Sarawak, Kuching Chinatown@Jalan Carpenter, Kim Joo Kolok Mee & Chinese History Museum

Chinatown @ Carpenter Street

After check-in to the hotel and drop our luggage, we took a taxi to Kuching's Waterfront. The taxi fee is RM25 (fixed rate) and the taxi driver drop us in the middle of Main Bazaar. He told us we can either walk up then walk down to visit around. 

We continue to walk down along the Main Bazaar shop lots corridor. We walk pass a few of old shop-lots that selling local souvenirs and goods. Then we reach a junction where we saw some Red Chinese Lanterns hanging high above across the street on our left, with many Chinese writing signboards - it's Chinatown at Carpenter Street. 

We decided to walk to the back street of Main Bazaar. Majority of the shops in this street are Chinese Gold & Jewellery shop. Many shops are not open for business on weekends.

In a while, we reach Carpenter Street. Carpenter Street is one of the oldest street in Kuching located at the back street of the Main Bazaar. In the old days, many carpenters setting up their shops along the street and that's how the street earn its name.

We saw the Harmony Arch ( 亲善门) not far from where we stand. The Harmony Arch marks the main entrance of the Chinatown at Carpenter Street. Carpenter Street also well-known as “Attap Street”.

 Continue to walk up with Harmony Arch behind us.

The Famous Drunk Monkey Old Street Bar - an Unique vintage bar in Kuching in Carpenter Street. One of my friend recommend us to visit here to experience Kuching Night-life. It is pretty happening and crowded at night and alot of tourists love to hangout here. 

Right in front the bar we can see stunning Dewan Undangan Sarawak (Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building).

Kim Joo Kolok Mee

Not far from the bar, we found one of the must eat Kolok Mee in Kuching - Kim Joo! It is rated as no.2 Kolok Mee in Kuching by Kuchingites after Min Joo Cafe, We feel happy to be able to locate the coffee shop easily. The restaurant wasn't that crowded during lunch hour and we are able to get a table for 2 after place our order.

Notice the word "Cheng" in the menu? The word "Cheng" is use to replace the word "Pork" in Mandarin. The shop open from 6.30am to 2pm daily. 

The uncle in white shirt is the one who does all the cooking and the aunty (wife) serve it to the customer. We didn't wait very long to have our food served! 

 Noodle + "Cheng" parts (RM7.00)
Husband order this Noodle + "Cheng" parts. The noodles are just plain noodles that cooked al dente, added pork lard and a hint of vinegar to flavoured the noodles. And garnish with some fried onions and green onions. Simple yet delicious.

The pork soup taste like Chinese Seaweed soup - served with pork parts, pork balls, fish balls and chinese seaweed. Husband request no pork innards for the soup. The pork slice is tender and the soup is flavourful too. 

 Char-sao Noodle (RM4.00)
My order is char-sao noodle and it served together with a bean sprouts soup. The noodles taste the same except for there are char-sao as an extra dish on top of the noodle. The char-sao is tasty but the noodle portion is kinda large for me. Its like 1.5 size of normal wantan mee we ate at the hawker centre.

Our first meal in Kuching! For drinks - I had Kopi-c (lcoffee with milk without sugar) - RM2.00. Recommend you try  Kedondong (RM3.00) - the drinks in green color! It taste similar ambarella fruits + sour plum drink in West Malaysia.  

 After lunch we continue to walk down the street to Ewe Hai Street - which is actually a continuation of Carpenter Street.  This unique urban Bidayuh Guest House at Ewe Hai Street is just right in front of Kim Joo Kolok Mee.

At the end of Ewe Hai Street is Wayang Street - The Hokkien Temple is at our Right. . 
Turn Left is heading back to Main bazaar where Chinese History Museum & Tua Pek Kong Temple is across the road. 

The Hokkien Temple - Hong San Si 

Hong San Si is Kuching's finest Chinese temple. This century old Chinese temple was built by the Hokkien clansmen of Kuching and is one of the oldest temples in the old part of the city. The Hokkien Chinese temple was fully restored in 2004. The new stone carvings, done by stonemasons brought in from mainland China, are superb, as is the Buddhist altar.


 Can you spot the gold coated tortoise? 

After short visit at the Hokkien temple, we turn to Wayang Street heading to waterfront direction. Before we enter the Hokkien temple, we saw there are tourists and passer by excited with this Lamborghini and some even take photos with it. You are the brightest star in Wayang St. Lamborghini ^^.  

Wayang Street 

A antique shop selling tribal artifacts attracts our attention. 

Further end there is a tour company which offering bike tours on attractions of Kuching There is a guest house located at second floor too!  

Ice cold drinks available here!

The interior can tells that the building is more than 50 years old. 

Chinese History Museum 

From Wayang Street, we cross busy main road to the opposite to visit the Chinese History Museum.

The Tua Pek Kong Temple which located in the middle of the road between Main Bazaar and Waterfront.  

The Musuem entrance is facing the Kuching's Waterfront. The museum was formerly headquarters of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Sarawak, but was opened to the public in 1993 as a place where tourists can learn more of the Chinese people that resided in Sarawak from decades past and present. 

Entrance is Free however you can donate any amount to the museum's donation box before you leave (near the exits). The fee will be contribute to the museums maintenance fee. No Photographing is allow in the museum, even the person in charge at the counter say that to us too. However when I Google on it before I visit Kuching, some blogger actually took photos inside the museum.