That looks good…

Yes, I would say that it looked good but one must not judge based on appearance alone as at times, it can be quite deceptive.

Well, we dropped by here…

Jia Jia Lok Food Corner
*Archive photo*

…the other morning as somebody told me that the Sarawak/Kuching laksa from a stall at this coffee shop was so very good, nicer than the ones here, our favourite in town, and if you have a look at their Facebook page, obviously, there are a lot of people who actually think likewise.

We sat pretty close to the stall…

Jia Jia Lok Kuching laksa stall

…and while the guy was getting our orders ready, the whole time we were wondering why we could not detect the fragrance of the broth and were prepared for the worst – that it was not really all that good, after all.

My missus had the regular and I had the special…

Jia Jia Lok Kuching laksa price list

…and they did look good…

Jia Jia Lok Kuching laksa - special & regular

…when they were served.

The regular came in a smaller bowl…

Jia Jia Lok Kuching laksa, regular 1

…and only had two small prawns in it…

Jia Jia Lok Kuching laksa, regular 2

…two fewer than at our favourite Sarawak laksa place, going for that same price…

Thomnson Corner Sarawak laksa
*Archive photo: Thomson Corner – Sarawak laksa*

…and one fewer than the nice one here, also RM5.50 a bowl at this point in time

Colourful Cafe Sarawak laksa
*Archive photo: Colourful Cafe – Sarawak laksa*

I had the special…

Jia Jia Lok Kuching laksa, special 1

…priced at a whooping RM10.00 a bowl…

Jia Jia Lok Kuching laksa, special

…and there were four very big prawns. I just could not put my finger on it as to what I did not like about them but somehow, they did not seem to have the nice sweet taste of very fresh prawns even though they were firm in texture, nothing like the horrendous ones I had here once and never again.

Well, prawns aside, yes, the broth was quite close to the real thing, the nice authentic Sarawak laksa in Kuching but no, we still prefer our favourite. This one is a little bit mild, kind of watered down…and it was only when I added the sambal belacan and the squeeze of calamansi lime that I started to enjoy it…but there was so little of it so I did not have much left to eat together with everything in the bowl after that.

All things considered, I would say that it would be something I might consider having should I happen to be in the vicinity, the regular, that is, not the special – RM10.00, I feel, is a bit too steep but no, I would not go out of my way for it whenever I have a craving for Sarawak/Kuching laksa.

JIA JIA LOK FOOD CORNER (2.293336, 111.837017) is located at the Fortune Commercial Centre (Lorong Chew Siik Hiong) in that same block of shops as the CHAMPION CORNER coffee shop, right at the other end, facing the back of the Rejang Medical Centre along Jalan Pedada.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

7 thoughts on “That looks good…”

  1. I agree with you that RM10 for 4 jumbo prawns doesn’t seem to be worth it when compared to the regular bowl at RM5.50 with 2 small prawns.

    Prawns that size don’t come cheap, could easily be RM40 a kg or more but even if they had been very nice, succulent and sweet, at the end of the day, they’re just prawns. They remind me of the ones I had in New Zealand, dunno why but the ones there came across to me as rather bland, the texture was different, a far cry from the nice ones we have here.

  2. Is that a lime in the side dish there? They look very dark green! I wonder what kind of limes they are (that is – if they are limes – at all) LOL

    Those are calamansi lime (limau kesturi), the inside is dark orange – very common here. I prefer these to the regular lime (limau nipis) that we do have here too – the taste is different, more fragrant and nicer.

    1. I haven’t seen those here but I will keep an eye out! Thanks!

      Dunno if that is our tropical variety, not available over at your side…like how lemons here are imported, don’t think they grow that locally.

  3. That bowl of laksa certainly looks decent enough. Though there are 4 big prawns in that special bowl of laksa I still think it is not worth for that price. From the pix, the broth doesn’t look watered down. Sometimes what people posted on FB is not to believe as different people has different taste buds.

    Yes, not worth it especially when the prawns were not nice. The broth was somewhat mild – maybe there are people who like it that way. Why, even in Kuching, there is always a disagreement as to which one is the best. No two persons can ever agree, it seems. To each his own!

  4. sarawak laksa is becoming really popular in kl too! 🙂

    Yes, my friend Kelly had one some place, can’t remember exactly where, and she said it was so good, better than any that she had before in Sarawak.

  5. Aw, too bad. Hope they improve it. Thanks for sharing your honest feedback.

    Of course I must say what I feel – what I like and what I don’t like, what is good and what isn’t but those would be my personal opinions. I wouldn’t want to say something is nice or otherwise if it is not how I feel, would I? Of course, some may not agree and may think otherwise – that’s their prerogative.

  6. I miss the Sarawak laksa from the Taman Jurong Food Centre…

    It was nice, eh? In Sibu, I would say 99% not nice, not the same. Even in Kuching, one must know where to go for the good ones. A lot not quite there as well.

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