5 places for sumptuous Sarawak Laksa in Kuching

The late Anthony Bourdain once called Sarawak Laksa “Breakfast of the Gods”. We may not know his spiritual proclivity but we know one thing for sure: Sarawak Laksa makes for an amazing breakfast (and lunch and dinner).

Significantly different from the many other types of laksa available in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak Laksa is made with sambal belacan, coconut milk, sour tamarind, garlic, galangal, and lemongrass.

Served with rice vermicelli and topped with strips of chicken and prawn, this Bornean version of the laksa is beloved by all Sarawakians, and is enjoyed by families and friends no matter what time of the day.

It goes without saying that a trip to Kuching is never quite complete without digging into a bowl of thick laksa goodness, that’s for sure.

To help plan your next culinary expedition to the Land of the Hornbill, here’s a list of five must-visit spots that serve some of the best Sarawak Laksa ever.

Choon Hui Cafe

In honour of Bourdain, kicking-off this list is Choon Hui Café, where the laksa stall the chef fell in love with in 2005, still stands to this day.

Since then, Bourdain has returned to the coffee shop off Jalan Ban Hock many times, even buying a round of meals for everyone in the restaurant during one visit.

The queue starts building up right from opening time, and the orders come pouring in, in a matter of minutes. Then you wait.

The stall keepers work diligently like a well-oiled machine making one bowl of laksa after another for hungry customers, but expect to wait for up to an hour or more for your serving.

In the meantime, find a seat and order some appetisers, like popiah or eggs with toast.

The laksa here is definitely worth the wait, though. Filled to the brim with local Sarawak pepper and spices, this dish comes with king prawns, poached chicken, shredded omelette and a generous helping of noodles and beansprouts.

Choon Hui Cafe
34, Jalan Ban Hock,
93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Open: 7am-2pm (Closed Mondays)

Mei Xin Laksa @ Lau Ya Keng

What was formerly an outdoor theatre in the olden days is now a bustling food court catering to tourists and locals alike.

In the food court is a Sarawak Laksa stall called Mei Xin, serving delicious laksa that some might say caters more to the tourist’s tongue than the local’s.

Flanked by stalls selling other Sarawak delicacies, Mei Xin’s Sarawak Laksa holds its ground with flavours perfect for those who prefer laksa on the lighter side.

Also feel free to customise your bowl, with more shrimp, fish balls, extra chicken, baby scallops, or razor clams.

Lau Ya Keng Foodcourt
19, Lebuh Carpenter,
93000 Kuching, Sarawak
Open: 7am-2pm

Poh Lam Laksa @ Chong Choon Café

Chong Choon Café is a famous spot amongst families, who throng the place in the mornings for a wide assortment of Sarawak fare.

A definite crowd puller is the Sarawak Laksa at Poh Lam, which comes with fully-peeled juicy prawns. The ambience is perfect to enjoy the laksa too, as the area is both airy and spacious.

Expect a mixed crowd of all races here, reflecting the beauty of Borneo.

Chong Choon Cafe
275, Jalan Chan Chin Ann, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Open: 6am-12pm (Closed Tuesdays)

Mom’s Laksa Cafe

The only franchise in our list, Mom’s Laksa proves there is a reason why their Sarawak Laksa is so beloved that the brand had to set-up four different outlets.

The laksa served here is thicker and creamier than its counterparts, and boasts a generous helping of big prawns too in every serving. With its many outlets, you can get your laksa fix in any part of the town at (almost) anytime!

Mom’s Laksa Cafe
93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Open: 7am-4.30pm

Teresa Laksa

If you’re having a night time craving for Sarawak Laksa, well, you know you can make a beeline for Teresa Laksa.

Located right by the Tune Hotel Kuching, Teresa has withstood the test of time for almost two decades, and has customers returning from far and wide for a bowl.

Auntie Teresa is generous with the peppercorn, resulting in a kick to her laksa broth unlike any other.

Her stall is not far from TopSpot, where locals and tourists go for scrumptious seafood at affordable prices.

Mom’s Laksa Cafe
93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Open: 6pm-3am

Top spots for delicious Sarawak Laksa in Kuching

This article first appeared in uppre.com