While browsing through the Winthrop Oriental (Asian grocery store) one day, I came across this surprising instant noodle packet!
It was a pleasant surprise and a bit of novelty to find Sarawak food packaged up and sold as instant noodles here in Perth. Of course I purchased a pack of it to try right away.
When I went to pay for it, the Hong Kong Chinese shop owners were also curious that I was buying it, and asked me where Sibu was. Not everyone knows where Sarawak is, and I always get blank stares when I tell people I’m from Kuching, so it was interesting to try and explain where Sibu was!
I think I ended up explaining in my very broken Mandarin, “Errr… 诗巫在砂拉越。砂拉越在马来西亚， 可是不是在KL那边。 是在东马那儿， 进一点。” 1
OMG, I hope they made sense of that! Turns out they bought it because their supplier let them sample some, and they thought it was pleasant enough to try and sell even though they didn’t know where Sibu was and what Kampua noodles are.
Bad Mandarin aside, the bigger question here was how did the noodles hold up? Let’s unpack it and find out.
Included sauce packets:
Guys, the packet in foil is actual LARD to make it more authentic. Thank the pig and all its gifts.
Back of packet:
The cooked product:
I know it doesn’t look like much, but it tasted surprisingly good! Plenty of flavour in that bowl. So if you’re far from home and missing some Kampua, try and grab a pack of these babies. I’m not sure where else you can get them, but I’ve definitely seen them around Perth and even in Singapore!
When I was last in Singapore around the end of last year, I even saw a large stall selling these noodles in several flavours on the ground floor of Velocity@ Novena Square. I can’t tell you how proud that made me. You guys put Sarawak on the map! Keep up the good job!
And there’s even this hilarious ad!
1 Sibu is in Sarawak. Sarawak is in Malaysia, but not at the KL side (because everyone knows KL). It’s in East Malaysia, but in a bit (what I was trying to say was that it was in the interior of the state, but it’s not exactly interior.
That probably isn’t very helpful. Here’s a map instead for reference!
2 It is currently being sold at Yee Seng (another Asian Grocer in Myaree, Perth) for AUD 5.95 per 5 pack.