Last Sunday, I had a ‘makan’ session with some friends at Lau Ya Keng Food Court, Carpenter Street.
Lau Ya Keng Food Court is located opposite a Chinese temple along Carpenter Street . It is very easy to find, smack in the middle of Kuching city centre. A simple food court that has been around for decades and is very popular with locals – breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Chinese Temple opposite Lau Ya Keng
Since I am still considered as a noob in Kuching, a lady friend ordered for us. She was from Kuching, now residing in Petaling Jaya and was in Kuching here for leisure. Another friend with his partner from Penang – they were here for the Rainforest World Music Festival also joined us for the ‘makan’ session. We had Oh Chor Mee and Dry ‘Kiaw’.
Dry ‘Kiaw’/’Pien Neek’/Wantan/Wanton/Wuntun
Kuching people called it ‘kiaw’ (Hokkien dialect) and if you go to Sibu or Sarikei they called it ‘Pien Neek’ (Foochow dialect) and in Peninsular, they just called it ‘wantan’ (Cantonese dialect). In Itali, they called it ‘ravioli’. Ok I bluff you on the Italian part 😛 You can have the wantan dry or with soup. I don’t think they serve it dry in Peninsular, they only have fried and soup wantan. Probably it is because, from what I noticed that, in Sarawak you get a generous meat filling for the wantan but in Peninsular they are pretty kiam-siap (stingy) so most of the time you end up having just the skin/wrappers-made from fresh dough with insignificant meat filling. Imagine a bowl of ‘dry wantan’ where you just eat the wrappers. Ughh…
Oh Chor Mee – Chinese Black Vinegar Mee.
It is basically Kolo Mee added with Chinese black vinegar according to my friend. I first thought it is just another Kolo Mee with extra ingredients. (Special Kolo Mee) The taste?? Awesome!! The vinegar gave the mee some extra flavor and aroma – slightly sweet and sourish, add that to the saltiness and sweetness of the Kolo Mee, it is a make-match made in heaven. 😛 Go satisfy your craving now!!