Kuching - Top Spot Seafood Centre
One of the most popular food places in Kuching for locals and visitors alike is the Top Spot Seafood Centre. It is located right in the town centre, on top of a multi-storey car park. An open-air concept, the best time to visit is in the evening when it is not too warm.
The seafood here is consistently good, but you have to pick the right stalls. My favourite stall here is called "ABC Seafood".
What is interesting are all the displays which are carefully set up to attract customers. You can pick and choose what you want, and the cooks will whip it up for you in no time.
Don't let the touts stop you at the first stall. You should check out all the stalls first to see which one has the freshest and best looking seafood, and has what you want.
I had dinner here recently, and ordered my favourite mixed vegetables which is always excellent. You pick and choose your own ingredients, and when cooked with the chef's secret sauce it's really tasty ! What's amazing is the consistency. Every time you order it, it tastes exactly the same.
Next came the bamboo clams - a type of shellfish which is quite common here. When cooked right, they have a natural sweetness which is really great. Unfortunately this dish was a bit overcooked, and the clams were a bit small.
Crabs ! Always great - this was cooked with black pepper and eggs. It was really good ! There is a secret to picking crabs which I haven't been able to master. When you pick the right ones, they are meaty, sweet and delicious.
Another all time favourite - oh chien or oyster omelet. Basically oysters fried in a batter like a pan cake and served with a dipping sauce made from fish sauce and white pepper. Simple and delicious.
The seafood displays are really enticing !