Jia Xiang is one of the more well-known purveyors of Kuching's food export, kolo mee. Whilst it may be considered 'peasant food', and lacking in the pizzazz of our beloved local wanton mee, there's a rustic simplicity about it that's quite delicious.
Kolo mee's noodles have a texture not unlike al dente instant noodles, so there's a nice spring in every bite. Dressed in shallot oil and crispy lard, the flavours are homely, aromatic and flavourful.
The Jia Xiang Mee ($7.90), the "bao-ga-liao" option with char siew, minced pork, prawns and wantons, is the default choice of most. The barbecued pork slices were surprisingly good, with a yummy sliver of fat in each tender slice. For the luxed-up premium option, get the Gold Jia Xiang Mee.
The prawns and wantons are dunked into a tasty (read: MSG-loaded) soup. The prawns, while bouncy, were practically tasteless.
Diversification is key to surviving the cutthroat F&B world, and Jia Xiang offers a fusion blend of Black Pepper Smoked Duck Kolo Mee ($7.50). The smoked duck was fairly decent, moist and with nary a whiff of game.
The Fried Wanton ($7.90 for large) were crunchy but a little anemic. The ones at Kok Kee are much better.
Jia Xiang Sarawak Kuching Kolo Mee
1 Harbourfront Walk
Tel: 6272 0000
Open daily from 11am to 10pm