Fancy eating in a historical building? Now you can do so at Absolute Tribal! (Photo Credit: Absolute Tribal Facebook page)
Even though I was born and raised in Kuching, sometimes, well, most of the time, it is not like it is on the back of my hand. And Absolute Tribal is one of those places I would consider as Kuching’s best kept secret when it comes to dining and at the same time, preserving our culture and heritage.
For the course of its existence in Kuching, I never knew it had a restaurant and a home stay. I identified it only as a culture and heritage preservation centre.
So, today’s lunch really did surprise me in this most pleasant way ever. The CEO, Gerald Goh said this place is very well known among tourists and locals are slowly catching up too.
I must insist for us to embrace the idea of being a tourist in our own backyard. Absolute Tribal is about preserving our culture and heritage through handicrafts demonstrations and classes, local food cooking classes, galleries and food.
I hope this brief introduction is sufficient because today’s entry focuses more on the food that Absolute Tribal has to offer.
Magna Coffee: A wonderful coffee and tuak concoction.
This is the hottest drink of the moment. I did not take it but my friend said tuak makes the coffee sweet and somehow it reminded her a lot of milo. Gerald said it was a customer’s feedback that led to the creation of this drink. Who knew a simple remark such as “How come serve coffee in a wine glass?” could sparked a drink revolution? Whoa…
Three Layer Dragon Fruit Juice
My favorite fruit is Dragon Fruit and this magical drink is even a favorite! It is a mixture of dragon fruit juice, milk, Sarawak organic honey and sour plum. OMG. Genius!
Absolute Tribal uses fresh ingredients brought daily from the local market at Kubah Ria. Their version of prawn umai is simple but oh, the dipping sauce or sambal, made this dish heavenly. In fact, when you dine here, do request for extra umai sambal. The best!
Medium Salmon Fried Rice
I seriously thought it was large because the portion is super generous. Salmon fried rice is Absolute Tribal’s most popular specialty dish. Simple and healthy. With this dish, you do not need anything else. Still, request for umai sambal. The bomb. Hahaha.
One of Sarawak’s national dish apart from Laksa Sarawak and Kolo Mee. Absolute Tribal’s version of this classic dish is just right, the herbs are not overpowering. If you are feeling under the weather, this dish can heal you! Hehe.
Teo Chew Oyster Pancake
To be honest, I am not used to a crispy oyster pancake but this Teo Chew version is not bad. I love the flavor of the pancake and the crispy texture. The oyster sauce compliments the pancake very much.
Memoirs of A Basil
Apparently this dish is part of a special menu honoring Michelle Teoh. It is fried basil with fried century eggs, chillies and minced chicken. A bit unfamiliar but it is divine, especially when taken with Absolute Tribal’s homegrown daun sireh. Yumm…
Prawn and Coconut
This Bidayuh inspired dish reminds me a lot of Thai curry. It is very aromatic, not only soaked in coconut everything, it also has Sarawak pineapple in it. Mmm… Beautiful flavor!
Laksiam with Seafood and Terong Dayak
Last and not least, Absolute Tribal’s no 1 selling dish… Let me introduce you to the Laksiam. A fusion of local Sarawak food and Thai food. Absolute Tribal has two kitchen; one is local chinese food kitchen and the other specializes in Thai food. In between these great food, comes the fusion Sarawak Thai food.
Absolute Tribal makes their own laksa paste and this is good stuff. The Laksiam is AHMAZING. Also, you can adjust the spicy level of your dishes. Simply inform your waiter whether you want it to be regular spicy, spicy or extra spicy. Regular spicy is mild. I’d suggest spicy. Then again, what is spicy to me differs to you. Well, one way to find out is to try it out!
It is official, ladies and gentlemen, that Absolute Tribal is indeed, the best kept secret in Kuching. Aren’t you lucky I am sharing this very precious information with you? I absolutely love everything about Absolute Tribal. Their price is decent and food portion is huge. Parking is ample and convenient. What more can you ask for?
For more information, check out Absolute Tribal’s Facebook page here or Tripadvisor page here.
Absolute Tribal Restaurant
78 Jalan Tabuan,
93200, Kuching, Sarawak.
Telephone: 082 237468
Operating Hours: 730am-230pm
Maximum capacity: 150 persons
Catering service: Available
Take away option: Available