Wondering what’s for breakfast in the City of Cats? Well you’ve come to the right place, because Kuching offers cheap, satisfying and delicious breakfast/brunch that’ll surely put a big smile on your face.
Here, we list the places that serve awesome breakfast, and what to try at each place:
IN THE CITY CENTRE
Oriental Park – Famous for its authentic-tasting kolo mee, served with char siu (barbecue pork). There are two types of kolo mee you can try here: red (lard sauce) and white.
- Address: Gertak Lane, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak
Tel: +60 82 419 124
Opening hours: 7am-1pm daily
Kim Joo – Located at the nostalgic Carpenter Street, Kim Joo has been around since 1958, serving its famous ‘Zheng’- what the locals call mixed pork soup – that comes with a bowl of ‘kosong’ kolo mee. The tomato mee here is a must eat also.
- Address: 73, Jalan, Ewe Hai St, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak
Opening hours: 6:30am-2pm (Tuesday-Sunday)
Closed on Monday
Nyan Shin Café – For generations, Nyan Shin Café has been selling handmade Hakka-styled noodles in Kuching. The star menu at this café is none other than its mutton mee that is served with soft and tender mutton.
- Address: 24, Carpenter St, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak
Opening hours: 5:30am-11:30am daily
Tel: +60 82 427 077
Chong Choon – Another famous place in Kuching for Sarawak laksa, sold here at Poh Lam Laksa stall. Other stalls selling breakfast dishes like mee jawa and roti kahwin toasts are worth a try too. Come early because Chong Choon is a busy all-in-one breakfast place.
- Address: 275, Jalan Chan Chin Ann, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Opening hours: 6:30am-12pm (Wednesday to Monday), 6:30am-11am (Tuesday)
Mohammad Lim Kolo Mee – For folks who want to try a halal and authentic Chinese-style kolo mee, go to Mohammad Lim’s Kolo Mee. It is to die for!
- Address: 56, Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak
Opening hours: 6am-12pm daily
BAN HOCK AREA
Choon Hui Café – The Sarawak laksa at this kopitiam was featured as “breakfast of the Gods” by the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. Besides that, kolo mee, popiah and the charcoal toast are also a must try.
- Address: 34, Ban Hock Road, 93100 Kuching
Tel: +60 82 243 857
Opening hours: 7am-1pm (Tuesday-Sunday)
Closed on Mondays
Joo Seng – A crowd’s favourite, Joo Seng is a testament to Sarawak’s racial tolerance and harmony. Malay and Chinese stalls operate side-by-side in this kopitiam, serving its popular roti kahwin toasts, mee jawa, chicken rice and bubbly teh tarik drink.
- Address: No 125, 1 1/2 Miles, Jalan Rock, 93200 Kuching, Sarawak
Opening hours: 5:30am-5pm (Monday-Saturday) Closed on Sunday
Tel: +60 82 240 044
Rojak Kucei – Rojak Kucei is a legendary stall in Kuching selling rojak ayam, which is a crispy fried chicken in a mixture of peanut gravy, along with fritters, tofu and bean sprouts. On Saturdays, this stall sells rice biryani. The queues are long here but it’s definitely worth the wait.
- Address: Jalan Batu Lintang, 93200 Kuching, Sarawak
Opening hours: From early in the morning until slightly past noon.
Tel: +60 19 816 0238
Fu Yu Café – Fu Yu café is a one-stop cafeteria in Satok selling a huge selection of halal Sarawakian fare such as kolo mee and mee jawa. But its famous dish is undoubtedly none other than Sarawak laksa, sold at Laksa Dewi stall.
- Address: 93400 Kuching, Sarawak
Opening hours: 6am-3pm daily
Mee Brunei Muzium – Looking for some good old yellow noodle served in a beef broth? Check out Mee Brunei Muzium for its generous and delicious serving of Mee Brunei.
- Address: Jalan Satok (1.18 km), 93400 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Opening hours: 6:30am-3pm daily
Tel: +60 12 899 8930
Yong Hua Café – Another legendary café that exhibits Sarawak’s racial harmony, Yong Hua café has been attracting customers since it began operating in 1984. Popular here are mee sapi, bak kut teh (substituted with beef), mee jawa and satay.
- Address: No. 318, Ground Floor, Lorong 5 Off Jalan Satok, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak
Opening hours: 6am-2pm daily
Tel: +60 82 251 099
Sepinang Sari Café / Mee Sapi Haji Salleh – One of the best eateries that sells halal kolo mee, serving it with beef as a substitute, hence why it is called mee sapi here. Like most kopitiams in Kuching, roti kahwin toast is also sold here. Come early to avoid the long queue.
- Address: Lot 206, Section II, Ground Flr 93400, Kuching
Opening hours: 5:30am-1pm daily
Tel: +60 82 422 206
Sadiqin Lim Kampua @ Mom’s Laksa – This stall serves all kinds of halal Sibu-style kampua, made fresh by owner Mohd Sadiqin Fairuz Lim. There are three kinds of kampua sold here which are Kampua Masin (salted), Kampua Sos (with chilli) and Kampua Manis (sweet), besides Mee Sua and Wonton.
- Address: Gita semarak (2.54 km), 93050 Kuching.
Tel: +60 16 666 3278