasty. Worth the wait ? ok la..i guess..

 The bill  : 2 bowls of noodles + 3 bowls of soup plus 3 drinks came to RM23.50

Comments : I was really thirsty after the meal – which seemed to say  that there is MSG in the meal

 Location : Bishopgate Street

Thus end my eating adventure in Sarawak – after this trip – i realised that Sarawak food also boleh tahan lahh..and Yes lah..i didn’t just eat , i got some work done too !


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