Quest for Sarawak Food?

Malaysians are suckers for food. They are very patriotic and jealously proud of their homegrown food. When they travel to other places for studying or working, the only thing they miss back home is food, not their friends or parents. Whenever they are outside of their hometown, if they happen to find or hear any eatery selling their homegrown food, they will jump to the earliest chance to taste the food and wear the hat of wannabe food critics.

When there is a discussion among friends from different places on food, the arguments never end. Penang-kias and char bors will forever say Penang food is the best in the world, their Laksa Penang is the sedap-est, Ipoh-mali leng cais and leng luis will say Ipoh food is the best in the universe, their Ipoh chicken rice is so damn tasty, Ampang people will say their Yong Tau Fu is the best you can find in the galaxy and not forgetting Sarawakians will say Laksa Sarawak juak lah sedap gik (still the one more tastier) and Kolo Mee pun sedap juak… (also tasty) because Sarawakians are modest people, they do not brag about how great their food is in the world or whatever shits… Ha! Ha! Ha!

So when I heard this phrase ‘Best Kolo Mee in KL’, I was damn excited and decided to give it a try? You see, I came across many eateries here in Klang Valley claiming they are selling authentic Kolo Mee, Laksa, Tomato Mee, Kampua Mee etc.. but honestly I yet to find any that is trust-able to dish out a ‘decent’ original version. Maybe the weather and surrounding here also play some factors to make the food taste uniquely ‘Sarawak’. (More trees in Sarawak, probably fresher air?? ROTFLMAO!) Ha! Ha! Ha!

Location : Restoran 2020, Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur

How to go there : Go to The Store Pandan Indah, the restaurant is directly opposite, facing A&W ๐Ÿ™‚

Food : Kolo Mee

Photos :

The Stall

The Specimen

Verdict : Presentation is good, looks authentic with the ‘correct’ type of noodle used. Hey, some stalls selling Kolo Mee or Kampua but yet they are using different type of noodle! Original my foot! Different type of noodle sure give different taste le mah! Try making Laksa Penang and put yellow noodles instead of rice noodles. It is like selling Ipoh Chicken Rice without the bean sprouts lah! Get it? ๐Ÿ™‚ No fancy fancy toppings like prawns, vegetables bla bla. Kolo Mee is should look just like that. Plain and boring.

Just like how it is served in Sarawak, this stall got it right by using seasoned cut chillies as condiment with the Kolo Mee. The red chillies is served in vinegar. It adds to bit sour and hot taste for Kolo Mee. (But I never bother to mix the chilies with my Kolo Mee lah hahaha!) I cringed whenever the stalls here serve ‘sambal’ or cili padi with the Kolo Mee. WTF?

I was slightly disappointedly with the taste. It could be because it was served a bit too wet and less oily than it should be hence the taste not really there. When I said wet, means after you finished eating the Kolo Mee, there are leftover ‘gravy’ in the bowl. The ‘authentic’ version when you finished it, nothing is left in the bowl except for the shining, oily bowl. Gravy? No no.. definitely zilch amount of gravy/water should left in the bowl (except for your saliva?).

The sweet taste you get when you eat Kolo Mee was lacking too. I must praise the effort of the stall’s owner using ‘authentic’ Kolo Mee noodle anyway, I asked him where he gets the noodle and he said he made it himself. Cool! The noodle itself, the ‘elasticity’, the ‘crunchiness’ and the texture resembles the Kolo Mee you eat back in the Land of Hornbills ๐Ÿ™‚ He probably should read this blog to improve a bit his Kolo Mee and ‘Best Kolo Mee’ title will belong to him kah! kah! kah!

Conclusion : Stingy me will give 6/10 for the above Kolo Mee.

Anyway, one thing to note, do not waste your time and money to eat your hometown food elsewhere and save your curses. For these so called “where where where” food, the taste is actually altered to meet the local people taste buds. (How to survive if they just open the stall for you Sarawakians? Penangites? Ipoh-mali?) If you tried the Penang prawn mee and Penang Char Kueh Teow in Sarawak, those actually can not be considered as the food from Penang, because the ingredients and the way they prepared it is totally different.

So if you really miss those food back home, you better look up for some friends from hometown who are going to your place to tapau (take away) it for you. Even though it will turn cold when it arrived on your hand but I am damn sure it still taste better than any that you can find in outside your hometown.

Then again, we just love to try anything that they claim to be from our hometown and then bitch about it right? Bitching is healthy, it keeps you occupied. ๐Ÿ˜›

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49 Responses to “Quest for Sarawak Food?”

