Miri, Sarawak Part 1: Miri in our Stomach

We have been thinking of visiting Miri for quite sometime and finally it was brought to fruition. Since Miss Jean offered us exclusive accommodation and thanks for being such a helpful and thoughtful tour guide, she made Miri even yummier!

“You’ll have to try this, you can’t find this in KL…” quoted Miss Jean, which made us even curious to try and expanded our appetite. I bid goodbye to my waistline.

These were just some their local fares.
Mainly noodles in this post and more in the next one 🙂

1. Miri’s Kolok Mee (Sarawak Dried Noodles)
According to Miss Jean, Miri’s version is more of FooChow style, which was different in taste, noodle texture and colour from the ones at Kuching. One of our favourite, we’re still not bored of it. From breakfast till supper, the inhabitants here (Chinese, mostly FooChow population dominated) could put away with kolok mee.
We prefer the original version (without any additional sauce). You can opt to add on black soy sauce or char siew sauce, which was a lil’ red. Thumbs up 🙂

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2. Dian Bian Hu (Silky-smooth wok noodles)
A popular FooChow dish,it is actually rice flour noodles. How they were cooked? Firstly, fill the wok with stock and as it comes to a boil, pour the runny rice flour batter around the top of the wok. As the batter sets, gently scrapes it off the sides with a spatula and lets it fall into the boiling stock. Then add light soy sauce, fried shallots, cuttlefish, black fungus and fish balls and cooks them for a few minutes.
Dian Bian Hu are eaten with a soup spoon, as they are too delicate to hold with chopsticks. The soup is light and subtle.
Source of recipe from thestar.

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3. Fried Corn Starch Noodles
Very chewy. Tasted like hokkien noodles and rice noodle at the same time 😉 I remembered having these at KL near Jalan Genting Klang. But it was ages ago.

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4. MeeHoon Assam
This meehoon (vermicelli) is slightly thicker and with more texture. Sourish and appetizing, Miss Jean loved it. We realized people here love using enoki mushrooms in their noodles. In Dian Bian Hu, enoki mushroom can’t be missed 🙂

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5. Sarawak Laksa
We were warned to take note that Miri doesn’t serve the best Sarawak Laksa in town, and were propped up to try the Sarawak Laksa located in Lucky Garden, Bangsar (still on our list). It seems that Kuching served better Sarawak Laksa, from where it was originated.
What’s so different from our usually bowl of curry laksa in KL? As most of you are aware of, Sarawak Laksa’s soup contains no curry in its ingredient at all. It has a base of sambal belacan, sour tamarind, garlic,lemon grass and coconut milk, topped with omelette strips, chicken strips, prawns, fresh coriander and optionally lime.

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6. Kuey Teow
“This could only be found in Sarawak” exclaimed Miss Jean again.
Processed entirely from milled grain rice, the flat rice noodles here have better texture. More chewy and springy, quite similar to consuming chee cheong fun 🙂

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Kuey Teow Kering & Kuey Teow Basah (Gravy contains tomato sauce – known as Tomato Kuey Teow)

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Wat Tan Hor – Kuey Teow rocks.

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Dried Kuey Teow Noodles – taste resembled to kolok mee but with a bouncier feeling!

7. Wantan Soup
Feeling bland while eating just dried noodles? Order yourself a bowl of pork dumpling with soup to weigh down your tummy!

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8. Kueh Chap
Flat noodles served in herbal soup boiled with an assortment parts of the pork and meat with (hard boiled egg and fried bean curd. The parts may include pork belly, skin, ears, tongue, intestines, stomach and lean meat.

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9. Rojak, Sotong, Kuih Udang, Tofu and ABC Special
You’ll see most people dropping by during tea-time. A plate of rojak with assortment of fruits and deep fried favourites on a hot sunny day, ABC Special to cool down creates relieve and thirst quenching property.

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10. Nasi Panggang.
An additional snack Miss Jean bought.

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11. Fast Food @ Sugar Bun
Neither McD or KFC were their favourite fast food chain in Sarawak. Sugar Bun was at the top in Sarawak. FYI, there’s one Sugar Bun outlet located in Metro Kajang in Kajang city centre.

