Kuching Street Food You Need to Know About

What’s a city without its own fair share of street food?

So far we’ve seen much of the culinary offerings of Kuching, from its signatures like kolo mee and Sarawak laksa to its dessert varieties. The food choices in the Bornean state is inexhaustive, however, and our exploration continues with the street food options in the Land of the Hornbill.


Also known as Asian bagels (due to its origins from the Fuzhou region in China), the kompia comes either with crispy sesame outer layer or soft skin and has a variety of fillings, from traditional pork fillings to modern reiterations with jam and nutella.

Cha Kueh

Essentially stir fried rice cakes, this local favourite can be made sweet or salty. Also includes radish and lots of eggs as main ingredients.


This coconut and sugarcane combo is sweet and savoury, thanks to the coconut flesh in the drink. This thirst-quencher is the perfect drink on a hot and sunny.

Kueh Chap

This authentic local delicacy is composed of flat rice noodles in a pork stew of various pork innards and parts of meat.

Mee Belacan

Comprising vermicelli and belacan as the main ingredient the mee belacan is more bark than bite. The texture is similar to mee hailam but of a completely different ballgame taste-wise.


The bracken fern can be cooked in a variety of ways, and goes well with all types of meat. This is a staple vegetable to go with meals in Sarawak.

Oyster Omelette

Fried thin, the edges of this large omelette are thin while the center has big juicy oysters. Best shared due to its enormous size.

Pork Satay

Although not exclusive to Sarawak, the pork satay is more commonly found here. Goes great with the classic peanut sauce.

Sarawak Three Layer Tea

Also known as The C Peng Special, this drink is a combination of brown sugar, evaporated milk, and red tea which are presented in three layers.

Tomato Noodles

The local version of spaghetti bolognaise but with local noodles, this dish is unique to Sarawak.

Umai Ikan

A favourite local appetiser, the umai ikan can be made from a variety of fish which are ground until the juices are present.

Sago Worm

An acquired taste, these worms have juicy body but a bitter head, and can be eaten in many ways.

Interested to know more fun information about Kuching? Check out our list of must-see cat statues in the Sarawak capital here.

Vimal Palasekaran

Vimal Palasekaran

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