  1. Kenn Leandre wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    dude. try this stall in Sunway. Same row with the One Academy.(stone’s throw from Pyramid)] At the other end is a chinese restaurant. Inside there’s a show selling kampua.

    if im not mistaken the owner is from Kanowit.but check though. i was told that there are two stalls sellin “Sarawak mee”.
    (ok la tu…kalau dari Sibu lagi la power!)

    even better if from Kapit.ngahahaha…. (Kapit kampua d best – well im born there. wat do u expect me to say…?)

    Kampua + express boat journey : wooot woot!

    haha. LOL.


    –> Dude, you are referring to Ming Tien right? Ah, I always find stalls with captions like ‘Handmade Noodle from Sarawak’, ‘Sarawak Mee’ a bit dubious ๐Ÿ˜› They should just put ‘Sarawak Kolo Mee’ or ‘Sibu Kampua’. Simple, just like original ๐Ÿ˜› Wah, Kapit kampua damn expensive then, need to take express boat *sweating*. I shall stop at Sibu and indulge myself at the waterfront. Haha!

    Cessshhh.. never ending this ‘which food at which place is better’ lah ๐Ÿ˜› Sibu, Miri, Sarikei, Kuching, Ulu Balui, Long Lama, Ulu Baram, Sebangkoi, Lutong, Tanjung Lobang, Engkili.. semua say their food the best-est! ROTFLMAO!


  2. suituapui wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    OK…OK…I get the hint!! If I go KL, sure I tapau for you!!! Wah…u inspired to write this post cos I MMSed u the pic this morning – Rasa Sayang Kampua??? I got tapau summore…in kitchen!!! I eat it later…MYSELF!! Hahahahahaha!!!!!! Kapit kampua…where got nice??? Kanowit “Ah Tong” kampua is nice!!!! Sometimes, if ada chance, I’ll drive all the way there to eat!!! LOL!!!

    P.S. The kolo mee noodles seem bigger than normal…or is it becos of the close-up? I know got Sibu people sell kampua in KL…but dunno where!

    –> hehe, suddenly i feel like writing something on food ๐Ÿ˜› eh i was writing on kolo mee la! you drive from sibu to kanowit to eat kampua? lol! hmm, maybe the close up.. ini baru clear and crispy photo!


  3. angeles wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    food ah? i think i’ll skip food today.. me no go work.. perut banyak gas… ish…

    nxt time u bring me makan, okeh? ^^

    –> resting at home? ๐Ÿ™‚ okeh! kita pergi makan makan.


  4. NoktahHitam wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Not halal right?

    –> original version is non-halal. but they have the halal version too. ala, macam char siew pau.. ada halal version ๐Ÿ˜€


  5. Kenn Leandre wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    minus the pork and lard…it should be halal la then, right…?

    –> yeah! but what is kampua/kolo mee without the pork and lard? just like rendang ayam without ayam ๐Ÿ˜›


  6. cheezzy cheese wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    ok ok.. lemme try.. is it similar to wantan mee looks like? i rase i tried before here in KL, when one of my fren’s mum ask me to try, since outside stall tak dijamin halal, so she did it especially to me..

    –> yeah, looks like wantan mee ๐Ÿ˜€ tapi rasanya lagi sedap!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


  7. pattirmina wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    im going back soon!!

    ohh….i want mee kolok MERAH!!!!


    –> itu haram! ๐Ÿ˜€ patt, tapao lah ๐Ÿ˜›


  8. drumsticks wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    haha.. eh next time bring you go one place to eat kolo mee, very yummy la.. but dun expect it to be authentic.. hahaha

    –> where where? ๐Ÿ˜› not in Taman Megah right? Hmm.. I do not expect it to be authentic lah, just I feel kena cheated when they put big banner ‘Sarawak Kolo Mee’ and it is so far out from the original taste ๐Ÿ˜› Like I said, the presentation and the noodle they used already not the same, so please do not claim so ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyway, I was being bitchy lah! Haha! People cari makan jer.. ๐Ÿ˜›


  9. drumsticks wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    hehe.. u tried that one in tmn mgh rite? not that one dun worry.. hmm.. cannot tell first.. must kipnap you there if got chance…

    –> i am waiting.. eagerly ๐Ÿ˜›


  10. drumsticks wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    hahahah yeahhhh that feeling of being cheated!! understand!

    –> *wink winK!