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12. Teh C Special
They used brown sugar syrup instead (note the dark layer below. It’s definitely not coffee). A different type of sweetness added to our tea, I find it overly sweetened ;P

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13. Exploring Tamu Muhibbah.
A marketplace where Mirians and the neighbouring Bruneians buy and sell local products from handicrafts merchandise to native local goods and food.
Tamu is sort of a meeting place where people of all races from the villages and outskirts of Miri region visit for purchasing as well as selling their food stuffs.
Here you can find different variety of outlandish and weird things, colourful arrays of goods on sale. We were more keen on fruits that day!

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Chris with his Durians from the hills. Petite, spiky fruit with the dry and orange-y flesh. RM7 for this small king of fruits.

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Goods at Tamu Muhibbah.

We couldn’t stop refraining ourselves from eating up Miri. Imagine a big bowl of noodle just at RM2.50!
We know there are more.
Luckily time doesn’t allow us to do so.
More in Part 2.

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17 Comment

  1. 單眼皮男孩 says: Reply

    oh my god oh my god!!!!!!!
    i miss the food so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. wmw says: Reply

    Time to travel to East Malaysia! Should put the durian next to Chris' spiky hair and take a pic :p

  3. kampungboycitygal says: Reply

    dear u guys can really EAT! i love ding bian tu too, tried it at taiwan. wonder if it taste the same?

  4. Life for Beginners says: Reply

    One can't really leave Sarawak without trying their Kolok Mee. I tried both the porky and halal versions and both were good! 🙂

  5. email2me says: Reply

    The koey chap looks so good! With the intestines and spare parts stewed to perfection.

  6. thule a.k.a leo says: Reply

    Part 1 is already that long… lol!
    the only place I'd been to in Sarawak is Sibu… about 2 years ago! but I haven't started blogging at that time yet! sigh!

  7. Big Boys Oven says: Reply

    everything looks so good! all those luxurious noodles at a bargain price! definitely will melt everyone's heart! 🙂

  8. ai wei says: Reply

    u guys can really eat!!!! @@ that's a lot le… hehehe, wait til our trip soon, u guys must sapu them for me. my stomach has been so weird since 10days ago @@

  9. iamthewitch says: Reply

    Wah so much food! Is your waistline back yet? 😛

  10. xin says: Reply

    i had the corn starch noodles once in klang too, it was really good!

  11. thenomadGourmand says: Reply

    Amazing! I luv these type of trips! EAT EAT & EAT and explore the local food!
    Best hols! 😉

  12. Julian Si says: Reply

    Great shooting, nice photo closeups … that Ko Lo mee looks scrumptious 🙂

    Cheers from Abu Dhabi!

  13. Julian Si says: Reply

    Great shooting, nice photo closeups … that Ko Lo mee looks scrumptious 🙂

    Cheers from Abu Dhabi!

  14. Irenelim says: Reply

    Wow, so much nice Sarawak-only food! Make me salivate…

  15. Liyin the Designer-in-Pajamas says: Reply

    So glad I found your blog when I was googling on Dian Bian Hu. Shamefully I have to admit as a Mirian this year is the first time in my life to be introduced to such delicious food in Miri, and also the Mee Hoon Assam as well.

    Thanks so much for sharing on Miri foodies!

  16. david says: Reply

    Wow, made me miss Miri food so much… I know every single place u went and the food there still the exactly the same from the outlook. When you said RM2.50 is cheap , I guess I shall bring you to one place where you can get Kolok Mee for Rm1 only! And did u try the Wantan Soup at Tamu. They are the nicest I tried before and definitely cheap and satisfying.

    Shaka,
    David

  17. Sheryl Lynn says: Reply

    OMG OMG OMG!!!
    Was googling "miri sarawak" images and clicked here…
    It's such a torture to look through this post but i cant help myself… i am practically salivating.. lol ..
    and i know which dish came from which stalls/coffee shop..
    nice photos though… cant wait to go back miri during december..

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