Going Cultural

Mee Pok at Kim Joo

We started the day late for breakfast. We went to Kim Joo along Jalan Carpenter for breakfast of kolo mee and mee pok. Our host said, this place is good for kolo mee. But the other nice one is at Sin Min Joo. In order to see if the noodles made is nice, you have to see of the person preparing. Usually, heavy set people would have prepared a better tasting noodle because a lot of energy is required to knead the dough. So, my mom said, then I should change career to be a noodle maker since I am so large in size. Very funny!

Kolo mee earlier yesterday at Padungan food court

Our host’s nephew came along with us for kolo mee. He’s half French, ¼ Chinese and ¼ Bidayuh. And yes, he’s a very handsome little boy. He was on vacation for two months in Kuching. He eats kolo mee 3 meals a day- everyday! He is leaving the same weekend as us, so, he prayed to God that, 10,000 kolo mee will fall on him before he leaves. LOL! So, kolo mee must be a damn big deal! He joined us – all Hokkien speaking aunties and happily tucked in his bowl of kolo mee.

A very pissed worker at Aladin Cafe

We went around Jalan Carpenter for a look see. We were introduced to Teo Chew temple, Hokkien Temple and the Tua Pek Kong Temple aka Banjir (Flood) Temple. Why is it called Banjir Temple? It’s because during the days before the temple was built, the area was flooded all the time. Once the temple was built, there is no longer flooding. So, many people are very grateful to the deity, Tua Pek Kong for stopping the flood which affects many livelihood. Am not too sure how true this is lah. He could be right because he’s being born and bred in Kuching and lives in Kuching all his life! Even if he decided to bullshit us, we will never know. One thing for sure, his stories are super entertaining!

It’s a hot, hot day!

Air drying some paddy

A very friendly uncle welcoming us by spinning the gasing

After that, we went to Kg Annah Rias, a Bidayuh longhouse somewhere in Padawan. This is a real long housing area. It sure looks like some normal kampong in West Malaysia- just that, instead of houses built on stilts only, they have elaborate flooring made of bamboo all over the area. It reminds me of the kampong orang asli in Gombak – just that this one is more elaborate. We were greeted by a welcome drink, tuak. Entrance fee is RM8 per person. Here, we could see how real Bidayuh people live. Actually, the place is already modernized. We had a peek at one of the good auntie’s house when we asked for permission to use her toilet. This auntie also provided lodging here in the longhouse. For those who are interested to see how the natives live, probably it’s a good idea to do a homestay here. I guess they also provide for nature adventures such as picnic to hot spring, river rafting, jungle trekking, etc. For further information, please click here.

The very entertaining orang Ulu

When we left the longhouse, it was already 2 pm. We made our way to Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong. Had a short walkabout before we went to watch the cultural show at 4 pm. The cultural shows are performed daily at 2 pm and 4 pm only. So, I guess it’s advisable to go to Cultural Village early to have a walkabout before attending the cultural show at 2 pm or 4 pm. The place is closed by the time the cultural show is over, so be early. SCV is easily accessible from most hotels or hostels in Kuching. They have a pick up time in vans for most hotels and only cost RM10 for two-way journey.

The entrance fee for SCV is RM60 for adults and RM30 for children above 6 years old. For senior citizens, it’s half priced as well at RM30. We enjoyed the cultural show a lot. I think when I was there 6 years ago, I enjoyed it as much as I do now! 6 years ago, I paid RM45 only for entrance. :(

The walkway towards the beach front at Damai

The Damai beach, just opposite SCV is now visible from SCV itself. I remember the last time I came here, we had to use the backlane going towards the beach! Now, you can see the entire beach in its splendor from a man-built waterfront. The giant hornbill is still in the process of installation. I guess this place would be splendid in no time! We took a stroll to the beach but didn’t go down to the sands because of the coming torrential rains.

Fish porridge and kueh chap – remember to pile on the chilli for the spicy and sour goodness!

We made our way back to Kuching town for dinner of fish porridge, prawn porridge and kueh chap (opposite the Teo Chew temple along Jalan Carpenter) before heading to Kuching Food Festival for another session of pigging out. Kuching Food Festival is organized every year from 31 July to 31 August to commemorate the Merdeka day. I wish that this festival would serve more native food though. It is more inclined towards Taiwanese street food – like the ones I saw in my trip to Taipei.

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6 Responses to “Going Cultural”

  1. epicuriousgirl Says:

    you should have asked for wild boar at the long house lol! was it your first time tasting tuak?

    • Gina Says:

      Speaking of wild boar, we saw people selling them by the road side on our way from Padawan to Santubong. Literally, by the roadside..

      Tuak – I think I drank tuak before but for the life of me, cannot remember where and when. Hahaha!

  2. unkaleong Says:

    Wah…we may be spreading our wings to East Malaysia soon. Before I go i will check with you on where to makan ;)

  3. TheOwl Says:

    Hi Gina. I like your blog. You write funny LOL. Am thinking of going to Kuching for 4 nights (2 or 3 nights in a Kuching city hotel). Do you think it’s worth staying for 2 nights at a resort hotel at Santubong? The mountain looks so beautiful. TQ

    • Gina Says:

      Yes. I think Santubong is a really nice place. Breathtaking mountain view! I am not sure of what you can eat there though! It’s rather far from town centre. If you like a quiet place just to relax and chill, Santubong is the place. I’ts nearby Damai – so there’s a beach as well. I am not sure if they have adventures stuff for you to try. Perhaps if you are adventurous, perhaps, can go to Bako, or go for trekking near Santubong.

      Then, escape to the Kuching town, for a little hustle bustle, good food, music (the night life is super happening compared to KL! No joke!). Be careful of your belongings though. My mates in Kuching were cautioning us about the escalating crimes lately.

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