  11. zewt wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    looks ok ler… 6/10 is a bad rating though.

    to me, the best konlo mee is the one near sungei besi highway…

    –> mana itu? tunjuk jalan. 6/10 because the taste not really there. presentation and the rest, good ๐Ÿ˜€ more important is the taste! and me kiamsiap with marks mar..


  12. suituapui wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Waiyor…u took so much chilli!!! That day I bought, 1 for 40 sen, RM2 for 5 only!!! Worse still, no rasa pedas at all!!! No taste…just good for colour only!!! Now use dried ones or cili padi…cheaper and lebih pedas!!! Btw, did u try the laksa Sarawak???

    –> i didn’t take any of it ๐Ÿ˜› it comes with the kolo mee mah! laksa sarawak at this stall? maybe in future.. then another review? haha!


  13. mar wrote on Apr 21, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Kesimpulan: no food is tastier than where it “originally” come from…kekeke…and I’ve tried those kolo mee in KL…so *bluek* different mee and use KICAP summore! Where got kolo mee use KICAP??!!!

    –> itulah kolo mee KICAP mar. eh, you can ask for kicap (dark version) and non-kicap (white version) no meh?


  14. patt irmina wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 1:43 am

    eh, got ba in miri…halal mee kolok.
    in pak wan cafe in lutong…taste exactly the same! except they use chicken..=)

    hehehe…mayuki n i like to go mkn mee kolok thr when we’r in miri.

    –> kelak i go miri, you bring me there lah k? ๐Ÿ˜› mayuki here i come!! LOL!


  15. Man-D wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 1:44 am

    It doesnt matter where it comes from as long as it taste good…delicious…thats more important…looks like Sarawak have a lot of good food eh…’leave nothing but ur SALIVA‘…nice one bongkersz!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    –> food is everywhere ๐Ÿ˜› sabah any well known food? cannot be just orang utan is associated with sabah right? ๐Ÿ˜› pretty ladies? haha!


  16. CharYeLLe wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 2:58 am

    Its the noodles they use k. And the quality of the minyak babi la… hor hor hor.. in Kuching, not all nice oso, must choose stall one haha.. apa lagi KL!??

    Damn rasa mauk makan Kolo Mee now!

    –> kualiti minyak babi? rotflmao! so which stall in kuching the kolo mee is good? ๐Ÿ˜€ mok makan? lick the monitor girl!


  17. Kenn Leandre wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Mi Kampua not d same as wantan la..
    the one along Sg Besi highway sells wantan. been there often. wantan’s good, but its not kampua…

    also, wat makes kampua “kampua” is the noodles.IMHO..:)

    –> exactly. oh, i never been to the sg. besi stall, so don’t know whether it is wantan or kampua or kolo mee. maybe one day ๐Ÿ˜€


  18. nono wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    ‘dude’ hahahah! LMAO!!!! hahaha… ๐Ÿ˜‰ *tetak golek golek*

    Sarawakians are modest people, they do not brag about how great their food is in the world or whatever shitsโ€ฆ

    hahaha! you’re right! i never brag and i never heard overly exaggerated claims such as ‘laksa sarawak from sarawak is the best in the world’ or bla bla bla from sarawakians.. ๐Ÿ˜›

    My friend Eddie, you were asking about the mee kolok in the picture ker? I think it is not the halal one kot (bena sik bong?)… But we do have the halal one jugak.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    –> er, apa yang lucu nono? ๐Ÿ˜• tok entry serious, pasal food review. mak aku padah sik boleh buat lawak depan makanan ๐Ÿ˜† yeah the Kolo Mee in the picture is non-halal. halal one, ask Nono to cook one. ๐Ÿ˜›


  19. nono wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    ohhh kucar kacir comments ku! *sigh*

    –> sudah dibetulkan!!! :up:


  20. ahlost wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I courier the ingredients for you ๐Ÿ™‚

    –> sure? i am waiting!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ :XO:


  21. nono wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    ooohhh bong! thank you!!!!!!!!!! ehehheeh :halo:
    cook mee kolok? huhuahahahah…. laksa sarawak boleh la.. but i’ll make it a try la. blaja lok oit! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    –> aku sedia menanti.. cepat gik blaja!


