Kuching Food Adventures Part 6

Another round of amazing seafood tonight! Thanks to my cousin for shouting us this dinner. I have been so spoilt ever since I’ve arrived. The amount of food I have been having… the adventures as you can see on this blog… I really hope my hubby still recognizes me when I return to Melbourne, lol.
This time around it was Pending Seafood. An open, outdoor area, similar to hawker stalls but most of the “stalls” or “kitchens” specialize in seafood. The experience is indeed very local. I’ve never been to Pending Seafood before tonight, and was pleasantly surprised to discover this hidden gem!
Gotta start with the greens. With Midin!
This was a bit of a side dish.. dried cuttlefish.
OK let’s see if I get this right… Fresh Clams with Lemongrass, Onions and Dried Chilli
Fried Crayfish
Fish and Yam Broth
Oyster Fritters
Fried Chicken Wings
Fried “Ikan Kilat” aka Shiny Fish, lol.
Escargot! Such a delicacy… may require an acquired taste. I love it!
So with only 2 more nights remaining in Kuching, my food adventures is coming close to an end… but I am determined to finish with a Big Bang!! Tomorrow night, hopefully my plans for BBQ Steamboat will proceed… followed by dinner with the family at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants on my last night in Kuching. Kinda sad that I’ll be leaving soon… but VERY satisfied with everything I’ve done while I’m here! This has been an awesome trip, especially foodwise, lol. But hey, why am I writing all this, it’s NOT the end yet!! Muahahaaa…. two more nights to enjoy glorious Kuching food πŸ™‚

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Hey everyone! I just wanted to thank those who regularly comes and visits this blog. Just a reminder especially to new visitors that I am currently on holidays in Malaysia, and therefore I haven’t been doing any cooking and have gone out to various places in Kuching to enjoy some absolutely divine, glorious local food!

I will be back in Melbourne this weekend – so I’m definitely looking forward to getting back into action in my kitchen and experimenting with more recipes and cooking some food to share recipes with you on this blog! Thanks for keeping me going, and for those who have tried some of my recipes – thanks for the faith! LOL. I’m looking forward to discovering some amazing cuisines to share and also look forward to all your feedback via my POLL on the right hand side of this page. Please vote! Your feedback is important. Talk soon!

Kuching Food Adventures Part 5

I just had an awesome weekend at Damai Beach Resort, Kuching. I really can’t remember the last time I was there… especially with my family. I remember as a child, we would regularly go and stay at the resort over the weekend as a family activity thing. Eventually, we all grew up.. and those trips are rare… BUT this weekend we re-lived those times all over again.. and as a result, I have new material to post on my food blog!! More FOOD!

BUT, before we get to the food I had at the seafood restaurant near the beach resort… I gotta rewind and fill the gaps between this post and the previous blog entry…

The very famous “Ayam Penyet”

“Roti Pratha” served with Lamb Curry from Basaga

Mixed Roast Plate from Hong Kong Noodle House

My Aunt’s homemade “Po Piah”… stuffed w/ prawns, chicken n veggies.. yummy!!

And finally… it was time for a feast at Palm Garden Seafood Restaurant. This was the view from our table. There were 7 of us at dinner, and everything we ordered is posted below, except for the Belacan Midin cos umm.. it got devoured too quickly so I forgot to take a decent photo, hehe.

We started with Butter Squid. Absolutely delicious!

Followed by Sizzling Japanese Tofu…

NESTUM PRAWNS!! Couldn’t get enough of these!

Crispy Spring Chicken

Sweet & Sour Deepfried Fish.. freshly picked and killed! Aww…

Dried Chilli Crabs… also freshly picked and killed!

We went to Teo’s Seafood at Kampung Buntal the next day for lunch – Fresh Coconut!

I just think this is unusual so I’m posting this… Fresh Crysanthemum Tea! With the flower and all…

Crispy Noodles… yummyyyylicious!

“Ambal” aka Bamboo Clams? Cooked in curry powder? Delicious anyway!!

Butter Squid again.. just cos it’s my favorite πŸ™‚

“Eng Chai”… some kind of vegetable I really can’t seem to translate, lol.

Kuching Food Adventures Part 4

Day 4 and I am starting to struggle … what to eat? Where to eat? What to do? Where to go? LOL I know my adventures are not quite over yet… after all, I have yet to go on a seafood banquet, nor steamboat, so the BIG options are still there… the trouble is finding the smaller options.. so off to the hawker stalls I went. Easiest thing to do when you’re clueless! Go to the hawker stalls and you will almost always find something yummy πŸ™‚
Rojak Sarawak at lunch. Shared with my parents.
Sarawak Kolo Mee… also at lunch. With added “kiaw”.
What is this thing called? It’s like a dried sotong thingy… used to go crazy for it during Chinese New Year! Couldn’t resist when I walked past the shops. Picked up 100g just to graze… hehe.
BBQ Pork at dinner time.
Char Kuay Teow also at dinner time. Everything was shared w/ the family.

