Apart from Sarawak Laksa, the humble bowl of Kolo Mee is another staple breakfast dish for all Sarawakians regardless of age, race, or creed.
Kuching’s Kolo Mee features springy egg noodles tossed with a light sauce usually made of vinegar or pork oil. The dish is typically topped with succulent and juicy sliced char siew, minced pork, fried onions, and shallots.
True to its rep as comfort food for Sarawakians, you’ll find stalls selling the iconic dish in almost every coffee shop in Kuching. Furthermore, the dish can also be consumed at any time of the day – the locals have the dish for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even supper.
Traditionally, Kolo Mee is just a simple dish as described above. But variations of the iconic dish do exist and are equally tasty. Off the top of the list, you have seafood Kolo Mee, black vinegar Kolo Mee, red (char siew) sauce Kolo Mee, mixed pork soup with Kolo Mee, and even a green (spinach) or orange (carrot) noodle variation.
With so much variety, one will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the best Kolo Mee in town, but there are a few worthy recommendations. Of note, Sin Lian Shin (新聯成) is THE go-to place for delicious traditional Kolo Mee. The shop has achieved near-legendary status as one of the OG Kolo Mee joints in the city.
Sin Lian Shin (新聯成)
No 182, Jalan Green, Sin Sin Park, 93150 Kuching, Sarawak