SARAWAK – LAND OF THE HORNBILLS
Sarawak, with an area of 125,000 sq. km., is the largest of Malaysia’s 13 States. It is situated in the heart of Southeast Asia. Sarawak shares this exotic and beautiful island with our neighbours Brunei and Kalimantan Indonesia. Sarawak is known as ‘Bumi Kenyalang’ (means “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 WATERFRONT & MAIN BAZAAR
This is THE PLACE to visit when you are in Kuching. The waterfront and the surrounding streets (Main Bazaar, Gambier Street, India Street and Carpenter Street) portrayed the beginnings of the Brooke era. Take time to enjoy your stroll along these streets and visit the many shops selling handicrafts and traditional items. If you are tired, have tea in one of the kopitiam (Chinese coffee shop), or enjoy the great variety of local food and snacks in the food shops in this area.
Along the waterfront, you can relive the heritage of the city just by looking at the different architectural landscape. A recent beautiful addition to the waterfront is the floating mosque.
A magnificent pedestrian bridge, the S-shaped Darul Hana Bridge links the waterfront to new State Legislative Assembly Complex on the opposite side of the river. In its vicinity are the Orchid Garden and the historical Astana and Fort Margherita.
TOP SPOT SEAFOOD CENTRE
This is located within the city’s central business district, on top of a multi-level car park. This is an open-air food court consisting of multiple stalls serving an array of fresh seafood as well as local delicacies.
Location: Taman Kereta, Bukit Mata Kuching, off Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching
Opening hours: Daily 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm
MEDAN NIAGA SATOK AT KUBAH RIA
The biggest market in Kuching, especially known for its weekend market. It is about 3 km. outside of the city centre. The market consists of a large number of stalls offering a variety of local produce from snacks, local delicacies, fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and meat, eggs, plants, jungle produce to clothing, newspapers, toys, fashion accessories, local handicraft and souvenirs. Nearby is Kubah Ria food court where all kinds of Sarawak delicacies are available.
Kubah Ria, Q309, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak.
Daily 6.00 am – 10.00 pm
SERIKIN WEEKEND MARKET
Serikin is a Bidayuh settlement about 55km from Kuching. It is close to the border with Kalimantan Indonesia and is a popular weekend destination for locals and tourists. The market consists of many stalls operated by Indonesian traders and local Bidayuh community. They sell a wide range of merchandise including fabrics, ornamental wood carvings, rattan handicraft, food and many more.
Q509, Serikin, 94000 Bau, Sarawak
Saturday & Sunday: 8.00 am – 1.00 pm
SINIAWAN NIGHT MARKET
Siniawan is a small village about 25 km from Kuching. It has a main street with two rows of old historical wooden shops on either side. During weekends the street becomes a lively food fair. The attraction of this place is the unique food of the local Bidayuh and Hakka Chinese communities. Also available are barbeque chicken, grilled seafood, fresh vegetables, local fruits and desserts.
Siniawan, 94000 Bau, Sarawak
Friday & Saturday 6.00 pm – 11.00 pm,
Sunday 4.00 pm – 11.00 pm
MUST TRY DISHES IN KUCHING
This is the absolute staple for the noodle enthusiast in Kuching. Kolo Mee is egg noodle, flash-boiled and served with fragrant oil, garlic, shallots, together with minced meat and slices of roasted meat.
This is one of Kuching’s signature dishes. Rice vermicelli served in spicy prawn broth along with egg, prawn, chicken and a dash of coriander. A side dish of lime & prawn paste is often served to add a zing.
Ayam pansuh or manuk pansuh is a dish prepared by cooking chicken meat in a bamboo stalk, filled with water, seasonings and covered with tapioca leaves from the cassava plant
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.
Umai is a traditional native dish of the Melanau people in Sarawak. Umai is a dish of thinly sliced raw fish marinated with onions, chilies, salt and lime juice.
Mani Cai ( cangkuk manis )
Cangkuk manis stir fried with pumpkin is a popular dish among the natives in Sarawak. Coconut milk may also be added this dish.