We take a walk down some of the most colorful streets in Kuching.
First things first. Mike took us to the Harbour Court building (at the end of Jalan Chan Chin Ann) where the kopitiam (coffee shop) features one stall selling Foochow Beef Noodle. This soup noodle is sweet and hearty, and the beef is tender and flavorful. I also got a drink of freshly blended kedondong juice.
Foochow Beef Noodle @ Harbour Court Kopitiam
With breakfast taken care of, we parked in the parking garage a few blocks from India Street and walked over. Along the way, we passed by a couple of shops which were making various baked and fried dumplings.
India Street, as the name implies, used to be the place where Indian merchants set up to sell their wares in the old days. Nowadays, India Street is a wide pedestrian mall, flanked by shops selling clothing, jewelry, and household goods to all races. A couple of alleys branch off from India Street, where you’ll find knick knacks, fried foods, and cold, fruity drinks.
At the the midpoint of India Street is a white arch with a sign proclaiming “The India Mosque Lane”.
If you go down the narrow, dimly lit passage, you will discover about midway through that there actually is a mosque where Indian muslims gather to pray. Continuing onward, you find yourself on Gambier street, fronting the Sarawak River. Here you will find all manner of bulk spices (both whole and ground), dried fruits, pastas and chips, and different varieties of dhals for sale. The stores even sell long sticks of Indonesian cinnamon bark.
There are also markets selling fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meats as well as sundries stores, snacks stores, household goods stores, and many proprietors selling colorful textiles and fabrics. Gambier Street is bustling with activity. In addition to shoppers from this side of the River, you also have shoppers coming from across the River, deliverymen bearing heavy boxes of goods, and nosy tourists like me, pointing their cameras in every direction and generally getting in the way.
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