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Thursday 5 May 2011

Gastronomic Journalism with My iPhone

I have been using my iPhone 4 for about 8 months and had snapped loads for food pictures with it. I uploaded them to my Facebook page regularly and I have decided to compile them into a blog post for the first batch of food photos.

The first place that I snapped food photos was at Next Coffee Shop (formerly Min Joo), a notorious eating place located at the junction of Carpenter Street and Bishop's Gate Street. If you ask the Kuching people for the best noodles in town, probably 9 out of 10 will point you to this place. Despite the rude service from this family-run coffee shop, Kuching people still swarm to this place. Getting a seat is hard at the peak hours, and sharing a table with strangers is not uncommon. The waiting time for your food ranges from 30 minutes to an hour.

Plain noodles garnished with deep-fried shallots

The pig-organ clear soup that comes with the plain noodles

Let's move on from street food to something more up market at Delizze. It it located at a relatively new commercial centre called Premier 101. I quite like the western food served there, and the bread there is something worth a mention.

Roasted Beef Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich

From the west, we move on to the land of the rising sun. Although Sushi King is not an authentic Japanese establishment, it serves 100% Japanese food. However, the sushi there is nothing to shout about as its sushi quality is only equivalent to those ¥99 eat-all-you-can sushi shop in Japan.

Unagi Sushi

Salmon Rice Burger for a limited period of time only

One of my favourite eating places near my workplace is Resto Galleria which serves Malaysia-Indonesian food. It is located at the new commercial centre at Desa Ilmu. My fovourite food there is the Ayam Bakar Solo. The deep-fried tofu that comes with it is worth a mention too.

Ayam Bakar Solo with rice

Ayam Penyet with rice

Have enough of the main course? Now let's have some dessert! Sunny Hill has been my dessert heaven since my young age, and it still is. Nowhere else can beat the soft-cream served here. There are only two flavours available: vanilla and chocolate. I prefer the former.

Sunny Hill Special

Banana Split

Whenever we talk about Kuching food, Sarawak laksa is never left out in the list. There are too many nice laksa places around Kuching and everybody has his/her best laksa place. It is not uncommon for Kuching people to argue over the best laksa place in town, but it is just a matter of individual preference for spiciness, savoury level or herbal fragrance. Madam Tang's is one of the well-known places for Sarawak laksa in Kuching. At the moment, it has 3 outlets; with the founding shop at Jalan Petanak. The second outlet is at the Spring Shopping Centre's Food Bazaar. The third one is literally next to the Next Coffee Shop.

Madam Tang's Sarawak Laksa

Madam Tang's Fish-ball Noodles

Sunday 1 May 2011


Date taken: 30th April 2011
Location: Samajaya Forest Park, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Camera equipment: Nikon D300 + Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D + Kenko 12mm, 20mm & 36mm extension tubes + 3 x Nikon Speedlight SB-800's with soft boxes

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