Sarawakians celebrate their teatime heavily. We have cafés/stalls/restaurants established specially for teatime, and they have been operating since ages ago.
In order to enjoy your Sarawakian teatime, it is important to know exactly where to go and what to sample. Listed below are popular teatime spots in Sarawak:
IN THE CITY CENTRE
Chong Chon Biscuit Maker – This stall in Kai Joo Lane sells the best puffs in Kuching city for the past half a century. Must try items here are the deep-fried yam puff and the siew pau. Come early because everything is usually sold out by 1pm.
- Address: 6, Kai Joo Lane, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
Opening hours: 9am-5pm (Monday-Saturday), Closed on Sundays
Tel: +60 82 248 621
Non-halal, $, Take-out only
Sin Kwang Heng @ Open-Air Market – The Open-Air Market is a nostalgic food court located opposite of Electra House. A must try are local snacks like their signature Sio Bee (pork & mackerel dumpling) and Tao Sa Pao (red bean steam bun) including fresh soya bean drink, all from Sin Kwang Heng stall.
- Address: Stall 30, Lebuh Power, 93000, Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
Opening hours: 7:30am-11:30pm daily
Lau Ya Keng – Located at Carpenter Street, Lau Ya Keng Foodcourt is known for their pork satay and tanghoon (glass noodles) with tofu. The kueh chap (flat rice sheet in fragrant herbal mixed pork broth) here is legendary as well!
- Address: 19, Carpenter St, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
Opening hours: 7am-12am daily
Cendol Mami – Kuching does not have many cendol (shaved ice and coconut milk dessert) spots. But if you are looking for one, you can’t go wrong with Cendol Mami. Their cendol comes with all sorts of topping to choose from, such as sago, tapai, durian and so much more. Order together with cucur campur (mixed fritters) for a fulfilling teatime here.
- Address: 1, Q309, Taman Melati 2, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
Opening hours: 10:30am-6pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 10:30am-8:15pm (Sunday), Closed on Mondays
Mom’s Cucur Campur 63 Kafe – Mom’s Cucur Campur is not only limited to selling a good choice of cucur, lok-lok and keropok lekor. In fact, this hawker-style food court also sells local delicacies like satay, mee jawa and of course, the State’s signature: Sarawak Laksa.
- Address: SL 12, Lot 95, Jalan Semarak, Kampung Laruk Skim, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
Opening hours: 5pm-11pm daily
Tel: +60 16 858 1953
Old Rex Cucur Udang Café – Straightforward as its name is, Old Rex is known for its tasty and affordable cucur udang (prawn fritters) since ages. Besides cucur udang, they also serve lok-lok, shaved ice desserts like White Lady and many more tea time delicacies.
- Address: Ground Floor, 437-438, Jalan Rubber, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
Opening hours: 6:30am-5pm (Tuesday-Sunday), Closed on Mondays
Song Kheng Hai– When you pay a visit to Song Kheng Hai Hawker Centre, you must try its fresh sugarcane mixed with coconut water drink, cuttle fish kangkung (water spinach) and mee belacan. There’s even kompia sold here!
- Address: Jalan Song Kheng Hai, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
Opening hours: 11:30am-5pm daily
Tel: +60 14 684 0916
Swee Kang Ais Kacang – Swee Kang has all sorts of teatime goodness that you can imagine such as jagung susu, laici kang or white lady. People of all races and religion don’t only come here for its shaved ice, but also delicacies like rojak. cha kueh and lok-lok.
- Address: Jalan Kulas – Haji Taha Interchange, Kampung Bandarshah, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak (Click HERE for location)
Opening hours: 12pm-6:30pm (Friday-Wednesday), Closed on Thursdays
Dayang Saloma Cucur Campur – This small roadside stall located across the road from ‘Sekolah Kebangsaan Encik Buyong’ school, is always busy especially around afternoon tea. Famous are their banana fritters, vegetable fritters, prawn fritters, and apam balik (local pancake topped with sugar, butter, and peanuts).