  22. nono wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    eh lupak nak jawab.. apa yang lucu? your post la.. all the ‘kah kah kah’and also the bragging part.. hahah… ๐Ÿ˜†

    –> ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ


  23. Man-D wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    bongkersz…I cant think of any famous food here coz they dun put it like Penang Laksa or Laksa ,Sarawak or Kuching Kolo Mee…lol…emmm wait…Tuaran Mien maybe…well, pretty ladies??? of coz lah ๐Ÿ˜›

    –> ehem, i am interested to know the pretty ladies.. do i have any chance? ๐Ÿ˜› :XO: :XO:


  24. Man-D wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    wahahaha bongkersz…no problem…it’s only from u…either u want t or not…lol…

    –> i…. want~! ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ


  25. lola wrote on Apr 22, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    uik, is this the one i told u to go to?

    –> cannot remember lola, where you asked me to go?


  26. Aisyah wrote on Apr 23, 2008 at 4:01 am

    it’s almost 4 in the morning right now. I’m starting to feel hungry but I’m not going to go downstairs alone to get some food (if there is any) and reading your entry is making me drool.

    kalo mee. I think I never had it before. maybe i should give it a try. and, good review, bongkerz. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    –> 4 in the morning like that gwen stefani’s song? ๐Ÿ˜† you are nocturnal heh? it’s kolo mee.. kalo ko nak makan.. kena pergi sarawak lah ๐Ÿ˜› around kl i don’t think they sell any halal version. ๐Ÿ™„


  27. melbie wrote on Apr 23, 2008 at 8:42 am

    eh how come this post got the emoticon whereas the emotion post I cannot find just now? hehehe

    ok back to the topic…. any :up: place you can recommend for that non-pork based kolo mee in Kuching, bongkersz? Man-D and I are going to the RWMF in July.. if sempat, of coz want to try! :XO: Hehehe … *wipes drools* … aiii so lapar some more .. tak sempat breakfast today haha

    –> non-pork based kolo mee? i need to ask around then ๐Ÿ™‚ RWMF!! :up: I will be there! (hopefully… :cool:)


  28. Clare wrote on Apr 23, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Eh The Curve weekend flea market got 1 stall selling sarawak laksa paste, if anyone is craving for it. Make sure you know how to cook it lar. One packet about RM5 if I am not mistaken.

    –> what brand? swallow brand? ๐Ÿ˜† laksa not really craving for it. just kolo mee!!


  29. melbie wrote on Apr 23, 2008 at 11:06 am

    eh eh Man-D mentioned tuaran mee.. how about Ngiu Chap?? :up: But must know where to go, there’s one in Donggongon (Penampang) that is always crowded, especially on Sundays ๐Ÿ™‚ Must go eat ngiu chap this weekend and take photos, post in my food blog .. eh I think I have lah.. must look for that photo lah .. hehe

    Soto in Sabah also different than the ones in KL… that’s among the first food that my cousins always look for whenever they come back to Sabah…

    –> apa tu ngiu chap? ๐Ÿ˜• pork? beef? chicken? noodles? soup? dry? cepat take photos!


  30. melbie wrote on Apr 23, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    ngiu chap.. ngau chap.. beef soup with mee or meehon or just have it on its own.. ahahha … darn.. just thinking about it makes my mouth water … :up:

    –> in sarawak, kuching we have this kueh chap – flat noodles served in a herbly soup (not unlike bak kut teh) with tauhu pok, and all sorts of pork meat and innards. er i tak minat.. but many of my friends love it! haha!


  31. suituapui wrote on Apr 23, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I’ve eaten the Tuaran mee…stopped there on the way to Kundasang!!! :up: Ok, not bad…but can’t remember what it exactly tastes like now! ๐Ÿ˜†


  32. mrcoolku wrote on Apr 23, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    such a plate of kolo mee make me miss home so much!! i haven eat any swk food at west here. sigh… wanna taste their quality too. :vangry:

    –> go find out dude.. hehe!


  33. melbie wrote on Apr 24, 2008 at 10:01 am

    oh ngiu chap doesn’t have tauhu pok… just meatballs and all edible parts of a kerbau.. haha.. when I went by that shop the other day, I saw there’s a new weekend specialty now.. the kerbau genital! LOL *euw* I’ll stick with the meat and meatballs hehehe :up:

    –> don’t fancy eating genitals. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: rotflmao! balls.. meat balls okay hahahaha!


