On the other side…

Our gracious hosts, Simon & Helen, arranged for the hotel limo to send us to the cathedral to attend the wedding service and to pick us up later and take us back to the hotel where I stayed on my weekend trip to Kuching. They wanted us to go to their house for lunch and also the tea ceremony but we opted out of that as we were so very full from the buffet breakfast at the hotel in the morning…and I wanted to have a nap before the big event that night.

It was around 3.00 p.m. when I got up and by then, I was feeling a bit hungry – normally, at home, that would be the time when I would have my afternoon tea, you see.  That was why I decided to go across the road from the hotel to see if I could find something light to tide me over till dinner time.

Upon walking out of the hotel, I saw this very well-known Indian eatery in Kuching a stone’s throw away…

Bombay Masala, Kuching

If you look at the sign, you can see that they have 7 other branches in different parts of the city and the surrounding areas.

I ordered their murtabak kambing (RM4.50)…

Murtabak kambing 1

…which was quite different from what I usually find in Sibu. There seemed to be some kind of lamb curry omelette wrapped inside an outer layer of roti canai

Murtabak kambing 2

…It went absolutely well with the curry gravy provided and there were huge chunks of lamb inside…

Murtabak kambing 3

I really enjoyed it a lot and would have gone back there for that again if I had stayed longer in Kuching.

The nasi bryani looked very alluring…

Nasi bryani

…but I did not try that as I did not want anything too heavy that would spoil my appetite for that evening’s dinner. The man saw me taking photographs and he probably guessed that I would be blogging about this or perhaps share the photos on Facebook so he quickly mentioned that they do provide catering services as well, should there be anybody interested.

After that very delightful light snack, I decided to walk around the area just to look around. I saw Venue – a restaurant that I had been to a few times. I remember they had pretty good or chian (oyster omelette), Kuching style and Philippine pork leg there. There was an Italian restaurant too which I would be blogging about later in the week…a Thai restaurant and a few Chinese ones as well.

Then I came to this place…

Siang Siang

You can see from the photograph how close the hotel actually is to the shops across the road. As it was already late afternoon, most of the stalls were closed (but I hear that they would open again later in the evening and there is an area in the vicinity with lots of hawkers stalls that enjoy bustling business at night) but I saw that this one…

Kolo mee stall

…was still open.

Should I or shouldn’t I? I was in a dilemma…and in the end, I decided to just go ahead and have a bowl of Kuching kolo mee (RM3.00)…

Kuching kolo mee

…even though I knew jolly well that it was not the best in town. At least, I would not leave Kuching without eating one of its signature dishes and besides, I was quite sure that dinner would not start so early that night so it would be perfectly all right to have just that little bit more in the meantime. Hehehehehehe!!!!

There is a Catholic church also…

Church of the Blessed Sacrament

…a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel, to the right if you’re walking out of the main entrance. This is the Church of the Blessed Sacrament and I heard sometime ago that actually, the aerial view of the building would show its very unique structure – that of  a dove. Because of its close proximity, I didn’t have to miss the Sunday service that morning as I was able to attend the English one at 10.00 a.m.

As you can see, even though the hotel is a bit far from the city centre, as far as food is concerned, physical or spiritual, one would not need to worry at all with so much to choose from at all those eateries on the other side and a church at the end of the street.