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Sunday, March 10, 2013

SIN: Jia Xiang Sarawak Kuching Kolo Mee

Luscious Malaysian (and nearly Indonesian) style noodle!

I've never known about kolo mee, a notable Kuching dish of egg noodle, until a few months back. Its taste has always satisfied my craving for the Indonesian counterpart: bakmi babi (lit. pork noodle). Due to the proximity of Kuching in the Sarawak region of Malaysia and the land of Kalimantan of Indonesia, I guess it's no wonder why the dishes are fairly similar. 


Gold Jia Xiang Mee S$9.50
Taste: 8.5/10

For a complete experience, try the most expensive noodle dish. As I sat down on the chair, the food was brought by the server within a few minutes. It was a feast on the eyes for sure. Let's take a closer look. 


The slightly wet noodle came with ingredients such as char siew (Chinese BBQ pork), minced pork, fried wantons and chye sim (Chinese mustard green), topped with fried lard cubes, fried shallots and spring onions. All in all, the balance of flavour was definitely there. While I enjoyed the char siew which was adequately sweet, the noodle wasn't as springy as I expected it to be. 


The peppery soup had wantons shrimps, abalone slices and a bit of spring onions. It was definitely a good accompaniment to the bowl of noodle, especially with the abalone slices which truly lent a clean sweetness to the soup. 


Curry Mee S$6.40
Taste: 8/10

I also tried the noodle which was bathed in curry sauce. It came with juicy chicken meat and cubes of potatoes which were enjoyably starchy. While the curry sauce was nicely thick and spicy, I found that it could be a bit sweeter. Pika's advice: By paying S$2.05 more, you can get fried wantons for your noodle.


Luo Han Longan Drink S$4.80
Taste: 8/10

Remember air mata kucing (lit. cat's tears) which I had during my trip to Kuala Lumpur? Read here if you can't recall, alright? ;) The cooling drink came in a sealed cup. The subtle taste of luo han guo, or Monk's fruit, was balanced by the sweetness of the longans.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Overall: 7.5/10

The restaurant has a very traditional decor with lots of antiques and paintings being displayed, although the wooden stool isn't the most comfortable thing to sit on. It can get pretty crowded and noisy during lunch time. 

Jia Xiang Sarawak Kuching Kolo Mee

1 HarbourFront Walk
#B2-38 VivoCity
Singapore
(Daily: 11.00am - 10.00pm)

*Prices quoted are nett prices.

Have a nice meal,
Cliff(y)

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