  34. clement wrote on Apr 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    one more week for my beloved kampua~!!!! :up:


  35. melbie wrote on Apr 24, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Hey it supposed to help men with their libido oh eating itu genital hahaha ๐Ÿ˜†

    –> dumb lah to believe that haha! the genital just like other part of the body, maybe more blood vessels and muscles.. i should eat more chicken wing to help me fly. wait chicken can’t fly. eat hawk’s wings then. eat horse legs to run faster hehe. placebo effect ๐Ÿ˜€


  36. Man-D wrote on Apr 24, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Mel, ko sudah try the famous Mi Sup Pipin kah? oppss..ko nda makan bab’s pula tu kan…muahahaha…Oh ya, I forgot about the Ngiu Chap…yummy!

    STP, Tuaran Mee of coz sedap lah…cant remember the tastes? Bah, come to Sabah lah…

    –> Tuaran Mee? Ada photo? Show lah some photos..


  37. melbie wrote on Apr 24, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    ya ya sia nda makan.. maka sia nda tau rasa … wahahaha .. dimanakah tempat itu??? oh oh .. you’re chucking at us discussing food ah, bongkersz??? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    –> i always check the comments using my mobile, i log in to gmail mobile to do so, but too lazy to reply to the comments, it takes time to reply using mobile ๐Ÿ˜


  38. suituapui wrote on Apr 24, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Will try my best to go…but it’s fixed! You’re taking me to Little Italy!!! Hahahahaha!!!! Ask Melbie! We were talking about it in my blog!…OK, bong, 38 comments liao! When the girls reply, you’ll get 40 lor!!! ROTFLMAO!!!! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

    –> i was thinking to delete this comment, because it is kinda repeated… but the 1st part of the comment.. different from the other one? haha!


  39. suituapui wrote on Apr 24, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Man-D, would love to go! But u’re taking me to Little Italy! Ask Melbie…already discussed in my blog! ROTFLMAO!!!…38 komen liao, bong, and when the girls reply, hit 40 lor!!! Kalah STP liao!!! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

    –> eh ada pertandingan ke? ๐Ÿ˜†


  40. melbie wrote on Apr 25, 2008 at 11:08 am

    you don’t know that STP is a commentwhore?? People camwhore, he’s into commentwhoring .. LOL..

    correction for previous comment *chuckling, not chucking hehhe


  41. pervertism101 wrote on Apr 28, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Santan sik cukup bah. that’s why colour looks like bihun belacan. God, I am so wanting Bihun Belacan NOW…

    Have you tried the laksa at Jalan Kemajuan near Armada Hotel? Not bad but damn expensive.

    –> belom gik. nyaman kah? ๐Ÿ˜› sik minat gilak laksa tok.. kakaka!


  42. melbie wrote on Apr 28, 2008 at 11:30 am

    haha bong.. that’s why lah it always amuse me whenever I see such “adverts”… makan certain parts of the animals, can get better this .. ala.. if cannot perform.. cannot lah ba .. LOL

    p.s: I really need to stop and take a photo of these advertisements along the roadside here .. just something written on a piece of plywood in red paint.. something about call a certain number to get a man’s spring back! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ROTFL

    –> plenty of that kind of adverts here, malas to take the photos.. haha! extra promotion for them later. who knows those who read it in the blog may go and get it ๐Ÿ˜›


  43. melbie wrote on Apr 28, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    hahaha .. in that case, dowan to take photos la.. ajaran sesat kepada minoriti.. kekekkee …

    btw, posted the ngiu chap photos in my food blog … go have a look and see if there’s another name for that? ๐Ÿ˜Ž stp, just click on my name here and it’ll lead you to my food blog ๐Ÿ˜›


  44. melbie wrote on Apr 28, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    eh kenapa tu ada trackback? hahahha aku salah click la tu kan? ah.. hentam ja la … asalkan mesej sampai kan :up:


  45. yoong wrote on Mar 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    anybody can tell me where i can learn to preparethe original version of sarawak kolok mee.of course i am willing to pay for the couching fee.tq


  46. Anonymous wrote on May 17, 2009 at 8:39 am

    ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ˜ก :vangry: ๐Ÿ˜•


  47. Hee wrote on Jun 1, 2009 at 10:42 am

    I tried this place again.

    What can I say is, it has improved a lot since then. I still frequent the place.

    One thing I noticed is that they really should work on the consistency. Two weeks ago, I went there. It tasted great! I would give it 9/10. However, I went there on 31/5/2009. The younger brother was very apologetic about the not so great char-siew…. But, i also found out that their kolo-mee as a whole is not that good that day. So, you people should give it a chance lah.


  48. bongkersz wrote on Jun 5, 2009 at 11:06 am

    glad to hear that! ๐Ÿ˜›


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