One of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s Top 10 dishes, Sarawak laksa consists of a vermicelli rice noodles (bihun) cooked in shrimp-based broth made from sambal belacan, sour tamarind, garlic, galangal, lemongrass and thickened with coconut milk. The dish is served with a general amount of bean sprouts (taugeh), prawns, omelette strips, and shredded chicken.
A simple noodle dish that is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, kolo mee consists of yellow egg noodles tossed in a light sauce before it is served with slices of barbecued pork (char siew), chicken cutlets, or minced meat. Non-halal versions might also contain lard.
The dish usually comes in two flavours – plain or seasoned with red sauce. You could also request for it to be seasoned with soy sauce or – in certain places – black vinegar.
3. Midin, a crispy wild jungle fern which can be served as kerabu or stir-fried
Manok pansoh, an Iban dish, is unique in the sense that its ingredients are cooked in a bamboo. Cut chicken pieces, lemongrass, and tapioca leaves are stuffed into bamboo before it is cooked over an open fire. This cooking method seals in the flavour, which results in juicy and tender chicken with gravy perfumed by lemongrass and bamboo.
Manok kacangma is a Chinese dish consisting of chicken cooked with a kacangma-based broth. The herb, which also known as motherwort, is believed to be able to ease the effects of menstruation in women. Rice wine may also be added for a more delicate taste.
Belacan bihun consists of rice vermicelli served in a sweet shrimp-based (belacan) broth topped with julienned cucumber, cuttlefish slices, and century egg quarters/halves. You can also have it with a spritz of lime and chilli sauce.
Although the dish typically uses noodles similar to kolok mee, mee sapi is different in the sense that it is served with a beef-based broth. Topped with generous amounts of beansprouts and beef slices, you can opt to have the broth added straight to your noodles or in a separate bowl.
A Melanau delicacy, umai is made with thin slivers of fresh fish (usually iced instead of frozen) combined with thinly-sliced onions, chilli, salt, and juice from calamansi lime or assam fruit. It is usually served with roasted sago pearls – sago starch mixed with coconut milk, which are then rolled into balls and cooked – instead of rice. The dish is sometimes prepared with cooked prawns.
17. Mani (money) chai bihun or *bihun cangkuk manis*
Although it looks similar to kolo mee, kampua mee is actually meant to be drier than kolo mee. Typically served with slices of barbecued pork and a bowl of soup, the noodles can either be served plain or tossed in soy sauce or chilli sauce.
A traditional Malay dish originating from Indonesia, bubur pedas is a popular dish during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The dish consists of porridge cooked in spices such as turmeric, lemongrass, galangal, chillies, ginger, coconut and shallots, topped with fried anchovies, fried onions, and peanuts.
Though it is classified as fried rice, this traditional Sarawakian Malay dish is not fried with oil. The ingredients consist of garlic, onion, and anchovies fried with cooked rice. The rice is fried until it achieves a smokey or slightly-burned taste.