Jia Xiang Sarawak Kuching Kolo Mee Hot
A place selling dumpling noodles, originating from sarawak, kuching.
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I visited the Icon Village outlet for a quick lunch on a weekday. Upon approaching the shop, a friendly 'auntie' instructed us to place our orders at the counter first while she goes to reserve a table for us. After placing our orders, we were promptly led to our table, which was quite spacious.
The place had a homely feel. Sarawak culture-themed decorations were hung on almost every wall and the furniture was mostly dark-coloured wood. It almost felt like I time travelled and ended up in a small Sarawak eatery a few decades back. The food was also prepared quickly and delivered within 7 minutes.
I ordered Fish Fillet Dry Noodles. The fish filet was warm and crisp, just the way I like it. The noodles were alright, but could have been better. They were quite dry and also kept sticking to each other. If I were to give my dish a rating, I would give it a only a 6.
Despite feeling a little let down by the noodles especially, I wouldn't mind coming back here to dine as I feel that the place has a relaxing ambience and the portions are pretty large, giving you good value for money.
Looks promising but fails to deliver
This noodle store did looked promising to me. The rustic decor, the "Sarawak" branding and all attracted me. I had high hopes for it but it failed to deliver. I wasn't even expecting "Sarawak" style noodles because I have never had an authentic bowl before but I was hoping for a good bowl of noodles that would taste different from the hawker stalls and the usual wanton noodles we Singaporeans have here.
I ordered their signature kolo mee and it was below average.The noodles were thin and more to the soggy sides instead the QQ way that I prefer. The meat felt a little dry and could have been sliced into thicker pieces given the price that they are charging. The sauce was light and I liked the sauce most out of everything I got in that bowl. The dumplings felt very "sticky", I cannot think of a better word for it. If "Sarawak" style noodles tasted like this, I would rather just stick to my usual wanton mee places. I really liked the whole decor though. The straw huts, wooden tables and chairs which felt very nice but the food didn't tasted good to me so I wouldn't recommend and I will not come back again.
Expensive Wanton Mee
Kuching Mee at Jurong Point was a place that I had visited only twice, and frankly I went there both times not because I had a craving for the food there, but cause it was the least busy place to meet my financial advisor on a weekend. Believe it or not, this place is really the last place to get packed in the whole of Jurong Point, even places like toast box or old town white coffee was full first, and this place was still not crowded.
And it was not a surprise since the wanton mee is nothing fantastic. Except for the noodles being different, as it is a bit more chewy than others, there is nothing exceptional about the wanton or the char siew. Because of its average taste, it is really not worth it to pay so much for something so average. On top of that, the store serves drinks such as longan tea that are not pre-packed by factories. I would expect that there would be some homemade drinks such as iced lemon tea or barley or something else that is significant of Kuching. But too bad, there was not any.
Overall, it is a place that would most likely be empty but the food is nothing to boast about.
Not as good as the original
This shop was recommended to me by my wife when it first started in Vivocity. At that time, it just started so the pricing and serving quantity was acceptable. The staff was also very enthusiastic and provided good service.
A few months back, I revisited the shop, the serving quantity became a lot smaller. I was not able to recall whether the price went up also. The quantity was definitely not enough for me. Even for a small eater like my wife, she also felt that it was not filling enough.
My colleague was from Sarawak and one day during lunch, we talked about this shop. He also commented that the price was too high and the standard was not good but his comparison may be with relationship to his home town.
Not worth a cent
I expected springy noodles and delicious complements to it. I got a bowl of soft, soggy and seemingly from instant noodle packet noodles, with a bland sauce, half cooked vegetable and dumplings which had so little filling I felt I ordered fried dumpling skin noodles.
Service was slow, the staff were like walking dead, oblivious to their customers' calls and comments of dissatisfaction. The drinks were below standard, and for any other dish I ordered, it was worth way less than the price.
If you see the shop display of mouth-watering dishes, don't be fooled to patronise them, the food is bad, service atrocious and the floors are dirty.
Horrible at best.
I was so enthusiastic about entering and trying out a new restaurant. It has since closed doors anyway, for the outlet at Jurong Point.
i skipped in happily and plonked down. We didn't take long to order what we wanted from the menu. When the food came and we took the first bite, i frowned. Seriously. The noodles couldn't even make it for the subsequent bites. it had a weird taste to me, much of alkaline-y but i can't really put a word to it. My mum said it tasted like instant noodles, it was worst then IN to me.
Seriously? Sarawak kuching kolo mee? i beg to differ.