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Nyan Shin Cafe · 100 Year Old Icon with Unique Mutton Noodles @ Carpenter Street, Kuching, Sarawak 源成茶室

When you are visiting Kuching, you will be hard pressed to choose a kolo mee joint to check off that obligatory bucket list item. Ironically, it's because there's kolo mee everywhere you turn. Which one to invest your precious time and calories in?

We let our local expert help us 😀 Chai, who is Malaysia Sin Chew newspaper's Sarawak food and culture columnist brought us to Nyan Shin Cafe at Carpenter Street.

Nyan Shin was founded in 1925 (that's just shy of a century ago 😲). The historic noodle shop is in the fourth generation now.

We have a long whole day and night eating trail ahead but Chai ordered all of Nyan Shin's signatures for us to try.

From left to right, classic kolo mee, braised mutton noodle, and lou shi fun (rat tail noodle). Nyan Shin makes their own noodles including the lou shi fun.

The mound of egg noodles generously greased with aromatic lard, oil, and savoury sauce was topped with fried minced pork, char siew, fried garlic, shallot, chopped scallion and lard croutons.

The al dente crunchy noodles were well sauced and well complemented by the myriad ingredients with their respective textures and flavours.

Nyan Shin's popular signature mutton noodles.

The same crunchy noodles now set in savoury mutton soup and topped with tender chunks of mutton and shank. The same fried garlic, shallot and chopped scallion added their flavours.

The lou shi fun had the same saucing and topping as the kolo mee, but with rat tail noodles. Someone added a bit of flaky chili sauce.

The sauce was nice, the savoury lardy flavours were robust and spiked with chili heat. The house made rat tail noodles were soft tender and had a subtle rice sweetness which was lovely.

This historic noodle shop Nyan Shin Cafe is definitely worth a visit.


Restaurant name: Nyan Shin Cafe 源成茶室 (since 1925)

Address: 24, Carpenter Street, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Tel: +6019 844 8099

Hours: 6am - 11am (Tues off)

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Written by Tony Boey on 21 Feb 2024

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