The ever amazing Satay Kambing & Satay Daging..

My sister’s Tomato Kuay Teow, also at dinner.
Finally, after two hours of shopping, stop by hawker stalls again for some Lok Lok… so kenyang! Hehe.

Kuching Food Adventures Part 3

Well, checking the time it is only 4.45pm and therefore I am blogging too early to include dinner and possibly supper! BUT technically I am cooking for the fam tonight, and I am making spaghetti bolognese with my homemade meatballs… so that’s NOT considered Kuching food and therefore cannot be included in this Kuching Food Adventure blog series anyway… so here’s a bit of an update! Food-wise only, of course. There is a time n place for everything and on this blog, only FOOD may be mentioned! Hahahahaa.
Laksa Sarawak for brunch…
Roast Chicken (served w/ rice) at lunch.
Also with Steamed Chicken.
And Beancurd in Oyster Sauce. Yummy!

So that was a pretty short update, but I might as well “torture” you guys in small doses!

Kuching Food Adventures Part 2

Day Two in Kuching. I keep naming the blog heading “Part 1 and Part 2” instead of “Day 1 and Day 2” because I just didn’t want to commit to blogging every day. Nevertheless, so far I am doing well. I wasn’t planning on blogging at all, but I am just so proud of Kuching food. So proud of its authenticity and so happy to be able to enjoy it again. I did not want to forget this moment πŸ™‚

SO, basically here I am again because once again I have spent most of my day eating, lol. Food is an activity here in Kuching. The activity of sharing food more than anything really. The art of sharing in Asian cultures is particularly strong compared to other cultures. A lot of people enjoy food, and yes they sit on the same table, but a lot of food is plated. PLATED. Where is the fun in that? The Chinese in particular love the act of sharing food, probably more than actually eating the food itself. This is what I am beginning to realise and truly enjoy.

Anyway, back to my adventures. Aahhh.. I’ll just let the photos do the talking, hehe.
Β Brunch – Mixed BBQ served with rice
ABC Special at lunch
Ais Kacang and some hot dessert in the background at lunch.
A variety of Malay food for lunch.

Mom’s Claypot Dish
Homecooked dinner – Assam Fish Head Curry *drool*

Belachan Kang Kung *double drool*

Sambal Nasi Lemak… and all the veggies in d background, lol.

Late night supper after a night out – Ikan Bakar!

Kuching Food Adventures Part 1

OK so people should know by now that I am on holidays, I am currently in my hometown Kuching where I left to live in Melbourne nearly 5 years ago. It feels good to be back.. to see my family and hang out with my sisters again. It also feels good to share all the glorious Kuching FOOD with them… so I thought I would actually start blogging some of my food-related adventures while I’m here. Sorry for the side-track from recipes guys.. but I’m sure you’ll appreciate some food recommendations, etc too just in case you happen to come to this side of the world ay? Let the adventures begin… πŸ™‚
Well, first of all, I had a great “last supper” before I boarded the flight to Kuching. My hubby’s mate Josh cooked us a fabulous dinner. It was a Chicken Stirfry thing and he uses Vietnamese mint leaves, finely chopped to cook with the chicken right at the start, spring onions, snow peas, bean shoots, toasted cashews to toss last and just sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce as the flavor! So simple yet surprisingly so delicious!
When I got to the airport, I picked up a book from the Virgin store called “The Last Chinese Chef” by Nicole Mones. I guess I picked it because I thought it sounded like a book I would enjoy reading.. cos it’s about a love story, and it’s about the love of food, and it’s also about Chinese food. I was right! I did enjoy it! I couldn’t put it down! Literally kept reading until my eyes couldn’t take it anymore on the plane… what a great book. Can’t wait to finish it and read it all over again. Might even start quoting some stuff from the book someday in my food blogs, lol.
So when I finally got to Kuching, despite my lack of sleep on the plane because there had to be 10 different screaming babies, one screaming after the other on the plane on my way to KL from Melbourne.. I still somehow managed to stay awake the rest of the day and actually did stuff. Guess we’ll skip through all the shopping stories and go straight to the exciting food bits eh? Heheheee.. but anyway, to introduce my first adventure of the trip I have to tell the elaborate story though. It was after a simple dinner at home, we just had some roast duck with stirfry green beans and carrots with a minced pork and corn soup… served with rice of course.. and I have actually postponed all my catching up rendezvous with my friends cause I was feeling tired and just wanted to wind down at home, when we (sisters and sister’s bf) decided a MOVIE MARATHON might be the way to go. So what was supposed to be a simple trip to the DVD shop ended up being….
An opportunity to buy cheap cook books, and some I may not even be able to find in Australia…
A trip to the hawker stalls! Hawker stalls! Oh how I have missed hawker stalls…

The smile on my face says it all…

Oyster Pancake aka “O Chien” (!!!)

Oyster pancake, crispy pork, pork and mutton satay, wheatgrass C, special 3-layer Teh C Peng… list goes on! Well until next time then.