Kuching Sarawak Foodtrail – Attack of the Borneon Kopitiam

September 23, 2013 by  
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Kuching is one of the popular cities in Malaysia where we are able to find different kinds of delicacies from different ethnic group. On the 13th of September, we had followed a group of tourists from Singapore to embark on the “Attack of the Borneon Kopitiam” food trail.

We started gathering at Hilton Hotel and were separated into groups, to try the different foods in Kuching. Following the blue and green group, we followed our tour guide to the first stop which is Borneo Delight situated opposite of Medan Pelita. When all the groups were ready, we set out for our journey on the food trail.

tour guide getting the group ready

tour guide getting the group ready

Kuching is such a colorful city with the green trees at the sidewalks and different kinds of colourful buildings brightening up the streets. While walking, we passed through one of the oldest Chinese temple in Kuching which is the Siew San Teng Tua Pek Kong. With dragon carvings on the wall of the temple, it certainly isn’t a landmark to be missed. We then crossed the road and walked through a row of shoplots selling souvenirs.

the journey to Borneo Delight

the journey to Borneo Delight

Borneo Delight is not far from the area and it took only a few more minutes to reach. Situated just beside the road, Borneo Delight gives out a very traditional feeling to its customers. With wooden furniture and Dayak styled carvings and ornaments in the shop, the traditional ambience is something that you should enjoy. We had our first food trail stop with some delicious Sarawak Laksa at Borneo Delight. The Sarawak Laksa is a different from any other laksa as it has its own way of preparation and some of the ingredients used are different from the others. A food which is specially made in Sarawak and is a must to try when in Kuching.

When we were done eating our laksa, we next ate ayam pansuh which is, chicken cooked in bamboo, one of the popular Dayak delicacy in Kuching. We also tried the Borneo Umai, which is a seafood made of rawfish and gives a sour taste. We also drank lychee with seaweed, a drink made by blending lychee and seaweed, before we continued our food trail to the second stop which is the Chinese Barbeque Specialist. We followed the tour guide and were brought to the Kuching waterfront to have some sightseeing. The Kuching Waterfront is such a relaxing place to be. With the trees blocking out the sunlight and the sampan or water taxi seen sending people to the other side of the Sarawak River; it gives you that serene feeling. Most of the Singapore tourists who were with us at that time took the opportunity to take some photos of themselves and the waterfront for some sweet memories. We then stopped by one of Kuching’s most popular cat monument, which is a monument of a family of cats, for a group photo.

Enjoying the meal

Enjoying the meal

We then arrived at our second stop which is the Chinese Barbeque Specialist to have some Kolo Mee and Honey Chrysanthemum tea. The honey chrysanthemum tea is really refreshing after the walk from Borneo Delight. The kolo mee was also very filling and delicious. Mixed together with the drinks, the two really complement each other giving a very nice taste.

second stop, the Sarawak Kolo Mee

second stop, the Sarawak Kolo Mee

After enjoying our meal, we head to the last stop, which is the Sarawak Kek Lapis shop and factory in Medan Pelita. We walked through the city again while having some sightseeing of the buildings in Kuching accompanied by the roar of jets roaming the sky from time to time practicing for Malaysia Day celebration on 16 September 2013.

Sightseeing while food trailing

Sightseeing while food trailing

We then reached Medan Pelita and took the stairs up to the second floor to reach Sarawak Kek Lapis factory which comprised of 9 factories. In a small walkway, we were greeted by the sellers of the kek lapis and we were introduced to their different kinds of designs. All the cakes were freshly baked kek lapis for us to enjoy.

seeing the different designs of the Sarawak Kek Lapis

seeing the different designs of the Sarawak Kek Lapis

The “Attack Of the Borneon Kopitiam” food trail was a tiring but fruitful experience for us all. We get to enjoy the different types of food here in Kuching and also see the landmarks and places of interest that Kuching provides us with. In short, the food trail was an unforgettable experience.

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Santubong Homestay Hari Raya Gathering, an upcoming signature product for Sarawak

September 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Sarawak

Perfomers

Perfomers

The State and Federal Ministry of Tourism together with Santubong Homestay, had organized a Hari Raya Gathering to bring together homestay operators and tourism agencies on the 24 August 2013.  The gathering was also organized to allow homestay operators to promote their products and also to forge a network together with tourism companies and agencies that were present together in that time.
The organization of Sarawak Homestay Operators was officially launched on 25 August 2012 and the objective of the founding was to guide the homestay operators to increase their quality, quantity and also their exposure. Up to now, there are more than 30 villages and longhouses in Sarawak that are registered with the Ministry of Tourism.
time schedule

event time schedule

During the Hari Raya Gathering, other than the handicrafts which were displayed at the entrance, there are also various performances such as a comedy skit, a skit on the Malay wedding ceremony, a ceremony on the cutting of Hari Raya pulut, and other performance art such as dances, singing and Sarawakian Malay Gendang. The main objective of the gathering was to promote the organization and the event will be broadcast on the internet ie YouTube, Facebook and various other social media platform, and also in different languages. The product will be made a signature product for the homestay organization.
Malay wedding gown red

Malay wedding gown red

wedding gown Malay

white Malay wedding gown

Malay wedding gown black

Malay wedding gown black

Malay wedding gown red top

Malay wedding gown red

This year, the operators of Homestay in Sarawak are expected to have an increase in income. This is following the federal government allocation of RM5.6 million into the upgrading of homestay facilities in the state.
One of the emphases made during the event was the security and hygiene of each homestay to prevent unwanted incidents. Besides that, homestay operators are also encouraged to keep records of their guest to make things easier for the homestay operator and the guest. This is to allow tourists who plan to stay at the homestay to feel safe and secure thus allowing the homestay to be rated and gain more customers in the future. Tourists of various nationalities attended the event. They are from Africa, Korean, Australian, UK, Canada, Philippines, Bangladesh etc.
Homestay operators in Sarawak are expected to do better this year. With an income amounting to 1 million by 28 homestays last year, the income generated this year would hopefully be bigger with the help of the federal government in funding the upgrading of their facilities.
Malay wedding ceremony

Malay wedding ceremony

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